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Laurent Gillieron / Keystone via AP

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg acted as an emissary to Donald Trump in December when Silicon Valley leaders met with the then President-elect. Now, she's holding his feet to the fire.

Here's what she had to say on Facebook about Trump's decision to reinstitute a policy that bans US aid from going to health programs that discuss abortion as a family planning option with patients (taxpayer money already can't fund abortions anywhere):

"We don't have to guess -- we know what this will do. The last time the global gag rule was in effect, research showed more women who lost access to contraception had unwanted pregnancies and abortion rates doubled."

Key context: Sandberg's Democratic personal politics are well known. She worked for the Clinton-era Treasury Department, was a supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential run and has been talked about as someone who could run for office. She also has spoken for years about women's empowerment, including in her book Lean In.

What we're watching: Silicon Valley executives are toeing a line with Trump. No company in America wants to be on the receiving end of one of the President's value-destroy tweets. But tech is also largely opposed to many of Trump's policy positions. Will major executives speak out loudly when they disagree with the White House?

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South Africa says it's being "punished" for detecting new COVID variant

South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 22, 2021 in New York City. Photo: Eduardo Munoz - Pool/Getty Images)

South Africa said Saturday it's being "punished" for detecting the new Omicron coronavirus variant as more countries rush to enact travel bans and restrictions.

Driving the news: The U.S. imposed air travel restrictions from eight countries Friday in response to the Omicron variant. Countries in Europe and Asia have also implemented their own travel restrictions in response to Omicron.

Trump can't quit mainstream media

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa are interviewed by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" in September. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa issued a rebuttal on Friday to a statement by former President Donald Trump that misrepresented their reporting — and once again showed the 45th president's thin skin about mainstream media.

Driving the news: "Former President Trump said ... our book, 'Peril,' implied that he was planning to go to war with China," the statement begins. "[W]e report that Chairman of Joint Chiefs Mark Milley 'believed that Trump did not want a war' before or after the 2020 election."

NY declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron COVID variant

Governor Kathy Hochul makes an announcement about a new plan transforming Penn Station on Nov. 3, 2021. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a state of emergency amid rising COVID-19 cases and the newly-identified Omicron variant of the virus.

Driving the news: The declaration enables the state to acquire supplies to fight a potential surge in cases, increase hospital capacity and combat potential staff shortages, NBC's local affiliate reports.