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Sean Spicer again said that President Trump will "have an announcement shortly" on whether he taped his conversations with James Comey. Spicer also reaffirmed Trump's willingness to testify under oath on the Russia probe to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but said he hasn't spoken with the president about whether he would testify before Congress, and wouldn't speculate as to if and when Trump will follow through. Briefing highlights:

  • What role did Sessions play in the firing of Comey? Spicer said he won't comment on conversations between the attorney general and the president.
  • Is Trump on board with Sessions testifying publicly? "He's going to testify. We're aware of it," said Spicer. He also said that it would be "premature" to state whether the WH would invoke executive privilege to recuse Sessions from answering certain questions.
  • On the 9th Circuit upholding the travel ban block: "We continue to be confident the [travel ban] is lawful...will be upheld by the Supreme Court."
  • On DC/Maryland emoluments lawsuit against Trump: "It's not hard to conclude there are partisan motivations behind today's lawsuit," said Spicer.

Details of Workforce Development Week from Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta:

  • Apprenticeships: The WH's Workforce Development Week is focused on increasing apprenticeships and skill-based learning "across most if not all industries," said Acosta. He notes that there are 360K job vacancies in manufacturing and 200K in construction for workers if they learned the required skills.
  • Student-focus: WH is pushing for "private-private partnerships" between colleges and companies, said Acosta. "Apprentices earn while they learn and... avoid substantial student debt that you see with higher education today."
  • Business backing: "I have spoken to several CEOs. Ivanka Trump has spoken to several CEOs, and there's excitement in the business sector," said Acosta. "Every CEO that I have spoke with has made a personal commitment to pursuing these."
  • Nod to Ivanka: Acosta repeatedly thanked Ivanka Trump for her efforts in launching the program.

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Capitol Hill conservatives are gaming out a multi-front war on the tech industry as retribution for deplatforming President Trump and others on the right, congressional sources tell Axios.

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