Apr 17, 2017

The highlights from Spicer's Easter Monday briefing


Sean Spicer's past as the White House Easter Bunny is well-known enough to have been parodied on Saturday Night Live this weekend. He visited his old stomping grounds at the White House Easter Egg Roll earlier this morning, but he headed back to the podium for his first briefing of the week, taking questions on North Korea, China, and transparency.

  • On North Korea: "Drawing red lines hasn't really worked in the past."
  • On China: "They haven't been manipulating their currency since he's been in office. That's a fact."
  • On Trump's tax returns: Spicer said Trump won't release his 2016 taxes due to an ongoing audit, and won't ask the IRS to confirm the audit is ongoing. So, will he ever release his tax returns? "We'll have to get back to you on that."
  • On White House visitor logs: Spicer said the WH would follow "the policy that has existed since the beginning of time," blasting the Obama admin's policy of turning over the logs with some names redacted as "a faux attempt" to be transparent.

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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 755,591 — Total deaths: 36,211 — Total recoveries: 158,527.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 148,089 — Total deaths: 2,599 — Total recoveries: 4,886.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan.
  4. State updates: At least 30 states have issued stay-at-home orders to residents. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 9,500 people have been hospitalized.
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Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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