Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Spicer was joined by U.N. Ambassador Haley and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, who announced sanctions against 271 scientific employees from Syria to punish the Assad regime for its sarin gas attack. Other takeaways:

  • Government funding deal: Trump wants increased military funding and increased security, said Spicer, who said the White House remains "very confident" the government won't shut down.
  • Trump's 100 days: Spicer says there will be briefings this week to lay out the "unbelievable" progress made.
  • The 3% goal: Mnuchin said "3% or higher sustained economic growth" is the target, claiming the plan "will pay for itself with economic growth."
  • Timing of new healthcare bill: "This week, next week or the week after... whenever Ryan & GOP leaders have the votes."

Go deeper

1 hour ago - Health

U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

Expand chart
COVID Tracking Project

The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Politics: Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months.
  2. Sports: The youth sports exodus continues — Big Ten football is back.
  3. Health: AstraZeneca to resume vaccine trial in U.S.How to help save 130,000 lives.
  4. Retail: Santa won't greet kids at Macy's this year.
  5. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.
2 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.

Get Axios AM in your inbox

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!