Feb 3, 2017

The takeaways from Spicer's Friday briefing

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  • Financial regulatory executive orders: The president is about to sign two executive orders that set the table for a revamped regulatory system that "mitigates risk and encourages growth."
  • Dodd-Frank: "Dodd-Frank is a disaster ... It did not address the causes of the financial crisis." In addition to executive orders, Spicer said that the administration plans to work with Congress to potentially repeal some or all of the law.
  • Foreign policy roundup: Iran: Trump doesn't like to "telegraph his actions" and refuses to explicitly rule out military action.Cuba: The Trump administration is "committed to human rights" and is "reviewing" policy, but nothing has been explicitly discussed with the Cuban government.Israel: "At the end of the day, the goal is peace." Pressed on settlements, Spicer said that new construction or expansion of settlements "is not going to be helpful going forward."
  • Opioid and heroin crisis: The administration not only believes it is a "health crisis," but a "border crisis" as well.
  • "I'll get back to you on...": "The 100,000 visas revoked" under the travel ban; changes to the current anti-extremist "Countering Violent Extremists" program; Trump's tweet on professional anarchists; further arming Ukraine

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Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN on the president's quasi-offer: "Thank you but no thank you," and accused Trump of "calling out the American military for a photo opportunity."

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The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.