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President Trump brought his 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton back into his 2020 re-election campaign during his speech on Tuesday, prompting "lock her up" chants from the crowd.

Why it matters: Trump seemed more focused on Clinton at his official campaign launch than he was on any of the 2020 Democratic candidates. He promised supporters he would find Clinton's deleted emails from her time as secretary of state. He had previously claimed he was joking about requesting the emails from Russia, though the Mueller investigation found Trump repeatedly asked Michael Flynn to get them in 2016.

The big picture: Early in his speech, Trump made Clinton a focal point, blaming her for the 3 years of investigations into alleged collusion with Russia. He claimed the probes were nothing more than an "insurance policy" Democrats used to undo his 2016 win. He fired up supporters by saying Democrats tried to suppress their votes.

"They appointed 18 very angry Democrats to try to take down our incredible movement... 1.8 million pages of documents. 500 search warrants. 500 witnesses. 2,800 subpoenas and 40 FBI agents working around the clock. What did they come up with? No collusion. No obstruction."
— Trump during this first 2020 campaign rally
  • Trump claimed former President Obama "did nothing" when his predecessor was first informed about possible Russian interference during the elections because he believed Clinton was going to win.

What to watch: Trump's other 2020 enemy seems to be the concept of socialism, which is gaining popularity in the U.S. He claimed "America will never be a socialist country" because Republicans "believe in freedom." Vice President Mike Pence made similar comments at the rally.

  • On unity, Trump said he's ready to work with Democrats, but they simply don't want to. He called for "one American team". (Reality check: Trump said in May he wouldn't negotiate with Democrats in Congress until they call off their investigations. The White House has asserted executive privilege in an effort block current and former Trump officials from complying with subpoenas from House Democrats.)
  • On his record as president, he touted economic successes and job rises nationally.
  • On health care, Trump promised to eradicate AIDS from the U.S. as well as find a cure for cancer, but he didn't explain how. He pledged to protect patients with pre-existing conditions. He didn't elaborate as to how, though he's said there'd be no replacement for the Affordable Care Act until after the 2020 elections.
  • On immigration, he claimed schoolchildren are being threatened across the country by the gang MS-13, and that his administration is working to deport them by the thousands. Meanwhile, Democrats are advocating for open borders, according to Trump. (Reality check: MS-13 is a violent gang with about 10,000 members, mostly from Central America. Most immigrants crossing the border are not interested in joining them, and most Democrats are not advocating for open borders.)
  • On environment, Trump claims the U.S. has the cleanest water and air in the world.(Reality check: Water pollution and air quality has worsened under Trump.)

Trump also declared a new campaign slogan: "Keep America Great."

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The world is waiting to see whether Iran will strike back at Israel or the U.S. over the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran's military nuclear program.

Why it matters: Senior Iranian officials have stressed that Iran will take revenge against the perpetrators, but also respond by continuing Fakhrizadeh’s legacy — the nuclear program. The key question is whether Iran will accelerate that work now, or wait to see what President-elect Biden puts on the table.

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U.K. first nation to clear Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for mass rollout

A health care worker during the phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial by Pfizer and BioNTech in Ankara, Turkey, in October. Photo: Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's government announced Wednesday it's approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, which "will be made available across the U.K. from next week."

Why it matters: The U.K. has beaten the U.S. to become the first Western country to give emergency approval for a vaccine that's found to be 95% effective with no serious side effects against a virus that's killed nearly 1.5 million people globally.

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NYT: Biden won't immediately remove U.S. tariffs on China

President-elect Joe Biden during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump's 25% tariffs imposed on China under the phase one trade deal will remain in place at the start of the new administration, President-elect Biden said in an interview with the New York Times published early Wednesday.

Details: "I'm not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs," Biden said. He plans to conduct a full review of the current U.S. policy on China and speak with key allies in Asia and Europe to "develop a coherent strategy," he said.