Jun 19, 2019

Trump officially enters 2020 race still hung up on 2016 rival

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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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President Trump said Saturday night the CDC would issue a "strong" travel advisory" for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and that a "quarantine will not be necessary."

The big picture: With more than 121,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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Trump rules out quarantine in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut after pushback

President Trump on the White House grounds on Saturdya. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Saturday night that he's decided not to introduce quarantine enforcement measures fo New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut, but a "strong" travel advisory will be issued for those states.

Why it matters: The president said hours earlier he was considering the move to combat the rise in novel coronavirus cases. But he received pushback, most notably from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who told CNN it would cause "chaos." "This would be a federal declaration of war on states," Cuomo added.

Go deeper: Updates on coronavirus in the U.S.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 660,706 — Total deaths: 30,652 — Total recoveries: 139,304.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 121,478 — Total deaths: 2,026 — Total recoveries: 1,072.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump is considering a quarantine on New York, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters that supported Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are now balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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