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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and President Trump. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Britain should send Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to European Union negotiations because he's "very smart" and leave the EU without a deal if it doesn't get what it wants, President Trump told the Sunday Times.

What he's saying: Trump told the newspaper ahead of his U.K. visit he wouldn't pay the 39 billion-pound ($49 billion) cost to leave the EU, outlined in the current agreement, saying "it's a big number." "If you don't get the deal you want, if you don't get a fair deal, then you walk away," he said.

The big picture: Trump is due to meet on Tuesday with British business leaders and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa Ma. It'll be her last week in office after she resigned as PM amid the escalating Brexit crisis. Trump on Friday expressed support for former U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Go deeper: Trump's state visit to the U.K. could get awkward

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CDC updates guidance on airborne COVID-19

A patron eats lunch in March at Philippe The Original near downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The CDC acknowledged Friday that airborne spread of COVID-19 among people more than 6 feet apart "has been repeatedly documented."

Why it matters: This is "a change from the agency’s previous position that most infections were acquired through 'close contact, not airborne transmission,'" the N.Y. Times reports.

11 hours ago - World

Over 170 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem

An injured man is carried away as Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images

At least 178 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem, Reuters reported late Friday.

The big picture: The clashes come amid growing anger over the threatened eviction of Palestinians from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. Tensions have also escalated in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks.

Updated 13 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Health: Coronavirus cases hit a seven-month low — Majority back vaccine proof requirements for travel, schools and work — The race to avoid a possible "monster" COVID variant.
  2. Politics: Oklahoma secures $2.6 million refund for hydroxychloroquine purchase — Why Biden's latest vaccine goal is his hardest yet.
  3. Vaccines: Pfizer begins application for full FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccine — Moderna says its COVID booster shot shows promise against variants.
  4. Economy: U.S. adds just 266,000 jobs in April, far below expectations — Americans' return to the skies could benefit smaller airlines.
  5. World: WHO authorizes China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use — Mixed response in Europe to Biden's vaccine patents bombshell.
  6. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

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