Melania looks on as President Trump speaks with reporters before departing for Asia. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

En route to board Air Force One ahead of his 10-day Asia tour, President Trump doubled down on his morning tweets when talking to reporters.s. "A lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me," he said, for not opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

Why it matters: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, already under fire for failing to disclose information relating to the Russia probe, is back on Trump's bad side for not being tougher on the Democrats, while still harboring frustration regarding Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Other highlights:

  • Trump's March 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos and Sessions: "I don't remember much about that meeting. It was a very unimportant meeting. It took place a long time ago. Don't remember much about it."
  • Extra day added to his Asia tour: Trump said he has added [last-minute] an extra day onto his 5-country tour of Asia to attend the East Asia Summit in the Philippines. His initial plan to be absent concerned experts, who warned it could signal a lower level of U.S. engagement in Asia-Pacific.
  • NYC terror attack: We are hitting ISIS "ten times harder... They claim him as a soldier, good luck. Every time they hit us, we know it is ISIS, we hit them like you folks won't believe."

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Why it matters: The conference's about-face follows a similar move by the Big Ten last week and comes as President Trump has publicly pressured sports to resume despite the ongoing pandemic. The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season, according to ESPN.

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Why it matters: Assuming one or more vaccines ultimately gain approval, there will be a period of months or even years in which supply lags far behind global demand. The COVAX initiative is an attempt to ensure doses go where they're most needed, rather than simply to countries that can produce or buy them at scale.

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