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A man wears a Trump yarmulke at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting on April 6. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump tried to secure votes for his 2020 re-election bid at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting on Saturday, speaking to a largely supportive crowd that frequently chanted "4 more years" and displayed a united departure from the splintered view the group had of Trump in 2017.

The big picture: RJC board members, who are confident that 2020 is the cycle where Republicans can finally make real inroads with the Jewish vote, have planned a $10 million investment to garner Jewish support for Trump, Politico reports. But there is some doubt that Trump's bid with the RJC will pay off in 2020, despite his heightened rhetoric that "the Democrats hate Jewish people" and his status in the RJC as "the most pro-Israel president ever in history."

“This is not new. We’ve seen different iterations of this in previous elections either in midterm or presidential elections, and each time it’s kind of repackaged with a different narrative in an attempt by Republicans to chip away at the Jewish vote — and every time it fails."
— Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, in an interview with Politico

What we're watching: As Trump tries to build a stronger Jewish voting base, Republicans are using Israel to make political points. House GOP lawmakers attempted to halt a recently passed resolution to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen via an amendment that would have added language to oppose the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which promotes various forms of activism against Israel.

  • "They wanted to kill Israel. They wanted to destroy Israel," Trump said Saturday on the Iran Nuclear Deal, which the U.S. abandoned last year but is still adhered to by Iran.
  • The president said in a Mar-a-Lago speech to RNC donors last month that if he could run to be prime minister of Israel, he'd be at 98% in the polls.

Go deeper: U.S. labels Golan Heights "under Israeli control" for first time

Go deeper

Burnout, money, concern drive Harris turnover

Vice President Kamala Harris and another potential 2024 presidential candidate, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, appeared together Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Burnout, better opportunities and concern about being permanently branded a "Harris person" is driving some of the turnover in Vice President Kamala Harris's office, people familiar with the situation tell Axios.

Why it matters: Harris is not only a heartbeat from the presidency but, by virtue of her office, the presumed 2024 frontrunner if President Biden doesn't seek re-election. There's been an inordinate amount of disarray — and, now, turnover — throughout her tenure.

Updated 3 hours ago - Health

WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Health measures taken to combat COVID-19 before the emergence of Omicron would also help against the new variant of concern, World Health Organization officials said Friday.

What they're saying: Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, said during a virtual briefing broadcast from Manila, Philippines, that border controls imposed by the U.S. and other nations can "buy time" to deal with the variant, but warned "every country and every community must prepare for new surges in cases."

4 hours ago - Health

Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada's Public Employees' Benefit Program Board voted Thursday to charge workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge of up to $55 a month if they're not vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state to announce such a move, per AP.

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