Feb 12, 2019

Trump: "I can't say I'm thrilled" on the border security compromise

President Trump said in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that he's "not happy" about the deal reached in a bipartisan conference Monday night to keep the government open past Feb. 15. He did not say whether or not he would support the bill.

The state of play: Lawmakers have been waiting for Trump to weigh in after a border security deal — which only includes about $1.4 billion for barrier construction — was reached Monday night. On Sunday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the administration would secure the border, either by reprogramming leftover government funds or by declaring a national emergency.

During the Cabinet meeting, Trump alluded to moving money around from "less important areas" to build the wall:

"I can't say I'm thrilled. ... So I can tell you that — am I happy at first glance? I just got to see it. The answer is no, I'm not. I'm not happy. But am I happy with where we're we're going? I'm thrilled, because we're supplementing things and moving things around and we're doing things that are fantastic and taking from far less — really from far less important areas. "

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

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Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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