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A U.S. Marine stands guard outside the West Wing, indicating that President Trump is in the Oval Office, on Oct. 7. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump went to the Oval Office on Wednesday to receive a briefing on coronavirus stimulus and Hurricane Delta, White House spokesperson Brian Morgenstern confirmed to reporters.

Why it matters: White House aides had advised Trump to avoid the Oval Office while he's still infected with the coronavirus, following his positive test and hospitalization last week. The CDC states that a person can be contagious for up to 10 days after coronavirus symptoms resolve.

Flashback: The White House denied Wednesday that Trump had worked in the Oval Office on Tuesday while still suffering from COVID, despite claims that he had from White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

  • White House communications aide Ben Williamson tweeted that Trump "wanted to be in the Oval Office" but instead "stayed back in the residence working from there."
  • "Safety preparations have been underway in the event he moves to working out of the Oval in the coming days," Williamson added.

Of note: Trump still wants a standalone bill to help airlines recover from the pandemic, along with other potential standalone stimulus measures, despite calling off negotiations on a comprehensive bill last night, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.

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Jan 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden unveils picks to staff White House climate office

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Joe Biden's transition team on Thursday rolled out a team of top White House climate aides.

Why it matters: The crew staffing the new White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy will help oversee what the incoming administration says will be an aggressive, government-wide approach to the topic.

Jan 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump, twice impeached

Photo: House TV

With soldiers guarding the Capitol halls, Donald J. Trump became the first president in American history to be impeached twice.

By the numbers: The tally for history: 232-197, with 10 Republicans voting to impeach. (None voted to impeach last year.)

Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading stocks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it's unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have great power to move stock prices, and great financial incentives to do so.

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