Updated May 9, 2019

Trump says Democrats' probes will drive him to 2020 re-election victory

President Trump during a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, Wednesday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

President Trump told supporters after a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, Wednesday congressional Democrats’ investigations would help him win re-election in 2020, AP reports.

They want to do investigations instead of investments. I think it drives us right on to victory in 2020."

Why it matters: Trump made the remarks hours after Congress announced for the first time it had subpoena one of his children, Donald Trump Jr. It's seeking to quiz him on his previous testimony before Senate investigators in relation to the Russia investigation, sources with direct knowledge told Axios. The House Intelligence Committee also subpoenaed the Department of Justice Wednesday evening over the Mueller report.

The big picture: During his rally, Trump went after his potential 2020 Democratic presidential rivals, including Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Southbend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, quipping, "Beto, boy has he fallen like a rock."

“You got a choice between sleepy Joe and crazy Bernie — and I’ll take any of them. Let's just pick somebody please and let’s start this thing. ... We have a young man, Buttigieg, Boot-edge-edge. They say edge-edge. He’s got a great chance. He’ll be great. He’ll be great representing against President Xi of China. It’ll be great. I wanna be in that room. I want to watch that one."

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Cuomo says New York is "literally going day-to-day with our supplies"

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Why it matters: New York City has become an epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, facing mass quarantines and stay-at-home orders. Cuomo said Saturday that New York reported 630 new deaths in 24 hours — an "all-time increase" that beat the previous day's record of 562 deaths.

Illinois governor: "The president does not understand the word 'federal'"

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Trump's comments about the federal government's stockpile of medical equipment suggest he "does not understand the word 'federal.'"

Why it matters: White House adviser Jared Kushner argued at a press briefing last week that the "notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile; it’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use."