Jan 18, 2018

Trump: Democrats would "like to see a shutdown"

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President Trump told the press pool on Thursday that the GOP tax cuts "have not been working well for the Democrats," and they'd "like to see a shutdown in order to get off that subject," according to pool reports.

Why it matters: Congress must pass a continuing resolution (CR) by tomorrow to avoid a government shutdown. To do that, GOP leadership has to satisfy Senate Democrats and the House Freedom Caucus, which Axios' Alexi McCammond and Zachary Basu say seems unlikely, at this point.

More from a gaggle with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, per pool reports:

  • The White House is "happy to see that China has significantly cut trade" with North Korea.
  • Trump is expected to talk to Republicans and Democrats about the CR, and will "convey...that a shutdown would not be great for the military."
  • Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly "have a great relationship," and Trump's frustration is with "the media coverage about [Kelly's Fox News interview] and taking the Chief's comments out of context."

One more thing: Trump told the pool that Kelly didn't tell lawmakers on Wednesday that he promised voters a southern border wall while not being "fully informed."

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Ivanka Trump speaks at yesterday's White House videoconference with bank and credit card executives. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ivanka Trump personally lobbied top bank executives to line up the $1.5 billion in commitments to small business that were announced yesterday at a videoconference among the bank executives and President Trump — stoking competitive juices among the execs to drive up their commitments.

The state of play: Ivanka, who has had workforce development in her portfolio going back to 2017, plans an increasing emphasis on small businesses in the weeks ahead as they navigate the rescue bill’s Payroll Protection Program, sources tell me.

Public transit's death spiral

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Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won't bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation.

Why it matters: Transit agencies could see an annual shortfall of as much as $38 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to TransitCenter. At the same time, they're more important than ever, with more than 36% of essential workers relying on public transportation to get to work.

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World coronavirus updates: London mayor says U.K. nowhere near lockdown lifting

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern offered hope in the fight against the novel coronavirus, saying she believes New Zealand has "turned a corner" after two weeks of strict lockdown measures. But London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said the U.K. is "nowhere near" lifting restrictions.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed over 82,000 people and infected 1.4 million others globally as of early Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data. Global recoveries have surpassed 301,000. Spain has reported the most cases outside the U.S. (more than 141,000) and Italy the most deaths (over 17,000). Half the planet's population is on lockdown.

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