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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump, currently in Germany for the G20 summit with other global leaders, tweeted Friday that "everyone here" is talking about how John Podesta (former chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign) didn't turn over the DNC server to the FBI after it was believed to be hacked by the Russians:

"Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!"

Earlier this week, Podesta told Fox News that it was the DNC's responsibility to hand over the server, and that he fulfilled his obligations by turning over Clinton's private servers. The DNC also emphasized today that Podesta "never ran the DNC."

Why it matters: President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this afternoon, and the meeting could get awkward if they focus on Russia's alleged hacking of the 2016 election — especially if all of the other leaders are talking about it.

Trump's other morning tweets:

  • Thank you everyone, even "the haters": "My experience yesterday in Poland was a great one. Thank you to everyone, including the haters, for the great reviews of the speech!"
  • G20 meetings: "After Poland had a great meeting with Chancellor Merkel and then with PM Shinzō Abe of Japan & President Moon of South Korea... I look forward to all meetings today with world leaders, including my meeting with Vladimir Putin. Much to discuss. #G20Summit #USA"
  • Fake news media: "I will represent our country well and fight for its interests! Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares! We will #MAGA!"

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NYT: Biden won't immediately remove U.S. tariffs on China

President-elect Joe Biden during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump's 25% tariffs imposed on China under the phase one trade deal will remain in place at the start of the new administration, President-elect Biden said in an interview with the New York Times published early Wednesday.

Details: "I'm not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs," Biden said. He plans to conduct a full review of the current U.S. policy on China and speak with key allies in Asia and Europe to "develop a coherent strategy," he said.

Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

The walls close in on Trump

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

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