Oct 11, 2017

Trump: "frankly disgusting" media writes whatever it wants

President Trump speaks during a meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

During a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday, President Trump denied an NBC News report Wednesday claiming he asked to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal tenfold, and called the story "frankly disgusting":

"It's totally unnecessary [to increase our nukes] because I know what we have right now... We don't need an increase... and it's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write."

More from Trump:

  • On North Korea: "I think I have a little bit of a different attitude on North Korea. Perhaps I feel stronger and tougher on that subject than other people, but I listen to everybody... at the end of the day, my attitude is the one that matters."
  • Is NAFTA dead? "We'll see what happens. We have a tough negotiation and it's something you'll know in the not-to-distant future... it needs to be fair and work well for both countries, and Mexico."
  • Iran deal decision: "It's coming soon."

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Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

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Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 5,923,432— Total deaths: 364,836 — Total recoveries — 2,493,434Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,745,930 — Total deaths: 102,808 — Total recoveries: 406,446 — Total tested: 16,099,515Map.
  3. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March —How the U.S. might distribute a vaccine.
  4. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  5. Business: Fed chair Powell says coronavirus is "great increaser" of income inequality.
  6. 1 sports thing: NCAA outlines plan to get athletes back to campus.