Mar 4, 2018

Trump friends "concerned about his well-being"

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Aides describe Trump as "uncontrollable" ... and "see a president isolated and on edge" — WashPost front-pager by Phil Rucker, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey:

  • "Trump’s friends are increasingly concerned about his well-being, worried that the president’s obsession with cable commentary and perceived slights is taking a toll on the 71-year-old. 'Pure madness,' lamented one exasperated ally."
  • "Trump seethed with anger last Wednesday night over cable news coverage of a photo ... by Axios, showing Sessions at dinner with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation, and another top Justice Department prosecutor."
  • "The outing was described in news reports as amounting to an act of solidarity after Trump had attacked Sessions in a tweet that morning."
  • "The next morning, Trump was still raging about the photo, venting to friends and allies about a dinner he viewed as an intentional show of disloyalty."

Meanwhile, in closed-door remarks to Republican donors in Florida yesterday, a recording of which was obtained by CNN, President Trump joked about China President Xi Jinping's consolidation of power:

  • "Xi is a great gentleman. He's now president for life. [Laughter, applause.] ... No, he's great. And, look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday." [Laughter, applause.]

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Top Senate Democrat says State Dept. is working on new Saudi arms deal

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Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote in a CNN op-ed on Wednesday that he learned that the State Department is currently working to sell thousands of additional precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Why it matters: Democrats say that Steve Linick, the State Department inspector general who was ousted on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recommendation, was investigating the administration's previous effort to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval.

U.S. coronavirus death toll crosses 100,000

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More than 100,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins — a terrible milestone that puts the death toll far beyond some of the most tragic events in U.S. history.

By the numbers: The death toll from COVID-19 now stands at more than 34 times the number of people who died on 9/11.