Jun 22, 2017

Trump hasn't spoken with Sanders about Medicaid cuts

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Just hours before Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders briefed reporters at the White House Thursday, the Senate released its version of the GOP health care bill, which included a series of cuts to Medicaid — something President Trump pledged he wouldn't do throughout his campaign. Reporters hoped she'd have answers on whether Trump still believed in protecting the program, but Sanders simply stated that she hadn't talked to the president about it.

Other highlights from the briefing:

  • On Democrats being left out health care process: "We know that Obamacare is not sustainable. It's collapsing under itself... if Democrats really cared, they would've been involved in the process... it's sad they decided to play partisan politics."
  • On health bill being rushed through House/Senate: "We've been talking about reforming healthcare for a number of years. I don't think it's moving too fast."
  • Does Trump think Russia interfered in the election? "He thinks that it probably was Russia," but he also thinks the Democrats are using it to make excuses for why they lost.
  • On Trump tweeting he didn't tape Comey: "I think the president's statement on Twitter is extremely clear. I don't have anything to add."
  • Does Trump regret his original tweet suggesting he may have tapes? "I don't think so."
  • Does Trump think he's being surveilled in the Oval Office? "Not that I'm aware of."
  • Did Trump raise prospect of tapes to get Comey to tell the truth? "It was more about raising the question of doubt in general."
  • Trump's North Korea tweet: "The president has been extremely clear on this process. Of course he hopes to work with China."

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Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since February

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The Italian government reported 300 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the lowest daily increase since Feb. 29.

Why it matters: Italy, the first country in Europe to implement a nationwide lockdown after emerging as a hotspot in March, appears to have finally weathered its coronavirus outbreak. Italy has reported nearly 33,000 total deaths, the third-highest total behind the U.S. and U.K.

Joe Biden makes first public appearance in over two months

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in over two months on Monday to honor Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a Delaware veterans park, AP reports.

Why it matters: Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, has taken the unprecedented step of campaigning from his home during the coronavirus pandemic, ever since canceling a rally in Cleveland on March 10.