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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

After a meeting with his national security team Trump spoke to reporters this evening in New Jersey.

If anything happens to Guam there will be big, big trouble in North Korea.

Trump said he'll be cutting his vacation short and returning to Washington where on Monday he'll hold a press conference. Secretary of State Tillerson, who met with Trump along with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, said the U.S. still a diplomatic solution in North Korea. Trump said he prefered a "peaceful solution."

Some news on Venezuela: Trump said he wouldn't rule out the military option in response to the crisis there

On other issues:

  • McConnell's failure on healthcare: "We should have had health care approved ... what happened ... was unacceptable." Trump said McConnell should have gotten the votes by "taking away a committee chairmanship."
  • Comments about Putin expelling diplomats were "absolutely" a joke.
  • Iran not abiding the spirit of the nuclear agreement
  • Decision coming on Afghanistan soon

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White House plots "full-court press" for $1.9 trillion relief plan

National Economic Council Director Brian Deese speaks during a White House news briefing. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Biden White House is deploying top officials to get a wide ideological spectrum of lawmakers, governors and mayors on board with the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The broad, choreographed effort shows just how crucially Biden views the stimulus to the nation's recovery and his own political success.

20 mins ago - World

Scoop: Sudan wants to seal Israel normalization deal at White House

Burhan. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty

Three months after Sudan agreed to normalize relations with Israel, it still hasn't signed an agreement to formally do so. Israeli officials tell me one reason has now emerged: Sudan wants to sign the deal at the White House.

Driving the news: Israel sent Sudan a draft agreement for establishing diplomatic relations several weeks ago, but the Sudanese didn’t reply, the officials say. On Tuesday, Israeli Minister of Intelligence Eli Cohen raised that issue in Khartoum during the first-ever visit of an Israeli minister to Sudan.

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