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Trump makes a video call to service members from the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Photo: Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty Images

In a short question and answer session with reporters this morning, President Trump said "I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen," and that the partial government shutdown won't end until "we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it."

Between the lines: His comments, per the White House pool report, didn't suggest any real progress in ending the standoff with Democratic leaders. But he may have signaled some flexibility on what would satisfy his promises on the border wall. And when asked whether the $5 billion he wants is nonnegotiable: "It’s complicated … We want the wall money to be increased."

Here's what he said about the border wall: "It’s my hope to have this done, completed — all 500 to 550 miles — to have it either renovated or brand new by election time."

Why it matters, per the Dallas Morning News: Trump "moved the goalpost on Tuesday by suggesting that he would be satisfied with funding to renovate existing barrier — not just add barrier to parts of the border that aren't already fenced."

  • And before today, "Trump had never publicly stated many miles of barrier he wants."

Other remarks, per the pool report:

  • His full comment on the funding: "It’s complicated. We’re getting $25 billion now. It’s already approved. But that’s for everything. That’s for homeland security. That includes as we say the bells and whistles…We want the wall money to be increased."
  • On the Federal Reserve: "They are raising interest rates too fast, that’s my opinion."
  • On whether he has confidence in Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: "Yes I do. Very talented guy, very smart person."

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Putin to demand legal guarantee against NATO expansion in call with Biden

Biden and Putin meeting in Geneva in June. Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin is demanding a legally binding guarantee that NATO will not expand east — including to Ukraine — and plans to raise the issue in an upcoming phone call with President Biden, according to the Kremlin.

Why it matters: Russia has massed more than 94,000 troops on the border with Ukraine and could be preparing for a large-scale invasion at the end of January, Ukraine's defense minister said Friday.

A tale of two jobs reports

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

Whatever you think about the economy, you’ll find something in this morning’s conflicting jobs report to reinforce your views: America's job market is white-hot and the labor market is anemic.

Between the lines: The conflict comes from the two separate surveys the government uses to compile the report.

Elon Musk's mega-billion bounty

Photo: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Here's how insanely rich Elon Musk is: He has unloaded $10 billion of his stock in the past month — and could do that 15+ more times given his silos of shares.