Feb 5, 2017

Trump is the polar opposite of no-drama Obama

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After eight years of no-drama President Obama, America is witnessing dizzying days of things never done, said, attempted or even contemplated by a U.S. President. It's the Donald Trump drama bump. Let's count the ways, in just the past seven days...

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  • "You're fired!" Trump canned Attorney General Sally Yates after she questioned the legality of his immigration executive order.
  • Democrats: Of course he's picked fights with the other side of the aisle. And the drama is about to escalate with the start of the fight over Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer threatened to block whomever the President nominated, and Trump has already called Dems "demeaning."
  • Nuclear option: To get Gorsuch confirmed, Trump even told Mitch McConnell to use the nuclear option if he has to.
  • Mexico: "You have a bunch of bad hombres down there…You aren't doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it," Trump said to President Nieto on a phone call, according to the AP. The White House later said Trump was being "lighthearted."
  • Australia: After a phone call with the Australian president, Trump said it was the "worst call so far," and hung up early, according to the Washington Post. Again White House said the tone of the call was misinterpreted. Trump later tweeted:
  • Iran: Michael Flynn told the press that the U.S. is "officially putting Iran on notice" after the country conducted a ballistic missile test, which Trump's administration says is in violation of a U.N. resolution. A senior advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader said Iran will "vigorously" continue with missile tests anyway, to which Sean Spicer responded to in a press briefing: "We aren't just going to sit back, We're not just going to take it."
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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: At the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump took a jab at the new star of the Apprentice...

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Japan's economy minister outlined plans on Monday to end the nationwide state of emergency as the number of new novel coronavirus cases continues to decline to less than 50 a day, per Bloomberg. Japan has reported 16,550 cases and 820 deaths.

By the numbers: Over 5.4 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Monday, and more than 2.1 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 13.7 million tests). The U.K. is reporting over 36,800 deaths from the coronavirus — the most fatalities outside the U.S.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 5,401,701 — Total deaths: 345,060 — Total recoveries — 2,149,407Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 1,643,238 — Total deaths: 97,720 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,195Map.
  3. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil, coronavirus hotspot in Southern Hemisphere Over 100 coronavirus cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports that he broke U.K. lockdown while exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks headed into Memorial Day weekend Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most statesHurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

President Trump doubled down on his push to reopen schools, tweeting late Sunday: "Schools in our country should be opened ASAP."

Zoom in: Trump pushed back on NIAD Director Anthony Fauci cautioning against the move earlier this month, calling his concerns "not an acceptable answer."