May 4, 2018

Trump says countries are "sending their worst" immigrants to U.S.

President Trump delivering a speech to at the annual NRA convention. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

During a visit to the NRA's annual meeting in Dallas, President Trump touted the latest unemployment numbers, said countries who send immigrants to the United States "send up their worst," and praised the judge who said Mueller aims "to hurt Trump."

On gun control: The president noted that there "has never been a case where more red flags have been shown" in the case of the Parkland school shooting, but nothing was done and claimed that 98% of public shootings happen in places where guns are banned. He slammed "gun-free" zones and saying the signs read shooters can "come in and take us."

Trump began his speech by giving his "full endorsement" to Texas Senator Ted Cruz to retain his seat, and Greg Abbott in his re-election campaign for Governor of Texas. He said the administration has gotten plenty done during his time in office, but that his supporters can't "be complacent" as they enter the 2018 mid-term elections.

  • Trump touted his upcoming meeting with North Korea saying "weakness gets you nuclear war."
  • On gun control laws: Trump said Chicago has the "toughest" gun laws in the country, but they haven't been effective. He also noted that if guns are outlawed, "all vans and all trucks" must be outlawed as well as the "new form of death for the maniac terrorists."
  • "Thank you Kanye": Trump said West "must have some power" after a new poll he saw showed his support among African Americans jumped from 11% to 22%.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,273,402 — Total deaths: 375,683 — Total recoveries — 2,697,873Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 1,811,277 — Total deaths: 105,147 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been reported to federal health officials —Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Federal government: Trump lashes out at governors, calls for National Guard to "dominate" streets.
  5. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO.
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