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Top Trump administration officials will meet Friday to nail down ideas for executive actions President Trump can take to rein in rising drug prices — a way to try to fulfill a campaign promise without waiting on Congress.

Who will be there: It's being led by Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, and will include Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, per a source familiar with the meeting. Andrew Bremberg, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, is also heavily involved in the effort.

Why it matters: Trump has been prodding his team for months to come up with actions he can take on his own. A strong set of executive actions could give him a chance to push a more populist health care agenda, and maybe even change the subject from the troubled Affordable Care Act repeal bill.

What he might do: A leading idea the officials are looking at, according to Bloomberg, would promote "value-based" drug pricing — in which insurers pay for drugs based on how well they work on specific diseases and patients.

Per a White House official: "Rising drug prices are a main concern for American consumers and an issue the President has been consistently vocal about addressing. The President and his team are committed to creating an environment that is conducive to innovation and improving patients health outcomes."

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Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

Trump dons face mask during Walter Reed visit

Trump wearing a face mask in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 11. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

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