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President Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump told The Hill Monday that writer E. Jean Carroll was "totally lying" when she said he raped her in a dressing room of New York's Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s.

I’ll say it with great respect: No. 1, she’s not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?"

Why it matters: Carroll's accusation is the 16th allegation of sexual misconduct or assault levied against the president throughout his time in public life — all of which he has denied.

Catch up quick: Carroll, a columnist for Elle, alleged Trump pinned her against a wall in the dressing room in either 1995 or 1996, pulled down her tights, unzipped his pants and sexually assaulted her. Carroll claims she fought back and escaped relatively quickly.

  • She told CNN she's uncomfortable with the word "rape," but her description of the incident in her new book would legally qualify as rape.

The big picture: Trump previously called the accusation false, saying Carroll is making the claims to boost book sales. He said he never met Carroll, though The Cut published a photo of them together at a party in the 1990s. Trump dismissed the photo evidence on Saturday. "Standing with coat on in a line — give me a break — with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is," he told reporters.

  • Trump insisted to The Hill he knows nothing about Carroll. "It’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that," he said.
  • Carroll responded to Trump's latest comments about her on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Monday evening.
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This article has been updated with more details, including fresh quotes from Trump and Carroll.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

By the numbers: Haitian emigration

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Data: CBP; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The number of Haitians crossing the U.S.-Mexico border had been rising even before their country's president was assassinated in July and the island was struck by an earthquake a month later.

Why it matters: A spike during the past few weeks — leaving thousands waiting in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — has prompted a crackdown and deportations by the Biden administration.

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President Biden stands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in June. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson told reporters on his way to the U.N. General Assembly on Sunday night he didn't believe it was likely that the U.S. would agree to lift its ban on vaccinated foreign travelers this week. Hours later, the White House did exactly that.

Why it matters: For the second time in less than a week, a major U.S. foreign policy decision by the Biden administration appears to have caught one of its closest allies by surprise. And neither was the first time, either.