Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

During a joint press conference with leaders of the Baltic States, President Trump said the U.S. military coalition has "almost completed" the task of getting rid of ISIS in Syria, and that the administration will soon be making a decision on when to pull U.S. troops out of the region.

Quick take: This is along the same line of thinking the president expressed last week when he said "let other people take care of [the ISIS situation in Syria] now."

"I want to get out. I want to bring out troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation."
— President Trump

Highlights: President Trump made the most news from today's joint presser with President Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia.

  • Trump said he "hopes" that the U.S. and Russia will be able "to have great dialogue," adding that "nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have."
  • “Getting along with Russia is a good thing. Getting along with China is a good thing. Getting along with other countries, including your three countries, is a good thing,” Trump added.
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  • "Hopefully Congress will get their act together soon," said Trump. "We don’t have laws, we have catch and release … we are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the U.S."
  • President Trump congratulated the three leaders for meeting their NATO obligation of a 2% GDP benchmark for funding their national defense.
  • Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said that that the Baltic States need leadership, "even unpredictable leadership" to make sure NATO allies are investing in defense.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,189,737 — Total deaths: 716,669 — Total recoveries — 11,610,192Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,917,050 — Total deaths: 160,702 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (L) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speak to the media on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Trump should sign executive orders unilaterally addressing coronavirus stimulus spending after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again on Friday.

Why it matters: Friday was viewed as a self-imposed deadline to negotiate a new relief bill. But after an intense week of negotiations on Capitol Hill, White House and Democratic leadership failed to reach a deal on delivering much needed aid to Americans and businesses.