Oct 10, 2017

Trump talks North Korea with Henry Kissinger

Trump met with Kissinger in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump invited Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to the White House for advice on tensions with North Korea and China. "Henry ... I inherited a mess, but I'm fixing it," Trump said.

"It's always a great honor to be in this office," Kissinger said. At this moment, "the opportunity to build a constructive, peaceful world order is very great."

More from Trump:

  • On whether his comments about Rex Tillerson's IQ was undercutting the Secretary of State: "No, I didn't undercut anybody. I don't believe in undercutting people." The president is scheduled to have lunch with Tillerson today.
  • On tax reform: "People of this country want tax cuts. They want lower taxes." Trump also repeated the false claim that the U.S. is the most heavily taxed nation in the world.
  • On whether tensions with Sen. Bob Corker will affect tax legislation's chances: "I don't think so at all."
  • Trump also joked that he's going to act quickly against the Affordable Care Act so Kissinger's premiums don't rise.

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China reopens Wuhan after 10-week coronavirus lockdown

People wearing facemasks stand near Yangtze River in Wuhan. Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images

China has lifted its lockdown of Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in December, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: As cases surged in January, China took the draconian step of sealing off the city of 11 million and shutting down its economy — a response that was viewed at the time as only possible in an authoritarian system, but which has since been adopted by governments around the world.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 1,381,014— Total deaths: 78,269 — Total recoveries: 292,973Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 378,289 — Total deaths: 11,830 — Total recoveries: 20,003Map.
  3. Trump administration latest: Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill
  4. Federal government latest: Senate looks to increase coronavirus relief for small businesses this week — Testing capacity is still lagging far behind demand.
  5. States update: New York death toll surged to its highest one-day total as state predicts a plateau in hospitalizations.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: The race to reopen America
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill

Glenn Fine, acting Pentagon watchdog

President Trump on Monday replaced the Pentagon's acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed last month, Politico first reported.

Why it matters: A group of independent federal watchdogs selected Fine to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, but Fine's removal from his Pentagon job prevents him from being able to serve in that position — since the law only allows sitting inspectors general to fill the role.

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