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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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown.

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New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.