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Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Thursday aboard Air Force One that there was "no final straw" when it came to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation, and that Pruitt resigned on his own accord.

The big picture: Despite months of controversy surrounding Pruitt's management decisions and spending habits, the president has stuck by him publicly. Trump said that Pruitt came to him and said he "[didn't] want to be a distraction."

More remarks from Trump, per the press pool:

  • On reports of Rep. Jim Jordan ignoring sexual assault allegations during his time at Ohio State University: "I don't believe them at all...Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington. I believe him 100%. No question in my mind."
  • On his Supreme Court nomination: "I have it down to four...I’ll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday. We’ll announce it on Monday." He also said he expects to announce his decision around 9pm on Monday night.
  • On North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: "I thought we got along very well. I thought we had a good chemistry together. I think we understand each other. I really believe that he sees a different future for North Korea. I hope that’s true. If that’s not true we’ll go back to the other way."

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McCarthy jokes about hitting Pelosi with gavel if he becomes Speaker, in new audio

Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) can be heard saying "it would be hard not to hit" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker's gavel if Republicans retake the House in 2022 and he becomes speaker, according to new audio posted to Twitter by a Main Street Nashville reporter.

Driving the news: McCarthy made the comments during a fundraising event in Tennessee, as he was handed an oversized gavel by members of the Tennessee congressional delegation, reports CNN.

Updated 4 hours ago - World

U.S. and U.K. blame Iran for drone strike on oil tanker

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the United States and United Kingdom, respectively, now believe Iran was likely responsible for last week's drone strike on an oil tanker in the Arabian sea.

Why it matters: The United States and Britain now join Israel in accusing Tehran of being behind the July 29 attack off the coast of Oman. Iran has denied involvement.

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Suni Lee wins bronze medal in uneven bars

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U.S. gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee won her 3rd Olympic medal on Sunday, taking home bronze in the individual uneven bars event.

Driving the news: Also on Sunday, U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner won the silver medal in the vault on Sunday after stepping in for Simone Biles, who withdrew from the event to prioritize her mental health and well-being.