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Former President Trump recommended that Americans, and specifically those who voted for him, get vaccinated against COVID-19 during an interview with Fox News on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Polling has shown that Republicans are more likely to resist the idea of receiving a coronavirus vaccine and public officials are increasingly concerned it could prevent the country from achieving herd immunity against the virus.

Context: NIAID Director Anthony Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" that "it would make all the difference in the world" if former President Trump urged his supporters to take the coronavirus vaccine.

  • "I'm very surprised that the high percentage of Republicans say they don't want to get vaccinated," Fauci said.
  • "I don't understand where that's coming from. This is not a political issue. This is a public health issue."

What he's saying: "I would, I would recommend [the vaccine]," Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo.

  • "And I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly."

Yes, but: Trump added that "we have our freedoms and we have to live by that and I agree with that also."

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Eight people who were killed along with several others who were injured in a Thursday evening shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis have been identified by local law enforcement.

The big picture: The Sikh Coalition said at least four of the eight victims were members of the Indianapolis Sikh community.

Pompeo, wife misused State Dept. resources, federal watchdog finds

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The State Department's independent watchdog found that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules when he and his wife asked department employees to perform personal tasks on more than 100 occasions, including picking up their dog and making private dinner reservations.

Why it matters: The report comes as Pompeo pours money into a new political group amid speculation about a possible 2024 presidential run.

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