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Photo: BULLIT MARQUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump told the Wall Street Journal Thursday that he "probably" has a "very good relationship with Kim Jong-un," the North Korean leader who has called him and "dotard" and whom he has repeatedly called "Little Rocket Man"

“I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised," he said in the interview. Trump would not say whether he had spoken with Kim.

Trump also said Mexico could "indirectly" pay for a border wall because the U.S. would use "a small percentage" of the money gained from renegotiating NAFTA for the wall: "Guess what? Mexico’s paying.”

More from the interview:

  • On NAFTA: "he said he would terminate the agreement unless the sides could agree on a fair deal—'a Trump deal,' he called it—but added that he was 'leaving it a little bit flexible' until after Mexico’s presidential election later this year.
  • On the Mueller probe: "Mr. Trump also said that messages traded between a pair of FBI employees who had been involved in the Mueller investigation amounted to treason."
  • On North Korea: Mr. Trump framed his own comments as part of a broader strategy. 'You’ll see that a lot with me,' he said about combative tweets, 'and then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.'"

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Senate Democrats reach deal on extending unemployment insurance

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Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating and halting other action for roughly nine hours, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.