Feb 27, 2017

Trump wants competition in media, but won't comment on AT&T-Time Warner

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Donald Trump declined to comment directly on AT&T's $85 billion proposed purchase of CNN owner Time Warner during a conversation with Breitbart News, known for its often favorable coverage of Trump and ties to the White House, but had this to say:

"You have to have competition in the marketplace and you have to have competition among the media. And I'm not commenting on any one deal, but you need competition generally and you certainly need it with media."

Key context: Trump threatened to block the deal during the final stretches of the campaign. But his answer in Monday's interview is in line with what he told Axios about his views on media competition shortly before taking office — and don't rule out the government harshly reviewing the proposed sale.

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Mark Meadows considers new White House press secretary

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has privately discussed bringing on Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as a new White House press secretary, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: Meadows' start on Tuesday as Trump's new chief — and televised coronavirus briefings that feature President Trump himself — present a chance to overhaul a press shop that's kept a low profile since President Trump ended the tradition of daily press secretary briefings.

CNN: Fauci advises all states issue stay-at-home orders

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci recommended on Thursday that all states across the U.S. implement stay-at-home orders, at a CNN town hall.

Why it matters: The recommendation stands in contrast to President Trump's calls for "flexibility." Nearly 4o states have issued stay-at-home orders to promote social distancing as a way to combat the novel coronavirus — but the orders vary in strictness and duration.