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Healthcare before tax reform: President Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that he won't start working on tax reform until the administration passes a new healthcare bill. "It's been very much misreported that we failed with healthcare. We haven't failed, we're negotiating," said Trump. (He's been saying "health care first" for weeks, but this shows he's not budging from that line, even as the House GOP bill remains completely stalled.)

Deadline for a new tax bill: Trump said he won't set a deadline on tax reform, since the media attacked him when the GOP missed the healthcare deadline, but "it's coming soon." He also noted that tax reform will "be tough" to pass, "but it won't be as tough as healthcare."

Border adjustment tax semantics: "I don't like the word 'adjustment'... when I hear border adjustment it means we lose," said Trump. But he is open to a border tax, "let's call it an import tax, a reciprocal tax... I love the idea of reciprocal, or a mirror tax... when you say reciprocal nobody fights you."

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Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

President Trump speaking to reporters on South Lawn in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.