Feb 18, 2017

Trump's 4th week in review

What a week in Trumpland it has been. It seemed like there was a massive new breaking story leaking from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue every day. To get through it all, Axios has rounded up the 5 biggest stories of the week and shipped them right to you…

The firing of Michael Flynn: Oh, Monday. You were so long ago. There was a time when Trump's firing of his national security advisor seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, Flynn lied to VP Pence and claimed that he never discussed sanctions during a December phone call with the Russian ambassador. Then again, Trump also said during his press conference Thursday that he approved of Flynn's discussions: "If anything, he did something right…He was just doing his job." And Flynn's job is still open as Trump's pick for his replacement, Vice Admiral Robert Harward, said no — reportedly calling the job a "shit sandwich."

Russia trumps you: Oh, Tuesday. You were so long ago. There was a time when the New York Times' report on Tuesday night that Trump campaign aides had contacts with Russian officials seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, Russia attempted to interfere in November's election and Trump praised the country throughout the election cycle. He shot it down pretty forcefully on Thursday, branding it "fake news put out by the media" and claiming that he wasn't aware of anyone on his campaign having had contact with Russians.

That press conference: Oh, Thursday. You were so long ago. There was a time when those 77 minutes of peak Trump press conference magic seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, some branded it an unhinged performance, while others viewed it as the president talking masterfully to the base that elected him. From leaks ("the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake") to the travel ban ("We had a very smooth rollout. We had a bad court."), POTUS played the hits and presented his administration as a "finely-tuned machine" just trying to deal with the "mess" it inherited from Barack Obama. And, oh yeah, the press conference was initially supposed to be an introduction to his new pick for Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta.

The deportation force that wasn't: Oh, Friday. You were so long ago. There was a time when the AP's report that Trump was considering mobilizing 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants seemed destined to be the biggest story of the week. After all, it was the culmination of one of Trump's most controversial campaign promises to build a deportation force. But that came crashing down quickly. The White House and Department of Homeland Security issued categorical denials regarding the implementation of the policy and the authorship of the draft memo that sparked the report was called into question. Check out the memo for yourself and see what you think.

Campaign part deux: Oh, Saturday. You're finally here! It's the weekend! It's time to relax! It's…campaign season? With 1,354 days to go until the 2020 election, Trump is visiting an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida, giving what a White House spokesman called "a campaign rally for America." Rallies are Trump's way to let loose and have some fun. And after the week he's had, what else can he do but…


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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 65,691 — Total deaths: 30,438 — Total recoveries: 139,263.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 119,748 — Total deaths: 1,991 — Total recoveries: 921.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump is considering a quarantine on New York, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. He signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to give businesses and U.S. workers financial relief.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters that supported Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are now balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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An infant less than one year old died in Chicago, Illinois after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the state health department said on Saturday.

Why it matters: The death would mark the first reported infant mortality from COVID-19 in the U.S. The fatality rate for the novel coronavirus in the U.S. is highest among those over 85 years old, per the CDC.

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The big picture: With 112,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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