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Trump gives a statement before leaving for the airport in Manila, Philippines. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is at right; National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is at left. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

President Trump arrived back at the White House just before 9 last night after his first Asia swing — five nations, six cities, three summits, 20,295 miles.

  • AP's Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin: "For all his tough campaign talk on trade, Trump appeared reluctant to take a confrontational stance. He cajoled and flattered leaders in Tokyo and Seoul without eliciting firm commitments for a more balanced economic relationship."
  • Behind-the-scenes nugget: "As Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up their joint statements to the press in Beijing [and] ducked backstage, Xi summoned his interpreter and posed an inquiry to Trump: 'Who is Roy Moore?'"

Not The Onion: The president at 5:40 a.m. tweeted that "Fox & Friends" will be "showing much of our successful trip to Asia, and the friendships & benefits that will endure for years to come."

  • "While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!"
  • He also pointed America to a tweet from a citizen saying "best president ever!"
  • Developing ...

Be smart: Trump has been teasing a "major" post-trip announcement, sending Washington's business and trade communities scrambling. Axios' Jonathan Swan poked around and found out it's less than meets the eye: He'll do a wrap-up of the trip, but don't hold your breath. Big stuff coming — it's just not baked yet.

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

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Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.