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President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump, situated between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis during his Monday morning Cabinet meeting, said he "feels strongly" about his decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, stating that he's "tired of being taken advantage of."

Trump also revealed that he is not giving up on health care, stating: "Obamacare is finished, it's dead, it's gone...There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore." He added that Senate Republicans are currently working on a short-term fix to insurance markets after he "cut off the gravy train" by ending subsidies — a move that has threatened to throw the Affordable Care Act markets into chaos.

Future of Iran deal: Trump said Congress and the deal's member countries will either find a solution that would improve the agreement, or else "total termination" will be "a very real possibility."

More on health care: Trump said he wants to "help the poor people" get better health care, and believes congressional Republicans will agree to a long-term fix for the ACA by March or April. Trump acknowledged that Democrats are unlikely to support that effort.

Other highlights:

  • Pharma: "Prescription drug prices are out of control" with drugs costing much more in the U.S. than in other countries, "meaning as usual the world is taking advantage of the United States," said Trump. "The drug companies quite frankly are getting away with murder."
  • Senate/House GOP: "I have a great relationship with them but they're not getting the job done... and I'm not going to blame myself. I'll be honest. They are not getting the job done."
  • Immigration: "Visa overstays... they're so out of control... more than ever we need the wall."
  • Las Vegas shooter: "We continue to pray for the victims... he was a demented sick individual, the wires were crossed pretty badly in his brain."
  • California wildfires: "Very sad thing to watch."

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59 mins ago - World

Scoop: Iran preparing to enrich weapons-grade uranium, Israel warns U.S.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference. Photo: Presidency of Iran handout via Getty

Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.