Jan 9, 2018

White House clears up confusion on Trump's understanding of "clean DACA bill"

Sanders behind the podium at a White House briefing as a video message from Trump plays behind her. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump will look for border security as well as an end to chain migration and the diversity visa program in the DACA bill. "Everyone" at today's bipartisan meeting at the White House agreed to focus on those security measures, she added.

The backdrop: Trump initially agreed to a "clean DACA bill" — one that purely protects Dreamers — proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but he later clarified that his definition of a clean bill includes security measures. Sanders also did not specify whether one of Trump's must-haves in the bill, "border security," means funding for a border wall. If it does, it could be a potential hiccup in securing Democratic support.

  • Trump hasn't abandoned the idea of having Mexico pay for the border wall.
  • On why the press was allowed in what was supposed to be a closed-press immigration meeting: "A number of individuals felt it was a good thing to let you into the conversation and cooperation on both sides."
  • On Davos: Trump "welcomes the opportunity to advance his America First agenda with world leaders."
  • On North Korea's decision to send a delegation to the Olympics: It doesn't change the U.S.'s decision to participate, Sanders said.
  • On Oprah 2020: "Is she a successful individual? Absolutely. But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that."

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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.
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  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.
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Infant dies after testing positive for coronavirus in Chicago

Hospital staff working inside a COVID-19 screening tent in Chicago on March 26. Photo: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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.

Trump weighs quarantine of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

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President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — states that have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing.

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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