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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday confirmed that Ronny Jackson is no longer the president's doctor saying, "he's still an active duty navy doctor assigned to the White House, but upon his nomination to Veterans Affairs secretary an acting doctor was put in his place."

Sanders denied reports that Chief of Staff John Kelly is being considered to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs explaining, "no, he is not being considered. ...Both the president and his chief of staff are very happy with the position he currently holds."

Other highlights:

Sanders confirmed a NBC News report that President Trump's medical records were taken from his longtime doctor in New York without notice, calling the action a “standard procedure" for a newly elected president. She also disputes the characterization of Keith Schiller seizing records as a "burglary."

Sanders slammed the Iran nuclear deal explaining, "[w]e think the biggest mistake that was made was under the Obama administration by ever entering the deal in the first place."

On the Waffle House shooting incident, Sanders said the White House is arranging a possible meeting between Trump and James Shaw Jr., the man who confronted a gunman at a Nashville Waffle House shooting that left four dead last month.

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

Putin takes a call in 2017. Photo: Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty

President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies.

The state of play: Biden also raised arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to a White House readout. The statement said Biden and Putin agreed maintain "consistent communication," and that Biden stressed the U.S. would "act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies."

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.