May 1, 2018

White House confirms Jackson no longer Trump's doctor

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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UFC wants to host fight on tribal land to avoid coronavirus restrictions

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In an attempt to skirt federal and state guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC plans to hold its April 18 pay-per-view event on tribal land in California, per multiple reports.

The state of play: Even as the rest of the sports world hits pause, UFC president Dana White has remained adamant that fights must go on, and appears to have settled for a shutdown casino in a state with the fourth-most confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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Ivanka Trump plans focus on coronavirus recovery for small businesses

Ivanka Trump speaks at yesterday's White House videoconference with bank and credit card executives. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ivanka Trump personally lobbied top bank executives to line up the $1.5 billion in commitments to small business that were announced yesterday at a videoconference among the bank executives and President Trump — stoking competitive juices among the execs to drive up their commitments.

The state of play: Ivanka, who has had workforce development in her portfolio going back to 2017, plans an increasing emphasis on small businesses in the weeks ahead as they navigate the rescue bill’s Payroll Protection Program, sources tell me.

Public transit's death spiral

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Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won't bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation.

Why it matters: Transit agencies could see an annual shortfall of as much as $38 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to TransitCenter. At the same time, they're more important than ever, with more than 36% of essential workers relying on public transportation to get to work.

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