Aug 31, 2017

White House: Final decision on DACA hasn't been made


Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday that the president has not made a final decision on what will happen to the Obama-era deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program. But she declined to comment when asked whether Trump's previous comments that DREAMers "shouldn't be worried" still stands. Other highlights from her Thursday briefing:

Sarah Sanders:

  • Trump to pledge $1 million of "personal money" to Hurricane Harvey relief. He's also planning to travel to Texas and Louisiana on Saturday, likely the Houston area and Lake Charles.
  • Trump "absolutely" stands by his statement to treat DREAMers with heart.
  • WH wants to "halt the downward spiral" between U.S. and Russia. "We want to move forward toward better relations."

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Tom Bossert on Hurricane Harvey:

  • Estimates roughly 100k homes have been impacted by Harvey.
  • WH will soon send a supplemental spending request to Congress to help ease the recovery process, but Bossert's "not worried at all" about having enough money to fund current operations.
  • Undocumented immigrants seeking federal help on Harvey shouldn't be worried about their immigration status "unless they've committed a crime." Bossert added that no one will be denied food, water, or shelter based on their legal status, but he doesn't see a lot of tax-funded benefits going to illegal immigrants.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Live updates: CDC confirms possible community spread of coronavirus

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor have contact with a confirmed case, the CDC said Tuesday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response


President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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