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AP

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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Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.