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

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that there was "no conflict at all" between President Trump's tweet this morning bashing the FISA surveillance law, and the White House's policy in favor of renewing it (which Trump expressed in a follow-up tweet hours later).

"The president fully supports the 702 and was happy to see that it passed the House today. But, he does have some overall concern with the FISA program more generally. We weren't confused, but some of you were" she added.

Why it matters: Sources in GOP leadership told Axios' Jonathan Swan that they were "horrified by a tweet they considered wildly irresponsible given the national security stakes."

More from Sanders' press briefing:

  • DACA: "There has not been a deal reached yet. However, we still think we can get there ... I'm not going to put a time frame on it but the priority is to get it done."
  • Will Trump be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller? "Nothing's changed. We're going to continue to be fully cooperative ... However, the president and his personal attorneys are going to discuss this with the special counsel, not with reporters."
  • On Trump saying he wants to take a "strong look" at U.S. libel laws: "He thinks when things like [the Michael Wolff book] happen, there should be some recourse … he's simply saying it should be looked at."
  • Trump's medical exam, set for tomorrow: Sanders said they'll put out a brief statement tomorrow but take the weekend to compile the results and give a detailed readout on Tuesday.

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Biden embarks on a consequential presidency

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Donald Trump tried everything to delegitimize the rival who vanquished him. In reality, he's set Joe Biden on course to be a far more consequential U.S. president than he might otherwise have become.

The big picture: President Biden now confronts not just a pandemic, but massive political divisions and an assault on truth — and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol two weeks ago that threatened democracy itself.

Updated 13 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Representatives from all branches of the military escort the 46th president to the White House.

Inaugural address: Biden vows to be "a president for all Americans"

Moments after taking the oath of office, President Biden sought to soothe a nation riven by political divisions and a global pandemic, while warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country and defeat a "virus that silently stalks the the country."

Why it matters: From the same steps that a pro-Trump mob launched an assault on Congress two weeks earlier, the new president paid deference to the endurance of American political institutions.