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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaking at a daily news briefing at the White House. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Sarah Sanders addressed Steve Bannon's 60 Minutes interview during her Monday briefing, noting that President Trump has seen clips of it, and that she's unsure whether he was "disappointed" by his former chief strategist's comments.

Briefing highlights:

  • On Steve Bannon's claim that firing James Comey was a historic error: "I think it's been shown in the days after that the president was right in firing Comey," based on new information about his "conduct."
  • Does Trump still seek Bannon's counsel? "I think they've had one conversation [since Bannon's departure] but not anything beyond that."
  • On Bannon saying DACA could create a "civil war" within the GOP: "Steve always likes to speak in the most extreme measures."
  • Trump's views on climate change following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: "I don't think that's changed."

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 15 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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