Nov 16, 2017

White House: Trump believes Moore's fate is "up to the people of Alabama"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during her daily press briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday that President Trump believes the allegations against Roy Moore "are very troubling, and takes them very seriously," but the people of Alabama should decide who they want to represent them in the Senate.

She reiterated: Trump "firmly believes" that if the allegations are true, "then he should step aside."

Sexual harassment:
  • How are the current sexual harassment allegations different from those against Trump? "I think the president has, certainly a lot more insight into what he personally did or didn't do."
  • Will Trump campaign with Moore? "Not that I'm aware of."
  • On allegations against Sen. Al Franken: "It appears the Senate is looking into that and we believe that is an appropriate action."
Asia Trip:
  • Trade with China: "The president knows that there hasn't been fair and reciprocal trade with China ... he's been very clear directly with President Xi which he'll continue to be."
  • Does Trump believe Putin would lie to his face? "As the President said many times before, he doesn't think it's helpful to get into a back-and-forth argument with Vladimir Putin, but he does think there are places where we can work with Russia."
Other highlights:
  • Kushner's involvement in WikiLeaks and Russia emails: Kushner's spokesman will make a statement on that shortly.
  • Uranium One deal: "The president hasn't directed any investigation or the appointment of a special counsel."

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea ups its case count

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.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

Situational awareness

Warren Buffett. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Warren Buffett releases annual letter, reassures investors about future of Berkshire Hathaway
  2. Greyhound bars immigration sweeps
  3. U.S. military officially stops offensive operations in Afghanistan
  4. America's future looks a lot like Nevada
  5. Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins