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Sanders steps back up to the podium after a holiday hiatus. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to a string of President Trump's tweets from Tuesday morning. She said, "We know Pakistan can do more to fight terrorism and we want them to step up and do that," after Trump accused Pakistan of lies and deceit on Twitter.

  • On Trump's "Deep State" tweet: "Obviously the president does not believe the entire Justice Department is part of that [the Deep State]."
  • On protests in Iran: "We support them giving basic rights to the people of Iran and we support them stopping being a state sponsor of terror." Trump is keeping his "options open" with regards to sanctions against Iran.
  • On Trump's DACA tweet: Trump "supports the DACA program," but "massive" border security needs to be part of a legislative fix for Dreamers.
  • On Trump's time on the golf course: It's helped him develop "deeper and better" relationships with members of Congress, per Sanders.
  • On the president's tweet taking credit for aviation safety: A reporter asked Sanders whether President Obama deserves credit as well because there have been no commercial plan crashes in the U.S. since 2009. She replied, "The president has raised the bar for aviation safety and security."

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.