Jan 2, 2018

White House: Trump doesn't think "entire" Justice Dept. is Deep State

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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Top Senate Democrat says State Dept. is working on new Saudi arms deal

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Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote in a CNN op-ed on Wednesday that he learned that the State Department is currently working to sell thousands of additional precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Why it matters: Democrats say that Steve Linick, the State Department inspector general who was ousted on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recommendation, was investigating the administration's previous effort to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval.

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More than 100,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins — a terrible milestone that puts the death toll far beyond some of the most tragic events in U.S. history.

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