Jan 16, 2018

White House: Trump "wants immigrants to come in from everywhere"

Sanders takes reporters' questions after briefing them. Photo: Getty Images

Trump wants immigrants to come to the U.S. "from everywhere," but through a merit-based system, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, responding to reports that Trump called Haiti and African nations "s---hole countries" in an Oval Office meeting about immigration.

"No one here is going to pretend that the President is always politically correct. He isn't," she said.

"To be very clear, the president is running the show here in the White House," she added, responding to a question about Sen. Lindsey Graham's comment that "somebody on staff gave [Trump] really bad advice" leading into the now-infamous Oval Office meeting.

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America's funeral homes buckle under the coronavirus

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Morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries in hot spots across America cannot keep up with the staggering death toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, and at least tens of thousands more lives are projected to be lost. The numbers are creating unprecedented bottlenecks in the funeral industry — and social distancing is changing the way the families say goodbye to their loved ones.

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Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January

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In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

The state of play: By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

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Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: The virus hits home

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The share of Americans who know someone who's tested positive has more than tripled in just a few weeks, to 14%, according to the latest installment of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

  • It's still highest in the Northeast, but last week alone it doubled in the South — and it's becoming most pronounced among people who still must leave home to work.
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