Oct 6, 2017

White House: Trump will never reveal his military plans in advance

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

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dodged questions Friday on what President Trump meant when he told reporters Thursday night that his dinner with senior military leaders may be the "calm before the storm."

Instead she stated that the White House "is never going to say in advance" what the president is planning. "He's not trying to broadcast or telegraph his actions, [unlike prior presidents]," said Sanders. "If he feels that [military] action is necessary, he'll take it."

Briefing highlights:

On Trump rolling back the Obama-era birth control program: "The president believes that the freedom to practice one's faith is a fundamental right in this country... If people don't like what the Constitution says, they should talk to Congress about changing it."Status of Iran deal: Trump's looking at all of Iran's "bad behavior."On Corker saying Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly are keeping the world from chaos: "The president is the one keeping the world from chaos."Trump-Tillerson relations: Trump still has full confidence in his Secretary of State. "Nothing has changed despite what you may read in the media."Mysterious health attacks on Americans in Cuba: The U.S. will continue to look into this "until we get some real answers."Latest jobs number: "Today's jobs report shows how much the storms have hurt our economy." But the storms also hurt our people, said Sanders.Status of GOP tax plan: Trump is visiting Hamburg, Pennsylvania Wednesday to deliver a tax reform speech.

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Top Trump ally sounds 2020 election alarm over coronavirus response

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There is growing concern among top conservative leaders that the Trump administration isn't addressing the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus, several sources tell Axios. One top adviser said if the recovery is bungled it could cost President Trump the election.

What we're hearing: "The next 4-8 weeks is really going to decide whether Trump gets reelected," Stephen Moore, Trump's former nominee for the Federal Reserve board, told Axios. If the administration mishandles its economic recovery efforts, he said, Trump is "in big trouble."

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,600,427 — Total deaths: 95,506 — Total recoveries: 354,006Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 465,329 — Total deaths: 16,513 — Total recoveries: 25,410Map.
  3. Public health latest: U.S. has expelled thousands of migrants under a CDC public health orderDr. Anthony Fauci said social distancing could reduce the U.S. death toll to 60,000.
  4. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — After another 6.6 million jobless claims, here's how to understand the scale of American job decimation.
  5. 2020 latest: Top conservative leaders are concerned the Trump administration isn't addressing the virus' long-term economic impact.
  6. States latest: FEMA has asked governors to decide if they want testing sites to be under state or federal control.
  7. World latest: Lockdowns have led to a decline in murders in some of the world's most violent countries — Boris Johnson is moved out of the ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus.
  8. In Congress: Senate in stalemate over additional funding for small business relief program.
  9. 1 SNL thing: "Saturday Night Live" will return this weekend in a remotely produced episode.
  10. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredPets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  11. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Federal court temporarily blocks coronavirus order against some abortions

Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo: Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images

A federal judge ruled Thursday that clinics in Texas can immediately offer medication abortions — a pregnancy termination method administered by pill — and can also provide the procedure to patients nearing the state's time limits for abortions.

Driving the news: The decision comes after federal appeals court ruled 2-1 on Tuesday in favor of an executive order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott that prohibits abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

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