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Andrew Harnik / AP

White House policy chief Marc Short said Wednesday that the Trump administration is confident they can pass the health bill, and that they are fully committed to repealing and replacing the ACA. He then proceeded to call the GOP holdouts' bluff, "If you're saying that you're not willing to move to the bill... then all of the campaign promises that you made were hollow." HIghlights from the off-camera briefing:

Marc Short:

  • What does Trump want? "His preference is the Senate bill as it is constructed right now," said Short, adding that Trump will not give up if the health bill doesn't pass next week.
  • Timing: "The president encouraged Senators to not leave town until a health care bill is presented to him."
  • Will Trump not support Senators who don't support the bill? "There's not a sense of a veiled threat. The president is pretty direct in his words."
  • On Graham/Durbin DREAM Act: "I think the administration has opposed the DREAM Act and would likely be consistent on that."

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

  • Second Trump-Putin meeting at the G20: "Once again the Russia fever has caught up with the media and everyone ran out and tried to create a story," said Sanders, adding that it's absurd to suggest it was some kind of secret."
  • Length of Trump-Putin meeting: "We weren't following them around with a stop watch. It was a brief conversation and certainly not an hour."
  • Does tax reform have to come after health care? "I don't think it has to wait but that's certainly the preference."
  • Voter fraud commission is based on fact finding: Trump's statement that "millions" voted illegally last year is "an opinion".
  • NAFTA: "Meetings to renegotiate NAFTA will take place in Washington from August 16th-20th."

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First look: Anita Dunn advises Dems on economy message for '22

Signs from a President Biden event yesterday in Kansas City, Mo. Photo: Chase Castor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In a midterm preview, top Democratic strategist Anita Dunn advises the party's House and Senate members to frame Republicans "as being against the economic interests of working Americans."

What she's saying: "Explicitly framing Republicans as opposing policies to lower costs does better than simply framing Republicans as the 'party of no,'" Dunn, White House senior adviser until August, writes in the memo.

JPMorgan: "Full global recovery" in 2022

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JPMorgan Chase Global Research says in a forecast to clients: "2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic, and a return to normal conditions we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak."

The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.