Oct 5, 2017

White House: We "welcome" the discussion on bump stocks

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter during a news briefing at the White House. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House "welcomes" the conversation about regulating the use of bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. Sanders added that "right now our focus has been on healing and uniting the country" and reminded reporters that Trump is still "a strong supporter" of the 2nd amendment. "That hasn't changed."

Minutes before: The NRA called on the federal government to review whether there should be "additional regulations" placed on bump stocks.

Briefing highlights:

  • On Tillerson dodging whether he called Trump a "moron": "It's beneath the Secretary of State" to address those rumors.
  • Trump's "fake news" tweets: Sanders sees "no difference" between Russian-led fake news and inaccurate stories from mainstream media. The media spends its time on "petty palace intrigue," she said.
  • Should Congress investigate news outlets (as Trump suggested on Twitter this morning)? "No."
  • On the controversial response to Trump's PR visit: "It was widely praised, even by a Democrat governor... I think it's sad that the Mayor of San Juan chose to make that a political statement instead of focusing on the relief efforts."
  • On Senate's Russia probe: The Senate Intelligence Committee has found "zero evidence" of collusion after conducting hours of interviews with Trump campaign officials.
  • Iran deal: Trump's national security team "supports" his decision, which will be announced in "the coming days."
  • On hurricane-ravaged islands: Starting tomorrow, Vice President Pence will travel to Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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President Trump signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday, as infections in the U.S. topped 100,000 and more cities experience spikes of the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: The U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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Italy on Friday reported 969 COVID-19 deaths over a 24-hour period, marking the deadliest single-day for the country since the global outbreak began, according to data from the Health Ministry.

The big picture: The U.S. now leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases, as the number of global cases nears 600,000. Governments around the world are trying to curb the medical and financial fallout of COVID-19, as infections surge across Europe and the U.S.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 595,800 — Total deaths: 27,324 — Total recoveries: 131,006.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 103,942 — Total deaths: 1,689 — Total recoveries: 870.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill to provide businesses and U.S. workers economic relief.
  4. State updates: Nearly 92% of cities do not have adequate medical supplies — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month.
  5. World updates: Italy reported 969 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the country's deadliest day.
  6. Business latest: President Trump authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to direct General Motors to build ventilators for those affected by COVID-19. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been appointed to enforce the act.
  7. 🏰 1 Disney thing: Both Disney World and Disneyland theme parks in the U.S. are closed until further notice.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancing.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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