BREAKING: Pres. Trump tells reporters on Air Force One he will ban TikTok in U.S.
TikTok (1/2): “While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok. Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods...”
TikTok (2/2): “... from the platform. We’re motivated by their passion and creativity, and committed to protecting their privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.”
Pres. Trump now says wearing a mask is "patriotic," marking the start of a new narrative coming from the White House ahead of the return of daily COVID briefings. (1/4)
What is the Trump campaign's pitch to American voters for a second term? Polls show the COVID response is a top issue, meaning we'll likely see a new position voiced by the White House in the coming days. (2/4)
The COVID briefings may go beyond informing Americans, as they were major ratings recipients during the early days of the pandemic. Perhaps this is a new strategy to counter stagnant polling figures. (3/4)
DEVELOPING: Judge Eshter Salas was assigned last Wednesday to a case alleging Deutsche Bank misled investors about its practices and didn’t properly monitor customers it considered “high risk"--such as Jeffrey Epstein.
THREAD: In latest declassification, Peter Strzok notes there were 9 false statements made in the February 2017 New York Times article titled, "Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contact With Russian Intelligence."
NYT (1): "Phone records and intercepted calls show members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to 4 current and former American officials."
Strzok (1): "We have not seen evidence of any individuals in contact with Russians ... There is no known intel affiliation, and little if any affiliation. FBI investigation has shown past contact between Page and the SVR, but not during his association with the Trump campaign."
DNI Ratcliffe on Russia’s military secretly offereing bounties to Taliban militants for killing U.S. soldiers:
"I have confirmed neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting." (1/2)
"The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.” (2/2)
After Hours caught up with Sen. Mike Braun to discuss the government's response to the #COVID outbreak.
@SenatorBraun: "We need to smartly and quickly at some point turn back on the economy, and I'm hoping we start doing that state-by-state within the next week or two." (1/4)
Keeping workers on payrolls:
@SenatorBraun: "You want to go back in business ... If you can't keep your employees around you won't be able to get them back ... Small business is half of our economy and its where most of the jobs get created." (2/4)
Stalled $250 billion package:
@SenatorBraun: "We'll be okay with increasing the small business component ... If you get the other stuff in it I don't think it'll go through. [Democrats] should have learned their lesson when they tried that before." (3/4)