The drama pitted economic adviser Peter Navarro against infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.
Jonathan SwanNEW: Inside the White House Situation Room yesterday, economic adviser Peter Navarro got into a heated dispute with infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci over the efficacy of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Details here
Jonathan SwanNEW: President Trump is seriously considering installing billionaire investor Steve Feinberg in a senior role at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to four sources familiar with the planning.
The president notified lawmakers late on Friday, saying he had lost confidence in the inspector general for the intelligence community.
Jonathan SwanThis piece nails it. Atkinson firing is part of a broader story that could unfold even further over the coming weeks. Conservative allies of POTUS have been urging him to fire "Deep State" IGs across govt. More in Axios AM.
It starts what may become the largest government-led airlift of emergency medical supplies into the U.S.
Jonathan SwanRear Admiral John Polowczyk, who runs the coronavirus supply chain task force at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told Axios that he's already booked 22 similar flights over the next two weeks.
Jonathan Swan"A plane from Shanghai arrived at JFK in New York Sunday morning carrying an extraordinary load: 12 million gloves, 130,000 N-95 masks, 1.7 million surgical masks, 50,000 gowns, 130,000 hand sanitizer units, and 36,000 thermometers."
Jonathan Swan"The flight is the start of what might end up being the largest government-led airlift of emergency medical supplies into the United States."
If President Trump eases the brakes on social restrictions, they could look like even more of a patchwork.
Jonathan Swan"As of Wednesday night, just 21 states have ordered people to stay at home, and most of those are states with Democratic governors. Only six — Ohio, Indiana, Idaho, West Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont — have Republican governors." @DavidNather
The president has no public health professionals in his circle of informal advisers.
Jonathan SwanThe administration is discussing different tiers to ease Americans back into normal life after the 15-day period that ends next Monday. People with underlying health issues or in the highest risk age range will likely be asked to stick with isolation.
Jonathan Swan“Ambassador Cui Tiankai said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he stood by his Feb. 9 statement that it would be “crazy” to spread such theories, even though a foreign ministry spokesman has repeatedly floated the idea on Twitter in recent weeks.”
The administration wants business to know that there's light at the end of the tunnel.
Jonathan SwanWhat’s next: At the end of the 15-day shutdown period, there will likely be a serious clash between the public health experts versus the president and his economic and political aides, who are anxious to restart the economy.
Jonathan SwanPresident Trump and some of his senior officials are losing patience with the doctors’ orders.
"That's my position then and that's my position now."
Jonathan SwanNEW: China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, told "Axios on HBO" that he stands by his belief that it's "crazy" to spread rumors about the coronavirus originating from a military laboratory in the United States.