Affordable Care Act, Puerto Rico, Chicago Cubs: Your Friday Briefing

The administration wants to leave the 2015 accord intact, at least for now, but the president’s move essentially kicks to Congress the decision of whether to reimpose sanctions.

It won’t be easy, as our reporters explain: “Even getting Congress, which is deeply divided on the Iran deal, to agree on additional legislation may be beyond Mr. Trump’s political skills. Given the drive by some Republicans to strike down the deal and the determination of some Democrats to preserve it, it is entirely possible that Congress will do nothing.”

A warning: Puerto Rico aid won’t last “forever.”

President Trump warned the hurricane-ravaged island on Thursday that assistance from the federal government was limited, and that the island bore some responsibility for its predicament.

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, 83 percent of Puerto Rico remains without power, and bottled water is scarce.

The president’s aides later tried to reassure the U.S. territory that the U.S. government wouldn’t abandon it. “Our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done,” the White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, said.

Want to hear about how The Times covers the Trump administration? Watch highlights of a TimesTalk discussion with our executive editor, two White House correspondents and our media columnist.

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Times Journalists Discuss Covering the Trump Administration

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, joined White House correspondents Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker in a conversation moderated by Jim Rutenberg, a media columnist, on the president’s relationship with the media, the role of Twitter and more.


By THE NEW YORK TIMES on Publish Date October 12, 2017.

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