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News Wrap: Trump says no ACA replacement until after 2020 elections

In our news wrap Tuesday, President Trump said Republicans will wait until after the 2020 elections to offer a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. For now, Trump will ask federal courts to strike down the existing law. Plus, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee moved to subpoena a former chief of White House security clearances, after claims that ineligible staffers received clearances.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    President Trump appears to be pulling back from his threat to close the border with Mexico. Last week, he warned that it could happen this week, unless Mexico stops a surge of migrants from Central America.

    Today, as he met with the head of NATO, he suggested conditions are changing.

  • Donald Trump:

    Mexico, as you know, as of yesterday, has been starting to apprehend a lot of people at their southern border, coming in from Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador.

    And they're really apprehending thousands of people. And it's the first time really in decades that this has taken place. So, I'm totally prepared to do it. We're going to see what happens over the next few days.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The U.S. Senate's majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, said today that closing the border could have a catastrophic effect on the U.S. economy.

    The president also says that Republicans will not offer a plan to replace Obamacare until after the 2020 elections. He promised that today, provided, he said, that he wins reelection and Republicans win back the U.S. House. For now, his administration is asking federal courts to strike down the existing law.

    Democrats on the House Oversight Committee moved today to subpoena a former White House security clearance chief, Carl Kline. That is after a career White House staffer, Tricia Newbold, claimed that at least 25 Trump aides were granted security clearances after initially being denied.

    Republicans and Democrats sparred over the severity of the claims today.

  • Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn.:

    Overturning the security clearances is a choice the commander in chief can make. He's the president of the United States. It's not against the law. It's not against policy. There have been no leaks of national security information.

  • Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.:

    Twenty-five people the professional staff recommended shouldn't be granted security clearances, and this was overruled. This is a systemic crisis for all Americans, not for Democrats or Republicans or liberals, conservatives, for all of us.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Democrats want to know how the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, among others, won clearance.

    In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May asked today for a further delay in her country's departure from the European Union. May said she would use the time to work with the opposition Labor Party on a Brexit deal that could pass in Parliament. Britain is currently set to leave the E.U. on April 12.

    Algeria's state news agency reports that embattled President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned today, after weeks of protests. It came after the military insisted that he step aside immediately. Bouteflika is 82, and has ruled Algeria for two decades, but demands for his ouster rocked the nation in recent weeks.

    U.S. officials are talking tonight about resolving a dispute with NATO ally Turkey. The Pentagon had balked at providing Turkey with parts for U.S. F-35 fighter jets, if Ankara buys a Russian air defense system.

    Today, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he thinks the Turks will buy the U.S. Patriot missile system instead, and that the F-35 shipments will resume.

  • Patrick Shanahan:

    I am very confident in the Patriot proposal that we have delivered to Turkey, its availability, its pricing and, very importantly, the industrial participation that comes along with the Patriot system. I expect we will solve the problem so that they have the right defense equipment, both in terms of Patriots and F-35s.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    U.S. officials warn that, if Turkey installs the Russian air defense system, it could help Moscow learn vital information about the F-35.

    The speaker of the House is advising former Vice President Joe Biden to change his behavior toward women. Nancy Pelosi said today that he should stick to handshakes, as he gears up a possible presidential bid. At a Washington event, Pelosi said — quote — "People's space is important to them, and what's important is how they receive it, not necessarily how you intended it."

    Two women have complained about unwanted touching by Biden. He says he meant no disrespect, and will listen to the concerns.

    The chair of the North Carolina state Republican Party has been indicted on federal bribery and wire fraud charges. Robin Hayes and three others, including a major campaign donor, were accused in an indictment unsealed today. They allegedly tried to bribe the state's insurance commissioner to favor the donor's insurance companies.

    Police in Los Angeles say the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle stemmed from a personal dispute and not gang violence. They say the suspect, named Eric Holder, gunned down Hussle on Sunday outside the rapper's clothing store in South Los Angeles.

    The police chief pointed today to larger concerns that go beyond the circumstances of this one case.

  • Michel Moore:

    What I'm concerned about as chief — and I know our community leaders are as well — is, we have got to continue to go at this increased in shooting violence, because it's not just a dispute over a personal matter.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Later, police said the suspect had been taken into custody.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 79 points to close at 26179. The Nasdaq rose 19 points, and the S&P 500 added a fraction.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": the fight over President Trump's fixed to fill key judicial appointments; another reason they come, the effect of climate change on Honduran migrants; analyzing the president's recent criticism of Puerto Rico; and much more.

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