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The CEO of Delta Air Lines repeatedly declined to comment on President Trump's handling of protests over police brutality, claiming that he "can't speak to the president's actions."

  • "I'm speaking to the people that I'm accountable to. I think their ... top of mind is not what the president is doing in D.C.," Ed Bastian told Jim VandeHei in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

The big picture: Delta is among the major corporations vowing to do better after the death of George Floyd.

  • "We've made a lot of effort with respect to increasing not just the diversity content of our leadership team and organization, but our sensitivity bias training that we've been doing," he told "Axios on HBO." "We're going to bring in leaders, African American leaders. We've got to be educated."
  • Delta does not have a black executive among its 11-member leadership team.
  • Bastian has led Delta since 2016 and said he should be held "personally accountable" if he departs without a more diverse team.

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Aug 30, 2020 - Axios on HBO

Preview: "Axios on HBO" interviews the CEO of Bloomberg data firm Hawkfish

On the next episode of “Axios on HBO,” Axios White House and politics editor Margaret Talev interviews Josh Mendelsohn, CEO of Michael Bloomberg’s political data and tech agency Hawkfish, about the "red mirage" on election night and the factors setting the stage for chaos.

Catch the full interview on Monday, Aug. 31 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on all HBO platforms.

Updated 28 mins ago - Axios Twin Cities

In photos: Twin Cities on edge after Daunte Wright shooting

Police officers form a line as they face off with demonstrators protesting the death of Daunte Wright outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 12 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

There were tense scenes in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center Monday night, after demonstrators defied a 7 p.m. curfew to protest for a second night the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

The big picture: The curfew was announced following a night of protests and unrest over the killing of Wright, 20, during a traffic stop Sunday. Following peaceful protests and a daytime vigil, police again deployed tear gas during clashes with protesters Monday night, according to reporters on the scene.

Japan to release Fukushima water into sea

People near storage tanks for radioactive water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, in 2020. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Japan's government on Tuesday announced plans to release more than 1 million metric tons of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean following a treatment process.

Why it matters: While the Biden administration has said Japan appears to have met globally accepted nuclear safety standards, officials in South Korea, China and Taiwan, local residents, those in the fishing industry and green groups oppose the plans, due to begin in about two years, per the Guardian.