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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 2 hours ago - World

HRW: Over 100 former Afghan security members dead or missing under Taliban rule

Members of the Taliban movement patrol Kabul's airport in September. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

The Taliban have "killed or forcibly disappeared" over 100 former members of Afghanistan's security forces since the group took power in August, a Human Rights Watch report published Tuesday found.

Why it matters: Former military members and officials from the ousted government, activists and other Taliban critics are facing peril amid executions driven by revenge — despite Taliban promises of an "amnesty" with no retributions, notes the New York Times, which first reported the news.

5 hours ago - World

Barbados becomes a republic, replacing U.K. queen with president

Combination images of Dame Sandra Mason, president of Barbados, and Britain's Prince Charles at her swearing-in ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, late Monday.

Barbados officially became a republic at midnight local time after Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the Caribbean nation's first president in a ceremony attended by the United Kingdom's Prince Charles.

Why it matters: Mason replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state Tuesday — removing the country's final remaining colonial tie to the U.K. almost 400 years after the first British ships arrived in Barbados.