Amid all the distractions, President Trump today gets to focus on something he had been looking forward to: meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

This is Trump's fourth foreign-leader visit in his first month in office:

  • The White House message: "This ... will be the first of many between the WH and PM as we work toward peace in the Middle East."
  • Key quote: "This relationship will be a stark contrast to the last eight years."
  • Message President Trump will convey: "Hosting Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House reaffirms the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, built on our shared values and the deep friendships of our people. The President has made it clear: The United States stands in solidarity with Israel, particularly in the face of terrorism and there is no daylight between us."

The schedule:

  • Greeting (11:50 a.m., South Portico, along with both first ladies)
  • Guest Book signing
  • Joint press conference (Noon, East Room)
  • Private meeting (12:40 p.m., Oval Office)
  • Bilateral meeting (1 p.m., Oval Office)
  • Working lunch (1:45, Cabinet Room)
Trump meets Netanyahu in New York in September.Israeli Government Press Office, via AP

Go deeper

Americans reflect on Independence Day amid racism reckoning

A Black Lives Matter banner and a United States flag on the facade of the U.S. embassy building in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

America's leaders are rethinking how they view Independence Day, as the country reckons with the historic, unequal treatment of people of color during a pandemic which has disproportionately affected nonwhite Americans.

Why it matters: The country’s legacy of racism has come into sharp focus in the weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. From Confederate statues to Mount Rushmore, Americans are reexamining the symbols and traditions they elevate and the history behind them.

Updated 10 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 11,031,905 — Total deaths: 523,777 — Total recoveries — 5,834,337Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 2,788,395 — Total deaths: 129,306 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.
13 hours ago - Sports

Washington Redskins to review team name amid public pressure

Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins have announced they will be conducting a review of the team's name after mounting pressure from the public and corporate sponsors.

Why it matters: This review is the first formal step the Redskins are taking since the debate surrounding the name first began. It comes after weeks of discussions between the team and the NFL, the team said.