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Mike Pompeo. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

During a press conference Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia has actively undermined the United Nations Security Council's resolutions by lifting pressure to denuclearize on North Korea.

The big picture: Pompeo previously warned countries about interfering with North Korea's denuclearization process, and has specifically called out Russia explaining offenses would be taken "very seriously" by the United States. Today, Pompeo said he spoke with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley about Russian interference with North Korean denuclearization and called the process "necessary" for the Korean peninsula.

Pompeo called out former Secretary of State John Kerry for meeting with Iranian foreign officials, saying it was "beyond inappropriate" and that it undermined the Trump administration. However, he refrained from calling it illegal.

  • On refugee acceptance numbers, Pompeo said the United States is "the most generous of nations" in accepting refugees and he expects "that will continue."

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.