Sep 14, 2018

Pompeo says Russia undermined U.N. by lifting pressure on North Korea

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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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Airline industry braces for a forever-changed world

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The airline industry got a $58 billion lifeline in the coronavirus federal aid package. But the path is unclear for these companies, whose operations and prospects will be forever changed by the global pandemic.

Why it matters: People may want to minimize travel for the foreseeable future. Investors, analysts and industry watchers are trying to determine how much airlines will need to spend — and how much more in lost revenue they'll see — while they adapt to the new reality.

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President Trump said at a press briefing Tuesday that he "didn't see" memos from his trade adviser Peter Navarro warning in January and February that the coronavirus crisis could kill more than half a million Americans and cost close to $6 trillion.

Why it matters: Trump insisted that despite not seeing the memos, he did "more or less" what Navarro suggested by banning non-U.S. citizens from traveling from China effective Feb. 2.