Jun 10, 2018

Putin would meet with Trump "as soon as the U.S. side is ready"

Trump and Putin at the 2017 APEC summit in Vietnam. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he is ready to hold a summit with President Trump whenever the U.S. is ready, reports AP. During a visit to China, he also "welcomed Trump’s call to bring Moscow back into the G7" and said he shares Trump's concern about the escalation of an arms race between the U.S. and Russia.

“The U.S. president has repeatedly said that it’s reasonable to hold such a meeting. As soon as the U.S. side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule.”

The details: The Kremlin floated Vienna as a possible meeting place for the two world leaders yesterday.

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Stephanie Grisham out as White House press secretary

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is departing her post to return to the East Wing as First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff, the White House announced Tuesday. The news was first reported by CNN.

Why it matters: Grisham will leave after nine months without ever having held a formal press briefing. Her departure follows the arrival of new White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has a chance to overhaul a communications shop that's kept a low profile since President Trump ended the tradition of daily press secretary briefings.

WeWork board sues SoftBank

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SoftBank was sued Tuesday morning by a special committee of WeWork's board of directors for alleged breaches of contract and fiduciary duty related to SoftBank's decision to cancel a $3 billion tender offer for WeWork shares.

Why it matters: SoftBank is viewed by many in the private markets as an unfaithful partner. If this reaches trial, that reputation could either become widely cemented or reversed.

IEA boss won't let Big Oil off the hook

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International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol has a tough job these days — responding to an unprecedented crisis now without losing sight of an existential one that must be tackled over decades.

Driving the news: He spoke to Axios yesterday about his work to help stabilize oil markets and ensure coronavirus doesn't sap governments' and companies' work on global warming.