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President Donald Trump, left, hugs Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas., center, as Vice President Mike Pence, right, watches, as they arrive for a reception for House and Senate leaders in the the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Before Trump, Republicans could be counted on to trumpet the benefits for free trade. These days, such Republicans are harder to find. You'll more likely encounter a House GOP member rebranding himself as a "populist nationalist" and trashing one trade deal or another.

A senior House Republican told us at his party's Philadelphia retreat that many of his colleagues are afraid of Trump using his megaphone against them if they reject his agenda. "That's real power," the member noted.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn is one of the few Republicans resisting full-blown Trumpism.

In response to Trump's trashing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Cornyn tells CNN's Manu Raju:

"I don't see any benefit in trying to crawl back into our shell as a country. We can't do that economically. We're obviously next door to Mexico. As I frequently tell my friends in Mexico, I said we can't get a divorce, we need to figure out how to make this marriage work."

Why this matters: Republicans accepted long ago the death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — the key Asian trade deal. But we'll be watching closely to see whether they roll over on the rest of Trump's populist nationalist agenda. The most public resistance to protectionism will likely come from the Senate.

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies.

The state of play: Biden also raised arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to a White House readout. The statement said Biden and Putin agreed maintain "consistent communication," and that Biden stressed the U.S. would "act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies."

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.