May 3, 2017

Tillerson says U.S. won't insist on American values abroad

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told State Department employees today that the U.S. would no longer insist that foreign countries protect human rights and democracy, per the AP.

His words: "In some circumstances, if you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can't achieve our national security goals. It really does create obstacles."

Why it matters: Tillerson's words are bound to raise eyebrows when viewed in conjunction with President Trump's apparent embrace of authoritarian strongmen like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, signaling the Trump administration's preference for pragmatic dealmaking over promoting freedom and democracy.

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The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.

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The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.