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Evan Vucci / AP

Aboard Air Force One from Rome to Brussels, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a gaggle with reporters that covered Trump's trip so far and told them what to expect when POTUS sits down with other world leaders at the upcoming NATO and G7 summits.

One big thing: Tillerson confirmed that the Vatican pushed Trump on climate change, but he's still deciding whether or not the United States should remain a participant in the Paris Agreement. "I think they were encouraging continued participation in the Paris Accords…The president indicated we're still thinking about that, that he hasn't made a final decision," he said.

Other highlights:

  • On NATO spending obligations: "[Trump] really wants participating NATO members to step up and fully meet their obligations of the burden sharing…I think you can expect the president to be very tough on them."
  • NATO joining the ISIS coalition: "There are a couple of countries that are still thinking it over…I think they're going to support NATO joining and becoming a member of the ISIS fight."
  • Russia on the global outs: "For them to rejoin, they are going to have to address the situation in Ukraine. We have been pretty clear with them what that means — it means moving forward with the Minsk accord and restoring Ukrainian sovereignty."
  • Afghanistan troop increase? "It's probably a couple of weeks away at least before we're going to be ready to present something to the president."

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Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers remarks at the 2021 Tribal Nations Summit at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Nov. 15, 2021. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Department of Justice on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas, alleging Republican state lawmakers discriminated against Black and Latino voters and "again.. diluted the voting strength of minority Texans" when they approved new redistricting maps.

Why it matters: A DOJ assessment of the new districts found that they violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference.

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President Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin when they speak on Tuesday that if Russia invades Ukraine, the U.S. is prepared to increase its troop presence, capabilities and military exercises on NATO's "eastern flank," a senior administration official told reporters.

Why it matters: The administration believes it's increasingly likely that Putin will order an invasion.

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U.S. announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

An Olympic-themed sculpture in Beijing on Dec. 1. Photo: Hou Yu/China News Service via Getty Images

The U.S. announced Monday that it will not send officials to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in protest of human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Why it matters: The diplomatic boycott — which won't prevent American athletes from competing — marks a major escalation between the U.S. and China amid already heightened tensions over the CCP's treatment of Muslim minorities, military threats to Taiwan and economic tariffs.