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President Trump delviering a speech. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

President Trump is begrudgingly attending the G7 summit in Canada on Friday, but he doesn't want to — despite it being a norm for past presidents in their foreign policy strategies.

The big picture: President Trump complaining about having to attend the G7 is expected for him and his administration, as this White House hasn't been shy about breaking away from international expectations throughout Trump's presidency.

What we've seen

U.S. Ambassadors typically don't meddle in other country's domestic affairs, but Trump's picks haven't shied away from voicing their thoughts.

  • German Ambassador Richard Grenell recently said he wanted to "empower" Europe's conservatives in an interview — which triggered a response from Germany's foreign ministry — but foreign ambassadors typically avoid involvement in domestic politics.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has regularly commented on the country's domestic media and has used Israel as a talking point for partisan politics.

The Trump administration has made news for breaking the mold in their interactions with foreign leaders and institutions.

  • John Kelly, Chinese officials, and a Secret Service agent had a skirmish over the nuclear football after the aide carrying the briefcase attempted to enter the Great Hall without the president. The official who carries the nuclear football is supposed to stay close to the president at all times, along with a doctor.
  • The administration moved the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv despite the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Other presidents avoided the move to prevent clashes.

During his campaign, Trump branded himself as the candidate who would break tradition and step out of the shell of a typical Washington politician. In his dealings with foreign entities, he's stuck to this campaign promise.

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Meta removes over 600 accounts linked to COVID disinformation effort by China

Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Meta announced Wednesday it has removed over 600 Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to a Chinese influence operation that claimed the U.S. was pressuring the World Health Organization (WHO) to blame COVID on China.

Why it matters: Though Meta said the network was unsuccessful, it marks yet another COVID disinformation campaign instigated by China in an effort to discredit the U.S.

Stacey Abrams launches second campaign for Georgia governor

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Stacey Abrams, voting rights activist and former 2018 candidate for Georgia governor, is running for the position again in 2022. Abrams would be the first Black female governor in the country.

Why it matters: Abrams caught national attention in 2018 by narrowly losing an election to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in a state held firmly by the GOP for nearly two decades.

First known U.S. case of Omicron variant identified in California

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The first known U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case was detected in a traveler returning from South Africa who was fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, according to the CDC.