Apr 2, 2018

Trump floated possible White House visit to Putin

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in November 2017 at APEC. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP / Getty Images

President Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House, the AFP reports, which Trump confirmed he did after their March 20 phone call. Sarah Sanders confirmed on Monday the two discussed a potential bilateral meeting, which could take place at the White House. During that call he also congratulated Putin for winning an election that was widely seen as a sham.

The potential meeting: According to Trump at the time, they discussed meeting to talk about the “arms race.” The Kremlin said no planning on a proposed meeting has begun, per Reuters.

Washington and Moscow have not discussed the potential summit since the call, Putin aide Yuri Ushakov told Russian media outlet RIA. Since then, the U.S. expelled 60 Russian diplomats over a nerve agent attack in the U.K., and Russia followed suit.

Trump and Putin have met twice before: Once in July at the G20 summit in Hamburg, and once in November at APEC in Vietnam. Putin and Trump have spoken on the phone several times.

The backdrop: While the Trump administration recently announced sanctions over Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and publicly accused Russia of bearing responsibility for an attempted murder on British soil, Trump did not raise those issues in the congratulatory call or make public statements on the moves.

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Docs: Navarro memos warning mass death circulated West Wing in January

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In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

  • By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

Driving the news: Navarro's grim estimates are set out in two memos — one dated Jan. 29 and addressed to the National Security Council, the other dated Feb. 23 and addressed to the president. The NSC circulated both memos around the White House and multiple agencies.

Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor from delaying state's primary

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Wisconsin's Supreme Court on Monday blocked an executive order by Gov. Tony Evers (D) that attempted to delay in-person voting for the state's primary election — currently scheduled for Tuesday — until June 9.

Driving the news: Judges ruled 4-2 along ideological lines that Evers does not have the power as governor to unilaterally postpone the election, despite the fact that the state has a stay-at-home order in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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