Dec 10, 2019

Trump to meet with Russian foreign minister for first time since 2017

President Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their 2017 White House meeting. Photo: Alexander Shcherbak/TASS via Getty Images

President Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Tuesday during Lavrov's first trip to Washington, D.C., since their controversial oval office meeting in 2017.

Why it matters: Lavrov met with Trump in the Oval Office in 2017 when Trump reportedly divulged classified information to the foreign minister and Sergey Kislyak, who was then the Russian ambassador to the U.S., the day after he fired then-FBI Director James Comey as the Bureau probed ties between Trump associates and Russia.

  • The meeting comes as House Democrats conduct an impeachment inquiry that's examining why the president initially withheld aid against U.S. ally Ukraine as it faced Russian military aggression.

The big picture: The talks are being held one day on from the first meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid the countries' war over Crimea.

  • The meeting is also taking place a day after the Justice Department inspector general's finding that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was not tainted by political bias.

What they're saying: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed to One America News Network Monday he would also attend the meeting with Lavrov and that he expected they would discuss a range of topics.

"We didn’t pick this date to coincide with the [inquiry] process on Capitol Hill, but we can’t allow the zaniness that’s taking place on Capitol Hill to impact our job — the president’s job, it’s my job – to keep the American people safe, to continue our diplomatic undertakings.  We’re not going to let that activity distract us from this important work."
— Pompeo to One America News Network

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are rallying in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

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Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have continued to rally in cities across the world against racism and show their support this week for U.S. demonstrators protesting the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Why it matters: The tense situation in the U.S. has brought the discussion of racism and discrimination onto the global stage at a time when most of the world is consumed by the novel coronavirus.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 6,852,810 — Total deaths: 398,211 — Total recoveries — 3,071,142Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,917,080 — Total deaths: 109,702 — Total recoveries: 500,849 — Total tested: 19,778,873Map.
  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model.
  5. Business: Budgets busted by coronavirus make it harder for cities to address inequality Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.