Jan 24, 2018

Trump says he's "looking forward" to Mueller interview

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President Trump told reporters Wednesday that he'd "love to" speak to Special Counsel Robert Mueller under oath, and that he's "looking forward" to it. Trump added that the interview could come in "two or three weeks." The comments were part of an impromptu news conference outside John Kelly's office before Trump heads to Davos for the World Economic Forum.

Why it matters: This is the first time President Trump signaled that he will be interviewed by Mueller's team, which is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, as well as if President Trump obstructed their probe.

The big quote: "I would love to do [the interview], and I would like to do it as soon as possible ... I would do it under oath, absolutely."

  • Trump also suggested that the Russia investigation into whether he obstructed justice is because he is "fighting back": "You fight back, oh, it's obstruction," said Trump.
  • He said he'll consult with his lawyers before the meeting.
  • He also pointed to Hillary Clinton, asking whether she testified under oath while being investigated for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

One other note: Trump also said his immigration plan includes a path to citizenship.

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Airline industry braces for a forever-changed world

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The airline industry got a $58 billion lifeline in the coronavirus federal aid package. But the path is unclear for these companies, whose operations and prospects will be forever changed by the global pandemic.

Why it matters: People may want to minimize travel for the foreseeable future. Investors, analysts and industry watchers are trying to determine how much airlines will need to spend — and how much more in lost revenue they'll see — while they adapt to the new reality.

Trump denies seeing Navarro memos warning about toll of coronavirus

President Trump said at a press briefing Tuesday that he "didn't see" memos from his trade adviser Peter Navarro warning in January and February that the coronavirus crisis could kill more than half a million Americans and cost close to $6 trillion.

Why it matters: Trump insisted that despite not seeing the memos, he did "more or less" what Navarro suggested by banning non-U.S. citizens from traveling from China effective Feb. 2.