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Trump and May at the G20 summit last year. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

President Trump told Prime Minister Theresa May in a call this afternoon that the U.S. would be with the U.K. "all the way" over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal with a Russian-manufactured nerve agent on U.K. soil, according to Downing Street's readout of the call.

The White House said that Trump agreed that Russia "must provide unambiguous answers" and said that Trump and May are united in calling for "the need for consequences for those who use these heinous weapons."

The backdrop: Trump hedged this morning, saying he wanted to wait to get the "facts straight" before condemning "Russia — or whoever it may be."

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Updated 43 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump has delivered a farewell speech and departed Washington for the last time on Air Force One, kicking off the day that will culminate with President-elect Joe Biden taking office.

What's next: The inaugural celebration for young Americans is being livestreamed, starting at 10am.

Updated 59 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump departs on final Air Force One flight

President Trump and his family took off on Air Force One at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning for the final time en route to Florida.

The big picture: Trump's final hours as president were punctuated by his decisions to snub his successor's inauguration and grant pardons to many of his allies who have been swept up in corruption scandals.

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Janet Yellen said all the right things to reassure the markets

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Treasury Secretary nominee and former Fed chair Janet Yellen's confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday showed markets just what they can expect from the administration of President-elect Joe Biden: more of what they got under President Trump — at least for now.

What it means: Investors and big companies reaped the benefits of ultralow U.S. interest rates and low taxes for most of Trump's term as well as significant increases in government spending, even before the coronavirus pandemic.