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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Photo: Cristian Cristel/Xinhua via Getty Images

The Trump presidency was a "difficult time" for Ukraine, during which the country tried to maintain "bipartisan support" from Republicans and Democrats, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.

The state of play: Ukraine found itself uncomfortably involved in U.S. domestic politics on account of Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani's dealings in the country.

  • Regarding the recent FBI search of Giuliani's apartment, Kuleba said he wasn't aware of any official request for assistance with the investigation, but noted that Ukraine would be "open to helping."
  • He would not say whether he believed Giuliani acted criminally, but noted that Trump's former attorney "was definitely playing politics and he put the situation at risk for Ukraine, and for the country's relationship with Washington."

The big picture: The interview aired just ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's trip to Ukraine this week.

  • Kuleba noted that Ukraine hopes to buy military equipment from the U.S. to aid its simmering conflict with Russia.

The bottom line: "My impression is that Obama administration is about the past, and Biden administration is about today," Kuleba told CNN.

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Feds seek outside review of seized Giuliani materials

Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Federal prosecutors have asked that the materials seized from former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's apartment be reviewed by a court-appointed outside expert, per a letter made public Tuesday.

Why it matters: The Justice Department typically balks at outside review, but prosecutors cited the "unusually sensitive privilege issues" and the "overt and public nature" of the search warrant as motives for the external review.

Starbucks drops worker vaccine mandate after SCOTUS ruling

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Starbucks announced in a memo to employees Tuesday that it has dropped plans to implement a vaccine mandate for all U.S. workers, AP reported on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The company's decision comes in response to the Supreme Court's ruling last week to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

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Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

America is seeing more COVID hospitalizations than other wealthy countries during the Omicron surge, according to Our World in Data.

Why it matters: Vaccines keep the vast majority of COVID cases out of the hospital, but vaccination rates are also lower in the U.S. than these other countries.

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