Tillerson told lawmakers Putin was more prepared than Trump in Germany meeting
- Tillerson told lawmakers during a secretive meeting Tuesday that he was guided by "American values" such as democracy and freedom, but could not or would not offer an assessment as to whether the same could be said for Trump, according to the aide.
- The source also confirmed that Tillerson said presidential adviser Jared Kushner did not consult with the State Department or other agencies before getting involved in foreign affairs, and that his naïveté put him at risk of being outmaneuvered.
- Tillerson met Tuesday with the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Democratic Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel and ranking Republican Rep. Michael McCaul for a seven-hour interview centered on his experiences in Trump's Cabinet, a congressional aide with direct knowledge of the discussion told CNN.
- Discussion topics centered on the White House's relationship with Russia and uncertainty surrounding the role of Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, in dictating foreign policy.
Putin ran circles around Trump during their first policy meeting. And the scheduled 45-minute affair ended up lasting more than 2 hours.
- Tillerson gave an account of the 2017 G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, during his seven-hour, closed-door testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, aides said in a Washington Post report published Wednesday.
- The Trump-Putin exchange was reportedly expected to last 45 minutes, but it ended up dragging on for more than two hours as the Russian president ran circles around Trump on matters of global significance.
- Trump, Putin, Tillerson, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and interpreters all attended the meeting.
- Trump denied having been ill-prepared for his meeting, according to an emailed statement sent to The Post's reporter Josh Dawsey.
- Tillerson reportedly feuded with Trump and other White House officials on foreign-policy issues during his tenure.
- Trump lashed out at Tillerson in December and described him as "dumb as a rock," after the former secretary publicly suggested the president asked him to break the law in the White House.
Trump lawyers to fight House subpoenas for bank records in hearing
- The two court cases over House subpoenas, running closely in tandem, represent a major attempt by Trump to prevent Congress from reaching his personal and business records.
- The House of Representatives has also requested Trump's tax returns from the IRS, and Democrats in the House and the Senate are pursuing another court case that may allow them to look into the President's business records for signs of foreign influence.
- In the New York case, the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees requested a large swath of Trump family and business records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One bank in April, saying they need the records to consider banking policy revisions and to investigate the President's financial tangles with foreign powers, such as Russia.
Foreign Minister Taro Kono to ask media to switch order of Japanese names | The Japan Times
- Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday he plans to ask overseas media outlets to write Japanese names with the family name first, as is customary in the country.
- Japanese names are usually written with the given name coming first when using a foreign language, a practice that began in the 19th to early 20th centuries amid the growing influence of Western culture.
- Now is the right time to make the change, Kono told a news conference, given that the Reiwa Era has just begun and several major events, including next month’s Group of 20 summit and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, are approaching.
- Education minister Masahiko Shibayama said Tuesday his ministry will also call on other government bodies to use the family name first, though others were apprehensive of such a dramatic change.
Jokowi Uses Election Win to Tackle Indonesia Growth Risks
- The president must now deliver on a reform agenda that includes plans for record spending on new infrastructure over the next five years.
- While Jokowi won’t be inaugurated until October, he’s already set about drafting plans to spend more than $400 billion on infrastructure, such as building new power plants and airports.
- The president is betting on a spending boom to lift economic growth, which hasn’t hit the 7% target he set in his first term.
- After slowing to a decade-low in March, inflation is set to accelerate again and could pose risks if Jokowi decides to lift a freeze on gasoline and electricity prices enforced in 2016.
- While he would be looking to Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo to gradually cut rates to support the economy, the central bank is proceeding cautiously and wants to avoid a repeat of last year’s market rout.
Iran is mocking Trump and his 'B team' of hawkish aides as the threat of war intensifies
- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif mocked President Donald Trump's threat to "end" Iran on Monday, implying that he was being egged on by a "B team" of aides.
- The long-simmering conflict between the US and Iran took on a new urgency when Trump sent his "official end of Iran" tweet, now long after a rocket landed close to US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where the US accuses Iran of backing armed groups.
- The tweet took some observers by surprise, with the president the week before having reportedly told officials that he did not want war with Iran, and preferred a diplomatic route out of the current crisis.
- Three officials told The New York Times last week that the US was acting in response to intelligence pictures showing Iranian paramilitaries loading missiles onto boats.
Democrats say some GOP members 'twist' Iran intel
- Washington (CNN) - As the Trump administration prepares to brief lawmakers Tuesday on the threat posed by Iran, Democrats are charging that Republicans are misrepresenting intelligence to make the danger from Tehran seem more dire than it actually is.
- And a Democratic aide told CNN that Murphy's tweet about the intelligence was as much a shot at Graham as it was at Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Michael McCaul, the Texan and most senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
- While Graham hadn't been briefed about the escalating tensions with Iran last week, administration officials had informed Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, who chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and freshman Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who chairs a foreign relations subcommittee.
UN threatens to suspend food aid in Yemen after CNN investigation
- CNN's weekslong undercover investigation inside Yemen found documents indicating families had received aid when they said they had not, as well as entire villages where no supplies had made it through for weeks amid an ongoing spat between the WFP and the Houthi rebels who control much of the country.
- Beasley said the WFP goal was to feed 12 million Yemenis this year, nearly half of the population, but the persistent theft of aid meant deliveries might have to stop if they cannot be monitored.
- When confronted with the results of our investigation, Hussin Al-Ezzi, the deputy foreign minister of the rebel government in Sanaa, rejected accusations that aid was being diverted from needy populations to go to supporters or fighters, or to be sold.
- Beasley said the WFP was not asking anything different of Houthi officials than they ask of governments elsewhere in the world receiving aid.
Prosecutors examining tens of thousands of Trump inauguration documents
- The President's Inaugural Committee handed over the cache of documents over the course of several weeks in response to a wide-ranging subpoena seeking documents, records, and communications concerning the inaugural's finances, vendors, and donors sent in February by the US attorney's office with the Southern District of New York.
- Authorities are investigating whether any of the record $107 million in donations for the inaugural was misspent, used to improperly benefit certain individuals, or came from foreign donors in violation of campaign finance laws that prohibit foreign money in US elections, people familiar with the inquiry said.
- The investigation escalated in February when prosecutors sent the subpoena to the inaugural committee, which was led by longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack, for any documents and communications it had related to any "benefits" offered to donors, including "tickets, photo opportunities, and/or small group receptions." Barrack was not named in the subpoena.
The Next Wave of Immuno-Oncology
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