Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was seeking access to the Kremlin when he met in December with a Russian banker who had ties to President Vladimir Putin. Investigators want to know why.
Current and former American officials say the meeting may have been part of efforts to establish a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow.
The White House spent the weekend working on a response to the news, which is testing Mr. Kushner’s role in the administration. The president praised Mr. Kushner in a statement, saying “Jared is doing a great job for the country.”
He did not join leaders of the other Group of 7 countries in reaffirming a commitment to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, ending his nine-day trip overseas on a contentious note.
After the meeting, a disappointed Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said that Europe should pay more attention to its own interests and “take our fate into our own hands.”
• Relaxing a birth control rule.
Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a measure to roll back a requirement that employers cover contraception in health insurance plans.
This mandate was one of the Obama administration’s most contested policies, generating numerous lawsuits on religious grounds.
• Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017.
The brash former dictator of Panama and sometime ally of the U.S. has died at 83.
His ties to drug trafficking prompted his ouster in 1989, in what was then the largest American military action since the Vietnam War.Read More...
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