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DC Daily: President Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Posted: 7:26 AM, May 24, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-24 20:18:49Z

What's happening in the political world:

Trump meets the Pope
-- President Trump continued his overseas trip with a stop in Vatican City Wednesday for a face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis.

In a statement, the Vatican said that the two men discussed "the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue" and homed in on the need to protect Christians in the Middle East.

Following the private meeting, Trump told Pope Francis: "Thank you. I won't forget what you said."

The 2016 presidential campaign saw the two men broadcast dueling messages to the world. As Trump promised to ban Syrian refugees, stoke anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. and promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pope spoke out. Without naming Trump by name, the Pope said in February 2016 that "a person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian."

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Breaking down Trump's budget plan

How will President Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion federal spending plan affect individual government agencies?

The Associated Press breaks down the president's plan, agency-by-agency.

Click here for the AP analysis


Senate panel on Russia probe issues new subpoenas related to Flynn
-- Two new subpoenas were filed by the Senate Intelligence Committee relating to former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the ongoing Russia investigation.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel, told reporters they did not believe Flynn could seek Fifth Amendment protections in regard to the documents they requested, and were seeking a firm answer. The committee is leaving open the possibility to filing contempt charges against Flynn later if he refuses to comply.

Burr said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" if Flynn doesn't comply -- including possibly holding him in contempt of Congress -- but he added that was a long way off from where they are now.

Warner said earlier Tuesday he doesn't believe that Flynn's decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights gives him blanket immunity.

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President hires private lawyer amid Russia probe
-- President Trump has reportedly enlisted a private attorney to help him beat back the investigations into any potential collusion between his campaign and the Russian government.

Marc Kasowitz, Trump's reported pick, is a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman. That happens to be the firm where former Sen. Joe Lieberman currently works. And Lieberman is rumored to be Trump's top choice for FBI director.

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CNN, The Associated Press, Newsy contributed to this report