Photo: President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner depart the White House in Washington, March 15, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will spend tonight at the US Embassy in Moscow. Before leaving the G7 meeting in Lucca, Italy, he accused Russia of failing in its commitment to remove chemical weapons from Syria. "It's unclear whether Russia failed to take seriously its obligation seriously or Russia had been incompetent. But this distinction doesn't much matter to the dead. We can't let this happen again."
Josh Lederman of the Associated Press is one of few reporters travelling with Tillerson and joins us from Moscow.
President Trump's surprise missile strike in Syria has outraged many supporters — after his campaign against more involvement in the Middle East. Russia is outraged, too, and Secretary of State Tillerson is getting a chilly reception in Moscow. A reported White House power struggle pits isolationist Steve Bannon against Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, allied with generals who have internationalist leanings. And there's criticism of those family ties: are the "adults in the room" lining their pockets? Is there any such thing yet as a "Trump Doctrine?"
United Airlines is now doing international damage control over its forced removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight. Though his name has not been released them man complained on video of being singled out because he was Chinese. Now, the hashtag "United forcibly removes passenger from plane" is the most popular topic on China's equivalent of Twitter. Public relations experts have expressed shock at United's response to the disaster. One person who may not be shocked is Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who wrote about United's customer service problems back in 2014 for the New Yorker.
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