Who shaped U.S. policy on Ukraine?
A phone call at the center of the impeachment inquiry — during which President Trump attempted to pressure Ukraine into collecting information he could use against political rivals — came as the country’s regional adversaries, Russia and Hungary, were urging the president to adopt a hostile view of Ukraine.
In closed-door testimony, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told House committees that Trump’s conversations with Viktor Orban, the hard-right prime minister of Hungary, and Russian President Vladimir Putin reinforced Trump’s perception of Ukraine as a corrupt country.
“Putin has done everything to undermine and reform the prospects for democracy in Ukraine,” says intelligence reporter Greg Miller. “He is in Trump’s ear, in their conversations telling him how corrupt it is and how worthless it is.”
A U.S. official told The Post that while American policy has for years been “built around containing malign Russian influence” in Eastern Europe, Trump’s apparent susceptibility to the arguments he hears from Putin and Orban is “an example of the president himself under malign influence – being steered by it.”
- Putin and Hungary’s Orban helped sour Trump on Ukraine
- After saying Trump held back aid to pressure Ukraine, Mulvaney tries to walk back comments
- ‘He’s a tough man’: Trump shrugs off concerns about Hungary’s hard-right leader during White House visit
After detention in the South Pacific, a new life in Texas
President Trump’s three-year campaign to reshape the government’s approach toward refugees and immigration has encompassed walls, travel bans and the forced separation of children from their parents.
But one of his first attempts failed — an effort to block the arrival of refugees who had been detained by the Australian government on remote islands in the South Pacific. Now, more than 600 of those refugees are in the United States, building new lives.
National correspondent Griff Witte met with two such refugees who, after enduring years in geopolitical limbo, are making the most of their second chance at freedom. The two young men, Ali Reza Ataie and Ali Hesar — “the Alis,” as their friends call them — set out to seek asylum in Australia but were rerouted to a remote island when policy changed.
“They’re still wrapping their mind around the idea that they set off to go to Australia and now they’re living in Texas,” Witte says. “It’s an odyssey that they’ve been on for years now and it’s unbelievably unlikely, but they say: Texas has welcomed us. Nowhere else would welcome us. But Texas has.”
- They’re the refugees that Trump tried to stop. But now they’re here, and they’re ‘becoming Americans.’
- Trump administration slashes refugee limit for third consecutive year, to a historic low of 18,000
- ‘People just lost hope’: After Australia’s election, asylum seekers attempted suicide
Nationals make their first-ever World Series appearance
The best-of-seven World Series gets started Tuesday night in Houston, coming to Washington on Friday for Game 3.
Many D.C. residents — such as an Uber driver host Martine Powers rode with last week — are thrilled that their beloved Nationals have made it through to the World Series, even if they’re not favored to win.
- The bandwagon fan’s guide to the Nationals in the World Series
- Washington baseball history: A beginner’s guide to the Senators, Grays and Nationals
- MLB expert predictions favor the Astros over the Nationals in World Series
An earlier version of this episode incorrectly said the Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series. The Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ashley Parker on an increasingly embattled White House. Debbie Cenziper on the thousands of children in foster care after their parents fell victim to the opioid epidemic. And William Booth explains the latest fight over Brexit.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Dalton Bennett on the unexpected meeting between Rudolph W. Giuliani and an Emirati princess. Aaron Blake sums up the latest developments of the impeachment inquiry. And Rick Maese explains how coastal sports teams are planning for climate change.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019