Wednesday President Trump meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. It's their first meeting and comes a month ahead of a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels. Candidate Trump called NATO obsolete and has demanded member nations bear more of the costs of the alliance.
--Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov offered a tough message at the top of a meeting between his delegation and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his delegation. The two sides sat across a long table at the Russian foreign ministry and spoke through translators - with Lavrov criticizing the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, warning similar action should not happen again, and chiding the Trump administration for "ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas. For his part, Tillerson said the meetings today come at an important moment, as the U.S. looks to "clarify areas of common interest" and "areas of sharp difference" to see what the prospects for narrowing those differences might be. He said he looked forward to "a very open, candid, frank exchange."
--Ahead of his arrival, Tillerson called on Russia to reassess its alliance with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Russia has continued to back the Syrian government, despite last week's chemical attack that killed more than 80.
Law enforcement and other US officials tell the Washington Post that the FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign. It's a clear sign the FBI had reason to suspect the Trump campaign was in touch with Russian agents. Page has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and is not accused of any crimes.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said there is no question the Syria government--and Assad regime...were the ones responsible for last week's chemical attack, but military policy has not changed in Syria....and remains the defeat of ISIS.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has vowed that his company will conduct a “thorough review” of the “truly horrific event” that saw a bloodied passenger forcibly removed from one of the airline's flights Sunday night. The promise came in an internal company email obtained by ABC News. The airline chief said that the review would consider, “crew movement, our policies for incentivizing volunteers in these situations, how we handle oversold situations and an examination of how we partner with airport authorities and local law enforcement."
--The CEO of United Airlines tells ABC News how he felt when he saw the video that has gone viral.
White House Spokesman Sean Spicer apologizes...after furious reaction to his comments about last week's chemical attack in Syria. Spicer said during Tuesday's White House briefing that Adolf Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." Hitler's death camps employed gas to kill millions of Jews and others. Spicer later told CNN that he had "mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison. I apologize." The head of the Anne Frank Center and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi called for Spicer to be fired.
KS SPECIAL ELEX
Tuesday's vote in Kansas is seen as a test of Republican strength a year before the midterm elections. Democrat James Thompson and Republican Ron Estes are vying for the House seat of Mike Pompeo, who is now CIA director.
Wednesday morning the Trump administration will end the temporary across-the-board federal hiring freeze that President Trump ordered in one of his first executive actions. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says that will be replaced by a more “surgical” freeze.
SB SCHOOL SHOOTING
Investigators in San Bernardino still seeking clues into the classroom shooting by the estranged husband of a teacher that left her, a student and the gunman dead. Police say Cedric Anderson did not leave a suicide note, but did leave a note listing grievances. North Park Elementary remains closed until Monday.
Police in Germany are investigating three explosive devices that went off, injuring a professional soccer player and forced officials to postpone a high profile game. The team bus carrying Borussia Dortmund to its European playoff game against Monaco was headed from a hotel to the home stadium, in Dortmund, when police say there were three explosions. Blowing out windows and tires and sending one player to the hospital.
J. Geils Band founder and guitarist J. Geils has died. Police in Groton, Massachusetts say Geils was found dead in his home. He was 71. Their signature sound is heard on hits like Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks from the 1980s.