This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington:
- Trump's Supreme Court pick is Neil Gorsuch
- Homeland Security secretary says countries on banned list "may not be taken off anytime soon"
- Acting attorney general fired by Trump
- Trump orders agencies to cut back on regulations
- White House clarifies how new immigration policy affects green-card holders
For years Moscow has complained that Washington does not treat it as an equal. But in a statement released after President Trump and Russian Vladimir Putin talked by phone for the first time , the tone was decidedly upbeat.
Here’s the Russian government’s statement on the phone call:
“During the meeting, both sides had shown a disposition to actively work together on stabilization and development of Russian-American interaction -- in a constructive, equal and mutually beneficial basis.
“They discussed in detail such current international issues as the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the sphere of strategic stability and [nuclear] non-proliferation, the situation around the Iranian nuclear program and the Korean Peninsula. They also touched upon the main aspects of the crisis in Ukraine.
“It was agreed to establish a partnership in all these and other areas. They also highlighted the priority of joint efforts in the fight against the main threat -- international terrorism.
"The presidents called for establishment of a real coordination of U.S. and Russian actions to defeat the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump agreed to organize a possible date and venue for their personal meeting. The leaders agreed to maintain regular personal contacts. The conversation was held in a positive and businesslike manner."