Your Tuesday Briefing
Secret Service agents outside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.Credit…Josh Ritchie for The New York Times
F.B.I. searches Trump’s home in Florida
The F.B.I. searched Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., home, including a safe that agents broke open, the former U.S. president said yesterday — an account signaling a dramatic escalation in the various investigations into the final stages of his presidency. The search appeared to be focused on files that Trump had brought to Florida when he left the White House.
For many months, Trump delayed in returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives, doing so only when there became a threat of action to retrieve them. He was known throughout his term to rip up official documents that were intended to be held for presidential archives.
To get a search warrant, the F.B.I. would have needed to convince a judge that it had probable cause that a crime had been committed, while the search almost certainly also required approval from the Justice Department as well as top F.B.I. officials. The F.B.I. declined to comment, and Justice Department officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Response: “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said. “Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries.”
Related: The raid on Mar-a-Lago came as Trump weighs an increasingly likely third White House bid. Polling last month showed that while Trump maintained his primacy in the party, a significant number of Republicans said they would not support him in a rematch with President Biden.
U.S. will increase aid to Ukraine
The U.S. will send up to $1 billion worth of weapons and supplies from the Pentagon’s own stockpiles to Ukraine, the 18th such package of military aid since August 2021. Most of the munitions, including 75,000 shells for 155-millimeter howitzers and additional air-defense missiles, represent resupplying of weapons that have already been shipped to Kyiv.
One weapon not known to have been sent previously is the 120-millimeter mortar. The weapons will come with 20,000 rounds and will be included in this new series of shipments. Mortars of that size are infantry weapons that can generally fire a projectile containing about seven pounds of high explosive over a range of about four and a half miles.
Separately, the U.S. is providing an additional $4.5 billion in financing to Ukraine’s government to help the country “maintain essential functions,” according to a statement from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Our Coverage of the Russia-Ukraine War
- On the Ground: After a summer of few conclusive battles, Ukraine and Russia are now facing a quandary over how to concentrate their forces, leaving commanders in a guessing game about each other’s next moves.
- Nuclear Shelter: The Russian military is using а nuclear power station in southern Ukraine as a fortress, stymying Ukrainian forces and unnerving locals, faced with intensifying fighting and the threat of a radiation leak.
- Refugees in Europe: The flow of people fleeing Ukraine has increased pressure across the region. Some cоuntries are paying shipping firms to offer new arrivals safe but tight quarters.
- Prison Camp Explosion: After a blast at a Russian detention camp killed at least 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war, Ukrainian officials said that they were building a case of a war crime committed by Russian forces.
More news from the war:
After a summer of feints and maneuvering with few conclusive battles, Russia and Ukraine both now face a quandary over how to concentrate their forces, leaving commanders in a guessing game about the enemy’s next move.
The Ukrainian skater Viktor Petrenko has been shunned by figure skating officials in his country — and by its president — after performing in Sochi, Russia.
The U.S. outlines its goals in Africa
Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa, Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, unveiled the Biden administration’s main approach to addressing the growing influence of China, Russia and Middle Eastern nations across Africa: promoting democratic governance across the continent.
“History shows that strong democracies tend to be more stable and less prone to conflict,” he said. “The poor governance, exclusion and corruption inherent in weak democracies makes them more vulnerable to extremist movements and foreign interference.” His message comes as some African countries turn away from democracy and settle into authoritarian rule.
The U.S. aims at countering diplomacy efforts by China and the Kremlin: Russia has a decades-long history of partnership with African nations and organizations and has told African leaders that American-led sanctions on Moscow exacerbate a global food shortage. China has established an enormous presence in Africa, though there has been a backlash among some Africans against labor and loan practices by Chinese companies.
Priorities: Blinken said that the U.S. strategy “reflects the region’s complexity, its diversity, its agency” and “focuses on what we will do withAfrican nations and peoples, not for African nations and peoples.” Pandemic recovery, health security, climate adaptation and environmental conservation were pillars of the Africa strategy, he added.
THE LATEST NEWS
Around the World
China announced plans for more drills in the waters around Taiwan, a sign that Beijing may normalize its military’s presence there. Above, an air base in Taiwan.
Chad’s military government and more than 40 rebel groups signed a cease-fire agreement yesterday as the Central African nation seeks a way out of a troubled political transition.
In the weekend conflict over Gaza in which dozens of Palestinians were killed, one thing was different from the usual fighting: Hamas, Gaza’s de facto civilian government, remained on the sidelines.
Other Big Stories
Two men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was killed while jogging, were sentenced again to life in prison, this time on hate crime charges. The third was sentenced to 35 years.
The police in London strip-searched hundreds of children, a disproportionate number of whom were Black, over a three-year period, a report has found.
Battery-powered cars are much too expensive for a vast majority of Americans, despite efforts by policymakers to reduce prices.
What Else Is Happening
Axios, a media company that covers politics, technology and business, sold itself to Cox Enterprises for $525 million.
Do spiders dream? Researchers found that jumping spiders exhibit signs of R.E.M. sleep.
Current artificial intelligence technology can’t create robots who think or feel. But it does have the power to mislead people.
A Morning Read
A team of biologists and mathematicians studied hours of video to learn how cricket embryos take shape in the egg. The secret is good old-fashioned geometry.
Olivia Newton-John, the British-Australian star of “Grease” and a chart-topping pop singer in the 1970s and ’80s, died yesterday at 73.
ARTS AND IDEAS
A woman to watch in Kenya
Kenya’s national elections take place today, but the campaign may already have changed the country’s politics. Voters will decide whether to pick Martha Karua as their first female deputy president, and her candidacy has shifted the focus to women.
Analysts say Karua could convince the undecided that the presidential candidate on her ticket — Raila Odinga, a familiar face in Kenyan politics — could offer something new. Karua is also part of the Kenyan political establishment, but her strong anticorruption track record counts in her favor.
Like other female politicians, she is not immune to gender-based scrutiny. But Karua, a savvy politician, has leaned into it, embracing her role as a grandmother and sewing her own dress on the campaign trail. Her prominence has put the spotlight on other female candidates, and at least two are running in races for governor. Some have been harassed or intimidated.
“These polls have seen much greater awareness and mainstreaming of women’s participation, in higher numbers and at many more levels,” said Njoki Ngumi, a social commentator who’s part of the Nest Collective, an art collective in Nairobi.
With a third of Kenyan households headed by women, Ngumi says she hopes the conversation around the election will begin to create an “honest or caring awareness of women’s lived experiences” among Kenyans. — Lynsey Chutel, a Briefings writer based in Johannesburg.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT
What to Cook
Spices like Kashmiri chile powder, cumin, coriander and turmeric add depth to this chicken karahi.
What to Read
“The Shadow Lily,” a new crime novel by Johanna Mo, brims with twists, turns and surprising revelations.
Is it better to exercise in the morning or the evening?
Now Time to Play
Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: ___ Island, fictional setting for “Jaws” (five letters).
And here’s today’s Wordle and the Spelling Bee.
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That’s it for today’s briefing. Thanks for joining me. — Natasha
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