Russia: Putin Ready to Meet Trump
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that President Vladimir Putin is willing to accept U.S. President Donald Trump’s invitation to meet in Washington.
In an interview with state-operated RIA Novosti news agency, Lavrov said that Putin is “ready for such a meeting.”
“We are guided by the fact that the U.S. President, in a telephone conversation – which is a known fact already, there is no secret – extended such an invitation and said he would be happy to see [Putin] in the White House.”
Lavrov added that Trump returned to the subject of the invitation a couple of times during the phone call with Putin and told him he would be happy to make a reciprocal visit to Russia.
Earlier Trump and Putin agreed on a possible summit in Washington.
Trump telephoned Putin on March 20 to congratulate him on winning the Russian presidential election two days earlier.
The White House and the Kremlin said at the time the two presidents discussed the possibility of meeting in person.
Reports: $1 Billion Fine for Wells Fargo Bank for Illegal Sales
U.S. news reports say Wells Fargo bank will be fined as much as $1 billion for illegally selling customers car insurance policies they did not want or need, and for charging unnecessary fees in connections with mortgages.
This would be the largest fine ever imposed by federal bank regulators and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The fine is part of a settlement regulators negotiated with the bank.
Wells Fargo and federal officials have not commented on the reports.
The San Francisco-based lender admitted selling the unwanted insurance policies to hundreds of thousands of car loan customers. In many cases, the borrowers could not afford both the insurance and car payments and their cars were repossessed.
Many U.S. banks have enjoyed looser federal regulations under President Donald Trump's pro-business administration.
But Trump denied reports that Wells Fargo would not be punished, tweeting in December that fines and penalties against the bank would, if anything, be substantially increased.
"I will cut regs but make penalties severe when caught cheating," he wrote.
Wells Fargo previously paid a $185 million fine for opening bank and credit card accounts in its customers' names without telling them.