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James Donovan, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the second-in-command at the Treasury Department, is withdrawing from consideration, senior administration officials said. There was no immediate reason given for the decision. Donovan is a longtime Goldman Sachs executive who was slated to join several other Goldman veterans in the Trump administration and serve as Treasury’s deputy secretary.

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan — indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity — will not attend a meeting in Saudi Arabia alongside Trump, the Sudanese state news agency said. A Saudi invitation to Al-Bashir had outraged human rights advocates, who called it a breach of long-standing U.S. policy. Trump is scheduled to arrive on Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Joe Biden has a reputation for saying what’s on his mind, and on Thursday, he reportedly didn’t hold back about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate,” Biden reportedly told an audience of hedge fund managers at the annual SALT conference in Las Vegas. Despite his criticism of Clinton as a candidate, Biden added that he thought ­Hillary would have been “a really good president.”

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