Donald Trump has said he is “strongly considering” taking up House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation for him to testify to the impeachment inquiry and “speak all the truth he wants”, a welcome also extended by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, who said the president should give his side of the story on Ukraine rather than grumble about the proceedings on Twitter.
The White House has meanwhile scrambled to deny speculation the Mr Trump’s sudden visit to a Maryland hospital on Saturday for a medical check-up was initiated in response to a more serious health complaint.
The president otherwise spent his weekend hitting out at Fox News host Chris Wallace over his treatment of GOP representative Steve Scalise, as his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in turn comes under fire from House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff for snubbing a subpoena and obstructing the investigation.
Meanwhile, secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US was changing decades-old policy identifying Israeli settlements as illegal under international law, drawing criticism from human rights activists.
Mr Pompeo also refused to defend former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, after she was attacked by Mr Trump during her testimony last week.
We are expecting a packed week of impeachment hearings this week, with testimony Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Democrats will meanwhile hold their next debate on Wednesday in Georgia.
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