Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues

Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues
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This week’s Sunday talk shows are expected to be dominated by the U.S. and Russia sanctioning each other, escalating tensions over policing and the continuing coronavirus vaccination campaign.

The U.S. and Russia this week traded sanctions as tensions between the two nations escalate over a variety of issues, including the SolarWinds hack and Russian interference in the 2020 elections.

The sanctions come a month after President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE warned that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinKaseya denies paying hackers for decryption key after ransomware attack Fox News: 'Entirely unacceptable' for 'NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson' Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia MORE will “pay a price” for interfering in the 2016 election.

The Biden administration expelled 10 personnel from Russian diplomatic mission in Washington, six technology companies that allegedly provide support for Russian intelligence operations and 32 individuals involved in the country’s efforts to influence the 2020 election.

These come on top of already existing sanctions implemented last month over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenSenate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines US joins other nations in condemning arrests of protesters in Cuba Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE, who will appear on “ABC’s This Week,” said the sanctions are “intended to hold Russia to account for its reckless actions.”

“We will act firmly in response to Russian actions that cause harm to us or our allies and partners,” he said.

In response, Russia banned eight U.S. intelligence officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasHillicon Valley: Tech groups urge Congress to 'dig deeper' on Facebook role in Capitol riot | Kaseya denies paying hackers for decryption key | Tech coalition expands tracking of extremist content Hillicon Valley: Amazon employees petition company to investigate discrimination allegations | ACLU calls for investigation into Alaska official over tweets | Electric cars to outsell combustion vehicles by 2036 Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE, Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHas Trump beaten the system? Biden administration moves to withdraw death penalty requests in seven cases Federal gun trafficking strike forces launched in five cities MORE and Director of National Intelligence Avril HainesAvril HainesDemocrats call for DOJ, FBI to declassify 9/11 intelligence related to Saudi Arabia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag FBI warns lawmakers of violence from QAnon conspiracy theorists MORE.

The measures also come as tensions escalate amid a buildup of Russia’s aggression at the Ukrainian border. Blinken traveled to NATO headquarters this week amid the buildup.

In the U.S., tensions over policing escalated last week police officer Kim Potter fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Potter has since resigned and is currently facing charges of second-degree murder. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Cannon also resigned after saying that he believed Potter meant to taze Wright, not shoot him.

Wright’s killing set off nights of protests in the city, as well as across the country. The shooting came during the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd, another Black man, in Minneapolis last year.

Attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, announced on Monday that he will also be representing Wright’s family. He will appear on “This Week.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. is forging ahead with its coronavirus vaccination efforts, despite a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration paused the use of the vaccine Tuesday over reports of rare blood clots. The cases occurred in women ages 18 to 48.

A CDC advisory panel wanted time to gather more data on the blood clots, and is expected to meet again on April 23.

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciCNN: Every county in Florida, Arkansas rated 'high transmission' for community spread Rising case count reignites debate over COVID-19 restrictions Trump surgeon general: 'Pandemic is spiraling out of control' MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told Reuters that he thinks vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine will get “back on track” soon.

He warned that the longer the pause is in place, “the more there will be concern about not only that vaccine, but it might even have an impact on vaccine hesitancy in general.”

Fauci will appear on “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

Nevertheless, the vaccination campaign continues. Data from the CDC shows that the U.S. has administered over 205 million coronavirus vaccine doses.

Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population over age of 18 have received at least one dose, while 31.8 percent have been fully vaccinated.  

Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Fauci; Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerReporter: FBI involvement in Whitmer plot similar to sting operations targeting Islamic extremists Former Detroit police chief takes step toward gubernatorial run Whitmer has raised .5 million so far in 2021 MORE (D-Mich.); former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFreedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi Stripping opportunity from DC's children Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer MORE (R-Ohio)

CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Fauci; French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrench parliament approves COVID-19 passes for restaurants, domestic travel WhatsApp chief: US allies' national security officials targeted with NSO malware US athletes chant 'Dr. Biden' as first lady cheers swimmers MORE; Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldUS delegation departs Haiti after reports of gunshots at ex-president's funeral Biden announces delegation to attend Haitian president's funeral State, Dems call out Cruz over holds ahead of key Russian talks MORE, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“CBS Sunday Morning” — Former President George W. Bush

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci; BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFreedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi Stripping opportunity from DC's children Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer MORE; national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden walks fine line with Fox News US delegation departs Haiti after reports of gunshots at ex-president's funeral No. 2 State Department official to travel to China amid tensions MORE; Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassScott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Biden: Republicans who say Democrats want to defund the police are lying Omar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia MORE (D-Calif.)

Fox News Sunday” — Sullivan; Sens. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsKavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Democrats criticize FBI's handling of tip line in Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-Del.) and John CornynJohn CornynDACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats Schumer feels pressure from all sides on spending strategy Data reveal big opportunity to finish the vaccine job MORE (R-Texas)

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures”— Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisTrump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios DeSantis takes action against Ben & Jerry's for ending sales in Israeli-occupied areas Crist rips DeSantis over Florida COVID-19 spike: 'We don't have leadership' MORE (R-Fla.); Stephen MillerStephen MillerTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book Stephen Miller contends no president dealt better hand than Biden MORE, former White House senior adviser; Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists MORE (R-Calif.), ranking member House Intelligence Committee; Charlie Kirk, founder and president of Turning Point USA; Candace Owens, author of “Blackout”