Biden news today: President promises Zelensky more aid as White House rejects Trump’s Putin scheme



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‘You must be crazy’: Biden hits back at Fox News reporter’s Ukraine questions

Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday morning to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The call comes as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators discuss a de-escalation agreement that would allow Russia to withdraw troops from the Kiev area.

Both the White House and Pentagon have said they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed about progress in the war by his senior advisers who are afraid to characterize it as a “strategic blunder”.

Mr Biden also addressed the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US and announced the launch of a central website for Covid resources before receiving his second booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The FDA has just authorized a second booster shot for all Americans over 50 and those classified as clinically extremely vulnerable to the virus.

Meanwhile, after controversial nomination hearings in which Republican senators spoke to her about critical race theory and her track record of condemning sex offenders who preyed on children, Ketanji Brown Jackson has picked up a crucial supporter: Maine Senator Susan Collins, who is the first Republican. announcing that she will vote to confirm Joe Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee.

The news pretty much guarantees Ms. Jackson’s confirmation. She has already gained the support of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who was thought to be the most likely of his party’s 50 senators to withhold his support.

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Biden Calls on Congress to Increase Covid Funding

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the US government cannot afford to give Americans the Covid-19 booster shot he got on camera on Wednesday if Congress doesn’t step up to allocate more money for vaccines, tests, treatments, and other Covid-19 needs.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 04:30

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US to provide $500 million in aid to Ukrainian government

The United States will provide the Ukrainian government with an additional $500 million in “direct budget aid” to support its operations as Ukrainian forces continue to fight the unprovoked invasion of Russia.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest news from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 04:00

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White House readout Zelensky call



President Biden spoke to Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy today about the ongoing work of the United States and its allies and partners to provide military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and to impose heavy costs on Russia for its brutal aggression against Ukraine. Leaders discussed how the United States is working around the clock to meet Ukraine’s key requests for security assistance, the critical effects these weapons have had on the conflict, and the United States’ continued efforts with allies and partners to build additional capabilities. to help the Ukrainian military defend its country. In addition, President Biden informed President Zelenskyy that the United States plans to provide the Ukrainian government with $500 million in direct budget aid. He also discussed the additional sanctions and humanitarian aid announced last week. President Zelenskyy briefed President Biden on the status of Ukraine’s negotiations with Russia.

The White House – March 30, 2022

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 03:15 am

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Report: Biden lifts Trump-era pandemic restrictions on US-Mexico border

The administration of President Joe Biden is expected to lift a public health order imposed by Donald Trump that blocked most asylum seekers from the US-Mexico border during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to reports citing government officials familiar with the situation.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 02:45

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Biden administration reassesses Russia’s nuclear strategy

The “kinetic” aspect of the Ukrainian conflict has so far been played out almost entirely on Ukrainian soil, but the implications for the world’s strategic balance are still huge – especially in the nuclear field, as Vladimir Putin deploys his nuclear forces in a “special regime”. of combat duty” just two days after his army invaded the neighboring country.

The Biden administration and other NATO governments are now trying to rethink their strategy for a Russian nuclear escalation, or even an accident involving nuclear reactors or waste storage facilities damaged by the invading forces.

Jonathan Tyrone has this report.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 02:30 am

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GOP Senator: Joe Biden Must Stop Talking

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a hardcore right-wing Republican, has briefed Joe Biden about his unscripted line declaring that Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power”.

“I really think it would be best for everyone involved, to get Joe Biden involved, but especially for the American people, if the president just stopped speaking in public in an impromptu way,” he said in an interview. with right-wing radio host Hugh Hughes. Hewitt added yesterday that he does not believe the president should “adliberate” or even “answer questions or hold press conferences.”

“If we can let Joe Biden consciously speak for three years on words that have been carefully reviewed and vetted… that would be safer than what has happened in the past five days.”

Mr Cotton’s grandiose suggestion runs counter to criticism from many on the right who have long tried to argue that Mr Biden is overly resisting speaking to the press or answering questions.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 01:45 am

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Susan Collins votes for Ketanji Brown Jackson

In a development that is virtually certain to confirm Joe Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee, Maine Republican Susan Collins has said she will vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson when the vote to get her on the bench hits the Senate floor.

Ms. Brown Jackson has already received the support of Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator most likely to withhold his support.

Eric Garcia has the news:

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 01:00

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Joe Biden signed a bill yesterday that would make lynching a federal hate crime, a measure that has been waiting more than a century to be passed into law.

Named after Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal murder in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement, the bill received only seven “no” votes in the House of Representatives and was passed unanimously by the Senate.

“From the bullets in the back of Ahmaud Arbery to countless acts of violence, countless known and unknown victims…racial hatred is not an old problem, it is a persistent problem,” Biden said at the signing ceremony. “Hate never goes away. It hides alone, it hides under the rocks. With just a little bit of oxygen, it comes roaring back out, screaming. What stops it is all of us, not just a few.”

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 00:15

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More Americans worried about inflation than at any time since the mid-1980s

Americans’ concern about inflation has risen to its highest level in nearly 40 years.

A new Gallup poll found that nearly one in five Americans, or 17 percent, named inflation as their top economic concern.

The latest survey numbers from March 1 to March 18 are up from 10 percent in February, 8 percent in January, and the highest ever recorded by Gallup since 1985.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 30, 2022 23:30

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