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Greg Clugston

SRN Correspondent Greg Clugston keeps you informed about all the news coming from the White House.

Biden to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 2:02 pm
President Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth the Second as he wraps up his United Kingdom visit on Sunday. Following the Group of Seven summit, the president and first lady will travel to Windsor Castle for afternoon tea with the queen. The first couple will be welcomed with a military Guard of Honor, complete with a royal salute and the playing of the U-S national anthem. Mr. Biden will be the 13th American leader to meet the monarch during her reign.
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White House believes rise in consumer prices will be temporary

Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 7:02 am
The Biden administration believes that consumer prices will peak this summer before dropping in the fall. President Biden and his economic team are faced with sharply rising prices. They increased again last month by six-tenths of one percent. Over the past 12 months, consumer prices are up 5 percent — the biggest jump in 13 years. Some analysts and Republican lawmakers are warning about runaway inflation. But a Biden administration official is convinced that the current spike in prices is temporary and will begin to dissipate later this year.
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White House has questions about new bipartisan infrastructure deal

Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 8:39 am
The White House says questions remain about an infrastructure deal reached by a group of bipartisan senators. The infrastructure plan backed by 10 Republican and Democratic senators would not include tax increases, which is a top GOP priority. The price tag of the new package is 928-billion dollars — still short of the 1-point-7 trillion dollars President Biden is seeking. A White House spokesman expressed appreciation for the bipartisan efforts, but said “questions need to be addressed” on policy and how to pay for it. GC, Wash.
 
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Biden, G7 leaders to confront COVID, climate, China, Russia

Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Confronting the coronavirus pandemic will be the top agenda item for President Biden and other G-7 leaders during a three-day summit starting Friday. The G-7 is made up of the world’s wealthiest democracies and the leaders are meeting in-person for the first time since the pandemic. Vaccinations and economic recovery will be major topics of discussion. Leaders from the U-S, U-K, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Canada will also address climate and cybersecurity, as well as the rising challenges from China and Russia.

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U.S. to donate 500M COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 2:37 pm

President Biden has unveiled plans for the U-S to buy 500-million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to share with the world.

On Day Two of his trip to Europe, the president announced that the U-S will donate half-a-billion vaccine doses to 100 poor countries hard-hit by COVID-19.

He said the shipments will begin in August with 200-million doses delivered by the end of the year. Mr. Biden said the goal is “save as many lives” as possible.

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US, UK leaders sign updated Atlantic Charter

Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 1:30 pm

The leaders of Britain and the United States have agreed to an updated Atlantic Charter. During talks in the English seaside town of Carbis Bay, President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a document that reaffirms and updates the Atlantic Charter signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill 80 years ago. The president said the new charter speaks to the challenges of this century. In the document, the two leaders vowed to defend their countries’ “enduring values” against challenges old and new.

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U.S. to buy 500M Pfizer vaccine doses to share globally

Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 4:25 pm
The United States plans to buy 500-million more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to share with the world. As he begins a weeklong European trip, President Biden is set to announce that the U-S will share the half-a-billion vaccine doses through the global COVAX alliance for donation to 92 lower income countries and the African Union. National security adviser Jake Sullivan says the president was committed to sharing vaccines because it was in the public health and strategic interests of the United States.
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Biden drops Trump order targeting TikTok, plans own review

Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm

The White House has dropped Trump-era executive orders that attempted to ban the popular apps TikTok and WeChat. The president revoked some of Donald Trump’s blanket-style orders against Chinese tech companies. He also directed the Commerce Department to review transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China. Mr. Biden wants the federal government to identify national security risks with software applications tied to China. The administration has not weighed in yet on whether TikTok and other apps pose a danger to Americans.

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DC protesters cleared for fencing, not Trump photo op

Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 3:30 pm

An internal investigation has determined that U-S Park Police did not remove protesters in Washington, DC, last summer for President Trump’s photo op. According to the Interior Department’s inspector general, federal police officers forcefully cleared protesters from Lafayette Park last June so a contractor could install new fencing. The report says police were not influenced by then-President Trump’s plan to visit the area. Demonstrators were protesting the death of George Floyd when they were forced to leave the area with pepper pellets and flash bangs. A short time later, Trump walked across the park to St. John’s Church, where he stood holding a Bible.

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Vice President Harris pledges to visit U.S. southern border

Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 9:24 am

Vice President Harris has returned from her first international trip, which was criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike. During her travel to Guatemala and Mexico to discuss migration issues, the vice president was repeatedly asked why she has yet to visit the U-S southern border. Republicans have called on Harris to get a first-hand look at the border, where migration has reached its highest levels in 20 years. Some Democrats also criticized the vice president for bluntly telling Central Americans “do not come” to the U-S.

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Biden is off to Europe on first foreign trip of presidency

Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 9:00 am
President Biden is off to Europe on the first foreign trip of his presidency.
 
The president will spend the next week meeting with G-7, NATO, and EU allies.  National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
 
Those challenges include the COVID-19 pandemic, China, and Russia. The last day of the trip will feature face-to-face talks with Russian President Putin.
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Biden’s July 4th vaccination goal is in jeopardy

Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 7:04 am
President Biden is facing an uphill climb to reach his July 4th vaccination goal.
The president set a target of having 70 percent of Americans at least partially vaccinated by Independence Day. But the U-S is on pace to fall short of that goal. Whether or not the goal is reached, White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the vaccination push will continue.
 

The pace of new vaccinations in the U-S has dropped to about 400-thousand  people per day — down from a high of nearly 2 million per day two months ago

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President Biden ends infrastructure talks with GOP senators

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 5:59 pm

President Biden and GOP senators have failed to reach a bipartisan deal on infrastructure spending. After several weeks of talks, punctuated by offers and counteroffers, the two sides have struck out. The White House says President Biden ended negotiations with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito after telling her the latest GOP offer doesn’t go far enough. The president is now moving ahead on  discussions with a bipartisan group of senators.

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White House refuses to criticize Sen. Manchin over election reform

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm
The White House is biting its tongue when it comes to Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s blocking of key Biden priorities.
Senator Manchin of West Virginia opposes an elections and campaign reform bill being sought by his fellow Democrats, including President Biden. Some in the party are blasting Manchin, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to pile on.
 
Manchin also has angered Democrats by opposing party efforts to change Senate rules to modify or scrap the filibuster.
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White House “not consulted” about DOJ’s legal defense of Trump

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 3:30 pm
The White House is reacting to the Justice Department’s decision to defend former President Trump in a defamation lawsuit.
DOJ lawyers said this week that Donald Trump cannot be held personally liable for “crude and disrespectful” remarks he made about a woman because he made the comments while he was president. President Biden may disagree with that decision, but spokeswoman Jen Psaki says he won’t fight it.
As a candidate, Joe Biden said it was inappropriate for the Justice Department to intervene in a private legal battle over Trump’s personal conduct.
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White House warns about danger of Delta COVID-19 variant

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 3:05 pm
The White House is warning about the danger of the Delta COVID-19 variant.
U-S health officials are tracking a surge of the Delta variant in the United Kingdom, which is affecting young people.
 
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the Delta variant accounts for 6 percent of U-S coronavirus cases and he says “we cannot allow” the more contagious Delta to become dominant here. The good news, he says, is that the 2-dose vaccination is extremely effective against Delta.
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VP Harris’ “Do Not Come” comments irk some Democrats

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 11:34 am

Vice President Harris is facing criticism from fellow Democrats over her comments about migrants traveling to the U-S. In Guatemala, the vice president delivered a blunt message to those considering migrating to the United States. She said the Biden administration is discouraging illegal migration.Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Harris’ comments “disappointing” and the vice president responded by saying her foreign trip is aimed at dealing with the root causes of migration.

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White House defends upcoming Biden-Putin summit

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 7:02 am
The White House is defending President Biden’s decision to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin next week.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan explains why the Biden-Putin summit will happen, even though the U-S has serious concerns about Russia’s “harmful” activities.
Sullivan insists that the planned meeting is not a “reward” for Putin but the best way to defend America’s interests and manage the differences between the U-S and Russia.
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Biden tries to ease Ukraine’s concerns over Putin meeting

Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 3:18 pm

President Biden is trying to ease Ukraine’s concerns about the upcoming U-S meeting with Russian President Putin. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has raised concerns about next week’s Biden-Putin summit and requested to meet with President Biden beforehand. There won’t be a meeting, but National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says the two men spoke by phone. Sullivan says the president told Ukraine’s leader “that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine sovereignty.” Mr. Biden also invited Zelenskyy for a White House visit this summer.

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Biden opposes law that excludes Puerto Rico benefits

Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 2:07 pm
President Biden opposes a law that excludes Puerto Rico from a federal benefits program. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, benefits are not available to U-S citizens living in the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The president opposes that exclusion, but says in a statement that his administration will defend it at the Supreme Court. He says the Justice Department “has a longstanding policy of defending the constitutionality of federal statutes, regardless of policy preferences.” Former President Trump also opposed the law pertaining to Puerto Rico.
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Biden, NATO leader to preview upcoming summit

Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 7:02 am
President Biden meets with the NATO secretary general at the White House.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg pays a visit to the president in the Oval Office.
 
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says those include transatlantic security in the face of challenges from Russia and China, and the threat of cyberattacks.
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Pence increases visibility as he considers possible 2024 WH bid

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 7:04 am
Former Vice President Pence is increasing his visibility as he considers whether to run for the White House in 2024. In recent weeks, Pence has attended events in two early-voting states — South Carolina and New Hampshire. Last week in Manchester, he spoke at a Republican dinner, highlighting issues of interest to conservatives. Pence accused President Biden of campaigning as a moderate but becoming the most liberal president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. The former vice president also said he isn’t sure he and former President Trump will ever see “eye to eye” over what happened in the January 6th riot at the U-S Capitol.
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Biden to discuss ransomware attacks with Putin

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 7:02 am
The recent ransomware attacks against a meatpacking company and a U-S oil pipeline will be on the agenda during the upcoming Biden-Putin summit.

The United States is considering all options in dealing with the attacks. And White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that President Biden intends to confront Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

 
The two leaders will meet in Europe a week from Wednesday.
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President Biden to have audience with Queen Elizabeth II

Sat, Jun 5, 2021 at 7:02 am
President Biden’s upcoming foreign trip will include an audience with Queen Elizabeth the Second.
The White House confirmed this week that the president will meet with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle before heading to Belgium for the NATO and European summits. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the first couple responded positively to Buckingham Palace.
Joe Biden will become the 13th American president that the 95-year-old monarch has met during her record-breaking reign. And it will be her first such major engagement since the death of her husband Prince Philip in April.
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