Salem Radio Network News Saturday, June 19, 2021


Greg Clugston

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

After summit, Biden says time will tell if Russian behavior changes

Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 3:58 pm

Following a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Biden said he’s “established a clear basis” on how to deal with Moscow.

After raising concerns about Ukraine, human rights, and cyber attacks originating in Russia, the president says time will tell if Russian behavior will change.

Mr. Biden described the tone of the summit with Putin as “good” and “positive.” But sharp differences remain between the two super powers.

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Biden raised cyber concerns at summit with Russia’s Putin

Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 3:57 pm

President Biden raised the issue of cyber and ransomware attacks during his summit with Russian President Putin.

The Russian leader insisted that his country had nothing to do with recent cyber attacks against the U-S and Mr. Biden said he made clear to Putin that Russia should not cross certain red lines.

The president also warned Moscow of consequences if the attacks continue.
Even though the president said there were no threats during the summit, he did warn Putin

He said if Russia goes after American infrastructure the consequences “would be devastating.”

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No hostility at Biden-Putin summit, but sharp differences remain

Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 3:53 pm

President Biden and Russian President Putin concluded their Geneva summit after roughly three hours. After the summit ended, President Biden was asked about the tone of his talks with Putin.

Putin said the two leaders disagreed on many issues, but there was no hostility.

Both presidents agreed to return their nations’ ambassadors to their posts and begin nuclear arms control negotiations. But sharp differences remain over cyberattacks and Putin’s human rights record.

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Presidents Biden and Putin open their summit in Geneva

Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 8:39 am

President Biden and Russian President Putin have opened their high-stakes summit in Geneva. The two leaders arrived for their talks at an 18h century manor house and were welcomed by the Swiss president.  A few minutes later, the presidents kicked off their meeting. Today’s summit comes at a low point in diplomatic relations between the U-S and Russia. The two presidents are expected to address everything from cybercrime to Russia’s alleged interference in U-S elections


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Biden is in Geneva for highly anticipated summit with Putin

Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 1:26 pm

President Biden is in Geneva for Wednesday’s highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After a week of attending international summits with U-S allies, the president is set to sit down for face-to-face talks with the Russian leader. But he warns that the U-S will “respond in kind” if Moscow continues to engage in harmful activities. The summit’s agenda includes Ukraine, human rights, arms control, and cyber attacks.

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Biden “ready” for summit talks with Russia’s Putin

Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 1:18 pm

President Biden says he’s “ready” for several hours of planned talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at their summit in Geneva. Heading into the highly-anticipated talks, the president has called Putin a “worthy adversary.” Mr. Biden has said he’s hoping to find areas of cooperation with the Russia president. But he’s also warned that if Moscow continues its cyberattacks and other aggressive acts, the United States will “respond in kind.”

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President Biden to raise human rights issues with Putin

Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 1:13 pm

Human rights will be on the summit agenda when President Biden and Russian President Putin meet face-to-face. President Biden plans to raise Moscow’s treatment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was jailed and poisoned. The president says “it would be a tragedy” if Navalny were to die or be killed in prison. Other topics for discussion between the two leaders include Ukraine, arms control, and cyber attacks.

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US and EU agree to end tariffs on Boeing and Airbus

Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 10:33 am

The U-S and the European Union have reached a deal to end a dispute over subsidies to rival plane makers. After a 17-year fight over aircraft subsidies to Boeing and Airbus, the U-S and E-U agreed to suspend tariffs for five years. The announcement came from the U-S trade representative while President Biden attended the U-S-EU summit in Brussels. The deal is good news for an airline industry that has been ravaged by coronavirus travel restrictions.

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U.S. surpasses 600,000 COVID-19 fatalities

Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm
President Biden is marking a grim U-S milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the United States surpasses 600-thousand coronavirus fatalities, the president says his “heart goes out to those who’ve lost a loved one.” Over the last week, he says the U-S is averaging 370 COVID-19 deaths per day.
The president says “we have more work to do to beat this virus and now’s not the time to let our guard down.”
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Biden vows that NATO will stand firm against Russia, China

Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 5:01 pm
President Biden is vowing that NATO will stand firm against Russian and Chinese aggression. At their summit in Brussels, members of the NATO alliance discussed the economic and security challenges posed by Russia and China. At a press conference, the president mentioned “aggressive hacks” by Russia and other “malicious cyberactivity.” The summit ended with a communique expressing strong concern about China as an alleged security challenge and threat to world order.
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Biden says NATO allies support summit with Putin

Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 4:47 pm
President Biden says NATO allies support his upcoming summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.  At the conclusion of the NATO summit, the president said that world leaders thanked him for meeting with the Russian leader now. Mr. Biden said he’s not looking for conflict with Putin, but the U-S “will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities.”
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DOJ’s top national security official to resign amid seizure revelations

Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 3:36 pm
The Justice Department’s top national security official is resigning after revelations of secret seizures of private data. The resignation comes amid questions about what John Demers knew about the Justice Department’s efforts to secretly seize records from House Democrats and news reporters. Those actions took place during the Trump administration. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement, emphasizing that “political or other improper considerations must play no role in any investigative or prosecutorial decisions.” He also noted the department’s inspector general has already launched an investigation.
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Biden reassures NATO members of U.S. commitment

Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 9:18 am
President Biden is telling NATO members that the United States is committed to the alliance. At a summit in Brussels, the president reassured NATO allies that the U-S is committed to Article 5 of the alliance charter, which states an attack on one member is an attack on all. He also singled out two adversaries for posing economic and security challenges — Russia and China.
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Swiss tightening security ahead of Biden-Putin summit

Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 7:02 am
Security is going to be tight for this week’s Biden-Putin summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Swiss authorities have approved temporary measures to reinforce security for Wednesday’s summit meeting between President Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Those measures include restricted airspace over Geneva and the deployment of up to one-thousand troops to the area. The White House has played down expectations for the summit and said the president plans to raise issues including Ukraine, arms control, human rights, and cyber ransomware attacks.
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Biden calls new Israeli PM, reaffirms U.S. support for security

Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 10:13 pm
The United States is reaffirming its continued support of Israel after a change of leadership. President Biden spoke by phone with Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, to offer his “warm congratulations.” The White House issued a statement saying the president “highlighted his decades of steadfast support for the U.S.-Israel relationship and his unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.” Mr. Biden also said his administration intends to work closely with the Israeli government on advancing peace, security and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.
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Biden meets “gracious” Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 10:05 pm
President Biden met with Queen Elizabeth the Second following the conclusion of the G-7 summit in the United Kingdom. The president and first lady visited the queen at Windsor Castle Sunday afternoon. Afterward, Mr. Biden said the 95-year-old monarch was “very gracious” and reminded him of his mother. He said the queen asked him about the Russian and Chinese presidents, and he said he invited her to visit the White House. Joe Biden is the 13th American president to meet the queen during her record reign.
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Biden to talk tough with Putin at Geneva summit

Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 7:39 am

President Biden is promising to talk tough when he sits down with Russian President Putin in the coming week. Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Putin, the president had some strong words, saying that he plans “to tell him what I want him to know.” Mr. Biden said that while the U.S. wants a “stable and predictable relationship” with Moscow, it “will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says the president will be “clear, direct, and straightforward” with Putin.

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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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