In his remarks, Biden said the United States would welcome Ukrainian refugees “with open arms” and pledged additional support for the embattled country. Reiterating the message that Harris just sent in Romania, Biden, speaking from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, pledged once again that the United States was prepared to defend “every inch of NATO territory with the full force of a united and catalytic security alliance.”
We will not go to war with Russia Ukraine,” He said. “The direct confrontation between Russia is the Third World War, which is something we must strive to prevent.”
Biden declared that Putin’s war against Ukraine had already failed.
[Putin] He hopes to take control of Ukraine without a fight. He failed. He hoped to break the European design. He failed. He hoped to weaken the transatlantic alliance. He failed. He hoped to dismantle American democracy, in terms of our positions. He failed.
The American people are united. The world is united and we stand by the people of Ukraine. We will not allow tyrannical emperors and would-be emperors to dictate the direction of the world. Democracies are rising to face this moment, Rally the world on the side of peace and the side of security. We are showing our strength and we will not falter.”
Biden: The United States and its allies deny Russia’s “most favored nation” status
Joe Biden She announced that the United States is moving to abolish Russia’s “most favored nation” status in coordination with allies.
Abolishing Russia’s permanent normal trade relations will “make it more difficult Russia to work with the United States.” He said the United States was “taking the first steps” to ban imports of Russian vodka, seafood and diamonds.
Biden thanked Pelosi for pushing the United States to take this action, and for delaying action in Congress until “all of our key allies can line up.”
“Putin is the aggressor and Putin must pay the price,” he said.
He also detailed other economic sanctions taken by the United States to destabilize the Russian economy and put pressure on Putin and those around him.
Biden said the United States and its allies were targeting an expanding list of Russian oligarchs, and ramping up efforts to seize their “unrealized gains.”
They support Putin. “They are stealing from the Russian people and trying to hide their money in our country,” Biden said, emphasizing one of the most popular aspects of the Western campaign against Russia. They are part of the kleptocracy that exists in Moscow and should share in the pain of these sanctions. “
In addition to seizing “luxury yachts” and vacation homes, Biden said the United States is also banning the export of luxury goods to Russia, calling it the latest, but “not the last step we’re going to take.”
Pelosi: The United States will seek to end normal trade relations with Russia
Talking to reporters at the Democrats’ retreat. – That’s it.not-a-Retreat in Philadelphia, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi He said the US would revoke Russia’s “most favored nation” trade status due to its invasion of Ukraine.
Biden is set to speak soon about ending Russia’s special trade status in coordination with the European Union and G7 nations, a move that will allow countries to raise tariffs on Russian imports. This is the latest step in a series of escalating economic sanctions and measures taken to punish Russia for its invasion Ukraine.
The United States currently excludes only two countries from this classification: Cuba and North Korea, The Guardian’s economic correspondent Richard Partington explains. Removing Russia’s status would increase its border taxes on Russian goods in the United States to more than 10 times the current applied rate of about 3% on average.
Long after the sun set over the US Capitol on Thursday, US senators who hate work on Friday gave final approval to a $1.5 trillion financing bill.
The sweeping, sweeping bill funds the federal government late during the fiscal year, ending a cycle of temporary measures and shutdown threats. The package, passed with bipartisan support in both houses, includes $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and its European allies. The bill now goes to Biden for his signature.
in the current situationAnd the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, He said bipartisan support for the bill “proves once again that members of both parties can come together to produce results for the benefit of the American people.”
It will reduce costs to families and businesses, support our economic recovery, and enhance American leadership abroad. With these resources, we will be able to provide historical support to the Ukrainian people as they defend their country and their democracy, Launching a bold new initiative to drive unprecedented advances in the treatment of cancer and other diseases, and to provide additional support to our law enforcement so they can protect our communities.
Psaki also urged Congress to resume negotiations on “funds urgently needed to prevent severe disruptions in our response to COVID-19.” In a blow to Democrats and the White House, the House of Representatives dropped a provision providing $15.6 billion in funding to bolster efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic after lawmakers rejected proposed reimbursements for relief funds, which would have led to cutbacks in states aid. Relies on.
Everett Kelly, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees, welcomed the law’s passage but said there was “no reason to celebrate”.
Because of the constant threats to shut down the government from political obstructions and the uncertainty caused by the ongoing decisions to fill in the loopholes, federal agencies were forced for a year and a half to work within the budget priorities of the previous administration,” He said.
“Going forward, beginning in fiscal year 2023 approaching in just six months, Congress must pass agency operating budgets on time so that government agencies avoid unnecessary obstacles to providing services to the American people.”
Harris: US commitment to Article 5 of NATO is ‘strict’
Speaking in Bucharest, perfection Harris They reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to NATO’s Article 5, that an attack on one member is an attack on all. Echoing the president, she said the US was ready to defend “every inch” of NATO territory, declaring the alliance “bigger and stronger than ever” and “tough.”
The message, which was delivered from a former Soviet satellite state, was intended to calm nerves in the East Europe And to send a clear message to the Russian President, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Should he escalate the war beyond Ukraine’s borders.
Turning to Yohannes, Harris said she was moved by his stories of fleeing refugees Ukraine. She thanked Romania for welcoming tens of thousands of refugees “with such sympathy and grace”.
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Soon we will hear from Joe Bidenwhere he is expected to announce that the United States will join the Group of Seven countries and the European Union in calling for the suspension of normal trade relations with Russia To punish Moscow for what the White House calls its “unjustified and unjustified war on Ukraine.”
Next, he will travel to Philadelphia, where House Democrats are locked in a three-day retreat that began ominously, with members angered and resentful of the machinations that have delayed the passage of a sweeping $1.5 trillion funding bill. The president will deliver remarks at the convention, rallying his party ahead of what is expected to be the agonizing midterm for Democrats.
This procedure, which includes assistance to Ukraine The federal government is funded through September, the Senate passed late Thursday night. Now he goes to Biden’s office to sign.
Meanwhile, cum Kamala Harris Concludes her trip to Poland and Romania. What minute will you appear with the Romanian president Klaus Johannes for a press conference.
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