Good Morning DC. "Autocrats have enormous power and they don't have to answer to a public," says Joe Biden.
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On Sunday, President Biden met with the Queen. Marine One landed in Windsor, on a well-manicured lawn right in front of the castle, at 4:55 pm BST.
Pool observed from a distance Joe and Jill Biden exiting Marine One and boarding a black Land Rover which started rolling towards the castle where the President and the First Lady met the Queen. The 13-member White House press pool had no access to the event. They were all under a tree, waiting in the shade.
Ahead of their arrival, soldiers from the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards assembled in an honor guard formation on the lawn in the castle’s Quadrangle.
Riding in the back of a black Land Rover, President and The First Lady arrived at 5: 05 pm local UK time at the castle’s Quadrangle via the King George IV gateway. They were driven around the Quadrangle in a clockwise direction before arriving at a dais where the Queen was waiting to greet them. She had arrived minutes before, walking over from a doorway in a corner of the Quadrangle leading to her apartment in the castle. The Queen was wearing a pink dress and hat. She had celebrated her official 95th birthday the day before though her actual birthday is in April.
Upon arrival at Windsor Castle, the President and the First Lady were greeted by: Mr. James Puxley, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire; Admiral Sir James Perowne, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle Vice-Admiral and Sir Anthony Johnstone-Burt, Master of the Household.
The First Lady was wearing a baby blue suit and was seen tucking her mask into her pocket. The President wore a navy blue suit and kept his aviator sunglasses on while they stood at attention for a royal salute and for the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
The UK anthem, God Save the Queen, was played minutes before the couple arrived.
The President then took part in an Inspection of the Guard of Honor accompanied by Major James Taylor, Captain of the Regiment, and Major General Christopher Ghika, Captain of the Guard.
The President walked down the first line of troops, with what appeared to be quite a stern expression on his face – at times it appeared that he was frowning. As he got to the end of the row, one of the senior guardsman escorting the President went walked around in front of him, turned to face him, and raised his sword up to his face four times, which elicited a grin from the President.
The President was then escorted back to the dais where all three watched the military march past. After the soldiers left, the three left the dais. After the President walked down the steps, he offered his elbow to the Queen who appeared to momentarily consider taking it before declining.
As the three walked to the Queen’s premises, she was overheard introducing her ladies in waiting to Joe and Jill Biden. They disappeared into the castle at 5:18 pm BTS just in time for a traditional British tea.
After the private meeting, Biden said that the Queen was very gracious.“She reminded me of my mother,” he said. He revealed that the Queen asked him about world leaders, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. He said she also asked what life in the White House was like. “I said, we could fit the White House in the courtyard,” POTUS added, referring to the Windsor Castle. Then, the President said that he invited the Queen to the White House for a visit.
At the press conference that Biden held shortly afterward, the President was eager to talk about Putin but made it clear “There’s no guarantee you can change a person’s behavior or the behavior of his country.”
Biden’s main global theme is democracy vs. autocracy, and the President is well aware that “Autocrats have enormous power and they don’t have to answer to a public.”
Putin said that Russia would be ready to hand over cybercriminals to the United States if the U.S. would do the same to Russia.
Question: Is Biden open to that kind of a trade with Vladimir Putin?
“Yes, I’m open,” said Biden.”I was told, as I was flying here, that he said that. I think that’s — that’s potentially a good sign and progress.”
On Sunday evening at 9:02 pm, CEST Biden arrived in Brussels to a beautiful sunset. He was welcomed by a Belgium military honor guard and three trumpeters. After walking down the red carpet, he boarded the Beast.
On Monday morning local time, Biden met with Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia; Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia and Gitanas Nauseda, President of the Republic of Lithuania.
At NATO Headquarters, the President met with Jens Stoltenberg Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and posed for a family photo.
Biden told Stoltenberg that NATO is “essential for America.” And he praised the Secretary-General “for your incredible leadership…I wish you were not leaving.”
He continued, “There is a growing recognition over the last couple of years that we have new challenges. We have Russia, which is acting in a way that is not consistent with what we had hoped, and we have China.”
The President said that “NATO is critically important for U.S. interests in and of itself.”
In a firm tone, Biden concluded, “I want NATO to know America is there.”
Today, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with Erdogan, President of Turkey, at NATO Headquarters.
At 6:50 CEST, the President will hold a press conference at NATO Headquarters.
Over the weekend, I spoke to the State Department about the expanded Western Balkans sanctions E.O. “The United States has not yet announced any new designations under this E.O., but this tool allows us to address the most pressing threats to stability and democratic institutions going forward,” the Spokesperson told The Pavlovic Today.
Netanyahu is out. President Biden spoke last night with the new Prime Minister Bennett to offer his warm congratulations on becoming Prime Minister of Israel. The Biden administration intends to work closely with the Israeli government on efforts to advance peace, security, and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.
And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, June 14, 2021. For all updates about Biden’s foreign trip, you can follow our coverage at www.thepavlovictoday.com . Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first.