Good Morning DC. “I can say quite clearly don’t come, don’t leave your town and community,” said Biden.

Good Morning DC! This week for President Biden will be all about foreign policy and America’s role in the world. 

During the transition, before Biden took office, Susan Rice and Jake Sullivan addressed illegal immigration. They reiterated in a joint interview, now is not the time to come to the U.S. 
 
“I can say quite clearly don’t come don’t leave your town and community,” President Biden said to immigrants On March 16.

A few hours ago, Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to Kamala Harris reiterated the message to those who want to come to the U.S. to do so exclusively through legal immigration channels.

“The President and Vice President have been clear in dissuading people from making the dangerous and treacherous journey to the U.S./Mexico border. We encourage those who do want to come to the U.S. to do so legally and seek legal immigration options in their home countries. The Vice President is committed to addressing the root causes of migration, which also addresses why migrants are coming to our border.”

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg was at the White House yesterday for a meeting with President Biden. “We addressed a wide range of issues — Russia and China, global terrorism, cyber threats, and also the security consequences of climate change,” Stoltenberg revealed in front of the West Wing.  

Stoltenberg confirmed that he discussed Russia with the President. “I welcome the fact that President Biden will meet all the NATO leaders before he meets President [Putin] a few days after. I welcome the extension of the new START agreement, and NATO allies have been and still are at the forefront of global arms control, nuclear arms control,” he said, adding that they also discussed “the importance of arms control and also talking with Russia.”

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg said that “Dialogue with Russia is not a sign of weakness” and that America has to strive for a better relationship.

On China, Stoltenberg said that China poses some “Opportunities for our economies, for trade, and we need to talk to China on issues like, and engage with China on issues like climate change and arms control.”

It has been two weeks since the arrest of Danny Fenster, an American journalist in Burma. He was detained on May 24th as he attempted to fly home to the U.S. to visit his family in Michigan. House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul and Chairman Gregory W. Meeks issued a joint statement calling for his release.

“Danny’s detention is an assault on press freedom, cutting to the core of our democratic values,” they said. “We call upon Burma’s military regime to immediately and unconditionally release him and other Americans, including Nathan Maung, being unjustly detained, and to allow them to travel freely so that they may return home.”

President Zelensky of Ukraine will be coming to the White House in July. Yesterday, Biden spoke with him on the phone, expressing his support for Zelensky’s plan to tackle corruption and implement reform in Ukraine. Biden affirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the context of Crimea. The U.S. will send 900,000 vaccine doses to help Ukraine address the pandemic.  

This morning a bipartisan report has been released on the security, planning, and response failures related to the U.S. Capitol attack on January 6th. The full text of the report and recommendations is available HERE.

And that’s a wrap for this Tuesday morning, June 8, 2021.Thanks for waking up with me. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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