White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer gives her take on the latest news from the White House

Good Morning DC,

Hunter Biden has been in the headlines lately. During the last presidential debate, then-Vice President Biden was asked if there was anything inappropriate or unethical about his son’s relationships and business dealings in China and Ukraine. The President said, “Nothing was unethical.” Biden insisted then that his son “has not made money in terms of this thing about, what you’re talking about, China.” 

Does the White House stand by that comment that the then-Vice President made about Hunter Biden?

“We absolutely stand by the President’s comment,” said White House Comms Director Kate Bedingfield. 

Chris Rock has given his first public reaction since being hit by actor Will Smith on stage at the Oscars: 

“I don’t have a bunch of shit about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I had like a whole show I wrote before this weekend. And I’m still kind of processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that shit. And it’ll be serious and it’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes.”

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

President Biden authorized the release of one million barrels of oil a day for six months from America’s strategic reserves to keep price increases to a minimum. As the International Energy Agency in Paris convenes today for an emergency meeting, Biran Deese said that President Biden is “confident that our allies and partners will provide tens of millions of barrels additional into the market. 

This morning at the White House, the President will deliver the March jobs report and make the address from the State Dining Room. After receiving the President’s Daily Brief, Biden will go to Wilmington, Delaware, to spend the weekend. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

Elizabeth Warren thinks the US should create its own digital currency and said on Chuck Todd’s show that she thinks Bitcoin will be regulated. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$45,227.49

Ether (ETH):$3,285.23

SOL:$123.12

LUNA: $103.36

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The West will be sending more armored vehicles and long-range artillery to Ukraine, according to the UK’s Defense Secretary. 

Across the pond, Boris Johnson has given up on a legal ban on conversion therapy, Downing Street has confirmed.

“Having explored this sensitive issue in great depth, the government has decided to proceed by reviewing how existing law can be deployed more effectively to prevent this in the quickest way possible, and explore the use of other non-legislative measures,” said the Spokesperson. 

Sir Keir Starmer MP said that PM”s wife Carrie Johnson should be named if fined over party gate scandal at No.10. Asked if we should then expect to hear the next time his wife gets a parking ticket, the leader of the Labour made his views known about politicians wives. 

It’s a huge difference between the situation of the wife of the Prime Minister breaking the rules made by the Prime Minister, and any other situation, and I’m not focusing on Carrie here. I actually do agree with the general argument that the families of politicians shouldn’t be dragged in. But in and therefore I focus on the Prime Minister? Rishi Sunak’s wife… I do agree with the general proposition that, you know, family members shouldn’t be brought into political arguments. But so far as the Chancellor’s wife is concerned there’s just a fundamental question of principle here, which is, is their household benefiting from money made in Russia, when the government’s put in place sanctions? That is in the public interest for us to have an answer to. I’m not attacking their family? I don’t agree with that way of doing politics. But I do want to know, is the Chancellor’s household, the Chancellor’s household, benefiting from money from a company that’s investing in Russia, when the government is saying quite rightly, that nobody should be doing that, sanctions should be in place. So we should, particularly with the dreadful situation in Ukraine, frankly, be doing everything we cannot just to make life more difficult in Russia, but to cripple their ability to function? So it’s not a personal attack? I don’t agree with that. I absolutely don’t agree with that. But I do think that… I would have thought the chance would actually want to come clean on this and say, Actually, I can be very, very clear that my household doesn’t benefit from any money that’s come in anyway, from Russia during this invasion of Ukraine, it’s a simple question. I think he should just answer it, it would actually help his wife if you just answered that question.

Sir Keir Starmer MP

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Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

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...