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

THE WHITE HOUSE

President Biden SOTU address heavily criticized by the Republicans for being “out of touch.” Today, Biden goes to Superior, Wisconsin.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Crypto donations pour into Ukraine.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The UK has announced sanctions against senior military leadership of Belarus.

*All this and more ahead!

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In his first State of the Union address since taking office, Biden announced the closure of US airspace to Russian flights and said that Vladimir Putin badly misjudged how the West would respond to his actions in Ukraine. 

“Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson: When dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos,” said Biden. “They keep moving. And the costs and the threats to America and the world keep rising.”

Biden called Putin, during his address, a dictator and described his war as “premeditated and unprovoked.”

In a sign of support for the Ukrainian people, Jill Biden had an embroidered appliqué of a sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine, sewn to the sleeve of her dress near her wrist.

Designated survivor, according to the White House, was Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce.

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THE WHITE HOUSE

During the State of the Union address, Biden spoke at length on domestic issues. On the economy, Biden said that the way to tackle inflation is to lower the costs and deficit. “Lower your costs, not your wages. Make more cars and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. More goods moving faster and cheaper in America. More jobs where you can earn a good living in America. And, instead of relying on foreign supply chains – let’s make it in America.”

Biden also spoke on gun violence. He reiterated his call for Congress to pass gun violence legislation. According to the White House, the President continues to urge Congress to act on his budget request of $200 million for community violence interventions and $300 million to more than double the size of the Department of Justice’s COPS community policing hiring grant program.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy responded to Biden’s State of the Union by describing it as “out of touch.” McCarthy said that while “our country is in a crisis,” Biden “painted a rosy picture of our nation while failing to fully acknowledge the challenges that our communities are facing created by his failed policies.”

This morning at the White House, President Biden will receive his regular President’s Daily Brief. 

Shortly after, Joe and Jill Biden will go to Superior, Wisconsin, where the president will talk on the subject of Building a Better America and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Critical to Biden’s trip today is the Blatnik Bridge that connects Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, across the St. Louis Bay. 

Wisconsin has 979 bridges in poor condition, and Minnesota has 661 bridges in poor condition. Over the next five years, based on formula funding alone, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide Minnesota an estimated $4.8 billion and Wisconsin an estimated $5.4 billion for roads and bridges.

In COVID news, the President announced the launch of a nationwide Test to Treat Initiative to minimize the time between a positive test result and receiving an effective COVID-19 treatment, including antiviral pills and monoclonal antibodies.

Under this program, people can get tested at local pharmacies and community health centers and receive antiviral pills right on the spot. 

The Administration will be launching these one-stop shops this month, with hundreds of sites opening nationwide, including at pharmacy clinics at places like CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

Crypto has been used for donations in Ukraine and the government has confirmed that the airdrop will take place today, March 3

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$44,016.03

Ether (ETH):$2,991.45

SOL:$103.80

LUNA: $93.92

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Richard Grenell says, while Biden promised to bring diplomacy on, he failed, as the US diplomacy is on its back. “President Biden told us that he was going to bring diplomacy back. Instead, it’s on its back.”

More than 600,000 people have fled Ukraine so far, according to the UN.

On February 26, 2022, Ukraine filed an application at the Hague, the proceedings against the Russian Federation for the war crimes and genocide. 

In a speech in Estonia, PM Boris Johnson announced that the “UK has trained 22,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces” so far. 

The UK has announced sanctions against senior military leadership in Belarus. 

British veterans traveling to fight Russian forces in Ukraine could be charged with war crimes after ministers ruled out changing the law to protect them, according to the Times.

Roman Abramovich has made a decision to sell Chelsea FC and is asking for £3 billion. The sale will be handled by the the Raine Group, a global merchant bank.

And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, March 2 2022. In the words of Jeremy Corbin. “All wars end with a political solution. All wars end with dialogue….Why don’t we cut out the fighting zone, and go straight into the talking zone?” 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...