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

THE WHITE HOUSE

President Biden will meet with the Emir of Qatar today.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Kazakhstan has become the second-largest miner of cryptocurrency.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Boris Johnson to have a phone call with Putin and a visit to Eastern Europe. The UN security council meets today.

*All this and more ahead!

Good Morning DC!

On this day in 1865, the Congress passed the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery in the United States of America.

DEVELOPING THIS MORNING:

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson received Sue Gray report into partygate this morning ahead of expected public release today.


On Sunday, as Marine One was getting ready to depart for the National Governors Association’s Black Tie Dinner, Biden and Jill emerged from the Residence at 5:28 PM. They were holding hands, their black-tie garments peeking out from underneath their overcoats. Jill was said to be wearing Dior slingbacks. As the shouted questions about the Supreme Court and Donald Trump broke the air, Biden gave subtle indications that he heard the questions, but ultimately ignored any temptation to respond as he made his way across the South Lawn. Marine One took off at 5:33 PM.

President Trump made headlines over the weekend at his MAGA rally in Texas. “If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6th fairly,” Trump said. “And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly.”  (Watch

On Sunday, on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called his comments “inappropriate” He added,”I don’t want to reinforce that defiling the Capitol was okay. I don’t want to do anything that would make this more likely in the future.”

As AT&T dropped OAN, Trump issued a statement calling for the boycott of DirectTV and Comcast. “AT&T is closing the very popular One America News Network (OAN) because too many people are watching. They couldn’t put up with that any longer. Conservatives/Republicans should boycott Direct TV, and “While you’re at it, Comcast’s Xfinity as well. These are Radical Left Lunatics who are destroying our Nation!”

Then, there’s more. Trump issued a statement about Mike Pence. 

“If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had “absolutely no right” to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?,” Trump said. “ Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden and Harris will host the National Governors’ Association for a meeting today.

The President will participate in a bilateral meeting with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar. The Emir s also scheduled to see Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, and members of Congress. Secretary Blinken will also join the President’s meeting with Sheikh Tamim.

According to the White House, the two will talk about promoting security and prosperity in the Gulf and throughout the broader Middle East region, ensuring the stability of global energy supplies, supporting the people of Afghanistan, and strengthening commercial and investment cooperation between our countries.

The Emir and the President met when Biden was Vice President during the Obama administration. Last summer, in August, Biden called Sheikh Tamim to thank him for Qatar’s truly tremendous support during our evacuation efforts from Afghanistan. This year in March, the US will commemorate 50 years of diplomatic ties with Qatar.

On Thursday, February 3, 2022, Biden and Harris will attend the National Prayer Breakfast.

Then, Biden will go to New York to meet with Mayor Eric Adams to discuss gun crime.

On Friday, February 4, 2022, the President will deliver remarks on the January jobs report.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Kazakhstan became the second biggest crypto-currency mining country in the world and BBC has a story.

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$37,241.46

Ether (ETH):$2,549.47

SOL:$91.18

LUNA: $46.33

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The UN security council will meet today in New York regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Across the pond, in the UK, Boris Johnson has ordered a military build-up in eastern Europe. He warned Putin that Britain and her allies will not tolerate Russian threats. In a move designed “to send a clear message,” the Prime Minister confirmed the significant deployment of troops, gunships, missile ­systems and ­vessels to Estonia and Poland. Britain already has a permanent military force in the region as part of Nato’s Enhanced Forward Presence. No. 10 said the UK could involve sending defensive weapons to Estonia: Fast jets, warships and military specialists. RAF jets will be sent to Cyprus to patrol Romanian and Bulgarian air space.  A Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer and patrol vessel will be sent to the Black Sea and rocket launchers deployed in Estonia. Several Apache attack helicopters will also be sent to the Baltic.

In Portugal’s snap general election, socialists won a parliamentary majority on Sunday, assuring a new mandate for the prime minister, Antonio Costa.

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, January 31, 2022. 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...