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

Good Morning DC,

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Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

President Biden spent the weekend in Wilmington, DE, and returned to the White this morning at 10 am. 

Today’s biggest foreign affairs news development will be Biden’s call with Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. As of today, he is still keeping a neutral stance on the war in Ukraine and did not side with the West to condemn and sanction Russia. 

At 2:15 pm, Biden and Harris will hold an event in the Rose Garden to announce the new action the Administration is taking on gun crime. 

This week, President Biden has two trips planned. He will go to Menlo in Iowa on Tuesday and on Thursday, to Greensboro in North Carolina.

DIGITAL ASSETS

David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group says the “genie is out of the bottle” and that the crypto industry is here to stay.

Speaking for the Invest Like the Best podcast, he said that while he has not bought crypto, “I have bought companies that service the industry, because I think the genie is out of the bottle, and I don’t think the industry’s going to go away any time soon.” 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$40,938.27

Ether (ETH):$3,033.19

SOL:$102.41

LUNA: $86.41

In a surprising twist, Elon Musk has declined involvement on Twitter’s board. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Emmanuel Macron has won the first round of the French election with a 4% lead in front of Marine Le Pen. In two weeks, the two will proceed to fight for the presidency in the run-off vote on April 24.

In Pakistan, PM Imran Khan lost a confidence vote on Saturday, and Shehbaz Sharif has been selected as the new prime minister.

The Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer is holding talks with President Putin in Moscow today, which will mark the first face-to-face meeting Putin will have with any EU leader. 

Zelenkyy says that Russia will launch more drastic military action in eastern Ukraine. 

According to the World Bank, Ukraine’s economy will decline by 45% due to the war. 

Across the pond, in a video call with NHS staff and former patients, Queen Elizabeth talked about her experience with COVID, which, in her words,  left her “very tired and exhausted.” 

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, April 11, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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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...