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

Good Morning DC,

Despite popular belief, being a White House Correspondent is not a glamorous job. Jen Psaki is right about that when she says, “I’m here to confirm that is not the case.” 

White House beat comes with plenty of thrill, though, and is perfectly fitted for adrenaline junkies and those who became journalists, in the words of late Christopher Hitchens, because they did not want to rely on newspapers to get information. 

Catching my drift? Cheerio, dear readers of GMDC, and chin-chin to the weekend!

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Today at the White House at 12:15 pm, Biden and Harris, alongside Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, will gather at the South Lawn to celebrate the bipartisan confirmation of Judge Jackson’s nomination to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. 

Yesterday, Judge Jackson was with Biden watching the vote go down, but no reporters and TV cameras were allowed in the room. Psaki’s explanation is that it “was meant to be a private moment between the President and Judge Jackson.” 

DIGITAL ASSETS

The EU’s new round of sanctions on Russia, stipulates the extended prohibition on deposits to crypto-wallet

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$43,400

Ether (ETH):$3,266.50

SOL:$116.16

LUNA: $99.77

“Look outside of the USA. People see stuff happening more quickly. The USA is privileged, it has the reserve status, but bitcoin is going to become the global reserve asset,”  said Greg Foss, former Hedgefund manager at Bitcoin Conference. 

“Our goal at Cash App has always been to make Bitcoin  the most inclusive financial system in history, as accessible to people as possible,”  said Miles Suter, Crypto Product Lead at Cash App. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Kevin McCarthy announced that House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Michael McCaul (R-TX) will serve as a China legislation conferee. 

“Throughout his time in Congress, Michael McCaul has made it his mission to make America safe,” Leader McCarthy said. “As the Republican Lead on Foreign Affairs and the China Task Force, he has led the fight to counter the CCP’s malign influence for years. There is no question that the CCP is an urgent threat that affects every American. But Leader McCaul has the expertise, the courage, and the determination to help us not only compete with them, but defeat them. I am proud to appoint him to the conference committee.”

The US is open to having “ongoing and continued” talks with China on the Russian situation, according to the White House. “There will be ongoing conversations with China, I would expect, including our expectation that they abide by sanctions and that they not provide material support to Russia,” Paski said. 

The General Assembly of the United Nations has voted to kick Russia off the UN Human Rights Council.

“This is a meaningful step by the international community further demonstrating how Putin’s war has made Russia an international pariah,” said Biden applauding “the overwhelming vote.” He added that “Russia will not be able to participate in the Council’s work or spread its disinformation there as the Council’s Commission of Inquiry investigates Russia’s violations and abuses of human rights in Ukraine.”

United States security assistance to Ukraine includes:

  • Over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems
  • Over 5,000 Javelin anti-armor systems
  • Over 7,000 other anti-armor systems
  • Hundreds of Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Over 7,000 small arms
  • Over 50,000,000 rounds of ammunition
  • 45,000 sets of body armor and helmets
  • Laser-guided rocket systems
  • Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Four counter-artillery and counter-unmanned aerial system tracking radars
  • Four counter-mortar radar systems
  • Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles
  • Night vision devices, thermal imagery systems, and optics
  • Tactical secure communications systems
  • Commercial satellite imagery services
  • Explosive ordnance disposal protective gear
  • Medical supplies to include first aid kits

Mark Austin of Sky News did an exclusive interview with Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov. He agreed that there were significant losses for Russian troops but denied that the Russian forces had committed killings in Bucha. Peskov said that Russia did not recognize ICC and highlighted that it is not the only country that does not. He told Austin that having Putin stand a trial for war crimes is not a realistic scenario. During the interview, satellite images from Bucha, presented to Peskov by Austin, were rejected by the Kremlin’s spokesperson as “bold fake,” a “well-staged insinuation and nothing else.”

The underlying logic, if any, of Putin’s actions? Peskov said that Russia’s military action in Ukraine is “about the future.” By taking Austin a few steps ahead in a scenario where if Ukraine were to join NATO and then take military action to take back Crimea, Article 5 would be triggered, Peskov provided a window into the thinking and motivations of the Russian president. 

The Russians will have to decide if they want to meaningfully engage in diplomacy and in negotiations. The Ukrainians have made clear that – repeatedly – that they’re prepared to do that, but we have heard – they have heard nothing from the Russians suggesting that they’re serious about it.

Secretary Blinken

And that’s a wrap for this Friday morning, April 8, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday 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...