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

Good Morning DC,

On Monday, I will be attending the Easter Egg Roll that the First Lady hosts on the White House lawn. Events like this are great fun, with children, families, and a moment of true bliss in America – until some new crisis breaks on the news cycle at a moment’s notice.

Elon Musk has made a play to buy Twitter in cash. CEO Parag Agrawal told the employees the company isn’t being “held hostage.” Hostage of what, exactly, free speech?

Did you expect so many cliffhangers? 

Enter Saudi Arabia. 

Free speech for the price of $45 billion? The Kingdom believes it’s too low. But why is Saudi Arabia interested in free speech? 

I’d ask Khashoggi if he were alive.

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden is celebrating Good Friday at Camp David, where he will spend Easter weekend with his family.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Rishi Sunak has ordered the Royal Mint in the UK to mint its first NFT. Digital is happening, and fast, as the UK is looking to become the digital assets innovation hub. Will the US be able to keep pace? 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$40,127.39

Ether (ETH):$3,016.36

SOL:$101.00

LUNA: $81.03

DOGE $0.14563135

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, Russia’s Black Sea flagship has sunk following an explosion and fire. What caused an explosion? Currently, Russia and Ukraine can’t agree on the same answer. Ukraine says their missile was responsible, but the US said it couldn’t confirm that statement, and Russia has not acknowledged the hit thus far. 

Zelenskyy had some harsh words for the European countries accusing them of buying  Russian oil of “earning their money in other people’s blood”.

As of April 14, United States security assistance to Ukraine includes:

  • Over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems
  • Over 5,500 Javelin anti-armor systems
  • Over 14,000 other anti-armor systems
  • Over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • 18 155mm Howitzers and 40,000 155mm artillery rounds
  • 11 Mi-17 helicopters
  • Hundreds of Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles
  • 200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers
  • Over 7,000 small arms
  • Over 50,000,000 rounds of ammunition
  • 75,000 sets of body armor and helmets
  • Laser-guided rocket systems
  • Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels
  • 14 counter-artillery radars
  • Four counter-mortar radars
  • Two air surveillance radars
  • M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions
  • C-4 explosives and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing
  • Tactical secure communications systems
  • Night vision devices, thermal imagery systems, optics, and laser rangefinders
  • Commercial satellite imagery services
  • Explosive ordnance disposal protective gear
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear protective equipment
  • Medical supplies to include first aid kits

In Jerusalem, clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians have left at least 90 people injured. 

Across the pond, PM Boris Johnson stands on shaky ground as pressure on him mounts in the face of fines he received for breaking the same lockdown rules he imposed on Britain. Who will be the next leader of the Conservative Party? The answer is not yet available.

Chelsea Football Club faces more sanctions, this time against a director, Eugene Tenenbaum. 

In France, Macron and Le Pen are having a go at each other ahead of the final election face off. After being called a right wing extremist, Le Pen responded with her comments at France 2 TV network by saying that those remarks make her smile, “because we have never had a president who showed more signs of extremism than Emmanuel Macron.” 

And that’s a wrap for this Friday morning, April 15, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back after the weekend 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...