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

Good Morning DC,

Obama was at the White House yesterday stealing all the light from President Biden. During his address from the East Room podium, Obama referred to President Biden as “Vice President Biden,” a joke that fell flat and was disrespectful of POTUS.

Obama and Biden in the Oval Office chatting before the the Affordable Care Act event.

David Cameron, former PM of Britain, said once that Obama is arrogant, which was rich coming from Cameron, but I can see how he had a point. Obama seemed to be having a blast chatting up people and greeting those he knows. Watching Obama shaking hands with people while Biden stood on the sidelines as if he was invisible shows the transactional nature of Washington DC.

Everyone wants to act more important than the person next to them, and everyone is replaceable.

It took no time for Obama to make the “Big Deal” joke during his remarks. Obama: “If you can get millions of people health coverage and better protection, it is — to quote a famous American — a pretty “big deal.”  That’s what it is.  A big deal.” (Photo: Pool)

And the White House political news beat goes on…

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

At the Washington Hilton in DC, Biden will speak today at North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Legislative Conference.

After that, the President will sign into law H.R. 3076, the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2022.”

NSC will be announcing a new trench of sanctions on Russia in coordination with the EU and G7.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Bitcoin conference kicks off today in Miami. Spotted: Anthony Scaramucci, Mike Novogratz, Serena Williams among others.

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$44,776.52

Ether (ETH):$3,308.08

SOL:$122.01

LUNA: $111.18

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The US and the EU will impose more sanctions on Russia. The White House believes that sanctions are effective given Russia’s projected 15% inflation.

In his address to the UN Security Council, Zelenskyy said that Russian leaders must face war crimes trial and he called on the UN to kick out Russia from the UN Security Council.

Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and the White House does not see that changing. Psaki says that the US will continue imposing sanctions but that it’s not in the US interest to be at war with Russia.

On Good Morning Britain, Sir Kier Starmer was asked this morning if Russia should be kicked out of the UN?

“We will have to think about what we do about Russia’s place in the UN I do not want to see any weakening of the UN at the moment, it is the collective body, we have NATO, who held together incredibly well in relation to this. We must not start weakening these bodies at the moment. I think we are going to have to look at the position of Russia in the UN in due course, but at the moment we have to stand with our allies. I should add one thing Richard and that is that the provision of military equipment to Ukraine is very important. The civilians and soldiers the army in Ukraine are fighting with the utmost courage, it is incredible to see. And we need to provide all of the military equipment we can,” said Starmer.

The problem with the ICC is that there is a loophole in the law. The ICC can deal with war crimes, crimes of aggression and genocide. I believe it is true that we could prosecute Putin for war crimes, which is the willful murdering of people, and of innocents. Obviously, crimes of humanity against humanity which are clearly being carried are out, but what you have to do in the ICC is link the perpetrator to the crime directly, and that takes years of building evidence. What is clear is that if you look at the crime of aggression, which cannot be taken in the international Criminal Court in relation to Ukraine and Russia, while it is in the statutes of the court, this loophole means that I think you have to have a special tribunal, either through United Nations General Assembly, or through a group of countries, following what Ukraine has asked for, and remember, this is what Ukraine is asking for.

Former UK’s PM Gordon Brown [Newsnight]

In a video message, PM Boris Johnson appealed to Russian people in their language to seek out “the truth” and look at “what is being done in your name.”

Johnson said that “History will remember who looked the other way.” He encouraged Russians to use VPNs to get information from independent digital news.

And that’s a wrap for this Tuesday morning, April 6, 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...