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Your top news stories of today are below.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Last night, POTUS deplaned at 8:23pm and hopped directly into the Beast. He did not respond to a question about potential chemical attacks in Ukraine.
Today, at the White House, President Biden and VP Harris will receive the President’s Daily Brief in the Oval Office. Other than that, there is nothing else on today’s agenda.
Jen Psaki will brief the press at 3 pm.
Pantera Capital announced that it has raised $1.3 billion for its Blockchain Fund.
TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES
Former Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was sentenced to 63 months in prison for conspiring to help North Koreans evade US sanctions though cryptocurrency.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with President Maia Sandu of Moldova yesterday. He spoke about the US commitment to support Moldova and welcomed the fact that they are taking refugees from Ukraine in.
Biden spoke with the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday about his recent visit to Ukraine. “The leaders affirmed their commitment to continue providing security and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the face of ongoing atrocities by Russia,” said Psaki. “They also welcomed ongoing cooperation with allies and partners to impose severe costs on Russia for its unprovoked and unjustified war.”
PM Boris Johnson and the Chancellor Rishi Sunak have no plans to resign despite being fined by the Met Police for breaking lockdown rules in the partygate scandal of Downing Street.
Let me say immediately that I have paid the fine, and I once again offer a full apology. And, in a spirit of openness and humility, I want to be completely clear about what happened on that date. My day began shortly after 7am, and I chaired eight meetings in number ten, including the Cabinet committee deciding Covid strategy. I visited a school in Hemel Hempstead, which took me out of Downing Street for over four hours. And amongst all these engagements, on a day that happened to be my birthday, there was a brief gathering in the Cabinet room shortly after 2pm, lasting for less than ten minutes. During which people I work with kindly passed on their good wishes. And I have to say, in all frankness, at that time, it did not occur to me that this might have been a breach of the rules. But of course, the police have found otherwise, and I fully respect the outcome of their investigation. I understand the anger that many will feel, that I myself fell short when it came to observing the very rules which the Government I lead had introduced to protect the public, and I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better.PM Boris Johnson.
Yet, GMDC is hearing that among the Conservative Party, a new wave against Johnson is rising up.
Next week, the MPs will return to the UK Parliament, and Sue Gray’s report into the Downing Street partygate will be published then.
And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, April 13, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first.
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