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

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden has been invited to Ukraine as a sign of solidarity, however it is unlikely the US president will take the offer with the threat of Putin’s next move looming overhead.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Israel is opening its doors for crypto, looking to capitalize on blockchain technology. 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Ukraine relies on the Vienna Document of 1999 to make Russia declare its intentions regarding troop build-up on the border. 

*All this and more ahead!

Good Morning DC!

Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2020 election paid an “Internet Company 1” to access servers at Trump Tower and the White House in the search for a connection between Trump and Russia, Special Counsel Durham claims. The findings emerged in the legal filings against Michael Sussman, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign, charged with making a false statement to the FBI. Durham has been appointed by then AG Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation. 

Durham’s motion alleges that Sussmann “had assembled and conveyed the allegations to the FBI on behalf of at least two specific clients, including a technology executive (Tech Executive 1) at a US-based internet company (Internet Company 1) and the Clinton campaign.”

“They didn’t just spy on Donald Trump’s campaign. They spied on Donald Trump as sitting President of the United States. It was all even worse than we thought,” Meadows said in a tweet. 

ON THIS DAY

Today is Valentine’s Day and also a day when the movie The Silence of the Lambs was released in American theatres.

In other news…

Soprano Nevena Bridgen shares her opulent talent in a world-premier of her music video for Puccini’s “Vissi D’arte.” Bridgen’s artistic vision honors 122 years since Puccini’s Tosca premiered.

THE WHITE HOUSE

President Biden spent the weekend at Camp David and will return to the White House at 10:30 am today.

The President’s schedule is vacant today, regarding any public engagements, and other than the daily brief he is slated to get along with VP Harris, no other activities are listed for today. That can quickly change in lieu of any new development between Russia and Ukraine. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

Israel is opening up for crypto regulations. The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) is in partnership with the Ministry of Finance in Israel, and VMware, Digital Asset, and Algorand will be hosting a hackathon in Tel Aviv on March 24, 2022.

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$42,211.09

Ether (ETH):$2,868.90

SOL:$92.73

LUNA: $51.94

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Biden and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine spoke on the phone from 11:06 – 11:57 EST yesterday morning. Zelenskyy invited Biden to come to Ukraine as a sign of solidarity, but it’s unlikely that the US president will travel to Kiev at the time when Putin’s move on Ukraine is imminent and when foreign nationals are urged to leave. 

After the call, a Senior administration official said that “it remains unclear whether Russia is interested in pursuing its goals diplomatically as opposed to through the use of force.” Still, over a dozen countries have told their citizens to leave Ukraine, and Secretary Blinken said the “imminent” threat of Russian military action in Ukraine justifies evacuating the US embassy in Kyiv. President Biden “was very direct with President Putin about our concern for the safety and security of Americans still in Ukraine,” revealed a Senior administration official. 

Ukraine made a request for a meeting with Russia within the next 48 hours. The reason? The Vienna Document of 1999 assures military transparency for each OSCE member and, as a result, Russia has to explain the build-up of 100,000 soldiers on Ukraine’s borders.

The plot is thickening. 

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is in Kyiv today to meet with the President Zelensky of Ukraine. Tomorrow, he will be in Moscow for a meeting with President Putin.

The UK’s defense secretary, Ben Wallace, has cut his vacation short amid the crisis in Ukraine. He has said a Russian attack on Ukraine is “highly likely.” Wallace deems that diplomatic efforts could be no more than a “straw man” on Russia’s behalf. “It may be that [Putin] just switches off his tanks and we all go home, but there is a whiff of Munich in the air from some in the West,” he added, prompting criticism from Ukraine for promoting panic that, in the view of the Ukraine’s leadership, does not help. 

Liam Gallagher, in his interview for the Sunday Times, shared his views on the parties at No. 10 Downing Street that PM Boris Johnson could lose the support of his party for.  “You can imagine Putin sitting there thinking, ‘Call that a party? Abba and a cheeseboard?’ We’re a laughing stock.”

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, February 14, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

Thank you for reading GMDC! Please help us spread the word and expand our Good Morning DC by referring your friend to sign up here.

#GMDC

Support Our Newsroom!

IF YOU BLIEVE THAT JOURNALISM SHOULD NOT BE SILENCED PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO OUR INDEPENDENT NEWSROOM

INTERVIEW

Jason O’Mara in The Man in the High Castle with Rick Worthy. Photograph by Liane Hentscher for Amazon. 

Homecoming With Jason O’Mara

On a misty, rainy day in London, with the crackle of a mild winter in […]

Newsletter

Follow Us

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...