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

Good Morning DC,

Domestic news is popping up like popcorn.

 “I have no idea what a burner phone is. To the best of my knowledge, I have never even heard the term,” former President Trump said in a statement. His remarks came in response to the January 6 Committee investigation into whether he communicated through backchannels and burner phones on January 6, 2021. 

According to the WaPo story written by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, there is a gap in White House phone records between 11:17 am and 6:54 pm  on January 6, 2021. 

National Security Adviser John Bolton told CBS that “Trump knows burner phones.”

But there’s more coming from the former President. On Just The News, Trump has called on Putin to share any information on Hunter Biden’s financial dealings with Moscow mayor’s wife. “I think we should know the answer,” said Trump in the same old episode of Trumphog Day.

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Today, Biden and Harris will have lunch at the White House.  

Other than providing an update on the status of the country’s fight against COVID-19 in the afternoon, Biden has no public events on his calendar. 

Yesterday, Biden signed into law the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, making lynching a federal hate crime for the first time in American history.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Jeff Koons is venturing into the NFT world. He is designing a series of sculptures, and each will have a NFT. All money from sales will go to Doctors Without Borders.

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$47, 391.36

Ether (ETH):$3,408.47

SOL:$112.12

LUNA: $107.30

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

There has been a diplomatic breakthrough in the latest peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Russia said it would “fundamentally” scale back its operations around two of Ukraine’s key battlegrounds, the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv. The White House is skeptical. 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III is hosting this morning Christine Lambrecht, German Minister of Defense at the Pentagon.

Across the pond, the return of the Partygate scandal is knocking on Boris Johnson’s door. After police issued a minimum of 20 fines for partygate lockdown rule violations in Downing Street and Whitehall, Johnson is facing calls for resignation.

Today in the House of Commons, he will have to respond to questions and provide Notes on a Scandal.

Angela Rayner MP: “The Prime Minister’s position is untenable. First of all he said there were no parties. Then when it was found out there were parties, he said, ‘This is outrageous, there shouldn’t have been parties.’ Then when it was found out he was at the party, he said it wasn’t a party; he didn’t know it was a party. So I really think the Prime Minister is trying to take the British public for fools now and all he does is make himself look like a fool to our international community as well as the British public.” 

Graham Stuart MP: “Boris Johnson has led the West, he has got the big calls right during the pandemic. And it is so important that we keep someone who is a former Foreign Secretary and is proving to be an excellent crisis Prime Minister. The idea of getting rid of him now for someone like Keir Starmer is frankly ludicrous. And certainly he has my backing and I think he has the backing of the Conservative parliamentary party.” 

It is unclear if those who are fined will experience any consequences for their security clearance for a criminal offense. 

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Kosovo’s Government Won’t Allow The Serbian Minority To Vote

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Ambassador To The US Marko Djuric Denounces Disinformation Campaign Espousing That Serbia Wants To ‘Invade Kosovo’

“Balkanization of the Balkans is a thing of the past,” says the Serbian Ambassador to […]

In COVID news, England is scrapping free tests starting Thursday. Everyone who wants or needs a test will have to pay for it, including those with symptoms. 

Detention of yachts got a little bit out of hand in the UK. The Financial Times found out that a £38 million superyacht, the first one to be detained in British waters at Canary Wharf in London on Tuesday morning under the UK’s sanctions regime against Russia, is not Russian after all. The owner is the founder of Motiv Telecom, in the Urals region. 

And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, March 30, 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...