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

THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden will focus on the economy in his State of the Union address this evening.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Bitcoin bounces back.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Russian military convoy stretching 40 miles has been seen closing in on Kiev. Turkey pledges to restrict Russian warships from accessing the Black Sea. 

*All this and more ahead!

Good Morning DC!

Today is a big day for Biden, as he will deliver his first presidential State of the Union (SOTU) from the US Capitol.

Despite talks between Russia and Ukraine aimed at securing a ceasefire, Russian forces are advancing toward Kiev.

“Putin and the Russian military made clear that they have every intention of taking over the capital city,” said Psaki at the press briefing yesterday so  there will be a lot of pressure on Biden to say the right words in his SOTU address tonight, not only to Americans, but to the world. 

Jen Psaki sent a message to Putin from the White House podium that “neither the United States nor NATO has any desire or intention for conflict with Russia.” The White House thinks that “provocative rhetoric” coming from Putin in lieu of placing nuclear weapons on standby is “dangerous” and can lead to miscalculation.  

Psaki said that for the time being, the Biden administration “had seen reason to change our alert levels” and reminded Putin that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

President Zelenskyy has been urging President Biden and NATO to impose this no-fly zone but the White House deems that step escalatory on the US part and won’t be implementing it against Russia. 

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden’s SOTU, GMDC has learned will focus on the economy.

The President, who currently has an approval rating of 37%, will make his case tonight for his achievements regarding the American Rescue Plan in his first year in office. He will announce the specific goals for implementation of his landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure law (BIL) and call on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

DIGITAL ASSETS

Bitcoin is up. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$43,259.68

Ether (ETH):$2,898.08

SOL:$95.24

LUNA: $88.95

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia ended without a breakthrough last night. 

After Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons, the UK government dismissed this as part of the Kremlin’s rhetoric. The Kremlin spokesperson  Dmitri Peskov said that the reason why Putin placed Russia’s nuclear weapons on high alert were “absolutely unacceptable” remarks by the UK’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on a possible collision between NATO and Russia. “I would not call the authors of these statements by name, although it was the British Foreign Minister,” he said. 

Also in the UK, Priti Patel said that granting a visa waiver for Ukrainians wanting to come to the UK is off the table. 

The Hague, also known as the ICC, will investigate possible war crimes, or crimes against humanity, with respect to the attacks from Russian troops in Ukraine. 

Jake Sullivan spoke with the Spokesperson and Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey, Dr. Ibrahim Kalin regarding coordinated international response to the crisis in Ukraine. 

Turkey has made a decision to restrict Russian warships from accessing the Black Sea.

FIFA and UEFA have reached a decision to ban all Russian soccer clubs from competition.

And that’s a wrap for this Tuesday morning, March 1 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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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...