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

Good Morning DC! 

23 years ago, NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days, and, for the first time after more than two decades, I’ve penned down the story of my war experience. 

As the story went viral, I have received an outpour of support, sympathy, and emotional understanding, from those who remember and also young people who do not have a collective memory of the NATO bombing in 1999. 

NATO Bombing Of Serbia: I Was There, I Remember 

I’ve survived Clinton’s bombing of Serbia, “Madeleine’s war,” as some used to call it. I’ve spent three months in bomb shelters in Belgrade without food, electricity, or running water, but we are not even acknowledged for sharing our stories of their war crimes and merciless killing of civilians. Today, on the 23-year anniversary of the NATO bombing of Serbia I honor the civilian victims. I write, I remember.

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Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

This morning in Brussels, President Biden met for a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the Chief of Mission Residence.  

“As we announce a new groundbreaking issue between the European Union and the United States, first, we’re coming together to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy,” said Biden.

Referring to Russian energy, Biden said Putin has used “the profit to drive his war machine.”

When Biden finished speaking, he bent down behind the lectern to adjust a small footstool for von der Leyen. “I’m earning my salary here!” Biden quipped.

Biden is on his way to Poland. There, he will meet with the US soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division later today among other scheduled meetings that will take place tomorrow. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

Starting April 1, 2022, citizens of India will start paying 30% capital gain tax on crypto. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$44,870.17

Ether (ETH):$3,185.61

SOL:$103.97

LUNA: $94.22

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

A month after the war in Ukraine started, NATO has agreed to deploy 40,000 more troops in Eastern Europe. 

During a day of high diplomacy in Brussels, Biden reaffirmed America’s commitment to NATO and told leaders not to mistake him for “my predecessor.” The former president Trump made a comment at NATO headquarters in the past that he was not sure if NATO had any meaning, and Macron referred to NATO as a “brain dead” organization. 

“Putin was banking on NATO being split. My early conversation with him in December and early January, it was clear to me he did not think we could sustain this cohesion. NATO has never, never been more united than it is today. Putin is getting exactly the opposite of what he intended to have as a consequence of going into Ukraine,” said President Biden. 

The President’s assessment of Putin is that his “overwhelming objective is to demonstrate that democracies cannot function in the 21st century because things are moving so rapidly, they require consensus, and it’s too difficult to get consensus, and autocracies are going to rule.”

Biden revealed that his goal has been to get “total and complete unity among the major democracies.”

On Putin’s objective of breaking up NATO, Biden said: “He’d rather face 30 independent countries than 30 United countries… I’m being deadly earnest. I believe that’s been his intention from the very beginning.”

UK PM Boris Johnson warned of “catastrophic” consequences for Russia should Vladimir Putin use chemical weapons in Ukraine. 

Boris Johnson tried to persuade NATO members to supply tanks to Ukraine, a move that President Macron disagrees with. NATO members are hesitant in delivering tanks and jets to Ukraine so Britain will aid Ukraine with 6,000 missiles and 25 million in military funding.

“You can give us 1% of all your aircraft. 1% of all your tanks. 1%. We cannot just buy it, so to supply it directly depends only on NATO’s decisions, on political decisions, by the way,” said Zelenskyy.

The President of Ukraine is not satisfied with the help NATO has given thus far, and he wants more.

“NATO still has to demonstrate that the alliance can do something to save people, to show that, indeed, it is the strongest defense alliance in the world. The world is waiting – Ukraine is waiting for actual actions, proper safety guarantees.”

Zelenskyy

Asked at the press conference if NATO will be delivering on Zelenskyy’s 1% ask, Jens Stoltenberg did not give a clear answer.

“We have a responsibility to prevent this conflict from becoming a full-fledged war in Europe involving not only Ukraine and Russia but NATO allies and Russia. That will be more dangerous and more devastating,” he said. 

The Kremlin proclaimed PM Boris Johnson as the most active anti-Russian leader of the time. At a NATO presser, Boris Johnson said that he is not “anti-Russian” and joked that even his name is popular there. 

Polina Kovaleva, 26, stepdaughter of the Russian foreign minister Lavrov, has been sanctioned by the British government. She lives in a £4 million flat in Kensington, and her name has been added to the sanctions list currently targeting 65 Russian oligarchs. 

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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...