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This morning, the Biden administration has released the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism and we have all the details.
A senior administration official told The Pavlovic Today that the goal of the new strategy is to be “ideologically neutral,” and to have in place “sort of mechanisms for anyone who believes an error has been committed to redressing procedures available to individuals in appropriate circumstances to seek a correction, they believe one is appropriate.”
Biden is at the U.S.-EU Summit today. He met with Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel to launch a Trade and Technology Council and cover a broad-ranging agenda facing the United States and the European Union, from climate to health, to foreign policy challenges, to the global economy.
Biden arrived at the modem Europa building and walked around the Lantern, the central sphere in the middle of the lobby. He walked past the flags with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
They stopped and spoke briefly. “We have great opportunity to work with EU as well as Nato and we feel very good about it,” said Biden.
“The fact that you’re coming so early in your mandate underlines your personal touch to the EU and we really appreciate that the last four years have not been easy,” said von der Leyen.
The president said “America is back” and he answered a question about his meeting with Erdogan and Turkey’s presence in Afghanistan after the American withdrawal with a vague reference to how they had “long discussions” that he felt good about. He said, “I’ll let the Turks tell you about it.”
Tomorrow, Biden will be meeting with Putin, in Geneva. Biden said yesterday that he welcomes cooperation but “If he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past… then we [NATO] will respond.”
In an interview with NBC, Putin said that Biden is guilty of the exact same thing the President is accusing him of. “We have a saying: ‘Don’t be mad at the mirror if you are ugly,'” he said. “It has nothing to do with you personally. But if somebody blames us for something, what I say is, why don’t you look at yourselves? You will see yourselves in the mirror, not us.”
The tensions are running high already and it’s hard to see the potential for any breakthroughs at tomorrow’s meeting.
Following President Biden’s announcement about Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall, Mayor Bowser called on Americans nationwide to celebrate the holiday in Washington, DC.
“DC is open and ready to welcome back visitors to celebrate the way we came together as a city and as a nation this year. We have shown once again that when we come together, there is nothing we can’t do,” said Mayor Bowser.
“We thank President Biden and his team for acting with urgency to get the vaccine to the American people so that we could save lives, get our country open, and celebrate together once again.”
And that’s a wrap for this Tuesday morning, June 14, 2021. For all updates about Biden’s foreign trip, you can follow our coverage at www.thepavlovictoday.com . Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first.