Joe Biden meets Ukraine's Foreign, Defense Ministers in Poland
Biden on Saturday dropped in a meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and their Ukranian counterparts, Kuleba and Reznikov. In a tweet, Ukrainian Foreign Minister said the meeting between Ukrainian Ministers and US Secretaries allowed him to seek "practical decisions in both political and defense spheres in order to fortify Ukraine's ability to fight back," while Ukrainian Defence Minister tweeted that he acquired "cautious optimism."
US sanctions blunt Russian Central Bank's ability to deploy international reserves including gold
This includes dozens of Russian defence companies, 328 members of the Russian State Duma, and the head of Russia's largest financial institution. This action aligns with similar actions taken by the European Union, the UK and Canada, and reflects continued unity to hold Putin accountable for his war of choice. It has also issued new directions to blunt the Russian Central Bank's ability to deploy international reserves, including gold, to prop up the Russian economy and fund war against Ukraine.
Biden says US must lead 'new world order'
"As one of the top military people said to me in a security meeting the other day, 60 million people died between 1900 and 1946, and since then we've established a liberal world order and that had not happened in a long while," the president said. The comment raised eyebrows in both the US and around the world and resulted in 'New World Order' becoming one of Twitter's trending topics on Monday.
Joe Biden appoints Bihar-born health expert as top official for Covid response
"I am excited to name Dr Ashish Jha as the new White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator", Biden said on Thursday announcing the appointment. "Dr Jha is one of the leading public health experts in America, and a well-known figure to many Americans from his wise and calming public presence."
Musk hits out at Biden for not mentioning Tesla during State of the Union speech
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that no one was watching US President Joe Biden after the president did not mention Tesla during his State of the Union speech, media reports say."Nobody is watching the State of the Union," Musk said in an email to CNBC. Musk did not immediately return CNBC's follow-up requests for comment.
Fencing reinstalled at US Capitol ahead of Biden's address
"A plan has been approved to put up the inner-perimeter fence around the Capitol building" for the speech, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. The measure, Manger said, was also taken in light of "the possibility of demonstrations in the next couple of weeks."I have also requested support from outside law enforcement agencies as well as the National Guard," he added.
Biden nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for US Supreme Court
Jackson, who currently sits on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will be the first African American woman serving on the country's highest court if the Senate confirms the nomination. The nomination came nearly a month after Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a longtime liberal, said that he is about to retire this summer after nearly three decades on the bench. Jackson clerked for Breyer in the 1999-2000 term, Xinhua news agency reported.
Biden believes Russia will invade Ukraine in the next several days
US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he believes Russia will invade Ukraine in the next several days, noting that Russia has added more troops to the border, The Hill reported."Yes, I do," Biden told reporters when asked if Russia will go through with the invasion, adding: "My sense is it will happen within the next several days." He said the threat of a Russian invasion is "very high", the report said.
Texas judge blocks Biden's vax mandate for federal employees
The US Department of Justice immediately filed an appeal and case could be heard by the Supreme Court, reports Xinhua news agency. On Friday, Judge Jeffrey Brown, appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by former President Donald Trump, issued a nationwide injunction ruling that the mandate exceeded Biden's authority.
Congress members urge Biden to overhaul counterterrorism policy
48,000 civilians in seven countries have been killed by the US strikes over the past two decades and at least 14,000 airstrikes have been conducted by unmanned aircraft since 2002 killing as many as 2,200 civilians.