Jen Psaki responds to rumors of resignation
President Joe Biden made remarks this morning welcoming another successful employment announcement that employment is returning to pre-pandemic levels and unemployment is falling to levels not seen since 1969.
Although inflation remains a major concern for Americans, Mr Biden also ordered the release of up to 1 million barrels of oil a day from strategic oil reserves over the next six months in an attempt to control prices that jumped after The United States and its allies imposed tough sanctions against Russia after it launched a war against Ukraine.
Answering reporters’ questions on Thursday, Mr Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin “seems to be in self-isolation and there are some indications that he has fired or placed under house arrest some of his advisers”.
Meanwhile, new reports say White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki will leave her post this spring to get a job at MSNBC. It has long been assumed that Ms. Psaki will leave the administration shortly after more than a year in that role.
At a press briefing on Friday, Ms. Psaki declined to comment on her plans, except said that if she leaves, she will spend time with her children and sleep.
Psaki said she complies with all ethical rules and legal requirements.
A new federal website is launched to streamline Covid treatment
The Biden administration has launched a new federal website, covid.gov, as part of a broader strategy to transition to a pandemic phase similar to the “new normality”.
“This website is part of our effort – our ongoing and ongoing effort – to make sure people have what they need to fight Covid as we move into the potentially next phase of the disease,” the White House said in a statement. Wednesday.
This was reported by Johan Chisholm.
The United States is presenting a website to optimize Covid treatment
The White House has launched a new federal website, covid.gov, which is part of the Biden administration’s broader strategy to move into a pandemic phase that they used to compare as a “new normal”.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 19:01
Biden cites oil companies profiting from Putin’s war
President Joe Biden named oil companies that sat and made higher profits when the price of oil soared during Vladimir Putin’s war with Ukraine.
The president announced a “use it or lose it” policy to lease oil on federal land to push companies to “take a step in the country’s favor” and help customers, not executives and shareholders.
In addition, as previously announced, the president will give permission to produce one million barrels of oil a day for six months while domestic production is boosted to lower pump prices.
“My plan will help alleviate this pain today.”
Mr Biden also announced a directive to strengthen the green energy economy by using the Rare Earth Minerals Defense Act as part of a long-term strategy to separate America from foreign oil.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 19:02
Biden says Putin is “isolating himself” and Russian forces are skeptical
President Biden is asked about Vladimir Putin in a loud question after the announcement of the gas price.
“He seems to be isolating himself, and there are some signs that he has fired or placed under house arrest his advisers,” he said, adding, “but I don’t want to invest too much stock at this time because we don’t have so many strong evidence. “
On whether Russia is distracting its forces in Ukraine, he says: “This is an open question,” and there is no “clear evidence”, adding “I am a skeptic.”
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 19:08
FBI: Hackers Attack US Election Officials Using Email Phishing Campaign
According to the FBI, hackers probably attacked U.S. election officials through a phishing e-mail campaign on the subject of invoices, trying to gain access to their systems.
A recommendation issued by the bureau this week warns election administrators, as well as state and local government officials, about a malicious e-mail scheme that federal law enforcement says is part of a “concerted effort to target U.S. voter officials.” .
According to the FBI, such threats are likely to “continue or increase the targeting of U.S. election officials through phishing campaigns in the run-up to the U.S. midterm elections in 2022.”
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Biden calls for “use or loss” policy to lease oil on federal land: “I say enough”
President Joe Biden on Thursday toppled oil companies for refusing to increase production to cover the deficit caused by the withdrawal of Russian oil from U.S. markets.
Citing the crisis over Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine as “a moment of crisis and danger to the world and a pain in the pumps for American families,” Mr Biden said the jump in oil and gas prices was caused by a US ban on Russia. oil may be a “moment of patriotism” for domestic oil producers.
Andrew Feinberg has the latest for The Independent from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 7:45 p.m.
Next Jen Psaki?
Kate Biddingfield’s debut in the White House press briefing this week took place under unlikely circumstances – the bench of two of her colleagues because of Covid-19 – but could lead to greater visibility for longtime communications director Joe Biden.
“I know I’m not the redhead you’re used to seeing on this catwalk, but I hope you’ll be with me nonetheless,” the 40-year-old Ms. Bedingfield joked to reporters at her first briefing in Tuesday.
John Bowden reports from Washington, D.C.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022, 8 p.m.
Live Stream – White House Director of Communication Kate Biddingfield Holds Briefing
Watch live White House Director of Communications Kate Biddingfield briefing
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 20:09
Danger! champion Amy Schneider visits the press center
On Trance Visibility Day, Danger! champion Amy Schneider received a tour of the West Wing and visited the press hall.
In the White House is Scott Bixby Daily Beast:
Amy Schneider, the first woman to ever win more than $ 1 million at Jeopardy !, attended a White House briefing before today’s briefing to highlight the administration’s International Transgender Visibility Day, “I think to be visible,” she said. .
Schneider, a transgender man, told reporters that the recent set of laws banning transgender children from participating in school sports or banning teachers from discussing LGBT issues is “really scary.”
“In particular, some of them who deny medical services to trans youth,” Schneider said, “I’m very sad, and it’s really scary.”
Schneider met with second gentleman Doug Emgoff earlier today, according to controversy, and will meet with transgender youth to mark the day.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 8:15 p.m.
Biden says Putin seems to be “isolating himself” from advisers
President Joe Biden said Thursday that Vladimir Putin seems to be “isolating himself” from his closest advisers, including his top intelligence officials, as his invasion of Ukraine seems largely halted across the country.
In a statement announcing efforts to cut gas prices, which the United States accused of trying to get rid of Russian oil as well as inflation, the president explained that he did not “want to put too much” in the reports, but in fact confirmed. reports that for weeks showed that there was a serious rift between Mr Putin and his top aides and strategists.
John Bowden has the latter.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022, 8:30 p.m.
The NEC director answers questions about the release of oil reserves
Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deez speaks at a daily briefing at the White House and is considering producing one million barrels a day from strategic oil reserves.
He confirms that the U.S. has “operational capabilities for this,” and oil will be produced from all four national storage sites.
“Our goal is to help all Americans in all parts of the country.”
Mr Dees acknowledges that the market price of oil cannot be predicted with certainty. He also declined to name the names of the companies that make a profit.
The administration believes that the current situation shows that America must move towards energy security and true energy independence. This will include reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
Oliver O’ConnellMarch 31, 2022 20:44