Biden's Diplomacy Is Yet To Be Tested

Good Morning DC.How lasting, how sustainable of a solution, can President Biden broker between Isreal and Palestine?

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! It's Friday, so as every Friday, I will keep it brief. President Moon of the Republic of Korea is coming to the White House today and there will be a joint press conference at 5 PM ET. 

The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect early this morning but Biden's diplomacy is yet to be tested.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Benjamin Gantz. Austin welcomed the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to agree to a ceasefire and shared Minister Gantz’s hope that there will be a complete restoration of calm. 

How lasting, how sustainable of a solution, can President Biden broker between Isreal and Palestine? We are talking about the legacy question here, and Biden wants something for the history books. 

Biden signed the Anti-Asian Hate Crime bill, in response to the rise in attacks on Asian Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

"My message to all of those who are hurting is we see you and the Congress has said, we see you and we are committed to stop the hatred and the bias" said Biden. 

The bill also directs the Department of Justice to appoint an individual to expedite the review of Covid-19 related hate crimes and approves grants to state and local governments to conduct crime-reduction programs to respond to hate crimes.

Across the pond, BBC’s Martin Bashir lied to obtain an interview with Princess Diana we now know that for a fact. 

The BBC has huge power without adequate accountability, and their apology 25 years after the fact comes as damage control. Prince William is angry and with a good reason. The Duke stood in front of the cameras to deliver his strong message. “If the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived. She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way,” he said. 

Public apologies after the fact are overrated and an easy way out. Just ask CNN's, Chris Cuomo. He apologized after it came out that he secretly advised his brother, Governor Cuomo on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations. "I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I'm sorry for that."

Case closed. And the show goes on. 

OAN’s Chanel Rion had an exclusive sit-down interview with President Trump. “Mr. President, we sit here in Trump Tower many days and many miles from what many Americans consider an illegitimate Biden White House,” Rion stated at the beginning of the interview. That's just an intro to Trump's comeback at the MAGA rally circuit. 

Are you dating or know someone who's on dating apps? In support of President Biden’s goal of getting 70 percent of adults at least one shot by July 4, the largest dating apps in America will launch new features to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. Tinder, Hinge, Match, OkCupid, BLK, Chispa, Plenty of Fish, Bumble, and Badoo will create badges displaying vaccination status and offer vaccinated Americans free benefits.

Question: Nanny state going too far? 

If you are in DC this weekend, Mayor Bowser's Day of Action this weekend offers DC Community free COVID-19 vaccines in a festive environment. Check it out! 

From today, our nation's capital is starting to operate with a full capacity and social distancing will be lifted for restaurants, retail stores, churches, and gyms.

Today, the World Health Organization released its annual ‘state of the world’s health’ assessment in the World Health Statistics report, 2021.

And that's a wrap for this Friday morning, May 21, 2021. Thanks for waking up with me. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday to bring you the latest first. 

 

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