#GoodMorningDC. Take a look at the stories that are making a splash this Tuesday morning, March 2, 2021.
Good Morning DC! It’s Tuesday, March 2, 2021, and these are the headlines that are making a splash this morning in Washington DC.
Spotted: UK’s publication Daily Express carries Andrew Bridgen’s column from The Pavlovic Today.
Writing on the Pavlovic Today website, Mr. Bridgen said, "The EU itself is under unprecedented existential threat due to huge public dissatisfaction as the vaccine situation has exposed the EU's supertanker compared to the UK speedboat - an analogy made by Ursula von der Leyen the EU President herself."
The third woman came out saying Andrew Cuomo made her feel uncomfortable. "Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so," said Chris Cuomo on his show last night.
Yesterday, at the White House President Biden met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to “reaffirm the enduring partnership between the two countries,” and to have discussions focused on migration, recovery from COVID-19, climate change and security.
Details worth knowing about Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador offered political asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who faces charges in the U.S. for publishing classified documents.
Last October, the U.S. arrested former Mexican Defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos, on drug-trafficking and corruption charges. President López Obrador of Mexico accused the DEA of fabricating evidence against Cienfuegos and retaliated with a new security law to restrict U.S. anti-drug operations in Mexico. In November, the Justice Department dropped the case, and Cienfuegos was allowed to return to Mexico where he was cleared of all charges, despite Mexican authorities' promises to bring justice.
The Mexican President’s relationship with former President Trump began as a tense relationship as López Obrador accused Trump of racism against Mexicans and “hispanophobia.” Yet, throughout Trump’s time in office, the two world leaders developed personal chemistry. President López Obrador was among one of the last world leaders to recognize President Joe Biden’s election victory.
On January 22, President Biden and President López Obrador called each other for the first time as presidents. Biden only called one world leader before him, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.
At the press briefing, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas emphasized his department’s dedication to replacing the cruelty of the past administration’s immigration process. Mayorkas emphasized that one of the White House’s top priorities remains the reunification of families, especially unaccompanied children, who have been separated at the border. He framed this as a moral imperative that will take time and urged those looking to cross the border to wait until the system is able to provide them with an orderly and safe process. Check out this news article from yesterday’s briefing for more details on the department’s plan.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki cited the President’s focus on the American Rescue Plan and his hope that Congress will act as soon as possible. It is especially urgent, as she mentioned because there are only 14 days left until 11 million Americans’ unemployment insurance benefits will expire.
Across the pond, Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces criticism after the government-sponsored Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended vaccinating groups based solely on age. The next age-group to receive vaccines in the United Kingdom is those 40-49 years old, disregarding teachers, police and prison officers. Unions representing the frontline workers spoke out in dismay of the age-based approach, saying that it disregards the staff workers who have to work in close proximity to one another. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and JCVI back their decision by saying that older populations are more susceptible to severe infections and death and the ultimate goal is to reduce the number of deaths.
The United Kingdom is set to review European Union proposals for a “digital green pass” that will allow for safe travel within the Union and the U.K. The green pass will contain information about an individual's vaccination status and recent COVID-19 tests, easing travel across countries amidst restrictions, the EU President Ursula von der Leyen said.
A report released by the United Nations reveals that tens of thousands of Syrian detainees are still missing. Thousands more “have been subject to torture, sexual violence or death in detention.”. This comes after the UN’s Commission of Inquiry interviewed 2,650 detainees across more than 100 Syrian prisons over ten years.
What will Biden do today?
At 10:15 AM EST, Biden and Harris will receive the Daily Brief.
At 1:10 PM EST, Biden will participate in a meeting by phone with Senate Democrats.
4:15 PM EST Biden will deliver remarks on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
At 12:30 PM EST, Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief the press.
Secretary of the DHS Alejandro Mayorkas frames a new plan for an immigration process at the border.
The White House will distribute 3.9 million doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. Find out what we know about the J & J vaccine so far.
And that's a wrap for this Tuesday morning, March 2, 2021. How long before Andrew Cuomo resigns? If you love what you read, forward it to a friend. See you tomorrow!
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