GOOD MORNING DC: Joe Biden Is Not A Pundit

#GoodMorningDC. Here's the world you are waking up to this Thursday morning. 

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning, DC.

It's Thursday, and the second day of the impeachment trial is behind us. As millions of people tuned in to watch the Senate trial, Jamie Raskin presented an argument that Trump committed a crime against the US Constitution. Impeachment managers played a new video taken from security cameras showing how close rioters came to Mike Pence, Pelosi, and Mitt Romney. 

"They were coming for us," David Cicilline, said.

 “I don’t see how Donald Trump could be reelected to the presidency again,” Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski told the press.

Josh Hawley spent the second day of the impeachment on the visitor’s gallery flicking through some paperwork. 

"It's a better viewpoint because I can look right at the impeachment managers and see them in the face. When I'm sitting in the chamber, I kinda look at the back of their head," he explained on Fox News. 

For Trump loyalist, Senator Lindsey Graham, “the case is over” and “just a matter of getting the final verdict now.” On Wednesday evening, Graham posted a message on Twitter: "The 'Not Guilty' vote is growing after today.” He stated that most Republicans “found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd.”

The former President's lawyers argue that some Democrats, like Trump, have used inflammatory rhetoric in the past. First on their list is Representative Maxine Waters. In 2018, she called on supporters at a rally to confront Trump officials anywhere they could be found over their support of the child separation policy at the border. Cedric Richmond said she had a constitutional right to express those views. So how does the White House view that as any different?

 "Joe Biden is the President; he's not a pundit," said Jen Psaki. "He's not going to opine on the back-and-forth arguments, nor is he watching them," she added.

How should the American public interpret the President's silence on the impeachment trial? While he may not be a pundit, Joe Biden is the first President to be in the office and have a predecessor face an impeachment trial just down the street. Care to comment?

Is unity here yet? Kevin McCarthy does not think so. House Minority Leader reached out to Biden on January 8th but has yet to hear back from the President directly.  

When Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks' owner, decides to stop playing the National Anthem before his National Basketball Association games, the White House hears about it. What's Biden's reaction?

"He's incredibly proud to be an American and has great respect for the Anthem and all that it represents, especially for our men and women serving in uniform around the world,” Jen Psaki jumped to explain. She added that  “pride in our country means recognizing moments where we as a country haven't lived up to our highest ideals, which is often and at times what people are speaking to when they take action at sporting events. And it means respecting the right of people, granted to them in the Constitution, to peacefully protest," said Psaki. 

Myanmar is still on the President's mind. Biden believes that the American response to the military coup should not be a unilateral action from the United States but a coordinated effort with American allies in Asia and Europe. 

What will Biden do today?

At 10 AM EST, the President and the Vice President will meet with Senators from both parties to discuss American infrastructure. The Secretary of Transportation will join virtually. Then, the President and the Vice President will receive the President's Daily Brief in the Oval Office. At 11:15 AM, Biden and Harris will receive a presidential daily briefing.  

At 3:45 PM, the President will travel to the National Institutes of Health to visit the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory and deliver remarks to NIH staff.  

The World Health Organization said that it was "extremely unlikely" that the coronavirus escaped Wuhan's lab. President Biden wants to look at the report and the data from the WHO investigation himself.

Miami Herald reported that the Biden administration is thinking of suspending all national travel to Florida due to a new COVID variant surge. CPAC, an annual political conference attended by conservatives is set to take place two weeks from now in Orlando, Florida. Four days ago, however, on Sunday, February 7, 2021, the Super Bowl took place in Tampa, Florida, without any talks of travel restrictions. 

And that's a wrap for this Thursday morning. Good Morning DC will be here tomorrow to brief you on everything you need to know. Indoctrination is not education. À bientôt.

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