GOOD MORNING DC: Puttin' On the Ritz

#GoodMorningDC. Here's the world you are waking up to this Friday morning, February 19, 2021.

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! 

It's Friday, and the snow emergency has ended in Washington DC. If only everyone could jet off like Senator Ted Cruz to Cancun to lounge at the pool, but it's pandemic, and unemployment checks do not stretch to the Ritz.

Biden's Iran policy announcement is already causing mixed reactions in Washington DC.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul shared his concern that the Biden Administration "is already making concessions in an apparent attempt to re-enter the flawed Iran deal." McCaul does not want Iran to re-enter the deal unless it fully complies with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Jake Sullivan spoke by phone with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz about the Western Balkans and China and the protection of religious freedom worldwide.

Susan Rice held a virtual discussion with advocates for gun violence prevention. Participants shared their perspectives on policymaking around gun violence and ideas about how to create community-based violence interventions that work. 

What will VP Kamala Harris do today? The Vice President and the First Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will travel to L.A. and will be spending their weekend in California.

What will Biden do today? President Biden has a full day of scheduled activities, from foreign affairs meetings to pandemic-related activities. At 8:00 AM EST, President Biden will receive his daily brief. At 9 AM EST, Biden will participate in a G7 virtual meeting. There, he will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to rebuild the global economy. 

Biden will call on G7 members to "prioritize a sustainable health security financing mechanism" to end this pandemic and prevent any future one. 

At 11:15 AM EST, Biden will participate in the Munich Security Conference, where he will discuss the importance of our transatlantic ties.

At 12:15 PM EST, the President will travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he will tour a Pfizer manufacturing site in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At 5:40 PM EST, Biden will be back at the White House. 

The White House COVID-19 response team will brief the press at 11:45 AM EST.

Across the pond, Buckingham Palace has announced that Harry and Meghan will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

And that's a wrap for this Friday morning, February 19, 2021. Try to unplug over the weekend, and take care of yourself. Just because the news never rests in our power circle, Washington DC, it does not mean that you should not. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday to bring you the latest first. 


 

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