GOOD MORNING DC: Spying Among Friends

Good Morning DC. Macron and Merkel say spying on allies is not acceptable.

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC! Welcome to June; we are officially mid-way through 2021.

Naomi Osaka, the highest-earning female tennis player in the world, dropped out of the French Open yesterday due to mental health concerns over press conferences.  

Biden is traveling to Tusla today to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the Black Wall Street massacre. White supremacists killed 300 Black Americans, and another 10,000 left destitute and homeless.

Today, Biden will announce new steps his administration will be taking to address the racial wealth gap. Biden's team will focus on giving access to homeownership and small business ownership in communities of color.

Additionally, the Biden-Harris Administration will address discrimination in home appraisals. A 2018 Brookings study found that homes in majority-Black neighborhoods are often valued at tens of thousands of dollars less than comparable homes in White communities.

Macron and Merkel say spying on allies is not acceptable and demand answers on Americans spying on them with the help of Denmark. Macron said that there is no room for suspicion among friends. "We requested that our Danish and American partners provide all the information on these revelations and these past facts. We are awaiting these answers,” Macron said.

The new book written by Jean Becker about H.W. Bush is outThe Man I Knew features details about former President Bush hurting during the transition from the White House to civilian life. Among many behind the scene moments, Becker writes that Barbara Bush died while H.W. Bush held her hand. 

General Mike Flynn spent the Memorial Day weekend at the conference in Dallas. During the Q&A he was asked the following question. “I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?” Flynn responded: “No reason. I mean, it should happen here.”

Across the pond, Paul Scully, a business minister, said this morning on Times Radio that he is "cautiously optimistic" about the removal of travel restrictions on June 21. Also this morning, The Metropolitan Police announced that Sarah Everard, killed in Kent in March, died from compression of the neck. 

What will Biden do today?

At 9:30 AM EDT, the President will receive the President’s Daily Brief. 
 
At 11 AM EDT, the President will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
 
In the afternoon at 1:45 PM CDT, the President will tour the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, and Senior Advisor to President Cedric Richmond will also attend. 

At 3:15 PM CDT, the President will deliver remarks to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

At 8:30 PM EDT, the President will return to the White House from Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

And that's a wrap for this Tuesday morning, June 2021. Thanks for waking up with me. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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