GOOD MORNING DC: The Former Guy

#GoodMorningDC.“The former guy” was the one to tell America that he loves her before beating her up and burning her to the ground.

Last night, President Biden went on CNN live town hall in Wisconsin. Asked why he went there, the President said it was "Because there is a lot going on in Wisconsin. They're as cold as the devil up there. They got a lot to deal with, and Anderson Cooper said he wanted to do a town hall up there, and I'm happy to do it."

Departing the White House, Biden made a comment on Mitch McConnell saying that opposing COVID relief will unify Republicans: "It may unify Republicans, but it will hurt America badly," Biden said. 

Trump does not have Twitter anymore but can sure write abusive memos. "The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm," Trump launched an attack on Senate Minority Leader McConnel.” He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will. My only regret is that McConnell “begged” for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him,” Trump went on a long tirade against McConnel.  

On Sean Hannity, Senator Lindsey Graham offered a few words of unsolicited advice to McConnel. "I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party. We don't have a snowball's chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump. If you don't get that, you're just not looking." In other words, accept the abuse no matter what. 

America's relationship with the "former guy," as Biden refers to Trump, resembles an abusive marriage where a woman is told to stay as she can't afford to support herself without a husband. Republican unhealthy dependency on Donald Trump can be one hell of a price to pay since their tolerance of Trump's abusive behaviors took the country to the brink of the civil war. How far are Republicans ready to go to tolerate Trump?

President Biden, on CNN Town Hall last night, showed compassion and self-reflection. It will take some getting used to the idea that the free world leader is not a bully, who has to abuse Americans to feel powerful. Aggression and violence were part of American political discourse for the past four years; a daily dose of normalized political abuse served through tweets, rallies, attacks, interviews, and press conferences. "The former guy" made the Republican party believe that his way is the only way, and the more Biden continues to show compassion and humanity, Americans will be able to realize that they deserve better treatment. “The former guy” was the one to tell America that he loves her before beating her up and burning her to the ground.

"I don't know about you all, but I was raised in a way that you didn't look for anybody to wait on you. And it's — I find myself extremely self-conscious," said Biden on CNN Town Hall last night. Showing America how the American president treats people, is equally important as his policies. 

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with Geoffrey van Leeuwen, Foreign Affairs and Defense Advisor to the Netherlands' prime minister, yesterday. He expressed appreciation for Dutch troops' long-standing contributions in Iraq against ISIS and in NATO's mission in Afghanistan. Sullivan and van Leeuwen agreed to work together on shared foreign policy priorities related to China and Russia. 

Secretary of State Blinken spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. The Secretary did not hide his outrage about the rocket attacks in Erbil. Blinken sent his condolences to the "innocent Iraqi civilians who were injured as well as to the Coalition members injured and the family and loved ones of the civilian contractor killed in the attack."

Across the pond, due to allegations of sex abuse by aid workers in disaster zones, the UK Government is looking at the withdrawal of millions of pounds in aid from the United Nations. But that's not the only scandal among those who are supposed to protect the vulnerable. 

The Daily Telegraph published a story about Save The Children's former boss, revealing that he quit his job after admitting to sending text messages to younger female employees. In them, he was commenting how they looked and what they were wearing.

What will Biden do today?

At 11:30 AM EST  President  Biden and VP Harris will receive the President’s Daily Brief in the Oval Office. At 12:30 PM EST  the President will have lunch with Kamala Harris at the White House. At  3:30 PM EST  Biden and Harris will meet with a group of labor leaders to discuss the American Rescue Plan and to get input on the President’s infrastructure plan. 

What will FLOTS do today? At 1:00 PM EST, Jill Biden will host a virtual roundtable on military child education. 

At 12:30 PM EST at the State Department, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker will meet Serbian Ambassador Marko Djuric. Recently, Djuric wrote a column for The Pavlovic Today on US-Serbia relations

At 2:30 PM EST, Spokesperson Ned Price will hold a press briefing at the State Department.

And that's a wrap for this Wednesday morning, February 17, 2021. Good Morning DC will be here tomorrow to bring you the latest and most relevant first. 

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