Good Morning DC: Undoing Trump's Legacy

#GoodMorningDC: Here's the world you're waking up to this Monday morning.

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning DC. This Monday evening, the impeachment charge of "incitement of insurrection" will be sent to the Senate. Will there be 17 Republicans to vote to convict? "It really depends on leadership and the evidence in the case made against President Trump," a GOP insider told Good Morning DC. One of the strategies discussed is to call someone from MAGA as a witness to say that he was following the President's orders. 

"There is still plenty of evidence to uncover," a source added.

Mitt Romney said that Trump has to be held accountable, a necessary but at the same time risky activity that can trigger the new unrest in the country and make a unification effort of the American nation difficult. Romney, however, does not support a proposal to purge Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley from GOP.

Senator Marco Rubio said that he thinks that the impeachment trial is "stupid" and would only further fan the partisan division in America. He also said he likes Ivanka, amidst the rumors of Trump's daughter Senate challenge in Florida. 

Inside of the Republican party, the internal strife is at play. On Sunday, Arizona Republicans voted to censure  Cindy McCain, Ducey, and Jeff Flake.  Matt Gaetz, supported by Donald Trump's son, Don, is calling for the removal of the House Republican Conference Chair, Liz Cheney. Tomorrow, Gaetz is going to her home state, Wyoming, to rally support against her.  Some GOP members would like to remove Liz Cheney, but Kevin McCarthy's support should be enough for her to stay in leadership. Stefanik from NY, a Trump acolyte, is pushing hard for change but only because she wants the position. If Trump decides to proceed with the MAGA/Patriot Party, how many Congress members would leave the GOP for him?

While Democrats are focused on impeachment, Republicans are pressing forward with their ambition to come back in the next election. Sarah Huckabee Sanders aims to continue in her father's footsteps. She is running for governor of Arkansas. If Huckabee wins, she may pull off a presidential run as president Bill Clinton once did. Sarah is ambitious, and while many DC pundits thought that the White House Press Secretary's role and a gig at Fox and Friends would be a top of her career, she would not stop at that.  

Joe Biden is focusing on domestic policy while at the same time keeping his eye on the world. UK's PM Boris Johnson was the first European leader to get a call from the American President. No.10 Downing street captured the moment in the photograph, showcasing ecstatic Johnson speaking of Biden's administration as "a moment of hope in a dark time". Boris Johnson's diplomatic skills can only be underestimated by those who do not know him. Ahead of leadership overtake in the Conservative Party, when Theresa May was still the Prime Minister, a reception was taking place at No.10. Once he stepped into the room, Boris Johnson immediately started chatting pleasantly with then Prime Minister May he would take down shortly after that. Whoever thinks that Boris Johnson would not find the common language with Biden is mistaken. With COP26 and G7 summits, UK is presiding over this year, America and UK after Trump have many global challenges to work on. 

Over the weekend, Biden spoke on the phone with French leader Emmanuel Macron, as well. The two leaders agreed to work together on shared foreign policy priorities regarding China, the Middle East, Russia, and the Sahel.

As protests supporting Alexei Navalny erupt throughout Russia, President Vladimir Putin is blaming America and the Western alliance for encouraging unrest in his country. On Saturday, Russian police arrested 3,600 protestors. 

In an interview for CBS that aired on Sunday, Dr. Birx spoke up for the first time about the duplicate data on coronavirus she was a privy of while working alongside Trump. She told Americans that many people close to the former President believed and probably still do that the coronavirus pandemic was a "hoax." Dr. Birx had many chances to speak up while she stood on the White House briefing podium next to President Trump, and she did not. 

What will Joe Biden do today? After the President's Daily Brief in the Oval Office, he will meet the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Chairman. In the afternoon, President Biden will focus on strengthening American manufacturing. He will sign an executive order related to American workers and will also deliver remarks. 

Following President Biden's executive order to block the Keystone XL Pipeline construction, Republican Senators from Idaho, Jim Risch, and Mike Crapo will join Republican Senator Steve Daines from Montana in introducing legislation to authorize the continued construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Other cosponsors of the bill include Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

 "The Keystone project is the linchpin of America's energy independence and job creation strategy. Shutting it down leaves us dependent on the likes of OPEC and Russia", said Risch. He added that Biden's EO "undermines the pact we made with our northern ally, Canada, which remains supportive of the project. This is compounded by the reality that stopping construction terminates thousands of jobs in the middle of a pandemic, no less."

What will the First Lady do today? Jill Biden is slated to deliver pre-recorded virtual remarks and conversation for the American Library Association's 2021 Midwinter Meeting's closing session. At 1:00 PM EST, she will participate in a virtual discussion with governors' spouses, and at 2:15 PM EST, she will take part in a chat with young Latinos.

That's a wrap for this Monday morning. Trump has hardly disappeared, quietly, into the night. Biden is pushing for unity, and corporate media does not have an antagonist anymore to build the drama upon. Still, politics is far from boring. Just not entertainment anymore. Good Morning DC will be with you tomorrow to bring you the latest from the front row. 

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