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Good Morning DC! It’s Friday and Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki plans to leave White House next year.

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Good Morning DC! 

It's a historic day for the White House Press Corps. The vending machine in the press premises now has a variety of drinks that includes Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, and even Sparkling water! Now, that's a luxury. So if you were ever wondering about the glamorous lifestyle of the White House press elite, be aware that we don't have bubbly and three-martini lunches. Not even close.

It's Friday, so I will keep it short

Press Secretary Jen Psaki will leave her role at the White House a year from now. “I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job, in a year from now or about a year from now,” she revealed yesterday in the interview with David Axelrod. 

Quel dommage! She is a great White House Press Secretary. 

This morning, Secretary of State Blinken is scheduled to participate virtually in an 8 am UN Security Council meeting on multilateralism. The session will be chaired by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and will include interventions from Foreign Ministers from other Security Council member countries. Blinken is set to talk about the importance of multilateral cooperation and highlight the core principles that are essential to maintaining a rules-based international order.

Yesterday, Good Morning DC reported that the U.S. has announced its support of a temporary suspension of intellectual property rights on Covid19 vaccines to bolster the global supply. Iron Lady of Germany, Angela Merkel, doesn’t seem too happy with Biden’s decision. 

“The US suggestion for the lifting of patent protection for Covid-19 vaccines has significant implications for vaccine production as a whole,” a spokeswoman of the German government said. “The protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so in the future,” concluding that the view of Germany was adamant. 

“The limiting factors in the production of vaccines are the production capacities and the high-quality standards and not patents,” the spokeswoman clarified. 

Bernie Sanders, however, is thrilled with the waiver. “The goal of vaccines is to save lives and crush the pandemic, not increase drug company profits,” he said. “I applaud the President for backing the waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines. It's nice to see the USA lead the world on a global justice issue.”

 

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Ron DeSantis has signed a bill imposing new limits on voting by mail and using ballot drop boxes. The whole event was billed as a “Fox exclusive.” 

Question: How can bill signing become anyone’s exclusive?

Aboard Air Force One, Karine Jean-Pierre said that the 2020 Election was “one of the most secure elections in American history.” Psaki’s deputy insisted that “there's no legitimate reason to change the rules right now to make it harder to vote; that's built on a lie.”

Jean-Pierre implied that DeSantis is out of bounds and that “Florida is moving in the wrong direction.”

What will Joe Biden do today?

This morning, at 10:30 AM, the President will receive the President’s Daily Brief in the Oval Office. 

At 11:30 AM, the President will deliver remarks on the April jobs report in the East Room. 

At 12:30 PM, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room. 
 
At 1:45 PM, the President and the Vice President will receive the Weekly Economic Briefing in the Roosevelt Room. 
 
At 3:15 PM, the President will meet with his Jobs Cabinet in the Blue Room. The Vice President will also attend. This meeting will be closed press.
 
At 5:30 PM, the President will travel to Camp David, where he will remain over the weekend. 
            
At 10:30 AM  the White House COVID-19 Response Team will hold a press briefing.

At 12:30 PM  Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen will brief the press.

Joe Biden is trying to galvanize bipartisan support for his ambitious infrastructure plan. In Louisiana, he said that the US ranks “eighth in the world in terms of our infrastructure. We used to be the leader in the world.”

He added that “Infrastructure has historically been a bipartisan undertaking.” The president is of the opinion that “There’s no reason it shouldn’t be that way again, as the mayor is evidence of and others are. It’s about coming together to create jobs to make a more competitive world.”

For a dash of pop, you should know that publicity-shy Meghan and Harry have released a new picture of Archie holding balloons on his second birthday. 

And that's a wrap for this Friday morning, May 7, 2021. Get ready for the next week of political drama. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday to give you the latest first. 

 

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