Biden News Today: ‘Cheat sheet’ reveals Putin’s talking points after riotous remarks in Europe

Biden stands by Putin’s removal comment but insists he won’t change policy

As President Joe Biden refused to retract his comments from the weekend saying Russian President Vladimir Putin could not stay in power, a photographer managed to snap a picture of a list of “tough questions and answers about Putin.” , which he wore to a press conference . Under a question of what he meant when he said Mr Putin could not remain in power, it read: “I have expressed my moral outrage at this man’s actions” and “I have expressed no change in policy.” “.

The canned responses matched the president’s replies to questions about his statements, sparking consternation among Russia’s allies. “I’m not going back,” he told NBC news reporter Kelly O’Donnell at the White House on Monday. “The fact is, I have expressed the moral outrage I felt at the way Putin is acting and the actions of this man.”

Meanwhile, the President yesterday presented his budget proposal for the next financial year. Among other things, it calls for higher taxes on the rich, lower government deficits, more money for law enforcement, and more funding for education, public health, and housing.

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Background: How the idea of ​​taxing the rich came about

Joe Biden’s proposed new tax rate for households worth more than $100 million has been a long time coming. By the start of the Democratic primary, which he eventually won, the idea of ​​raising taxes on the rich and making them pay their “fair share” had become almost orthodox in the Democratic mainstream — and Mr. Biden himself was on board, at least.

As Roxanne Roberts reported at the time, he stated his public position as follows: “I don’t blame anyone for making a million or hundreds of millions of dollars. I really don’t. But I think there is a certain shared responsibility and it is not shared fairly between hard-working middle-class and working-class people.”

Here is her broadcast from early 2019.

When did “billionaire” become a dirty word?

A Politico poll shows that 76 percent of registered voters — both Democrats and Republicans — think the wealthiest Americans should pay more, writes Roxanne Roberts. But America’s billionaires are reluctant to agree

Andrew NaughtieMarch 29, 2022 11:29 am

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The Pentagon probably needs more budget funds for Ukraine

The Pentagon may have to ask Congress for additional money to help Ukraine fight the Russian invasion, officials said Monday.

In introducing the Department of Defense’s $773 billion proposal for fiscal 2023, Pentagon leaders said the budget was finalized before the invasion, so there is no specific money for the war.

Congress approved a $13.5 billion emergency funding package in early March. “We’ll probably have to revisit this over the summer to be prepared for some of the more difficult options,” Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord said.

Andrew NaughtieMarch 29, 2022 10:35 am

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Activist who met Biden in 2014 says ‘Putin war crimes could have been stopped’

Ukrainian activist Oleksandra Matviichuk, who asked US President Joe Biden for more military aid to her country eight years ago, said if he had listened to her then, Russia might not have invaded her country and committed war crimes.

Ms. Matviichuk, a lawyer who heads the Kyiv-based Center for Civil Liberties, recently posted a photo showing her speaking to Biden in April 2014, shortly after protests in February of that year that ended with the ouster of the pro-Russian President-elect Viktor Yanukovych ended.

“It was a very quick conversation. And he asked me: “What can the United States of America do for Ukraine?”. And I said, “Give us guns.” And now I repeat that call. Maybe that’s very surprising for a human rights lawyer,” she said Andrew Buncombe of the Independent.

Andrew NaughtieMarch 29, 2022 10:10 am

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Photo shows Biden’s “cheat sheet” notes

US President Joe Biden was photographed with a cheat sheet containing notes on his comments about his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, in an apparent attempt to avoid another faux pas.

Mr. Biden was previously spotted during his first press conference as president last year, holding a cheat sheet that included the headshots of journalists there who he intended to call and that also included statistics on the infrastructure bill.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 29, 2022 8:16 am

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Biden hits back at Fox News reporter’s Ukraine questions

President Joe Biden has dismissed questions about how the US would respond to a Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine.

Mr Biden refused to say what the US response would be and denied he had not called for regime change when he said Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power”. When Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy pressed the president over chemical weapons, he said, “It’s going to spark a significant response.”

“What does that mean?” asked Mr. Doocy. “I won’t tell you that. Why should I tell you? You must be being silly,” the President shot back.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 29, 2022 07:38

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US government wants to offer vaccinations to migrants

The Biden administration will offer Covid-19 vaccinations to migrants detained at the Mexican border.

The Department of Homeland Security will provide up to 2,700 vaccines per day, increasing doses to 6,000 daily by the end of May, CNN reported.

Senior White House officials reportedly rejected a proposal to vaccinate migrants last year because they thought it would encourage more people to cross the border into the US, sources said.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 29, 2022 07:03

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The comment about Putin’s power was about “moral outrage,” says Biden

US President Joe Biden said on Monday he was “not going back” after commenting over the weekend that Russian President Vladimir Putin “can’t stay in power”.

“This is just a simple fact that this type of behavior is totally unacceptable,” he said. Britain and France were among the countries that distanced themselves from Mr Biden’s comments on the Russian President in Warsaw.

French President Emanuel Macron said he “wouldn’t use those terms because I keep talking to President Putin because what do we want to do together? We want to stop the war that Russia started in Ukraine, without waging war and without escalation.”

British Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was “for the Russian people to decide how they are governed”.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 29, 2022 6:27 am

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Higher taxes on the rich, lower deficits: Biden presents 2023 budget

President Joe Biden released a budget Monday calling for higher taxes on the rich, lower federal deficits, more money for the police and more funding for education, public health and housing.

Essentially, it seeks to convey to voters what a diverse and sometimes fragmented Democratic Party stands for.

The bottom line: Biden proposes federal spending totaling $5.8 trillion for fiscal 2023, which begins in October, slightly less than projected for this year before signing the additional spending bill this month. The deficit would be $1.15 trillion.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 29, 2022 5:35 am

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Biden accuses Trump of “financial mismanagement”.

President Joe Biden on Monday accused his predecessor Donald Trump of inflating the federal budget deficit.

The President turned his fire on Mr. Trump, saying, “Following the fiscal mismanagement of my … predecessor, we are reducing the Trump deficits and putting our budget house back in order.”

Mr. Biden delivered remarks at the White House, flanked by his acting director of the Treasury Office, Shalanda Young, and claimed that his plan for America’s finances would result in “the largest one-year deficit reduction in US history.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarMarch 29, 2022 5:18 am

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Biden stands by Putin’s comment but insists he is not signaling a policy change

President Joe Biden refused to back down from comments he made over the weekend that Russian President Vladimir Putin could not remain in power, but insisted he was not advocating a change in policy.

Mr. Biden made the remarks Monday while speaking to reporters after announcing his new budget proposal. His remarks come after he said over the weekend of Mr Putin: “For God’s sake, this man cannot stay in power.” The move sparked a diplomatic scramble amid concerns Mr Biden was endorsing regime change as the Russian invasion of Ukraine has dragged on for more than a month.

“I’m not going back,” he told NBC news reporter Kelly O’Donnell at the White House on Monday. “The fact is, I have expressed the moral outrage I felt at the way Putin is acting and the actions of this man.”

Eric Garcia reports for The Independent from Washington, D.C.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 29, 2022 4:59 am

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