Jin Psaki responds to resignation rumors
President Joe Biden made remarks this morning praising other successful jobs reports that see employment returning to pre-pandemic levels and unemployment dropping to a level not seen since 1969.
While inflation remains a major concern for Americans, Biden has also ordered the release of over a million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for the next six months in an effort to control prices that have risen since the United States and its allies. Severe sanctions were imposed on Russia after it began its war on Ukraine.
In response to reporters’ questions on Thursday, Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin “appears to be aloof and there are some indications that he has fired some of his advisers or placed them under house arrest.”
Meanwhile, new reports indicate that White House press secretary Jen Psaki will leave her post this spring to take up a job at MSNBC. It has long been speculated that Ms. Psaki will leave management shortly after holding this position for more than a year.
At the press conference on Friday, Ms. Psaki declined to comment on her plans, other than saying that if she left she would spend time with her children and sleep.
Pressed if she can be an effective briefer with plans to join a media outlet, Psaki said she adheres to all ethical rules and legal requirements.
Watch: Biden celebrates jobs and denounces his predecessor’s impotence
Joe Biden used his rhetoric on the jobs report and his proposed budget to declare he had the deficit “under control” — that’s after the Trump administration’s “reckless policies and mismanagement.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 23:45
The United States secures the release of a reserve soldier held by the Taliban
Safi Raouf, a 27-year-old marine reservist who has been held by the Taliban since December, was released after months of negotiations. As CNN reported, he and his brothers co-founded a group that worked to evacuate people seeking to flee Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul last year.
We have the story Bevan Hurley.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 23:00
Biden’s statement on the UN-brokered truce in Yemen
I welcome today’s announcement of a two-month truce in the Yemeni conflict. This initiative is a long-awaited deadline for the Yemeni people. It involves stopping all military activities of any party inside and across Yemen, the entry of fuel ships into the port of Hodeidah, and the renewal of commercial flights to and from Sanaa to the agreed destinations.
These are important steps, but they are not enough. The ceasefire must be adhered to, and as I said before, it is essential that we end this war. After seven years of conflict, negotiators must do the serious and necessary work to reach political settlements that can bring about a lasting peace future for all of the Yemeni people.
I am grateful for the leadership role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman in achieving this initiative before the holy month of Ramadan. I am also grateful for the hard work of the Yemeni government and the trust it has placed in the UN-led mediation.
The United States of America will deter threats to our friends and partners as we continue to strive for de-escalation and peace throughout the region. I wish the people of Yemen a peaceful Ramadan, and assure them of our continued commitment to help end this terrible war.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 22:40
Jen Psaki won’t confirm White House resignation rumors
Following reports that she will soon be leaving the White House to work in the news business, Press Secretary Jen Psaki confronted reporters Friday afternoon and said she had nothing to confirm about continuing public service or what plans she might have.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 22:30
Weak Democrats plead with Biden to delay reopening asylum
The Biden administration’s decision to end blanket asylum restrictions at the border in May of this year met prominent demands Democrats They are anxiously awaiting the end of a program created by Donald Trump in the name of public health.
But it creates thorny political challenges for Democrats in the border region, who face the potential increase in immigrants who have been denied the opportunity for two years to seek asylum in the United States.
In extraordinarily harsh criticism of a president from their own party, some congressional Democrats with tough re-election prospects are warning that the administration is not at all prepared to handle the situation.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 22:00
DHS Democrats Support Ending Title 42
A statement in support of ending Address 42 on the southern border was issued by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Benny Thompson.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 21:40
Some Democrats are worried at the end of Title 42
After news of an expiration date for Title 42, a Trump-era immigration order introduced during the early days of the pandemic to stop the spread of Covid-19 at the border, more Democrats opposed the CDC’s decision.
Senator Joe Manchin reiterated what he said earlier this week, that immigration reform must happen first.
“Until we have a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform that commits to securing our borders and providing a pathway to citizenship for eligible immigrants, Title 42 must remain in place,” he said.
Arizona Senators Kirsten Senema and Mark Kelly are also unhappy.
“Today’s decision to announce the termination of Address 42 despite the lack of a comprehensive plan in place yet shows a lack of understanding of the crisis at our borders,” Ms. Senema said.
Mr. Kelly said: “This is a wrong decision. This is unacceptable.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 21:20
Covid-19 asylum limits at the US-Mexico border end May 23
The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that it will end a policy of restricting asylum at the US-Mexico border to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The use of public health authorities has been widely criticized by Democrats Advocates of immigration as an excuse to United States of America to evade its obligations to provide safe haven to people fleeing persecution. The policy came into force under the president Donald Trump In March 2020. Since then, immigrants who have attempted to enter the United States have been turned away more than 1.7 million times.
The policy, known as Title 42 authority, named after the Public Health Act of 1944 to Prevent Infectious Diseases, will expire on paper on April 1, but will not take effect until May 23, to allow border officials time to prepare.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 21:10
Biden leaves for Delaware
The President left the White House for the weekend in Wilmington, Delaware. Welcome guests and staff to the South Lawn before leaving at Marine One.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 21:00
Psaki rejects resignation rumors
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki rejects resignation rumors at press conference
Oliver O’ConnellApril 1, 2022 20:43
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