Biden news live: US government weighing release of oil from strategic reserve to control gas prices

‘You’ve got to be silly’: Biden hits back at Ukraine questions from Fox News reporter

President Joe Biden is preparing to order the release of up to one million barrels of oil per day from the strategic petroleum reserve in a bid to control prices that have spiked after the US and its allies imposed strict sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement could come as soon as Thursday, according to reports.

Mr Biden spoke with Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The call comes as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators discuss a de-escalation agreement that could see Russia draw down forces from the area near Kyiv.

Both the White House and the Pentagon have said that they believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed about progress in the war by his senior advisers.

Mr Biden also gave a speech on the state of the coronavirus pandemic, announcing the launch of a central website for resources, before receiving his second booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine.

Meanwhile, after contentious nomination hearings that saw Republican senators harangue her about critical race theory, Ketanji Brown Jackson has picked up a crucial supporter: Maine Senator Susan Collins, who has become the first Republican to announce she will vote to confirm her.

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Joe Biden meets parents of former US marine detained in Russia

Joe Biden met the parents of a former US marine who was imprisoned in Russia and promised to end the family’s “nightmare.”

Trever Reed is serving a nine-year prison sentence in Russia after he was convicted of assaulting police officers while drunk in 2019.

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Wednesday: “President Biden met today with Joey and Paula Reed, the parents of Trevor Reed, who is wrongfully detained in Russia.”

She added: “During their meeting, the President reiterated his commitment to continue to work to secure the release of Trevor, Paul Whelan, and other Americans wrongfully held in Russia and elsewhere.

“We understand the pain felt by all of Trevor’s families and friends enduring the nightmare of his absence, which we are committed to bringing to an end.”

Mr Reed, meanwhile, is back on hunger strike for the second time and has been put back in solitary confinement.

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Joe Biden warns US will not enough Covid vaccines this fall

Joe Biden has warned that the US will not have enough Covid vaccines this fall to ensure free and easy access for all Americans if Congress fails to pass the $22.5bn in additional funding.

The US President said that the country has enough supply to ensure eligible people for fourth shots have access to them.

The CDC recommended an additional Pfizer or Moderna dose for people who are 50 years of age and above as well as those who have compromised immune systems.

Mr Biden received his fourth dose of Covid vaccine on live television on Wednesday.

Maroosha Muzaffar31 March 2022 06:45

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Russian state TV host calls on Americans to re-elect Donald Trump

A Russian state TV host called on Americans to re-elect former president Donald Trump.

Evgeny Popov made the statement on the controlled broadcast over in Russia.

Mr Popov has been an avid supporter of the former president and frequently speaks out on his dislike of president Joe Biden.

He told viewers that it’s time for the Russian people to call on Americans to change “the regime in the US” before its term expires.

Russian state TV host Evgeny Popov calls on Americans to re-elect Trump

A Russian state TV host has called on Americans to re-elect the former president, Donald TrumpEvgeny Popov made the controversial statement on the controlled broadcast over in Russia.The TV personality has been an avid supporter of Trump, and frequently speaks out on his dislikes of president Joe Biden.He told viewers that it’s time for the Russian people to call on Americans to change “the regime in the US” before its term expires.He added: “to again help our partner Trump to become President.”Click here to sign up to our free newsletters.

Maroosha Muzaffar31 March 2022 06:15

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Morning Joe hosts slam Trump for seeking dirt on Bidens from Russia

morning joe hosts slammed Donald Trump on Wednesday for asking Vladimir Putin to release “dirt” about Hunter Biden’s alleged business dealings in Eastern Europe, a request he made during an interview with journalist John Solomon on the Just the News television show.

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Maroosha Muzaffar31 March 2022 05:45

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White House slams Trump ‘scheme’ with Putin

At Wednesday’s White House press briefing, Communications Director Kate Bedingfield was asked about former President Donald Trump Putin asking for information on Hunter Biden.

She replied: “What kind of American, let alone an ex-president, thinks that this is the right time to enter into a scheme with Vladimir Putin… There is only one and it’s Donald Trump.”

Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 05:15

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Biden admin weighing release of up to 1 million barrels of oil per day from strategic reserve

President Joe Biden is preparing to order the release of up to one million barrels of oil per day from the strategic petroleum reserve in a bid to control prices that have spiked after the US and its allies imposed strict sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

A familiar person with the decision was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that the could come as soon as on Thursday announcement when the president is scheduled to give a speech on the rising energy prices.

It was reported that the duration of the release has not been finalized but could last for several months.

Maroosha Muzaffar31 March 2022 05:00

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Biden calls on Congress to increase Covid funding

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the US government won’t be able to afford to provide Americans with the Covid-19 booster shot he received on-camera Wednesday if Congress doesn’t step up to allocate more funding for vaccines, tests, treatments, and other Covid-19 needs.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 04:30

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US to provide $500m in support for Ukraine’s government

The United States will provide Ukraine’s government with an additional $500 million in “direct budgetary aid” to support its operations as the Ukrainian forces continue to fight against Russia’s unprovoked invasion.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 04:00

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White House readout of Zelensky call



President Biden spoke today with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine about the ongoing work by the United States and its allies and partners to deliver military, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and to impose severe costs on Russia for its brutal aggression against Ukraine. The security leaders discussed how the United States is working around the clock to fulfill the main security assistance requests by Ukraine, the critical effects those weapons have had efforts on the conflict, and continued by the United States with allies and partners to identify additional capabilities to help the Ukrainian military defend its country. In addition, President Biden informed President Zelenskyy that the United States intends to provide the Ukrainian government with $500 million in direct budgetary aid. He also reviewed the additional sanctions and humanitarian assistance announced last week. President Zelenskyy updated President Biden on the status of Ukraine’s negotiations with Russia.

The White House – March 30 2022

Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 03:15

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Report: Biden to lift Trump-era pandemic restrictions on US-Mexico border

President Joe Biden’s is expected to lift a public health administration order imposed by Donald Trump that blocked asylum seekers from the US-Mexico border during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to reports citing administration officials familiar with the situation.

Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 02:45

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