Joe Biden talks about ‘new world order’ in Business Roundtable address
Speaking at a meeting of the Business Roundtable lobbying organisation, Mr Biden declared: “Now is a time when things are shifting. We’re going to — there’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it. And we’ve got to unite the rest of the free world in doing it.”
The “new world order” conspiracy theory dates back decades, and holds that a nefarious elite led by the United Nations and other shadowy forces is planning to install a single transnational global government via the use of force – possibly with the involvement of US agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which some believe is preparing to put Americans in concentration camps.
Meanwhile, Mr Biden is planning a trip to Poland to shore up his administration’s commitment to it and other Nato allies in eastern Europe. The visit comes after the US rejected a proposal under which Poland would have supplied Ukraine with MiG-29 jets via a US airbase in Germany.
Are chemical and biological weapons on the horizon in Ukraine?
Joe Biden yesterday warned that with his “back against the wall”, there is a “clear sign” Vladimir Putin is considering using chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine.
A Russian-led conspiracy theory about US-sponsored biolabs in Ukraine producing biological weapons has gathered support from some areas of the American right, raising worries that any Russian attack using unconventional weapons could easily be misrepresented by the Kremlin to large audiences in the west.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 23:15
Biden: Putin has used hypersonic missiles
Joe Biden’s speech last night saw him confirm one of the more ominous recent military news stories from Ukraine: that Vladimir Putin has deployed hypersonic missiles, whose high velocity makes them extremely difficult to detect and intercept.
The development comes as Russia faces disastrous military setbacks in the conflict, which has seen Ukraine put up a far stronger fight than expected while Russian forces suffer desertions, tactical failures and thousands of casualties.
Zaina Alibhai has this explainer on the missile and its implications.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 22:30
Why Biden is heading to Poland
Joe Biden will be visiting his counterparts in Warsaw this week as part of a European tour, a chance for him to touch base with a government that finds itself just across the border from a major Russian military offensive.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 21:45
Read: Biden on the world after Putin’s Ukraine invasion
Joe Biden was not, in fact, promoting the idea of a single transnational world government when he addressed business leaders in Washington yesterday. Instead, he was making the point that the confluence of major crises – war, Covid-19 and the climate emergency – was an opportunity to greatly improve life for people all over the globe.
As per a White House transcript, here’s the segment of his speech that’s drawn attention:
Watch a clip of his remarks below.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 21:00
First lady to meet Ukrainian paediatric cancer patients at St Jude’s
First Lady Jill Biden will meet with four Ukrainian children and their families who have been brought to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
The State Department worked with St Jude’s to evacuate the children from Ukraine. Secretary Antony Blinken tweeted about the airlift of these vulnerable patients.
Dr Biden will visit on Friday, the East Wing confirms.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 20:30
Press Secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for Covid-19
Ms Psaki said she had been in “two socially-distanced” meetings with the president on Monday, but that he “is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance.”
The news came just hours before Mr Biden is due to fly to Europe for diplomatic meetings with allied leaders in Brussels and Warsaw.
Graeme Massie has more on Ms Psaki’s second case of Covid.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 19:57
Jimmy Kimmel teases Republicans over Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings
On his late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host joked that the hearings “give a number of our Republican senators a chance to compete in one of their favourite events: the subtle racism jamboree”.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 19:27
Biden outlines goals of Europe trip
In a series of tweets, President Joe Biden has spoken about the goals of his trip to Europe.
“Tomorrow, I’m traveling to Europe to meet with our allies and partners exactly one month after Putin accelerated his brutal war in Ukraine,” he says. “My first stop is Belgium where I’ll meet with our NATO Allies, G7 Leaders, and European Union leaders to discuss our efforts to support Ukraine and impose severe costs on Russia for its invasion.”
He continues: “Then I’ll travel to Poland to hold a bilateral meeting with President Andrzej Duda. I look forward to discussing our response to the humanitarian and human rights crisis Russia has created in Ukraine.”
Mr Biden adds: “On this trip we will make clear that the West is united in our defense of democracy. Putin thought he would divide us, but we are stronger than at any time in recent history. We stand with Ukraine and we will continue to ensure Putin pays a heavy economic price for his actions.”
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 19:05
Eric Trump mocked for Biden bike comments
People were quick to point out the enormous amount of time his father spent on the golf course as president.
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 18:45
Polish proposal to expel Russia from G20 met with ‘positive response’ from US
A proposal by Poland to expel Russia from the G20 has been met with a positive response from the US according to Minister of Economic Development and Technology Piotr Nowak.
“The matter is to be handed over to President Biden.”
Oliver O’Connell22 March 2022 18:41