Biden goes to Europe with record low polls – follow live

Joe Biden talks about ‘new world order’ in Business Roundtable address

Joe Biden’s approval rating fell to the new low of 40 per cent this week, with a number of Americans citing economy as their top concern, followed by foreign conflict.

The poll found that 54 per cent of Americans disapproved of his job performance as the country struggled with high inflation.

This comes as the president embarks on a four day trip to Europe in a bid to coordinate with allies on military assistance for Ukraine and new sanctions on Russia.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said the president is also working on long-term efforts to boost defenses in Eastern Europe, where countries fear Russian aggression.

Meanwhile, the president caused a stir during a gathering of business leaders at the White House when he alluded to a coming “new world order” in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, apparently not stopping to consider the awkward legacy of the phrase.

The phrase quickly began trending, with commentators wasting no time in gloating over what they saw as the president’s presumably accidental invocation of a well-worn conspiracy theory claiming that an elite globalist cabal operating from the shadows is plotting to carve up the world and impose totalitarian rule.


Report: Zelensky urged Biden against Abramovich sanctions to help with Putin peace talks

The US Treasury Department was prepared to sanction the oligarch earlier this month along with the United Kingdom and European Union, but was told by the White House to hold off, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Graeme Massie has the latest on this developing story.

Oliver O’Connell23 March 2022 17:23


Book claims Kamala Harris complained to Anna Wintour over her ‘belittling’ Vogue cover

InThis Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns of The New York Times write that Ms Harris was angry at the publication for running with a photo of her in skinny jeans and converse sneakers.

The Vice President had been expecting another more formal image to be used, the book reports.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell23 March 2022 17:20


AOC rips Cruz for not reading book he brandished at Ketanji Brown Jackson hearing

During the memorably absurd performance by the Texas senator – that included the question “are babies racist?” – Mr Cruz referenced several books he took issue with, including The End of Policing.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez was quick to note that judging by the condition of the book that the senator held up, it was clear that the senator had never read it, let alone cracked the spine.

Oliver O’Connell23 March 2022 17:01


Oklahoma bill could ban nearly all abortions

The Republican majority in the Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a bill that would bar physicians from performing an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy except when necessary “to save the life” of the pregnant person.

As Alex Woodward reports:

House Bill 4327 mirrors a Texas measure banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, but goes further by barring physicians from performing or inducing an abortion at any point in the pregnancy unless it is “to save the life” of the pregnant person.

The bill also would allow private citizens to pursue civil actions, with up to $10,000 in damages, against anyone who performs or “aids and abets in the provision of such an abortion,” echoing similar provisions in Texas and Idaho that opponents argue will allow people to profit from “bounties” targeting women seeking medical care.

Andrew Naughtie23 March 2022 15:59


ICYMI: Biden’s approval rating plumbs the depths

Joe Biden’s popularity has never recovered from the decline it entered during last year’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and even as most Americans appear to approve of his response to the Ukrainian crisis, it seems he has hit a new low, with 54 per cent of Americans disapproving of his performance as president.

Sravasti Dasgupta reports:

Andrew Naughtie23 March 2022 15:20


Kamala Harris replaces press secretary

Vice President Kamala Harris has drafted in a new press secretary to join her team, which has seen several communications staffers depart over the course of a difficult first year in office.

CNN’s Jasmine Wright reports:

Andrew Naughtie23 March 2022 14:35


Stoltenberg adds to Biden’s pressure on Russian chemical weapons

Speaking as Joe Biden heads to Europe to help coordinate Nato’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, has added to Mr Biden’s insistence that a possibly imminent chemical attack by Russian forces would be considered a dramatic escalation and be met with “far-reaching consequences”.

This rhetoric is of course all too reminiscent of Barack Obama’s declaration that any use of chemical weapons in Syria would be considered a “red line” – a line the Assad regime brazenly breached without any major reprisal from the US.

Andrew Naughtie23 March 2022 13:57


What will Nato do after Biden’s European trip?

CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins has this report on the dynamics underpinning Joe Biden’s trip to meet with other Nato leaders in Europe – a moment that could see the alliance substantially recalibrate its response to Vladimir Putin’s war, where the Russian military is reportedly running into severe problems as the Ukrainians drive it back.

Andrew Naughtie23 March 2022 13:15


ICYMI: Did Jill Biden hold a grudge against Kamala Harris?

A new book looking at the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden administration claims that Jill Biden was unimpressed by her husband’s choice of Kamala Harris for his running mate, apparently still bristling after a 2019 debate at which the two candidates clashed over Mr Biden’s history of finding common ground with openly racist Senators.

“There are millions of people in the United States,” the authors quote Ms Biden saying, according to an extract obtained by Politico. “Why do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe?”

Andrew Naughtie23 March 2022 12:08


US approval surges in Nato countries

Joe Biden may be worrisomely unpopular at home, but since he became president, his country has become dramatically more popular among the populations of other Nato countries.

As Axios reports, approval of the US dropped in only one of 27 countries surveyed by Gallup, Lithuania. In 20 others, approval of US leadership saw double-digit gains.

Andrew Naughtie23 March 2022 11:25

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