Sunday, February 20
If there’s one message Mr. Biden wants to reinforce for his National Security Council in the Situation Room on Sunday morning, it’s that the United States remains “in the box with allies and partners,” like Foreign Affairs. Chief Antony J. Blinken. put it later.
That desire is at the core of the American response Mr. Biden has devised to Mr. Blinken; Jake Sullivan, his national security adviser; and others. The results will soon become apparent, as Mr Biden’s team repeatedly waits for European nations to enact sanctions before implementing them.
Diplomacy, including a 15-minute call between Mr Biden and President Emmanuel Macron of France, failed to calm Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who became frustrated by Mr. The invasion. On his way back from the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Mr. Biden from Air Force Two.
She reiterated to Mr. Zelensky that the US believes a Russian invasion is imminent, she told Mr. Biden. And she assured the Ukrainian president that the administration was ready to introduce economic sanctions along with its European allies.
But questions of war and diplomacy – in a nutshell – have given way to public health issues. That afternoon, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Mr. Biden’s top public health adviser, arrived with some good news: We can finally take off our masks.
Mr. Biden has come under growing pressure from Democratic governors to address the anxiety of voters exhausted by the restrictions. However, as he promised, he is waiting for Federal CDC health officials who have been working for weeks to guide that 70% of Americans will be able to stop wearing masks, the beginning of the transition from pandemic to endemic disease. that will become part of everyday life.
But on that Sunday, he had little time to stay with the pandemic. Late in the afternoon, aides led him into the State Dining Room, where a pulpit awaited. It was his first opportunity to practice an early draft of his Confederate address.
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