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Biden news – live: US government weighing release of up to 1 million barrels of oil from strategic reserve – The Independent

‘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 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 people eligible 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.

Watch the video here:

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 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.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.

Read the full story here:

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

It was reported that the duration of the release hasn’t been finalised 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 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 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 on the conflict, and continued efforts 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 administration is expected to lift a public health order imposed by Donald Trump that blocked most asylum seekers from the US-Mexico border during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to reports citing administration officials familiar with the situation.

Alex Woodward reports.

Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 02:45

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Biden administration recalibrating on Russia’s nuclear strategy

The “kinetic” aspect of the Ukrainian conflict has so far played out almost entirely in Ukrainian territory, but the implications for the world’s strategic balance are still huge – particularly in the nuclear realm, with Vladimir Putin putting his nuclear forces on a “special regime of combat duty” just two days after his army invaded the neighbouring country.

The Biden administration and other Nato governments are now trying to rework their strategy for a Russian nuclear escalation, or even an accident involving nuclear reactors or waste storage facilities damaged by the invading forces.

Jonathan Tirone has this report.

Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 02:30