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VIDEO: WH cuts Biden’s video feed after he offers to take questions at virtual event



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On Wednesday at the end of a virtual event with top House Democrats, when President Joe Biden offered to take questions, the video feed cut out.

“I’m happy to take questions, if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do,” said the president, who appeared to be unsure of whether there was a question-and-answer portion of the House Democratic Caucus Virtual Issues Conference.

After a few seconds of Biden waiting, his video feed cuts out and his window displays the White House logo.

It is unclear if this was intentional, unintentional, or some sort of technical mishap.

As The Washington Examiner pointed out, this ending was removed from the video-on-demand version of the event. In the video of Biden’s full remarks on YouTube, the video ends after the president says, “So I want to thank you all. I really mean it from the bottom — I want to thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you.”

However, in the White House’s official transcript of Biden’s remarks at the event, it includes Biden saying at the end that he was happy to take questions.

The event featured high-ranking House Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Whip Jim Clyburn (S.C.), and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) discussing their legislative agenda in the House of Representatives. Additionally, Vice President Kamala Harris delivered remarks at the virtual event.

Biden’s roughly nine-minute remarks touched on issues ranging from COVID-19 economic relief and his American Rescue Plan to criminal justice reform and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’



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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.


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