Joe Biden

November 4, 2022

President Joe Biden vowed to "free Iran" Thursday, before saying anti-government protesters appeared on track to "free themselves" after Mahsa Amini's death.

October 31, 2022

President Biden lost his temper on a phone call with Zelenskyy when the Ukraine president asked for more aid right after Biden told him he'd greenlit $1 billion in aid.

October 27, 2022

President Xi Jinping said China and the United States must "find ways to get along" to safeguard world peace and development, state media reported Thursday, as he embarks on his precedent-breaking third term in power.China and the United States have butted heads in recent years on issues ranging from Beijing's aggression towards self-governing Taiwan to its crackdown in Hong Kong and alleged rights abuses in Xinjiang.Washington has also accused Beijing of providing diplomatic cover for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Xi sealed another five years as China's leader at the end of a twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress on Sunday."The world today is neither peaceful nor tranquil," Xi wrote in a congratulatory letter to the National Committee on US-China Relations -- some of his first remarks since the Congress -- according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV."As major powers, strengthening communication and cooperation between China and the US will help to increase global stability and certainty, and promote world peace and development," he reportedly told the New York-based non-profit organisation.Xi added that China was "willing to work with the US to give mutual respect, coexist peacefully... (and) find ways to get along in the new era", the broadcaster reported.Doing so "will not only be good for both countries, but also benefit the world", Xi wrote.The Biden administration said this month that China is the only competitor to the United States "with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to advance that objective".© 2022 AFP

October 19, 2022

President Biden is under pressure to show he's doing all he can to bring down prices at the pump. He plans to talk Wednesday about how he'll pull more oil from emergency reserves.

October 17, 2022

President Joe Biden has "no plans" to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at an upcoming G20 summit in Indonesia, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday. Stormy US-Saudi relations have seen new strain over Riyadh's recent support for oil production cuts, with Biden warning of unspecified "consequences."The move last week by OPEC+ -- composed of the Riyadh-led OPEC cartel and an additional group of 10 exporters headed by Russia -- would reduce global output by up to two million barrels per day from November.It could send energy prices soaring amid an energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, and as inflation-weary American voters prepare to cast ballots in midterm elections.The move was widely seen as a diplomatic slap in the face, since Biden traveled to Saudi Arabia in July and met with the crown prince, despite vowing to make the kingdom an international "pariah" following the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The Biden administration has voiced openness to retaliatory measures in Congress by enraged fellow Democrats. But Sullivan said Sunday the president would not "act precipitously.""He's going to act methodically, strategically and take his time to consult with members of both parties, and also to have an opportunity for Congress to return so he can sit with them in person and work through the options," he told CNN.The White House has charged that OPEC+ was "aligning with Russia" on the cuts, saying they would boost Moscow's revenue and undermine sanctions imposed over its invasion of Ukraine. Saudi officials have defended the move as motivated purely by economics, not politics.The US-Saudi feud bled into talks by G20 finance ministers and central bankers in Washington, which closed on Thursday without a joint communique. The group was already divided over the conflict in Ukraine. G20 heads of state and government are due to meet next month in Bali, Indonesia, in a summit that could see Biden share the same venue as Russian President Vladimir Putin and another rival, Chinese leader Xi Jinping.© Agence France-Presse

October 12, 2022

A US district judge could decide Wednesday whether to temporarily block President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness program from taking effect. Six Republican-led states filed a lawsuit last month challenging the legality of the policy and are asking the court to grant a preliminary injunction.

October 7, 2022

US President Joe Biden said Thursday the world risks nuclear "Armageddon" for the first time since the Cold War and that he is trying to find Russian President Vladimir Putin's "off-ramp" in the Ukraine conflict."We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis" in 1962, Biden said at a Democratic party fundraising event in New York.Putin is "not joking" when he threatens to use nuclear weapons to pursue his invasion of Ukraine, Biden said.Biden made his unusually strong comments about the risks created by Putin's nuclear threats while speaking to party supporters at an event hosted in the Manhattan home of James Murdoch, son of newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch.Referring to the nuclear standoff triggered by the Soviet Union stationing missiles in Cuba, within easy range of the United States, Biden said that for the "first time since the Cuban missile crisis, we have a direct threat from the use of nuclear weapons if in fact things continue down the path they are going."Putin has made thinly veiled threats to use nuclear weapons if he feels he has run out of options in his bid to seize swaths of Ukrainian territory in the face of stiff resistance by Western-back Kyiv.Experts say these would most likely be relatively small, tactical strikes. But Biden warned that a tactical strike in a limited area would still risk triggering a wider conflagration."We've got a guy I know fairly well," Biden said. Putin's "not joking when he talks about potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his military is, you might say, significantly underperforming."However, "I don't think there's any such thing as the ability to easily (use) a tactical nuclear weapon and not end up with Armageddon," Biden said."I'm trying to figure out what is Putin's off-ramp," Biden said. "Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself in a position that he does not, not only lose face, but lose significant power within Russia?"© 2022 AFP

October 7, 2022

President Biden has announced he is pardoning everyone convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law. He's now urging governors to pardon those convicted on state possession charges.

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