what i saw this week One year after Russia invaded Ukraine President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kiev, then stopped by Warsaw to recognize the anniversary and reiterate US support for Ukraine.
This anniversary is celebrated by Russian President Vladimir Putin Countries will withdraw from New START Nuclear Weapons Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia.The White House also said the United States impose a wide array of new sanctions against Moscow.
Back home, the Republican constituency for the 2024 presidential election is slowly but surely heating up. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made the rounds in Iowa, a major early-voting state, after taking several breaks from campaigning in New Hampshire.Republican Senator Tim Scott, also from South Carolina. His own presidential bid also visited Hawkeye State.
What happened to politics this week?
- Biden made a surprise visit to Kiev and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his first trip to Ukraine since Russia started the war.
- Democrats breathed a sigh of relief when Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) announced he was running for re-election. Ahead of a tough 2024 Senate map for Democrats.
- In other election news, California Democrat Rep. Barbara Lee jumped into the impending primaries to step down from Senator Diane Feinstein’s seat.
- The head of the Georgia grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election has gone public in a series of media interviews, revealing provocative details about the now closed investigation, It is possible that public trust in this incident will be undermined.
- In the face of Republican backlash over the tragic toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the White House hit back, blaming former President Donald Trump’s administration To unwind Obama-era railroad safety measures.
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Biden pledges continued support for Ukraine
Biden made a surprise visit to Kiev in front of Regular trips to Warsaw To One year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was his first visit to a war-torn country since Russia began the war, and there are few records of any other U.S. president visiting an active war zone without U.S. military presence.
The Biden-Zelensky meeting was symbolic. Ukraine is vigorously lobbying the United States and Western countries for additional military aid. While in Kiev, Biden announced that the US would provide Ukraine with another $500 million in arms.
“We must stay alive”:What life is like for Ukrainians a year after the Russian invasion
in Warsaw, Biden reiterates Western powers continue to support Ukraine Because it fends off Russia.He also made clear the US’ continued commitment to strengthen the NATO alliance, Calling it “more united than ever” in the face of Tuesday’s Russian aggression.
“[Putin]doubts whether NATO can maintain unity,” Biden said. “But there is no doubt. Our support for Ukraine will not waver. I never get tired.”
Haley continues rounds as GOP 2024 race takes shape
The field for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is slowly forming. Haley continued her campaign in the Iowa’s Vital Early Voting State later a trip to New Hampshire, Another major primary state.
in Iowa, Haley appealed directly to Republican voters In Urbandale on Monday, she said, “We have to look forward,” and you may be thinking Trump over her.
Who can beat Trump?:Republicans want Trump out. Will they rally fast enough in favor of his 2024 alternative?
“President Trump is a friend of mine. I think he was the right president at the right time,” Haley said. “He came. He broke what had to be broken and fixed them. And I was proud to have served in his cabinet. But just as this is a dire situation.” As much as all the media and everyone wants to talk about the past, we have to leave the status quo of the past behind.
Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, Reportedly considering the 2024 presidential election, he stopped by Iowa on Wednesday to speak at an event at Drake University in Des Moines and also spoke at a Republican dinner in Lincoln, Polk County.
Democrats breathe a sigh of relief as Tester announces re-election bid
In other 2024 news, Democratic Senator Jon Tester delivers good news for Democrats across the country on Wednesday when he announced his bid for reelection to the Senate in his home state of Montana.
Senate Democrats see a grim map for 2024. Of the 34 seats re-elected, Democrats defend 23 of them. A rare Democrat representing red-hot Montana, Tester will stand in the crosshairs of Republicans wanting a Senate victory.
Other elections:In the first election in history, Jennifer McClellan was elected to the House of Representatives.Black Women Say That’s Not Enough
In California, Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee announced she runs instead Retired Senator Diane Feinstein. Lee enters a hotly contested primary that already has Democrats Katie Porter and Adam Schiff mingling.
The seat in blue-green California is expected to remain in Democrat hands.
Georgia Grand Jury President Reveals on Media Tour
Chief of Georgia Grand Jury to Investigate Trump Efforts It went public this week and made the rounds in multiple media interviews to overturn the 2020 election.
Emily Coase gave provocative details about what’s to come From the research currently concluding, told the New York Times A grand jury recommended indictment against several people on various charges.
“It’s not a short list,” Coles told the New York Times. It’s not rocket science. ”
Her public comments were highly unusual in a grand jury investigation, A legal expert told USA TODAY While her comments have no real legal implications, she said they could undermine public confidence in the process.
Related:Georgia grand jury chief’s unusual media tour likely to heartburn over Trump investigation
Buttigieg visits East Palestine after train derailment
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visits Eastern Palestine, Ohio to assess the damage on Thursday Toxic Trail Derailment Released Harmful Chemicals On the ground, air and water of the city.
Republicans Are Attacking the White House, Especially Targeting Buttigieg Overcome derailment Buttigieg claims it’s too late to respond to disasters. At a news conference, Buttigieg admitted he regretted not coming sooner, saying he was trying to balance his role as secretary of transportation without overdoing it. About the derailment investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Related:Another train derailment derailed 31 Union Pacific cars laden with coal in Nebraska.
But Buttigieg argued that Republicans were playing a “political game” over the disaster, pushing back against Republican lawmakers who backed the government’s rollback of railroad regulations.
White House strikes back at Republicans Over the toxic train derailment in Eastern Palestine, Ohio, the Trump administration blamed the derailment for rescinding Obama-era safety regulations put in place to avert such a disaster.