For Monday, June 14th, 2021, President Biden, who is still overseas, will have; received his daily brief, taken a “family photo,” with other NATO leaders, will have participated in the NATO Summit, and will have held a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Factba.se has the President’s public schedule in both D.C., time and Brussels time.
President Biden has tweeted 2 times so far for Monday. I’m skipping his first Monday tweet as that relates to the G7 Summit. His second tweet was all about NATO.
The White House published a fact-sheet regarding the NATO Summit.
President Biden will participate on June 14 in the NATO Summit in Brussels that brings together the leaders of all 30 Allied nations. During the Summit, the President will reaffirm the enduring Transatlantic bond through NATO and underscore the United States’ ironclad commitment to Article 5 – an attack on one is an attack on all and will be met with a collective response. Allied leaders will launch an ambitious set of initiatives to ensure NATO continues to provide security to our citizens through 2030 and beyond.
The Transatlantic relationship is built on a foundation of shared democratic values. NATO’s strength comes not only from its military might, but also its unity and common purpose founded on respect for democracy, individual liberty, and the rule of law, as enshrined in the Washington Treaty. Now in its 73rd year, NATO is the most powerful and successful Alliance in history. NATO faced down the Communist bloc in the Cold War and today provides security for approximately one billion people in Europe and North America. As NATO winds down its military presence in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years, the United States and our NATO Allies and partners will continue supporting the people of Afghanistan through civilian and security assistance. The United States will also continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Allies and partners in NATO’s non-combat advisory mission in Iraq.
NATO played a pivotal role in coordinating the civilian response to COVID-19, airlifting hundreds of tons of critical supplies around the world and building almost 100 field hospitals, while maintaining its deterrence and defense posture. This assistance is saving lives and proves that defense investment and capacity building increase our nations’ resilience in the face of all kinds of crises, not only against military threats.White House.gov. 06/13/2021.
They outline the 10 key summit outcomes:
- A New Strategic Concept: Allies will agree to revise NATO’s Strategic Concept, a framework that will guide the Alliance’s approach to the evolving strategic environment, which includes Russia’s aggressive policies and actions; challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China to our collective security, prosperity, and values; and transnational threats such as terrorism, cyber threats, and climate change. The new Strategic Concept will be prepared for adoption at the NATO Summit in 2022.
- Updating Cyber Defenses: Leaders will endorse a new Cyber Defense Policy for NATO that will strengthen Allied coordination to ensure the Alliance is resilient against the increasingly frequent and severe threats we face from malicious cyber activity perpetrated by state and non-state actors, including disruptive ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure. This updated policy will also provide strategic guidance for NATO’s political, military, and technical cyber efforts to deter, defend against, and counter the full spectrum of cyber threats. Leaders will also affirm the importance of defending our networks and ensuring Allies rely on trustworthy providers for next generation telecommunication networks.
- Preserving our Technological Edge: Leaders will affirm that NATO’s ability to ensure our common defense relies on maintaining our technological edge. Allies will launch a Defense Innovation Accelerator to facilitate their technological cooperation and speed the adoption of emerging technologies that will enhance the Alliance’s defense and security.
- Combatting Climate Change: Leaders will agree to a Climate Security Action Plan and set the ambition for NATO to become the leading international organization for understanding and adapting to the impact of climate change on security. They will agree to reduce greenhouse gases from military activities and installations in line with national commitments under the Paris Agreement, and agree to initiate a regular high-level global climate and security dialogue.
- Strengthened Deterrence and Defense: Allies will commit to implementation of new military concepts and strategies that strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture to meet threats from Russia and elsewhere. NATO also continues to monitor the Russian deployments in and around Ukraine.
- Greater Sharing of Responsibility: Non-U.S. defense spending has risen for seven consecutive years since the Wales Defense Investment Pledge adopted during the Obama-Biden Administration in 2014. Allied leaders will recommit to the Wales Pledge in its entirety and to providing NATO with cash, capabilities, and contributions of ready forces.
- Investing in NATO: Allies will also commit to ensuring NATO is led, staffed, and resourced at levels necessary to deliver on the decisions taken at the Summit. Leaders will agree to identify the additional resources, including through NATO common funding, to enhance NATO’s ability to meet security challenges today and in the future.
- Increased Consultation and Cohesion: Allies will commit to enhance political coordination at NATO on all matters related to their individual and collective security. Leaders will also reaffirm their commitment to their common values, including individual liberty, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
- Stronger Societies: Recognizing the increasingly complex threats to our security, Allied leaders will affirm that national and collective resilience are essential for credible deterrence and defense, and vital to safeguard our societies, citizens, and shared values. Allied leaders will issue a Strengthened Resilience Commitment to outline future priorities, including on the security of supply chains, critical infrastructure, and energy networks, as well as preparedness for pandemics and natural disasters.
- Deeper Partnerships: Allies will enhance NATO’s ability to strengthen the rules-based international order by increasing dialogue and practical cooperation with the Alliance’s partners, including the European Union and those in the Indo-Pacific (Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea). Leaders will recommit to NATO’s Open Door Policy, which provides a path to membership for any European country that shares our values and meets the necessary responsibilities and obligations.
I will post his first tweet down thread.
When Friday’s Open Thread was posted President Biden had 2 tweets and 1 retweet. He added another 3 tweets and 1 retweet giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 5 tweets and 2 retweets.
He shares the “family photo,” from the G7 Summit.
He next shares a photo of himself with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
On June 12th, 2021, the White House released a readout of their meeting.
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Emmanuel Macron on the margins of the G7 Summit. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepening our bilateral ties and to the Transatlantic alliance. They highlighted their dedication to ending the pandemic, including through participation in the G7 commitment to donate COVID-19 vaccines to countries in need, and to build back better global health security for the future. They reaffirmed their commitment to reform the international tax system to address some of the inequities created by globalization. President Biden expressed his appreciation for France’s leadership on climate issues through the Paris Agreement, and both leaders underscored their dedication to achieve ambitious outcomes at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow in November. President Biden and President Macron discussed our work to strengthen and modernize NATO, and our close cooperation on counter terrorism cooperation, including in the Sahel, and other shared foreign policy priorities such as China and Russia.White House.gov. 06/12/2021.
The White House also published their remarks prior to their bilateral meeting.
He finishes his Friday tweeting by quote tweeting a White House tweet.
According to the University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumers their preliminary results for consumer sentiment in June 2021, has risen to 86.4 slightly higher than May’s 82.9.
Chief Economist Richard Curtin said in a statement; Consumer sentiment rose in early June, recouping two-thirds of May’s loss. The early June gain was mainly among middle and upper income households and for future economic prospects rather than current conditions. Stronger growth in the national economy was anticipated, with an all-time record number of consumers anticipating a net decline in unemployment.
Curtin explained that rising inflation remained the top concern of consumers, but “the expected rate of inflation declined in early June.”
For Saturday, June 12th, 2021, the day I learned my granddaughter thinks she’s a mermaid, President Biden tweeted 3 times and retweeted 0 times.
For his first tweet, he shares a 3 minute and 12 second video of the Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, speaking with three educators.
The video is part of the On the Line weekly conversation series. Speaking with Secretary Cardona are; Kathryn, Adrion, Alejandro. I will not be transcribing the video of the three teachers interviewing Secretary Cardona.
For his next tweet he marks the 5th anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
The White House posted his full statement:
Five years ago today in Orlando in the middle of Pride Month, our nation suffered the deadliest attack affecting the LGBTQ+ community in American history, and at the time, the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman.
Within minutes, the Pulse nightclub that had long been a place of acceptance and joy turned into a place of unspeakable pain and loss. Forty-nine people were there celebrating Latin night were murdered, even more injured, and countless others scarred forever – the victims were family members, partners and friends, veterans and students, young, Black, Asian and Latino – our fellow Americans.
A few days later, I traveled with President Obama to pay respects to them and their families, to thank the brave first responders and the community who found strength and compassion in each other, and to pledge that what happened would not be forgotten.
Over the years, I have stayed in touch with families of the victims and with the survivors who have turned their pain into purpose, and who remind us that we must do more than remember victims of gun violence and all of the survivors, family members, and friends left behind; we must act.
In the coming days, I will sign a bill designating Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial, enshrining in law what has been true since that terrible day five years ago: Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground.
But there is more we must do to address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all of its forms – mass shootings and daily acts of gun violence that don’t make national headlines.
It is long past time we close the loopholes that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks in this country, and the Senate should start by passing the three House-passed bills which would do exactly that. It is long past time we ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, establish extreme risk protection orders, also known as “red flag” laws, and eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.
We must also acknowledge gun violence’s particular impact on LGBTQ+ communities across our nation. We must drive out hate and inequities that contribute to the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women – especially transgender women of color. We must create a world in which our LGBTQ+ young people are loved, accepted, and feel safe in living their truth. And the Senate must swiftly pass the Equality Act, legislation that will ensure LGBTQ+ Americans finally have equal protection under law.
In the memory of all of those lost at the Pulse nightclub five years ago, let us continue the work to be a nation at our best – one that recognizes and protects the dignity and safety of every American.White House.gov. 06/12/2021.
He concludes Saturday by tweeting out a photo of himself and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
On June 11th, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered the following statement regarding the July 15th, 2021, visit by Chancellor Merkel.
President Biden looks forward to welcoming Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to the White House on July 15, 2021. Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany. The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values.White House.gov. 06/11/2021.
So far the White House has not posted a readout from his meeting with Chancellor Merkel.
On Sunday, June 13th, 2021, President Biden tweeted 1 time and retweeted 0 times. (Yeah, I totally checked my maths, and that’s correct it was 1 tweet.)
President Biden told reporters that the Queen was lovely and reminded him of his mother.
His first tweet for Monday was a video snip taken from the opening day of the G7 Summit.
It’s 11 seconds long without any sounds or text.
President Biden’s press conference is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. Brussels time which is 12:50 p.m. D.C., time.
This is an Open Thread.
P.S., this came to my attention as I was finishing up the tweets…
Just more reason for me to not want to see a Republican Majority in either chamber for a few years at least. Just sayin’.