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President Biden’s Public Schedule for Friday, September 23rd 2022:

8:00 AMThe President receives the President’s Daily Briefing
Closed Press
11:30 AMIn-Town Pool Call Time
In-Town Pool
12:25 PMThe President departs the White House en route Democratic National Committee event
North GroundsIn-Town Travel Pool
12:30 PMThe President arrives at a Democratic National Committee event
In-Town Travel Pool
1:00 PMThe President delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event
In-Town Travel Pool
1:45 PMThe President departs Democratic National Committee event en route the White House
In-Town Travel Pool
1:50 PMThe President arrives at the White House
North GroundsIn-Town Travel Pool
2:30 PMPress Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
8:00 PMThe President and The First Lady host and deliver remarks at a musical performance by music legend and global humanitarian, Sir Elton John [There will be a feed for this posted in this evenings Note. Thank you, Beth]

NBC News says the Democratic event is at the National Education Association.

Press briefing.

When Thursday’s post was posted, President Biden had tweeted 1 time. He added 8 tweets giving him a Thursday Tweeting Total of 9 tweets and 0 retweets.

AAA said on September 22nd 2022: Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline increased by a penny to $3.68. After declining for 98 consecutive days, the national average reversed course yesterday as fluctuating oil prices and tight supply due to planned and unplanned maintenance work at refineries on the West Coast and Midwest contribute to rising pump prices.

As of this morning AAA says the national average price for a gallon of gas is $3.689.

But energy companies are making record profits and retailer margins are 30% above normal.”

In July of 2022, CBS News wrote: On Friday, Exxon Mobil booked an unprecedented $17.85 billion profit for the second quarter and Chevron made a record $11.62 billion. The sky-high profits come one day after the U.K.’s Shell shattered its own profit record.

They went on to say: Surging prices have been a boon for investors, including energy executives who receive a large share of compensation through company stock. Exxon earned $4.21 per share, exceeding analyst expectations of $4.02 per share, according to analysts polled by Factset. Chevron earned $5.95 per share, exceeding analyst expectations of $5.16 per share.

In August of 2022, The Washington Post wrote: Recent second-quarter earnings reports proffered eye-popping figures: BP posted second-quarter profits worth $8.5 billion, its biggest windfall in 14 years. ExxonMobil went one further — its $17.9 billion in net income was its largest-ever quarterly profit. U.S. companyChevron, London-based Shell and France’s TotalEnergies also recorded blockbuster results. Put together, these five major companies made $55 billion this past quarter, as hundreds of millions of people around the world bore the brunt of surging prices at the pump. And it’s not just oil and gas — coal, which climate campaigners are desperately seeking to phase out, is surging, too. Glencore, the world’s largest coal shipper, generated record profits in the first half of 2022 and plans to pay out an additional $4.5 billion in dividends and buybacks to shareholders.

Those are the two most recent things I can find.

The White House posted the following fact-sheet: President Biden Raises Record Level Funding for Global Health through Global Fund Seventh Replenishment (09/21/2022).

Today, at the Global Fund Seventh Replenishment Conference, President Biden announced that the replenishment conference had raised $14.25 billion to date, the largest amount ever raised for the Global Fund and one of the single largest fundraising efforts for global health ever.

Over the past 20 years, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) has invested more than $53 billion, saving 44 million lives and reducing the combined death rate from HIV, TB, and malaria by more than half in the low- and middle-income countries where the Global Fund invests. On September 21, 2022, the United States Government and the Global Fund brought together governments, civil society, and the private sector at the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York to take bold action toward the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.  

Government donors and the private sector formally pledged their contributions to ensure the Global Fund can continue to do its critical life-saving work. The funding will be used in the 2023-2025 grant cycle to reach over 120 low- and middle-income countries. These investments will enhance our global capacity to fight against these existing epidemics and will build more resilient health systems in preparation for future health threats and pandemics. This work is also essential to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights both in the United States and around the world.

President Biden’s FY 2023 budget includes a request for $2 billion for the Global Fund intended to be a first part of a total U.S. $6 billion three-year Seventh Replenishment pledge. This demonstrates the United States Government’s readiness to match $1 for every $2 contributed by other donors, and our firm commitment to save lives and continue the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. We are working with Congress to build upon these long-standing and bipartisan investments.

The United States is proud to be the largest donor for global health. As we work to end the HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics, we remain committed to strengthening health systems and institutions; advancing global health security; advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, including maternal, neonatal, and child health; closing gaps in nutrition and non-communicable diseases; and accelerating efforts towards universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Agenda. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the United States provided over $9 billion to support global health programs, in addition to nearly $16 billion for life-saving health, economic, and humanitarian COVID-19 assistance to our partners to fight this virus and its impacts. These funds are delivering shots in arms, lifesaving supplies to hospitals, and support that reaches the most marginalized communities.

The U.S. Government’s substantial investments in these health priorities reflect our commitment to working with partners to strengthen health systems and end these epidemics, including ending HIV here in the United StatesCore to this work is a focus on equity, which means ensuring that everyone – no matter who they are, who they love, or where they come from – is able to live a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

Highlights of Global Fund Pledges at the Seventh Replenishment Conference

The United States applauds all government donors who contributed robustly to support the lifesaving work of the Global Fund. Core global fund donors, including Japan ($1.08 billion), Germany (€1.3 billion), the European Commission (€715 million), France (nearly €1.6 billion), and Canada ($1.21 billion Canadian), all increased their pledges since the last replenishment. Korea quadrupled its commitment (to $100 million), while Kenya increased their pledge by two-thirds (to $10 million).

The Global Fund’s implementing partner countries also showed up in force and made significant commitments to invest in their own health programs. In an unprecedented demonstration of global solidarity, twenty of Global Fund’s implementing partners announced pledges to the Global Fund Seventh Replenishment, 18 of whom are from the African continent. 

The private sector is at the core of the Global Fund partnership, and it has been a key contributor ever since the Global Fund’s creation. The Global Fund takes private sector innovations and rapidly scales them up to fast-track progress against HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria in priority areas. Since 2002, private sector partners (including corporations, foundations, and philanthropists) have committed over $3.6 billion to the Global Fund. For the Seventh Replenishment, the Global Fund’s private sector partners committed a total of $1.23 billion, led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and (RED).

The full list of pledges will be regularly updated on the Global Fund website

The United States is proud to stand with other Global Fund donors to end AIDS, TB, and malaria by 2030. A successful Seventh Replenishment enables the Global Fund to continue saving lives, reducing deaths from HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, and supporting health systems strengthening.

White House.gov. 09/21/2022

Their remarks prior to the meeting:

President Biden:

Well, Mr. President, welcome to you and your delegation.  I — I think I woke you up election night.  I called you so late to congratulate you.  (Laughter.)  But it’s a great victory, and I — and my best to your wife as well.
 
The relationship between the United States and the Philippines, to state the obvious, has very deep roots.  We’ve had some rocky times, but the fact is it’s a critical, critical relationship, from our perspective.  I hope you feel the same way. 
 
And we have strong ties, including millions of Filipino Americans who are very proud of their ancestry and desperately want us to continue to have a strong relationship.  And our foundations are strong in the U.S.-Philippine alliance, which is of critical importance.
 
For decades, the alliance has strengthened both of us, I believe.  And one of the things I want to talk about today is how we continue to strengthen that and work together on the things that are of greatest concern to you. 
 
Today, I look forward to discussing the opportunities for a wi- — wide range of issues, including COVID-19 recovery, energy security, and renewable energy.  I — I was impressed with the work you did on windmills and a whole range of other things.  You and I both think that’s the future; we can do a lot.  We — how we can do a lot together.  I’m desperately interested in making sure we do. 
 
In addition, I expect we’ll discuss the South China Sea and disputes in a critical global through- — throughway.  I’ve spent a lot of time with — with not only the President of China but others about the international waters and how they have to be respected.  And we should talk about that a little bit, I hope.
 
And we’re also — thank you for your position on the war against Ukraine and — by Russia — and how it’s impacting energy prices and — and food prices.  And we — we’re working very hard to be able to do something about that. 
 
And — and so, we want to talk about human rights, talk about a whole range of things.  But I’m mainly interested to know what’s on your mind and how we can continue to strengthen this relationship.
 
And again, congratulations.

White House.gov. 09/22/2022.

President Marcos with a dash of President Biden:

Thank you.  Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you.  We’re very happy for the opportunity to meet with you despite the schedules that we both have to deal with.
 
PRESIDENT BIDEN:  You came a little further than I did.
 
PRESIDENT MARCOS:  (Laughs.)  Well, the — the relationship — the 100-plus-year-old relationship between the Philippines and the U.S. continues to evolve as we face the challenges of this new century and the events that we have been watching over the past few months, really.  So, we have very much to discuss in terms of redefining, I suppose, in many ways. 
 
But the role of the United States in maintaining the peace in our region is something that is much appreciated by all the countries in the regions and the Philippines especially.
 
We feel that we are especially fortunate because we have very strong foundation of a very long relationship and the stren- — strong relationships on various facets not only political, not only diplomatic, but also economic.  And, of course, there is the very large Filipino population that have chosen to live and make their lives here in the United States and have been very successful. 
 
Again, we would like to thank the United States for the massive help that we received during the pandemic.  We had the provision of up to 35 — almost 36 million doses of vaccines very early on, ahead of some of the other countries.  And for that we are very, very grateful.
 
We continue to look to the United States for that continuing partnership and the maintenance of peace in our region. 
 
In terms of the geopolitical issues that we face in this day and age, the primary consideration of the Philippines and the guiding principle of the Philippine foreign policy is to encourage peace. 
 
And I hope that we will be able to discuss further the roles that our two countries will play together and individually as we continue down that road, maintaining peace despite all of the complexities that have arisen in the past few months, I suppose. 
 
So, thank you again, Mr. President, for making time to see us.  We are your partners.  We are your allies.  We are your friends.  And in like fashion, we have always considered the United States our partner, our ally, and our friend.
 
PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Thank you.  It’s mutual.

(Cross-talk by reporters.)

PRESIDENT BIDEN: I wouldn’t bother answering.

White House.gov. 09/22/2022.

The White House posted the following read-out:

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines in New York. The leaders reflected on the importance of the U.S.-Philippines alliance. President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to the defense of the Philippines. The leaders discussed the situation in the South China Sea and underscored their support for freedom of navigation and overflight and the peaceful resolution of disputes. 
 
The leaders discussed opportunities to expand bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, including energy security, climate action, and infrastructure. The leaders also discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine and its implications for energy prices and food security, as well as ASEAN matters, the crisis in Burma, and the importance of respect for human rights. 

White House.gov. 09/22/2022.

On Thursday, Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke at the UN General Assembly. The YouTube is 23 minutes and 50 seconds long. The Times of Israel posted the full transcript of his speech.

PM Lapid: (14:07) Israel’s economic and military strength allows us to protect ourselves but it also allows us something else: To strive for peace with the entire Arab world. And with our closest neighbors – the Palestinians. An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children.

Peace is not a compromise. It is the most courageous decision we can make. Peace is not weakness.  It embodies within it the entire might of human spirit. War is surrender to all that is bad within us. Peace is the victory of all that is good.

Despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two state solution. I am one of them.

We have only one condition: That a future Palestinian state will be a peaceful one. That it will not become another terror base from which to threaten the well-being, and the very existence of Israel. That we will have the ability to protect the security of all the citizens of Israel, at all times.

If someone believes that demand is too much, then look at the neighborhood in which we live: Look at Lebanon, a collapsing state controlled by Hezbollah. At Syria, where a murderous regime massacred half a million of its own people. Look at Afghanistan. At Libya. At Iran.

You can ask us to live according to the values in the UN Charter, but you cannot ask us to die for them.

The YouTube is 5 minutes and 42 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: But too many homes and businesses are still without power, without clean drinking water.  And yesterday, at the governor’s request, I immediately approved an expedited major disaster declaration to provide individual and public assistance to help people and communities recover from it.

President Biden: And as part of the declaration, I’m announcing today that I’ve authorized 100 percent — 100 percent federal funding for —[ADMINSTRATOR WARRINGTON:  Yes.] debris removal, search and rescue, power and water restoration, shelter and food for the whole month.  One hundred percent. So there’s no cost at all, Governor, to you.  I mean, there’s a significant cost, I know — emotional cost and others.  But whether it’s — it’s 100 percent funding for debris removal, search and rescue, power and water restoration, and shelter and food for the month.

President Biden: Good to see you all.  Look, I’m here because we’re laser-focused on what’s happening to the people of Puerto Rico again.  We were just talking — almost to the day, almo- — at least to the week, and — five years after Hurricane Maria, which was devastating. 

President Biden: And as part of the declaration, I’m announcing today that I’ve authorized 100 percent100 percent federal funding for —[ADMINSTRATOR WARRINGTON:  Yes.] debris removal, search and rescue, power and water restoration, shelter and food for the whole monthOne hundred percent. So there’s no cost at all, Governor, to you.  I mean, there’s a significant cost, I know — emotional cost and others.  But whether it’s — it’s 100 percent funding for debris removal, search and rescue, power and water restoration, and shelter and food for the month.

President Biden: And to the people of Puerto Rico who are still hurting from Hurricane Maria five years later, I know that we’re — they — they should know that this — we are with youWe’re not going to walk awayWe mean it.

President Biden: And as I told you, Gov, when we spoke earlier this week, we’re surging federal resources to Puerto Rico, and we’ll do everything — everything we can to meet the urgent needs you have.  And we know they’re real and they’re significant.  And we’re there.  And, I know, bad joke, “I’m from the federal government, and I’m here to help.”  But we really are. And I think we — I hope you’re satisfied with the response so far. We’ll be with the Puerto Ricothe folks of Puerto Rico now and until this is done and until we recover.  And my wife and I, we talked about it last night.  We pray for the — I know the death toll is up a little bit — but, you know, all the people displaced and all the people who are just scared to death, knowing what happened before.  Especially if you’ve been through it last time, it’s got to be incredibly intimidating.

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