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    THIS is the horrifying moment a shark savaged a diver in the Red Sea. A blood-curdling scream can be heard from ten metres under the water as the white tip chomped down on the man's leg, filling the water with blood.  4The horrifying moment the shark got hold of the diver's legCredit: Caters 4Blood can be seen filling the water after the shark chomped down on his legCredit: Caters 4The beast suddenly lunged at the touristCredit: Caters 4After the attack, the victim was helped to the surface and yanked from the waterCredit: Caters The horror footage was shot in 2018 by diver Dan White, who was completing his deep diver certification near Brothers Island in Egypt. The shark had made its way over to Dan, who was with a group of five divers and two instructors. The divers were then joined by several German holidaymakers who were swimming in the same area - and Dan noticed how the white tip's behaviour started to change. Ian, who was diving with Dan's group, had a close encounter with the shark before it...
    Colonel General Kurt Zeitzler talking to Adolf Hitler, prior to the revolt of Hitler's generals, circa 1944.Keystone | Hulton Archive | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump complained to then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that American generals were not as loyal to him as he believed German generals had been to Nazi leader Adolph Hitler, according to a new book about Trump's tenure in office. "You f----ing generals, why can't you be like the German generals?" Trump asked Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, according to an excerpt published online Monday in The New Yorker of the upcoming book "The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021." "Which generals?" Kelly replied. "The German generals in World War II," Trump responded, according to the excerpt of the book, which was written by New York Times White House reporter Peter Baker and New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser. Doubleday is publishing the book in September. "You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?" Kelly said, according to the book excerpt. Trump then...
    Right-wing media outlets have a long history of pretending that White supremacists, White nationalists and neo-Nazis don’t pose as great a terrorist threat in the United States as radical far-right Islamist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria). But in fact, White power groups have been responsible for a long list of terrorist attacks in recent years — and the 18-year-old suspect in a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, May 14, according to investigators, is a White supremacist who targeted his victims specifically because they were Black and embraced the Great Replacement conspiracy theory (which claims that government officials are trying to “replace” Whites with non-Whites). Following the Buffalo massacre, Michael German — a former FBI special agent who infiltrated White supremacist groups during the 1990s — is arguing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation still doesn’t fully recognize the scope of the threat posed by White supremacist and White nationalist groups. German, now a fellow with the Brennan Center at the New York University Law School, told The Guardian, “U.S. law...
    Trump appeared on the Full Send podcast for a wide ranging interview on his time as president, Russia's war in Ukraine and his 2024 prospects Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he send former German Chancellor Angela Merkel a white flag as a 'gift' when she made a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. He told the Full Send Podcast that Merkel 'surrendered to Russia' when Germany granted the Kremlin-linked company behind the pipeline, which would have transported gas directly from Russia to Germany rather than routes that go through other countries like Ukraine, in 2018. 'I preached loud and clear to Angela Merkel, you are making a tremendous deal by making this deal with Russia, with Nord Stream 2. And until I came along, no one knew what Nord Stream 2 was,' Trump bragged. 'I was telling her loud and clear -- and publicly -- and in fact, I sent her something as a little gift. It was a white flag. It was a flag of surrender. She said "But what...
    The White House defended President Joe Biden’s decision to lift sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline last year after Germany halted the project due to Russia’s mounting aggression against Ukraine. Certification of the $11 billion Russia-backed gas pipeline was suspended following Russia’s decision to move troops into separatist-backed regions of Ukraine on Monday night. “The president has never been a supporter of Nord Stream 2,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday. “We’ve always criticized it as a project that we didn’t support.” The decision by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday “was not by accident,” she added. BIDEN ORDERS TROOPS TO BALTIC REGION FOLLOWING RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE Asked why Biden lifted sanctions on the project last year, Psaki said the president “didn’t feel that issuing preemptive sanctions on that was the right step.” The decision was criticized at the time, including by members of Congress who viewed the gas project as a tactic by Russia to force Western European countries' reliance on Moscow. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, a top White House official echoed the...
    Russia and Ukraine will dominate the agenda for President Joe Biden's first White House meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz amid German unease with the deteriorating situation. A senior Biden administration official defended Germany's diplomacy and deterrence role regarding Russia, despite criticism the country has been more measured toward the threat compared to its NATO allies. DEMOCRATS URGE BIDEN TO CHANNEL MCCONNELL AND PICK UP SUPREME COURT PACE "Germany, after the United States, is the second-largest donor to Ukraine and to Europe," the official said. "Second, Germany has been very supportive of the things that the United States has done militarily. Most recently, as we announced last week, supporting our ability to move a battalion from Germany into Romania." But, breaking from the united front, the senior administration official insisted the U.S. would not yield on one area of disagreement: the construction of a gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. "If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward," the official said. "The pipeline is not currently operational, and no gas is expected to...
    President Joe Biden will welcome German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the White House on Monday to discuss Russian aggression against the Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as tensions mount in Eastern Europe. Scholz's visit comes as both Democrats and Republicans - along with American allies in Western Europe - have accused Germany of being 'missing in action' on Ukraine and expressed frustration Berlin hasn't done more to help its fellow NATO members in Eastern Europe as Russia builds up its military force on the Ukraine border.  Scholz has said that Moscow would pay a 'high price' if it attacks. But concerns have been raised about his government's refusal to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine, to increase Germany's troop presence in Eastern Europe or to clarify which sanctions it would support should Russia act.  His decision to send 5,000 helmets for Ukrainian troops to Kiev drew much mockery.  The situation in the Ukraine - and fallout from any move by Moscow - is expected to make up most of Biden and Scholz's agenda. Among the topics of conversation will be a...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have finally added the long-promised cat to their pet family.Her name is Willow, and she's a 2-year-old, green-eyed, gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania. Meet Willow!???? pic.twitter.com/Gl3SnsMnvW— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) January 28, 2022"Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats, and plenty of room to smell and explore," said Michael LaRosa, the first lady's spokesperson.Jill Biden had said after Joe Biden was elected in November 2020 that they would bring a kitty to the White House, but her arrival had been delayed. Last month, the White House said the cat would come in January.The first lady named Willow after her hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.MORE: Bidens welcome new German shepherd puppy into the familyThe short-haired tabby made quite an impression on Jill Biden after jumping up on stage and interrupting her remarks during a 2020 campaign stop in Pennsylvania, LaRosa said."Seeing their immediate bond, the owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr. Biden," he said.The White House hasn't had a feline resident...
    (CNN)First lady Jill Biden has revealed the long-awaited Biden family cat.She is a short-haired, two-year-old gray tabby named Willow. The name is inspired by the first lady's hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.Biden first met Willow at a campaign stop in 2020, according to information provided by the first lady's press secretary Michael LaRosa, when the cat jumped on stage and the owners of the farm where the event was being held noticed the "immediate bond"they shared. "Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats, and plenty of room to smell and explore," LaRosa said in a statement. In April, the first lady said in an interview the cat was "waiting in the wings." She has been fostered by acquaintances for the last several months.Read MoreWillow now shares the White House with Commander, a pure-bred German Shepherd puppy, that the Biden's adopted in December of last year. The Bidens' beloved German Shepherd, Champ, died in June at the age of 13. Their other German Shepherd, a rescue named Major, has been living away from the White House...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will discuss Russian aggression toward Ukraine during a meeting next month in Washington, the White House announced Thursday. The one-on-one meeting will be Scholz’s first Oval Office sit-down since he took over leadership of his country in December. Tensions have soared in recent weeks as the United States and its NATO partners express growing concern that a buildup of about 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine means that Moscow plans to invade its neighbor. Russia denies such intentions. Germany’s refusal to join the U.S. and other NATO members in providing weapons to Ukraine has annoyed some allies and raised questions about Berlin’s resolve in standing up to Russia. The White House announced the visit a day after the U.S. told Russia in writing that it is rejecting its main demands for resolving the long-simmering crisis over Ukraine. The Kremlin said Thursday the U.S. rejection left “little ground for optimism.” Biden and Scholz will also discuss cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and economic and security...
    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit the White House on Feb. 7 amid rising tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border and within NATO. The move comes as both sides of the debate ramp up military resources amid a threat of war between Russia and Ukraine. Germany's role in the conflict has been hotly debated. "Chancellor Scholz’ visit provides an opportunity to affirm the deep and enduring ties between the United States and Germany," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on the visit. "The leaders will discuss their shared commitment to both ongoing diplomacy and joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine." In the first visit from a German chancellor following the 16-year run of Angela Merkel, the leaders will also address problems such as climate change and international security. 'ADVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES': TOM ROGAN SAYS GERMANY IS NOT AN ALLY OF NATO Germany has emerged as a sticking point in a wobbly Europe, with some even saying the country is no longer a NATO ally. The Nord Stream...
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s new puppy, Commander, got his moment under the flashing lights of the Washington press corps — and some time frolicking on the beach — on Tuesday. Biden and first lady Jill Biden took the German shepherd on a walk near their second home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Commander was born Sept. 1 and arrived at the White House last week, a birthday gift from the president’s brother, James Biden, and sister-in-law Sara Biden. Biden introduced Commander in a tweet. He turned 79 in November. Commander is the third German shepherd Biden has welcomed to the White House. Champ died in June at age 13. The other dog, Major, 3, now lives with family friends in Delaware after behaving aggressively while living at the White House. The Bidens are spending the holidays between their homes in Delaware. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Joe Biden arrived in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Monday afternoon with first lady Jill Biden and their new German Shepard puppy Commander at his side.  As Biden guided Commander to the waiting motorcade, the rambunctious pup appeared to get the president tangled up in his leash, perhaps working off some energy that got pent up during the one hour ride on Marine One from the White House to Delaware.  The first couple decamped to their 4,786-square-foot home with six bedrooms and five baths for an unannounced period of time. White House officials have been vague about publicly talking about the Bidens' holiday plans.  The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary flight restriction in the Rehoboth area through 2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, indicating the Bidens could stay through that time.  The Bidens paid $2.74 million for the property in 2017. A large fence was installed around it after he won the presidency. They last visted it in November.  The first couple welcomed Commander, their new 16-week old puppy, last week. He was a gift from the president's brother. Their other German...
    President Joe Biden's new German Shepherd puppy Commander was spotted Friday playing fetch with a handler on the South Lawn.  The First Dog was spotted by reporters who were waiting for the president and first lady's motorcade to depart - as they made a Christmas Eve visit to Children's National Hospital and then to a Biden-themed Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.  Commander debuted on the heels of Sen. Joe Manchin torpedoing Biden's Build Back Better bill and as the fast-moving Omicron variant was tearing through the U.S., which brought renewed attention to a quip made by press secretary Jen Psaki in June.   'I've been joking, although maybe it might be true, that we're waiting for a bad news day for that to come out,' Psaki said. 'If you see a tail wagging coming out of the briefing room, you'll know something bad is about to happen.'  At the time, Psaki was being asked about the anticipated White House cat, which is now expected to arrive in Washington in January.  President Joe Biden's new German Shepherd puppy Commander was spotted Friday playing...
    President Joe Biden’s new puppy, Commander, made his public debut on Twitter Monday. A posted photo showed the scampering German shepherd playing with a ball, under the caption, “Welcome to the White House.” Commander joins Major, the Bidens’ rescue dog, six months after their longtime pet Champ, also a German shepherd, died. CNN reports the puppy was a present from the president’s brother, James Biden, and sister-in-law, Sara Biden.
    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have added to their pet family, the first lady's spokesperson tells CNN.A new puppy was spotted Monday playing on the South Lawn of the White House. According to two sources familiar with the new pet, the dog looks to be a German shepherd or similar breed.The puppy is named "Commander" and was a gift to the President from his family, a source familiar tells CNN. Welcome to the White House, Commander. pic.twitter.com/SUudQnPv29— President Biden (@POTUS) December 20, 2021Michael LaRosa, Jill Biden's press secretary, confirmed the news of a new family puppy. "Yes. There is (a puppy)," LaRosa said.The Bidens' beloved German shepherd, Champ, died in June at the age of 13.Their other German shepherd, a rescue named Major, has been living mostly in Wilmington, Delaware, after a handful of aggressive incidents involving staff at the White House.In March, Major bit two people-- one a member of the Secret Service, another a National Park Service worker.In April, the White House announced Major would be going to Wilmington for extensive training to help him...
    President Joe Biden welcomed a new puppy to the White House on Monday, a German Shepherd named Commander.   'Welcome to the White House, Commander,' the president tweeted along with a photo.  Commander is seen with a tennis ball in his mouth, bounding around the White House's fenced enclosure.  The president also tweeted a video of Commander, greeting the puppy with a 'Hey pal, how you doing?'   In the video, Biden plays fetch with the dog, walks him on a leash into the White House, with First Lady Jill Biden at his side, and feeds him a treat with the White House's Christmas decorations on display in the background.   BARK BACK BETTER: President Joe Biden introduced his new puppy 'Commander' via Twitter on Monday  CNN reported Monday that the dog was a gift to Biden from his family members  When President Joe Biden arrived at the White House in January, he brought 13-year-old Major (left), who has since died, and rescue pup Champ (right), who lives back in Wilmington, Delaware after biting two people  Major Biden (pictured) made history in January when...
    THERE’S a new pooch in the White House. President Joe Biden shared a photo of his new German shepherd on social media.  “Welcome to the White House, Commander,” read the post with a photo of the pup with a ball in its mouth. 1The President shared a photo of the pup on social media Biden and First Lady Jill Biden seem to be fond of German shepherds as their two other dogs, Major and Champ are the same breed. Champ has been with the family since 2008, when Biden was elected vice president. The 13-year-old German Shepard passed away on June 19, the White House wrote in a statement. "Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home. He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family," the statement said. "In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion. We love our sweet, good boy...
    President BidenJoe BidenGoldman lowers 2022 growth forecasts after Manchin says no to BBB Biden's unending dilemma: Dealing with Joe Manchin The day democracy almost died MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden, family members commemorate death of first wife, infant daughter Jonas Brothers promote vaccines with Biden The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Mastercard - BBB negotiations hit tension point MORE welcomed a new puppy to the White House on Monday. Biden tweeted a photo of the dog, which is named Commander and appears to be a German Shepherd puppy.  CNN reported that the puppy was a gift to President Biden from his family. The Bidens are dog lovers and came into the White House at the start of this year with two German Shepherds, Champ and Major. Champ died over the summer at the age of 13. Both German Shepherds were spotted at the White House on occasion. But Major, the younger of the dogs, underwent additional training earlier this year after biting incidents involving White House staff. The Bidens are hardly the first to bring pets with...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have added to their pet family, the first lady's spokesperson tells CNN.A new puppy was spotted Monday playing on the South Lawn of the White House. According to two sources familiar with the new pet, the dog looks to be a German Shepherd or similar breed. Michael LaRosa, Jill Biden's press secretary, confirmed the news of a new family puppy. "Yes. There is (a puppy)," LaRosa said.The Bidens' beloved German Shepherd, Champ, died in June at the age of 13. Their other German Shepherd, a rescue named Major, has been living mostly in Wilmington, Delaware, after a handful of aggressive incidents involving staff at the White House.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    By Jeff Stein Amid the silent sniffles and eye-dabbing last week as four policemen recounted how they struggled to hold off the howling pro-Trump mobs on Jan. 6, an significant anecdote told by one of the officers drew no attention from the presiding committee members or in the following days’ news accounts. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn recalled how at 10:56 on the morning of Jan. 6, he got a text message from “a friend” who had acquired or overheard a detailed plan by one of the militant groups for a coordinated, military-style assault with guns on the Capitol. “Seeing that message caused me concern,” Dunn said—an understatement considering what soon followed. He added: “At the time, we had not received any threat warnings from our chain of command. I had no independent reason to believe that violence was headed our way.” As it turned out, the Capitol Police’s intelligence office had plenty of warnings that something bad was afoot but failed to take them seriously. The House Select Committee investigating the events leading up to the Jan. 6 storming...
    By Aamer Madhani, Alexandra Jaffe and Frank Jordans | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Welcoming Angela Merkel to the White House for a final time, President Joe Biden renewed his concerns to the German chancellor Thursday about a major, nearly complete Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline but said they agreed Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon. The two discussed — though made no apparent headway — on differences over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline during a largely friendly farewell visit for Merkel as she nears the end of a political career that has spanned four American presidencies. “On a personal note, I must tell you I will miss seeing you at our summits,” Biden said as he stood by Merkel, the second-longest serving chancellor in Germany’s history, at a late afternoon White House press conference. “I truly will.” Merkel, who had a famously difficult relationship with former President Donald Trump, showed her ease and familiarity with Biden, who has long been a fixture in international politics, repeatedly referring to him as “Dear Joe.” Asked to compare her...
    More On: hillary clinton AOC vs. Hillary: Ohio race a proxy fight for future of Democratic party Hillary 2.0? Dems see repeat of 2016 loss if Kamala Harris is nominated in 2024 Ex-Clinton adviser resigns as CEO of Teneo after showing up drunk at charity event Huma Abedin to dish on Weiner, Hillary in ‘best-of-times, worst-of-times’ memoir Hillary Clinton and top congressional Republicans Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy will join President Biden on Thursday for a small dinner party with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It’s unclear if Clinton will speak to reporters during her return to the White House — as high-profile visitors sometimes do on the driveway. The meal in the State Dining Room is closed to reporters. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, is not on the 25-person guest list. The former first lady lived in the executive mansion for eight years, but failed to get elected herself in 2008, when she was narrowly defeated by Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, and then in 2016 when Donald Trump scored an upset win. McConnell (R-Ky), the...
    U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House Thursday in what will probably be her last official visit.   After 16 years as chancellor, Merkel plans to leave the government following national elections in September.   “This visit will affirm the deep and enduring bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” the White House said Wednesday.   Biden and Merkel will discuss a variety of issues that include “countering the threat of climate change, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing security and regional challenges, and shoring up democracy around the world,” according to the White House.  WATCH LIVE:  Biden - Merkel joint press conference The two leaders are also expected to discuss a Russian gas pipeline that Washington opposes. The Nord Stream 2 project transports natural gas from Russia to Germany.   The U.S. has argued that the project will put European energy security at risk by increasing Europe’s reliance on Russian gas and allowing the Kremlin to pressure vulnerable countries in Eastern and Central Europe.   Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert,...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at the White House Thursday afternoon for meetings, a press conference and a private dinner with President Joe Bidnen.   'It's a pleasure to welcome Chancellor Merkel back to the White House, she's been in the Oval Office many times, she's a great friend, I consider her a personal friend as well as a great friend to the United States,' Biden said as they were seated side-by-side in the Oval Office. 'We saw each other at the G7 and then we saw each other again at the NATO meeting and today we're talking about further advancing the strong U.S.-German relationship, which is strong and staying stronger.'  Merkel spoke through a translator and spoke about Germany's 'friendship with the United States of America.'  'I'm more than aware of the contribution of America to a free and democratic Germany, so I'm very much looking forward to deepening relations yet again today,' she said.  She said she and Biden would talk about Germany's 'immediate neighbors' and also 'political issues.'   The two leaders are expected to talk about a number...
    U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House Thursday in what will probably be her last official visit.   After 16 years as chancellor, Merkel plans to leave the government following national elections in September.   “This visit will affirm the deep and enduring bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” the White House said Wednesday.   Biden and Merkel will discuss a variety of issues that include “countering the threat of climate change, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing security and regional challenges, and shoring up democracy around the world,” according to the White House.  WATCH LIVE:  Biden - Merkel joint press conference The two leaders are also expected to discuss a Russian gas pipeline that Washington opposes. The Nord Stream 2 project transports natural gas from Russia to Germany.   The U.S. has argued that the project will put European energy security at risk by increasing Europe’s reliance on Russian gas and allowing the Kremlin to pressure vulnerable countries in Eastern and Central Europe.   Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert,...
    President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a press conference at the White House today following a meeting between the world leaders. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. ET. Merkel’s visit to the White House could be her last since she is expected to retire from politics after 15 years in office. It is likely that the two of them will use their discussions to chart the future of diplomatic relations between Germany and the United States. At the news conference, the two will likely be asked about any lingering effects from the rift between the two countries during the Trump years. There are also numerous matters of foreign policy that might arise. One question they might face is how the two countries will revive the international economy after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Another question might revolve around their thoughts on how to deal with China, particularly regarding the massive amounts of trade Germany does with the country. It is also possible there will be questions about Biden’s move to pull...
    U.S. President Joe Biden meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House Thursday in what will probably be her last official visit.   After 16 years as chancellor, Merkel plans to leave the government following national elections in September.   “This visit will affirm the deep and enduring bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” the White House said Wednesday.   Biden and Merkel will discuss a variety of issues that include “countering the threat of climate change, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing security and regional challenges, and shoring up democracy around the world,” according to the White House.   The two leaders are also expected to discuss a Russian gas pipeline that Washington opposes. The Nord Stream 2 project transports natural gas from Russia to Germany.   The U.S. has argued that the project will put European energy security at risk by increasing Europe’s reliance on Russian gas and allowing the Kremlin to pressure vulnerable countries in Eastern and Central Europe.   Merkel’s spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, told reporters the leaders will also discuss China, which has strong...
    President Joe Biden is welcoming Germany's long-serving Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House with a warm embrace, favoring face-to-face diplomacy even as pronounced differences remain between the two countries on issues that threaten Washington's diplomatic and security agenda. Biden is the fourth president to host Merkel, who will step down from office in September at the end of her 16-year tenure. Her swing through Washington on Thursday, the first by a European leader since the new administration took office, will cap months of overtures by top Biden officials. “The U.S. has no better friend than Germany,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last month, while Biden called the relationship "stronger than ever." BIDEN WEIGHS MILITARY HELP FOR HAITI AS SOME FEAR EXODUS TO US SHORES Biden recently nominated Amy Gutmann as U.S. ambassador to Germany. Guttman is president of the University of Pennsylvania, where Biden held an appointment before running for office. The move follows a long U.S. tradition of sending a university president to Berlin. Still, hurdles remain between Berlin and Washington. One major disagreement is the Nord...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy continues his visit to the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday.The governor will attend a dinner on Thursday with President Biden, a fellow Democrat, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will be in town for talks at the White House.The governor served as U.S. ambassador to Germany when Biden was vice president under then-President Barack Obama.Earlier Thursday, Merkel and President Biden plan to reaffirm their partnership.One sticking point is a pipeline to move gas directly from Russia into Germany under the Baltic Sea.President Biden opposes it, but lifted sanctions on companies building the pipeline earlier this year.Merkel is not seeking another term after nearly 16 years in office.Wednesday, Murphy took part in a discussion on infrastructure legislation with the president and several other bipartisan governors and mayors.President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have agreed to spend $579 billion on roads, bridges, and other physical infrastructure.Murphy has previously called it, "a huge game-changer" for New Jersey.A draft budget resolution, the first step toward allowing Democrats to pass that larger...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are set to meet in Washington on Thursday in what is likely the European leader's final appearance at the White House before she steps down from her long-held position this fall. The ongoing dispute between the United States and Germany over a Russian gas pipeline, called Nord Stream 2, is expected to play out between the two leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday, according to senior administration officials. Climate change, Covid-19 vaccines, Russian cyber attacks, Ukraine and shoring up their democracies are also topics on the agenda, an official said.The visit comes just three months before Merkel leaves her role as chancellor of Germany in October, after having served in the position for more than 15 years. Elections to replace the "chancellor of the free world" are in September.Biden will be the fourth US president with whom she's interacted. Administration officials have been consistent in describing the visit as a "working" session that is forward looking, despite Merkel's limited time remaining atop the German government. But after a decade-and-a-half of visiting...
    © MCNAMEE Joe Biden’s dog champion at a press conference in May 2012 at the Vice President’s residence The U.S. presidential couple’s German Shepherd, Champ is dead, Joe and Jill Biden announced Saturday that they would pay tribute to the dog who “did everything best” when they were by their side. At age 13, the animal has been “declining in strength” for the past few months, before dying, the head of state and his wife said. Four years after the Obama family’s comrades Poe and Sunny left, Champ and the couple’s other dog, the Major, marked the return of the dogs to the White House. Donald Trump interrupted an old tradition by spending his entire mandate in Washington without a pet. “He wanted to be wherever we were and he did everything better immediately when he was next to us,” the presidential couple said in a statement. Biden’s other dog, the Major, was the first presidential animal to pass through a shelter. He bit each of the two White House workers within weeks, who were...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Saturday that Champ, the older of the family’s two dogs, had died “peacefully at home.” The German shepherd was 13. “He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement posted to the president’s official Twitter account. The Bidens are spending the weekend at their home in Wilmington, Delaware. READ MORE: Toddler Shot Multiple Times, 2 Men Dead Following Triple Shooting In West Philadelphia: Police Our family lost our loving companion Champ today. I will miss him. pic.twitter.com/sePqXBIAsE — President Biden (@POTUS) June 19, 2021 The Bidens got Champ from a breeder after Biden was elected vice president in 2008. Champ was a fixture at both the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory and now the White House. In their statement, the Bidens said that when Champ was young, “he was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory,” and that more recently he enjoyed “joining us as a...
    CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND - U.S. President Joe Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on July 15 in what will likely be her farewell visit to the United States after almost 16 years at the helm of Europe's largest economy. The announcement was made Friday on the first day of the Group of Seven summit in England. Biden has hosted two other world leaders since taking office, Japan and South Korea. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden and Merkel "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." A standoff over the completion of the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline piping Russian gas to Europe has strained ties at a time when Berlin and Washington are eager to rebuild relations after former U.S. President Donald Trump's term. The United States waived sanctions last month on the company behind the pipeline, Russian state energy firm Gazprom, giving Berlin...
    The White House announced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington, D.C., on July 15 for President Joe Biden's third in-person bilateral meeting at the White House — a minisummit that seeks to thaw relations after four years of Donald Trump's "America first" approach. Merkel's visit follows on the heels of Biden's one-on-one meetings at the executive mansion with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in April and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in May. Biden also met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay, England, on Thursday ahead of this year's G-7 summit, where the two leaders unveiled the New Atlantic Charter and reaffirmed the "special relationship" between the United States and the United Kingdom. MERKEL OPPOSES BIDEN'S COVID-19 VACCINE PATENT WAIVER PROPOSAL The meeting also comes shortly after Biden waived sanctions on German entities working on Russia's Nord Stream 2 oil pipeline despite some opposition from U.S. lawmakers. "Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany," White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a Friday statement announcing...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit President Joe Biden in Washington on July 15 to affirm 'the deep bilateral ties' between the two countries, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday. The visit was announced after the president decided to waive the sanctions on the Russia-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline that runs from the Russian Arctic under the Baltic Sea - a move Republicans say is a 'gift' Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the US now working to make sure that Germany doesn't become energy-dependent on Russia.    Biden's State Department insisted that lifting the sanctions was in the US national interest.  '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,' Psaki said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit President Joe Biden in Washington on July 15 to affirm 'the deep bilateral ties' between the two countries, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday....
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House next month, the White House says.It will be her first visit to Washington during Biden's presidency, and likely her final US visit in a long era as chancellor. President Bidens First Trip Abroad Leaders gather today for the G7, which represents the world's major economies — Britain, France, Germany, the US, Italy, Japan and Canada Yesterday, Biden announced the US will buy and donate a half-billion doses of Pfizer's Covid vaccine globally First lady Jill Biden is expected to meet the Queen and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge this week Merkel is not seeking a fifth term, and elections to replace her are in September. She will have worked with four US presidents over her tenure.The White House said Merkel will visit on July 15 with a long list of issues to discuss with Biden."Chancellor Merkel's visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany," the White House said. "The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common...
    He’s getting a new leash on life. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden’s dog Major will get professional training to help him adjust to life in the White House after two biting incidents last month. Private training for the 3-year-old German shepherd will be conducted “off-site,” not at the Executive Mansion, but in Washington D.C., and is expected to last a few weeks, the first lady’s spokesman Michael LaRosa said Monday, The Biden’s adopted pooch has had a ruff going since the family relocated to the White House in January from their home in Delaware. Last month, LaRosa confirmed that Major nipped someone during a walk. It came shortly after the dog bit a Secret Service employee, causing minor injury. President Joe Biden going for a walk with Major outside of the White House on February 9, 2021.ZUMAPRESS.com Both Major and fellow first dog Champ, a 12-year-old German shepherd, spent some time back in Delaware after the first incident for what the White House said was a pre-planned trip. The president had said Major was being trained....
    More On: joe biden Biden strikes Trump-esque deal with Northern Triangle countries amid migrant surge WH holds up on creating police oversight panel Biden’s supporters say he’s redefining bipartisanship GOP slams Biden’s $2T infrastructure plan as ‘slush funds’ He’s getting a new leash on life. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden’s dog Major will get professional training to help him adjust to life in the White House after two biting incidents last month. Private training for the 3-year-old German shepherd will be conducted “off-site,” not at the Executive Mansion, but in Washington D.C., and is expected to last a few weeks, the first lady’s spokesman Michael LaRosa said Monday, The Biden’s adopted pooch has had a ruff going since the family relocated to the White House in January from their home in Delaware. Last month, LaRosa confirmed that Major nipped someone during a walk. It came shortly after the dog bit a Secret Service employee, causing minor injury. President Joe Biden going for a walk with Major outside of the White House on February 9, 2021.ZUMAPRESS.com Both...
    President Joe Biden's rescue pup Major will be removed from the White House to undergo additional training after a second biting incident raised more questions about the dog's behavior.  The White House argues the three-year-old German Shepherd is still adjusting to his new life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And, to help him, he'll have a few weeks of training in the Washington D.C. area.  'Major, the Bidens' younger dog, will undergo some additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House,' Michael LaRosa, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, told DailyMail.com. 'The off-site, private training will take place in the Washington, D.C. area, and it is expected to last a few weeks.' Major has bitten two staff at the White House since moving into his new residence. Last month he bit a Park Service employee - the National Park Service maintains the White House lawns - and, in February, he bit a security guard. In both incidents, the person was checked by the White House Medical Unit and there was no serious damage. White House officials...
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden's 3-year-old German shepherd, Major, is back in the doghouse for another biting incident that required medical attention.Major "nipped" a National Park Service employee on the White House South Lawn on Monday afternoon, first lady Jill Biden's press secretary, Michael LaRosa, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday. "Out of an abundance of caution," the employee went to the White House medical unit for treatment before returning to work "without injury," LaRosa said."Major is still adjusting to his new surroundings," he added.The incident was first reported by CNN.Major, who was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association by the Bidens in 2018, was involved in a separate biting incident on March 8 that caused a "minor injury" to an individual who also sought treatment from the White House medical unit, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the dog was "surprised by an unfamiliar person." Psaki did not identify the individual or provide further details at the time, but CNN reported it was a Secret Service employee.EMBED More News Videos President Joe Biden...
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