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President Joe Biden will cast the NATO summit as a successful result of his global engagement, arguing in a capstone address Wednesday that diligent diplomacy and US aid strengthened security for Ukraine and its allies after Russia’s invasion.
For Biden, it’s a case that serves dual purposes: offering a rallying cry for world leaders as the grueling economic and human toll of Russia’s war grows and validating his reelection pitch as a seasoned foreign-policy hand uniquely able to unite a fractured world.
Biden’s pitch was bolstered by Turkey’s historic agreement to support Sweden’s membership in the alliance, validating the president’s patience through a contentious ascension process.
And while Volodymyr Zelenskiy presaged his arrival at the summit with a furious tweet bemoaning the alliance’s slow-walking of his country’s membership request, he was set to join Biden and other Group of Seven leaders Wednesday afternoon for a ceremony celebrating a new package of aid and long-term security guarantees.
As a result, Biden was readying a victory lap in what aides were describing as a major address from the campus of Vilnius University. The president intended to highlight “how the United States, along with our allies and partners, is supporting Ukraine, defending democratic values, and taking action to address global challenges,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters.
Still, Biden’s ability to convince other leaders — and voters — that his achievements are sustainable will be crucial to the future of the conflict in Ukraine and his political standing.
Biden’s approach to the war remains largely popular among both his base and swing voters. A plurality of Americans surveyed by Pew approved of the administration’s response to the war and believed the US was providing the right amount of aid.
Aides indicated Biden’s speech would at least tacitly draw contrasts with Republicans vying to replace him, depicting the summit’s successful outcomes as a testament to his foreign-policy approach.
“He has devoted significant time — dozens, if not hundreds, of hours over the past two and a half years — to restoring America’s place on the world stage,” Sullivan said, leaving unsaid the implied contrast with former President Donald Trump.
Justin Sink and Jennifer Jacbos recap Biden’s wins and NATO and preview how they could help him at home.
- The president attended a meeting with Sweden, Indo-Pacific partners, and the EU in Vilnius before heading to a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council, again with Sweden. Later, he participates in a photo with G7 leaders.
- Biden meets with Zelenskiy before delivering his remarks. After, he’ll leave Vilnius for Helsinki, Finland.
- The House is back at noon to start floor work on the defense policy bill.
- Senators convene at 10 a.m. to advance more of Biden’s nominees.
Latest From NATO & Defense Bill
NATO advanced its plans for enlargement in response to Russian aggression, firming up the prospects for Ukraine’s future membership and securing a breakthrough deal with Sweden that will complete its expansion northwards.
- Zelenskiy said he plans to “fight” for more security guarantees from allies as Group of Seven countries will announce later Wednesday that they’re launching individual negotiations with Ukraine to offer bilateral commitments to boost Kyiv’s defense capabilities and deter further Russian aggression. Read the latest coverage.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is proposing to reduce the number of active-duty Air Force and Navy personnel because the two military services are falling short of recruitment goals.
The Biden administration’s pick for the top US military post said an Alabama senator’s decision to block hundreds of officer promotions is hurting the Pentagon’s ability to hold on to talent and jeopardizes readiness.
2024, Probes & AI on the Campaign Trail
Ten House members are betting they can overcome a clear political trend: most members of Congress who try for a seat in the Senate end up unemployed.
In the six most recent elections, 62 House incumbents gave up their seats to run for the Senate and 37 of them lost, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Government. About half of the winners were from states with tiny or even single-member congressional delegations.
Donald Trump was dealt a blow in E. Jean Carroll’s remaining lawsuit against him after the Justice Department reversed a crucial opinion that sought to protect the former president from the case, all but assuring the matter will go to trial in January.
It’s a jarring political advertisement: Images of a Chinese attack on Taiwan lead into scenes of looted banks and armed soldiers enforcing martial law in San Francisco. A narrator insinuates that it’s all happening under Biden’s watch.
Those visuals in the Republican National Committee’s ad aren’t real, and the scenarios are pretty obviously fictional. But thanks to the handiwork of artificial intelligence, the images look like real life. Within days of the ad appearing online in April, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to require disclosure of AI-produced content in political advertisements.
AI holds the potential to supercharge the dissemination of misinformation in political campaigns. The technology is capable of quickly creating so-called “deepfakes,” fake pictures and videos that some political operatives predict will soon be indistinguishable from real ones, enabling miscreants to literally put words in their opponents’ mouths.
Elon Musk will hold an event broadcast on Twitter Spaces Wednesday focused on artificial intelligence with two prominent House lawmakers.
Vice President Kamala Harris will gather a group of civil rights and labor leaders Wednesday to discuss the field of artificial intelligence, which critics warn is already perpetuating discrimination and increased surveillance of American workers.
On the Hill and in the White House
Hurricane Ian, the costliest storm in Florida history, has emphasized the pressures on FEMA, the government’s rapid-response team for natural disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also been juggling disparate tasks that now range from distributing vaccines to aiding migrant children at the border. The current head insists the agency can meet the moment, but former agency leaders, disaster specialists, and lawmakers are not all so confident.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo arrived Tuesday in Sun Valley, Idaho, the site of an annual conference that brings together technology and media moguls.
Democratic lawmakers led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on federal officials to investigate whether tax prep companies like H&R Block and tech giants Meta and Google broke the law when they shared sensitive information millions of taxpayers entered into their websites.
House Republicans want to cut funding for Transportation Department grants and Amtrak in their proposed spending bill released Tuesday.
Broker-dealers would be allowed temporarily to continue bundling their trading and research services without having to meet European Union rules to register as investment advisers, under legislation the House passed Tuesday.