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Turkey says it rejects Nordic nations’ NATO request

Will NATO get its two new members, Sweden and Finland? We will receive an update shortly Joe Biden and the respective leaders of the Nordic nations, Prime Minister cupcake andersson and president Sauli Niinistowho have met Thursday morning at the White House.

The United States is determined to expand the Western mutual defense alliance, Biden tweeted yesterday that he “strongly supported” requests after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

I strongly support the historic applications of Finland and Sweden to join NATO. I look forward to welcoming President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to Washington tomorrow so that we can continue to discuss their applications and European security.

— President Biden (@POTUS) May 18, 2022

But Turkey has this morning thrown a monkey wrench into the works, with reports emerging that he has told allies that he rejects requests from Sweden and Finland.

“We have told the allies that we will say no”, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan he told the students, according to Reuters.

It is unclear to what extent Turkey’s stance could delay or even derail the process. We look forward to more clarity when Biden and his fellow leaders speak shortly in the Rose Garden.

Turkey seems to be the only holdout. None of the other 30 NATO members have raised any objections, at least publicly, and some seem extremely enthusiastic. The Baltic state of Estoniaa long time in the shadow of Moscow, it seems that it cannot wait:

meanwhile my colleague Patrick Wintour He has analyzed in depth why Turkey opposes it and the possible consequences of the measure, which, according to him, “could entangle NATO for months”.

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The White House will outline in more detail later today its plans to address a nationwide baby formula shortage, a day after Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to force manufacturers to increase supply.

In another move Wednesday, the House passed a $28 million emergency funding bill to address the crisis, but its fate appears uncertain in a divided Senate.

The White House’s lunchtime call to reporters is expected to address planned next steps in the Biden administration’s battle to address the shortage, weighing on the president’s approval ratings along with runaway inflation and sky-high gasoline prices.

My colleague Eric Berger has this helpful explanation of what causes baby formula shortages and what parents can do about it:

The Senate will today approve a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine

A $40 billion package of military, economic and humanitarian aid for Ukraine and its allies was set to pass the Senate on Thursday.

The vote would later give Congress final approval of the package, three weeks after the president Joe Biden requested a smaller version of $33 billion.

The House passed it last week after beefing up humanitarian and defense spending, and Senate approval was not in doubt, though a small group of Republicans was expected to vote no, the Associated Press reports.

Includes Senator from Kentucky paul randwho used procedural tactics to thwart the bill’s swift passage last week, and who was called “disgusting” by the Senate Democratic majority leader Chuck Schumer On Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticizes Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for holding up the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill:

“It’s disgusting… For Senator Paul to delay funding Ukraine for purely political reasons is just strengthening Putin’s hand.” pic.twitter.com/R8y5jCsfzz

— The Count (@therecount) May 18, 2022

Notably, Mitch McConnellThe Republican minority leader in the Senate who visited kyiv last weekend and who also urged the package to be passed quickly, did not come to his colleague’s defense.

Once passed, Biden will quickly sign the measure, which the AP says raises US spending to $54 billion on the conflict, above the amount spent on all of its foreign and military aid in 2019, according to the Nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

We’ll hear later from Nancy Pelosi and Democratic lawmakers on efforts to combat hate speech and the growth of “domestic violent extremism,” amplified by Saturday’s racist massacre of 10 people by an alleged white supremacist shooter at a store. grocery store in Buffalo, New York. York.

The House passed the domestic terrorism bill Wednesday night, which seeks to bolster federal resources to address extremist violence in the US and create new crimes specifically in that category.

Adam Kinzinger.
Adam Kinzinger. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

But only one House Republican, congressman from Illinois adam kinzinger, voted yes, and the bill is unlikely to find much Republican support in the equally divided Senate, where it would need 60 votes to pass. The party has routinely rejected any kind of measure involving gun restrictions.

Pelosi will host a lunchtime press conference with other congressional leaders to discuss the Buffalo shooting and its aftermath.

Some states are not waiting for the action in Washington DC. Democratic Governor Of New York, kathyhas submitted what it called a “comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism and prevent gun violence” for the state.

Meanwhile, the suspected Buffalo killer, payton gendronThe 18-year-old, who is white, appeared briefly in court Thursday after a grand jury indicted him yesterday on one count of first-degree murder.

Gendron, who was wearing orange clothing and a mask, remained silent during the brief proceedings and was sent back to jail. Someone yelled “Payton, you’re a coward!” as he was being pulled out, the Associated Press reported.

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Turkey says it rejects Nordic nations’ NATO request

Will NATO get its two new members, Sweden and Finland? We will receive an update shortly Joe Biden and the respective leaders of the Nordic nations, Prime Minister cupcake andersson and president Sauli Niinistowho have met Thursday morning at the White House.

The United States is determined to expand the Western mutual defense alliance, Biden tweeted yesterday that he “strongly supported” requests after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

I strongly support the historic applications of Finland and Sweden to join NATO. I look forward to welcoming President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to Washington tomorrow so that we can continue to discuss their applications and European security.

— President Biden (@POTUS) May 18, 2022

But Turkey has this morning thrown a monkey wrench into the works, with reports emerging that he has told allies that he rejects requests from Sweden and Finland.

“We have told the allies that we will say no”, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan he told the students, according to Reuters.

It is unclear to what extent Turkey’s stance could delay or even derail the process. We look forward to more clarity when Biden and his fellow leaders speak shortly in the Rose Garden.

Turkey seems to be the only holdout. None of the other 30 NATO members have raised any objections, at least publicly, and some seem extremely enthusiastic. The Baltic state of Estoniaa long time in the shadow of Moscow, it seems that it cannot wait:

meanwhile my colleague Patrick Wintour He has analyzed in depth why Turkey opposes it and the possible consequences of the measure, which, according to him, “could entangle NATO for months”.

Read more:

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday edition of our American politics blog!

NATO is about to add two new members to the mutual defense alliance and the Prime Minister cupcake andersonorth of Sweden and President Sauli Niinisto of Finland meet Joe Biden in the White House as we speak to discuss the security of Europe.

The two Nordic nations say they have been forced to make the decision by Russiathe invasion of Ukraineand Biden is backing the move, tweeting yesterday that: “I strongly support the historical application”.

But Turkey you’re saying you don’t approve and could still derail or delay the process. We will hear from the three leaders in the Rose Garden shortly, before Biden boards Air Force One to Anchorage, Alaska, en route to Seoul and meets in the next few days with the leaders of South Korea Y Japan.

The Ukraine conflict, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s growing influence in the region will all be on the president’s agenda there. You can follow today’s developments in the Russian war on our live blog here.

There is a lot going on in the United States when Biden says goodbye:

  • Lawmakers are grappling with the aftermath of the weekend’s racist massacre at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store. The Chamber yesterday approved a bill against internal terrorism and Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic politicians will speak at lunch. The suspected killer, meanwhile, is in court this morning.
  • The Biden administration has taken steps to address the national problem baby formula shortage, invoking the Defense Production Act of the 1950s to force manufacturers to increase supply. The House also approved a $28 million emergency funding bill last night to deal with the crisis.
  • The counting of votes in the primaries continues Pennsylvania where Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate and TV doctor Mehmed Oz is locked in a close race with david mccormick for the Republican Senate nomination.
  • We will hear from the White House press secretary, Karine Jean Pierreand the national security adviser, jake sullivanas they “join” reporters on the flight to Alaska.

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