Biden insisted that not one single world leader believes the US is going “backward” amid decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion, expanding weapons, soaring inflation and near-daily revelations about the shocking efforts by his predecessor to cling to power.
In Madrid, he said he’s only heard world leaders thank him for the US leadership on Ukraine.
“The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United in overruling not only Roe v Wade but essentially challenging the right to privacy,” he said.
Of its decision on Roe, Biden said: “It is a mistake in my view for the Supreme Court to do what it did.”
Asked whether there will come a day when the US will no longer be able to support Ukraine, he said no. He said he doesn’t know how or when the war will end but vowed that it would “not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine.”
“The reason why gas prices are up is because of Russia,” Biden says. “Russia, Russia, Russia.”
Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he said, “is getting exactly what he did not want. He wanted the Finlandization of NATO. He got the NATO-ization of Finland”
Biden is holding a press conference in Madrid.
“This summit was about strengthening our alliance, meeting the challenges of our world as it is today, and the threats we’re going to face in the future,” Biden said. He noted that the world has changed since Nato last drafted its mission statement, which considered Russia an ally and made no mention of China.
He also applauded the decision to welcome Finland and Sweden joining the Nato alliance.
He accidentally said “Switzerland” instead of Sweden and, catching himself, joked: “Switzerland. My goodness.I’m getting really anxious here about expanding Nato. Sweden!”
He again declared that the US was prepared to defend “every inch” of Nato territory. “The United States is rallying the world to stand with Ukraine.”
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Today Americans are bracing for two major decisions that will conclude what has been among the most consequential supreme court terms in recent decades. From abortion to guns, the rulings by the 6-3 conservative supermajority have dramatically reshaped American life. Now we await for their opinion on two cases that could have significant consequences for the executive branch’s ability to make policy.
- Following the end of this blockbuster session, Justice Stephen Breyer will officially retire at noon and Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in as the newest associate justice in a small ceremony. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and Breyer will administer the judicial oath.
- Meanwhile, Joe Biden is concluding his trip to Europe, where he met with European and Nato allies. He will deliver remarks and take questions from reporters at a press conference in Madrid at some point this morning.
- Last night, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena for former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to Donald Trump’s final chief of staff, Mark Meadows, testified Tuesday that Cipollone insisted Trump not go to the Capitol with his supporters as Congress certified Biden’s electoral victory on January 6. He also sought to have Trump urge his supporters to leave the Capitol after the riot began, according to Hutchinson.