President Biden on Friday announced security and economic commitments following the first formal summit between the U.S., Japan and South Korea.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida joined Biden at Camp David for the one-day summit.
Among the commitments leaders made while at the presidential retreat in Maryland was establishing a hotline where the countries will “share information and coordinate our responses whenever there is a crisis in the region or affecting any one of our countries,” Biden said.
From The Hill’s Laura Kelly: “The three democratic countries share grave, mutual concerns about China’s pursuit of domination in the military, technology, economic and diplomatic arenas, and equally acute threats from North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.”
Ahead of the summit, an administration officialsaid the hotline commitment “is not a formal alliance commitment. It is not a collective defense commitment that is lifted from an early Cold War Security Treaty.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin had earlier criticized what he called attempts “to form various exclusive groups and cliques and to bring bloc confrontation into the Asia-Pacific region.”
The U.S., Japan and South Korea will also launch a “supply chain early warning system” pilot that will “alert our nations to disruptions of certain products and materials,” Biden said, “like critical minerals or batteries.”
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At a conference in Atlanta earlier Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisargued that candidates “owe it to the people to put out your vision” and participate in the debate, while former Vice President Mike Pence said he wants a chance to debate Trump on their “real differences.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement: “Russia’s ongoing military invasion of Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis requires that the United States continue to offer safety and protection to Ukrainians who may not be able to return to their country.”
Fox News is retiring the doorbell sound previously used to signal when a candidate’s speaking time was up, news that comes days ahead of the first Republican presidential primary debate. (According to Politico, the network’s updated chime sound is “dog-safe.”)
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445 days until the presidential election.
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President Biden heads to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he’ll remain until next Thursday.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) will speak Saturday at The Gathering, a conference in Atlanta featuring several GOP presidential hopefuls.
The Iowa State Fair wraps up Monday.
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