Headline RoundupSeptember 19th, 2023

Biden Stresses Unity, Support for Ukraine in UN Speech

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President Joe Biden called on members of the United Nations to continue supporting Ukraine in a speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday. 

Key Quotes: Citing natural disasters around the world, Biden called climate change an “existential threat” to humanity. On Ukraine, Biden said, “I ask you this: If we abandon the core principles of the United States to appease an aggressor, can any member state in this body feel confident that they are protected?” Biden appeared to misspeak; a White House transcript suggests he meant to say, “the core principles of the UN Charter.” On China, Biden said, “We are for de-risking, not de-coupling with China.” Biden also backed sending U.N. forces to Haiti.

Other U.N. Speakers: Notably, the presidents of Britain, France, China, and Russia — the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — did not attend in person. Other Tuesday U.N. speakers included leaders from Brazil, Colombia, Poland, Turkey, and more. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also expected to address the assembly on Tuesday.

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common across the news media but only prominently featured in internationally-focused outlets like AP (Lean Left bias) and The New York Times (Lean Left bias). News coverage appeared fairly similar regardless of bias rating. 

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