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primary election that pits his candidate against donald trump's. good morning. and welcome to "way too early." on this monday, may 23rd. i'm jonathan lemire. president biden says the u.s. military will defend taiwan, if china invades its island neighbor. speaking in tokyo this morning at a joint news conference, with japan's new prime minister, the president addressed the growing tensions in eastern asia. >> you didn't want to get involved in the ukraine conflict militarily, for obvious reasons, are you willing to get involved militarily to defend taiwan if it comes to that? >> yes. >> you are? >> that's the commitment we made. >> shortly after that news conference, the white house seemingly tried to clarify the president's remarks. writing in a statement, quote,
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the president reiterated our commitment to peace and stability across the taiwan strait. and to provide taiwan with the military means to defend itself. different than military involvement perhaps. and on the island, we will call it of course, this is far from the first time the white house has had to clarify something the president has said about international relations. joining us now with reaction to this, live from beijing, nbc news foreign correspondent janis mackey frayer. thanks for being here today. let's start right there. let's talk about the difference between what the president said and then the white house clarifying it about taiwan defending itself. >> it is the difference between what he said and maybe what he meant. we've seen this sort of statement being put out and then walked back before, with last october, when the white house also had to clarify comments made by president biden. i'm intrigued jonathan, by what
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he went on to say after he said that he would support, would be willing to support taiwan militarily, he says he doesn't expect this to happen and that he doesn't expect it to be attempted. but he also had very strong words for china. and saying that it's not appropriate for china to take action against taiwan. and quote that would be another action similar to what happened in ukraine. so here we have the u.s. president himself, drawing this comparison, between the situation in ukraine, and the situation in taiwan. even though there are a lot of people, including those in taiwan, who are not so quick to draw that comparison. even lloyd austin is saying that we simply can't compare these two theaters and so you can't talk about them in the same breath. but all of this certainly stirring the ire of chinese officials here, who had to expect that there would be some sort of comment on taiwan because china has loomed so
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large for most of president biden's trip to asia. >> have we gotten any response from china yet to the president's comments? i know there are only a few minutes old. i know they are only a few minutes old. >> hot out of the inbox, as they say, china rejecting the comments as expected, deploring the comments, and the u.s. should not defend taiwan's independence and china would take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and interests. these are boiler plate comments that we hear from chinese officials, but it does remind us exactly how sensitive a topic taiwan is here. china regards taiwan as part of its own territory that it is willing to defend, and any interference of that is seen as quite serious. so chinese officials not taking these comments lightly. despite the white house attempts to walk them back and to clarify that this is not a shift in the u.s. policy of strategic ambiguity. >> breaking news from beijing.
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we appreciate it. nbc's janis mackey frayer. thank you. and we will have more later in the show on the president's trip to asia. president biden has also signed the massive $40 billion aid package to ukraine. that happened on saturday. in the middle of his trip to asia. after the bill was flown on a commercial flight to south korea. the measure which passed the senate last week with bipartisan support will provide military and humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country. and it also includes money for ukrainian refugees and funds to address global foot shortages. the funding is intended to support ukraine through september. meanwhile, kyiv says it won't agree to any cease-fire deal with russia that involves giving up its territory. the country's presidential chief of staff yesterday tweeted, quote, the war must end with the complete restoration of ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. a day earlier, an adviser to
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president volodymyr zelenskyy said making any concessions to russia would backfire, because moscow would hit back harder after a break in the fighting. this, as zelenskyy said on saturday, that he believes diplomacy is the only way to end this war. speaking on the third anniversary of his inauguration as president, zelenskyy says the war quote will be bloody, and the end will definitely be in diplomacy. there have been recent calls for an immediate cease-fire, including from u.s. defense secretary lloyd austin andite italy's prime minister. matt broadly joins us now. great to see you as always. talk about ukraine's stance to not cede any airer to and i feel like it is a stance that has grown firmer in revelation of the atrocities committed by russian soldiers there, and what is the later?
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is there going to be some pressure, do you think, from perhaps other leaders to say look, if this could bring an end to the fighting maybe it is worth giving up a lit little benefit donbas region, for example. >> what would we're seeing here jonathan, a schism in what was a totally united western effort to support ukraine. one of the things that is not making as many headlines in the states is that the polish president was the first world leader to address the ukrainian parliament here in ukraine, live in that assembly, and what he said was kind of an oblique swipe at some of the western leaders who have been saying exactly what you're saying, you know, france's emanuel macron, the government of italy, maybe ukrainians should start to cede some territory so the polish president told ukrainian members of parliament that actually all of this should be up to ukraine, and that you know, a lot of
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these eastern leaders, poland and the baltic countries and including nato countries newly aspirational nato countries like finland and sweden are taking a harder line and they are saying that they don't think ukraine should be ceding any territory and they're kind of dividing themselves away from the western leaders who are saying there should be negotiations. look, we're also seeing some divisions as you pointed out, jonathan, within ukraine, as the presidential advisers and other leaders of the government, saying that there will nobody cease-fire, there will nobody ceding of territory, while president zelenskyy himself has said that, you know, this all has to end in diplomacy one way or another. so it is hard to look at what exactly the ukrainian sense is on this. but the ukrainians do believe they are winning and they are pushing back russians in kharkiv and the northeast and a massive uptick in violence in the donbas region and they are buoyed by the $40 billion commitment from
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the u.s. and all of the fresh arms en route to the eastern part of the country, to that fierce fighting. jonathan? >> so give us a quick update exactly on that fighting. the talk of diplomacy comes amid the backdrop of russia intensifying the ukrainian offense. and give us the situation on the ground. >> we heard from president zelenskyy that there could be 50 to 100 people killed per day in the donbas region and didn't intes fy civilians or soldiers and it -- didn't specify civilians or soldiers tand seems to be both and the russians are clzing that your bombardment around the eastern city of donetsk and trying to consolidate their area in the eastern part of the country. so when we see all of these weapons coming from the west, over to the eastern part of the country, we can expect that violence to uptick even more. jonathan? >> nbc's matt bradley, thank you
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so much. and an update on another big story we're following, we're seeing the first signs of relief for families desperate for baby formula. weeks into the crushing shortage, a delivery from overseas has arrived in the u.s. with enough formula to fill a half million bottles. nbc news correspondent joe ling kent has the details. >> reporter: a welcome site for parents, 78,000 pounds of formula on an aircraft landing in indianapolis amid the crippling formula shortage. >> this shipment provides enough formula to take care of 9,000 babies and 18,000 toddlers for a week. that's about half a million eight-ounce doses. >> the plane took off from ramstein air base in germany, the first flight of the biden administration operation fly formula, on board, hyper allergenic, meant for babies and toddlers with cow's milk
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allergies and distributed across the country in waves. the first batch which nestle manufacturers says has already been tested and sent to hospitals and health care providers and they will dispense it to families that need it. nestle says it will be sent out and tested in the next two weeks for the second batch. another flight with hyper allergenic formula from gerber is expected to arrive in a few days and trucked to pennsylvania. >> when will shelves be full again, or at least fuller? >> i think that's a platter of weeks. and in part because of the sequencing of events that has taken place, shipments coming in via military. >> the long-term solution is reopening the shuttered abbott nutrition plant. >> now we can at least breathe a little bit. >> florida mom alexandra was glad to see the formula land for the sake of her 3-month-old dillen who has a cow's milk allergy but she isn't satisfied. >> it is definitely anger or betrayal that we feel, because
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if the government was aware of this, we kind of should have been more proactive. in getting our number one formula before the shortage got to this point. >> did the u.s. government drop the ball here? >> i don't think that the u.s. government dropped the ball. certainly i can speak for the usda, we moved as expeditiously and quickly as possible. i think the key lesson for us learned from the pandemic and this is that efficiency is certainly important. still ahead, a federal court ruling could shake up pennsylvania's still too close to call senate republican primary. plus a top trump ally sits down with the january 6th select committee. those stories and sports and a check on the weather when we come back.
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are republican, and nearly 369,000 are democrat, and about 5,000 are nonpartisan. we should mention that georgia has an open primary. meaning voters can request either a democratic or a republican ballot. the pennsylvania republican senate primary remains still too close to call. and after nearly a week-long toss-up of who won the vote, the battle is moving from the ballot box to the courtroom. the campaigns of the two remaining candidates, trump endorsed mehmet oz and hudge fund ceo david mccormick have sent dualing letters to pennsylvania counties about whether to accept mail-in or absentee ballots that lack a written date. a three-judge panel has not yet issued a formal opinion. and the secretary of state has not yet issued information. and also in pennsylvania, the lieutenant governor, john fetterman, the democratic state nominee is back home this morning after he spent more than
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a week recovering from a stroke in a hospital. fetterman easily secured the nomination, just hours after undergoing surgery to put in a pacemaker last week. his wife giselle posted this video on twitter yesterday, of him walking out of the hospital unassisted. he writes in part, quote, time to rest and recover and annoy me. fetterman will face the winner of the gop winner in november. we wish him well with his recovery. still ahead in sports, the highlights of the stanley cup playoffs and an incredible comeback in the pga championship. "way too early" will be right back. back communications in the media for 45 years. i've been taking prevagen on a regular basis for at least eight years. for me, the greatest benefit over the years has been that prevagen seems to help me recall things and also think more clearly. and i enthusiastically recommend prevagen.
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southern hills in tulsa, oklahoma. in the final round of the pga championship, it was a heartbreaker, for pereira, the 27-year-old from chile, in his first pga championship, he was the overnight leader and never trailed all day, until driving into a creek. and then making a double bogey on the 18th hole. to finish 1 shot behind. that is terrible. instead, it would be justin thomas in the winner's circle. thomas rallied from 7 shots down at the start of the round, and then beat will zalatoris in a three-hole playoff to win the trophy. congrats to him. to baltimore, and the 147th running of the preakness stakes. early voting held off hard charging favorite epicenter who finished 1 1/4 links behind in second place just like the kentucky derby a few weeks ago and with rich strike not in the
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race on saturday early voting validated the decision to skip the derby and aim for the second leg of the triple crown instead. but it's unlikely there will be a showdown between the derby and preakness winners at the belmont stakes next month. that's because early voting's owner says the horse might not be suited for the race. meanwhile, just down the road in the preakness, at camden yards, very baltimore segment, the orioles took two out of three against the tampa bay rays over the weekend walking off yesterday with this, and the win, in 11 innings. to the bronx. white house shortstop tim anderson had the last laugh at the end of a tense series with the yankees. hushing the bronx call with a three-run hormone to steal a double header. to end the game. and the previous nine-game win streak. two straight yesterday. and in boston, don't look now, the suddenly hot red sox
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had a walk-off grand slam hit by the unlikely here cordero. and gave boston a dual victory and a four-game sweep of the seattle mariners. the sox have won five in a row and nine of the last 12. here is look at where things stant stand in the american leak east. and finally manchester city, the champion of the premiere league, for the fourth time in five years after raling from 2-0 down to get the points required to hold off liverpool. they got three goals from the 75th minute on. roger bennet joins me now to break down the final day drama ahead on "morning joe." time now for the weather. let's go to the meteorologist michelle grossman for the forecast. you're a tottenham fan so who were you rooting for yesterday? >> so manchester city, we are in the fourth place, which is great
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here. and i'm guessing you're a liverpool fan. >> we needed a team to endorse, and the red sox owners with liverpool and we hopped on just as they got picked. >> i know. so, so, so good. and we are liverpool fans here, but tottenham is our team. and soggy in many areas. we're looking at relief today. temperatures in the 60s and 70s. back to average this time of the year. after temperatures feeling like august as we went through the weekend. as we go throughout today, temperatures below normal for this time of the year, so eight degrees below normal in parts of virginia and in philadelphia, it is 71 degrees. and 6 degrees below the typical for this time of the year. and detroit 69. charlotte, 73. and we will stay nice and pleasant as we head toward the end of the week.
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back to you. >> it was brutal this weekend in the northeast. i'm glad we have more seasonal temperatures. michelle grossman, thank you very much. and still ahead, much more from president biden's trip overseas a live report from tokyo on the heels of the administration's newly-announced trade agreement aimed at countering china. we'll be back with all of that in a minute. est and fastest 5g network. but, they don't. they only cover select cities with 5g. and with coverage of over 96% of interstate highway miles, they've got us covered. trelegy for copd. [coughing] ♪ birds flyin' high, you know how i feel. ♪ ♪ breeze driftin' on by... ♪ if you've been playing down your copd,... ♪ it's a new dawn, it's a new day,... ♪ ...it's time to make a stand. start a new day with trelegy. ♪...and i'm feelin' good. ♪ no once-daily copd medicine... has the power to treat copd in as many ways as trelegy.
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blue had a baby. that's impossible. ahhhhhhh aida is pretty special. we needed her to help us fix a terrible mistake. is that a dinosaur on your sholder? yeah. why? welcome back to "way too early." it's 5:30 a.m. on the east coast, 2:30 out west. i'm jonathan lemire.
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just a short time ago, president biden announced what without officials are calling quote the most significant international economic agreement that the u.s. has ever had in the asia-pacific region. the indo-pacific trade partnership will unite a dozen countries including the u.s., japan, australia and india. officials sate framework for the coalition will be based on four pillars, those are supply chain resiliency, clean energy and decarbon eye dation, anti--tax, anticorruption and trade. it is also meant to serve as an alternative to trade with china which has becoming an increasingly isolated economically since the start of the pandemic. the largest u.s. involvement since the trade pacific ocean was scuttled by president trump a few years ago. here is president biden on the new partnership. >> from our discussion today, it is clear that we all recognize the fundamental direction we need to move. in we share the same goal of assuring a free and open
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indo-pacific. we'll deliver greater prosperity and greater opportunity for all of our children. >> critics say the partnership lacks some details and certain countries can opt in and out on various components. joining us now live from tokyo, on the trip with the president, is nbc news white house correspondent carol lee. great to see you. obviously, the president had this news conference in japan a short time ago. and the big headline is taiwan. he said he would use the u.s. military to defend taiwan if china invaded. white house officials immediately tried to clarify that. it's been a little bit of time now. what more you are hearing? what did the president mean to say? >> well, the president has not yet come out to try to clarify this, jonathan and this is the second time in eight months that he said something like this, the difference which is this time, where he's signaling that the u.s. will use military intervention with china, if china why to invade taiwan, he couldn't have been much clearer
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about what he was saying, and he was asked a very direct question and he answered very directly. and the other difference is the last time he said something like this, he was in washington, and this time, he's actually in the region. and that raises the stakes a little bit here. and so we've already seen china come out and condemn this. and we've seen the white house try to walk it back. the concern is that this would somehow provoke china. this could be escalatory. and it could result in some sort of an accidental confrontation in the region. and it just raises tensions here. and the administration has been really concerned about those tensions already being high. so the other interesting thing that the president said was he said more clearly than we really heard before, that while the administration is outlining its strategy on ukraine, they're doing so with china and taiwan in mind. and that for instance, he said if ukraine and russia were to reach an agreement to end the war, that all of those sanctions, if they all went
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away, against russia, that one message was then to china, suggesting that russia should spay a long-term price, and some of their sanctions should remain on russia over the long term, even if the conflict does come to an end, because, in the president's words, this is something that china's watching very closely, and they don't want to send that kind of signal. so a lot going on here. on the president's trip. and starting to do a lot of things economically to send a message back home to americans who really care about that. and this particular thing is overshadowing what has been a pretty routine trip. >> and certainly the parallels between china and taiwan, russia ukraine have been quietly said for a while now, and the president was so direct about it today and he mentioned the economy, he also said that he, coming to the backdrop of the new agreement that they announced, he said he did not believe that a recession was inevitable but acknowledged that economic pain and concern was
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worrying. what more can you add, carol, as to what the president said to address this, and how they plan to try to ward off a recession? >> well, what was interesting, about his comments about a recession, he said it is not inevitable that there will be a recession. but he didn't rule it out. and he did have a warning for americans which quote was this is going to be a situation, it will take some time, so he again is saying, that while he is working on, this this is not going away any time soon and again leaving open the possibility of a recession. did talk about gas prices for instance and said that the u.s. releases, in coordination with allies, from the strategic petroleum reserve, have been helpful, even though it is not enough, and then he called on congress to pass the agenda, say lag would help address some of these issues. familiar things that we've heard from the president before. it doesn't appear to be any movement on some of the president's big ticket agenda
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items in congress, and that was his message today and trying to cast some of what he has been doing here, while in asia, as something that will benefit the u.s. economy. a couple of south korean companies, for instance, in south korea, announced investments, building manufacturing plants in the u.s., the president saying that would pay dividends but that's not going to be for several years. so he's trying to walk this very fine line of saying what he is doing here, matters at home, and americans are not really seeing the results, saying look, this is going to take some time. >> abc's carol lee and mane maybe some seagulls live in tokyo, we appreciate you being with us today. and still more cases of monkey pox are popping up around the world. what the cdc is saying about this rare virus. plus, twitter cracks down on crisis content. and how long will the policy last? as we look at a beautiful sunrise over midtown manhattan. "way too early" will be right back.
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for the first time since the pandemic began, the glitzy world economic forum returns to davos. my invitation was lost in the mail. but the war in ukraine will be the theme for the meeting. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy will kick off the event with a video address, despite prominent past forums including a virtual address by vladimir putin last year, there won't be any russian representation this time around. instead, a space normally preserved for russia has been transformed by ukrainian activists and ukrainian artists, into a russian war crimes house. portraying images of the devastation in ukraine. more than 100 cases of monkey pox have been reported in 12 countries, including the united states. the viral infection is rarely seen outside of central and western african nations, where it is endemic, according to the
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world health organization. the monkey pox virus which originates in primates and other wild animals caught fever, body aches, chills and fatigues in most patients but severe cases may cause rashes and lesions on parts of the body. it's primarily spread from animals to humans, through bites and scratches but humans can give it to one another through prolonged face to face contact. and president biden addressed the virus after cases were confirmed in massachusetts, new york, and also suspected in florida. well, we were told the level of exposure, but it is something that everybody should be concerned about. they're working on it hard. and figuring out what to do, and what vaccine may be available for it. but it is a concern, in the sense that if it were to spread, it's consequential. that's all they've told me. >> the cdc adds there's quote no
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proven safe treatment for monkey pox but the fda has approved the use of smallpox vaccines and anti-viral treatments to help control outbreaks. most people who get monkey pox flofr a few weeks. twitter is planning to further crack down on false and misleading content and prohibit utes users from responding and liking and forwarding in situations where there is a widespread threat to life, physical safety or health or basic substance, and it starts with the war in ukraine and as soon as we have evidence that a claim may be misleading, we will amplify or recommend content that is covered by this policy across twitter. in some case, the company will also add a warning label to misinformation. and it is unclear if the new policy will survive if and when elon musk takes over the
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on friday, former president trump's one-time lawyer rudy giuliani sat for a lengthy interview with the house select committee investigating january 6th. people familiar with the closed door interview tells "the new york times" it lasted more than seven hours and it is unclear what he told the committee but because of his efforts to overthrow the 2020 election he could be a pivotal witness for the panel. he is one of the last witnesses the panel wished to speak with before holding public hearings next month. >> and rudy giuliani had an eventful appearance at a parade in manhattan shouting at people who watched him walk by.
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>> and joining us is the reporter who broke the story about rudy giuliani's testimony, hugo, you don't have to weigh in on giuliani's parade, and the misadventures if you don't want but tell us about the committee and how significant his testimony appears to be. >> giuliani, i mean, seven hours, he talked to the committee, i mean that is not a short deposition. a fifth amendment, that deposition will be about one hour or two hours. giuliani on the other hand has a lot to say, and in the reporting on the negotiations, his lawyer was having with the select committee in terms of his appearance, it was all about, does he appear via a subpoena, does he think the select committee is legitimate and talk about matters with trump, and the final agreement, as far as i understand it is, he was not going to talk about matters cover bid executive privilege, so that precludes trump, but includes everything else. and republican members of congress, and what he was
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dealing with, other operatives in trump's circle, those are not covered by executive privilege and should be considered fair game and that was expansive. >> and certainly watching what he had to say. and you have news, we know the house select committee is expected to hold public hearings coming up. you have new details. >> now it is going to be six hearings and originally eight. they keep changing it. still subject to change. they are trying to achieve two things. first of all, they want to show how trump, or how they believe trump broke the law. that's number one. the second thing they're trying to do is effectively connect the dots between the political claim that trump had to stop the election and the violence by military groups and to that end, they will have the top investigators, the top counsels, leading the questioning of the witnesses and it is a notable point, normally in congressional hearings, it is different, but it will be done by the committee counsels who are formally career prosecutors who know their
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material inside and out and will be focusing on the chronological development of trump's time in office, and the time period before january 6th and that's how they will wrap these hearings together and at the very end focus on the militia groups and this is significant because there will be indictments there. >> and they will be televised. any details you can add about the quote theatrics and how they want to sell the presentation to grab the american public's presentation who has had to live this w-this -- had to live with this for a while now and how can they grab the attention and say look, this matters. >> it is all about the presentation. and they will have the witnesses testifying and at the same time the idea is to have the counsel flash through the videos and text messages that they have from different sources to reillustrate and vividly bring to life the testimony. and it will all be the presentation, heavy on the audio and the visual elements and
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actually showing the american public to not get bored and some of the hearings in the prime time and the other four in the middle at 10:00 a.m., but they will be lengthier airs between an hour and a half and two and a half hours depending on the hearing and they want to public's attention on what was actually being done. it is going to be -- it is almost going to be like a documentary in some respects. >> of course, there is a political aspect, and we'll see what impact it may have to former president trump as we head into november and the midterms. thank you for the terrific reporting and for being with us today. up next, we go live to indianapolis where the first overseas shipment of baby formula has arrived. coming up on "morning joe," tension in asia, as the white house had to clarify comments from president biden, who said the u.s. military will defend taiwan if china invades. meanwhile, a massive $40 billion aid package is off the president's desk and on its way to ukraine. we'll discuss all of this with
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our friend david ignatius has a new piece in the "washington post," "the new balance of power, u.s. and allies up, russia down." he writes, in part, russia is failing in its invasion of ukraine. no matter how the war ends, the fact is russia appears unable to defeat a relatively small neighboring nation. meanwhile, america and its allies are more united than they've been in years. in a rebalancing world, the united states can advance its interests in every direction. start with europe. nato center of gravity will shift eastward, as european nations such as germany add military muscle and become more independent of russian energy. it'll extend north to the strategic prize of the arctic, as sweden and finland join the alliance. a more european ukraine may pull russia and its remaining satellites toward the west, as well. the right first step a rapid move to draw ukraine, as much as
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remains unoccupied by russian forces, into the european union. the changes in the balance of power are still in process, but the world is different from what it was before february 24th. for now, it's going america's way. those words from david ignatius. another big story here, thousands of pounds of baby formula from europe are on the way to hospitals and health care providers in the united states. meanwhile, another military plane loaded with supplies is expected to arrive in the u.s. in a couple of days. the first flight of operation fly formula touched down in indiana yesterday morning. it was carrying nestle's formula for kids who have milk aller allergies. the shipment is enough to feed 9,000 babies and 18,000 toddlers for one week. a flight carrying more. >> heidi: -- hypoallergenic formula is expected wednesday. the head of the usda gave a timeline for getting more formula in stores. >> i've been told by the fda
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commissioner that in a matter of a week or so, we should begin to see some supply. over the course of the next several weeks, we should see an ever-increasing supply. i would say certainly within the next 30 days, we're going to see an abatement of this situation. >> 30 days. last night, president biden announced defense production act authorizations for two formula manufacturers. it allows both companies to get priority in the materials needed to quickly increase supply. joining us now, nbc news correspondent meagan fitzgerald, who is in indiana. great to see you this morning. where can caregivers go to get formula from these shipments? >> reporter: jonathan, good morning. great to be with you. you know, it is so important that you already noted we're talking about this hypoallergenic formula. yesterday, we saw the 78,000 pounds coming here.
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another shipment expected wednesday. the short answer to your question, in a couple days, for some, they should be able to see this formula. remember, nestle also has to do their own quality inspection test. while this is fda approved formula that's flying in from europe, they said that the results of their test, for some of the shipment that we saw yesterday, is likely in the coming days, then they're going to launch that, disperse it across the country. this is hypoallergenic, so a prescription-based formula. it'll go to hospitals and health care facilities. again, in the coming days, there are some folks that will be seeing this. then, of course, the rest of that batch of formula that arrived yesterday here, they tell us that it is going to be a couple of weeks before they get that all clear, before it's then going to go throughout the entire country. but the good news here is that we are seeing an increase of shipments coming in. as you mentioned, manufacturers are now starting to try and turn the wheels, to try to get more
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of this formula on the shelves. as we talked yesterday to the secretary of agriculture, he said, look, this is an all hands on deck approach. the united states is doing everything they can to try to ease and eventually stop this crisis, jonathan. >> we saw footage there of the plane landing in indiana yesterday. one is coming to d.c. in a couple days. can you give us a sense as to how many more shipments and what sort of timeline they may arrive with? as we heard there from the official, 30 days. this is good news, but 30 days is still a long time for parents who are worried about baby formula. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. you know, we talked to parents yesterday who are hopeful that this is coming in, but like you said, they need it now. this is not immediate. so to your question, we know from the secretary and from officials with the white house that they are going to be continuing these flights. so, of course, we saw the c-17 landing yesterday, but now they're going to have commercial flights, which was the plan
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originally. coming from europe into the united states on a weekly basis. they've not yet given specifics on when those planes will come after the one that's supposed to come on wednesday, but we do know this is going to be a continuous thing, where we will see more than 100 palettes of this formula coming into the united states. >> certainly a story we're going to stay on. signs of hope but a long way to go here. it's become a priority for the biden administration. operation fly formula has begun. nbc's meagan fitzgerald, thank you for joining us live from indianapolis. thank you to you for getting up "way too early" with us on this monday morning. a busy "morning joe" starts right now. ♪♪ good morning. welcome to "morning joe." we have a lot to cover on this monday morning, may 23rd. the president continues his asia trip, and the biggest headline from that trip so far came just a few hours ago when he said the
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u.s. military would get involved if china invaded tie wa if china invaded tiwantaiwan. the white house was quick to clarify, and china was quick to respond. plus, the line in the sand when it comes to a cease-fire. what a top leader to president zelenskyy said. plus, the crisis at home, baby formula. military planes carrying shipments from europe arrived in the u.s. yesterday. we'll tell you where it's headed and just how far it'll go in relieving the shortage. the answer, the short answer, not enough. the latest from pennsylvania in a republican senate race still close to call. could the outcome hinge on a court case from last year? also, tomorrow's primary race in georgia. mike pence visits the state

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