Trump: Biden is mendacity or ‘mentally gone’ on vaccines
Joe Biden mentioned the world cannot return to a Cold War with Russia and China and should search methods to cooperate on international challenges just like the Covid pandemic at the same time as the 2 nations pose safety dangers to the western alliance.
Speaking on the Munich Security Conference, Biden reaffirmed his dedication to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization whereas apologizing to European leaders for the final 4 years underneath Donald Trump.
That apology got here with the Biden administration returning the US to the Paris local weather accord, one other reversal of Trump-era insurance policies of the previous 4 years.
The concentrate on overseas coverage got here because the Biden administration continued to face home crises in its first weeks, together with unprecedented winter climate that delayed 6 million doses of Covid vaccine.
While Biden toured the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan, Republican senator Ted Cruz stayed out of the highlight after coming underneath intense scrutiny for fleeing Texas for the hotter climes of Cancun.
Congress continued going by its motions, with Democrat Joe Manchin asserting his opposition to the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management & Budget, Neera Tanden.
The White House has refused to withdraw her nomination, hoping as an alternative to persuade Republicans to affirm her submit.
Fauci mentioned Trump totally misplaced curiosity in tackling Covid-19 because it grew to become clear he had misplaced November’s presidential election.
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Tom Embury-Dennis19 February 2021 07:57
Trump is reportedly anxious he’ll face lawsuits for the remainder of his life
Former President Donald Trump fears he could face lawsuits for the remainder of his life from a barrage of plaintiffs in search of justice for the impression his conspiracy theories had during the last 4 years and on the 2020 election, in accordance to a brand new report.
MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough has beforehand indicated in public feedback he was contemplating submitting a lawsuit in opposition to the previous president after Mr Trump suggested with out proof he “got away with murder” whereas referring to the 2001 loss of life of Lori Klausutis, a former congressional aide who had an undiagnosed coronary heart situation on the time of her passing, and whose loss of life was dominated an accident by the medical expert.
After his relationship with the previous Republican congressman and media persona frayed in 2016, Mr Trump started repeatedly selling the baseless conspiracy concept that Mr Scarborough killed the staffer.
Chris Riotta19 February 2021 08:11
AOC raises $1m for Texas in 4 hours
“Team AOC is launching relief efforts for Texas starting today,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at 5.42pm on Thursday.
Four hours later, at 9.49pm, the Democratic congresswoman tweeted once more: “Wow. We officially raised $1 million for Texas relief at 9:17pm. Thank you all so much. I’m at a loss for words. Always in awe of movement work.”
The astonishing fundraising effort comes after Texas was plunged into an vitality and water crises triggered by a brutal chilly snap and additionally demonstrates the rising affect of AOC over politics.
Tom Embury-Dennis19 February 2021 08:39
Ted Cruz jeered by protesters on return to Texas as he admits Mexico journey
US senator Ted Cruz is again within the US after going viral for taking a trip together with his household to Mexico on Wednesday, at the same time as brutal winter climate left a whole bunch of 1000’s of his fellow Texans with out regular electrical energy, warmth, or operating water.
On Thursday Mr Cruz admitted the choice was a “mistake,” however mentioned he was simply attempting to be an excellent father and rescue his children from the state’s energy outages and bitter chilly.
“Whether the decision to go was tone deaf, look, it was obviously a mistake,” Mr Cruz advised reporters, as protesters chanted, “Resign!” within the background. “In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it. I was trying to be a dad.”
Tom Embury-Dennis19 February 2021 08:59
Fox New launches bid to rehabilitate Ted Cruz
Fox News host Sean Hannity performed a unprecedented interview with Ted Cruz final evening, through which he tried to rehabilitate the senator’s fame after he tried to flee the Texas chilly snap for Cancun.
“You were fully and completely engaged,” Mr Hannity mentioned of a person who was caught with suitcase in hand on the airport earlier this week.
“I think you can be a father and be the senator of Texas all at the same time. And make a round trip, quick, drop off trip, and come home,” Mr Hannity added, regardless of the actual fact Mr Cruz deliberate to spend three days there.
Tom Embury-Dennis19 February 2021 09:23
Trump ‘refused’ to meet Nikki Haley at Mar-a-Lago
Ms Haley initially declined to reprimand Mr Trump over his lies about having received the election, telling Politico in December: “I understand the president. I understand that genuinely, to his core, he believes he was wronged. This is not him making it up.”
Gustaf Kilander19 February 2021 09:41
Arkansas’ Republican governor slams Trump
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson has mentioned Donald Trump “cannot define” the Republican Party going into the long run after GOP senator Lindsey Graham sided with Mr Trump in a spat with Mitch McConnell.
“It’s hard to play the middle road on this. In an ideal world you can state the truth, which is that former President Trump bears a great deal of responsibility for what happened at our nation’s Capitol on January 6,” Ms Asa advised CNN.
It got here after Mr McConnell was savaged by Mr Trump and supporters after he condemned the previous president for his function within the Capitol rebellion final month.
Republicans are going to “have to determine whether Trump is going to dictate the future of the party, or whether our principles and many other leaders are going to shape the future of our party,” Mr Asa mentioned.
“We should not be defined by one person, particularly a person who has made such an egregious mistake as what we saw happen on January 6.”
Tom Embury-Dennis19 February 2021 09:59
Why McConnell doesn’t matter when it comes to Trump and the Republican Party
Just for a change, you would possibly say, Donald Trump has chosen to inform an previous-original fact a couple of political opponent. The former president says that his Republican “colleague” (loosely) Mitch McConnell is a “dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack”, which is about as close to to scientific reality as politics will get.
Of course, McConnell would possibly properly be fun-a-minute privately, a grinning enjoyable-bunny again at house, a bigger than life character who lights up a room each time he walks in; however in his monotonic public outings, not a lot.
To be honest to the Senate Republican chief, he doesn’t actually faux to be something apart from a dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack. He has no designs on the White House, and he makes Mike Pence appear a magnetic persona. Senator McConnell, in contrast to ex-president Trump, is at house in his personal rumpled pores and skin.
Tom Embury-Dennis19 February 2021 10:20
Mitt Romney outlines motive for voting to convict Trump
Mitt Romney has launched a press release to be entered into the congressional document, through which he explains why he voted to convict Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.
“I consider an attempt to corrupt an election to keep oneself in power one of the most reprehensible acts that can be taken by a sitting president,” the Republican senator mentioned. “The second impeachment resulted from the President’s continued effort to do just that.”
He added: “Despite the obvious and well-known threat of violence, he incited and directed thousands to descend upon the seat of Congress as it was undertaking the constitutionally prescribed process to certify his successor.”
Tom Embury-Dennis19 February 2021 10:41
‘Congratulations, man’: Biden telephones Nasa after Perseverance lands on Mars
In a cellphone name on Thursday the US president spoke of his delight within the area company’s achievement.
Perseverance touched down in a crater after a seven-month flight and a descent described by Nasa as “the seven minutes of terror”. It is designed to search out indicators of organic life.
Mr Biden watched the touchdown on tv and known as Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, close to Los Angeles, about an hour after landing.
Jon Sharman19 February 2021 10:59