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Former Trump aide says Texas power outages are consequence of electing Biden

Joe Biden will mark the US crossing 500,000 Covid deaths with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House.

The country is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed US fatality due to the novel coronavirus.

The White House said Mr Biden would deliver remarks at sunset to honour those who lost their lives. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.

It comes as Donald Trump prepares to give his first speech since leaving the White House, in which he is expected to signal that he remains the GOP’s “presumptive 2024 nominee”, according to Axios.

The former president will make the reported “show of force” at the annual CPAC conference for conservatives on Sunday.

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Joe Biden’s public schedule for Monday

Joe Biden’s public schedule shows that the US president will this morning receive his presidential daily brief – which details America’s most sensitive national security issues – before he delivers a pair of remarks first concerning small businesses, then later regarding the country’s death toll due to coronavirus.

The US is expected to pass 500,000 confirmed deaths from Covid-19 later today – by far the highest confirmed total of any country.

(Factbase)

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 13:01

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Trump ‘offered Kim Jong-un a ride on Air Force One’ after Hanoi summit

Mr Trump’s meetings with Mr Kim were among the most eye-catching moments of his presidency, culminating in the former president declaring his love for the North Korean leader after a summit in Singapore in 2018.

He told a crowd at a campaign rally: “He wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”

Namita Singh22 February 2021 12:41

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Trump to send message he is ‘presumptive 2024 nominee’ during CPAC speech

Donald Trump will send a message that he is the “presumptive 2024 nominee” for the Republican Party during his first public appearance since leaving the White House, Axios has reported.

The former president is to appear at the annual CPAC conference on Sunday, and the US news outlet reports that one Trump adviser says he will make a “show of force” that will attempt to convey to the GOP that “I’m still in charge”.

Mr Trump is expected to organise 2022 primaries of Republican lawmakers he feels have been insufficiently loyal, and has not publicly ruled out running for the presidency again.

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 12:19

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‘It feels like a threat’: Trump Jr uses wall of guns as backdrop for video attacking teacher unions

Donald Trump Jr has drawn criticism for using a display of guns as the backdrop for a video attacking teachers’ unions, with some calling the choice particularly tasteless “in the era of school shootings” and others suggesting it resembles the sort of video posted by “extremists”.

On Sunday, Mr Trump shared a video entitled “These teachers unions are out of control” in which he criticised unions for speaking out against opening schools with the Covid pandemic still raging.

With the US poised to cross half a million Covid deaths on Monday, the son of former president Donald Trump called union opposition to schools reopening “all political”.

Mayank Aggarwal22 February 2021 12:01

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Biden will likely be forced into pulling Neera Tanden nomination

It is looking increasingly likely Joe Biden will have to pull his nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget after Republican senator Susan Collins said she would vote against the former government official.

Ms Collins said Ms Tanden had “neither the experience nor the temperament” to lead the agency, in light of excoriating tweets she would often send about lawmakers.

Democrats need to find a Republican vote for Ms Tanden after Democratic senator Joe Manchin announced he would also not support her nomination.

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 11:41

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Pentagon reviews Trump decision to relocate Space Command from Colorado

The move, which the ex-president signed-off on one week before he left office last month,  blindsided Colorado officials and raised questions of political retaliation, reports the Associated Press.

Mr Trump had hinted at a 2020 rally in Colorado Springs that US Space Command would stay at Peterson Air Force Base in the city.

Graeme Massie22 February 2021 11:19

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Trump Jr posts bizarre video in front of wall of guns

Donald Trump Jr has posted a bizarre video in which he rants about the closure of schools during the coronavirus pandemic while stood in front various guns mounted on a wall.

At the very least, it would appear in bad taste to stand in front of guns while shouting about schools during an era of regular school shootings.

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 10:59

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Ted Cruz under fire after Texas winter storm ‘photo op’

Mr Trump’s meetings with Mr Kim were among the most eye-catching moments of his presidency, culminating in the former president declaring his love for the North Korean leader after a summit in Singapore in 2018.

He told a crowd at a campaign rally: “He wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 10:28

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Biden takes swipe at Trump with tweet about ‘listening to the scientists’

Joe Biden has tweeted a video in which the president listens to Dr Anthony Fauci deliver a presentation about the coronavirus and the vaccines designed to combat it.

“When I said I would listen to the scientists as president, I meant it,” Mr Biden tweeted, in a subtle swipe at his predecessor Donald Trump, who infamously paid little heed to health experts, even amid a devastating pandemic.

Tom Embury-Dennis22 February 2021 09:53

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Former Trump advisor says Texas power outages are consequence of electing Biden

Millions of residents of the Lone Star state were left without power, heat and water after it was pummelled by the record-breaking freeze.

Mr Kudlow was happy to blame it on Mr Biden, who has been president for one month, but he did not try and explain how the president had caused the unprecedented grid failure.

Graeme Massie22 February 2021 09:29

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