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            by Kaylee Greenlee  Members of the media will not be able to visit migrant detention centers holding minors near the southern border due to COVID-19, a spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Reporters will not be allowed inside the Carrizo Springs facility for unaccompanied minors that was recently opened under the Biden administration in Texas, a Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) spokesperson told the DCNF. “The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is not hosting media tours of unaccompanied children (UC) facilities currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” an ACF spokesperson told the DCNF. “If media tours resume, we will send a media advisory,” the spokesperson added. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would look into why an ABC News reporter was told they would not be allowed to tour migrant facilities in Texas due to the ongoing COVID-19...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki has refused to describe the surge of unaccompanied migrant children at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis," but she repeatedly used that label when talking about issues during former President Donald Trump's administration.  As arrests of migrant children illegally crossing the border have steadily climbed under President Biden's administration, Psaki has repeatedly declined to address the situation as a "crisis." But Psaki has described other issues that way.  The White House press secretary referred to climate change as a "crisis" in a past tweet criticizing former Trump on the subject. SURGE OF 13,000 CENTRAL AMERICAN MINORS EXPECTED AT BORDER  "Its not just [COVID-19]...where [Trump] has ignored experts and science...it’s true for the climate crisis too," Psaki wrote in May of last year. Psaki also called gun violence a "crisis" in August 2019, thanking the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety for "putting some [cash] behind ads holding...
    President Biden expects a Trump-era shelter for unaccompanied youth migrants that was reopened under his administration won’t be around for much longer. The facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, was reopened because of the surging volume of unaccompanied children trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States, Biden said Friday. “Right now, there's thousands of unaccompanied children coming across the border,” the president told Univision. His administration has already been able to place “a significant number” of the children into shelters throughout the country, he added. “Our hope and expectation is that won’t stay open very long and we’ll be able to provide for every kid that comes across the border safely to be housed in a facility that is licensed,” Biden said of the reopened facility. LEFT AND RIGHT FURIOUS OVER BIDEN BORDER HOLDING FACILITY FOR MINORS — HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Friday broke his campaign promise to punish Saudi leaders by not sanctioning the crown prince who approved journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination.  No measures punishing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were mentioned in an unclassified intelligence report on Khashoggi’s death released by the the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 4Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved journalist Jamal Khashoggi's assassination, according to a new reportCredit: Reuters 4President Joe Biden promised on the campaign trail to punish Saudi leadersCredit: AFP or licensors The report stated that the crown prince referred to as MBS directly approved the murder of Khashoggi in October 2018. MBS was not mentioned in a list of sanctions from the Treasury Department that included the Saudi Royal Guard’s rapid intervention force and a former deputy intelligence chief. Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled visa restrictions on 76 Saudis who took part in harassing...
    The Biden administration announced Monday that state education departments would have flexibility surrounding standardized testing this year, but would not have broad authority to cancel those examinations. The highly-anticipated policy decision is a reversal from the Trump administration, which widely allowed districts to cancel standardized testing last year as the pandemic prompted widespread shifts to remote learning. This year, the Department of Education will "not invit[e] blanket waivers of assessments," Ian Rosenblum, the acting assistant education secretary, said in a three-page letter sent to state education heads. Instead, the department will offer modifications and alternatives to annual standardized tests, including pushing the exams until the summer or fall, administering the tests remotely and offering shortened versions. "It is urgent to understand the impact of COVID-19 on learning," Rosenblum said in the letter. "We know, however, that some schools and school districts may face circumstances in which they are not...
    By reviving the so-called "catch and release" approach of the past, the Biden administration is "facilitating illegal immigration," a former head of Customs and Border Protection argued Saturday. "Back in 2019, one of the driving factors behind the unprecedented crisis was the fact that we have these significant loopholes -- one of them being if you made it to the border, you're going to be released into the United States, never to be heard from again," Mark Morgan said on Fox News' "Cavuto Live." "Under the Trump administration," Morgan added, "that was cut off in large part due to the migrant protection protocol, the Remain in Mexico program. OVERSIGHT REPUBLICANS WARN DHS OF IMPENDING BORDER HEALTH CRISIS, BLAME ‘RECKLESS’ BIDEN POLICIES He continued: "Now that that program was rescinded, but those that were already enrolled in the program -- those are the people now that are being actively allowed in the United...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in no rush to blame Iran for a rocket attack on a military base in northern Iraq that left one civilian contractor dead and several others injured, including a U.S. service member. After years of former President Donald Trump threatening Tehran with U.S. military force after its attacks in Iraq and other aggressive actions in the region, the Biden administration is vowing to try diplomacy first. But it also has yet to remove a single Trump-era sanction on Iran as it searches for a way to alter the Islamic republic's behavior. “We are working in close partnership with Kurdish and Iraqi authorities,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said, noting that the United States has “intelligence holdings” independent of any other entity’s investigation. “We will marry that with information that we develop in tandem with our partners. But again, we are in the early...
    A worker cleans shattered glass on February 16, 2021 outside a damaged shop following a rocket attack the previous night in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region.Safin Hamed | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration on Tuesday would not rule out a potential retaliation against those behind Monday's deadly rocket attack in Iraq. The attack in the city of Irbil in the Kurdistan region killed one civilian contractor and injured nine more people, including a U.S. service member, according to Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS. At least three rockets hit near the civilian Irbil International Airport late Monday night, Kurdish security sources told NBC News. A nearby base houses U.S. troops. The Biden administration said it would wait to find out who was responsible for the attack before deciding how to react. "The president of the United States and...
    Washington (CNN)NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg opened the door Monday to the alliance keeping forces in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline when the US had promised to remove its remaining 2,500 troops from the country."While no ally wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, we will not leave before the time is right," Stoltenberg told a press conference in advance of an alliance defense ministers meeting later this week. Ministers are expected to discuss the fate of US and NATO troops at the meeting but reaching a quick decision on Afghanistan may be difficult given that Biden administration is reviewing how it will move ahead. NATO, Stoltenberg said, needs to "find the right balance between making sure that we not stay longer than necessary but at the same time that we don't leave too early." Biden has no good options on Afghanistan with deadline for troop withdrawal loomingThe Biden...
    Less than a week after he got the job, U.S. special envoy for Yemen, veteran diplomat Timothy Lenderking was rushed to Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh this week. His objective: Find a way to end the brutal six-year war in Yemen that has claimed well over 100,000 lives. The war has divided Yemen between the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who control the populous north and the capital Sanaa, and the country's Saudi-backed, United Nations-recognized government. The fighting has destroyed Yemen's infrastructure, leaving an already poor nation mired in disease and even deeper poverty, with civilians often caught in the crossfire.  Then-U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, is greeted by Tim Lenderking, who was then the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, left, and Saudi Arabian Assistant Minister of Defense Mohammad Al-Ayesh, center, upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, July 22, 2015. Carolyn Kaster/AP International relief agencies...
    By WILL WEISSERT and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — For nearly 17 months, the Trump administration tried to deport the mother and daughter from El Salvador. The Biden administration may finish the job. They are being held at a family detention center in remote Dilley, Texas, but have repeatedly been on the verge of deportation. The Friday before Christmas, both were driven to the San Antonio airport and put on a plane, only to be pulled off when lawyers working for immigrant advocacy groups filed new appeals. “I have faith first in God and in the new president who has taken office, that he'll give us a chance,” said the mother, who goes by the nickname “Barbi.” Her daughter was 8 when they crossed the U.S. border in August 2019 and will turn 10 in a few weeks. “It's not been easy.” It's unlikely to get easier anytime...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki walked back President Biden’s comments that the COVID-19 vaccine would be available to any American who wants it by the spring, telling reporters on Tuesday that the vaccine will not be widely available by then. Biden, on Monday, predicted every American who wanted a vaccine would be able to get one by springtime. BIDEN HOPES FOR 1.5 MILLION COVID VACCINES PER DAY But Psaki squashed that expectation Tuesday. "What the president’s goal is, is ensuring that there’s greater availability in the spring," Psaki said. "He will push his team…This is his focus every single day." She added: "But the fact is, is every American is not going to be eligible this spring." Psaki went on to say that it is "his hope" that more Americans will have access as quickly as possible." "But he also said many times, it would take months and months for a broad...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceNFL cribs: Here’s where the Kansas City Chiefs call home Five decades after their last appearance in the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs are back. Fueled by thrilling 24-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the team has reinvigorated its long-suffering fan base.When can younger, healthy people get vaccinated? A former Biden COVID-19 adviser says it will be months Some 41.4 million vaccine doses had been distributed to states as of Sunday morning, and 21.8 million doses had been administered. Shopping for a home and scared of COVID-19? Here’s how real-estate agents are keeping clients safe ‘Whenever I see a new place, I have to sign forms about COVID-19, such as if I have traveled anywhere, tested positive recently or know anyone who has.’CDC Director Walensky: ‘I can’t tell you how much vaccine we have’ President Biden has outlined a goal of 100 million...
    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.Rob Carr | Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump may disagree about many things, but China isn't one of them. Biden's team has shown early signs that it agrees with the previous administration on several "extremely touchy" issues concerning China, an American public policy expert said on Thursday. The "early signals" show that the Biden administration "may change the tone and tenor of the conversation with Beijing — but they're not really gonna change the policy," said Lanhee Chen, director of domestic policy studies and lecturer at Stanford University. He pointed out that Antony Blinken, Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, said during his confirmation hearing this week that he agreed with the previous administration's assessment that China committed genocide against the minority...
    Joe Biden's new CDC Director on Thursday said COVID-19 vaccines will not be as widely available as the flu shot by mid-February, a promise that was made by Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar last month, and that the roll out will take much longer. Speaking on Today, Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to give a date for when the vaccines would be available in pharmacies and said the new administration has to put 'the peddle to the metal' to get them out to Americans faster.  The Biden administration says fighting COVID-19 is its top priority and the President has vowed to vaccinate 100million Americans in his first 100 days in office.  They have made sweeping promises to ramp up vaccine distribution.  So far, they have made mentions of using medical students, medical military, retired doctors and nurses and sites like gymnasiums and community centers to bolster the vaccination...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)US President Joe Biden is inheriting a tense and messy relationship with China from his predecessor.From a grueling trade war to a slew of sanctions on the country's most prominent tech companies, the Trump administration spent the bulk of the last four years piling pressure on the United States' biggest economic rival. Things only became more heated in recent weeks as Washington slapped additional restrictions on Chinese business and investment. Biden will strike a more predictable and diplomatic tone than former President Donald Trump. But analysts say that the new administration isn't likely to ease up on Beijing too much when it comes to tech and trade.Biden pledges America will engage with the world once again"It is difficult to see a US reversal of the recent hawkish trends in China policy, given the increasingly negative views on China in the US," Sylvia Sheng, a global strategist at...
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020.Drew Angerer | Reuters There likely will be no nasty tweets in the middle of the night excoriating the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates. Nor will its officials be called "boneheads" should their actions not be in keeping with President Joe Biden's wishes. But that doesn't mean the U.S. central bank won't face pressure as it looks to navigate its way through a new administration. Challenges ahead include the pandemic, as well as demands for a more inclusive economy and a stronger approach toward social issues, such as racial equality and climate change. There also will be an interesting new dynamic, where Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen will, if confirmed, have the added benefit of being a former Fed chair. Broad monetary policy changes are...
    Incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined Friday to specify whether President-elect Joe Biden’s administration would resume the tradition of publishing the White House’s visitor logs after Biden is inaugurated next week. Psaki, who was present at a Biden transition team briefing on Friday afternoon, was asked whether her team would resume the release of visitor logs after President Trump discontinued the practice during his term. In response, Psaki said the Biden administration wants to "ensure we are transparent," but did not commit to publishing the logs. "I wouldn’t expect many visitors in the early months, especially due to COVID," Psaki said at the event. "It will be quite limited, but we will have more to say on that soon." VideoPsaki added that the White House press team would have "more to say" on its ethics policy in the coming days. Biden will be sworn in as president next...
    Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi, U.S. December 20, 2020.Paul Sancya | Reuters The Biden administration's plan to release nearly every available dose of Pfizer and Moderna's coronavirus vaccines to states shouldn't cause any supply issues down the road, a member of President-elect Joe Biden's Covid-19 advisory board said Thursday. The advisory team has had numerous conversations with vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, among others, about supply issues, said Dr. Celine Gounder, who sits on the panel and is an infectious disease specialist at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Barring some unforeseen "manufacturing snafu," the Biden administration is "confident" there won't be issues getting people their second shots on time, she said. "That's not something we're too worried about," Gounder told the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health during a webcast...
    Georgia voters head to the polls to decide two critical Senate runoff elections Tuesday, but Republicans face a choice between fighting against President-elect Joe Biden or for President Trump. That’s not how the combatants in the 2020 presidential election put it. Trump and Biden held dueling campaign rallies Monday night, each supporting their parties’ candidates for the two Senate seats. If Democrats sweep both races, they will win control of the Senate thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote. Otherwise, Republicans will retain the majority. But Trump isn’t conceding that Harris will succeed Vice President Mike Pence later this month. He hasn’t conceded the presidential race nationally or in Georgia, one of several states where he is still contesting the results — in this case, putting him at odds with local Republican leaders. “You will see the real numbers tonight in my speech, but especially on JANUARY6th,” Trump teased...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s top advisers say the incoming administration will “need time” to undo what they regard as damaging U.S. immigration and border enforcement policies implemented under President Donald Trump. In an interview with Spanish wire service EFE this week, Susan Rice, Biden’s incoming domestic policy adviser, and Jake Sullivan, his pick for national security adviser, said U.S. border policies the Trump administration put in place to deter mass migration will not disappear overnight.  “We will be able to take some steps to change policies right away. Others will take time to put in place, and the situation at the border will not transform overnight, due in large part to the damage done over the last four years. But we are committed to addressing it in full,” Rice said. Speaking with reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, Biden said he had already discussed immigration issues with Mexican President Andres Manuel...
    In this photo illustration the official page of the President elect of the United States, Joe Biden, on Twitter seen displayed on a smartphone.Rafael Henrique | LightRocket | Getty Images The Biden administration will soon run the official Twitter accounts for the White House, but the accounts won't come with followers as they did when President Trump took over from Barack Obama in 2017. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that when the platform transfers institutional accounts like @WhiteHouse, @POTUS and @VP on Inauguration Day, they "will not automatically retain their existing followers." Currently, the @POTUS account has more than 33 million followers, while @WhiteHouse has 26 million. This process is different from the last time the accounts changed hands, which was also the first-ever transition of the accounts, as they were created during the Obama era. The accounts did retain their followers through that presidential transition....
    Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson revealed Tuesday that he will not join the Biden administration in January. Johnson, 63, was at the top of a short list of candidates for defense secretary or attorney general, which heads the Justice Department. President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced this week that retired Gen. Lloyd Austin will be nominated to oversee the Pentagon. The incoming Democratic administration has not revealed who will be the government's top attorney. “I will not be in the Biden administration,” Johnson told Reuters reporter Ted Hesson. Johnson was tapped by President Obama in 2013 to head DHS for four years, including during the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2014. The executive action allowed illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to apply for protections for deportations and work permits after Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform in...
    President Donald Trump ended his Tuesday remarks at a coronavirus vaccine summit by denying that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 general election. Trump’s comments were prompted by NBC’s Peter Alexander, who asked why the administration had not invited anyone from Biden’s team to attend the event as they will be responsible for overseeing the majority of the distribution. (RELATED: FDA Releases Tranche Of Pfizer Data And Documents, Clearing Way For Vaccine’s Emergency Approval) WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: President Donald Trump speaks to the media after presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dan Gable in the Oval Office on December 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) “We’re going to have to see who the next administration is because we won in those swing states, and there were terrible things that went on,” Trump answered. “Whichever the next administration is will really be able to...
    (CNN)Democrats in Congress are still intent on investigating President Donald Trump and his administration after he leaves office, including a pursuit of Trump's tax returns, a drive that threatens to complicate President-elect Joe Biden's pledges of bipartisan unity since he won the election.Democratic lawmakers and aides tell CNN they don't intend to delve into all of Trump's personal scandals once Biden is in the White House, in a nod to the President-elect's desire to move forward. But they argue they have an obligation to scrutinize the actions of Trump and his administration that they charge violated constitutional norms and eroded the separation of powers -- particularly in areas that can help efforts to pass legislative reforms to curb the powers of future presidents.Democrats also have multiple lawsuits being waged against Trump in the courts -- including efforts to obtain Trump's tax returns, key financial documents, testimony from a former White...
    Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe suggested in a Sunday morning there might not be a Joe Biden administration – as a Republican senator made the case that President Trump has effectively conceded the race. Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist who the president installed following his passionate defenses during impeachment and the Mueller probe, described a Biden administration as something that may or may not come to pass. 'These election issues, we'll see who is in what seats and whether there is a Biden administration,' Ratcliffe told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on 'Sunday Morning Futures.'  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in an interview Sunday 'we'll see' whether 'there is a Biden administration' He spoke hours after Trump told a Georgia campaign rally Democrats 'stole' the election, which he called 'rigged.' 'They cheated and rigged our presidential election but we'll still win it. And they are going to try to...
    Kellyanne Conway on Friday acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election and said she would work with his administration if they needed her. She is one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters to acquiesce his rival's victory and her tactic admission comes as the president continues his legal fight to overturn the results.   'The president wants to exhaust all of his legal avenues, as he has made clear many times. His team is doing that, and that is his right,' Conway told The 19th. 'If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail. I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do,' she added. Kellyanne Conway acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election, one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters...
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's margin over President Donald Trump in the nationwide popular vote is now more than 7 million votes and may continue to grow as several states continue counting votes. Biden's lead over Trump is the second largest since 2000, and is about two and a half times larger than Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead over Trump in 2016. As of Friday morning, Biden had won about 81.2 million votes, the most votes a candidate has won in US history, and Trump had won about 74.2 million. Trump's vote count makes him the second-highest vote earner in American history.Despite Biden's decisive victory and the Trump administration starting the formal presidential transition process, the President has refused to concede the race and continues to make baseless claims about widespread voter fraud. Biden won 306 electoral votes, while Trump has 232. Two hundred and seventy electoral votes are needed to...
    Joe Biden revealed Tuesday that he will not find spots for progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in his Cabinet, claiming he needs their voices and votes in the U.S. Senate. 'One thing is really critical – taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly for a person of consequence, is a really difficult decision that would have to be made,' Biden said during an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt. 'I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda. and it's going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done,' Biden continued in his first interview since he declared victory. Holt asked Biden if he would welcome any of his former Democratic primary rivals into his administration – specifically pointing to Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. 'Well, I've talked to them,' the former vice...
    President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News, insisting his presidency will not be 'a third Obama term' and suggesting he will not pursue criminal investigations into President Donald Trump once he takes office. Speaking to NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, Biden also revealed that he has not spoken to President Donald Trump directly since the election. One day after a federal agency released a letter authorizing the transition to move forward, Biden described the Trump administration's transition efforts as 'sincere'. 'Immediately, we've gotten outreach from the national security shop to just across the board,' Biden said. 'And they're already working out my ability to get presidential daily briefs... so I think we're gonna not be so far behind the curve as we thought might be in the past.'  President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News,...
    Washington (CNN)The Health and Human Services Department will not work with President-elect Joe Biden's team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that he won the election, Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday, even as public health experts stress that a smooth transition is a critical part of the government's response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic."We've made it very clear that when GSA makes a determination, we will ensure complete, cooperative professional transitions and planning," Azar said at a briefing. "We follow the guidance. We're about getting vaccines and therapeutics invented and get the clinical trial data and saving lives here. That's where our focus is as we go forward with our efforts."Trump White House Trump fires director of Homeland Security agency who rejected President's election conspiracy theories Trump team looks to box in Biden on foreign policy by lighting too many fires to put out Trump scores a...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the US will have an “orderly” transfer of power in January amid President Trump’s attempts to fight the 2020 election results in court and to spread allegations of widespread voter fraud. McConnell, speaking to reporters, said legal disputes of the election would have to be settled first, but assured there would be an “orderly transfer from this administration to the next one.” “All of this will happen right on time and we’ll swear in the next administration on Jan. 20,” he said, according to Politico . “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant,” he added. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he won the 2020 election while accusing the Democrats and Joe Biden of engaging in widespread voter fraud to steal his victory. Trump and his legal team have not provided evidence to support the claims. Most every major news...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the US will have an “orderly” transfer of power in January amid President Trump’s attempts to fight the 2020 election results in court and to spread allegations of widespread voter fraud. McConnell, speaking to reporters, said legal disputes of the election would have to be settled first, but assured there would be an “orderly transfer from this administration to the next one.” “All of this will happen right on time and we’ll swear in the next administration on Jan. 20,” he said, according to Politico. “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant,” he added. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he won the 2020 election while accusing the Democrats and Joe Biden of engaging in widespread voter fraud to steal his victory. Trump and his legal team have not provided evidence to support the claims. Most every major news organization has...
    Savannah Rychcik November 17, 2020 0 Comments Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is reassuring Americans there will be a peaceful transfer of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. McConnell addressed Trump’s legal disputes regarding allegations of widespread voter fraud and noted the courts are handling them. “We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one. What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant. All of this will happen… right on time and we’ll swear in the next administration on Jan. 20.” Watch the video below: “We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one,” McConnell said. “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant.” https://t.co/8RvT0qp29A pic.twitter.com/WDFYHYEP5O— POLITICO (@politico) November 17, 2020 McConnell acknowledged the president’s right to pursue legal options, as IJR previously reported. “President Trump is 100% within his...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.President-elect Joe Biden still hasn’t been recognized as the election winner by the General Services Administration because the administrator, Emily Murphy, has not “ascertained” that he won the election. Biden did win. The race was called over a week ago. But until Murphy, and the GSA, certify the win—as Walter M. Shaub Jr. writes in the New York Review of Books—Biden is held back from receiving “$6.3 million dollars to the team, which is funded by public and private money; a loan of expanded federal office space and equipment; access to government agencies that will begin sharing information and records about ongoing activities, plans and vulnerabilities; national security briefings for the president; and other support.” That could, you’d think, be helpful for a president walking into office...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said on Monday he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and "obviously things look like that now." The Republican Trump has insisted the Nov. 3 election was "rigged" and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states. Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O'Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris. "If there is a new administration, look, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies," O'Brien said. "If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and obviously things look...
    Robert O’Brien, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, committed the National Security Council Monday to a “very professional transition” to President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. O’Brien’s comments, made Monday during a virtual appearance at Qatar’s Global Security Forum, mark the first time a high-ranking administration official has recognized Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. “If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — obviously things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” he stated. “There’s no question about it.” WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien listen during a meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in the Oval Office of the White House December 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Morales is the first Central American leader to sign and implement the Asylum...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhitmer responds to Atlas: I won't 'be bullied into not following reputable scientists' Obama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' Obama describes wife Michelle's resistance to presidential ambitions MORE’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien on Monday said there will be a “professional transition” to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' US sees 1M new coronavirus cases in one week GOP shows limited appetite for pursuing Biden probes MORE’s administration despite Trump’s refusal to concede that he lost the election. Speaking to The Hill’s editor at large Steve Clemons at the Global Security Forum, O’Brien left open the possibility that Trump could still win a second term if the courts determine there was widespread fraud. But O’Brien said it appears clear, at the moment, that Biden and running mate Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDear fellow Black voters: Thank you Biden presents new challenge for Boris Johnson...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump worked Sunday to take back an apparent acknowledgement that Joe Biden won the White House and was making clear he would keep trying to overturn the election result. Trump's earlier comments had given some critics and supporters hope that the White House was ready to begin working on a transition with Biden's team. Not so fast, Trump would soon assure. Trump, without using Biden's name, said that “He won" as part of a tweet that made baseless claims about a “rigged" election. But as the president saw how his comments were being interpreted as his first public acknowledgment of a Biden victory, Trump quickly reversed course. “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” Trump subsequently tweeted. “I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!” There was no widespread...
    Getty President Donald Trump mentions 'the next administration' taking over during his Rose Garden press conference on November 13, 2020. Donald Trump held his first public conference since Democratic candidate Joe Biden was officially projected winner of the 2020 presidential election last week, and while he was sharing updates on Operation Warp Speed, Trump came very close to admitting that the next administration may have a different approach to ridding the nation of coronavirus. Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown,” Trump says. “I won’t go into a lockdown. This administration will not be going into a lockdown. Hopefully, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be – I guess time will tell… lockdowns cost lives.” ???? Trump came THIS CLOSE to admitting the next administration will be a Biden administration while talking about his opposition to lockdowns to fight Covid “Time will...
    WASHINGTON -- Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump's most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were a central feature of his administration and important to his base. The Biden administration plans to restore protection for people brought to the U.S. illegally as minors and stop using Pentagon funds to build a border wall. Biden unveiled a detailed, highly ambitious plan on immigration but it will take time to undo many actions taken by Trump. The incoming president will also likely face a divided Congress, making it difficult to enact any kind of sweeping, comprehensive changes to the nation's immigration system. Here's a look at what to expect:__A CHANGE OF TONERestricting immigration was a signature issue for Trump, who infamously called Mexicans rapists as he pledged to build...
    Black Lives Matter leaders have requested a meeting President and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, saying 'we want something for our vote'.  Co-founder Patrisse Cullors asked for a meeting to discuss the movement's agenda and expectations for the next administration.  The group also asked to be actively engaged in Biden's transition team's planning and policy work.  In the letter dated November 7 Cullors wrote: 'Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome. In short, Black people won this election.' Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors requested a meeting with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in a letter sent on November 7 to discuss the movement's agenda and how they want reform to take place under the new administration The letter congratulates the two on their historic win and says 'Black people won this election' thanks to grassroot...
    President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to ramp up his new administration. But who, exactly, is providing him with the funds to do so remains a mystery. The Trump administration has so far refused to provide standard sources of funding for the transition in light of the president’s dubious claims of a stolen election and ongoing litigation regarding supposed voter fraud in key electoral contests. That’s left Biden’s transition team to rely entirely on funds provided by private donors. But Biden’s team is declining to provide details on the precise sources of those funds—or even how many donors its presidential transition entity has, or the total amount they’ve given to date. Efforts to get that data or any other details were politely declined by a Biden spokesperson on Tuesday. That information will eventually be disclosed after Biden’s inauguration in January. But for now, the presidential transition is being underwritten entirely by...
    Bradley Cortright November 10, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is receiving criticism after he suggested that President-elect Joe Biden is not yet the winner of the presidential election.  During a press conference on Tuesday, Pompeo was asked if his department would cooperate with Biden’s team during the transition process.  He said, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.” Pompeo was pressed on those comments during an appearance on Fox News later in the day and asked if he was simply trying to make a joke. He said, “We’ll have a smooth transition and we’ll see what the people ultimately decided when all the votes have been cast.” “I am very confident that we will have a good transition. That we will make sure that whoever is in office on noon on January 20, has all the tools readily available so that we don’t skip a beat with...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that "there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," dismissing a question about when the State Department might begin working with the transition team of former Vice President Joe Biden, whom several media outlets have declared the winner of the Nov. 3 election. President Donald Trump has refused to concede the race, alleging voter fraud as several states continue to count votes. The Trump campaign has also filed lawsuits in several states. What are the details? A reporter asked Pompeo during a news conference, "Is the State Department currently preparing to engage with the Biden transition team, and if not, at what point does a delay hamper a smooth transition or pose a risk to national security?" "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," Pompeo replied, smiling before saying, "Right?"...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday blasted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who earlier in the day commented, "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration." "Look at reality," Schumer said, responding to a reporters question, according to The Hill. "Secretary Pompeo, Joe Biden has won. Hes won the election. Now move on. Lets bring this country together and get things done. We have a COVID crisis raging. We dont have time for these kinds of games." Pompeo made his comment when asked by a reporter how the Trump administration was prepared to interact with Bidens transition team. Biden has been declared the president elect by multiple media outlets, but President Donald Trump has not conceded the election, and his campaign has filed lawsuits in multiple states alleging voting irregularities. Newsmax has not called a winner of the election, awaiting the outcome of the legal process....
    New York (CNN Business)NASA will be getting a new top dog once President-elect Joe Biden is in office. Current space agency administrator Jim Bridenstine, a Trump appointee who took office in 2018, plans to leave his post even if he's asked to stay on because NASA will "need somebody who is trusted by the administration," he told Aviation Week. A source familiar with the matter confirmed Bridenstine's plans to CNN Business.The news comes as a surprise to the space community, as many stakeholders who had been pressing for the Biden camp to keep Bridenstine in his role. But his comments to Aviation Week confirmed his desire to exit the role even if he is asked to stay. Bridenstine positioned his decision as one that would serve NASA's best interests."What you need is somebody who has a close relationship with the president of the United States. You need somebody who is...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t congratulate President-elect Joe Biden until legal challenges to the U.S. election are resolved and the result is official, the Kremlin announced Monday. Putin is one of a handful of world leaders who have not commented on Biden’s victory, which was called by major news organizations on Saturday. But President Donald Trump’s team has promised legal action in the coming days and refused to concede his loss, while alleging large-scale voter fraud, so far without proof. Read More: Trump faces calls to work with Biden team on transition When Trump won in 2016, Putin was prompt in offering congratulations — but Trump’s challenger in that election, Hillary Clinton, also conceded the day after the vote. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that this year is different. “Obviously, you can see that certain legal procedures are coming there,...
    Millions in funding dedicated for the presidential transition won't be released because the Trump administration is refusing to hand it over. Donald Trump's refusal to concede the 2020 election over baseless and false claims of voter fraud is now having real-world consequences for President-elect Joe Biden, as a Trump appointee is refusing to sign a letter that lets Biden begin his transition, the Washington Post reported. Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, won't release millions in funding set aside for the transition, nor allow Biden to have access to space in federal agencies or access to government officials — which could slow down the peaceful transition of power from Trump to Biden. The Washington Post reported that Murphy's refusal to sign off on the transition "could lead to the first transition delay in modern history" — other...
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the State Department in Washington, U.S. June 23, 2015.Yuri Gripas | Reuters BEIJING — U.S.-China trade tensions are set for more predictability and calmer rhetoric after Joe Biden's presidential win — which likely means calmer rhetoric in a continued tough stance on Beijing. Following years of brewing U.S. complaints about unfair business practices by China's state-dominated system, President Donald Trump stepped up pressure on Beijing with policy measures that were often abruptly first floated through social media posts on Twitter. Ultimately, his administration levied tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods and hurt Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei with sanctions. "The issues that remain between the U.S. and China commercial relationship don't change with (the) change of administration," said Greg Gilligan, chairman of the Beijing-based American Chamber of Commerce in China. "There's pressure on...
    THE US vice presidential debate took place last night (October 7, 2020) in Salt Lake City. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris debated a wide range of topics including the Green New Deal, Abortion and Covid-19. But who won the debate? ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3The vice presidential debate took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, last nightCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who won the vice presidential debate? Mike Pence and Kamala Harris are both facing an electorate that is more or less divided. Around one-fifth of voters say they don’t have much of an opinion of each vice presidential candidate. However, among those who do, strong opinions outnumber mildly favorable or unfavorable views. 3The VP kept to his reputation last night of being unflappable while under pressureCredit: AFP What topics were discussed in vice presidential debate? Both candidates...
    President Trump tweeted Wednesday night that Vice President Mike Pence was the clear winner at the vice presidential debate in Utah. “Mike Pence WON BIG!” Trump wrote about his running mate following the forum with Democratic challenger Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Harris and Pence clashed on the Trump administration’s COVID-19 pandemic performance, foreign policy and criminal justice reform during nearly two hours of debate. Harris said the Republican ticket “forfeited their right to re-election” for mismanaging the pandemic, but Pence fired back pointing out that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden opposed Trump’s January travel ban on China as “xenophobic” as the outbreak spread. Pence then blasted Harris for saying she was unsure if she would take a COVID-19 vaccine because she distrusts Trump. “That fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if a vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable,” Pence told...
    For a Joe Biden White House, the toughest part of remaking U.S. immigration policy may actually be figuring out where to start. President Trump has taken more than 400 executive actions on this one issue alone since taking office in January 2017, according to nonpartisan think tank the Migration Policy Institute. Undoing Trump’s immigration framework is not as simple as reversing what his administration has done, yet Biden's desired reforms cannot be made without first doing so. “They really have to come in, from my perspective, with a basic understanding that the damage that the Trump administration has done to the immigration system is immense and that they’ve done it through a large set of sometimes interconnected, sometimes independent administrative actions, right?” said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “If you rolled everything back to where it was in 2015, there’d still be...
    President Trump on Tuesday declared victory in his fight to build a wall on the southern border, as he visited newly-built structure in Yuma, Ariz. and ripped into what he described as a "deadly" immigration plan from his Democratic rival Joe Biden. "You don't hear about the wall anymore because we won,” Trump said in remarks at the wall. BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION HAS SPED UP AMID CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, CBP CHIEF SAYS  There are now approximately 280 miles of wall built since 2017, and officials told Trump at the site that they expect to have completed 300 miles as early as the end of next week. The wall was a highly controversial, but central, proposal of Trump’s 2016 campaign, and has faced a number of significant hurdles in Congress and the courts -- the administration has gotten around funding issues by reappropriating Pentagon funding. Critics have countered that most of the wall...
    Joe Biden turned a long-running joke among Washington insiders and the press corps about President Trump's many iterations of "infrastructure week" into a serious dig at his policies and temperament during a speech detailing his own green energy infrastructure plan. His message: If Biden is elected, infrastructure week will be no joke. "Donald Trump promised the big infrastructure bill when he ran in 2016. He promised it again in 2017. And then in 2018, and again in 2019," Biden said in an address streamed from Wilmington, Delaware. "Seems like every few weeks, when he needs the distraction of the latest charges of corruption in his staff or the conviction of high ranking members of administration and political apparatus, White House announces, quote, 'It's Infrastructure Week,'" Biden said. "How many times have you heard him say that? But he’s never delivered. He's never even really tried." The...
    Laura Ingraham warned viewers Friday night that a Joe Biden victory in November will change America forever, and not for the better. "The left will be emboldened and not chastened by a Biden win. Retribution will be a dividend for 'The Squad' in the Biden era. And it will just get worse," the "Ingraham Angle" host proclaimed. GOYA FOODS CEO WON'T APOLOGIZE IN FACE OF BOYCOTT, BACKLASH FOR PRO-TRUMP REMARKS "You think it [cancel culture] is all bad now, just wait until a Biden administration," Ingraham warned. "If anyone, including any company, does something the left doesn't like, they will come under DOJ scrutiny, and the Bill of Rights is not going to do much good for you. After all, that was written by old dead, white slaveholders. Movements like the Tea Party will be treated like movements for domestic terrorists. Black Lives Matter will be treated like heroes." Ingraham also predicted a Biden presidency put a target on the backs of religious Americans whose belief...
    White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley on Wednesday blasted presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for defending the World Health Organization after it mishandled the coronavirus pandemic. “They’re the bad actors here. This was created, developed and came from China. Everyone now knows that and Joe Biden continues to show his true colors here. He’d rather protect China than America,” Gidley told “Fox & Friends.” “You don’t have to guess what this country would look like under a President Biden. I hate to say the words,” Gidley said. WHO CONTINUES TO LAVISH CHINA WITH PRAISE FOR HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS CRISIS  Gidley reacted to Biden vowing that his administration would re-join the WHO on his first day in office. "The World Health Organization let the world down by not informing the United States and the wider world of this pandemic as it began in China, giving ill-fated advice in January and February. There have to be consequences for this." VideoThe Trump...
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