Trump and Biden news live: McConnell says he would support Trump as 2024 nominee

Watch dwell as Biden marks the 50 millionth Covid vaccine in US

In what could have been his first main war-fighting transfer as president, Joe Biden signed off on an airstrike in Syria that focused a construction believed to belong to an Iran-backed militia, officials told Reuters.

The strike could have been in response to rocket assaults in opposition to the US in Iraq final week, and comes as the US and Iran search to re-instate their nuclear settlement, which the Trump administration scrapped.

It comes as Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority chief and strongest elected Republican within the nation, mentioned he would again Donald Trump have been he to obtain the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

“Completely,” Mr McConnell mentioned when requested about such a state of affairs, regardless of his earlier condemnation of Mr Trump’s position in inciting the Capitol riot final month.

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Police warn Trump supporters wish to launch one other assault on US Capitol

Militia teams wish to “blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as potential” in reference to Joe Biden’s upcoming State of the Union deal with, the US Capitol police chief has mentioned.

Yogananda Pittman argued an elevated legislation enforcement presence on the Capitol must be maintained forward of Mr Biden’s first deal with to Congress.

She informed members of the Home Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday that her company is conscious of far-right militia teams that participated within the Capitol riot on 6 January which have “said their needs that they wish to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as potential with a direct nexus to the State of the Union, which we all know that date has not been recognized”.

Tom Embury-Dennis26 February 2021 10:35

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Kremlin ‘carefully monitoring’ Syria state of affairs after US air strikes

The Kremlin mentioned on Friday it was carefully monitoring the state of affairs in Syria following US air strikes there and that it was in fixed contact with the Syrian authorities.

President Joe Biden on Thursday directed US army air strikes in japanese Syria in opposition to amenities belonging to what the Pentagon mentioned have been Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to rocket assaults in opposition to US targets in Iraq.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed reporters on a convention name that he couldn’t say whether or not the US had notified Russia of its plans prematurely, including that operational contacts have been made by means of the army.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

(Alexander Zemlianichenko/Reuters)

Reuters26 February 2021 10:11

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Biden schedule for Friday

In response to Joe Biden’s public day by day schedule, the US president and first woman Jill Biden will right this moment go to Texas to satisfy volunteers responding to the state’s deep freeze and to ship a speech at a vaccination centre.

It additionally exhibits that the White Home’s Covid-19 response staff will maintain a press briefing at 11am.

(Factbase)

Tom Embury-Dennis26 February 2021 09:45

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Lauren Boebert hints she’s nonetheless taking gun to Congress regardless of Pelosi guidelines

Freshman consultant Lauren Boebert on Thursday hinted that she nonetheless brings a firearm “to work” at Congress, despite the fact that members are forbidden from carrying weapons contained in the Home ground beneath new guidelines following the Capitol riot on 6 January.

In an interview with TMZ on Thursday, Ms Boebert, who was on her strategy to the Congress when she spoke to a reporter, was requested if sooner or later she feels she’d have the ability to carry a gun to work.

“Who says I don’t,” responded the Republican politician.

Namita Singh26 February 2021 09:23

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GOP 2024 candidates ‘all have Trump as their final title’

Former White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows has mentioned that Republican presidential candidates for 2024 “all have Trump as their final title”.

Mr Meadows informed Fox News Donald Trump’s CPAC speech on Sunday will mark the “begin of planning for the following administration”, as the brewing Republican Occasion civil battle – between pro- and anti-Trump wings – appears to be like set to escalate over the approaching months.

Tom Embury-Dennis26 February 2021 08:56

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Lara Trump offers strongest sign but that’s she’s working in 2022: ‘Keep tuned’

Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of Donald Trump, has hinted that she is open to the thought of working for Senate from North Carolina in 2022 after incumbent senator Richard Burr’s final time period at workplace from the state.

Ms Trump, who was concerned within the former president’s marketing campaign, has lengthy been rumoured to be taking a look at taking a plunge within the US electoral politics.

She is anticipated to run from her dwelling state for a seat that may grow to be vacant as Mr Burr, 65, has already introduced that this would be his final time period.

Mayank Aggarwal26 February 2021 08:32

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Golden Trump statue at CPAC

Maybe summing up this 12 months’s vibes at CPAC, a Bloomberg reporter has shared footage exhibiting workers on the annual conservative convention wheeling a golden statue of Donald Trump throughout the convention ground.

“That’s so cool,” one attendee could be heard saying, whereas somebody chants “4 extra years!” – a jokey reference to a well-liked chant by Trump supporters when he was nonetheless president.

Mr Trump is because of give his first post-White Home speech at CPAC on Sunday.

Tom Embury-Dennis26 February 2021 07:54

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‘Completely’: Clip exhibits McConnell revealing he would again Trump as 2025 GOP nominee

Right here’s the clip during which Mitch McConnell, essentially the most highly effective elected Republican within the nation, says he would “completely” support Donald Trump have been he to obtain the Republican presidential nomination for 2024.

It comes regardless of Mr McConnell’s public condemnation of the president over his position in inciting the Capitol riot final month – an incident the Senate minority chief steered Mr Trump may very well be criminally investigated over.

It seems to be fairly an about flip by Mr McConnell, who’s more likely to be watching carefully when the previous president delivers his first post-White Home speech on Sunday at CPAC.

Tom Embury-Dennis26 February 2021 07:22

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‘Welcome Insurrectionists’ banner to greet CPAC Republicans

The activist in query is similar lawyer who dressed up as a grim reaper to stalk the state’s seashores in protest at their reopening, and Florida’s dealing with of the Covid-19 pandemic typically.

He says they’re near elevating the $10,000 wanted for a banner aircraft over CPAC on Friday as high Republicans arrive for the convention.

Adam Withnall26 February 2021 06:23

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Response to Syria airstrikes

Consultant Michael McCaul, the highest Republican on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee, has welcomed the Biden-ordered airstrikes on Syria as the suitable transfer.

“Responses like this are a mandatory deterrent and remind Iran, its proxies, and our adversaries around the globe that assaults on U.S. pursuits is not going to be tolerated,” McCaul mentioned.

Suzanne Maloney, of the Brookings Establishment suppose tank, mentioned the strikes confirmed the Biden administration may negotiate with Iran on the nuclear deal whereas pushing again in opposition to the militias it backed.

“Good transfer by… Biden (administration) demonstrating US can stroll and chew gum on the identical time,” she mentioned on Twitter.

Earlier Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned the airstrikes focused “infrastructure utilised by Iranian-backed militant teams in japanese Syria”.

Adam Withnall26 February 2021 05:08