Trump tells followers to boycott baseball
A spokesperson for Donald Trump has insisted that the former president did not snub a meeting with Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, as had been reported by CNN on Sunday night, calling the story “fake news”.
The broadcaster reported that Mr Gaetz, who is facing a federal investigation over sexual misconduct allegations, was recently denied a meeting with Mr Trump in Mar-a-Lago citing two people familiar with the matter.
“No such scheduling or meeting request was ever made, and therefore, it could never have been declined,” Mr Trump’s spokesman, Jason Miller said in a post on Twitter on Monday.
Mr Gaetz, who has not been charged with any crimes and has adamantly denied allegations surrounding the federal investigation, also called the report a “total lie.”
Over the weekend, Mr Trump reportedly lashed out at high-profile Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice Presiden Mike Pence in a closed-door speech night to donors at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Mr Trump said that he was “disappointed” in his vice president and used a profanity in assessing Mr McConnell, also branding him a “stone-cold loser”, according to remarks obtained by the Associated Press.
He also rehashed his recent attacks against Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, once again taunting him for his first pitch last season at Nationals Park, The Washington Post reported.
“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he reportedly said of Dr Fauci, after recounting an anecdote of how an individual told him the vaccine should be called the “Trumpcine”.
Texas governor Greg Abbott dismisses Joe Biden’s gun pledges as ‘show’
President Biden announced a range of actions on Thursday that, among other things, aims to stop the sale of so-called “ghost guns” and encourages the adoption of “red-flag” gun laws.
“I think that there is no acceptable way that a president by executive order can infringe upon Second Amendment rights or alter Second Amendment rights,” Mr Abbott said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.
“If the president wanted to do something more than show… if the president really wanted to do something substantively, what he really could do by executive order is to eliminate the backlog of complaints that have already been filed about gun crimes that have taken place.”
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Louise Hall12 April 2021 17:05
Biden administration drops plans for police oversight, citing George Floyd bill
President Joe Biden’s administration is backing away from a campaign pledge to swiftly create a US police oversight commission, a White House aide said, concluding that legislation would better address officers using excessive force.
Susan Rice, Mr Biden‘s domestic policy adviser, said in a statement that the administration believed a commission would not be the “most effective way to deliver on our top priority in this area” right now.
That bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, is unlikely to win the 60 Senate votes it needs. Republicans oppose provisions in the bill eroding “qualified immunity” protections afforded officers in legal cases.
Mr Biden promised to launch a national police oversight commission by his 100th day in office, at the end of April, following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
Doing so, Mr Biden said, would help “to ensure that our police protect and serve all members of their communities.”
Louise Hall12 April 2021 16:58
Biden to nominate Trump critics to lead border and immigration agencies
Joe Biden intends to nominate two critics of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to key positions in his administration, according to a report by Reuters.
A White House official reportedly told the outlet on Monday of the nominations, signaling a continued push to ease Mr Trump‘s restrictions on migration. The New York Times first reported the nominations.
Mr Biden will tap Chris Magnus, the chief of police in Tucson, Arizona, to lead US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency charged with border security and facilitating legal trade and travel, the official told the agency.
The Democratic president has made moves to reverse a number of his Republican predecessor’s immigration policies during his initial time in office.
Louise Hall12 April 2021 16:14