Biden and Trump news live: Latest updates after CPAC 2021
Biden and Trump news live: Latest updates after CPAC 2021
Trump asks supporters for money in his CPAC speech
Donald Trump took to the stage for his hotly anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday and mocked trans people, slammed Democrats, and continued insisting he won the 2020 election.
“I won the first one. We won the second,” the former president said. “What a disgrace to our country.”
Mr Trump also played down speculation that he would start a new political party, but hinted that he might run again in 2024.
“Who knows, who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time, OK?” the ex-president said to the crowd.
On the new presidency, he said: “We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us even imagined just how bad they would be and how far left they would go.”
And he asked for money, appealing to his supporters for more funds if they want to “take back the future” of the US even though he has reportedly raised about $250m (£179m) since the November 2020 elections.
Kamala Harris favourite to win 2024 election – bookmaker
Kamala Harris remains favourite to win the 2024 US presidential election despite Donald Trump hinting at a possible run, Ladbrokes said.
The vice president has an implied probability of 22.2 per cent, while Joe Biden has 20 per cent chance and Mr Trump has 14.3 per cent probability, Ladbrokes said.
“The former POTUS is just 6-1 in the betting to win the 2024 U.S. Election, while he’s the 3-1 favourite to be the 2024 GOP nominee,” Ladbrokes said.
“Donald Trump’s time in politics is far from over if the latest odds are anything to go by, and while Kamala Harris currently heads the next election winner betting, Trump isn’t far behind.”
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 12:59
Biden supports right of workers to unionise
Joe Biden offered his support for Amazon workers in Alabama to decide whether they wished to form a union in a tweet on Sunday.
“America wasn’t built by Wall Street. It was built by the middle class, and unions built the middle class,” he said.
His comments come as some Amazon workers are organising the biggest unionisation push at the company since it was founded (in 1995) in Bessemer, Alabama – a state with laws that don’t favour unions.
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 12:40
Only two-thirds of CPAC guests back Trump for 2024 – poll
CPAC’s annual unscientific straw poll of just over 1,000 attendees found that 97 per cent approved of the job Donald Trump did as president.
But they were much more ambiguous when asked whether he should run again, with only 68 per cent saying he should. If the 2024 primary were held today and Trump were in the race, just 55 per cent said they would vote for him, followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 21 per cent.
Without Mr Trump in the field, Mr DeSantis garnered 43 per cent support, followed by 8 per cent for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and 7 per cent each for former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 12:22
Trump’s speech at CPAC was enough to haunt your most surreal fever dreams | Opinion
It was Sunday night at CPAC and everyone was waiting for the big star, recent election loser and twice-impeached former president Donald J Trump, writes Holly Baxter.
The loyalists with their Confederate flags were perched outside by the palm trees; trucks with “JANUARY 6TH REUNION!” stamped on the side sped past the conference doors; scaremongering videos about “Antifa going international” were playing on the big screen.
Everyone was getting a little antsy. It was over an hour since Don had been due onstage — was everything OK? Had he been hit by a Jewish space laser? Had Melania turned him to stone with a particularly withering look?
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 12:03
Sacha Baron Cohen mocks ‘comedy genius’ Rudy Giuliani in Golden Globes acceptance speech
Sacha Baron Cohen ripped into Rudy Giuliani in his Golden Globe acceptance speech.
The British comedian and writer collected the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical award for sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and joked that the movie “couldn’t have been possible” without Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
“This movie couldn’t have been possible without my co-star,” Cohen began. “A fresh new talent who came from nowhere, and turned out to be a comedy genius. I’m talking, of course, about Rudy Giuliani.”
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 11:42
Biden to meet with Mexican president amid migration issues
Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting today with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in an effort to address issues around migration, coronavirus, the economy and national security.
Mexico’s president has said he intends during the meeting to propose a new immigrant labour programme that could bring 600,000 to 800,000 Mexican and Central American immigrants a year to work legally in the United States.
A senior Biden administration official declined to say whether the US president would back or oppose the proposal, saying only that both countries agree on the need to expand legal pathways for migration. The official insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 11:21
MyPillow CEO has mic muted for spouting vaccine conspiracies
MyPillow’s outspoken Trump-supporting chief executive was censored during an interview at CPAC – an event branded “America Uncanceled” – after he launched into conspiracy theories linking the coronavirus vaccine with the devil.
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 11:00
CPAC hotel host calls hate symbols ‘abhorrent’ after stage compared to sign used by Nazis
Hyatt Hotels was forced to release a statement on Sunday after the design of a stage at CPAC hosted at one of its hotels drew comparisons to a Norse rune used by Nazis during World War Two.
A photo of the CPAC stage went viral on social media on Saturday, with thousands of Twitter users sharing posts comparing its distinctive design to an othala rune, one of many ancient European symbols that Nazis adopted to “reconstruct a mythic ‘Aryan’ past,” according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The ceiling of the conference room featured a lighting display in the same shape as the stage, according to Reuters photographs.
Hyatt said the stage design was managed by the American Conservative Union, which organised the conference.
The comparisons were “outrageous and slanderous,” Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union chair, said in a Twitter post on Saturday.
“With CPAC’s denial of any intentional connection to hate symbols and our concerns over the safety of guests and colleagues in what could have been a disruptive situation, we allowed the event to continue”, Hyatt said late on Sunday.
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 10:36
US wasted billions in Afghanistan, finds report
The US wasted billions of dollars in war-torn Afghanistan on buildings and vehicles that were either abandoned or destroyed, according to a report released on Monday by a government watchdog.
The agency said it reviewed $7.8bn (£5.6bn) spent since 2008 on buildings and vehicles. Only $343m worth of buildings and vehicles “were maintained in good condition”, said the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar), which oversees American taxpayer money spent on the protracted conflict.
The report said that just $1.2bn of the $7.8bn went to pay for buildings and vehicles that were used as intended. “
The fact that so many capital assets wound up not used, deteriorated or abandoned should have been a major cause of concern for the agencies financing these projects,” John F Sopko, the special inspector general, said in his report.
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 10:12
Global shares rise on hopes for US stimulus package
Expectation that Joe Biden‘s stimulus package will be enacted helped push shares on exchanges worldwide to rise on Monday.
The US House of Representatives approved Mr Biden‘s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill on Friday and it now goes to the Senate for approval.
The bill offers cash for struggling individuals, businesses, schools, states and cities battered by Covid. The US stimulus bill would include another round of payments to most Americans and additional aid to state and local governments to combat the pandemic.
London’s FTSE climbed 1.6 per cent in early trading, France’s CAC 40 added 1.5 per cent and Germany’s DAX edged up 1.3 per cent.
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 finished up 2.4 per cent and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.7 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 1.6 per cent and the Shanghai Composite rose 1.2 per cent.
Tom Batchelor1 March 2021 09:54