Biden and Trump news live: Latest vaccine and Matt Gaetz updates
Biden and Trump news live: Latest vaccine and Matt Gaetz updates
Watch live as Joe Biden delivers remarks on March jobs report
In an interview with CBS News, the president’s son said his family challenged him over his drug addiction at his father’s home in Wilmington last year.
It came after Donald Trump took what appeared to be a veiled swipe at Joe Biden, by suggesting that the key to being a good father is keeping children away from drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.
Meanwhile, US officials are preparing to travel to Vienna next week to take part in efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Officials from Washington and Tehran will not hold direct talks but the presence of both countries at the meeting marks a step forward for cooperation between the two nations.
Biden celebrates jobs report but warns progress ‘can be reversed’
Joe Biden has warned Americans that more work needs to be done to rebuild the US economy after strong jobs figures for March were published earlier today.
The US president said his administration had seen more new jobs created in its first two months than in any administration in history.
More than 900,000 jobs were added last month – the biggest gain since last August.
However, he added: “In the face of this great news, I need also to make this clear and direct statement to the American people: the progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve can be reversed.
“On the economic front, the benefits and the impacts of the American Rescue Plan are temporary by design: it is a rescue plan.
“But as we get the economy back on its feet, we need to do the hard work of building back better for good…”
You can find his comments below:
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Our reporter, Richard Hall, has more details on this story below:
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US CDC says fully-vaccinated people can safely travel at ‘low risk’
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that fully-vaccinated people can safely travel at “low risk”, revising guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.
The new guidance specifically greenlights vaccinated grandparents getting on airplanes to see grandchildren and says that fully-vaccinated people do not need to get a Covid-19 test before or after travel and do not need to self-quarantine after travel.
However, the CDC has not revised its guidance for non-vaccinated people.
“Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
The agency’s guidance says fully vaccinated people do not need Covid-19 tests before international travel unless it is required by the international destination.
Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 16:39
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has held a telephone call with Joe Biden, the White House has confirmed.
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Hunter Biden reveals dramatic drug intervention by father last year
Joe Biden’s son Hunter has spoken about how his father staged a dramatic intervention in an attempt to get him to give up drugs during the 2020 presidential campaign.
In an interview for his new book Beautiful Things, the 51-year-old, who has struggled with drug addiction for years, described how his father chased him down a driveway to stop him getting into a car.
You can find a clip from the interview below:
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Trump’s White House ‘opened secret black-market barbershop during lockdown’
Aides to former president Donald Trump reportedly received secret haircuts through a “black-market barbershop” inside a bathroom next to the White House during the first coronavirus lockdown.
The New York Post reported that haircutters were brought in to set up shop in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Our reporter, Breanna Robinson, has more details below for Indy100:
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US, South Korea and Japan hold day of talks on North Korea
The US, South Korea and Japan have begun a day of talks to discuss Joe Biden’s long-awaited review of North Korea policy and other pressing concerns.
The talks between Mr Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his Japanese counterpart, Shigeru Kitamura, and South Korea’s national security adviser, Suh Hoon, got underway at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday, a US official said.
It is the most senior-level meeting between the three allies since Mr Biden took power on 20 January.
The US president has said his administration remains open to diplomacy with North Korea despite its recent ballistic missile tests, but warned there would be consequences if the country escales matters.
A senior administration official said the Annapolis talks would include discussion of the missile launches, the extent of coronavirus infections within North Korea, and recent diplomacy between Pyongyang and its main ally, China.
“The primary goal is to ensure that we have a deep, shared understanding of circumstances that are taking place on the peninsula, in North Korea,” he told reporters.
Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 15:47
Marjorie Taylor Greene ridiculed for CrossFit work-out for ‘Covid protection’
Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been mocked after posting a video of herself on social media working out and declaring: “This is my Covid protection.”
The Georgia representative can be seen in the clip lifting weights and performing energetic pull-ups on a high bar.
Our reporter, Joe Sommerlad, has the full story below:
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More details on the Biden administration’s involvement in meetings on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal next week:
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US employers add 916,000 jobs in March as recovery continues
US employers added 916,000 jobs in March, in a sign that a sustained economic recovery from the pandemic recession is beginning to take hold as vaccinations accelerate.
The March increase, which was the highest since August, was nearly double February’s figure of 468,000, the Labor Department said on Friday.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate declined from 6.2 per cent to 6 per cent.
However, the economy remains more than 8 million jobs short of the number it had before the pandemic started – although forecasters predict nearly all those lost jobs could be recovered by the end of this year.
In an encouraging sign, about 500,000 women returned to the workforce last month and found jobs.
Women disproportionately lost jobs or stopped looking for work during the pandemic, in many cases because they had to care for children attending school online from home.
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