Biden news live: Latest executive orders and stimulus check updates


Biden news live: Latest executive orders and stimulus check updates

Biden news live: Latest executive orders and stimulus check updates

US ‘on track’ to meet Biden’s goal of 100m shots in 100 days

President Joe Biden appears unwilling to give in to pressure from Republicans on his $1.9trn Covid relief plan and is prepared to ditch bipartisanship to pass the economic package quickly.  

According to CNN, Mr Biden told House Democrats: “I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people.”

It seems the US president, however, is open to negotiating on who exactly will receivesthe stimulus checks, but is stressing the need for speed.

This comes as the president is expected to announce a decision to open US doors to thousands of refugees, many more than were allowed in by the Trump administration.

Mr Biden previously pledged to increase the number of refugees being allowed entry into the US to 125,000 a year, compared to the low of 15,000 set by the Trump administration.

In other news, Mr Biden has agreed to work together with South Korea to achieve denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula.

The US president has also received an invitation from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to visit Australia in September.

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Moon and Biden agree to work together on North Korea strategy

The South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Joe Biden have come to an agreement to work together and create a strategy on North Korea.

Officials reported that the two countries would work together in an attempt to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

A spokesman for the South Korean president, Kang Min-seok was quoted by Yonhap News Agency saying that the two leaders aimed to achieve lasting peace in the region.

Moon Jae-in was at one time once a driving force behind diplomacy between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former President Donald Trump. These talks collapsed in early 2019 but the South Korean president is keen that they should resume with Mr Biden now in office.

<p>This was their first phone call since President Joe Biden’s inauguration</p>

This was their first phone call since President Joe Biden’s inauguration

(AP)

Eleanor Sly4 February 2021 10:21

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US president invited Down Under

Australian Prime Minsiter Scott Morrison has invited Joe Biden to visit Australia after “a very warm and engaging” phone call between the leaders on Thursday, reported AP.

A statement released by The White House said that the pair planned to work together “to hold to account those responsible for the coup in Burma.” This was in reference to the country also known as Myanmar.

Although diplomatic travel has been greatly reduced since the coronavirus pandemic began, Australia has made exemptions to its travel restrictions for important allies.

The visit should take place in September 2021, marking the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, a defense agreement that was signed between the countries on 1 September 1951.

Eleanor Sly4 February 2021 10:04

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Biden to open America to thousands more refugees after Trump clampdown

President Joe Biden is expected to announce on Thursday US’s decision to open its doors to thousands of more refugees compared to the Trump administration that had taken those numbers to a historic low.  

In November, 2020, Mr Biden pledged to raise the number of refugees being allowed entry into the US to 125,000 a year, up from the low of 15,000 set by the Trump administration. 

Mayank Aggarwal explains:

Biden had promised to increase annual cap of refugees coming into the US to 125,000

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President Biden has recently announced a task force to reunite families separarted at the US-Mexico border

Eleanor Sly4 February 2021 09:17

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Biden refuses to cave to Republican pressure on $1.9tn Covid proposal

In yet another sign that he intends to plow ahead with his $1.9 trillion Covid-relief plan, Joe Biden told House Democrats on a call on Wednesday “it’s not in the cards” to whittle down that proposal to the $618bn outline the GOP has put together.

“I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people,” Mr Biden said on the call with the House Democratic caucus, CNN reported.

Griffin Connolly has more here: 

Eleanor Sly4 February 2021 08:40

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