Trump and Biden news - live: Latest updates as Ted Cruz approval rating crashes after Cancun holiday

Trump and Biden news – live: Latest updates as Ted Cruz approval rating crashes after Cancun holiday

Trump and Biden news – live: Latest updates as Ted Cruz approval rating crashes after Cancun holiday

Trump and Biden news – live: Latest updates as Ted Cruz approval rating crashes after Cancun holiday

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sign executive order on economy

President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a Trump-era policy that blocked most green card applicants from entering the US.

Mr Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However the President rejected that reasoning and rescinded the visa ban, saying it had prevented families from reuniting in the United States and harmed US businesses.

It comes as under-fire Senator Ted Cruz has suffered a considerable drop in poll ratings after his controversial family trip to Cancun while Texas suffered from mass power outages and water shortages after temperatures plummeted below zero.

Around 53 per cent of Republicans approved of the way Mr Cruz is handling his job, a 23 percentage point decline from his ratings in January, according to a Yahoo/YouGov poll released on Wednesday.


CPAC kicks off today – here is everything you need to know

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) opens today in Orlando, Florida, with former president Donald Trump expected to take to the stage on Sunday for the first time since leaving the White House.

The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad has compiled everything you’ll want to know about the four-day event.

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 12:29


‘I would do it again tomorrow’

A Kentucky couple has been arrested for their alleged involvement in last month’s Capitol riots after the woman boasted in a TV interview that she would have no hesitation doing it again.

Lori Ann Vinson and Thomas Roy Vinson were arrested on Wednesday on charges of entering the building, demonstrating and disruptive conduct in the Capitol on the day of riots.

Ms Vinson told 14News on 14 January, according to the criminal complaint: “I would do it again tomorrow. I felt like I’ve done nothing wrong and I wouldn’t change it.”

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 12:06


California ‘becomes first state to pass 50,000 Covid deaths’

California has become the first state to pass 50,000 deaths from coronavirus, according to reports from NBC News.

The Sunshine State also has the largest number of infections in the country, with 3.5 million people having been afflicted with the virus.

It comes after the nation passed the grim 500,000 death toll milestone on Sunday, with President Biden making it clear that dealing with Covid was one of his top priorities when coming into office.

Johns Hopkins University put California’s overall coronavirus death toll at 50,890.

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 11:37


‘It’s Up to You’ ad campaign encourages uncertain Americans to get Covid vaccine

The government has launched a new “It’s Up to You” campaign to try and encourage reticent Americans to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

The ad-campaign backed by $50 million (£36 million) in donated funds will be unveiled Thursday across TV and digital video, social media and audio platforms like Pandora and Spotify.

Dan Diamond has the details

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 11:24


US intelligence report ‘to blame Saudi crown prince for murder of journalist Khashoggi’

A US intelligence dossier compiled by the CIA and others is likely to conclude that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to reports.

The file, expected to be released later on Thursday, examines the killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey in 2018, writes The Independent’s Tom Batchelor.

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 10:51


Trump expected to ‘condemn Biden immigration policies’ at CPAC

Former president Donald Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday and is expected to rail against Joe Biden’s changes to immigration policy and use the opportunity to target political enemies within the Republican party.

In a piece previewing the four-day event that begins today, The Guardian’s David Smith says the “big lie” that the election was stolen is expected to “dominate” the event and a number of Trump supporting speakers are also appearing such as former secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

Smith adds that Trump’s speech will “condemn Biden’s reversal of his immigration policies and reserve particular venom for his foes within the Republican party.”

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, told Reuters: “Donald Trump is going to stay in the game and will be involved in primaries and he’s going to opine and he’s going to give speeches, and for establishment Republicans it puts shivers down their spine.

“They’re very concerned he’s going to continue to have an impact. My advice to them is to get used to it.”

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 10:29


New Covid strain spreading rapidly in NYC

Researchers have said a new coronavirus variant is on the rise in New York and carries a mutation that could be reduce the effectiveness of a vaccine.

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 10:01


China denies making US diplomats take anal swab tests for Covid

The Chinese government has denied forcing US diplomats stationed in the country to take anal swab tests for Covid 19.

After US media reports suggested some American envoys had been made to undergo the procedure as the result of an administrative error, China’s foreign ministry spokesman said no such tests had been conducted “to my knowledge”, writes The Independent’s Shweta Sharma

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 09:38


Report on Khashoggi death expected to blame Saudi crown prince

The Biden administration will release a declassified version of a US intelligence report that says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, four U.S. officials familiar with the matter said.

The officials said the report, for which the CIA was the main contributor, assessed that the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi, whose Washington Post column had criticised the crown prince’s policies.

President Joe Biden told reporters on Wednesday he had read the report and expected to speak soon by phone with Saudi Arabian King Salman, 85, father of the crown prince, the country’s 35-year-old de facto ruler.

The report’s release is part of Biden‘s policy to realign ties with Riyadh after years of giving the Arab ally and major oil producer a pass on its human rights record and its intervention in Yemen’s civil war.

Additional reporting from Reuters

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 09:16


Fox anchor suspended after saying he was ‘annoyed’ at obese people getting Covid vaccine

A Fox news station suspended its anchor following social media outrage for his tweet expressing annoyance over obese people getting the Covid-19 vaccine on priority.

“I’m annoyed obese people of all ages get priority vaccine access before all essential workers,” he said in the now-deleted tweet.

Shweta Sharma has the details

Joe Middleton25 February 2021 08:52

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