Trump news live: Latest updates as president ‘considered refusing to leave White House’

Trump news live: Latest updates as president ‘considered refusing to leave White House’

Trump news live: Latest updates as president ‘considered refusing to leave White House’

Trump news live: Latest updates as president ‘considered refusing to leave White House’

Tom Bossert, a former Homeland Security official and counter-terrorism adviser to Donald Trump, has warned that the US is “under cyberattack” from Russia as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic and remains “distracted” by the chaotic presidential transition. 

“The Russians are in our networks at a very fragile time. What are we going to do about it?” Bossert asks in a new op-ed for The New York Times.

While the president continues to refuse to accept his election defeat to Joe Biden, even after the Electoral College certified the result on Monday, it has emerged that he previously warned he would not leave the White House after Biden’s inauguration ceremony on 20 January, although his advisers have since dismissed the threat as a “temper tantrum”.


AOC says Democratic leaders Pelsoi and Schumer ‘need to go’

The progressive New York congresswoman has well and truly put the cat among the pigeons by telling The Intercept podcast that her party is in need of fresh blood.

“I do think that we need new leadership in the Democratic Party… the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there’s very little option for succession,” the 31-year-old says in a new interview. 

“It’s easy for someone to say, ‘Oh well, you know, why don’t you run?’ but the House is extraordinarily complex, and I’m not ready. It can’t be me. I know that I couldn’t do that job.”

“Even conservative members of the party who think Nancy Pelosi is far too liberal for them don’t necessarily have any viable alternatives, which is why whenever there’s a challenge, it kind of collapses,” she continued.

“And that is, I think, the result of just many years of power being concentrated in leadership with lack of… real grooming of a next generation of leadership.”

Joe Sommerlad17 December 2020 12:40


US ‘under cyberattack’ amid pandemic and ‘distracted’ leadership, ex-security adviser warns

In an op-ed for The New York Times today, ex-Trump administration Homeland Security official Tom Bossert accuses the Kremlin of exploiting the coronavirus outbreak and a chaotic presidential transition period to hack US networks.

Joe Sommerlad17 December 2020 12:20


Congress closes in on Covid relief package

Although the long-awaited announcement did not materialise on Wednesday,  Congressional negotiators are confident they are close to sealing a deal on an economic Covid-19 relief package.

The aid bill would help businesses and individuals through jobless cheques and stimulus payments.

One of the negotiators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday evening: “We’re still close and we’re gonna get there.”

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 11:51


Putin calls on Biden to improve US-Russia relations

Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he hoped incoming US president Joe Biden would help improve relations between their countries. 

Talking at his annual press conference, he also denied that Russian hackers influenced the 2016 US president election. 

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 11:27


Trump’s Twitter account was hacked, Dutch prosecutors confirm

A hacker gained access to Donald Trump’s Twitter account by guessing the password “maga2020!”, Dutch prosecutors have confirmed.

The White House and Twitter both vehemently deny the claim. 

The Dutch public prosecutor’s office said they would not press charges against Victor Gevers, who it deems an “ethical hacker” seeking to expose the vulnerability of the account. 

“We believe the hacker has actually penetrated Trump’s Twitter account, but has met the criteria that have been developed in case law to go free as an ethical hacker,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. 

Here’s more from Graeme Massie

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 11:09


Loeffler still refusing to recognise Biden win

Senator Kelly Loeffler, of Georgia, has not ruled out the possibility that she will protest Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress. 

Ms Loeffler is one of the Republican candidates in the key Georgia Senate runoffs on 5 January. Like her fellow Georgian  senator David Perdue, she has clung to Donald Trump’s false narrative of widespread election fraud. 

In response to her latest refusal to acknowledge the president-elect, Democrat opponent Rev Raphael Warnock tweeted on Wednesday: “Say it with me @KLoeffler: @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris won the election. It’s disrespectful to Georgia voters to say anything else.”

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 10:49


Pence to receive public vaccination on Friday

Vice president Mike Pence and his wife Karen will receive their Covid-19 vaccine shots on Friday at the White House, the Trump administration has said.

The inoculations will be filmed and broadcast live to boost “vaccine confidence” among the US population. 

President-elect Joe Biden is also expected to be given a dose of the vaccine in public, perhaps as early as next week.

My colleague Graeme Massie has more: 

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 10:32


Biden hails Buttigieg as ‘new voice’ in US politics

Joe Biden has praised Pete Buttigieg – his pick for transportation secretary – as “a new voice with new ideas determined to move past old politics”.

The president-elect noted on Wednesday that Mr Buttigieg has a tall order on his hands, as highways are in a state of disrepair and bridges “are on the verge of collapse”. 

Mr Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, said transportation at its best could help make the American dream possible by getting people and goods to their chosen destination.

 “At its worst, misguided policies and missed opportunities can reinforce racial, economic and environmental injustice, dividing or isolating neighbourhoods, undermining government’s basic role to empower everyone to thrive,” he added. 

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 10:15


Bernhardt becomes latest Trump official to contract Covid-19

US interior secretary David Bernhardt has tested positive for coronavirus, a government spokesperson has said. 

Mr Bernhardt is the latest in a line of Trump administration officials, including White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who have contracted the virus since the presidencial election on 3 November.  

The interior secretary “will continue to work on behalf of the American people while in quarantine”, the spokesperson said.

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 09:58


Rouhani thinks US will lift Iran sanctions under Biden

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani expressed hope on Thursday that the incoming Biden administration would bring back its nuclear deal commitments and would remove sanctions on his country. 

“I have no doubt that the three-year resistance of the Iranian people will persuade the future American government to return to its commitments and the sanctions will be broken,” he said. 

The US and five other countries signed a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, which Donald Trump pulled out of three years later.

The sanctions Mr Trump introduced in 2018 have had a crippling effect on Iran’s economy. 

Rory Sullivan17 December 2020 09:43

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