In this 13 November 2020, file photo Army general Gustave Perna, who is leading Operation Warp Speed, speaks during at an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

Trump news live: President claims cyber hack attack was exaggerated by ‘fake news media’


Trump news live: President claims cyber hack attack was exaggerated by ‘fake news media’

Trump news live: President claims cyber hack attack was exaggerated by ‘fake news media’

Michael Flynn says Trump should use military to ‘rerun’ election in swing states

President Donald Trump has today tweeted another election result rant but continues to stay silent on claims Russia was responsible for a massive cyberattack on the US.

In reference to an opinion piece on Joe Biden Mr Trump said: “He didn’t win the Election. He lost all 6 Swing States, by a lot. They then dumped hundreds of thousands of votes in each one, and got caught. Now Republican politicians have to fight so that their great victory is not stolen. Don’t be weak fools!”

Meanwhile, Mike Pompeo has claimed that Russia carried out the cyberattack that targeted a number of federal agencies, including the nuclear weapons agency.

The onslaught, that began in March, was “pretty clearly” linked to Russia, the Secretary of State said in a interview on the Mark Levin Show.

Mr Pompeo’s sentiments were echoed by Senator Marco Rubio who said the US will retaliate after a huge ongoing cyberattack against a number of government agencies.

The Republican Senator on Friday tweeted: “the methods used to carry out the cyberhack are consistent with Russian cyber operations.” He added that the US must retaliate “not just with sanctions.”

It comes as president-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has denied they agreed a two-week break in transfer-of-power briefings as tensions mount with Pentagon officials.

On Friday officials at the Pentagon said there was a “mutually-agreed upon holiday pause”, with meetings set to resume in January. But Yohannes Abraham, executive director of the Biden transition, denied this and said it was vital “engagements continue during this period.”

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Operation Warp Speed official takes responsibility for Covid-19 vaccine ‘miscommunication’

General Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, told a press conference on Saturday that there had been a “miscommunication” with states about how many doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine would be made available to them.

At least 10 states were told earlier in the week that the number of vaccine doses they would be receiving would be cut from what they had originally been promised. They were not told why.

During the press conference on Saturday, Mr Perna said he took “personal responsibility” for the miscommunication.

“Please accept my personal apologies if this was disruptive to your decision-making,” Mr Perna said, before adding that he would brief governors on Monday.

In this 13 November 2020, file photo Army general Gustave Perna, who is leading Operation Warp Speed, speaks during at an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

In this 13 November 2020, file photo Army general Gustave Perna, who is leading Operation Warp Speed, speaks during at an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

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James Crump19 December 2020 18:44

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Biden’s transition team criticises cooperation from Pentagon

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has criticised the cooperation its receiving from political appointees at the Department of Defence (DOD), according to the Associated Press.

Mr Biden’s team, who have been meeting officials at various agencies over the last few weeks, said on Friday that there has been “an abrupt halt in the already limited cooperation there.”

Yohannes Abraham, executive director of the transition, told reporters that Mr Biden’s teams at DOD learned Thursday of meetings “being pulled down,” and added: “A failure to work together can have consequences well beyond January.”

However, the Pentagon disputed the claims and released a statement that said there was a “mutually-agreed upon holiday pause.”

President-elect Joe Biden listens as he holds a videoconference meeting with members of the U.S Conference of Mayors at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on 23 November 2020

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James Crump19 December 2020 18:20

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Whitmer accuses Trump administration of ‘slow-walking’ vaccine distribution

Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer has lashed out at president Donald Trump’s administration for “slow-walking” the roll out of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.

Michigan, which was anticipating 84,825 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in its second round, will now receive reduced 60,000 doses.

“I still cannot get a straight answer out of the Trump administration about why Michigan, like many other states, is receiving a fraction of the vaccines that we were slated to receive,” the Democratic governor said at a news conference.  

“There are millions of Pfizer vaccines, many right here in Portage, Michigan, that are waiting to be shipped. But the feds are slow-walking the process of getting the addresses to Pfizer for some reason I cannot get an answer to,” Ms Whitmer added.

Read the full report by Louise Hall.

James Crump19 December 2020 18:00

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Republican senator twice blocks efforts to provide second round of $1,200 stimulus cheques

Republican senator Ron Johnson twice blocked an effort to provide a second round of $1,200 (£887.41) stimulus cheques.

On Thursday and Friday, Mr Johnson blocked the bill from Republican senator Josh Hawley and progressive Democratic senator Bernie Sanders, which would have provided a second cheque of $1,200 to Americans, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Johnson said that when it comes to coronavirus relief, “we all have compassion, we all want to fulfill those needs.”

However, he added that “one of the reasons we are $27.4 trillion (£24.8 trillion) in debt is we only speak about need, we only talk in terms of compassion.”

Every senator needed to approve the bill for it to pass.

James Crump19 December 2020 17:35

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Donald Trump downplays severity of attack in first public comments on suspected Russian hack

Donald Trump has claimed the massive cyber hack that took place was being exaggerated by the media while putting blame on China, despite his secretary of state saying the attack likely came from Russia. 

“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality,” the president wrote in a tweet on Thursday, adding: “I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control.” 

Mr Trump went on to say that Russia was the “priority chant” in the media because they are “petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!),” he wrote.

Read more from Danielle Zoellner’s report here:

James Crump19 December 2020 16:55

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US forces begin withdrawal from Somalia

US forces that are positioned in Somalia have begun their withdrawal from the country and are being moved to different bases in East Africa.

In a statement on Saturday, general Stephen Townsed, the commander of US Africa Command, said: “I directed the activation of a joint task force, JTF-Quartz, built around the headquarters of Special Operations Command-Africa, to oversee Operation Octave Quartz, the directed re-positioning of US forces from Somalia to other bases in East Africa.”

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump ordered the majority of US troops to leave Somalia by “early 2021,” as part of his final military decisions before leaving office on 20 January.

In a statement at the time, the Pentagon wrote: “The President of the United States has ordered the Department of Defence and the United States Africa Command to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021.”

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James Crump19 December 2020 16:30

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Biden environmental team heavy on experience, diversity

President-elect Joe Biden hopes the environmental team he is set to introduce on Saturday will steer America toward greater action to curb climate change and protect the nation’s air and water.

Joe Middleton19 December 2020 16:05

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President in the pews: DC churches offer Biden options

President-elect Joe Biden currently worships at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, in Delaware, flanked by a massive security team and followed by hordes of journalists.

But when he arrives in Washington Mr Biden will have to make a choice between attending a church in the nation’s capital or returning to Delaware for services.

Joe Middleton19 December 2020 15:44

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Trump rants about Biden’s election victory

The outgoing President is at it again and has today claimed on Twitter that Democrat Joe Biden did not win the 2020 election.

Responding to an opinion piece on Mr Biden, Trump said: “He didn’t win the Election. He lost all 6 Swing States, by a lot. 

“They then dumped hundreds of thousands of votes in each one, and got caught. Now Republican politicians have to fight so that their great victory is not stolen. Don’t be weak fools!”

Like many of his previous tweets, the president offered no evidence to substantiate his claims and has suffered dozens of court losses alleging election fraud in key battleground states.

Joe Middleton19 December 2020 15:24

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‘Border wall’ built around Seattle’s remaining autonomous zone amid plans to clear area

A “border wall” consisting of temporary barricades has been built around the remaining encampment of Seattle’s autonomous zone in response to attempts by officials to proceed with its eviction.

Read the full report by Louise Hall:

Joe Middleton19 December 2020 15:16


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