Trump rails on migrant ‘tsunami’ at Mexican border – Follow Biden news live
Trump rails on migrant ‘tsunami’ at Mexican border – Follow Biden news live
Kamala Harris breaks Senate tie to proceed with Covid relief bill
The White House said it doesn’t take counsel from Donald Trump and has no plans to change its immigration policies after the ex-president release a statement blaming Joe Biden for a “spiralling tsunami” of migrants on the US Mexico border.
“We’re going to tread our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders,” press secretary Jen Psaki said.
While refusing to acknowledge a “crisis” on the border, Psaki agreed that the Biden administration’s change of policy on kicking out unaccompanied minors “obviously” meant more children would remain in the country.
As the number of migrant children apprehended at the border increased by 583 per cent under the Biden administration, a new poll found almost half the country disapproves of the president ending the construction of Trump’s border wall.
The Harvard University and Harris Insights and Analytics poll conducted in February found 47 per cent of Americans disapproved of ending construction on the wall. The presidents executive orders reducing deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of non-violent crimes also received 55 per cent disapproval.
It comes as US border resources are being overwhelmed with an average of 321 migrant children taken into custody per day, according to internal documents from the Department of Health and Human services reported by Axios.
In his statement, Trump called on Biden to complete his border wall project, saying it “save thousands of lives”.
Watch: Kayleigh McEnany takes a swipe at Jen Psaki
“I always knew where his head was at so I didn’t have to do a ton of circling back because President Trump gave a lot of access to me.”
Kayleigh McEnany takes swipe at successor Jen Psaki
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has taken a swipe at her successor Jen Psaki, saying that she didn’t need to “circle back” to questions during conferences because of her access to Donald Trump.
Appearing on Fox News on Thursday Ms McEnany reacted to a montage of Joe Biden’s press secretary referring reporters to specific government departments or saying she would “circle back” to certain issues.
Louise Hall circles back on this story.
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 19:30
White House ‘troubled’ by claims New York covered up nursing home deaths, supports investigation
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to allegations aides of New York governor Andrew Cuomo altered numbers on nursing home deaths.
“We’ve certainly seen those reports, obviously they’re troubling, and we certainly would support any outside investigation, but those wouldn’t be determinations made by us,” Psaki said.
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 19:10
BREAKING: Trump calls on Biden to finish his border wall in furious statement on immigration policy
Donald Trump claimed that a “spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals and taking jobs from legal American workers,” and said that completing his border wall project will “save thousands of lives”.
Mr Biden has suspended its construction, and the White House has continued to defend the new administration’s policy of housing unaccompanied minors who cross the US-Mexico border as it dismantles core elements of the previous administration’s anti-immigration agenda.
“We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane, but ineffective over the last four years,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 19:03
White House won’t acknowledge a migrant ‘crisis’ on US Mexico border
Pressed on whether the Biden administration would recognize the growing “crisis” on the border, as requested by GOP’s Kevin McCarthy, press secretary Jen Psaki ignored the pointed questions, instead answering:
“First the president and this administration’s focus is on digging out the dismantled and inhumane immigration approach of the last administration, and that’s why the president has proposed an immigration bill that would not only address the root causes that leader McCarthy referenced in his letter, but would move beyond the policy of funding ineffective border walls by investing in smart security at ports of entry and would also create a pathway to citizenship, and we would welcome the openness or desire to engage in that.”
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 18:43
White House has no plans on changing policies in response to migrant influx
Asked if the administration takes any accountability for a surge of migrants at the US Mexico border, Jen Psaki says “we don’t take our advice or counsel from former president Trump on immigration policy”.
It comes in response to a White House reporter pointing out the latest statement from Donald Trump on the Biden administration’s “border nightmare”.
“We’re going to tread our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders,” Psaki said.
Trump’s statement said a “spiralling tsunami” at the border is overwhelming communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and more.
Read the full Trump statement below.
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 18:37
White House acknowledges Biden policies contribute to influx of migrant children in custody at the border
Asked if Joe Biden’s rhetoric and policies contributed to the rise in migrants arriving at the border, Jen Psaki said she wouldn’t say that. Before, in a roundabout way saying that.
“We certainly understand the outcome may be an influx as we’ve seen of more children, if you are kicking children out there’s naturally by design, I’m no mathematician, going to be more children come in because we believe that policy was inhuman and we believe children under the age of 18 should be treated with humanity,” she said.
She added: “Obviously we’re going to have more kids in the country since we’ve been letting unaccompanied minors stay and the last administration immorally kicked them out.”
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 18:32
White House says Biden takes questions ‘several times a week’ despite answering only 40 questions in 45 days without a press conference
Asked why the delay in holding a press conference, Jen Psaki claimed that the president, in fact, takes questions from the media on the regular.
“Well first as all of you know the president takes questions several times a week, he took questions twice yesterday,” Psaki said.
“We look forward to holding a full press conference in the coming weeks, before the end of the month, and we’re working on setting a final date for that.”
She added that Americans would “certainly understand” the president spending his time, energy and focus on a pandemic and unemployment crisis since coming into office.
“So I think the American people would certainly understand if his focus and his energy and his attention has been on securing we secure enough vaccines to vaccinate all Americans,” she said.
Reporters pushed back on Psaki’s claims Biden takes questions, saying they get in two questions that Biden can’t hear before the press corps gets shuffled out of the room. So why hasn’t he answered questions from the press? Is he too busy?
“I think he’s answered questions, I believe the count is almost 40 times, so and I would say his focus is on getting recovery and relief to the American people,” Psaki said.
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 18:18
Biden says Indian-Americans ‘taking over’ US on call with Nasa project chief
Joe Biden on Thursday said that Indian-Americans are “taking over” the US during a call with the Nasa team involved in a Mars exploration programme.
President Biden made the remark while speaking to Nasa officials including Dr Mike Watkins, director of the jet propulsion laboratory, and the Indian-American scientist, Dr Swati Mohan, to congratulate them on the recent successful landing of a rover on the surface of Mars.
As Dr Mohan thanked Mr Biden, the president said: “Are you kidding me? What an honour this is. This is an incredible honour. And it’s amazing.”
“Indian — of descent — Americans are taking over the country: you; my vice president; my speechwriter, Vinay. I tell you what. But thank you. You guys are incredible,” he said.
Mayank Aggarwal has the story.
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 17:46
Kamala Harris takes call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The vice president continues to take calls with foreign leaders in place of Joe Biden, with the latest being to the prime minister of Israel.
The White House faced questions over the president’s lack of immediate call Benjamin Netanyahu in the early weeks of his presidency, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying it was not “surprising”.
“I don’t know that it’s surprising less than two weeks into an administration, he hasn’t called every foreign leader yet, he certainly would love to spend more time talking to foreign leaders, his first love is foreign policy, but I expect he’ll continue to have engagements in the weeks ahead,” Psaki said when pressed by reporters during a daily briefing.
The call between Harris and Netanyahu today continues this administration’s tendency for the vice president to take calls usually handled by the commander in chief.
The pair discussed Iran’s nuclear program, the Trump administration’s Abraham Accords that normalized relations in the Middle East, and advancing peace with Palestine.
“Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and underscored the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to the U.S.-Israel partnership. The Vice President emphasized the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. She expressed strong support for Israel’s recent groundbreaking normalization agreements with countries in the Arab and Muslim world, and stressed the importance of advancing peace, security, and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians alike. The Vice President and Prime Minister agreed on the importance of continuing close cooperation and partnership on regional security issues, including Iran’s nuclear program and the regime’s dangerous regional behavior. They discussed the importance of advancing scientific cooperation between our two countries and efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. They also noted their respective governments’ opposition to the International Criminal Court’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel.”
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 17:31
White House daily briefing to begin shortly
Press secretary Jen Psaki is expected to start today’s media scrum momentarily.
Justin Vallejo5 March 2021 17:30