Biden news – live: White House warns Russia of consequences if Navalny dies as John Kerry apologises for Trump
John Kerry apologises for Donald Trump’s stance on climate change
The White House has warned Russia that “there will be consequences” if Alexei Navalny, a Putin critic, dies in prison, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.
This comes after President Joe Biden gave a speech on Thursday about Russia where he failed to mention the imprisoned Russian opposition leader, which angered critics. But Mr Sullivan said the White House aims to deal with the issue “privately and through diplomatic channels.”
John Kerry has also apologised for former President Donald Trump’s “non-leadership” on the effort to address the climate crisis during his four years as US leader.
Speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr Kerry, the Biden administration’s climate envoy, said the government was “very sorry for the last four years with a president who didn’t care about science”.
Meanwhile, a number of defendants accused of storming the US Capitol Building in the 6 January insurrection are claiming to have been acting as “journalists” during the incident.
According to The Associated Press, at least eight people accused of attacking the Capitol have claimed that they were only there to record history as journalists or filmmakers – not to help incite a deadly insurrection.
The finding comes following an AP review of court records in nearly 400 cases.
The United States also hit a milestone on Sunday with half of American adults receiving at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Eligibility will open to Americans ages 16 years and older on Monday, Mr Biden said.
Navalny’s daughter pleads for his doctors to see him
Alexei Navalny’s daughter Dasha has released a tweet asking for the Russian government and prison system to allow for her father to be visited by his doctors.
“Allow a doctor to see my dad,” she wrote in a tweet early Sunday morning.
Doctors have warned the Russian opposition leader, who is an outspoken critic of Vladmir Putin, “will die within the next few days” if he does not receive proper medical attention.
Mr Navalny has been on a hunger strike for the last 19 days over his demands for proper treatment for acute back pain and leg numbness. He was jailed in February for old embezzlement charges.
The White House has informed Russia that “there will be consequences” if Mr Navalny dies while in prison, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.
This comes after President Joe Biden gave a speech on Thursday about Russia where he failed to mention Navalny, which angered critics. But Mr Sullivan said the White House aims to deal with the issue “privately and through diplomatic channels.”
Biden’s approval rating stands at 59%, but there’s a catch
President Joe Biden has a strong approval rating among Americans nearly 100 days into his presidency, with 59 per cent approving of his job overall, according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center.
But there’s a caveat to this poll.
It was found that the Pew Research Center oversampled Democrats by about 30 points, thus influencing the rating.
Respondents to the poll were made up of 65.5 per cent of Democrats and 34.5 per cent of Republicans.
An Ipsos poll has found that Mr Biden’s approval rating stood at 54 per cent, while a YouGov poll has his approval rating at 49 per cent. FiveThirtyEight has estimated that the president’s actual approval rating stands at 53.2 per cent approve and 40. 6 per cent disapprove based on a compilation of current polls.
GOP members who voted to impeach Trump get flood of donations defying former president’s vow for revenge
Despite Donald Trump’s vow to drive them from office, the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January are enjoying a flood of re-election campaign donations.
The latest filings from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that the group raised $6.4million collectively in the first quarter of 2021.
Seven of the representatives set personal records for fundraising in a non-election year, and all of the lawmakers out-raised challengers who filed campaign finance reports, Bloomberg reported.
President Bush calls on Congress to tone down immigration rhetoric
President George W Bush has called on members of Congress to tone down the “harsh rhetoric” on immigration.
“I do want to say to Congress, please put aside all of the harsh rhetoric about immigration, please put aside trying to score political points on either side. I hope I can help set a tone that is more respectful about the immigrant, which may lead to reform of the system,” Mr Bush told Norah O’Donnell on CBS Sunday Morning.
The plea comes as a heated debate within Congress has launched over immigration reform while the country experiences an influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border.
Mr Bush expressed regret during the interview that he didn’t pass more measures related to immigration refore when he was president, but he was now hoping the Republican Party would prioritise creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
“I am right now,” Mr Bush said about currently lobbying members of his party on the issue. “Whether my own party listens to me or not is another question.”
President Joe Biden has issued several executive orders to address immigration, but Congress has yet to pass any legislation that would address the problem.
“All that means is that Congress isn’t doing its job,” Mr Bush said.