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.

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Majority of Americans see the climate crisis as urgent

In a CBS News poll, Amercians were asked about when they thought the climate crisis should be addressed by the country.

Overall, 56 per cent of respondents saw it as an issue that should be addressed “right now”. An additional 11 per cent saw that it was something that should be addressed within the “next few years”.

But 21 per cent of respondents think that the climate crisis does not need to be addressed at all by the United States.

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 21:44

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Half of American adults have had one Covid vaccine dose with 16 year olds and up eligible from Monday

Roughly half of American adults have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In total 49.7 per cent of Americans, aged 18 years and older, have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 31.8 per cent are fully vaccinated against the novel virus.

It means that across the entire US population, 39 per cent have received at least one dose of vaccine and 24.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

More details on the US vaccination rollout here:

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 21:20

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Biden is pictured at his grandson’s confirmation ceremony

President Joe Biden went to his regular church, St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday.

But this Mass was a special one for the Biden family as his grandson Hunter Jr, who is the son of the late Beau Biden, was getting confirmed.

Pictures show Mr Biden outside the church speaking to his family and churchgoers. First Lady Jill Biden was also in attendance at the event.

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Hunter Biden Jr, a grandson of President Joe Biden, is pictured placing his hands on his grandfather’s shoulders outside church. Hunter was confirmed on Sunday

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Hunter Biden Jr, a grandson of President Joe Biden, is pictured placing his hands on his grandfather’s shoulders outside church. Hunter was confirmed on Sunday

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First Lady Jill Biden also attended the confirmation of grandson Hunter Biden. She is pictured after the Confirmation Mass at St Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware

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First Lady Jill Biden also attended the confirmation of grandson Hunter Biden. She is pictured after the Confirmation Mass at St Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware

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President Joe Biden mingled with churchgoers on Sunday following Mass

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Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 20:53

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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.”

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 20:35

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White House says Biden’s infrastructure plan will prioritise American goods

The White House has released a new tweet about President Joe Biden’s infrastructure planned, called the American Jobs Plan, and what it would do for the economy.

Earlier this month, Mr Biden unveiled his $2.25tn infrastructure plan, which he hopes will pass through Congress.

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 20:10

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Biden spends Sunday at his grandson’s confirmation

President Joe Biden is not attending just a regular Mass on Sunday.

Instead, the White House press poll was informed that he’s attending the confirmation of his grandson Hunter, who is the son of the late Beau Biden.

First Lady Jill Biden was also seen walking into the church for the confirmation.

The confirmation is being held at St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware – which is where Mr Biden regularly attends Mass.

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 19:51

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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.

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 19:26

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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.

Oliver O’Connell has the full report:

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 19:03

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Majority of Americans ages 65 and up are fully vaccinated

White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain shared more information about the country’s success in vaccinating Americans in recent months.

He revealed that 65 per cent of those ages 65 were fully vaccinated from the novel virus.

This milestone was big given that older Americans were more at risk to experience severe symptoms from Covid-19 that could result in hospitalisation or death.

Mr Klain also reaffirmed that all vaccination sites would be open to people 16 years and older on Monday.

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 18:41

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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.

Danielle Zoellner18 April 2021 18:20

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