Accused Capitol Rioter Edward Jacob Lang Blasts Trump and Begs For His Help in Jailhouse Call
On the eve of the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot, an accused rioter pleaded for Donald Trump’s aid in a call from a jailhouse phone in Washington, D.C. Edward Jacob Lang, a 25-year-old from upstate New York charged with assaulting a police officer with a bat, made his last-ditch, Trump-focused cry for help during a Wednesday evening interview with far-right personality Stew Peters.“I am so disappointed in Trump for canceling his January 6th press conference,” Lang said during the call-in inews.yahoo.com
MSNBC Host and Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Spar in Bonkers Interview Over Coup Attempt
MSNBCMSNBC primetime host Ari Melber and former Trump White House official Peter Navarro clashed in a wild interview Tuesday night over the latter’s steadfast attempt to overthrow the 2020 election results and upend a democracy.Melber teed up the segment with an old clip from former Trump strategist and Navarro sidekick Steve Bannon’s War Room: Pandemic podcast of Bannon describing exactly how the duo sought to overturn the election. The clip, from Jan 6, 2021, shows firsthand how Bannon, alongnews.yahoo.com
Trump Advisor Peter Navarro Lays Out How He and Bannon Planned to Overturn Biden’s Electoral Win
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA former Trump White House official says he and right-wing provocateur Steve Bannon were actually behind the last-ditch, coordinated effort by rogue Republicans in Congress to halt certification of the 2020 election results and keep President Donald Trump in power earlier this year, in a plan dubbed the “Green Bay Sweep.”In his recently published memoir, Peter Navarro, then-President Donald Trump’s trade advisor, details how he stayed in close contact wnews.yahoo.com
Republican anger with Dr. Fauci reaches new heights
Republican rage directed at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic to Presidents Trump and Biden, seemed to reach new heights over the weekend, with former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro claiming the renowned physician and scientist has likely "killed millions of Americans."news.yahoo.com
Trump returns to spotlight in trial — but not on his terms
More than three weeks removed from the White House, Donald Trump's voice is again permeating the nation's capital — but not on his terms. AdStill, he argued that if Trump had access to Twitter, he would likely dig himself deeper into trouble. But Trump was quickly snapped out of that disengagement Tuesday as he watched the trial's opening arguments unfold. Trump's team and allies have assured him that he has more than enough Republican votes to acquit him of the Democrats’ charge that he incited the insurrection on Jan. 6. Trump is not expected to make any changes to his team, though David Schoen is expected to take the central role.
Trump can't hang on to lawyers after false election claims
Since losing the November election to President Joe Biden, Trump has been hemorrhaging attorneys. Trump's impeachment lawyers started off their defense by misspelling the words “United States” in their brief. Navarro told The Associated Press that he “warned the president that his legal team was going to fail him." Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said Trump’s team did a “terrible job." AdBut after impeachment, Trump's legal needs will likely accelerate, with the investigations in New York, Georgia and possibly Washington, D.C., where prosecutors will have the power of subpoena.
Trump fumes, GOP senators baffled by legal team's debut
In this image from video, Bruce Castor, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, speaks during the second impeachment trial of Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Senators, too, criticized what they described as an unfocused and rambling performance as Trump's team and Democratic House managers began to lay out their cases in front of the Senate jury. The anger was echoed by Trump allies, who blasted the lawyers both publicly and privately and with repeated profanities. GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Castor “just rambled on and on and on and didn’t really address the constitutional argument. Trump's team did not respond to requests for comment on the day's events or questions about whether they are planning any shakeups to the legal team.
China sanctions Pompeo, O'Brien, Azar and other Trump administration officials after Biden inauguration
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People on June 14, 2018 in Beijing, China. WASHINGTON – The Chinese government on Wednesday slapped sanctions on former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former national security advisor Robert O'Brien and former trade advisor Peter Navarro, along with other members of the Trump administration. The move came after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. "China has decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously violated China's sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such U.S. moves on China-related issues," the statement also said. The Chinese government also named former deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, former U.S.cnbc.com
China hits Trump officials with sanctions on their way out
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying speaks during the daily press briefing at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Liu Zheng)WASHINGTON – China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Pompeo announced that he had declared China's repression of Muslim ethnic minorities a “genocide," possibly opening the door to new U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials. The Trump administration had steadily ramped up pressure on China since last year but had increasingly so over the past several months. During its last weeks in office, the administration had hit numerous officials with sanctions for their actions on Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
Trump adviser broke law with Biden criticism, watchdog says
WASHINGTON – A federal watchdog agency on Monday reported that one of President Donald Trump’s economic advisers repeatedly violated the law during the campaign season with his criticisms of Joe Biden, now the president-elect. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political work while performing their official duties. They argued, for example, that Navarro’s statement about Biden “kowtowing to the Chinese” was acceptable for him to make in his official capacity. Navarro violated the Hatch Act because he engaged in that very activity,” the report said. The report said it’s up to the president to determine the “appropriate disciplinary action,” showing the limits of the law.
Trump-friendly Newsmax seeks to cut into Fox’s viewership
(Newsmax via AP)NEW YORK – Now that his largely invisible network has suddenly been flooded by fans of President Donald Trump, Newsmax television personality Grant Stinchfield is puffing out his chest. “We’ve really cornered Fox from the right,” said Chris Ruddy, Newsmax founder and friend of Trump. Fox’s prime-time viewership during the two weeks after the election was up 50 percent over last year. For Newsmax, a big question is whether its programming is compelling enough to hold viewers who are clearly sampling. Besides Kelly, former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer is Newsmax’s best-known personality.
Most Canadians hope for Trump defeat after insults, attacks
TORONTO, ONT – Donald Trump called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “weak” and “dishonest” and attacked Canada's vital trade. The unprecedented tone of attacks on America’s closest ally the last four years left a bitter taste, and most Canadians will be relieved if Trump is defeated in the election. But just six weeks after it was implemented, Trump announced new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. The U.S. has more confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 than any other country, but there is a hope in Canada that Biden administration might better contain the virus. The fact that it’s been accepted almost without a peep so far is in part a measure of just how loathed the Trump administration is,” Bothwell said.
Trump pushes mining with order, but effects are uncertain
It’s the latest in a string of actions by the administration meant to boost the mining industry by hastening environmental reviews and shielding companies from international market pressures. Under the 1872 mining law that governs the industry, companies are not required to pay royalties on minerals extracted from public lands. “For too long in the West, the mining industry has enjoyed a sweetheart deal,” Udall said. It directs agencies led by the Interior Department to report back within 30 days on measures they can take to hasten mining projects, and within 60 days with recommendations for imposing tariffs or quotas on China and other U.S. mining sector competitors. Earthworks' Aaron Mintzes said the proposal advances “a mad rush” to advance mining projects before Trump’s term expires at the end of the year.
Fires raise fight over climate change before Trump's visit
Jay Inslee on Sunday called climate change “a blowtorch over our states in the West." “The debate is over around climate change. “This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the West Coast," she said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation." “And this is a wake-up call for all of us that we have got to do everything in our power to tackle climate change." “Talk to a firefighter, if you think that climate change isn’t real," the Democratic mayor said on CNN's “State of the Union."
Q&A: TikTok saga continues with Microsoft talks. Now what?
NEW YORK The latest twist in the TikTok saga is an especially strange turn in a tale filled with strange turns. There are also concerns about TikTok censoring videos critical of China, which TikTok denies, or pushing propaganda. Chinas economic espionage is a well-known threat, and similar user data concerns were raised about Huawei, the telecom equipment maker. If thats the issue, a Microsoft deal would solve the problem. Other potential Big Tech buyers, especially Facebook and Google, would likely face antitrust concerns if they tried to buy TikTok.
Trump again pushes unproven drug as COVID-19 treatment
Numerous studies, meanwhile, have shown that the drug, hydroxychloroquine, is not an effective treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently withdrew an order that allowed the drug's use as a emergency treatment for COVID-19. Yet overnight, after returning from a trip to North Carolina where he promoted efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Trump retweeted a series of tweets advocating for hydroxychloroquine. The president also shared a post from the Twitter account for a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon, a former top White House adviser to Trump, accusing Fauci of misleading the public over hydroxychloroquine. This is what Ive been trained for my entire professional life and Ill continue to do it.Asked about claims he's been misleading the public, Fauci said: I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.
In the open: White House advisers tussle over virus response
He shouldnt be doing that, Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for Atlanta. The back-and-forth is the latest episode of infighting in a White House that has been riven by rivalries since its earliest days. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did not approve the article and is fully engaged, according to the official. The episode was frustrating for some in the White House because it diverted attention from positive developments, like progress on a vaccine, another official said. While he used to speak one-on-one with Trump, Fauci said, I havent done that in a while."
USA Today: Navarro's anti-Fauci column didn't meet standards
NEW YORK USA Today says that a column that the newspaper solicited and published from presidential trade adviser Peter Navarro criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci was misleading and did not meet fact-checking standards. The newspaper explained the decision in a note by Bill Sternberg, editorial page editor, attached to the column online. Navarro's column originally moved online late Tuesday and was published in Wednesday's newspaper. USA Today did not immediately return messages seeking comment on how Navarro's column escaped such scrutiny before being published. The incident is reminiscent of The New York Times saying last month that an opinion column by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton hadn't been properly vetted, which led to the resignation of the paper's opinion editor.
In the open: White House advisers tussle over virus response
FILE - In this April 22, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump watches as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
In the open: White House advisers tussle over virus response
He shouldnt be doing that, Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for Atlanta. The back-and-forth is the latest episode of infighting in a White House that has been riven by rivalries since its earliest days. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did not approve the article and is fully engaged, according to the official. The Peter Navarro op-ed didnt go through normal White House clearance processes and is the opinion of Peter alone, White House communications director Alyssa Farah tweeted. The episode was frustrating for some in the White House because it diverted attention from positive developments, like progress on a vaccine, another official said.
White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes virus spike
At the same time, the president and top White House aides are ramping up attacks against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert. Fauci has been increasingly sidelined by the White House as he sounds alarms about the virus, a most unwelcome message at a time when Trump is focused on pushing an economic rebound. Last week, Fauci contradicted Trump about the severity of the virus during a FiveThirtyEight podcast. Asked whether the president still had confidence in Fauci, a White House official on Monday insisted Trump did. The effort is part of a White House effort to counterpunch on behalf of Trump, who believes all slights must have a forceful response, said one official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal White House thinking.
White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes virus spike
Asked whether the president still had confidence in Fauci, a White House official on Monday insisted Trump did. But that supportive message was not echoed by Peter Navarro, a top White House trade adviser who has been working on the coronavirus effort. However, one senior White House aide insisted frustration with him was directed more at outsiders, including some in the media who elevate Fauci" and fault the White House for not showing more deference. The effort is part of a White House effort to counterpunch on behalf of Trump, who believes all slights must have a forceful response, said one official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal White House thinking. America should be applauding Dr. Fauci for his service and following his advice, not undermining his credibility at this critical time," they wrote.
US bets on small, untested company to deliver COVID vaccine
So far, the leading candidates are using traditional vials to hold the vaccine, and needles and syringes in their clinical trials. Suddenly ApiJects 5-year plan to mass produce its devices became a sprint measured in months with a new $138 million contract, announced in May, to produce 100 million devices by years end. On Wednesday, the largest domestic manufacturer of needles and syringes, Becton Dickinson, announced the first U.S. order of $11.7 million for 50 million needles and syringes by the end of this year. Testing different vaccine candidates in the ApiJect devices will be critical before injecting the public. But he said the government was buying a range of devices to deliver the vaccine because they don't know what they need.
Trump says China trade deal still on after adviser's remarks
Trump tweeted: The China Trade Deal is fully intact. The Trump administration has been extremely critical of China's efforts to contain the novel coronavirus early on and the president repeatedly blames China for the pandemic in his remarks, leading to questions about future cooperation in areas such as trade. Peter Navarro, director of trade and manufacturing policy at the White House, told Fox News its over," when asked a question that was focused on the China trade deal. When contacted by The Associated Press, Navarro said his comments had been taken out of context and had nothing to do with the deal. In January, the U.S. and China reached an interim trade deal to reduce tariff tensions.
Asian shares advance, tracking Wall Street tech rally
Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday, tracking a late rally on Wall Street led by technology shares. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)TOKYO Asian shares were higher on Tuesday, recovering from some early losses as regional markets tracked a late rally on Wall Street led by technology shares. Shares rose in Singapore and Taiwan but fell in Jakarta. That's led traders to bid up stocks in technology companies that offer services online, a thriving conduit of commerce through the outbreak. The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, climbed 1.1%, to 10,056.47, extending its winning streak to a seventh day.
The Latest: India's infections soaring in rural areas
(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)NEW DELHI Indias coronavirus caseload has risen to 425,282 as infections soar in rural areas to which migrant workers fleeing major cities have returned in recent weeks. Indias government planning body Niti Aayog says infections have now emerged in 98 out of 112 of the countrys poorest districts. The figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday brought the national caseload to 12,438 cases, including 280 deaths. ___SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An inmate from Avenal State Prison in California has died from what appear to be complications from the coronavirus. Its the first death at Avenal State Prison in Kings County, where 131 inmates have tested positive for the virus.
Trump's intended show of political force falls short of mark
When you do testing to that extent, youre going to find more cases, Trump said. Before the rally, Trump's campaign disclosed that that six staff members who were helping set up for the event had tested positive for the coronavirus. The Tulsa event was scheduled over the protests of local health officials as COVID-19 cases spiked in many states. Trump's campaign declared that it had received over 1 million ticket requests. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh, dismissing the potential impact, said "leftists always fool themselves into thinking theyre being clever'' and he noted that rallies are general admission, with first-come-first served.
Pence to kick off 'American Comeback' tour in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON Vice President Mike Pence will make an appearance at a manufacturing plant near Pittsburgh on Friday as part of a new campaign effort showcasing the nation's economy making a comeback. But he seized on a better-than-expected jobs report released last week, and his campaign quickly made an ad proclaiming the great American comeback has begun.That theme will continue Friday on the Great American Comeback Tour," which is being organized by America First Policies, a nonprofit associated with the America First Action super PAC supporting Trumps reelection. Other administration officials, including Ivanka Trump and trade adviser Peter Navarro, may appear at the tour's later dates. Pence has ramped up his travel in recent weeks as the White House projects a return to normalcy even amid rising coronavirus cases in more than a dozen states. Beginning July 4th weekend, America First Policies plans a multimillion-dollar television and digital ad campaign around the comeback theme.
Automakers help restart US industry as globe reopens further
Stocks rallied on the vaccine news and signs that the worst of the crisis has passed in many countries. Some Detroit automakers started cranking out vehicles Monday, but it will take longer to fully restart other plants. At a Fiat Chrysler pickup truck assembly plant in Warren, outside Detroit, workers entered a giant white tent with a sign reading, Let's restart and keep each other safe." The country has opted to impose short weekend and holiday curfews, instead of full lockdowns, fearing damage to the already troubled economy. ___This story has been corrected to show that some Detroit automakers began producing vehicles Monday.
Trump says he did not see memos by adviser Navarro warning of coronavirus risks
U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions as he addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he had not seen memos by White House trade advisor Peter Navarro warning of coronavirus risks, and that he retained confidence in Navarro. Navarro, a China hawk, sent a memo in late January warning the new coronavirus could create a pandemic and urged a travel ban for China, the New York Times reported. A second memo, written in late February and sent to the president, said it could kill up to 2 million Americans. Asked if he still had confidence in Navarro, Trump said, Of course. Peter is a smart guy, a good guy, the president said.feeds.reuters.com
Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast
UPDATE: March 31, 2020: GM: First 20,000 masks expected to be delivered by April 8But President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn't moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs. GM expects to start making ventilators in mid-April, ramping up to a rate of 10,000 per month at as quickly as it can. Gordon, who teaches a class in commercialization of biomedical goods, said Trump likely will claim credit when GM starts making the machines. Critics have urged Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act broadly to control the production, supply and distribution of ventilators and protective gear for hospital workers who are running short. Invoking the Defense Production Act “shined a light” on the need for ventilators, he said, but Ventec can’t move any quicker.