Biden news – live: President to sign executive order on gun control, as Trump responds to Matt Gaetz scandal

Biden news – live: President to sign executive order on gun control, as Trump responds to Matt Gaetz scandal

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Biden warns of complacency as Covid vaccine rollout continues

Donald Trump has issued a statement denying claims that embattled Florida congressman Matt Gaetz sought a blanket presidential pardon during the final weeks of his administration. The statement offers Mr Gaetz a rare reprieve as he fights to recover from the news he is facing a federal sex trafficking investigation.

Mr Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, has meanwhile warned Americans against treating the coronavirus pandemic with complacency as he moved forward the deadline for widespread access to the Covid-19 vaccines to 19 April, two weeks earlier than previously planned.

“Despite the progress we’re making as a nation, I want every American to know in no uncertain terms, that this fight isn’t over. This progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve can be reversed. Now’s not the time to let down. Now’s not the time to celebrate,” he said, speaking at a vaccination site at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Stephen Miller, one of Mr Trump’s most hardcore anti-immigration aides, is launching an organisation dedicated to obstructing Joe Biden’s agenda in courts across the US. According to Mr Miller, America First Legal will go after “anything the president does that we believe to be illegal”. Mr Miller was a key architect of policies including family separations and the incomplete border wall. It has now transpired that the Biden administration may continue to fill gaps in parts of the barrier that have already been constructed.

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Biden to take executive action on guns this week, report says

Long-awaited by activists keen for action from the Biden administration, the move will fulfill a campaign pledge to make regulations of firearms a priority.

It is believed that Mr Biden will order that the buyers of “ghost guns” — homemade or makeshift weapons — be subjected to background checks.

Other specifics are unclear, but there could be actions related to concealed assault-style weapons; a ban on firearm purchases by those convicted of domestic violence; and federal guidelines on the storage of firearms at home.

Mr Biden may also announce his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — potentially one of the tougher confirmation hearings in the 50:50 split Senate.

Graeme Massie has more on this story.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 18:50

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White House welcomes LGBT milestone of potential Caitlyn Jenner run for California governor

Jen Psaki weighed in on the potential gubernatorial run of Caitlyn Jenner in California in the ongoing saga of the Gavin Newsom recall election

The former Olympian and reality TV star is talking to political consultants as she actively explores running for governor, according to Axios.

Asked if the White House welcomes the potential LBGT milestone of a first transgender governor, Psaki said they certainly welcome the “freedom of any human” to participate in the democratic process.

“Including of course transgender members of our society,” she said.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 18:45

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BREAKING: Derek Chauvin’s defence claim his knee wasn’t always on Floyd’s neck

The defence, led by attorney Eric Nelson, argues that despite Mr Floyd’s eventual death, Mr Chauvin was both reasonable and legally clear to use force on Mr Floyd—and that his knee may not have been on his neck in the first place.

“A single photograph isn’t going to capture the dynamics of what’s happening,” attorney Eric Nelson said, arguing Mr Chauvin’s knee was closer to Mr Floyd’s shoulder blades.

The trial is less about where Mr Chauvin’s knees were moment to moment, but whether they should’ve been near George Floyd’s neck in the first place, writes The Independent’s Josh Marcus.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 18:36

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BREAKING: Top White House official dodges question of whether Biden will demand sale of China’s TikTok

A senior member of Joe Biden’s cabinet has dodged a question as to whether the president will demand the sale TikTok’s US operations.

On Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo was asked at the White House if she felt TikTok should be sold, and for her “broad view” of her advice to Mr Biden on tariffs with regard to China.

“I don’t want to get into details on any particular company,” she said.

“And my broad view, is what we do on offence is more important than we do on defence to compete in the long run with China.”

Andrew Buncombe reports.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 18:26

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So is Biden building more wall or not? No, but maybe, depending on your definition.

The White House is talking around the semantics of this issue.

When pressed at the daily briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said construction remains paused while a review is underway looking at the funds already allocated.

“We don’t believe the wall is an answer, we have never believed the wall is the answer to addressing the challenges, immigration challenges at the border, that’s why we’re proposing an investment in smart security at the border. What we see as 21st solutions for border management,” she said.

When asked, specifically, if the gaps would be filled in, Psaki said no. But not so fast. If the money had already been allocated, then maybe.

Here is the exchange: “The president had said he wouldn’t build one more foot of the wall, but you’re saying some monies could still be used to fill in the gaps on construction on the wall?”

Psaki: “No, I’m saying that some had been allocated already, previously, we’re working within what our limitations are by law, but we have never believed that building more of a wall, the president doesn’t’ believe, is a way to address our immigration challenges on the border.”

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 18:17

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White House confirms Biden action on gun control tomorrow… kind of, sort of… probably

Asked if Politico’s reports on Biden’s plan to take executive action on gun control tomorrow, press secretary Jen Psaki low-key confirmed it was happening by telling the press corp they’d be given a background briefing later today.

“I don’t have anything to preview, I can convey the president will have more to say tomorrow,” she said.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 18:02

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White House confirms Biden action on gun control tomorrow… kind of, sort of… probably

Asked if Politico’s reports on Biden’s plan to take executive action on gun control tomorrow, press secretary Jen Psaki low-key confirmed it was happening by telling the press corp they’d be given a background briefing later today.

“I don’t have anything to preview, I can convey the president will have more to say tomorrow,” she said.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 18:02

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Biden to unveil executive action on gun control Thursday, reports say

Joe Biden will announce executive actions on gun violence on Thursday, according to Politico.

Quoting four people familiar with the plan, the outlet says Biden will direct the administration to begin the process of requiring buyers of makeshift firearms without a serial number to undergo background checks.

The announcement will reportedly take place at the White House, where the president will be joined by attorney general Merrick Garland.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 17:48

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This you? Former Rhode Island governor says don’t life Covid restrictions

Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo was asked what she would say to Democrat governors rolling back Covid restrictions following Joe Biden’s warning against Covid complacency.

“Just don’t jump the gun. I am not going to tell governors what to do. I have just lived it and every time you jump the gun you live to regret it. So vaccinate, put the pedal to the metal on vaccinating more than lifting restrictions,” she said.

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Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 17:44

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White House daily briefing to begin

Press secretary Jen Psaki is expected to kick off her regular programming shortly. Today she will be joined by the secretary of commerce, Gina Raimondo.

Stay locked for updates.

Justin Vallejo7 April 2021 17:21