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The president is expected to visit a small business in suburban Philadelphia as part of the tour, which has seen Vice President Kamala Harris visit a Covid-19 vaccination centre and culinary academy in Las Vegas.
Mr Biden signed the $1.9 trillion relief plan into law last week and now he is looking to promote how the package will “make a difference in people’s everyday lives”.
Former Obama presidential campaign adviser Spencer Critchley has said the GOP is being “eaten alive from within” by Mr Trump, while Palm Beach political consultant Blair Brandt has said the former leader is “the presumptive frontrunner for 2024 at this time”.
Blinken takes swipe at China hailing ‘great discussion’ on Indo-Pacific ‘uninhibited by coercive power’
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared to take a subtle swipe at China as he hailed a “great discussion” on the importance of a “free, open & inclusive” Indo-Pacific “uninhibited by coercive power”.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Mr Blinken said he and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had a “great discussion” with Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.
He said they had discussed the “importance of a free, open, & inclusive Indo-Pacific anchored by universal values & uninhibited by coercive power.”
“We’re committed to cooperation with Japan including as part of the Quad & trilaterally with the ROK,” he added.
The post came after Mr Blinken reportedly warned China against using “coercion and aggression” to get its way.
“We will push back if necessary,” he said, according to Reuters.
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 10:06
Trump says media is ‘against me and Republicans’ after ‘find the fraud’ story
Former president Donald Trump took aim at the media after The Washington Post had to issue a lengthy correction after mistakenly reporting that he had told election officials in Georgia to “find the fraud”.
A recording released months after the story was published found that the publication had misquoted the former leader’s comments on a call based on information provided by a source.
While Mr Trump thanked The Post for correcting the story, he said: “Establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way—against me and Republicans.”
He also dismissed reporting on his documented and well-known efforts to influence the Georgia election results as a “Georgia Witch Hunt” and “Hoax”.
Read more on what went wrong with The Post’s story and how Mr Trump responded:
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 09:37
Blinken warns China against using ‘coercion and aggression’ to get its way
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly warned China against using “coercion and aggression” to get its way.
Mr Blinken made the comments during his first trip abroad to Asia, where he and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are holding talks with allied countries Japan and South Korea.
“We will push back if necessary when China uses coercion and aggression to get its way,” he said, as Washington accused Beijing of bullying its neighbours to advance its interests.
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 09:29
North Korea warns Biden administration against ‘causing a stink’
Kim Jong Un’s sister has warned the Biden administration against “causing a stink” if it wants to “sleep in peace” over the next four years.
In North Korea’s first message to the Biden administration, Kim Yo Jong said she wanted to “warn the new US administration” against “trying hard to give off [gun] powder smell in our land”. “If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step,” the senior official said.
The warning came as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Asia for talks with allied countries Japan and South Korea.
Today they will meet with counterparts in Tokyo before meeting with officials in Seoul tomorrow.
The comments also came after US and South Korean militaries began annual military exercises last week, which are expected to continue until Thursday.
According to The Associated Press, only command post exercises and computerised simulations are being conducted with field training excluded due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as efforts to resume nuclear talks with North Korea.
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 09:15
GOP being ‘eaten alive’ by Trump, experts say
The Republican Party is being “eaten alive” by President Donald Trump, election experts have said.
Former Obama presidential campaign adviser Spencer Critchley has said that the GOP appears “helpless to do anything but go along with” the former president’s agenda.
Speaking with The Palm Beach Post Mr Critchley said: “The Republican Party is being eaten alive from within” by Mr Trump.
“He is doing all this stuff that only serves his own impulsive interest of the moment and the Republican Party seems helpless to do anything but go along with it, even though he is attacking one of the things they presumably care most about, their ability to raise money,” he said, referring to the former president’s demand that GOP bodies stop using his image and name to raise funds.
Meanwhile, Palm Beach political consultant Blair Brandt told the outlet that Mr Trump is “the presumptive frontrunner for 2024 at this time,” as well as the “de facto ideological leader of the party”.
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 08:44
Biden administration set to pass two key milestones in Covid-19 fight
President Joe Biden said on Monday that his administration is set to pass two key milestones in the effort to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Within the span of 10 days, the president vowed to see 100 million stimulus payments distributed as well as 100 million vaccine doses administered since his taking office in January.
His administration’s “Help is here” tour is mean to highlight the benefits of his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, while also amplifying his administration’s leadership on the nation’s vaccination programme.
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 08:35
Biden to join road tour to promote Covid-19 rescue plan
President Joe Biden is expected to join a country-wide tour to promote his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 rescue package today.
The US leader is set to visit a small business in Philadelphia as his first stop outside Washington for the “Help is here” tour, which kicked off on Monday.
Vice President Kamala Harris has already visited a Covid-19 vaccination site, as well as a culinary academy in Las Vegas, with first lady Jill Biden stopping at an elementary school in New Jersey.
Mr Biden signed the rescue plan into law last week, with his administration’s road tour aimed at promoting the benefits of the package. “Hope is here in real and tangible ways,” Mr Biden said at the White House on Monday.
As his government continued to drive its vaccination programme, he said his administration was delivering on “shots in arms and money in pockets”.
“That’s important. The American Rescue Plan is already doing what it was designed to do: make a difference in people’s everyday lives. We’re just getting started,” he said.
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 08:32
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog following the latest on US politics as President Joe Biden prepares to join a road tour promoting his Covid-19 rescue plan.
Chantal Da Silva16 March 2021 08:25