Officials: Trump, Pence Have Cordial Meeting
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had a friendly meeting on Jan. 11 to smooth over their differences stemming from Pence’s move to certify Joe Biden’s controversial election victory against Trump’s wishes, senior administration officials revealed. “They reiterated that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the America First movement backed by 75 million Americans,” one official said of the get-together.
Chuck Grassley: ‘Very Little Opportunity’ For Trump to Lead GOP
Veteran Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says President Trump’s days as a driving force of the GOP are over. “Right now, there’s very little opportunity for him to lead the Republican Party,” the 87-year-old seventh-term senator asserted.
Ted Lieu: Prosecute GOP Reps Who Incited ‘Insurrection’
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is calling for federal authorities to probe whether Republican members of Congress incited insurrection in the wake of the unrest on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. “I think there should be an investigation of what some members of Congress did, and depending on what they did, I believe if they incited insurrection, they should be prosecuted,” Lieu told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Jan. 11.
Bill Belichick Turns Down Trump Medal of Freedom Honor
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has refused to accept a Presidential Medal of Freedom award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Trump following the controversial Capitol Hill protests on Jan. 6. “One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality, and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team, and county I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award,” Belichick, a long-time friend of Trump, said in a statement.
NY Gov. Cuomo Changes Tack on Lockdowns
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Jan. 11, made a sharp pivot from his strident stance in favor of strict coronavirus lockdowns. “We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass – the cost is too high,” the high-profile Democrat proclaimed in a “State of the State” address. “We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
Report: China to Intensify Crackdown Against Hong Kong Protesters
China’s communist regime plans to ratchet up its attempts to crush Hong Kong democracy protests following the recent arrest of 50 demonstrators, Reuters reports, citing sources with “high-level experience in Hong Kong affairs” who “represent Beijing’s interests.” China has been “too patient for too long, and needs to sort things out once and for all,” a senior Chinese official told the news outlet.
New Zealand: International Visitors Must Have Negative COVID Test
New Zealand has announced that it will require foreign travelers to show negative coronavirus test results before being allowed entry into the country. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that most global air routes will be of critical concern for the foreseeable future,” COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins stated.
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