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White House backtracks after Biden calls border situation a 'crisis'

White House backtracks after Biden calls border situation a 'crisis'

(CNN)The White House on Monday backtracked after President Joe Biden over the weekend described the influx of migrant children as a "crisis," in what appeared to be .The President's use of the "crisis" label doesn't represent the administration's official position, the White House said Monday in regard to a term that top administration officials have refused to say Biden after a round of golf at the Wilmington Country Club on Saturday and was asked about the cap on "We're gonna increase the numbers. The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border...

Mar 17
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US suspends all diplomatic trade engagement with Myanmar after weekend of violence against pro-democracy protesters

US suspends all diplomatic trade engagement with Myanmar after weekend of violence against pro-democracy protesters

Washington (CNN)The Biden administration announced the suspension of all diplomatic trade engagement with Myanmar on Monday following a weekend of violence against pro-democracy protesters and the deadliest day since military seized power in a February 1 coup.The suspension of government-to-government engagement under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) "will remain in effect until the return of a democratically elected government," a statement from the office of United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai said. Under that agreement the US cooperated with Myanmar...

Mar 29
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US suspends all trade with Myanmar after weekend of violence against pro-democracy protesters

US suspends all trade with Myanmar after weekend of violence against pro-democracy protesters

Washington (CNN)The Biden administration announced the suspension of all trade engagement with Myanmar on Monday following a weekend of violence against pro-democracy protesters and the deadliest day since military seized power in a February 1 coup.The suspension "will remain in effect until the return of a democratically elected government," a statement from the office of United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai said. More than 100 civilians, including children, were protesting the military coup across Myanmar on Saturday, sparking international condemnation. President called the...

Mar 29
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Biden says 'no time to waste' for Senate to pass his Covid relief package

Biden says 'no time to waste' for Senate to pass his Covid relief package

(CNN) called on the US Senate to take "quick action" in passing his , speaking just hours after House Democrats approved his first legislative priority."We have no time to waste. If we act now, decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus. We can finally get our economy moving again, and the people of this country have suffered far too much for too long," Biden said Saturday morning in brief remarks from the White House. "We need to relieve that suffering."The President spoke about the importance of passing the pandemic aid package and the pivotal role it will play...

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Feb 27
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Biden says he's spoken with all of his predecessors 'with one exception'

Biden says he's spoken with all of his predecessors 'with one exception'

(CNN) on Tuesday reflected on the "sense of history" he feels as a new resident of the White House and suggested he has spoken with his predecessors, but cited one notable exception.Asked whether he has called any former presidents, Biden told : "Yes, I have." He declined to say who he had spoken with, noting that they had "private conversations," but then suggested he'd spoken with all of his living predecessors except, he implied, . "By the way -- all of them, with one exception, have picked up the phone and called me, as well," he said, a clear allusion to Trump, without naming...

Feb 17
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First lady Melania Trump breaks her silence on Capitol riot, then hits back at her critics

First lady Melania Trump breaks her silence on Capitol riot, then hits back at her critics

First lady Melania Trump has broken her silence on the U.S. Capitol insurrection incited by her husband in a posted on the White House website early Monday morning in which she lashes out at her critics and then condemns the violence."I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week," the first lady, whose "Be Best" platform centers on civility and kindness, said in the post.The post marks Trump's first public statement since her husband incited mobs of supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. During the attack, she was overseeing a photo shoot at the White House featuring "rugs...

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January 11, 2021
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'No one knew what we were supposed to be doing there.' Inside the law enforcement chaos at the Capitol

'No one knew what we were supposed to be doing there.' Inside the law enforcement chaos at the Capitol

(CNN)The chaotic federal response to the Trump rally Wednesday, which was overwhelmed by , stood in sharp contrast to the heavily-armed presence of thousands of federal authorities during in Washington, DC, following the police killing of George Floyd.Mobs broke through police barricades and rampaged through the Capitol, vandalizing offices and prompting the evacuation of lawmakers just after 2 p.m. ET Wednesday. By dusk, the building was still not secured and a woman had been shot dead."Everything. Everything went wrong," one Capitol Police officer on the scene said.The law enforcement...

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January 6, 2021
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Trump attacks No. 2 Senate Republican as the President turns on allies in his final days in office

Trump attacks No. 2 Senate Republican as the President turns on allies in his final days in office

(CNN)President Donald Trump is spending his final days in office attacking leadership within his own party, this time the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, offering a possible preview of his broader post-presidential strategy to use his influence in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond. Trump, back at the White House after with no public events on his schedule, attacked Sen. John Thune, a South Dakotan who is the No. 2 Senate Republican, in an afternoon tweet on New Year's Day. Trump White House"I hope to see the great Governor of South Dakota @KristiNoem, run against RINO...

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December 31, 2020
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White House coronavirus task force no longer proactively sending reports to states

White House coronavirus task force no longer proactively sending reports to states

(CNN)The White House coronavirus task force has informed states that it will no longer proactively send with tailored data and recommendations, according to multiple state officials. Instead, states will need to request the reports each week. This new policy, which one official said came via email, is a departure from the previous process and removes a layer of transparency and vital information amid a raging pandemic. The task force has been sending the reports to key state and public health officials weekly, usually on Mondays or Tuesdays, since June, when a second wave of Covid-19...

December 23, 2020
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Biden called George Floyd's family as nation awaits verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

Biden called George Floyd's family as nation awaits verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

(CNN)President Joe Biden called George Floyd's family on Monday as they and the nation await a verdict in the . "He was just calling. He knows how it is to lose a family member. And he knows that the process of what we're going through so he was just letting us know that he was praying for us, and hoping that everything would come out to be OK," George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd told NBC on Tuesday morning. White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the call took place. "President Biden spoke with the family of George Floyd yesterday to check in with them and also share that the...

Apr 20
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