GOP senator Ron Johnson amplifies false claims about pro-Trump rioters during committee hearing on attack
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has strongly criticised the Biden administration after reports they are reopening a child migration detention facility in Texas, as Mitt Romney claims Donald Trump would easily win the 2024 GOP nomination.
Mr Biden has previously called the child camps on the US-Mexico border “horrific” and promised during his 2020 election campaign to end the use of the facilities, but The Washington Post reported that the child detention centre in Texas is being reopened due capacity at other facilities due to Covid.
Taking to Twitter AOC said: “This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay – no matter the administration or party.”
It comes as Senator Mitt Romney has predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2024 presidential nomination for the Republican party, if he chose to run.
Speaking with the New York Times’s DealBook DC Policy Project, he said: “I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination.”
Meanwhile, Senators on Tuesday heard harrowing testimonies from top security officials as they probe the law enforcement failures that allowed a mob of Trump supporters to storm the Capitol building on January 6.
What is on President Biden’s to-do list today?
Joe Biden has a briefing this morning from his Covid response team where he is sure to be encouraged by the boost in vaccine supply (see post below) after pharmaceutical leaders notified Congress on Tuesday they were significantly increasing the delivery of doses.
This afternoon Mr Biden is expected to sign an executive order to review US supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that power cars, phones, military equipment and other goods.
Over the past year, the fragility of vital supply chains has been revealed repeatedly after the coronavirus outbreak led to an initial shortage of masks, gloves and other protective medical equipment.
Automakers in the United States and Europe are now dealing with a shortage of computer chips.
The Biden administration hopes to address these supply issues with the planned 100-day review and the possibility of increased domestic production, according to officials who spokes to Associated Press.
Joe Middleton24 February 2021 10:49
Vaccine supply set to increase
Covid-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a sharp increase in the delivery of doses, fuelling optimism that there will be enough to get most Americans inoculated by the summer.
By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up sharply from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.
“We do believe we’re on track,” Moderna President Stephen Hoge said, outlining ways the company has ramped up production. “We think we’re at a very good spot.”
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, is expected to get a green light from regulators soon and would boost supplies of Covid jabs being rolled out across states.
Looking ahead to summer, Pfizer and Moderna expect to complete delivery of 300 million doses each, and J&J aims to provide an additional 100 million doses.
That would be more than enough to vaccinate every American adult, the goal set by the Biden administration.
Additional reporting by AP
Joe Middleton24 February 2021 10:25
Pence still maintains ‘close friendship’ with Trump
Former vice-president Mike Pence has said he still has a close relationship with ex-president Trump amid widespread reports of a rift between the pair stemming from the events at the US Capitol on January 6.
Mr Pence reportedly made the comments to a group of conservative lawmakers on Tuesday, along with remarks that he intends to launch a political group, as reported by CNN.
Rep. Jim Banks, who was in the meeting, told the network:…