Biden mocks Trump as ‘great MAGA king’ in speech on economy
As Donald Trump’s chosen candidate David Perdue struggles to gain ground in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary, Mike Pence has announced he will travel to the state to secure the vote for incumbent Brian Kemp – a Republican who refused to bow to Mr. Trump’s insistence that the state was robbed. of Joe Biden in 2020.
Meanwhile, the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers who are close allies of Donald Trump. : Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama. Everyone had the opportunity to testify voluntarily.
And the Justice Department is now investigating whether former President Trump or one of his aides violated federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up at Mar-a-Lago instead of the National Archives in the end of his term.
On Friday, the former president shared his thoughts on Elon Musk’s plan to buy Twitter, saying the billionaire wouldn’t pay a “ridiculous price” for the platform because it’s mostly “BOTS or spam accounts”.
Jen Psaki gives her final briefing as White House Press Secretary
White House press secretary Jen Psaki is currently giving her final briefing before leaving office. This is his 224th briefing.
Here is our compilation of clips of his key moments behind the lectern in the briefing room.
Key moments from when Jen Psaki was White House press secretary
Olivier O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 6:22 p.m.
Hannity continues to attack AP’s ‘ultra-maga’ candidate
As hardcore right-winger Kathy Barnette storms into the Pennsylvania Senate primary, supporters of Donald Trump and his chosen nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz begin to turn against her. Among the most visibly furious is Fox News host Sean Hannity, who launched a remarkably bilious thread attacking Ms Barnette head-on:
Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 6:15 p.m.
Trump Says Elon Musk Won’t Buy Twitter at “Such a Ridiculous Price”
Donald Trump said Elon Musk would not buy Twitter at “such a ridiculous price” after the billionaire announced he had put his $44 billion purchase of the platform on hold.
The Tesla boss says he is “still committed” to buying Twitter but the deal is on hold until he gathers more information about spam and fake accounts on the platform.
Mr Musk has vowed to let Mr Trump return to the platform once he takes control of it, but the one-term president cast doubt on that happening in a post on his own platform TruthSocial.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 5:55 p.m.
ICYMI: A pro-Trump Netflix could happen to you
A bespoke (even if beleaguered) social media platform is all very well, but Donald Trump now appears to be pursuing another adventure to provide a “safe haven” for the president’s fans: a right-wing alternative to Netflix.
The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) is recruiting staff for the new venture. In an announcement on Wednesday, the group said the streaming service, named TMTG+, will be “a ‘Big Tent’ platform delivering large-scale entertainment rooted in free speech.”
He added that “in addition to the Truth Social social media platform, our SVOD [Subscription Video on Demand] the TMTG+ platform will host a wide variety of unscripted, scripted, and original content.”
Sravasti Dasgupta see you.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 5:37 p.m.
Trump mulls Elon Musk’s intention to buy Twitter
Former President Donald Trump took to his own social media site, Truth Social, to share some thoughts on Elon Musk’s plans to buy Twitter.
He wrote (truth?): “There is no way Elon Musk is buying Twitter at such a ridiculous price, especially since it is a business largely based on BOTS or accounts. of spam. Pretend to someone? »
The former president continued, “The moment you get rid of it, if it can even be done, what do you have? Not a lot? If it hadn’t been for the ridiculous billion dollar breakup fee, Elon would have been long gone by now. Just my opinion, but Truth Social is MUCH better than Twitter and is absolutely exploding, amazing engagement! »
Mr. Musk previously said he would allow Mr. Trump to return to Twitter, from which he has been banned since January 6, 2021. Earlier in the day, Mr. Musk said his purchase of the micro-social media site blogging was “on hold” while a review was done. how many bots and spam accounts existed on the platform.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 5:26 p.m.
Kevin McCarthy is silent…
Having been subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 select committee, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy seems to be keeping a lower profile than usual as he spends his day on Capitol Hill:
Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 5:15 p.m.
Musk insists the sale on Twitter is still ongoing
Elon Musk sent Twitter shares into a dive with a tweet overnight saying he was putting a pause on his plans to take over the company while he weighs his estimates of the number of fake or spam accounts.
Since then, however, he has sought to calm things down:
Mr Musk reiterated that he would like to see Donald Trump’s Twitter account restored, although the former president has said (for now) that he intends to stay on his own platform, the social truth in difficulty.
Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 4:45 p.m.
Lindsey Graham says he was ‘wrong’ to suggest Biden should be president on January 6
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was unflattered by the recent release of audio recordings after the Jan. 6 riot in which he said Donald Trump was responsible for the day’s events and said Joe Biden would be “perhaps the best person to have” in the White House.
Now Mr Graham has backtracked on his comments, telling Fox News host Jesse Watters he was ‘wrong’ about Mr Biden.
“I have known Joe for 30 years. He’s a nice guy, but he’s been a disaster as president,” he said. “No one fears Joe Biden abroad, and at home his policy is failing.”
Eric Garcia to the story.
Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 4:16 p.m.
Pence breaks with Trump in race for Georgia governor
Donald Trump’s endorsement in the race for Georgia Governor David Perdue has failed miserably to catch up with Republican incumbent Brian Kemp. And with the vote scheduled for May 24, Mr Kemp has attracted his own high profile supporter: Mike Pence.
Although Mr. Pence did not explicitly condemn Mr. Trump for his actions after the 2020 election, Mr. Trump essentially ruled out including him on a future presidential ticket. For his part, Mr. Pence has continued a schedule of campaign-style speaking engagements and appearances across the country, raising speculation that he could tip the presidency if Mr. Trump does not show up or cannot show up. to present.
Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 3:29 p.m.
Report: DoJ under Trump subpoenas reporter’s phone records
It has emerged that under the Trump administration, the Justice Department issued a subpoena for the phone records of an investigative reporter investigating its family separation policy at the US border.
The journalist in question was The Guardianby Stephanie Kirchgaessner – and the newspaper itself was apparently unaware of the subpoena at the time it was published.
Gino Spocchia at the news.
Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 3:00 p.m.