Japan’s PM to visit Biden on 16 April, official says
Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Washington for talks with Joe Biden on 16 April, the Japanese government has said.
Although the trip had previously been announced, its exact date was unknown.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that Mr Suga would be the first foreign leader to meet Mr Biden in person since he took office in January.
“That by itself is proof that the United States places importance on Japan,” he said.
“It is also significant as we demonstrate the strength of the Japan-US alliance and the US commitment to engage in the Indo-Pacific region.”
Kato added: “”We have been arranging [Suga’s visit] in the earlier half of April, but the date is set on 16 April, as we aim to take all possible measures to ensure success of the prime minister’s US visit and preparations for it.”
Tokyo hopes to strengthen the Japan-US alliance, which it considers a cornerstone of its foreign and security policies, and to discuss ways to cooperate on how to handle China, North Korea and advance a joint vision of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”.
Climate change and the coronavirus pandemic are also among key issues to be discussed.
Republicans accused of using old footage to pretend Trump threw ceremonial first pitch
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has tweeted a video reel of GOP presidents, including Donald Trump, throwing first pitches at baseball games, despite the fact that the recent president never threw a first pitch while in office.
“The @NRSC is using 17-year-old footage of Trump here because he never threw out a first pitch as president,” Max Steele, communications director of the Democratic think tank American Bridge, tweeted.
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According to Vox’s Aaron Rupar, Fox News has not reported on Matt Gaetz since Wednesday despite the ongoing scandal around the Republican congressman.
Mr Gaetz is reportedly being investigated by the Department of Justice over claims that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him – the congressman has denied the allegations.
Biden allows Trump ban on temporary foreign workers to expire, court filing shows
President Joe Biden has allowed a proclamation by Donald Trump that blocked many temporary foreign workers from coming into the US to expire on Wednesday, according to a related court filing.
Mr Biden has rolled back a number of Mr Trump’s immigration policies since taking office on 20 January, including revoking a proclamation last month that blocked many immigrant visa applicants from entering the US.
The Trump administration first issued a directive on temporary foreign workers in June 2020 and renewed it through to 31 March this year.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Trump’s former bodyguard says he never paid back money for cheeseburgers
Donald Trump’s former bodyguard has said the ex-president still owes him more than $130 (£94) for McDonald’s cheeseburgers.
Kevin McKay, who worked for Mr Trump in Scotland for five years until 2012, said he bought “20 cheeseburgers and fries” for him in 2008 after a visit to the Aberdeenshire site on which his Trump International golf course was later built.
Our reporter, Emily Goddard, has the full story below:
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