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Joe Biden’s son Hunter has revealed how his father staged an intervention in an attempt to get him to give up drugs during the 2020 presidential campaign.

In an interview with CBS News, the president’s son said his family challenged him over his drug addiction at his father’s home in Wilmington last year.

It came after Donald Trump took what appeared to be a veiled swipe at Joe Biden, by suggesting that the key to being a good father is keeping children away from drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.

Meanwhile, US officials are preparing to travel to Vienna next week to take part in efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Officials from Washington and Tehran will not hold direct talks but the presence of both countries at the meeting marks a step forward for cooperation between the two nations.

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Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 08:55


Trump makes ‘veiled swipe’ at Biden over raising children

Donald Trump has said that the key to raising children is to keep them away from drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, in comments which appear to be a veiled swipe at Joe Biden.

The president’s son Hunter has battled addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol for years, and Trump used this issue as an attack line during the 2020 election.

In an interview for the channel Real America’s Voice on Thursday night, Trump said he tried to keep his children away from drugs.

“I always also, you can have good children, but if they start with the drugs, alcohol, cigarettes…” he said.

“I’ve said it for years to them. So far it’s had a pretty good impact.”

The former president has previously said he does not drink or do drugs – a decision apparently inspired by seeing his brother Fred die from alcoholism in the 1980s.

“I’ve seen some really good children go wild on drugs and alcohol, and then that’s a different ballgame,” he added.

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 09:10


Matt Gaetz shared nude photo of woman on House floor, report says

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz has been accused of showing nude photos and videos of women to other lawmakers, according to a CNN report.

Multiple sources told the news network that the Trump ally, who is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice, had a reputation for bragging about his sexual relationships.

Our reporter, Graeme Massie, has the full story below:

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 09:22


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.

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 09:39


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.

Our reporter, Nathan Place, has the full story below:

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 09:50


FDA authorises changes to Moderna vaccine to provide extra doses from vials

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised two changes to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

The agency said late last night that it had approved new vials from Moderna that can contain up to 15 doses each, compared with the original vials designed to hold 10 doses.

Additionally, regulators said providers could safely extract up to 11 doses from the original 10-dose vials – in a move which should help bolster US supplies and speed up vaccination efforts.

Moderna said in a statement that it planned to begin shipping the new 15-dose vials in the coming weeks.

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 10:12


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.

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 10:26


Our reporter, Joe Sommerlad, has more details below on Donald Trump’s apparent swipe at Joe Biden over parenting:

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 10:36


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.

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 10:58


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:

Conrad Duncan2 April 2021 11:12

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