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Trump leaves the White Home hours earlier than Biden’s inauguration for Mar-a-Lago


US President Donald Trump greets as he boards Air Force One at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas on January 12, 2021, after visiting the US-Mexico border wall.

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to leave the White House for West Palm Beach, Florida hours before his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, takes office, two people familiar with the arrangements told NBC News.

People said Trump could make final remarks as commander in chief during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, where Air Force One and its twin bait are being held. From Andrews, Trump flies Air Force One for the last time to Mar-a-Lago, his private resort.

The White House declined to comment.

Last week, Trump announced that he would not be attending the inauguration, which Biden says is “one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on.”

Trump isn’t the first outgoing president to skip his successor’s inauguration. The others, according to the White House Historic Association, were Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson. Like Trump, Johnson was also charged.

Trump’s refusal to accept the election results culminated on Jan. 6 when swarms of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and derailed the Congressional process to count the votes and confirm Biden’s win in the November 3 contest.

The House of Representatives indicted Trump on Wednesday for inciting a rebellion in a non-partisan vote in which 10 Republicans took part. It is unclear when the Senate trial will take place.

Trump is the only president in US history to have been charged twice.

He was first charged in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in connection with his efforts to press the Ukrainian government to investigate the Biden family. Trump was later acquitted by the Senate.

Biden’s victory was projected by all major news agencies in mid-November and confirmed by votes by the electoral college in mid-December. The Republican president has falsely insisted that he won a “landslide” and that his presidency was stolen.

President Donald Trump listens to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaking on the phone as he announces that the United States has reached an agreement with Mexico on a new trade deal in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday, August 27, 2018 hit.

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Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are expected to attend Biden’s inauguration.

The Obamas, Clintons, and former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush will attend the inauguration.

Former President Jimmy Carter will not be in attendance due to Covid and health conditions, according to a spokesman. Carter, the oldest living president at 96, and former first lady Rosalyn Carter attended the inaugurations of Obama and Trump.

Trump’s decision not to attend Biden’s inauguration came a day after he finally conceded the presidential election. Without naming Biden, he admitted in a nearly three-minute video that “a new government will be inaugurated on January 20th.”

“My focus is now on ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power,” said the president in his first video statement after the uprising.

“Now the minds have to be cooled and the calm restored. We have to get on with business with America,” said Trump of the deadly uprising in the US Capitol.

Five people died in the violence, including a Capitol policeman.

The National Guard has moved 20,000 soldiers to DC to secure the US Capitol and the inauguration of Biden after last week’s violence.

The troop footprint in the country’s capital is more than the number of US soldiers in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan combined.

China’s Covid outbreak is just not but at a turning level: hospital director


Medical workers collect swab samples from residents of a Covid-19 testing site in Qiaoxi Township, Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei Province, on Jan. 7, 2021.

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BEIJING – Beijing remains on the lookout for a recurrence of Covid-19 infection as neighboring Hebei Province continues to report new cases every day.

Hebei reported an increase in cases earlier in the year. In the past few weeks, the province has closed its own capital and at least two other areas to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“The turning point has not yet come (for Hebei),” Gao Yan, director of the Infectious Diseases Department at Peking University People’s Hospital, told reporters on Friday. That comes from a CNBC translation of her Mandarin-language remarks.

Due to previous outbreaks in China, it usually takes about a month to reach a tipping point.

Hebei Province reported 54 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of current cases to 769. The majority are in the capital, Shijiazhuang, about three and a half hours by car southwest of Beijing.

Targeted measures in Beijing, such as tracking down people in contact with Hebei cases, are sufficient for the time being, Gao said. She said the likelihood of the Chinese outbreak recurring last year was “very, very small”.

Covid-19 first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. The authorities did not lock up the city until more than a month later. More than 4,000 people have died from the virus in China, according to Johns Hopkins University. The disease has killed more than 2 million people worldwide.

Beijing launched a city-wide vaccination campaign with more than 200 vaccination centers on January 1, 2021 to ensure critical staff are vaccinated before the New Year celebrations. Hundreds of millions of people usually travel the month around the public holiday, which officially falls in mid-February of this year.

According to official figures, in about two weeks from 5 p.m. local time on Thursday, the capital administered 1.5 million vaccine doses. At least for a large vaccination center in the Chaoyang district – where large foreign companies and embassies are located – the vaccines came from the state-owned Sinopharm company.

Chloe at Siesta Key says she’s stepping down from the “Poisonous” present


Chloe Trautman clears up rumors about her status on Siesta Key. E! News learned that she left the show.

The reality star took part in her Instagram story on Sunday January 17th, announcing that she is pulling out of the MTV series without a script because it has become “extremely toxic”.

She posted a quote attributed to the @spiritualbear account that read, “Make people hungry for you. Be unavailable from time to time, you focus on your s – t.”

Chloe herself wrote: “Me [cannot] Stand to see these lies spread further. I wasn’t fired. I decided to take a step back from filming because it became extremely toxic. I am not ready to risk my journey and my luck for fame and money. “

The series’ original cast member did not specify what type of toxicity it was referring to, but claimed that the issues will be clear once the upcoming fourth season airs.

“You will all have clarity when the show goes on air,” she continued. “Now please stop telling lies.”

“Not stunned” amid false fraud claims


Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told CNBC that he was “not surprised” to hear news of Attorney General William Barr’s resignation from the Justice Department.

“It was clear that part of the [Trump] Administration was a challenging job for him to say the least, “said Romney.” I’m not surprised that he was no longer able to connect to the process that is now running. ”

President Donald Trump brought the news of Barr’s resignation on Twitter, saying he would be leaving the Justice Department before Christmas. It comes less than two weeks after the attorney general denied the president’s unsubstantiated claims that the election was rigged and the FBI found no evidence of widespread electoral fraud.

Romney added that he was “concerned” about the “democracy cause” not only in the United States but around the world when it comes to the president’s false electoral fraud claims.

“The biggest concern I have is that people here really believe that this election was stolen somehow and there is no evidence of it and the president said it was stolen even before election day,” said Romney during a taped interview Monday night on The News with Shepard Smith. “What’s going on now, I’m afraid, is terribly daunting for people around the world.”

Romney is also part of the bipartisan group of lawmakers who launched the $ 908 billion two-part stimulus package. Legislators are now splitting the original $ 908 billion bipartisan proposal into two bills, putting everything they can agree on in one bill and everything they disagree on in another bill. Romney told host Shepard Smith that he believes there is a chance to pass.

“You actually see a number of people coming in with support,” Romney said. “We hope that this will be achieved either in whole or in part, and that the help will reach people who are in dire need.”

As part of the potential compromise, states would receive $ 160 billion in three installments over the next six months. The payments would depend in part on the population and how much money each state has actually lost. The bill would raise the bar for lawsuits against companies, but this protection would only last for the duration of the pandemic.

Some of the broadly agreed items, including $ 748 billion for unemployment benefits, small business, vaccines and education, have been grouped into a separate bill. However, neither House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Have agreed to put the bipartisan compromise to a vote and Romney said it was not yet confident that either guide would do so.

“We have people who will lose their unemployment insurance the day after Christmas, and preventing it from happening is a high priority,” said Romney. “We want help for people who also need spiritual aid facilities, we urgently need help for small businesses, and we have a lot of businesses just clinging to it. So this is another round of small business PPP grants and loans . ”

Stimulus testing is not included in the bipartisan compromise. Romney noted that help will be given to the people who need the money to pay rent and eat.

“Sending checks to people who don’t need them isn’t as high a priority for us as sending checks to people who are unemployed, unable to pay rent and looking for food,” said Romney.

It has been 262 days since the last relief bill, and the nation has passed another dire milestone. The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 300,000 people in the United States since February. More than one in ten deaths has been reported since early December, and over the course of the pandemic, the US has recorded an average of 1,000 deaths per day, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data.

QAnon supporter Jacob Chansley was arrested by Trump supporters for rioting within the Capitol


Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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A self-described QAnon shaman was held without bail by a judge Friday after prosecutors brought evidence he stormed into the Senate and left a threatening note for Vice President Mike Pence during a riot by pro-Trump supporters .

Jacob Chansley, the conspiracy theorist with horn, spear, and complexion, drew attention to his bizarre demeanor among the crowd entering the Capitol complex on January 6th.

Prior to Friday’s hearing in the US District Court in Phoenix, Arizona prosecutors said there was “strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, in support of the Capitol rioters’ intentions to trap elected officials in the United States to murder. ” State government. “

Those prosecutors dropped the lawsuit on bail at the hearing after they were pushed back by the Washington, D.C. Supreme Attorney’s office, whose office filed the two crimes and four offenses that led to Chansley’s arrest.

The Arizona federal prosecutor also noted in the file that “news reports indicate that the siege of the US Capitol may just be the beginning of potentially violent actions by the president [Donald] Trump’s supporters. “

The filing by the office of US Arizona attorney Michael Bailey called for a judge Friday to arrest Chansley, one of the most notorious rioters arrested without bail.

They said he planned to return to Washington next week for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

“Chansley is a self-appointed QAnon leader,” said a group of conspiracy theorists who believe many US lawmakers are part of a ring of child molesters and satan worshipers. There were other followers of QAnon among the rioters.

“Chansley is an active participant in a violent uprising that sought to overthrow the United States government and has made himself the best-known symbol of it,” the prosecutor wrote. “No [bail] Conditions can reasonably ensure its appearance [in court] still guarantee the security of the community if necessary. “

But Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, undermined the idea during a press conference late Friday that there were indications of attacks by the rioters.

“Right now we have no direct evidence of kill capture teams,” said Sherwin, whose office has brought charges against Chansley and other rioters.

Sherwin said “there may be a split” between his office and those of federal attorneys in Arizona and Texas who have made similar allegations.

Later on Friday, at Chansley’s hearing in Phoenix, a US assistant attorney asked the judge to remove the sentence on bail alleging there was strong evidence of intent to capture and kill elected officials.

While that statement “may very well be appropriate in a trial against Mr. Chansley and very well characterize the evidence and intent on that day,” the prosecutor said that for the purpose of bail hearing, “we do not want to mislead the court by acting discuss the strength of any type of specific evidence. ”

The bail also stated that Chansley, wearing complexion and a hat with horns, ran to a Senate podium “where Vice President Pence had chaired and started posing just minutes earlier” to be photographed by other rioters.

Pence chaired a joint congressional session that day to officially confirm the election of Biden as president.

A protester yells in the Senate Chamber in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

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“Chansley left a note on the podium of the Senate Chamber where Vice President Mike Pence had chaired the session minutes earlier warning, ‘It is only a matter of time, justice will come.'”

Prosecutors said that when the FBI questioned Chansley about the meaning of his words, he “did a long disgrace in which he described current and former United States leaders as infiltrators, particularly Vice President Mike Pence”.

“He said he was able to get into the United States Senate in DC ‘by the grace of God’.” Chansley said he was glad he was in the Vice President’s chair because Vice President Pence is a traitor to child trafficking, “the file said.

While Chansley, also known as Jacob Angeli, claimed that he did not mean the note as a threat, “the government disagrees,” the file says.

A protester holds a mannequin with a noose “traitor” written on it during a protest at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, the United States, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

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The prosecutor noted, “Chansley has also expressed an interest in returning to Washington DC for the inauguration and later told the FBI, ‘I’ll still go, you’d better believe it.'”

“‘Sure I’d want to be there, as a protester, as a protester, f–‘ a ‘,” he said, according to the file.

In an interview with the FBI last week, the prosecutor wrote that he said twice “that he had plans to go to the Arizona State Capitol following the January 9 FBI interview.”

“Chansley confirmed his testimony and had his horns, furry coyote tail headdress, complexion, tan pants, six-foot spear and megaphone in the 2003 Hyundai that he parked with the FBI,” the file says.

The document said Chansley lied to federal investigators prior to trial after his arrest when he said he had never used drugs other than marijuana, which he had smoked three times a week in the past.

“Chansley described his routine use of psychedelics, including mushrooms and peyote, in recorded interviews on his podcast,” the file said. In addition, QAnon, who was based on an imaginary conspiracy theory, was not provided with a full portrait of Chansley’s apparent mental health problems, which he has publicly disseminated, which has strong mystical beliefs and leadership in a dangerous extremist group based on an imaginary conspiracy theory , includes PTS officer and therefore not assessed in the assessment. “

In a video interview outside the Capitol when he and other rioters were leaving the complex, Chansley said he had left the Senate and “the cops just walked out with me.”

He also said the mob would leave because Trump posted a message asking them to do so and that the rioters “won” the day.

“We won by sending a message to the Senators and Congressmen. We won by sending a message to Pence: If you don’t … do what your oath is, if you do they don’t keep it. ” Constitution, we’ll remove you then, but one way or another, “Chansley said.

ProPublica reported that last month two women had warned the Capitol Police about Chansley, whom they saw “strangely dressed” and “carrying a spear” outside the building.

“He was a character you would recognize – Jacob Chansley, the QAnon supporter in a Viking outfit, who was photographed from the podium in the Senate Chamber last week,” said ProPublica of the women Melissa Byrne and Chibundu Nnake.

“They alerted the Capitol Police at the time that the spear appeared to be violating the complex’s gun ban, but the officials denied their concern,” ProPublica said.

“One officer told them that Chansley had been stopped earlier in the day but that the ‘senior’ cops had decided not to take any action against him.”

“We don’t perceive it as a weapon,” Nnake recalled of the officer who spoke about the spear, “the article says.

Byrne tweeted Friday, writing, “I am extremely angry that I reported this to the USCP on December 14th for carrying a gun on the Capitol Grounds and was told that ‘higher elevations’ are fine if he’s there. It’s me. ” seething. Imagine if he was arrested and examined. “

Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb, who has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics in his own party, said in a statement Friday, “Mad dealers will try to whitewash the Capitol attack, bad apples got out of hand. This is wrong. .. These men weren’t loud drunkards – they were terrorists who attacked the constitutional transfer of power in this country. They failed, but they were dangerously approaching a bloody constitutional crisis. “”

Trump was charged Tuesday by the House of Representatives for instigating the mob that stormed the Capitol complex following a rally on the Ellipse calling on supporters to help him reverse Biden’s election.

Also on Friday, the New York Times reported that the FBI is investigating 37 people in an investigation into the riot murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

The Times cited an FBI memo sent to the private sector and others.

Four other people died in the riot, including an Air Force veteran who subscribed to the QAnon theory and was shot trying to climb through a broken window in the House of Representatives building.

Note: This article and its headline were updated after the Federal Prosecutor’s Office dropped its earlier claim that “strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions in the Capitol, supports Capitol rioters’ intentions to capture elected officials in the United States and to murder. ” Government.”

New York Governor Cuomo asks to purchase direct from Pfizer


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks out on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on November 15, 2020 at Riverside Church in Manhattan, New York City, United States.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Monday about the option of purchasing Covid-19 vaccine doses direct from the company. However, a statement from the company said the Department of Health and Human Services must first approve such a model.

The request comes after an alarmingly slow start to national vaccine rollout, with the country falling millions of injections short of original Trump administration projections. By January 15, the US had distributed more than 31 million doses and administered just over 12 million. Health officials had hoped to inject 20 million Americans by the end of 2020.

Cuomo, a Democrat, accused the Trump administration of not sending enough doses of vaccine to his state. This week, he said, New York would receive 250,000 doses – 50,000 fewer than the week before.

In his letter to Bourla, Cuomo suggested that Pfizer should be able to sell directly to his state, bypassing federal agencies, as Pfizer “is not bound by any commitments Moderna made under Operation Warp Speed” .

“The company’s decision to end Operation Warp Speed, which is being redesigned by the Biden Administration, puts it in a unique position that could help save lives here in New York,” Cuomo wrote.

Pfizer said the model would first need to be approved for emergency drug use under the Food and Drug Administration’s approval.

The company said in a statement it was “open to working with HHS on a distribution model that would get as many Americans as possible access to our vaccine as quickly as possible. However, before we could sell directly to state governments, HHS would need to approve it . ” this proposal is based on the EEA granted to Pfizer by the FDA. “

Representatives from HHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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First Shanghai-made crossovers delivered in China


Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, speaks at an opening ceremony for the Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai on Jan. 7.

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Tesla has reportedly started supplying locally produced Model Y crossovers in China. This is another milestone for the electric car manufacturer in the world’s largest vehicle market.

According to the state news agency Xinhua, shipments of the crossover made in China began on Monday. It is unclear how many Model Y vehicles were delivered or whether they were delivered to employees or retail customers. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a comment.

China – the world’s largest market for electric vehicles – is critical to Tesla and its growth plans. The company plans to increase its vehicle sales from around 500,000 in 2020 to 20 million per year over the next ten years.

China was a driving force behind Tesla’s 2020 delivery volume – the company shipped 499,550 vehicles. This corresponds to an impressive increase of 36% over the previous year, but is slightly below the most recent forecast of 500,000 vehicles.

The company began production of the Tesla Model 3 sedan in its Gigafactory in Shanghai, China – the first plant outside the United States – in late 2019. Shipments of the Model 3 to Chinese customers began a little over a year ago. Since then, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has become the richest person in the world thanks to a massive 700% surge in the company’s shares.

Tesla built its $ 2 billion plant in Shanghai in just under a year, a quick time frame for the global auto industry. Automakers are building local vehicle production to reduce shipping costs and avoid import duties or delays, especially in China.

Correction: Tesla has imported vehicles such as the Model X and Model S into China from its California facility. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated which models were imported into China.

Chrissy Teigen units a report for “misinterpreted” horse tweet


In November, Chrissy wrote on social media, “When I’m old and gray I will look back on the past two months as brutal, exhausting, sad, physically challenging, mentally painful bitches a few months old. But I refuse.” find no humor in both the tantrums and the outfits. “

“I’ve already started seeing the leaves as orange instead of gray, realizing that the sky is indeed blue, not black, and horn honking on my forced morning walks only gets me on my knees half the time,” she continued. “I can get up my stairs by stopping once or twice instead of everyone else, and I can get out of the bath all by myself as long as I promise that John will dry me off.”

While mourning Jack, Chrissy, who shares daughter Luna Stephens, 4 and Miles Stephens, 2, with John, stopped drinking and announced in December that after some self-discovery, she decided to do it. She explained, “I was done screwing my ass in front of people (I still feel embarrassed), tired of day drinking and feeling like I was at 6 am because I couldn’t sleep.”

Stimulus as a bridge to broadly used Covid vaccines


CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Tuesday called on Congress to swiftly pass another coronavirus stimulus bill. Important parts of the economy need help until Covid-19 vaccines are widely used.

“We’re so close to getting this economy going again, but these places that are so close can’t flip a switch and open it again. It’s just a way of life. You can’t,” Cramer told Squawk on “the street.”

Cramer’s comments came shortly after legendary investor Warren Buffett urged Washington to extend the Paycheck Protection Program, a vital small business lifeline that Congress created at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. But the PPP loan application window, which closed months ago, and other stimulus measures such as a government supplement to unemployment insurance have also expired.

“I think the country owes it to the millions of small business owners … just renew the PPP and get us to the end of the tunnel,” Berkshire Hathaway chairman Buffett said on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday.

However, Congress has been in a stalemate since the summer over additional relief, despite the pandemic continuing and new waves of business restrictions introduced by state and local officials in the fall to help contain Covid outbreaks.

Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress hope to pass coronavirus aid and a funding package before state funds are depleted on Saturday. A non-partisan group of House members and Senators released a $ 908 billion stimulus proposal Monday that they hope can serve as a roadmap for action.

“How can the government not agree to funding [businesses] until we get vaccines? “Cramer said the day after the first US healthcare workers received the Covid vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.

“What is amazing to me is that … Warp Speed ​​really worked. Warp Speed ​​was great. It kind of shocked everyone,” added Cramer, referring to the Trump administration’s vaccine development program. “And now Congress should be able to say, ‘We love warp speed. It’s great and we’re going to build a bridge to warp speed. We’re going to put money in people’s pockets.'”

While the availability of the vaccine is expected to increase in the coming months, allowing more Americans to be vaccinated, the host, Mad Money, pointed out restaurants and other small businesses in the service sector as areas that need relief now.

“We’re not a country where everyone works in steel mills every day, but we’re a country where a lot of people work in restaurants and the hospitality industry,” said Cramer, who temporarily closed his own New York restaurants this fall due to the pandemic.

He added, “It’s a gigantic industry in this country, in this service economy,” where consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity in the US

In January, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 12.3 million Americans were employed in food and drink establishments. In November, 10.2 million people were employed in this category.

“I think Congress is pretending ‘you know what, it’s fine. We can wait a few months,'” said Cramer, emphasizing the urgency. “It’s not like that.”

Rejoice Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel’s new child with household footage


Justin Timberlake opens up about life as a family of four.

While it has been six months since news spread that he and his wife Jessica Biel The singer welcomed her second child and spoke about her new addition to the family for the first time on the January 18 episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“His name is Phineas and he’s great and he’s so cute and nobody sleeps,” Justin said Ellen DeGeneres. “But we are excited. We are excited and couldn’t be happier. Very grateful.”

The 39-year-old Grammy-winning actress and 38-year-old actress are also parents to the 5-year-old son Silas– and it looks like the couple have already seen the difference between two children and one child.

“We won’t see each other anymore,” joked the “SexyBack” star. “It’s a lot of fun … But I think the saying goes, you go from zone defense to man-to-man very quickly. And kind of like a breakup and, ‘You get that, I’ll get that one!’ But it’s great. “