Former US President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a rally in South Carolina

Donald Trump used Volodymyr Zelensky’s virtual address to Congress to brag about his supposed rescue of the NATO alliance – this despite his history of derogatory remarks

Last night, the Republican National Committee made a last-ditch effort to block the January 6 committee from accessing its email communications weeks after the 2020 election.

In a late-night legal filing, the party committee says the subpoena seeking access to the emails in question ‘would give the select committee unprecedented access to the RNC’s internal political strategies and private information. and personal information about his supporters”. However, the party seems unlikely to succeed, as the company that processed and stored the emails, Salesforce, said it still intended to comply with the committee’s subpoena.

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Explainer: How the Ukrainian ‘biolabs’ conspiracy theory gained a foothold on the right

The Independent‘s Andrew Buncombe examines how a fringe theory pushed by the Kremlin has become a talking point in some corners of far-right commentators, including for Fox News’ Tucker Carlson – this even as Russia and its assault on the Ukraine are proving extraordinarily unpopular with the American public.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 10:00 p.m.

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Dr Oz backtracks on maintaining Turkish citizenship if elected to Senate

TV doctor turned Republican Senate candidate Dr Mehmet Oz has said he would renounce his Turkish nationality if elected to replace Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in November.

Dr Oz, who was born in Ohio and is a US citizen but acquired dual Turkish citizenship through his parents and retained it as an adult through service in the Turkish military, had previously told reporters that he would not give up his Turkish nationality, even if it means he has to give up the access to classified information granted to members of Congress.

He had attributed his decision to keep his Turkish nationality to the need to take care of his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 9:20 p.m.

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Biden sees rare GOP support after Zelensky’s speech

The Republican establishment in Washington is gloating over President Joe Biden’s response to the Russian invasion, while some on the far right are questioning whether to back Ukraine.

After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the US Congress in a historic virtual address from his secure location in Kyiv on Wednesday, GOP lawmakers offered little criticism of the beleaguered leader’s US counterpart – a rare respite from the radical opposition that Republican leaders have shown in the White House for months.

John Bowden has the latest from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 9:00 p.m.

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Biden calls Putin a ‘war criminal’ for invading Ukraine

President Joe Biden told reporters in the East Room of the White House that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was a war criminal for his invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Biden was filmed answering a question from Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich asking if the Russian president was a war criminal. Initially Mr Biden said ‘no’ before returning, clarified his response to Ms Heinrich and then said ‘he’s a war criminal’.

Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 8:50 p.m.

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Donald Trump Jr laughs for saying his dad should join NATO talks

Donald Trump Jr has been mocked on social media after suggesting his father join US NATO allies for high-stakes talks on the war in Ukraine.

Mr. Trump Jr, the eldest child of former President Donald Trump, tweeted Tuesday night that sending President Joe Biden to the talks would “further embolden our enemies” while his father would “do something about it.”

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 8:20 p.m.

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Could Trump drop Mo Brooks’ endorsement?

Could Donald Trump drop his support for Alabama Senator Mo Brooks?

Based on David Drucker’s interview with the former president in The Washington Examinerit could happen.

Mr Trump would be disappointed that Mr Brooks had urged voters to stop feeling “disheartened” about the 2020 election and to “look forward to” 2022 and 2024.

The former president said he supported Mr Brooks for sharing his views on the election, but if that changed he could withdraw his support – the Alabama lawmaker spoke at the rally Stop the Steal from January 6 and told the crowd to “start taking names and kicking ass.

“When you support someone, you support someone on principle. If he changed that principle, I would have no problem doing it,” he told Mr Drucker.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 7:50 p.m.

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Trump rules out Pence as 2024 running mate – if he runs

Donald Trump says he wouldn’t have Mike Pence as a running mate in a possible 2024 campaign, further deepening the rift between the two Republicans.

‘I don’t think people would accept it,’ Mr Trump told the Conservative Washington Examinerseems to exclude the possibility.

The former president and vice president had a falling out after the 2020 election, which Mr Trump lost but falsely claimed was robbed.

Nathan Place has more on the story.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 7:20 p.m.

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Trump surprised by Putin’s invasion: ‘I thought he was negotiating’

In an interview with the Washington Examiner On Tuesday, Mr Trump said: “I am surprised. I thought he was negotiating when he sent his troops to the border. I thought he was negotiating”.

“I thought it was a hard way to negotiate but a smart way to negotiate,” added the former president.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 6:50 p.m.

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Don Jr’s ‘Send Trump’ tweet mocked

Donald Trump Jr had a new idea about who should attend the next NATO conference regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – send his father.

Trump’s eldest son tweeted: “Sending Biden to Europe for ‘high stakes’ talks with NATO will only further embolden our enemies. If you want to do something right, send Trump.”

Critics were quick to react.

Mehdi Hasan has posted a reminder of the former president’s behavior at a previous NATO meeting when he pushed his way past other leaders as a child.

Keith Olbermann suggested that the trip should be one-way.

One article read that he had not offered to mediate on the Ukraine-Russia border because “his bone spurs had yet to act up.”

“Of all the dumb ideas you’ve had, and there have been many, this is by far the dumbest,” one person wrote.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 16, 2022 6:25 p.m.

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Trump to host Saudi-backed golf league

The Trump Golf Resort in Bedminster, New Jersey (which the former president occasionally uses as his adjacent New York residence) is set to host an event in the LIV Super Golf Leaguea multi-million dollar entry into the top tier of international golf tournaments and perhaps a very useful source of income for the president’s currently less than stellar business portfolio.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 16, 2022 6:10 p.m.