Sen. Lindsey Graham said it was "impossible" for the Republican Party to progress without Donald Trump being its leader and said those within the party who criticized him would "wind up getting erased."
"The most popular Republican in America is not Lindsey Graham, it's not Liz Cheney, it's Donald Trump," Graham told Fox News on Monday.
"People on our side of the aisle believe that Trump policies worked, they're disappointed that he lost. And to try and erase Donald Trump from the Republican Party is insane. And the people who try to erase him are going to wind up getting erased."
"It's impossible for this party to move forward without President Trump being its leader because the people who are conservative have chosen him as their leader," Graham told Fox News on Monday.
"He was the most consequential president for national security since Ronald Reagan ... The people have chosen him, not the pundits," he said.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson allegedly said he would rather "let the bodies pile high in their thousands" rather than impose a fresh lockdown last year, as the coronavirus pandemic raged across Britain.
However, his frustration at having to impose new measures reportedly led to him saying during the meeting at 10 Downing Street: "No more f*****g lockdowns - let the bodies pile high in their thousands!"
A spokesperson for the opposition Labour party described the reported comments as "truly shocking."
"If this report is true, then these are truly shocking and sickening comments from Boris Johnson," the spokesperson said.
"It is hard to imagine how families who have lost loved ones to COVID will feel reading them. Boris Johnson must make a public statement as soon as possible in his response to this report."
A senior minister on Monday said the report was not true. "It's not true - it's been categorically denied by practically everyone," Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News, per Reuters.
"We're getting into the sort of comedy chapter now of these gossip stories - you know unnamed sources by unnamed advisers talking about unnamed events. You know - look - none of this is serious."
The briefing follows an extraordinary row between Boris Johnson and his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings.
Cummings, who left Downing Street acrimoniously in December, published a blog post on Friday denying accusations from Downing Street that he was behind a recent leak of text messages shared between Johnson and billionaire James Dyson.
Cummings also denied being the so-called "chatty rat" who briefed journalists about the lockdown in October.
He said that a different adviser, Henry Newman was the main suspect of the leak, but Johnson had wanted to delay the inquiry because that adviser was a close friend of his fiancée, Carrie Symonds.
Newman has denied this.
Cummings also said that he had warned Johnson that his alleged plan to renovate his Downing Street flat using money from Conservative donors was "unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations."
"While he and I have had many disagreements over policy throughout the years, we are absolutely united in our respect and support for the valor, courage, and integrity of the women and men in the United States armed forces who served," Biden said.
Federal agents have reportedly seized the phone of Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is facing federal sex trafficking allegations, as reports suggest investigators have secured the cooperation of a close associate.
Federal agents executed a search warrant this winter during which they seized Gaetz's iPhone, Politico reported, citing three people who Gaetz had told about the situation.
The Florida GOP congressman reportedly changed his phone number in December last year, and his former girlfriend's phone was also seized in November, Politico reported.
Former President Donald Trump used a 50-minute speech this weekend to attack a range of public figures including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he accused of being "full of crap,"the Washington Post reported.
Trump gave the rambling speech at his Mar-A-Lago resort on Saturday evening at an event for wealthy GOP donors, where he attacked Dr. Fauci, who helped co-ordinate the White House's coronavirus response and frequently drew President Trump's ire while he was in office.
"Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?" Trump said of Fauci, according to the Post, which cited an attendee at the event.
Trump also mocked Fauci's baseball skills, the Post and Politico reported, making a jibe at the ceremonial first pitch he threw last year at a game between the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees.
Trump also used his speech to label Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a "dumb son of a b---h," according to Politico.
President Trump clashed repeatedly over the White House's coronavirus response with Fauci, who is a member of the coronavirus task force and served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
Fauci, who is now President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor, was also critical of Trump, saying in October he was "absolutely not" surprised that the president had caught coronavirus in September because he had not taken the appropriate medical precautions.
"I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask," Fauci told CBS's "60 Minutes."
Donald Trump's plan to create a new social media platform is doomed to fail, experts have told Insider, with the former president unlikely to extend his following beyond a dwindling number of his remaining supporters.
Kicked off Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube after the Capitol riot on January 6, the former president has spent the last few months in the digital wilderness, resorting to issuing press statements via email.
Now, says his aide Jason Miller, he's planning to come roaring back with his own social media network within "about two or three months."
"I do think we're going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform," Miller said in March. "This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media.
"It's going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does, but it will be his own platform," he said.
Axios reported that Trump's team is in conversations with taking over or partnering with smaller apps, including one called FreeSpace, which only counts a few thousand downloads to date.
However, some experts doubt that the project will ever get off the ground.
"Donald Trump says a lot of things. Before he was elected, he said he would rarely leave the White House and that he wouldn't have time to play golf and that he'd give up Twitter if elected," Peter Loge, an associate professor at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, told Insider.
"Until the talked-about social media platform is up, running, and being used, I wouldn't assume it exists."
Trump will struggle to recreate the audience he had on Twitter
Even if Trump does get off the ground, experts believe that Trump will have a difficult time recapturing the success he enjoyed on Twitter.
Even though Trump's reported plan to partner with an existing app might mean that the network may not face many of the technical hurdles associated with launching a brand-new app, experts said that Trump will likely struggle to persuade people who are not already his loyal followers to sign up to it.
"This [new] social media network is in my professional judgment unlikely to grow Trump's following," said Professor Stephen A. Greyser, a marketing and communications expert at Harvard Business School.
"It is dominantly oriented [on] maintaining his existing following."
Twitter was a tool credited with helping him to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and subsequently the presidency itself and a highly effective means to communicate his unfiltered thoughts to millions of followers once he was in the White House.
The nature of Twitter was that Trump's often provocative political statements would be seen and heard across the political spectrum, rather than only by his existing fanbase.
However, if Trump's ambition in launching a new platform is merely to maintain regular contact with his existing followers, then it may prove an effective tool, said Professor Greyser.
"It is serving as a reminder to existing users, so to speak, of the brand. But it's unlikely to be attracting new brand adherence," he said.
"Any new site would face stiff competition from others trying to get a sliver of attention from Americans already overwhelmed with online options," said Peter Loge.
"You have to sell ads or data to make that work, which means you need enough people to buy the ads and the data."
"That means the service has to have enough users to make ads and data worth buying. Those are users who have to be pried away from other services that they are already using and from which they are already benefiting."
"There are hundreds of social media services out there, all competing for limited user attention and limited ad dollars. Trump would presumably start with a significant base, but would likely have trouble expanding that base beyond his current fans."
The midterms next year may provide a clear indication as to whether Trump newly equipped with his own social media network, will continue to exert the same sort of oversized grip on the Republican party he has in recent years.
The 91-year-old stepsister of Anne Frank claimed in an interview this week that former President Donald Trump "obviously admired Hitler," referring to a claim by his former wife that he kept copies of his speeches at home.
Eva Schloss, co-founder of The Anne Frank Trust UK, told the Daily Beast in an interview where she discussed surviving the Holocaust and her opinions of Donald Trump that the former president was "a racist."
Schloss said: "There was a noticeable uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes during the Trump administration. And there was a president in Trump who described neo-Nazis chanting "Jews will not replace us" as "very fine people."
She went onto say: "Trump wasn't just against the Jews. He was against the Mexicans, and many others. He was a racist. Full-stop, he was a racist.
"I've compared him to Hitler. I even heard that he studied Hitler's speeches and things like that, so he obviously admired Hitler and just copied him with his anti-Semitism."
Trump denied, however, that he had ever read the speeches. "If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them," he told a reporter.
Jews in the United States in 2019 suffered the largest number of anti-Semitic incidents since the Anti-Defamation League started recording them 40 years previously, the watchdog reported last year, per Reuters.
The president was repeatedly criticized during his presidency for failing to adequately condemn far-right violence in the United States. He refused explicitly to condemn the far-right Proud Boys organization during a 2020 presidential debate and instead told the group to "stand back and stand by!"
Footage from 2019 has surfaced of former President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, being greeted at a Florida airport by the man at the center of the sex-trafficking allegations involving GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz.
A video posted in June 2019 by Ryan Gillespie, a journalist at the Orlando Sentinel, shows the then-president, who was in Orlando to launch his re-election bid, and Melania Trump disembarking from a plane and meeting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Jason Pirozzolo on the airport tarmac.
Sources told CBS News that Pirozzolo paid for the travel expenses, accommodation, and female escorts for those present on the Bahamas trip and said investigators are trying to determine whether the escorts were illegally trafficked across state lines for the purpose of sex with Gaetz. Neither man has been charged in connection with the investigation.
It is unclear why Pirozzolo was present at the airport to greet President Trump.
Gillespie wrote on Twitter at the time that Pirozzolo was "an Orlando hand surgeon and GOAA board member," referring to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
The Orlando Sentinel journalist Jason Garcia on Thursday reported that when Pirozzolo applied to become a GOAA board member, he listed Gaetz as one of his references.
"Rep. Gaetz has never paid for sex, nor has he had sex with an underage girl," a spokesman told CBS. "What began with blaring headlines about 'sex trafficking' has now turned into a general fishing exercise about vacations and consensual relationships with adults."
President Joe Biden's administration has detailed a plan to build huge offshore wind farms in the United States as part of his plans to tackle climate change.
The project, which was unveiled on Monday, aims to create 30 extra gigawatts of offshore wind generation to US coastlines by 2030, while creating tens of thousands of jobs.
The White House said meeting that target would cost $12 billion a year in capital investment on both US coastlines and would employ 44,000 workers, as well as 33,000 additional jobs in communities supported by offshore wind generation.
The wind farms would supply power to 10 million homes and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 78 million metric tons, the White House said.
As one part of the efforts, Interior Department announced a new "priority wind energy area" in the New York Bight, a shallow area between Long Island and the New Jersey coastline, where the agency hopes to construct a wind farm by 2030.
"The announcements we're making today I hope will just jump-start everyone's understanding of the potential for offshore wind energy, and move this industry forward in a way that's going to allow us to really focus on the supply chain issue as well, because we're not just talking about erecting wind turbines in the oceans, we're talking about massive turbines that are actually manufactured in the United States," national climate adviser Gina McCarthy said Monday, in comments reported by Politico.
President Biden pledged to make tackling climate change a central part of his agenda in the White House, describing it as one of the four "major crises" facing the United States.
In his first week in office, he issued an executive order calling on the United States to create a "clean energy economy" and create millions of new jobs.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he issue an executive order forbidding businesses from requiring so-called vaccine passports across the state.
DeSantis said at a press conference on Monday that he would introduce "an executive function" designed to prevent businesses from refusing to serve customers who were unable to prove they had been vaccinated, while seeking support from the Republican legislature to enshrine the act into law.
"It's completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.
"You want to go to a movie theatre, should you have to show [a vaccine passport]? No. You want to go to a game, should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a theme park? No. We're not supportive of that."
The scheme could be used to allow people entry to sports bars, restaurants, and music venues, and to travel abroad.
DeSantis made the comments about vaccine passports at a press conference at the State Capitol where he signed a separate bill into law designed to shield businesses and schools from lawsuits related to the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill reported.