Migrants pouring across the Rio Grande as Kamala Harris STILL hasn’t visited the border

Footage taken Monday shows migrants continuing to come into the United States at the Rio Grande in Texas amid an ongoing crisis at the southern border with Mexico.

Video taken by Fox News shows the group, including young children and women, making their way into Del Rio, Texas, during a low tide.  

The migrants filmed Monday told Fox they arrived from Venezuela, with many saying they already have family in America.

Meanwhile, Kamala Harris – named Joe Biden’s border czar – still hasn’t visited the border or held a news conference on the issue 47 days after being handed the role.  

Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback said the response has not been good enough, calling the VP’s handling of the crisis a ‘complete embarrassment’.  

Harris will be making an official visit to Mexico and Guatemala in June. But many Republicans argue Harris has already failed by not visiting the border. 

The group filmed Monday are said to have been smuggled early morning, bringing with them camping equipment for their arrival in the US.    

Footage taken Monday shows migrants continuing to come into the United States at the Rio Grande in Texas amid an ongoing crisis at the southern border with Mexico

Video taken by Fox News shows the group, including young children and women, making their way into in Del Rio during a low tide. The migrants filmed Monday told Fox they arrived from Venezuela, with many saying they already have family in America

Video taken by Fox News shows the group, including young children and women, making their way into in Del Rio during a low tide. The migrants filmed Monday told Fox they arrived from Venezuela, with many saying they already have family in America

Migrants from Venezuela wait to be transported to a U.S. border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Del Rio, Texas Monday

Migrants from Venezuela wait to be transported to a U.S. border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Del Rio, Texas Monday

Harris will be making an official visit to Mexico and Guatemala in June. But many Republicans argue Harris has already failed by not visiting the border, pictured Monday

Harris will be making an official visit to Mexico and Guatemala in June. But many Republicans argue Harris has already failed by not visiting the border, pictured Monday 

The group filmed Monday are said to have been smuggled early morning, bringing with them camping equipment for their arrival in the US

The group filmed Monday are said to have been smuggled early morning, bringing with them camping equipment for their arrival in the US

Louderback told Fox News: ‘It’s incomprehensible that a national security border, our border with another foreign country is in the shape that it is.

‘It’s so preventable. Maybe if we could get the president or the vice president down there then maybe they can see for themselves and they will have to admit what they have caused down there. What they have caused here in Texas.’ 

Louderback described how the Texas National Guard are forced to clean up the mess left behind by migrants at the border. 

Harris’ defenders point out that her brief is to look for deeper solutions in the Central American countries where most of the migrants start from – the ‘Northern Triangle’ of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. 

She has not publicly disclosed any border visits since being named Biden’s czar on the issue. 

Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback, pictured, called the Democrat's handling of the crisis a 'complete embarrassment'

Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback, pictured, called the Democrat’s handling of the crisis a ‘complete embarrassment’

The VP and Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged Friday to cooperate on resolving the roots of the long-running and politically sensitive issue of illegal migration into the US.

Harris, speaking with Lopez Obrador in a virtual meeting, said they should work together on helping El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras improve conditions and persuade many migrants to stay home.

‘It is in our countries’ mutual interest to provide immediate relief to the Northern Triangle and to address the root causes of migration,’ Harris said.

‘Most people don’t want to leave home and when they do it is often because they are fleeing some harm or they are forced to leave because there are no opportunity.’

Harris said that it was in the ‘mutual interest’ of the United States and Mexico to address the ‘root causes’ of mass emigration from the three Northern Triangle nations.

‘Our approach is to work with international institutions, to work with nations worldwide, the private sector and community organizations… and build a sense of hope for the people of the Northern Triangle,’ she said.

Kamala Harris - named Joe Biden's border czar - still hasn't held a news conference with the press 47 days after being handed the role

Kamala Harris – named Joe Biden’s border czar – still hasn’t held a news conference with the press 47 days after being handed the role

Lopez Obrador referred to the history of US-Mexican tensions over migration and said ‘we need to understand one another and avoid fighting.’

‘We are in agreement when it comes to the policies that you are undertaking when it comes to migration and we will help. That is what I can say as of now. You can count on us.’

President Joe Biden tapped Harris in March to coordinate an overall response to the surge in undocumented migrants and asylum seekers at overwhelmed US border facilities.

Homeland Security Secretary will tour Texas migrant facility Friday

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will visit a Texas border facility on Friday, after a House Democratic critic of the administration’s immigration policies complained that child immigrants were being moved ‘from one tent to the other tent.’

Mayorkas will tour the Donna, Texas processing facility, KVEO-TV reported. While there, Mayorkas will get updates on unaccompanied children who continue to come across the border, posting a logistical challenge for the government.

He will also view a Customs and Border Protection facility where images released by the government show a considerable reduction in crowding. 

His trip comes after Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar accused the Biden administration of moving unaccompanied minors from one border facility to another to create the impression it is emptying crowded holding areas.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is visiting the border Friday

The White House had no response when asked about the comments Thursday during President Biden’s day trip to Louisiana. 

It is the fourth border visit by Mayorkas and his last since April. 

Vice President Kamala Harris, who has taken heat for not yet visiting the border despite her role focusing on root causes of immigration, will meet virtually Friday morning with Mexico’s president, Manuel Lopez-Obrador. 

The U.S. has long sought ways to get Mexico to cooperate in stemming the tide of immigration from its side of the border, including from Northern Triangle countries in Central America.

Mexico is seeking assistance combatting gun trafficking, and is now contending with the collapse of a subway in Mexico City. 

Cuellar, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, accused the Department of Health and Human Services this week of moving immigrants out of the CBP tents to secure better images of its crowded Donna, Texas facility.  

‘All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: “Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody). But they’re right next door,”‘ Cuellar said. 

Vice President Kamala Harris holds a zoom with Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador

Vice President Kamala Harris holds a zoom with Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador

Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador forged ties with former President Donald Trump

Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador forged ties with former President Donald Trump

Cuellar was referencing the effort to transfer minors from Customs and Border Control custody to HHS. The law requires they be transferred within a 72 hour period, although the Administration struggled to comply amid a surge at the border this spring.

He told Border Report the minors held in government custody were simply moved to nearby tent facilities operated by HHS.

‘But they’re right next door. They’re just next door in HHS,’ he said. 

He said officials ‘set up maybe five tents that are run by HHS.’

The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement reported this week that there are currently 22,195 unaccompanied children in its custody – a new record. Additionally, 2,000 children are being held by other federal agencies, the Washington Examiner reported. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared Thursday on former Obama advisor David Axelrod’s podcast, and provided her most fulsome explanation for why Biden has resisted calls that he visit the border.

‘We’re often asked, “Why doesn’t he go to the border?”‘ she told Axelrod. ‘Important issue. We’re focused on it,’ she said. 

‘What percentage of the public is focused on the border? A much smaller percentage than who’s focused on the pandemic and the economy. So that may be maddening, but, you know, that’s what we try to do,’ she added.

A government handout photo shows the temporary processing facilities for migrants in Donna, Texas, U.S., April 30, 2021. U.S. officials have reduced the number of unaccompanied children held in border stations in recent weeks as children have been moved to emergency shelters. But Rep. Henry Cuellar says children are being moved from one tent to another

A government handout photo shows the temporary processing facilities for migrants in Donna, Texas, U.S., April 30, 2021. U.S. officials have reduced the number of unaccompanied children held in border stations in recent weeks as children have been moved to emergency shelters. But Rep. Henry Cuellar says children are being moved from one tent to another 

LAST MONTH: In this March 30, 2021, file photo young minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in Donna, Texas.

LAST MONTH: In this March 30, 2021, file photo young minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in Donna, Texas.

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants, from ages 3 to 9, watch television inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, in Donna, Texas.

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants, from ages 3 to 9, watch television inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, in Donna, Texas.

'All they¿re doing is, they¿re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: "Oh, they¿re not in the Border Patrol (custody). But they're right next door,"' said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.). The administration released images showing a sharp decrease in crowding at the Donna, Texas facility pictured above

‘All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: “Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody). But they’re right next door,”‘ said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.). The administration released images showing a sharp decrease in crowding at the Donna, Texas facility pictured above

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.)

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.)

Homeland Security officials this week released photos showing its previously crowded Donna facilities had been emptied out considerably compared to a few weeks ago. 

Harris said Wednesday she is likely to visit Mexico and Guatemala in early June as she seeks to address the root causes of immigration. 

The Biden administration on Wednesday cited a 90 per cent drop in people held in Border Patrol custody – 600 at the end of April compared to 5,000 in March. 

‘The amount of time children spend in CBP custody is down 75 percent, from 131 hours at the end of March to under 30 hours now,’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

‘After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on and building a fair, orderly and humane immigration system, that is our objective,’ she added. 

HHS has opened 14 new emergency shelters to deal with the problem. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to HHS for additional comment. 

Texas Democrat says Biden is making migrant facilities look empty by moving children into tents

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is accusing the Biden administration of moving unaccompanied minors from one border facility to another to create the impression it is emptying crowded holding areas.

Cuellar, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, accused the Department of Health and Human Services of using the tactic to secure better images of its crowded Donna, Texas facility.  

‘All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: “Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody). But they’re right next door,”‘ Cuellar said.

Meanwhile, the  HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement reported this week that there are currently 22,195 unaccompanied children in its custody – a new record. Additionally, 2,000 children are being held by other federal agencies, the Washington Examiner reported. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared Thursday on former Obama advisor David Axelrod’s podcast, and provided her most fulsome explanation for why Biden has resisted calls that he visit the border.

‘We’re often asked, “Why doesn’t he go to the border?”‘ she told Axelrod. ‘Important issue. We’re focused on it,’ she said. 

‘What percentage of the public is focused on the border? A much smaller percentage than who’s focused on the pandemic and the economy. So that may be maddening, but, you know, that’s what we try to do,’ she added.

A government handout photo shows the temporary processing facilities for migrants in Donna, Texas, U.S., April 30, 2021. U.S. officials have reduced the number of unaccompanied children held in border stations in recent weeks as children have been moved to emergency shelters. But Rep. Henry Cuellar says children are being moved from one tent to another 

Cuellar was referencing the effort to transfer minors from Customs and Border Control custody to HHS. The law requires they be transferred within a 72 hour period, although the Administration struggled to comply amid a surge at the border this spring.

He told Border Report the minors held in government custody were simply moved to nearby tent facilities operated by HHS.

‘But they’re right next door. They’re just next door in HHS,’ he said. 

He said officials ‘set up maybe five tents that are run by HHS.’

LAST MONTH: In this March 30, 2021, file photo young minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in Donna, Texas.

LAST MONTH: In this March 30, 2021, file photo young minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in Donna, Texas.

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants, from ages 3 to 9, watch television inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, in Donna, Texas.

In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants, from ages 3 to 9, watch television inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, in Donna, Texas.

'All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: "Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody). But they're right next door,"' said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.). The administration released images showing a sharp decrease in crowding at the Donna, Texas facility pictured above

‘All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: “Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody). But they’re right next door,”‘ said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.). The administration released images showing a sharp decrease in crowding at the Donna, Texas facility pictured above

An asylum-seeking migrant father carries his child while waiting to be escorted by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, U.S., May 6, 2021

An asylum-seeking migrant father carries his child while waiting to be escorted by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, U.S., May 6, 2021

Asylum-seeking migrant families walk from shore to hand themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, May 6, 2021

Asylum-seeking migrant families walk from shore to hand themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico, in Roma, Texas, May 6, 2021

The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement reported this week that there are currently 22,195 unaccompanied children in its custody

The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement reported this week that there are currently 22,195 unaccompanied children in its custody

Homeland Security officials this week released photos showing its previously crowded Donna facilities had been emptied out considerably compared to a few weeks ago. 

Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday she is likely to visit Mexico and Guatemala in early June as she seeks to address the root causes of immigration. 

The Biden administration on Wednesday cited a 90 per cent drop in people held in Border Patrol custody – 600 at the end of April compared to 5,000 in March. 

‘The amount of time children spend in CBP custody is down 75 percent, from 131 hours at the end of March to under 30 hours now,’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.)

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.)

‘After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on and building a fair, orderly and humane immigration system, that is our objective,’ she added. 

HHS has opened 14 new emergency shelters to deal with the problem. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to HHS for additional comment. 

Rudy Giuliani: I am being ‘persecuted’ for exposing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop 

Rudy Giuliani: I am being ‘persecuted’ for exposing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop

  • Giuliani has accused the media of trying to ‘destroy his credibility’ since he released contents of the laptop to a newspaper
  • In an interview on Monday, the former NYC mayor said the media has long tried to falsely link him to Russia
  • The comments came as Giuliani is under an FBI investigation, which saw his home and office raided last week 

Rudy Giuliani has claimed that he has been ‘persecuted’ by the media since uncovering a hard drive allegedly belonging to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.  

The former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer told Fox News‘ Hannity program on Monday that the media has been trying to ‘destroy his credibility’ since he released material allegedly from the laptop to a pro-Republican newspaper ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Giuliani is under investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). He denies this.

Last week, his Manhattan home and office were raided and his electronics seized, as part of the investigation into whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.

Rudy Giuliani (left) has claimed that he has been ‘persecuted’ by the media since uncovering a hard drive allegedly belonging to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter. The former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer told Fox News Sean Hannity (right) on Monday that the media has been trying to ‘destroy his credibility’ since he released material allegedly from the laptop to a pro-Republican newspaper ahead of the 2020 presidential election

The investigation was prompted by a case against two Soviet-born men who assisted Giuliani in attempts to dig up incriminating information in Ukraine against Hunter Biden, who was on the board of an energy company there.    

During the late stages of campaigning in the 2020 election, photos that appeared to show Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia, along with documents and emails, were released to The New York Post by Giuliani.

The authenticity of the information and how Giuliani came to obtain it were immediately called into question and he claimed that the media has been targeting him ever since.

‘This is totally done because they want to destroy my credibility because I have that entire hard drive,’ he said.

‘I put it out to the New York Post and since then they have been persecuting me. They’ve been threatening me, they’ve done everything they can to destroy every business relationship I have. They have put out all kinds of false stories,’ he told Hannity.

‘If they’re lying about that, isn’t it obvious they’re lying about everything else?’ 

Among these ‘lies’, according to Giuliani, is what he described as attempts by the media over years to falsely connect him with Russia.

This week, The Washington Post and New York Times corrected a key claim in their coverage of Giuliani’s arrest, which asserted that the had received an FBI briefing warning him he was the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Both papers had claimed the former New York City Mayor was briefed by FBI agents that he was being used by Russia to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election.    

‘I’m probably the biggest anti-Communist you’ve ever met,’ he told Fox. ‘There’s no way that I’m a Russian agent or anybody else’s agent.

During the interview, Giuliani also claimed that the FBI had Trump in their sights, saying the body had obtained a covert warrant to search his iCloud from May 1, 2018 to November 4, 2019

During the interview, Giuliani also claimed that the FBI had Trump in their sights, saying the body had obtained a covert warrant to search his iCloud from May 1, 2018 to November 4, 2019

‘I was a lawyer who was representing a client who was innocent. The biggest burden a lawyer can have is to represent an innocent man and I did it damn well,’ Giuliani said, referring to his role as former President Donald Trump’s lawyer.

During the interview, Giuliani also claimed that the FBI had Trump in their sights, saying the body had obtained a covert warrant to search his iCloud from May 1, 2018 to November 4, 2019.  

May 1 was the date Giuliani began representing Trump in an investigation into potential collusion with Russia.  

‘You can’t say that their main interest wasn’t Donald Trump,’ Giuliani told Fox. 

‘The day that I begin representing him is the day they go invade my iCloud. So try telling somebody that it wasn’t to get the material on Donald Trump.’ 

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US and UK launch mutual charm offensive to repair Special Relationship

US and UK launch mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship as Dominic Raab praises ‘bold’ President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insists Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than Britain

  • Dominic Raab today met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in London
  • The pair held a press conference and they both lavished praise on the other
  • Will be seen as attempt to repair Special Relationship after Trump administration
  • Mr Blinken said the US has ‘no closer ally’ and ‘no closer partner’ than the UK  

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship. 

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his ‘huge pleasure’ at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK. 

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken ‘a huge number of bold and very welcome steps’ on the world stage. 

Meanwhile, Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is ‘enduring’, ‘effective’ and ‘dynamic’ as well as being ‘close to the hearts of the American people’. 

The mutual praise will be viewed as a clear attempt by both sides to repair any damage done to the links between Washington and London during Donald Trump’s time in the White House. 

Dominic Raab today lavished praise on President Joe Biden while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than the UK as they launched a mutual charm offensive to repair the Special Relationship

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken 'a huge number of bold and very welcome steps' on the world stage

The Foreign Secretary was full of warm words for the Biden White House as he said it had already taken ‘a huge number of bold and very welcome steps’ on the world stage

The Special Relationship was strained during Mr Trump’s presidency due to disagreements on a variety of issues like Nato military spending and climate change.    

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken signalled a reset in relations as they spoke at a press conference this evening. 

Mr Raab said: ‘It is a huge pleasure to welcome Secretary of State Blinken to the UK. Tony, it is great to have you here with us, a warm welcome.

‘I think it is fair to say the Biden administration is barely 100 days old but has already taken a huge number of bold and very welcome steps on issues like climate change, global health and human rights, and that has really created momentum in efforts to tackle these pressing global issues.

‘Since Tony’s confirmation, we have been working very closely together and today’s meeting has been another reminder of the depth and breadth of the work that we do together.’

He added: ‘Tony, again, thanks for being here, thanks for our valuable discussions today and I look forward and we look forward, to welcoming President Biden to the UK in June.’

Mr Biden’s first overseas visit as US President will be to the G7 summit in Cornwall next month. 

Mr Blinken said Mr Biden is ‘very much looking forward to being here for the G7’. 

The US Secretary of State also said he is ‘looking forward to the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Johnson tomorrow’. 

Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is 'enduring', 'effective' and 'dynamic' as well as being 'close to the hearts of the American people¿

Mr Blinken said the Special Relationship is ‘enduring’, ‘effective’ and ‘dynamic’ as well as being ‘close to the hearts of the American people’

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his 'huge pleasure' at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK

Mr Raab and Mr Blinken held a press conference this evening in which the Foreign Secretary spoke of his ‘huge pleasure’ at welcoming his US counterpart to the UK

On the Special Relationship, he said: ‘It is also the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s famous speech at Westminster College in Missouri where he described the Special Relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States and how vital it is for our two countries and many others around the world.

‘Three quarters of a century later, that Special Relationship is enduring, it is effective, it is dynamic and it is close to the hearts of the American people.’

He added: ‘The United States has no closer ally, no closer partner, than the United Kingdom and I am very glad for the chance to say that again here today.’

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Hunter Biden still owns a stake in a Chinese company – despite promising to divest

Hunter Biden STILL owns stake in Chinese firm 100 days into his father’s presidency despite dad’s vow that NONE of his family would have foreign business interests

  • Joe Biden pledged neither he nor his family would have foreign business ties
  • The president in October vowed that there would be no international dealings 
  • Yet his son Hunter, 50, still has a 10 per cent in a Chinese private equity firm
  • Hunter part-owns Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Co.
  • BHR Partners is co-owned by Bank of China, the state-controlled central bank
  • Hunter announced in Oct 2019 he would step down from BHR Partners’ board 
  • The White House in February said that divesting was taking some time 

Joe Biden’s son Hunter still has a stake in a Chinese private equity firm, according to a report – despite a campaign pledge that neither he nor his family would maintain any foreign business interests.

Hunter, 50, retains a 10 per cent in the Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Company, Fox News reported.

BHR Partners is co-owned by the Bank of China, the state-controlled central bank. 

Hunter Biden, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live in April, still retains foreign business interests

Hunter Biden with his wife Melissa and Joe Biden, pictured on March 26 at Joint Base Andrews

Hunter Biden with his wife Melissa and Joe Biden, pictured on March 26 at Joint Base Andrews 

In October 2019, while on the campaign trail, Joe Biden stated: ‘No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country.’

Hunter Biden sat on the board of BHR

Hunter Biden sat on the board of BHR

He was making a dig at his predecessor Donald Trump, who hired daughter Ivanka and son-in law Jared Kushner as senior White House advisers.

The former president also roped in multiple other family members to help push his administration’s message. 

Hunter Biden said at that time that he was stepping down from the board of the company.

Asked why he had not divested, 100 days in to his father’s presidency, the White House referenced spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s comments in February, when she said it was taking time – then passed the buck.

‘He has been working to unwind his investment, but I would certainly point you — he’s a private citizen,’ Psaki said. 

‘I would point you to him or his lawyers on the outside on any update.’ 

Hunter Biden’s business dealings have long caused his father headaches, amid accusations that the troubled Harvard-educated lawyer was trading off his family name.

Hunter had business interest in Ukraine, China and Kazakhstan, leading to concern about influence peddling.

Joe Biden has denied having any knowledge of his son’s work. 

Joe Biden with his son Hunter, seen in January 2009

Joe Biden with his son Hunter, seen in January 2009

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Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi make history as two women sit behind the president

Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi make history as two women sit behind the president while addressing Congress for the first time

  • Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history
  • For the first time, two women shared the stage with the president when he addresses a Joint Session of Congress
  • Biden began his speech with: ‘Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President ‘
  • ‘No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time’
  • Harris told reporters it felt ‘normal’
  • Harris and Pelosi also are first and second, respectively, in the line of presidential succession

Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday night, when, for the first time, two women shared the stage with the president when he addresses a Joint Session of Congress.

President Joe Biden delivered his first prime-time speech to a joint session and will be flanked by Pelosi and Harris, two California Democrats, who will appear behind him in the TV frame as he speaks. 

‘About time,’ he whispered to the two women when he joined them on the House rostrum, his words picked up by the microphones.

He began his speech with: ‘Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.’

The chamber burst into applause at his words.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi made history Wednesday night, when, for the first time, two women shared the stage with the president when he addresses a Joint Session of Congress

President Joe Biden began his speech with: 'Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it¿s about time'

President Joe Biden began his speech with: ‘Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time’

Harris down played the historic occasion. 

‘Normal,’ she told reporters in the Capitol as she walked to the House chamber, when asked the significance of two women seated behind the president. 

Pelosi was more enthusiastic.  

‘It’s pretty exciting, and it’s wonderful to make history. It’s about time,’ Pelosi told MSNBC earlier in the day. 

Pelosi has been on the dais before. In 2007, she made history as the first woman to sit there – a fact then President George W. Bush noted during his State of the Union address. Bush said he had the ‘distinct honor’ of saying for the first time ‘Madame Speaker.’  

She also sat at the rostrum for speeches by Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. 

Pelosi, 81,  made history by becoming the first female House speaker during Bush’s presidency. She reclaimed the powerful leadership post during Trump’s presidency and sat behind him during his final two speeches to Congress, famously ripping up her copy of Trump’s remarks in 2020 as cameras continued to roll after he was finished addressing lawmakers.

Harris, 56, made history last year when she became the first woman and first Black and Indian American person elected vice president. In her role as president of the Senate, she joins Pelosi to preside over the joint session of Congress.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi clasped hands to greet one another

Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi clasped hands to greet one another

Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, said Wednesday night will show men, women, boys and girls that women can attain and hold high-level positions and that they are as entitled to them as men are.

Walsh also noted Biden’s promise to put a woman on his ticket, and pointed as well to the diversity of his Cabinet. She said Biden was likely to begin the speech by turning around to face Pelosi and Harris and feeling proud – not just personally, ‘but I also think proud for the country and proud for his party and I think he will clearly see the historic implications of this and the role that he played in making that happen.’

‘For all of us who care about women´s public leadership, we still look forward to the day when the person standing at the podium, in front, is a woman,’ Walsh added. ‘But for now this is a particularly gratifying moment.’

Apart from the speech Wednesday, Harris and Pelosi have notched another first in U.S. and women’s history. They are first and second, respectively, in the line of presidential succession.

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DOJ executes a search warrant Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment

Rudy raided! DOJ searches Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and ‘seizes electronic devices’ over his dealings with Ukraine while he was Trump’s lawyer

  • Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment 
  • Giuliani’s phone seized during the raid
  • Feds are looking into Giuliani’s work lobbying for Ukraine while he was Donald Trump’s personal attorney
  • Giuliani also was working with Ukrainian officials to get political dirt on Bidens 

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment, stepping up their investigation of his dealings in the Ukraine.

Giuliani’s electronic devices were seized in the raid, The New York Times reported, citing information from the investigators. 

The investigation centers on whether Giuliani, who was Donald Trump’s personal attorney, lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs – the same group of people who were helping Giuliani search for dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of Ukrainian gas company, during the 2020 election.

The move indicates the investigation of the former New York City mayor has entered an aggressive new phase.   

To obtain the search warrant, investigators would need to convince a judge they had sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and the search would turn up evidence of that.

It does not mean an indication of guilt.  

Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday on Rudy Giuliani’s New York City apartment

Rudy Giuliani's apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

Rudy Giuliani’s apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

The United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the FBI had wanted to execute the warrant on Giuliani’s Upper East Side pad for months but had been stymied by the political leadership put in place at the Justice Department by President Trump. 

But after Merrick Garland was confirmed as President Biden’s attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search. 

Biden vowed to have an independent Justice Department and said he would not interfere in its work. 

‘Here we go folks,’ tweeted Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who was also subject of a federal raid.

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election.

The two Soviet-born men were charged with federal campaign finance violations.

The two, who have pleaded not guilty, were arrested at an airport outside Washington carrying one-way tickets to Europe. 

Pictured: Lev Parnas

Pictured: Igor Fruman

The Giuliani investigation grew out of a federal investigation of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked on gathering information about the Bidens during the election and were charged with violating the ban on political donations by foreign nationals in October 2019

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani's role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump's first impeachment trial

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani’s role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump’s first impeachment trial 

Investigators are also looking into Giuliani’s role in the ousting of US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was a prominent witness in Trump’s first impeachment trial.

As Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation of the Bidens, he was pushed to have Yovanovitch removed, seeing her as an obstacle to his efforts.

At Giuliani’s urging, Trump had her recalled.  

Prosecutors are examining whether Giuliani was working not only for Trump, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who wanted Yovanovitch dismissed for their own reasons, The Times reported. 

Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, it is a federal crime to try to influence or lobby the US government at the request or direction of a foreign official without disclosing it to the Justice Department. 

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Biden considers raising US refugee cap to 62,500 after Democrat backlash

Biden may finally raise the refugee cap to 62,500 in 2021 after White House flip-flops several times and was accused by Democrats of sticking with Trump’s ‘xenophobic policies’

  • President Joe Biden’s administration may again set the refugee cap at 62,500 for 2021, after 11 days of mixed messaging on the subject 
  • The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the White House was again considering setting the refugee cap to the higher number
  • The administration had first committed to 62,500 in February before announcing on April 16 that it would leave the 15,000 cap in place 
  • After several hours of pushback from refugee groups and liberal activists, the White House said a new cap would be announced on May 15 
  • The Post charted that the White House changed its story on what happened six times in three weeks 
  • Biden said on April 17 that he was concerned about resources because of the uptick in migrants coming to the southern border 
  • On April 1, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had denied the two issues were related  

President Joe Biden’s administration may finally set the refugee cap at 62,500 for 2021, after 11 days of mixed messaging on the subject. 

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the White House was again considering setting the refugee cap to the higher number, which the administration had first committed to in February, before announcing on April 16 that it would leave the cap at 15,000.

The move infuriated refugee groups and political allies on the left.

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, said it was an example of Biden ‘upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin.’  

A Post story from Friday tracked the White House changing its story about what happened six times in three weeks.  

President Joe Biden’s administration may set the refugee cap at 62,500 for the remainder of fiscal year 2021, after 11 days of mixed messaging on the subject 

President Joe Biden's White House has had to play clean-up after an April 16 announcement that said the refugee cap would remain at the Trump-era low of 15,000

President Joe Biden’s White House has had to play clean-up after an April 16 announcement that said the refugee cap would remain at the Trump-era low of 15,000 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki had said on April 1 that moving the refugee cap wasn’t tied to the surge of migrants at the southern border. 

However, on April 17, the president said that it did. 

‘The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people,’ Biden said. ‘We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.’ 

The Post had also reported that ‘Biden harbored concerns about what the sharp increase in migrants at the southern border meant for the government’s capacity to handle an influx of refugees from elsewhere.’ 

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is also tasked with providing housing for unaccompanied minors who have crossed the southern border. 

On Wednesday, Psaki spoke of the ‘challenges to our resources’ when initially asked why Biden overruled Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other national security experts by keeping the cap at the lower number for the April 16 announcement. 

‘I’m obviously not going to get into private conversations between the president and members of his national security team,’ Psaki first said.  

She then noted that funding has been transferred from other areas of HHS to address the crunch of children coming into the country over the border. 

She also pointed out that there had been a Trump-era hiring freeze at the ORR.  

Biden’s larger aim was to move the cap to 125,000 a fiscal year. 

In February, he had suggested half of that could be met in the remaining months of 2021, with the 2022 fiscal year beginning in October. 

But on closer inspection, the administration believed that wouldn’t be doable, which led to the April 16 announcement of keeping the Trump-era cap. 

But the Post reported Tuesday that sources inside the administration ‘suddenly sound hopeful’ that the 62,500 number can be close to being met. 

The White House said it would put out a new number in advance of May 15. 

That date was set on April 16, after refugee resettlement groups and liberal allies pushed back in protest over the announcement that the cap wouldn’t yet budge. 

The Post reported that a final decision hasn’t been made.   

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Biden will give 34 million children $345 over 10 weeks this summer to buy food

Biden will give 34 million children $345 over ten weeks this summer to buy food as part of a huge expansion of the government’s meal plan

  • The Biden administration announced the expansion of a child food program that will feed as many as 34 million kids this summer 
  • It’s part of Biden’s push to address food insecurity and child poverty in America 
  • It will provide up to 34 million children about $375 each week to buy food for the roughly 10 weeks they are out of school in the summer 
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called it the ‘first-of-its-kind, game-changing intervention to reduce child hunger in the United States’

The Biden administration announced Monday the expansion of a child food program that will feed as many as 34 million kids this summer.

It is one of the biggest meal plans in US history and part of President Joe Biden’s wider push to address food insecurity and child poverty in America. 

The expansion, announced by the Department of Agriculture, will provide up to 34 million children about $375 each week to buy food for the roughly 10 weeks they are out of school in the summer.  

It will be paid for with funds from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package approved in March. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the summer expansion the ‘first-of-its-kind, game-changing intervention to reduce child hunger in the United States.’ 

The administration announced the expansion of a child food program that will feed as many as 34 million kids this summer as part of President Joe Biden’s wider push to address food insecurity and child poverty in America

Children under 6 who qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and children who receive free or reduced-priced lunch qualify for the program and will be enrolled automatically. 

Parents or guardians will get the cards, known as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, cards, in the mail from state agencies. Congress has funded the program for the summers of 2021 and 2022.

But Biden plans to extend the monthly payments through 2025 as part of a multitrillion-dollar plan he will announce Wednesday night in a joint address to Congress. 

‘Congress, through the American Rescue Plan, expanded this program to operate during the summer, which I think was just highly responsive to what we need right now,’ Stacy Dean, the deputy under secretary of agriculture for food, nutrition and consumer services, told NBC News

‘We know that summer hunger is a problem in normal years, but obviously this year, with heightened food hardship as a result of the pandemic, we’re happy to deploy the program this summer,’ she said.

Children were one of the groups hardest hit by the coronavirus as parents lost jobs and schools, one of the few places many at-risk kids received a hot meal, were closed. 

During the pandemic, the childhood poverty rate in America increased three points to a high of 21.4 per cent, according to Columbia University’s Center on Poverty & Social Policy. 

And the rate for black and Hispanic children is twice that of white children: 12.3 per cent for white children compared to 26.3 per cent for black children and 26.9 per cent for Hispanics.

There are an estimated 17 million children struggling with hunger in America – 6 million more than before the pandemic, according to Save the Children.

The expansion will provide up to 34 million children about $375 each week to buy food for the roughly 10 weeks they are out of school in the summer

The expansion will provide up to 34 million children about $375 each week to buy food for the roughly 10 weeks they are out of school in the summer 

Child poverty rose during the coronavirus pandemic as parents lost jobs

Child poverty rose during the coronavirus pandemic as parents lost jobs

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan provided working and middle-class families an expanded child tax credit worth up to $3,600 for each child under the age of 6, and $3,000 for each child ages 6 through 17.

The plan contained enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, unemployment benefits, family and child care tax credits, and direct cash payments in form of stimulus checks – $1,400 for each individual and dependent for families earning less than $150,000.

The White House claims the plan can cut childhood poverty in half.

An Urban Institute analysis found the child poverty rate in 2021 will fall by more than 52 per cent, largely from changes in tax law and the $1,400 stimulus checks.

But the tax provisions will only remain in affect for a year or two and the stimulus checks are a one-time boost – leaving unclear how long the benefits of the plan will last.

First lady Jill Biden has been one of the biggest advocates for children during the pandemic. She’s visited several states to sell the benefits of the president’s rescue package. 

‘The American Rescue Plan is going to cut child poverty in half,’ she said during a visit to Alabama earlier this month, calling it a ‘life raft’ for struggling families.

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