Day 16: Biden Backs off ‘Unity’, Aims to Ban Trump from Intel Briefs.


On Day 16, Biden wishes he could have worked with Republicans… but alas… “unity” didn’t work. Someone tell Bruce Springsteen.

Intelligence Briefings For Former POTUS? “I Think Not.”

President Joe Biden does not want former president Trump to receive an intelligence briefing should he request one, citing Trump’s “erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection” in an interview with CBS.

“What value is giving him an intelligence briefing?” Biden asked. “What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?”

It is the current president’s prerogative to determine whether past presidents should receiving access to intelligence briefings upon request. Trump has not requested any so far.

Biden’s full CBS Evening News interview with Norah O’Donnell is set to air ahead of the Super Bowl. 

Latest On Stimulus: “I’m Going To Act.”

Biden would have loved to work with Republicans, he says, but … he won’t.

“I’d like to be doing it with the support of Republicans. I’ve met with Republicans,” Biden said Friday. “There’s some really fine people who want to get something done, but they’re just not willing to go as far as I think we have to go.”

Biden’s comments followed the release of the January jobs report and a Thursday night “vote-a-rama” in which Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to begin the process of pushing the budget measure through Congress without Republicans.

Biden Jets Off For Super Bowl Sunday.

Biden embarked on a weekend trip to Delaware to watch the Super Bowl, spend time with his extended family, and finish moving personal effects to the White House.

The CDC currently recommends that Americans forgo travel because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The “key,” Psaki said Friday, “is ensuring that people don’t take steps to make others vulnerable in our effort to get the pandemic under control. As you know, any President of the United States, Democrat or Republican, obviously takes Air Force One, a private plane, when they travel. Delaware is his home, and so he looks forward to spending the weekend there and some time with his family.”

This isn’t the first time Psaki has suggested that coronavirus mitigation guidance is being followed by the first family in a general or symbolic sense, not literally.

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