Trump news live: Latest Biden and Gaetz updates

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A spokesperson for Donald Trump has insisted that the former president did not snub a meeting with Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, as had been reported by CNN on Sunday night, calling the story “fake news”.

The broadcaster reported that Mr Gaetz, who is facing a federal investigation over sexual misconduct allegations, was recently denied a meeting with Mr Trump in Mar-a-Lago citing two people familiar with the matter.

“No such scheduling or meeting request was ever made, and therefore, it could never have been declined,” Mr Trump’s spokesman, Jason Miller said in a post on Twitter on Monday.

Mr Gaetz, who has not been charged with any crimes and has adamantly denied allegations surrounding the federal investigation, also called the report a “total lie.”

Over the weekend, Mr Trump reportedly lashed out at high-profile Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice Presiden Mike Pence in a closed-door speech night to donors at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Mr Trump said that he was “disappointed” in his vice president and used a profanity in assessing Mr McConnell, also branding him a “stone-cold loser”, according to remarks obtained by the Associated Press.

He also rehashed his recent attacks against Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, once again taunting him for his first pitch last season at Nationals Park, The Washington Post reported.

“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he reportedly said of Dr Fauci, after recounting an anecdote of how an individual told him the vaccine should be called the “Trumpcine”.

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Trump recycles attacks against Fauci calling him ‘full of crap’

Donald Trump has once again hit out at Dr Anthory Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, while delivering an address in front of the Republican party’s biggest sponsors at Mar-a-Lago.

At the event on Saturday, Mr Trump recycled once of his frequent taunts against the doctor, mocking his first pitch last season at Nationals Park.

He then hit out at Dr Fauci for advising against masks at the beginning of the pandemic, before recommending “five” masks in recent months.

“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?,” Mr Trump said of the chief medical adviser, according to The Washington Post.

Mr Trump and Mr Fauci have often clashed during and following the Trump administration’s time in office, with the doctor having often diverged from the former president on issues of the pandemic.

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Cindy McCain to be named ambassador in Biden administration, report says

Cindy McCain is set to be named as the US ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme by president Joe Biden under his administration, Politico has reported.

Two sources with knowledge of the matter reportedly told the outlet that Ms McCain, the widow of late Arizona senator John McCain, is undergoing vetting to be nominated for the post.

The nomination would mark his administration’s first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position in line with tradition observed by recent presidents of nominating at least one person from the opposing party.

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Trump thinks the coronavirus vaccine should be called ‘Trumpcine’

Donald Trump has credited himself for the development of several coronavirus vaccines recounting how an individual told him the shots be called the “Trumpcine”.

Mr Trump told the crowd that an individual, who he called “sir”, came to him and said the vaccine should be called the “Trumpcine”, The Washington Post and CNN reported.

The former president cited Operation Warp Speed, the US government initiative to fast-track the development of Covid vaccines, as a factor.

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Gaetz did not request meeting with Trump, both sides insist

Matt Gaetz and a spokesman for Donald Trump have insisted that the Florida representative was not recently denied a meeting with Mr Trump in Mar-a-Lago as was reported on Sunday by CNN.

Mr Trump’s spokesman, Jason Miller, tweeted: “This story is complete fake news. No such scheduling or meeting request was ever made, and therefore, it could never have been declined.

“Take note that this story has zero on-the-record sources. It’s literally made-up. We are demanding a full retraction.”

Mr Gaetz called the CNN report “a total lie” saying he was “on a pre-planned vacation” with his fiancée. “I was welcomed at Trump Doral days ago. No such meeting was denied nor sought,” he said.

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