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When former President Donald Trump appeared on right-wing Newsmax TV this week, he was asked about the 2022 midterms and the things he would like Republicans to prioritize if they regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives. But Trump didn’t offer any specific policy recommendations should the GOP have a House majority in 2023 and seemed to ignore the substance of the question entirely.
Newsmax TV, a Fox News competitor, prides itself on being more right-wing and more pro-Trump than Fox News and Fox Business
"Sounds like the Republicans are going to take back control of Congress," the interviewer asked, "and what would you like to see them do?"
Trump responded, “Number 1: take back. That’s what has to be Number 1; we have to take it back.”
Obviously referring to the Democratic majorities in Congress, Trump continued, “These are radicalized, horrible people that hate our country — what they’re doing with the open borders and the judges and all of the things they’ve been doing is so sad. And then you look at Afghanistan is a topper…. We were coming out strong, with dignity. There’s never been a lower point than what happened with Afghanistan, in my opinion. So, we’ve gotta, Number 1, we’ve gotta win the House — and I think we can win the Senate also.”
Despite Trump's claim that Democrats have enacted an "open borders" policy, Biden has actually preserved many of his predecessors' immigration policies, much to the dismay of some critics on his left. The borders are in no sense "open."ere are some responses to Newsmax’s Trump interview:
Reprinted with permission from Alternet
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's new COVIDTests.gov website, set up for American households to order four free COVID-19 tests amid the Omicron variant surge, is up and running ahead of its official launch on Wednesday, the White House said.
U.S. households can secure four tests at no cost when ordering from the website, with shipping expected within seven to 12 days of ordering, the White House said on Friday.
President Joe Biden has pledged to procure 1 billion free tests for Americans, and more may be ordered in the future.
His administration has come under criticism for not focusing on testing sooner. Americans waited in long lines for tests over the holidays amid a shortage.
The administration and the U.S. Postal Service have sought to avoid any major glitches in the new website like those that overshadowed the rollout of healthcare.gov, the website for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
"We can't guarantee there won't be a bug or two, but the best tech teams across the administration and the Postal Service are working hard to make this a success," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. "It will officially launch tomorrow morning. It's in the beta testing phase right now."
Psaki noted that the U.S. Digital Service, which she said was founded after the plagued rollout of healthcare.gov, has been supporting the Postal Service with the site.
More than 700,000 people were accessing COVIDtests.gov at one point on Tuesday, according to the Digital Analytics Program.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Bill Berkrot)