Biden ‘clears the air’ on insulting reporter

A Fox News reporter said President Biden spoke to him shortly after insulting him during a press conference

Appearing on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, Doocy said the president called his cell phone “within about an hour of that exchange.”

“He said, ‘It’s nothing personal, pal,’” Doocy continued. “And we went back and forth, and we were talking about just kind of moving forward, and I made sure to tell him that I’m always going to try to ask something different than what everybody else is asking. And he said, ‘You got to.’ And that’s a quote from the president, so I’ll keep doing it.”

“Did he apologize?” Hannity asked.

Doocy replied: “He cleared the air and I appreciate it. We had a nice call.”

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WATCH Biden insult reporter over inflation

“Hey Sean, the world is on the brink of, like, World War III right now with all of this stuff going on,” the reporter said, apparently referring to the ongoing tensions between NATO and Russia around Ukraine. “I appreciate that the president took a couple of minutes out this evening while he was still at this desk to give me a call and clear the air.”

Doocy clarified to Hannity that he did not hear the insult when Biden uttered it, but heard about it moments later from fellow reporters.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Biden appeared to be irritated by Doocy’s question about inflation. “That’s a great asset, more inflation. What a stupid son of a b***h,” the president muttered while the microphone was still on. The phrase was caught on video and later made its way into the official transcript of the press conference published by the White House.

NYC to bring back anti-crime units disbanded during BLM protests

As murder and shooting cases rise, Mayor Eric Adams announced a new plan to tackle gun violence

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan to tackle escalating gun violence on Monday, including the return of plainclothes anti-crime units, which were disbanded in 2020 after Black Lives Matter protests.

“We will not surrender our city to the violent few,” said Adams, a former New York City Police officer, during a speech on Monday just days after an NYPD officer was killed in Manhattan.

“I want to be clear. This is not just a plan for the future, it is a plan for right now,” he declared, calling gun violence “a public health crisis” with “no time to wait.”

Adams claimed the city had become a “dumping ground” for weapons and promised to put “boots on the ground on every block.”

This blueprint to end gun violence will not end this crisis overnight… but it will represent the biggest action in years to protect New York City

Plainclothes anti-gun crime units will be stationed in 30 city precincts where most incidents are reported – a sharp U-turn from his predecessor, Bill de Blasio, who scrapped the units in 2020 following Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality.

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Small child & two bystanders shot as New York City’s wave of gun crime arrives in Times Square

After the city took several anti-police measures in 2020, including the cutting of funding by $1 billion, New York experienced a surge in violence.

Four New York City police officers have already been wounded in 2022, less than a month into the year.

In 2021, 485 murders were recorded in the city – a 4% increase over the year prior – while at least 1,562 shootings also took place.

Afghan evacuee found guilty of molesting 3yo in US

The refugee reportedly told the authorities he had done nothing that would have been off-limits in his culture

An Afghan refugee has been convicted of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl at a US Marine Corps camp in Virginia following the United States’ evacuation from Afghanistan last August.

Mohammed Tariq, 24, was found guilty on Friday of sexually abusing the young girl while both of them were being housed at Virginia’s Camp Upshur on Marine Corps Base Quantico following his evacuation from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. Tariq is scheduled to be sentenced on April 26 and could face life in prison.

US Marines spotted Tariq “inappropriately touching the victim over her clothing, on her chest, genitals, and buttocks” at the camp last year, the US Department of Justice said in a statement released on Monday.

While “the victim and Tariq were unrelated,” they had both “recently been evacuated from Afghanistan and brought to the United States,” the statement reads. The girl was being housed at the camp with her family.

Tariq reportedly told the authorities through an interpreter that the conduct was allowed in his culture, while “efforts to have his statements suppressed were rejected by the judge,” Stars and Stripes reported.

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12,000 Afghan refugees stuck in UK hotels – reports

The US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Jessica D. Aber, praised “the resilience and courage of the victim and her family” in reporting the abuse.

The US military began evacuating its troops and allies, including native interpreters, from Afghanistan after the Taliban overran almost all of the country, eventually capturing Kabul on August 15. The hectic effort, which saw several Afghans plunging to their death as they clung to a US aircraft leaving Hamid Karzai International Airport, continued until the end of the month.

Over 73,000 Afghans were brought to the US in the initial phase of the evacuation, the White House said in November, noting that up to 22,000 additional refugees “may also be relocated and resettled to the United States” within the following year. All of the evacuees were originally flown to US military bases, where they were set to be released in communities across the country.