US President Joe Biden speaks on March 2, 2021
Andrew Cuomo appeared to get emotional as he apologized during his first press conference since more women began accusing the New York governor of inappropriate behaviour.
The Democrat refused to resign, however, after issuing denials that he touched anyone inappropriately and asked the public to wait for the facts to emerge from the state attorney general’s investigation into the allegations.
In the GOP, meanwhile, Texas congressman and former White House physician, Ronny Jackson, has been accused in a Department of Defence report of drinking on the job and sexually harassing a woman.
In Washington DC, Joe Biden has moved forward his aim for enough Covid vaccine doses for every American adult across the US by two months, having said that the administration will aim to have enough shots for everyone who wants one by the end of May.
However, the president was also careful to temper expectations of a timetable for a return to normalcy amid the pandemic, offering a subdued goal for “this time next year” or better.
On Capitol Hill, the Senate expected to take up Mr Biden’s $1.9tn coronavirus relief package on Wednesday, with Democrats aiming to have the president sign it into law before some benefits expire on March 14.
Elsewhere, Donald Trump’s biographer has compared the former president to notorious American gangster Al Capone, as prosecutors were closing in on the Trump Organisation’s longtime chief financial officer for details about the former president’s financial dealings.
GOP Congressman and former Trump administration White House physician allegedly drank on the job
A department of Defence report alleges that the previous White House’s top physician, Ronny Jackson, allegedly drank alcohol, took sleeping pills and sexually harassed a woman.
Now a Texas GOP Congressman, Jackson said in a statement the report was politically motivated. He said the report was meant to shame him for refusing to “turn my back on President Trump”.
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 19:06
Andrew Cuomo chokes up as he denies inappropriate touching and refuses to resign
During a press conference on Wednesday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo appeared to get emotional as he apologized to the three women who have accused him of sexual harassment.
He refused to resign, however, after issuing denials that he touched anyone inappropriately and asked the public to wait for the facts to emerge from the state attorney general’s investigation into the allegations.
Josh Marcus has the full story from today’s press conference.
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:57
Cuomo says he’s never done anything to be ashamed of
“I do not believe that I have done anything in my public career that I am ashamed of,” Cuomo says.
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:43
Cuomo says he is ‘better for this experience’
“I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people and I’ve learned an important lesson,” Cuomo says.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone. I never intended it. And I will be the better for this experience.”
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:41
Cuomo says he will not resign despite allegations
“I’m not going to resign. I work for the people of New York. They elected me,” Cuomo says.
“So no, I’m going to do the job the people of the state elected me to do,” he added.
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:40
Cuomo says his face touching is ‘usual and customary’ greeting
“You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people. Women, children, men, etcetera,’ Cuomo says.
“It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:39
Cuomo claims he never touched anyone inappropriately, says he’s ‘embarrassed’ by allegations
“I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth,” Cuomo says.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable.”
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:38
Cuomo apologises, supports his accuser’s rights to come forward
“I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this. First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward and I think it should be encouraged in every way,” Cuomo says.
“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable, it was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologise for it.”
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:35
Andrew Cuomo says he will ‘fully cooperate’ with attorney general investigation
“I ask the people of this state to wait for the fact from the AG report before forming an opinion,” Cuomo says.
“Get the facts please forming an opinion and the AG is doing that review, I will fully cooperate with it, and then you will have the facts.”
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:34
White House urges Texas and Mississippi residents to follow CDC mask guidance after states drop mandates
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration hopes that the states will continue to follow guidance from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as well as President Joe Biden’s campaign to wear masks within the first 100 days of his administration.
“We’re asking people to listen to health experts, medical experts, the CDC, to [Dr Anthony Fauci], to others who are basing their recommendations on how to save people’s lives,” she said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced that their states will drop mandates for their residents to wear masks to combat the transmission of Covid-19.
“The governor’s office is getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do,” Governor Reeves said on Tuesday.
Alex Woodward is taking a closer look at this angle from today’s press conference.
Justin Vallejo3 March 2021 18:13