Trump Is Back — On The Bidens’ Christmas Tree

The official White House Christmas Tree stands in the Blue Room of the White House during a press preview of the holiday decorations on November 29, 2021, in Washington, DC.. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

 

Donald Trump has made it back into the White House — at least in the form of a picture hanging on the Bidens’ Christmas tree unveiled Monday.

It’s no exaggeration to say there’s bad blood between the Trumps and Bidens, largely because Trump continues to push his unprecedented attempt to persuade Americans that Joe Biden didn’t really beat him in the 2020 presidential election.

But First Lady Jill Biden’s “Gifts from the Heart” theme for this year’s Christmas decorations is delivering seasonal goodwill.

A gold-framed photo of Trump and his wife Melania hangs on the tree in the State Dining Room, along with snaps of the Obamas, the families of both presidents Bush, the Reagans, and the Carters.

Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton also get a place on the presidential family tree.

More photos of former first families, again including Trump, decorate a hallway. Hanging on another wall are framed holiday greetings cards from Biden, Obama, and Trump.

The Christmas truce of sorts contrasts with the bitter relationship between the Trumps and Bidens.

After Biden’s victory, Donald and Melania Trump scratched the longstanding traditional invitation to tea that outgoing presidents and first ladies extend to their replacements.

In another disruption to the more genteel customs of the White House, Trump never hosted his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama for an official portrait unveiling.

The Republican has also yet to have his own portrait hung up in Biden’s White House.

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Bill Clinton Leaves Hospital After Five Nights

Former US President Bill Clinton arrives to attend a church service for former French President Jacques Chirac at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

 

Former US President Bill Clinton, 75, was released from a California hospital Sunday after spending five nights in treatment for an infection.

Clinton, arm in arm with his wife and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, gave a thumbs up after he walked slowly out of the hospital and shook hands with staff in front of television cameras.

“President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today,” said a statement by doctor Alpesh Amin released via a Clinton spokesman.

“His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” added Amin, who oversaw the medical team treating the former president.

The US leader from 1993 to 2001 was admitted Tuesday evening to the hospital south of Los Angeles with a non-Covid-related blood infection.

The New York Times, quoting an aide, reported Clinton developed a urinary tract infection that turned into sepsis.

Sepsis is an extreme bodily reaction to infection that affects 1.7 million people in America annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It kills 270,000 of those infected every year.

Quadruple bypass 

The infection was the latest health scare for America’s 42nd president. In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.

Six years later he had stents implanted in his coronary artery.

This prompted him to adopt a vegetarian diet and to speak out publicly about how his change in food consumption helped him get healthier.

“Maybe if I had… not eaten so many hamburgers and steaks, which I love, maybe if I had, you know, had slightly less stress in my life… maybe it would have been different,” Clinton told ABC News in 2004 after his successful heart surgery.

In the two decades since leaving the White House after two presidential terms he has thrown himself into numerous humanitarian and diplomatic causes.

He traveled the world, not just to receive generous speaking fees and to attend conferences but to visit disaster areas or raise funds for the fight against AIDS.

Clinton, who once called himself “the comeback kid” during the 1992 Democratic Party primary battle, remains involved in his Clinton Foundation and supported his wife’s unsuccessful campaign against Donald Trump five years ago.

Gradually his pace has slowed, and he has been traveling less in recent years.

The Clintons currently live in Chappaqua, New York.

Bill Clinton To Spend Another Night Hospitalised For Infection

In this file photo former US President Bill Clinton speaks at the fifth annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit on May 9, 2018 at Hearst Tower in New York City. ANGELA WEISS / AFP
In this file photo former US President Bill Clinton speaks at the fifth annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit on May 9, 2018, at Hearst Tower in New York City. ANGELA WEISS / AFP

 

Former US president Bill Clinton will spend another night in hospital, a spokesman said Friday, as he undergoes treatment for a reported case of sepsis.

“All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly. In order to receive further IV antibiotics he will remain in hospital overnight,” said Clinton spokesman Angel Urena.

Clinton, who led the United States from 1993 to 2001, was admitted Tuesday evening to the UCI Medical Center in Irvine, south of Los Angeles.

Urena said that Clinton, 75, was responding well to treatment for a non-Covid-related blood infection.

The New York Times, quoting an aide, said the former president had been hospitalized after a urological infection developed into sepsis.

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Sepsis is an extreme bodily reaction to infection that affects 1.7 million people in America every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It kills 270,000 of those infected every year.

“Infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the lung, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract,” the CDC says on its website.

“Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.”

Photographs in US media showed his wife, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, visiting the hospital.

President Joe Biden said he had spoken to Clinton.

“He seems to be, God willing, doing well,” Biden told reporters.

At the hospital on Friday, there was a small visible police presence and a large group of reporters.

Quadruple Bypass

It was the latest health scare for America’s 42nd president. In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.

Six years later he had stents implanted in his coronary artery.

Known for a generous appetite that embraced fried foods, notably french fries, Clinton went clean and adopted a low-fat vegan diet.

Since then he has lost substantial weight.

The former governor of Arkansas was elected president at age 46, the third-youngest president in US history.

Garrulous, charming, and well-read, he was a star for the Democratic Party and well-liked among fellow world leaders.

He remained popular even after his second term in the White House was marred by an affair with the young intern Monica Lewinsky that snowballed into his impeachment for lying in relation to an investigation.

But he stepped away from the limelight as his wife Hillary plunged into her own political career, winning election as a senator from New York and training her own sights on the presidency.

Despite his help, she lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

In 2016 she won the Democratic nomination for president but lost the election to Republican Donald Trump.

Criticism Of Trump

Bill Clinton meanwhile gave speeches, led his nonprofit, the Clinton Foundation, and helped raise money for the Democrats.

In 2004, he published an autobiography and in 2011 another volume on how to revive the economy.

And since 2018 he has written two thrillers together with best-selling novelist James Patterson.

He has made brief returns to the political stage, helping his wife and others during election campaigns, and traveling to North Korea in 2009 to negotiate the freedom of two Americans held by the North Korean regime.

In January he and former presidents Obama, Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush, came together to condemn the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, directly accusing then-president Trump of inciting it and of spreading baseless lies.

But Clinton has also fought to avoid being pulled into the type of scandal that dogged his presidency.

His name surfaced in the sex trafficking scandal around late financier Jeffrey Epstein, with a former aide and a victim both saying Clinton had visited the Caribbean island where Epstein took underage women for sex parties.

Clinton knew Epstein but denied ever having visited the island.

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Former US President Bill Clinton Hospitalised

File Photo of former US President Bill Clinton  / AFP

 

Former US president Bill Clinton was in the hospital with an infection on Thursday, a spokesman for the 75-year-old said.

Doctors said Clinton was responding well at the center in Irvine, California. The infection was not connected to the coronavirus.

“On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection,” the former president’s spokesman Angel Urena wrote on Twitter.

“He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care.”

Doctors at the University of California Irvine Medical Center confirmed Clinton had been admitted.

Urena tweeted a statement from Clinton’s doctors at the hospital — Dr Alpesh Amin and Dr Lisa Bardack.

“President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection,” the statement said.

“He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV (intravenous) antibiotics and fluids.

“He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring. After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well.”

“We hope to have him go home soon,” the statement added.

An AFP correspondent at the hospital said the scene was subdued, with no sign of the VIP patient, other than a sizable media pack that had gathered in a car park.

CNN reported that a urinary tract infection had spread to Clinton’s bloodstream.

The news channel’s medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, said Clinton had reported feeling fatigued during a visit to California on Tuesday and went to the hospital for testing that ruled out Covid-19 and heart-related problems.

Clinton served as America’s 42nd president, from 1993 to 2001. Elected at age 46, he was the third-youngest president in US history and the first Baby Boomer to hold the office.

In 1998, Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives — only the second president in American history to earn the ignominious distinction — for lying about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was ultimately acquitted by the Senate in February 1999.

In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.

After his health scare, Clinton — who had a reputation for loving fatty foods — adopted a vegan diet.

In 2010 he underwent stent surgery after complaining of heart pains.

That same year, he said his decision to go vegan was not a difficult one.

“Not when you have [had a] quadruple heart bypass and you want to live to be a grandfather,” Clinton said at an event organized in Dallas by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Former US Presidents Ready To Publicly Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 21, 2017, (L-R) former US Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas. – Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton are volunteering to take a coronavirus vaccine on camera if it will help promote public confidence. (Photo by JIM CHAPIN / AFP)

 

Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are volunteering to take a coronavirus vaccine on camera if it will help promote public confidence.

Obama, in an interview with SiriusXM radio, said he would be inoculated if top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci signs off on a Covid-19 vaccine.

“If Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I’m going to take it,” Obama said.

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he said.

“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting Covid,” Obama said.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 21, 2017, (L-R) George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas. – Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton are volunteering to take a coronavirus vaccine on camera if it will help promote public confidence.  (Photo by JIM CHAPIN / AFP)

 

Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff, told CNN the former president also wanted to help promote vaccination.

“First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations,” Ford told CNN.

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“Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera.”

Angel Urena, Clinton’s press secretary, told CNN the former president would also be willing to take a vaccine in public on television

Vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna-NIH are expected to be approved by US authorities shortly and a top science official said Wednesday the United States hopes to have immunized 100 million people by the end of February.

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Bill Clinton, James Patterson To Co-Publish Second Crime Thriller

In this file photo former US President Bill Clinton speaks at the fifth annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit on May 9, 2018 at Hearst Tower in New York City. ANGELA WEISS / AFP
In this file photo former US President Bill Clinton speaks at the fifth annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit on May 9, 2018 at Hearst Tower in New York City. ANGELA WEISS / AFP

 

Former US president Bill Clinton will publish another crime novel, co-author James Patterson said Thursday, this time centered on the kidnapping of an American first daughter.

The two-term Democratic leader co-wrote the thriller entitled “The President’s Daughter” with renowned author Patterson, the pair’s second book following 2018’s behind-the-scenes White House drama “The President is Missing.”

The duo’s debut, centered on cyberattack dangers, sold more than 3 million copies.

“Working with @BillClinton has been a highlight of my career and I’m thrilled to have the chance to write with him again,” tweeted the American bestselling writer Patterson in announcing the new release.

According to a summary of the novel set for publication in the US June 2021, the plot centers on a former president who hopes to lay low after losing a second term, only to have an “imminent threat” to his daughter force him back into action.

The 73-year-old Clinton has written a number of books, including his post-presidential 2004 best-selling memoir “My Life.”

His own daughter Chelsea Clinton is also an author of several childrens books.

The prolific Patterson — famous for titles including “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider” — is the globe’s top-earning author, with Forbes valuing him at $94 million.

Buhari Speaks With Clinton, Assures Him Of Credible Elections

Buhari Speaks With Clinton, Assures Him Of Credible Elections
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received a telephone call from a former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, the Presidency has said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, President Buhari assured Clinton of his commitment to free, fair and credible elections in the weeks ahead.

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He also appreciated the former US President for his continuous support for Nigeria and the growth of her democracy.

The President described Clinton as a friend of the country and commended his support for the peace, stability and progress of Nigeria under a democratic dispensation.

On his part, the former US President regretted his inability to visit Nigeria to witness the signing of the final peace accord before the general elections.

He wished the nation well as Nigerians go to the polls.

Explosive Device Found Near Bill, Hillary Clintons Home In New York

 

The US Secret Service said Wednesday it had intercepted suspect packages, identified as potential explosive devices, sent to the homes of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

The Secret Service said it recovered a single package addressed to Clinton in Westchester, a suburb north of Manhattan on Tuesday, and a second package addressed to the Obama residence in Washington on Wednesday.

“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

“The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”

Private Apology To Monica Lewinsky Not Necessary – Clinton

Former United States President, Bill Clinton

 

Former US president Bill Clinton said he has not spoken to Monica Lewinsky since the revelation of their affair and that while he has apologized to her publicly he does not think a private apology is necessary at this point.

In a testy interview with NBC’s “Today” show aired on Monday, the 71-year-old Clinton was also asked for his thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

The former US president is on a book tour to promote his new book, “The President Is Missing,” co-written with best-selling author James Patterson.

But it’s his time in the Oval Office — specifically his affair with Lewinsky — that is drawing scrutiny.

“I apologized to everybody in the world,” Clinton said when asked if he had apologized to Lewinsky for his affair with the then 22-year-old White House intern.

“I have not talked to her,” Clinton said. “I have never talked to her.”

Asked if he felt he should apologize privately to Lewinsky, Clinton said “No, I do not.”

“But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry,” he said. “That’s very different. The apology was public.”

Asked about the #MeToo movement, Clinton said “I like the #MeToo movement.

“It’s way overdue,” he said. “It doesn’t mean I agree with everything.

“I still have some questions about some of the decisions which have been made,” he said without elaborating.

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Bill Clinton Teams Up With Thriller Author For New Novel

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is working with best-selling suspense writer James Patterson on a novel called “The President is Missing,” which will be published in June 2018, the publishers said on Monday.

The book will be “a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power,” publishers Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and Hachette Book Group said in a statement.

Clinton said he had been a fan of Patterson for years and has enjoyed working with him.

“Working on a book about a sitting president – drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works – has been a lot of fun,” the former U.S. President said.

Patterson, known for his novels featuring the psychologist Alex Cross and for the “Women’s Murder Club” series, said working with Clinton was the highlight of his career.

“I’m a story-teller, and President Clinton’s insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one,” he said in a statement.

“It’s a rare combination,” he added. “Readers will be drawn to the suspense, of course, but they’ll also be given an inside look into what it’s like to be president.”

Bill Clinton, George Bush To Witness Trump’s Inauguration

Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura BushFormer American President, Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary will attend Donald Trump’s swearing-in in Washington DC, sources said.

The business mogul would be sworn on Friday, 20 January at the Capitol Hill.

Erstwhile president, George W Bush and his spouse, Laura have also revealed their intentions to show up.

The Bushes said they want to “witness the peaceful transfer of power”.

Mr Trump emerged the 45th US president after defeating Mrs Clinton in November’s election.

He has also criticised Mr Bush over the Iraq war and 9/11.

US Election 2016: Trump And Sanders Win New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders and Donald TrumpRepublican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Ohio Governor, John Kasich, came second in the republican vote, with former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, Texas Senator, Ted Cruz and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio all vying for third place.

In the democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders, who beat rival Hillary Clinton by a huge margin, said his victory showed people want “real change”.

Analysts said that both candidates were riding on a wave of discontent with mainstream politics.

New Hampshire is the second state to choose delegates in the long nomination battle following last week’s Iowa caucuses, which were won by Mr Cruz for the republicans and Mrs Clinton for the democrats.

With close to 90% of the votes counted, Senator Sanders has a lead of more than 20 percentage points over Mrs Clinton in the two-horse race for the Democratic nomination. He had topped polls in New Hampshire in recent months, but it is still a significant victory for the self-described Democratic socialist candidate.

The result gives momentum to the winners ahead of the next contests in South Carolina and Nevada.

The CNN reports that New Hampshire also delivered a painful personal blow to Hillary Clinton, who squeezed out the narrowest of victories in Iowa last week.

The scale of her defeat by more than 20 points is likely to fuel signs of growing internal rancor in her campaign and complaints by Democrats that her message as a progressive, who gets results, is no match for Sanders’ heady demands for a political revolution, which has inspired younger Democratic voters.

The loss was especially rough because New Hampshire has long been kind to the Clintons.

It’s the state that made Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” in 1992. Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama there in 2008, salvaging her campaign after a third-place showing in Iowa.