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Trump news – Armed groups dwarfed by security at state capitals as president’s approval at new low

The latest updates from the White House and beyond on 17 January 2021

Oliver O'Connell,Chantal da Silva
Sunday 17 January 2021 22:54 GMT
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President Donald Trump’s approval rating has plummeted to an all-time low as the US leader prepares to exit the White House. 

In the wake of the deadly Capitol riots on 6 January, the president has seen his approval rating dive, with the change in perception being largely among Republicans. 

The worst polling came from Pew Research Center, which found Mr Trump’s disapproval rating to be at 68 per cent, with his approval rating falling to 29 per cent, the lowest yet, in a poll of 5,360 adults conducted between 8-12 January.

The findings come as states across the US brace for the possibility of inauguration week violence as President-Elect Joe Biden prepares to take office on Wednesday. Small armed groups appeared at statehouses on Sunday, but the size of the gatherings appeared dwarfed by the security presence.

On Sunday, former FBI director James Comey warned of the “very serious” risk of violence breaking out around the inauguration following deadly riots at the US Capitol last week. 

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They were rounded up for protesting Trump’s inauguration – this is what happened next

In the years following the demonstrations, protesters facing up to 70 years in prison were plunged into a protracted legal battle, writes Alex Woodward for The Independent.

They were rounded up for protesting Trump’s inauguration – this is what happened next

In the year’s following the demonstrations, protesters facing up to 70 years in prison were plunged into a protracted legal battle, writes Alex Woodward

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 21:59
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Eerie images of locked down DC

A presidential inauguration usually happens amidst busy streets and many vendors selling inaugural merchandise. Not this year.

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 22:06
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Pence making final speech as VP

Mike Pence is delivering his final speech as vice president at Fort Drum, New York.

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 22:10
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Trump’s ex-national security adviser won’t back a 2024 run

“It would be terribly divisive.”

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 22:17
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Who’s who of the Biden-Harris inauguration

Figures from religious leaders to the United States’ first youth poet laureate will take part in Wednesday’s ceremony.

Gino Spocchia gives the rundown on who will be there as Joe Biden is sworn in as president on 20 January.

Who’s who of the Biden inauguration

Figures from religious leaders to the United States’ first youth poet laureate will take part in Wednesday’s ceremony   

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 22:28
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Pence: ‘We’ve all been through a lot this last year’

In his last public speech of his time as vice president, Mike Pence praised the military and thanked them for their service, touting the administration’s work in building up the armed forces, while avoiding conflict.

He also praised the strength and resilience of the American people after the trials of the past year.

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 22:40
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Jamie Raskin says he won’t lose ‘his republic’ after losing his son just weeks ago

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a leader of the House impeachment effort against Donald Trump in the wake of the US Capitol insurrection, said he would not "lose my country and republic" weeks after losing his son to suicide.

Mr Raskin made the comments during an appearance on CNN while speaking with Jake Tapper on State of the Union.

"I'm not going to lose my son at the end of 2020 and lose my country and my republic in 2021," Mr Raskin said.

Graig Graziosi reports for The Independent.

Impeachment manager Jamie Raskin says he won’t lose ‘his republic’ after losing his son just weeks ago

Mr Raskin said Mr Trump committed the most ‘dangerous crime by a president’ in history

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 22:47
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That’s all for our rolling coverage of today’s developments in US politics. Thank you for following along.

With the inauguration coming up on Wednesday, here is our guide to all the inaugural events.

A day by day events guide to Biden’s Inauguration

 National Mall and Washington Monument both closed to public on Inauguration Day following safety concerns

Please join us tomorrow, and in the mean time stay tuned to The Independent for all the latest news and analysis.

Oliver O'Connell17 January 2021 22:52

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