GOOD MORNING DC: Piers Morgan and a "delusional duchess"

Good Morning DC.  It’s Tuesday morning and Piers Morgan’s interview with Tucker is the talk of the town. Let’s dive right in...

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Good Morning DC! It’s Tuesday and Piers Morgan’s interview with Tucker is the talk of the town. Let’s dive right in...

Morgan explained why from the very beginning he did not believe Meghan Markle. “17 different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue, or massively exaggerated, or unprovable.” He added that he was practically punished and not allowed to have an opinion about the couple’s claims. “I was not allowed to have an opinion that I didn’t believe what she was saying, even though it was clear to me in real-time as I was watching the interview that there were a number of things that couldn’t be true.”

Across the pond, debate on vaccine passports continues across the political board given the possibility that pubs will be able to ditch social distancing if people present their Covid passports. 

“I had never ever considered in my worst nightmares a situation where a British citizen could be enjoying a drink in a British pub or a meal in a restaurant and be asked to produce their papers entitling them to be there by an agent of the state. Civil liberties and freedoms were won over centuries and should not be given away lightly, even if the Government claims they will be suspended on a temporary basis,” British MP Andrew Bridgen wrote in his column for The Pavlovic Today. 

The Biden administration is closely watching Russian activities in Ukraine. “We remain concerned by the recent escalations of Russian aggression and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine.  That's something we're watching closely,” Jen Psaki said at the press briefing. 

Biden lifted sanctions on ICC and House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul and issued a response: “The United States is not a party to the ICC’s Rome Statute and therefore, our citizens are not at the mercy of the court. I strongly encourage the new prosecutor to put an end to the inquiry into U.S. personnel and the court’s recent ruling unfairly targeting Israel.” 

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said that he does not approve President Biden’s infrastructure bill as it is written, Erik Wasson of Bloomberg News reported. Manchin, who is a critical moderate Democrat, specifically does not support the 28% corporate tax rate and thinks it should be lowered to 25%.

In a fun initiative, the Biden Administration launched a contest to see who could come up with the best new mask design in their “Mask Innovation Challenge.” Anyone can participate and must come up with a mask that is both effective and more comfortable or appealing than current types offered. The deadline is April 21st. 

The Texas Rangers major league baseball team welcomed 38,000 fans to their stadium for their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the first full-capacity sporting event in the U.S. since the pandemic began last year. The Rangers are the only team in the MLB allowing full-capacity in their ballpark.

Matt Gaetz says that he is not a monk and thus won’t resign. In a column for the Washington Examiner, he said that swamp is out to drown him with false charges, but that he’s not giving up. “Just as they once falsely attacked President Donald Trump as a Russian asset, Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, and even John McCain as having fathered a child out of wedlock, they now attack me. Of course, none of what they say ever amounts to anything, yet it is endlessly repeated by leftist television anchors such as Chris Cuomo, who uses his platform to cover for his brother's appalling subjection of nursing home patients to death by the coronavirus. They think themselves such wonderful arbiters of moral purpose,” wrote Gaetz. Portraying himself in Trump’s fashion, he famously repeated his words “They aren’t coming for me — they are coming for you. I’m just in the way.”

What will Biden do today? The President will visit the vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. After that, he will deliver remarks on the state of vaccinations in America. 

What will VP Harris do today? She will travel to Chicago, Illinois where she will tour a COVID vaccination site, a partnership between the city of Chicago and the Chicago Federation of Labor. 

At noon, Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief the press. 

And for our dash of pop, we want you to know that The Handmaid’s Tale is having a comeback on Hulu. 

To continue on the update on the world of entertainment, Baylor beat Gonzaga last night in the final of the NCAA tournament, which earned the school their first national title in men’s basketball. This was Gonzaga’s first loss of the season. On Saturday night, Stanford beat the University of Arizona to earn the national title in the NCAA tournament for women’s basketball.  

Speaking of Who’s Who in the media, Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Communications Director, has a new TV gig at CNBC. 

And that's a wrap for this Tuesday morning, April 6, 2021.Thanks for waking up with Good Morning DC and our awesome team. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 


 

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