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Trump, Biden finally bury hatchet to talk on coronavirus

first_imgThe idea of a telephone call between Trump and Biden, who is self-isolating at home like much of the country, had been in the air for days.Last week, Trump said he’d “love to speak with” Biden, adding, “I always found him to be a nice guy.”On Thursday, Biden responded that he was “happy to hear he’ll take my call.”But if Republican Trump sat all weekend by the phone, he was left disappointed — and by Monday morning the pair were back to trading barbs.”What ever happened to that phone call he told the Fake News he wanted to make to me?” Trump complained on Twitter.Gone was the “nice guy” description — the tone was back to Trump’s default mode when it comes to Biden, whom he has claimed to be losing his mental faculties, smeared with corruption allegations, and nicknamed “Sleepy Joe.”Mocking Biden’s suggestion that the Democrats may have to hold their nominating convention online if coronavirus remains a threat this summer, Trump insinuated Biden was dodging having to appear in public.Hitting back on Twitter, Biden told Trump that whether the Democratic convention is safe to stage or not will “depend on you stepping up and doing what needs to be done to handle this pandemic.”Despite the bickering, the two men still had each other’s numbers. Democrat Joe Biden and President Donald Trump finally spoke by phone Monday, both sides confirmed, ending days of teasing and squabbling between the presidential election rivals to discuss the national coronavirus upheaval.The call marked a rare moment of unity for the country seven months before election day and during a frightening health and economic crisis. “We had a really wonderful warm conversation,” centered on the pandemic, Trump said at a regular briefing by his coronavirus task force. Topics :center_img “He gave me his point of view and I fully understood that,” Trump said, adding they spoke for about 15 minutes. “I appreciate his calling.”Biden’s communication director confirmed the two men had “a good call.”Biden “shared several suggestions for actions” the administration can take “to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” Kate Bedingfield said on Twitter.He also “expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation,” she added.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving: Knicks trade talk ‘nothing but a distraction’

first_img Celtics have ‘little to no concern’ Kyrie Irving will leave for Lakers, report says NBA trade rumors: Lakers’ first offer for Anthony Davis includes Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, others Kyrie Irving insists his focus is solely on the current season and winning a championship with the Celtics, after Knicks fans called for the guard’s arrival at Madison Square Garden.Irving sparked fevered speculation ahead of Friday’s game between the Knicks and the Celtics, when he acknowledged his future was up in the air. Irving and Warriors star Kevin Durant have been linked with moves to New York, but the former played down the support he received from Knicks fans on Friday.”At this point, it’s nothing but a distraction, honestly,” Irving told ESPN after contributing 23 points to a 113-99 victory for the Celtics.Kyrie Irving (23 pts, 10 reb) has now recorded three straight 20-point double-doubles on two separate occasions this seasonThe last Celtics player to have one such streak was Kevin Garnett from Nov. 21-24, 2007— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) February 2, 2019″I appreciate the fans, I appreciate the support, but it’s really about our team now and what we want to accomplish this season – and that’s a championship, so my focus is stuck on that.”center_img Related News “At the end of the day, I’m going to do what I feel is best for my career,” said Irving, who was then asked if his plan to re-sign with Boston had changed and replied: “Ask me July 1.”The Knicks have opened up salary cap space for two max-contract free agents this week, with the trade of Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks.last_img read more

Luke Jensen Sports Park dedication on Saturday

first_imgActivities to celebrate the dedication of Luke Jensen Sports Park run from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park, 4000 N.E. 78th St.Parking is limited, so attendees are asked to carpool and park at King’s Way Christian Schools, 3300 N.E. 78th St., if needed.Luke Jensen was a student at King’s Way. He died from leukemia at age 9 in 2010.At 8:45 a.m., there will be a flag ceremony in memory of U.S. Army Cpl. Jeremiah Johnson. Johnson, who died in 2006 from injuries suffered in Iraq, played T-ball for Salmon Creek Little League, a primary user of the park.Britnee Kellogg, a contestant on “American Idol” and vocalist with 5 Guys Named Moe, will sing the national anthem. Salmon Creek Little League will play championship games at 9 a.m., followed by closing ceremonies. At 12:30 p.m., the Clark County commissioners will officially dedicate the park. Members of the Jensen family will attend.At 1:30 p.m., there will be a celebrity kickball benefit for the Dream Big Community Center. Team captains are Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart. From 2 to 3 p.m., members of the Portland Timbers U-23 development team will meet with youth.Funding for the $9.1 million facility came from property taxes collected by the Greater Clark Parks District and real estate excise taxes. Most of the construction has been completed, with the exception of drainage for two grass fields.last_img read more