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Biden laid off three Trump appointees on his first day in office
President Biden speaks at an event in Jackson, MS standing in front of an American flag
President Biden speaks at an event in Jackson, MS standing in front of an American flag Credit: The White House (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

President Joe Biden terminated three of Donald Trump's appointees on his first day in office: Michael Pack, the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media which oversees international broadcaster Voice of America; Kathleen Kraninger, who has been the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2019; and Peter Robb the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel.

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao resigns
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao resigns
Credit: @SecElaineChao via Twitter

On Thursday, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation andwife of the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Elaine Chao, announced her resignation on Twitter.

"Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I'm sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside," Chao wrote. "Today, I am announcing my resignation as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to take effect on Monday, January 11, 2020." Chao added she would help announced successor Mayor Pete Buttigieg with "taking on the responsibility of running this wonderful department."

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Matthew Pottinger, Mick Mulvaney, Stephanie Grisham and other White House staffers resign after violent protests

Various Trump administration staffers resigned following the violent protests of Pro-Trump supporters at the US Capitol Wednesday.

Among those who resigned are President Donald Trump's former acting chief of staff and U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney, deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger, White House social secretary Anna Cristina "Rickie" Niceta, White House Council of Economic Advisers Tyler Goodspeed and First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff and a former press secretary to the president Stephanie Grisham.

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Biden introduces health team that will lead Covid-19 response
Biden introduces health team that will lead Covid-19 response
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President-elect Joe Biden has introduced his health team alongside his three Covid-19 priorities for his first 100 days in office: urging Americans to wear masks, committing to administer 100 million Covid-19 vaccines and reopening a majority of schools by the end of that timeframe – a plan that was developed with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Biden has nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Health and Human Services Department and, if elected, would be the first Latino to serve as the head of the department and Dr Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. Jeff Zients, a veteran of the Obama administration, will be the White House coordinator of the Covid-19 response.

Alongside Fauci, the other medical doctors selected are infectious-disease specialist Rochelle Walensky to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Yale epidemiologist Marcella Nunez-Smith to head a working group to ensure fair and equitable distribution of vaccines and treatments.

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Two deputies to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany test positive for Covid-19

Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, two deputies to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to two sources of CNN. Gilmartin tested positive in the past 24 hours, while Leavitt did so a few days ago.

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Two White House cafeterias have been closed after worker tested positive for Covid-19
Eisenhower Executive Office Building - Washington, DC, USA.
Eisenhower Executive Office Building - Washington, DC, USA. Credit: Daderot (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

After a worker tested positive for Covid-19, two White House cafeterias have been closed. The cafeterias, located at the New Executive Office Building and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, will reportedly stay closed for two weeks. According to an internal White House, email contact tracing concluded that no further staffers were exposed.

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WH chief of staff Mark Meadows feeds staffers information to catch suspected leakers
Official portrait of Rep. Mark Meadows
Official portrait of Rep. Mark Meadows Credit: US Government / Public domain

According to a report by Axios, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has told several staffers that he had fed suspected leakers with "nuggets of information" to see if they would forward it to the media. Axios reports that Meadows has only caught one person so far, who leaked minor information.