Trump news - live: President denies being briefed on Russian bounty plot as Iran issues warrant for his arrest

Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump has been made the subject of an arrest warrant by Iran over the US killing of the country's top general Qassem Soleimani on 3 January, with Tehran appealing to Interpol for help in enforcing it.

The president has meanwhile insisted he was not briefed by intelligence officials over an alleged Russian plot to pay out bounties to Taliban hitmen in exchange for targeting American and British soldiers in Afghanistan to sow unrest, after the president was accused of sitting on the report by his domestic political rivals.

With all that going on, several southern states are racing to impose new lockdown restrictions on citizens after cases of the coronavirus surged following their reopening, with California joining Texas and Florida in closing bars in seven counties and the latter shutting its beaches. “Caution was thrown to the wind and so we are where we are,” Republican governor Ron DeSantis commented.

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