Trump news – live: Biden team hits back at decision to reopen travel to UK and Brazil despite Covid surge

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Joe Sommerlad and Justin Vallejo
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Donald Trump saluda a sus seguidores en el Aeropuerto Internacional Valley el 12 de enero de 2021 en Harlingen, Texas (Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
Donald Trump saluda a sus seguidores en el Aeropuerto Internacional Valley el 12 de enero de 2021 en Harlingen, Texas (Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

Rehearsals for Joe Biden’s inauguration have had to be evacuted in Washington, DC, and the US Capitol placed under lockdown over an “external security threat”, apparently a nearby fire, as tensions remain high in the wake of the Capitol riot on 6 January.

That comes as Donald Trump is reportedly planning to host a farewell ceremony for himself at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland early on Wednesday morning before jetting out to Mar-a-Lago in Florida to return to life as a private citizen as Mr Biden is sworn in as his successor.

The president is meanwhile being tipped to issue 100 pardons and commutations to allies before he leaves the White House, with The New York Times reporting that his allies have accepted tens of thousands of dollars from clients lobbying for a reprieve.