Barron’s absence explained

WASHINGTON DC: The absence of Donald and Melania Trump’s teenage son Barron from events surround their departure from Washington has finally been explained.

A statement by new President Joe Biden said 14-year-old Barron had not flown to Florida with his parents but had stayed behind in the White House.

After Mr Biden and his wife Jill found the terrified boy hiding in the China Room on the ground floor and listened to his plight, they had agreed to adopt him.

“Barron reached out to Jill and me, saying last week’s riots at the Capitol had bothered him greatly and asking if we might adopt him and we readily agreed,” Mr Biden’s statement said.

“The poor kid has been through hell. He told us he just couldn’t continue living with Mr and Mrs Trump as he didn’t share any of their personal or political views.

“So Jill and I have welcomed him into our family so we can give him a better chance at life.”

The statement included comments from Barron – now referenced as Barron Biden – directed at his parents who are now residing at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida.

“We love you, you’re very special,” he told them via the statement. “We’ve seen what happens, you see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace.”

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SYDNEY: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Cricket Australia have reached a compromise in their feud over the decision to drop references to “Australia Day” from promotions for next week’s Big Bash League matches.

A statement from Cricket Australia said it would now drop its preferred “26 January” references to the event but would still not be using “Australia Day”.

“Instead we’re happy to meet the PM half-way and in promoting our BBL event we’ll be using the expression ‘Not A Flash Day’,” CA said.

Mr Morrison said that as a marketing genius he believed the new wording would work, although CA expressed misgivings about giving the event “a bit of a negative vibe that may restrict a batsman’s natural attacking tendencies”.

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PERTH: West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has urge the NSW Liberal government to stop its constant criticism and carping of his government’s COVID-19 performance and has urged PM Scott Morrison to stay schtum too.

“I think it’s important for a healthy democracy in WA that we have at least a few Opposition seats left in Parliament after the March 13 state election,” he said.