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Welcome to DailyMail.com’s daily US politics blog, with live coverage of Donald Trump’s return to Capitol Hill and President Joe Biden’s visit to the G7 in Italy.

The former president, 77, is back for the first time since the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Riot and will meet with Republicans in the House and Senate to lay out his 2025 agenda.

Trump still dominates the party and wants to gain even more support in the run-up to his election battle with Biden in November.

The 81-year-old is meeting in Italy with leaders of the G7, many of whom are facing elections or declining popularity at home.

Follow updates from our reporters in Italy and Washington DC

Welcome to DailyMail.com’s daily US politics blog – as Donald Trump returns to Capitol Hill for the first time since January 6

FASANO, ITALY - JUNE 13: US President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni pose for photos during a welcome ceremony on the first day of the 50th G7 Summit at Borgo Egnazia on June 13, 2024 in Fasano, Italy.  The G7 summit in Puglia, hosted by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and the seventh in Italy, will bring together leaders from the seven member states, the EU Council and the European Commission.  The discussions will focus on topics including Africa, climate change, development, the Middle East, Ukraine, migration, economic security in the Indo-Pacific region and artificial intelligence.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The former president, 77, is back for the first time since the election 6 January2021, Capitol Riot, and will meet with House and Senate Republicans to lay out his 2025 agenda.

Trump still dominates the party and wants to gain even more support in the run-up to November general election confrontation with Biden.

The 81-year-old is meeting in Italy with leaders of the G7, many of whom are facing elections or declining popularity at home.

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Protesters and security forces are preparing for Donald Trump’s return to Capitol Hill

Protesters demonstrate before US former president and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets House and Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 12, 2024.  (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI/AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
A K-9 police officer conducts a security sweep before former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with House and Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 12, 2024.  (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI/AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden, 81, greets Italian Giorgia Meloni with a hug, kisses and an awkward hello

President Joe Biden kicked off the G7 summit in Italy with a warm greeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whom he kissed on the head and gave a strange greeting.

Biden was the last of the world leaders to arrive, after landing in the Italian region of Apulia on Wednesday evening.

The two greeted each other for a long time, shook hands and took each other’s arms.

At one point, Biden even raised his hand to give a mid-salute to his counterpart, who is hosting this year’s confab as the rotating head of the meeting.

The Italian Prime Minister had to wait for Biden to arrive after greeting other leaders. She seemed to tailor her greetings to the personalities and cultural expectations of her guests.

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Trump will be followed by a billboard with images from January 6 during the Capitol Hill trip

FILE - Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. Retired NASCAR driver Tighe Scott, his adult son and two other Pennsylvania men face felony charges stemming from confrontations with police during January 6.  2021, siege of the US Capitol.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Democrats will try to troll Donald Trump during his return to Capitol Hill on Thursday with a billboard showing images from January 6.

The mobile screen on the back of a truck will follow the former president as he meets with Republicans as he tries to drum up more support for the general election.

NBC News reported that the montage will be 11 minutes long, and will include Trump’s speech and then a video of rioters storming the Capitol.

Naomi Biden recovers from her devastating stand on the stand at father Hunter’s gun trial by relaxing poolside at a $1,000-a-night resort

Naomi Biden relaxes with husband Peter Neal in Italy after her devastating testimony in father Hunter’s gun trial last week.

The couple accompanied President Joe Biden on his trip for the G7. They hitched a ride on Air Force One along with Naomi’s sisters Finnegan and Maisy.

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The Bidens’ eldest granddaughter posted a photo of Neal and an unidentified male friend at the luxury resort where the president is staying on Thursday. She is not visible in the photo.

I call it ‘mis amores!!!’ (Italian for ‘my loves’), the photo shows Neal and the friend sitting on lounge chairs, with a plate of fruit nearby. It looks like the photo was taken near a swimming pool. Olive trees stand in the background against a lush, blue sky.

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Hillary Clinton stuns Democrats by endorsing George Latimer for Jamaal Bowman’s congressional seat

Hillary Clinton has taken a rare step by endorsing the primary opponent of an incumbent Democrat in the New York House of Representatives, sparking significant backlash from some in her party.

The former New York senator endorsed Westchester County Executive George Latimer for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

“With Trump on the ballot, we need strong, principled Democrats in Congress more than ever,” Clinton wrote on X on Wednesday.

The former first lady’s support for Latimer upset some progressives, who quickly condemned the move, with some suggesting it was more of a reason to vote for Bowman.

“Imagine taking Hillary Clinton’s advice in a year that Trump is in the election,” wrote Bhaskar Sunkara, a democratic socialist journalist, who spoke out about Clinton’s historic 2016 loss.

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Giorgia Meloni and her six lame ducks: Italian prime minister takes center stage as Biden, 81, and G7 world leaders smile through the pain of devastating election at home

When President Joe Biden joined his fellow G7 leaders for a family photo on Thursday, almost all of them escaped political danger at home for a brief getaway at the luxury resort on the Italian coast.

In fact, this year’s meeting in Italy is the weakest gathering of leaders the group has seen in decades. Everyone but Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is facing a tough election, a domestic crisis or political danger – in some cases all of the above.

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The G7 meeting comes less than a week after far-right parties dominated the European Parliament elections, signaling that next year’s gathering could face a whole new crop of leaders backing Meloni.

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Biden and Zelensky strike a 10-year deal aimed at locking in US military support for Ukraine… that could kneecap Trump

President Joe Biden is close to signing a deal with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky aimed at committing the US to 10 years of military aid – a move that could put pressure on rival Donald Trump if he takes over the White House.

The move is a key ‘outcome’ of Biden’s G7 meetings due to start in Italy’s Apulia region on Thursday. The president arrived last night and will meet Zelensky one on one before the two leaders will hold a joint press conference on Thursday evening local time.

“We want to show that the U.S. stands with the Ukrainian people, that we stand with them and that we will continue to help address their security needs, not just tomorrow, but in the future,” said the U.S. National Security Advisor White House, Jake Sullivan. reporters aboard Air Force One en route to the annual confab.

“This is a big problem,” he added Thursday. He called it a “real sign of our commitment, not just for this month, this year, but for many years into the future, to continue supporting Ukraine both in defending against Russian aggression and in deterring future aggression.”

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