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Nikki Haley has released a new digital ad criticizing Donald Trump over his record of disparaging military veterans and their families.

The ad reminds viewers that Trump reportedly referred to fallen military soldiers as “losers” and “suckers” while he was president. Trump also mocked the late Senator John McCain, who was a prisoner of war for five years in Vietnam, by saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Over the weekend, Trump also questioned why Haley’s husband, Michael Haley, was absent from the campaign trail. Michael Haley, an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard, is currently deployed in Africa, which Haley frequently tells voters at campaign events.

Haley’s national spokesperson, Olivia Perez-Cubas, said of the ad, “Donald Trump has a long track record of insulting our veterans. He has no business being commander in chief.”

Watch the full ad:

As millions of Americans gathered with family and friends to watch the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl last night, Joe Biden had a complaint to voice about “shrinkflation”, the Guardian’s Jasper Jolly reports:

Biden has criticised food companies for alleged “shrinkflation”, making products smaller while keeping prices the same, in a video to mark the Super Bowl.

The US president criticised big consumer brands for a shrinkflation “rip-off” on Sunday night and said the “American public is tired of being played for suckers”.

He added: “Some companies are trying to pull a fast one by shrinking the products little by little and hoping you won’t notice.”

American football’s blue riband event attracts a huge audience in the world’s wealthiest country, and advertisers flock to market their products. Sunday’s game was won by the Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the San Francisco 49ers in a dramatic last-play comeback.

Read Jasper’s full report:

Austin admitted to the critical care unit for bladder issue

Defense secretary Lloyd Austin has been admitted to the critical care unit at Walter Reed medical center, according to a statement released by the Pentagon last night.

Austin’s doctors said the cabinet secretary was being treated for “symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue”, but they noted that his overall prognosis remains encouraging.

“At this time, it is not clear how long Secretary Austin will remain hospitalized,” said Dr John Maddo and Dr Gregory Chesnut of Walter Reed medical center.

“The current bladder issue is not expected to change his anticipated full recovery. His cancer prognosis remains excellent. Updates on the Secretary’s condition will be provided as soon as possible.”

While Austin remains hospitalized, his deputy, Kathleen Hicks, has assumed his duties, as my colleague Ed Helmore reports:

Nikki Haley among Republicans to criticize Trump's attack on Nato

Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.

Donald Trump continues to attract widespread outrage in response to his disparaging comments about Nato over the weekend. Speaking at a rally in South Carolina, Trump complained that some Nato members were not contributing enough money to the alliance and suggested he would allow Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to those nations.

The comments shocked and alarmed leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Trump’s outburst “undermines all of our security, including that of the US, and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk”. A White House spokesperson attacked the comments as “appalling and unhinged”.

But perhaps the most surprising reaction came from fellow Republicans, a number of whom echoed the criticism of Trump’s comments. Speaking to CBS News, Nikki Haley, Trump’s rival in the Republican presidential primary, accused the former president of embracing “a thug who kills his opponents”, referring to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie told NBC News that the comments proved Trump is “unfit to be president of the United States”.

Even some of Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill refused to defend him. According to Politico, Senator Rand Paul, a Republican of Kentucky, said Trump’s comments were a “stupid thing to say”. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican of Alaska, argued the criticism of Nato members was “uncalled for”.

But even as some Republicans sharply criticized Trump’s comments, other members of the party tried to downplay the remarks. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican of South Carolina, told the New York Times, “Give me a break — I mean, it’s Trump … All I can say is while Trump was president nobody invaded anybody.” Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican of Florida, similarly told CNN that he had “zero concern” about Trump’s comments.

With the Senate continuing work on its foreign aid package and the House returning to session tomorrow, more Republicans will likely soon be asked to Trump’s comments, forcing them to choose between criticizing the leader of their party and defending US allies abroad.

Here’s what else is happening today:

  • The Senate is expected to hold another procedural vote on its $95bn foreign aid package. The bill, which includes billions of dollars for Ukraine and Israel, cleared another procedural hurdle yesterday in a vote of 67 to 27, and a final vote is currently expected on Wednesday.

  • Defense secretary Lloyd Austin is back in the hospital. The Pentagon said yesterday that Austin was brought to Walter Reed medical center in connection to “symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue”.

  • Joe Biden will welcome the king and queen of Jordan to the White House. Biden and King Abdullah II will deliver remarks to the press following a meeting this afternoon.

There’s much more coming up, so stay tuned.

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