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U.S. Congress certifies Biden’s victory, growing demands for Trump’s immediate removal after the violence

U.S. Congress certifies Biden’s victory, growing demands for Trump’s immediate removal after the violence

Biden’s victory: After the assault on Congress by Donald Trump’s supporters that the elections were rigged, the US House and Senate rejected all appeals and certified Joe Bide’s election to the White House. President Donald Trump: “I disagree, but there will be an orderly transition.” The White House released a statement, affirming that it the greatest presidential term’s end in history.  “But it is only the beginning of our struggle to make America great again. I have always said that. We will continue our struggle to ensure that only legal votes count,” Donald Trump added.

The number of deaths during the riots and the assault on Congress rises to four. The police confirmed have found explosive devices in front of the headquarters of both the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and the Republican National Convention (RNC). A vehicle was also spotted near Congress with a rifle and Molotov cocktails. While Washington declared a state of emergency until January 21, rumors continue to circulate increasingly insistent in the White House of an immediate removal of Donald Trump’s hypothesis.

Opening the session to certify Joe Biden’s victory, Mike Pence condemned the onslaught of Donald Trump supporters. “You didn’t win, violence never wins,” he said. “They tried to destroy our democracy, but they failed.” Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, stated, speaking of a false insurrection. An armed rebellion which, however, will not prevent the Senate from doing its job. “The United States will not be intimidated,” he continued, ensuring that he will not bow to lawlessness.

The Washington Post demands that the responsibility for this act of insurrection rest with the president, who has shown himself to be a threat to democracy: “He caused the assault on Congress. He must be removed.” Trump “is not fit to hold office for the next 14 days. Every second he maintains the vast powers of the presidency is a threat to public order and national security,” adds the editorial board of the Washington Post. “Trump is a threat, and as long as he remains in the White House, the country will be in danger,” notes the Washington Post.

The idea of ​​invoking the 25th amendment to remove Donald Trump is strengthening in the president’s cabinet. Several reports affirm that the option is under discussion within the White House but not aired to Vice President Mike Pence. The 25 / o amendment of the Constitution provides that the vice-president takes power in the event the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office. Unlike impeachment, therefore, it allows you to remove the president without having to raise charges. So much that Donald Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien and his deputy Matt Pottinger are also considering resigning after the violence in Congress.

Powerful Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also turns his back on Donald Trump, of whom he has been a close ally. “Trump and I have had a great trip. I’m sorry it ends this way, but today all I can say is don’t count on me. When it’s too much is too much. I’ve tried to be useful,” he said in the Senate, affirming that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris “have been legally elected and will become president and vice president.”

The U.S. House challenges president Trump on Defense Act

The U.S. House challenges president Trump on Defense Act

Trump on Defense Act: The United States Parliament, the House controlled by the Democrats, challenges again President Donald Trump and overturns his veto on the National Defense Authorization Act. The provision now passes to the Senate: if approved by two-thirds of the votes, it would be the first override of Trump’s presidency. The document is worth 740 billion dollars and is approved by a majority of the House and Senate. Trump opposed it with the veto because it does not contain the immunity for social network’s abolition and the possibility to change the names of the military base headed to Confederate characters. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the veto “an act of disconcerting recklessness that damages our troops, endangers our security and undermines the will of Congress.”

The House also approved with 275 votes in favor and 134 against, thus exceeding two-thirds of the majority required for quick voting procedures, the increase from $ 600 to $ 2,000 for direct aid to the Americans. The $ 1,400 increase was requested by Donald Trump in signing the 900 billion stimulus plan for the economy. A signature was suffered by the outgoing president, who initially threatened the veto on the provision. Then, following the pressure of many party comrades, Trump took a step back and signed. Joe Biden was also in favor of the increase in aid from $ 600 to $ 2,000. “Yes,” the president-elect replied when asked if he supported heavier checks for Americans.

Senator Jack Reed, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the House vote a “stinging rebuke” of The Donald. Mike Rogers, replacing the Republican Mac Thornberry from Texas as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, decided in favor of the override. “This year’s bipartisan National Defense Act meets the challenges our war fighters face now, and it shapes how our military will win future conflicts,” he stated. Trump vetoed the Act on Dec. 23. The massive law sets policies affecting every aspect of military operations. The bill earlier this month crossed both chambers with broad bipartisan support, the House voted in favor of the bill 335-78-1, and the Senate vote was 84-13. The President’s desk received it on Dec. 11.

The plan includes, among other things, the confirmation of the extension of unemployment benefits and the payment of a check for $ 600 per person for those who earn less than $ 75,000 a year. In addition, the moratorium on evictions is extended and billions of dollars are allocated to help states in the distribution of the vaccine and to help small businesses, airlines, transport companies. Trump had insisted on a direct check to Americans of at least $ 2,000 and had called the plan “a shame”, albeit developed thanks to the mediation of his Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, who had allowed the agreement between Republicans and Democrats Congress.

Trump does not give up: “Will appeal”

Trump does not give up: “Will appeal”

Trump does not give up: A Pennsylvania federal judge rejected Donald Trump’s lawsuit to suspend the certification of millions of votes in the state. According to Judge Matthew Brann, the case, based on allegations of irregularities, is “unfounded” as no merit legal arguments and speculative accusations were presented to the court. “In the United States of America, this cannot justify depriving a single voter of the right to vote, let alone all voters in its sixth most populous state,” the judge wrote. Joe Biden in Pennsylvania has an 80,000-vote lead. Trump, however, does not give up. “Will appeal!” He tweeted, announcing he will appeal to the Pennsylvania Third Circuit Court to eventually bring the case in front the Supreme Court.

The recount in Georgia

His legal team also called for a new recount in Georgia. After the state was awarded to Biden with a lead of 12,284 votes, compared to about 14,000 votes in the first count. A possible second recount will not be manual but will take place by scanning the cards. For the past 28 years, Georgia had always gone to the Republicans, the last Democratic candidate before Biden to win it was Bill Clinton in 1992. Already on Friday, President Trump received two setbacks. The authorities of Georgia certified the subtle victory by President-elect Joe Biden, and the Michigan Republicans said after a meeting in the White House that they had found nothing to justify the reversal of the vote in their state.

The lost appeals

Trump has already lost or withdrawn about thirty appeals aimed at blocking the proclamation of the Democratic challenger after the presidential elections on November 3, but that in Pennsylvania is perhaps the most significant defeat.

The endless campaign on Twitter

Trump’s rain of tweets is dense. “Dominion-izing the vote,” he writes in bursts: part one, two, and three of conspiracy theories for a vote he does not want to accept. The social network places red labels: “Untrusted content” writes under each presidential tweet. But the discussion is underway. User comments mostly urge Trump to surrender.

 “Why is Joe Biden rapidly forming” a new administration “when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of illegal votes sufficient to overturn” the presidential outcome “in at least four states, and thus have enough votes to win the election? ” Trump asks. Then he hopes that lawmakers and courts will have the courage to do what necessary to maintain the integrity of our elections and America. “The world is watching,” he adds. 

Trump does not intend to step aside. According to the Washington Post, he could announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections by the end of the year. He would explain to his collaborators that he wanted to remain an “omnipresent force” in politics and the media. Only one president in the history of the United States has managed to get re-elected after being defeated at the end of his first term: it happened to Grover Cleveland in 1892. Except that Cleveland belonged to the Democratic Party and was a strict observer of the American Constitution.

Biden on Twitter

The president elected remains composed. He still tweeted that of election day. The others are measured, one per day, one topic at a time. Calls for the transition, peaceful, at least to begin. “Anyone who wants a Covid-19 test should be able to get one. Period.”

The “Trump effect” on the coronavirus emergency

The “Trump effect” on the coronavirus emergency

The Trump effect on coronavirus: “A very dark winter is looming due to the coronavirus, and many people will die if Donald Trump refuses to cooperate,” the US President-elect Joe Biden said. Biden called for the transition phase to start in his Wilmington, Delaware address after a virtual summit with industry leaders and union representatives. The outgoing president continues to refuse to admit the electoral defeat in the November 3 vote. Coronavirus deaths in the United States are over 247,000, according to Johns Hopkins University tally. Since the start of the pandemic, 247,101 people have died in the country. The infections, in total, are 11,188,766. So far, 4,185,549 people healed. The daily rate of new cases far exceeds 100,000.

“We all agreed that we need to get the economy up and running. We need to get our workers back on track, and that means putting the virus under control,” Biden stressed, warning that the situation “is bound to get worse before it gets better.” On Sunday, according to the Covid Tracking Project, 69,864 people have been admitted to American hospitals, a level much higher than the previous peak of April 15 at 59,940.  In the past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins, an average of 148,725 new coronavirus cases were recorded per day, 31% more than the previous week’s daily average. In the United States, an average of 1,000 people dies from the virus every day, immunologist Anthony Fauci said yesterday.

Many believe that these numbers are the result of Donald Trump’s words. The Italian editorial “L’Espresso” published an in-depth analysis precisely on the disastrous effect of the tycoon words on the COVID 19 emergency. Trump not only publicly underestimated the risks of the virus. But the continuous attacks on China and the criticism of the measures proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) have fueled conspiracy theories, leading millions of Americans to disregard restrictive measures, or more simply, to ignore protective measures such as facial masks, or social distancing. All of this allowed the virus to spread much faster than in other countries, and the tracing, essential to counter the pandemic, became impossible.

Not happy, Trump could now worsen the scenario by refusing an orderly handover with Biden. However, Americans remain optimistic and hope that the vaccine will soon be available to all, as the current tenant of the White House promised. “The vaccine is important, but it is of little use until you are vaccinated. How can we vaccinate over 300 million Americans? What is the competition plan? It is a huge undertaking to do so. If we wait until January 20 for planning, we stay back over a month while it’s fundamental to plan now, and that there is cooperation,” Biden said.

Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that announced on November 5 that it had developed a 90 percent effective coronavirus vaccine, has meanwhile announced that it will launch a pilot program of immunization from Covid-19 in the U.S. to help define a national drug distribution and administration plan. The pharmaceutical company selected the states of Rhode Island, Texas, New Mexico, and Tennessee for the pilot program. Due to their marked differences in land area, population, housing density, and immunization infrastructure.

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