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After pardoning Flynn, who is next in line? Can Trump pardon himself?
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After pardoning Flynn, who is next in line? Can Trump pardon himself?

President Donald Trump has just pardoned his former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, through a tweet, and it has instigated a chain reaction of speculations in Washington DC as to who will be or can be next on Trump’s ‘supposed’ long list of pardons before he leaves White House in eight weeks. And there is a huge conjecture whether President could pardon himself? And if he does, will it be well under his Constitutional powers or will it be regarded as a stretch of his powers well suited for impeachment? 

Trump’s pardoning of Flynn, NSA appointee by Trump himself and was fired just three weeks after appointment, was convicted of lying to FBI regarding his communication with Russian officials, follows jail sentence commutation of another Trump close ally, Roger Stone. 

Trump has been long interested in the President’s power of pardon and dates back to 2017. The keen interest was always associated with questions of pardoning family members, associates and even himself, as told by his close aides. A former official told, “Once he learnt about it, he was obsessed with the power of pardons. I always thought he also liked it because it was a way to do a favour.”

Trump’s interest in pardoning himself explicitly came to view when he tweeted in 2018, “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”

Though Trump isn’t facing any active criminal investigation, as granted by Constitution that no sitting President can be charged with criminal offence and investigated, the greater question lies that can he actually pardon himself?

Legal experts highlight a rather open-ended clause in constitution regarding President’s rights to pardon. “The president… shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” This doesn’t set any limits to the power to pardon. There is however one catch, that may come back to haunt President. A Supreme Court ruling that dates back to 1915 says that any pardon carries an automatic accusation of being guilty. This could hamper Trump’s plans to contest the 2024 Presidential elections. Moreover, legal experts also suggest that while there is no substantial exhibit in Constitution that prohibits a President from self-pardoning, a memo written in 1974 by the Office of Legal Counsel states, “Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the president cannot pardon himself.” This was written regarding Nixon’s indictment in Watergate scandal. 

Though President can pardon his own associates, it would be an abuse of power and might be an impeachable offence. And this definitely holds true if President moves forward with self-pardoning. 

The names coming forward that might be pardoned by Trump in coming days include his campaign advisers Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos; Steve Bannon, his former strategist; and Elliott Broidy, a fundraiser. But these are just the suggested names, list is far from over with many names circulating, including Trump family members and associates. 

GSA acknowledges Biden’s win, formal transition kickstarts two weeks after the election results
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GSA acknowledges Biden’s win, formal transition kickstarts two weeks after the election results

GSA acknowledges Biden’s win: Two weeks after the election results, President Donald Trump has finally agreed to commence the formal transition of presidency after GSA (General Services Administration) acknowledges victory of Joe Biden. However, Trump hasn’t conceded the elections results as he vows to continue his contesting of election results. The series of events came after state of Michigan too certified President-elect Joe Biden a winner officially, posing a massive blow to last of Trump camp’s hopes. 

The GSA has informed President-elect that Trump administration is ready to officially commence the formal transition, in a letter sent on Monday afternoon by administrator Emily Murphy. This marks the first step of Trump and his administration acknowledging Biden’s victory. Murphy, who was appointed by Trump, had been under spotlight for not moving forward with the formal acknowledging of Biden’s victory in the November elections leading to a state of confusion and fear of unknown in the country.

In the letter addressed to President-elect Joe Biden Murphy said that she had not been under pressure by White House to delay the transition and that her decision wasn’t based “out of fear or favoritism”. The letter by GSA Administrator formally signs off Biden’s victory as America’s 46th President, a process called ascertainment. This letter will now permit to officially begin the current administration’s co-ordination with the incoming team. This will also sign off millions of funds for transition to the incoming administration.

The letter read, “Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official, including those who work at the White House or GSA, with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination.” 

After GSA’s announcement, Pentagon too assured of providing “support to the Biden team in a professional, orderly, and efficient manner that is befitting of the public’s expectation of the Department and our commitment to national security.” 

Response by Joe Biden’s team 

President-elect Joe Biden’s team has welcomed the democratic step to begin transition process of presidency. Mr. Biden is set to be sworn as President on January 20. 

Statement released by the Biden camp said, “Today’s decision is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”

Biden’s transition website too has now been changed to a US government dominion.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has already started with making announcements of his new Cabinet member names. But delayed GSA’s ascertainment had kept the national intelligence data and other government details untouchable to Biden’s team. Ascertainment has now also opened $6.3 billion in government funding to the incoming team. Biden team can now also access office space in various agencies and also use federal resources to carry out background checks on White House staff and Cabinet member picks. 

Biden administration’s announced key members

The key members of Biden’s inner circle whose names were announced on Monday include John Kerry, former US Secretary of State, as the Climate envoy. Climate change fight was one of the key agenda of Joe Biden during elections as he plans to bring major reforms to help fight the global fight. 

Biden’s long-time aide, Antony Blinken has been announced as the Secretary of State. Janet Yellen, former Federal Reserve chair, is going to be the treasure secretary according to sources. Formal announcement of other key posts will be done on Tuesday. 

What did President Trump say?

After GSA, the federal group that has been assigned to mark official beginning of presidential transitions, formally informed Biden camp of starting transition process, Trump wrote on his trusted communication mode, Twitter. He said, “In the best interest of our country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”

It must however be noted that Mr. Trump has still not conceded the elections. He, in fact, continued his old chime saying that he would continue to fight the election result. 

States certify Biden’s victory, slimming Trump’s choices

The latest state to officially certify Joe Biden’s victory is Michigan. Post this GSA announcement was made. With this Trump’s choices to tilt the result have become slimmer, even as more lawsuits filed by Trump camp have been dismissed. Georgia had certified Biden’s victory by a narrow margin on Friday. Pennsylvania too is on the verge of certifying the election results. 

The series of events are a clear indication of Rudy Giuliani led Trump’s conspiracy loaded lawsuits, to thwart democratic election process in the country, are by-gones now and might soon meet their end. 

G-20 nations pledge a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccine in the world
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G-20 nations pledge a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccine in the world

G-20 nations pledge: On Sunday, In a G20 virtual meeting, world leaders pledged to provide a fair distribution of coronavirus vaccine around the world, however, offered no particular new funding to meet that objective.

“We have a responsibility to rise to the challenge together during this meeting,” King Salman announced as he inaugurated the meeting. 

The summit is held online for the first time due to the pandemic. The members are talking about the effect of the Covid on the world economy and exploring ideas to invigorate financial recuperation and development. 

The Summit was facilitated by Saudi Arabia. His Highness King Salman’s statement was made as worldwide Covid cases reached 58 million, and overall deaths by the virus reached 1.4 million, as indicated by Johns Hopkins University. 

The G-20 members are worried that the pandemic will extend the gap between the wealthy and the poor. To battle that, the European Union asked for commitments adding up to $4.5 billion to Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, a worldwide effort to accelerate the development and dissemination of vaccines, treatment, and tests as indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

King Salman called on member nations to reassure the global community of reasonable and impartial admittance to the vaccine. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised more than 500 million euros (almost USD 593 million). Russia’s President Vladimir Putin proposed Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, and China offered to coordinate on the vaccine. 

U.S. President Donald Trump, who dodged a few meetings on Saturday to play golf, paid little consideration to other pioneers’ speech and alleged that the Paris climate deal was planned not to spare the planet but rather to destroy the US economy. 

The White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany expressed that Trump discussed the need to cooperate to reestablish financial development, yet she didn’t refer to a U.S. vow to help the worldwide distribution of the vaccine.

 As Trump left the virtual conference, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, said in a Treasury Department stated that the 7-month-old Debt Service Suspension Initiative “is a fundamental accomplishment of the G-20 because of the pandemic.” 

The initiative intends to enable the world’s least fortunate nations to tussle with the results of the pandemic until mid-2021. 

Treasury’s statement added that the G-20’s Common Framework would enable the poorest nations to address pandemic-induced debt issues “by organizing sovereign debt resolution if necessary.” 

Russian President Putin also focused on the aftermaths of the virus on the world economy, causing a crisis that caused famine in many parts of the world, as well as poverty and job cuts, which are the greatest dangers to humankind today.” 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that “Decisions made in the summit will be decisive for limiting the negative impacts of coronavirus for the world and also respond to the world’s expectations.” 

G-20 member nations incorporate Argentina, Germany, India, Australia, Canada, China, Brazil, Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, France, Indonesia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United States, Turkey, and the European Union. 

The EU and the UN stated that there is a £4.5bn financing setback this year that the G20 countries should help to reach. Nations have so far put $10bn in the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and in the Covax Facility. 

The majority of the meeting zeroed in on guaranteeing that when the coronavirus vaccines will launch in the market, it will be accessible at reasonable costs in poor nations.

Trump makes futile attempts to overturn the election results as Michigan backs Biden win, narrowing down President’s options
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Trump makes futile attempts to overturn the election results as Michigan backs Biden win, narrowing down President’s options

Trump makes futile attempts to overturn the election results: On Friday, President Donald Trump could be seen as making few of his last but futile and dangerous attempts to overturn the November 3rd Presidential election results – something unprecedented in American history. The desperate desire to stay in White House reflects poorly on his ego and detrimental to the nation which is struggling amid Coronavirus pandemic. 

State of Georgia, after by-hand re-counting, has officially confirmed the victory of Joe Biden on Friday, thereby giving a massive blow to Trump who was hopeful of winning Georgia, the traditionally red state. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said, “Like other Republicans, I’m disappointed, our candidate didn’t win Georgia’s electoral votes. I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie.” Biden won the state by 12,670 votes, becoming first Democratic candidate to win Georgia since Bill Clinton won in 1992.

Another blow came in as two White House republicans pledged of following normal power transition process and validating the vote. President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to officially enter the White House as 46th President of United States of America on January 20, 2021. 

President Trump has been making widespread allegations since the voting claiming of rigged elections and has claimed his own victory. He said, “I won, by the way.” The claims have been without any evidence and rejected by election officials. Trump’s administration filed a series of lawsuits in all key states but have since been rejected by courts, making his options skim for further course of action. Trump camp hoped to convince the state legislatures, where Republicans hold power, to ignore the result and announce Trump as winner. 

Overturing of the election result is a long shot with razon thin-chances of any such strategy to work in favour of Mr. Trump, as per Michigan Senate majority leader Mike Shirkey. Michigan is another state that was initially confirmed to remain red but emerged with Biden’s win after a neck-to-neck competition. Shirkey and Michigan’s speaker of House, Lee Chatfield have dismissed any plans to help Trump’s efforts of overturning the Presidential election results. Michigan is a key state where Biden is projected to lead and win by 154,000 votes. 

Shirkey and Chatfield said in a joint press statement post the routine White House meeting, “We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.”

Trump’s attempts in other states are too turning futile. Arizona’s judge has rejected lawsuit filed by the Republican Part in the state. The party was evidently seeking ballot audit in Maricopa county. In Pennsylvania too Trump lost the lawsuit and his bid to reject over 2000 mail-in ballots.

Trump’s trials to tilt the results to his favour are turning futile and sour one after the other. President-elect Joe Biden, who just turned 78, will be the oldest US President in history to take the office in January. 

Iran admits breach of 2015 nuclear deal post IAEA inspection
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Iran admits breach of 2015 nuclear deal post IAEA inspection

Iran admits breach of 2015 nuclear deal: The recent UN nuclear weapons inspectorate found out that Iran had recently fired up its uranium enrichment centrifuges which are very advanced version, and installed underground in Natanz underground nuclear plant. The finding was confirmed and admitted by Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), the UN nuclear weapons inspectorate. 

According to the 2015 nuclear deal which was struck under former US President Barack Obama, the Islamic Republic of Iran is only allowed to use first generation IR-1 machines for accumulating enriched uranium in its underground plants. But the nation has been repeatedly breaching the deal, and as per the latest findings by IAEA, Tehran has been supplying Uranium Hexaflouride (UF6) to the advanced IR-2m machines. 

IAEA’s previous report had said of Iran installing the IR-2m machines in its underground plants. This report was made on November 2, before Joe Biden was elected the next President of United States but the latest report, dated Tuesday, has been post Biden’s victory. The latest report by IAEA states, “On 14 November 2020, the Agency verified that Iran began feeding UF6 into the recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) in Natanz.” 

Last week President Donald Trump has been reported to contemplating, but later rejecting a military strike on Natanz, the Iranian city lying south of capital Tehran, and the Islamic Republic’s main uranium enrichment site. But latest provocative moves by Iran can potentially change his and Israel’s risk calculation and modus operandi. It is to be noted that the development comes before President-elect Joe Biden officially enters the White House, who is committed to re-enter the nuclear deal that Trump had exited from. 

Iran has been consistently breaching the nuclear deal and the agreements made. Keeping that in mind, the US decision to exit from deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) seems a logical and natural step. Trump’s administration has in this line of action imposed various sanctions on Iran and also threatened of actions against European nations which engage with Iran for trade. 

Iran currently possesses over 1000 IR-2m machines, of which it is only using 174. Under the nuclear deal, Iran is allowed to use 6000 IR-1 machines. Tehran could have a good argument point over use of the machines if it uses low number of IR-2ms, as trying to restore what it had above ground before it exploded in Natanz facility on July 2.  

IAEA said last week that Tehran’s explanations were unsatisfactory regarding the nuclear program related particles were found at sites where there was no business of it to be present. 

Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, said on Tuesday that Iran will clarify its position with Biden administration. He said, “If the US implements its commitments under the UN security council resolution 2231, we will implement our commitments under the JCPoA. This can be done automatically and needs no negotiations. But if the US wants to rejoin the JCPoA then we will be ready to negotiate how the US can re-enter the deal.”

Trump continues his sacking streak: Fires top DHS official who refuted his rigged election claims
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Trump continues his sacking streak: Fires top DHS official who refuted his rigged election claims

Trump continues his sacking streak: President Donald Trump is not willing to concede the election result and transition peacefully the office with President-elect Joe Biden. He is continuing his streak of sacking top federal officials, who at any point have opposed him and failed his ‘loyalty test’. He is then replacing them with his fanatic loyalists, raising concerns over his end game. 

The latest addition to this list is Christopher Krebs, a top official at Department of Homeland Security who made sure of secure elections leading the agency’s efforts and was vocal about rejecting unfound claims of rigged election and ballot fraud. Krebs headed DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and ensured successful protection of election offices’ system at state and local levels. 

President Trump fired Chris Krebs on Tuesday. He tweeted claiming Krebs’s statements of election security as inaccurate. Tweet said, “The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting..”

Krebs too took to Twitter on Tuesday refuting allegations of election system manipulations. He said, “59 election security experts all agree, ‘in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.’” 

Krebs centrally debunked Trump camp’s consistent allegations of stolen November election.

Following Trump’s tweet on Tuesday, Krebs’s deputy, Matthew Travis was called in by Acing DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, and was told of White House overruling of CISA’s succession plan. This meant Travis would not be the acting director and forcing him to present his resignation. 

Trump and his allies have been claiming of rigged election and ballot fraud and have filed series of lawsuits in several key states, but no evidence has been presented to support these allegations, rendering them null and void. President has been aggressively using his favorite magic wand Twitter to post series of unsupported allegations. Twitter didn’t waste any time to flag them all as ‘disputed’. 

Krebs has been quite vocal in dismissing President’s claims of voter fraud through his Twitter account, including his latest tweet about election security, which did not go well with the President. This included earlier similar assessments and refutes by his agency, also on its ‘RUMOUR CONTROL’ web page. Krebs told his associates that he was expecting to be fired by the edgy President. 

After being fired, Krebs tweeted, “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow. #Protect2020.” 

Krebs was close to former DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and worked closely with him. Nielsen resigned in April 2019 after rift with President Trump over immigration and election security. Krebs close association with Nielsen is also said to be a reason for his dismissal. 

The decision is not sitting well with many officials in cybersecurity sector and DHS who believe that under Krebs the agency boosted its service and capabilities against domestic and foreign threats. 

John Mitnik, former DHS general counsel who was also fired last year by Trump said in a tweet, “This is outrageous but not surprising – @realDonaldTrump has made a habit of firing those who are highly competent, have integrity and courage, and stand up for the #RuleOfLaw.”

Trump last week had fired many Pentagon officials, including Defence Secretary Mark Esper, rendering chaos in Washington. The next in line to be fired are speculated to be CIA director Gina Haspel and FBI director Christopher Wray before Trump leaves White House in January. 

Krebs has been active with his efforts to improve security of state and local election system and had conveyed of his determination before the 2018 elections. He called 2020 election as “the big game”. Under his leadership, CISA along with many other federal agencies, improved coordination with social media platforms and state officials before 2020 election. 

Now with Krebs and Travis out of picture, the next in line of succession is Brandon Wales, who is CISA Executive Director.  

Trump acknowledges Biden’s win but refuses to concede: a coup attempt or a mere tantrum
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Trump acknowledges Biden’s win but refuses to concede: a coup attempt or a mere tantrum

Trump acknowledges Biden’s win: US democracy has been one roller-coaster since the November 3 election results came out and Joe Biden won by a clear majority. A good 306 votes out of required 270 is a win for Biden that no re-counting can flip. But President Donald Trump and his administration have been continuously alleging a rigged election and spewing on the democracy that United States of America is known for. The state has been pathetic and disgraceful, something unprecedented is happening – no contender has ever in US history opted for this stance and has humbly conceded the elections. But Trump is nowhere near it. 

President Trump tweeted “He won..” but quickly turned on to his regular chime “…because the election was rigged.” An hour later he said he is not conceding to the election results. 

The baseless claims have been fluttering in along with a series of lawsuits in all key states alleging election fraud, sans any evidence to back his fraud claims. The Election officials said on Friday that the election and vote counting was the “most secure in American history” and that “there was no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.” 

President has refused to begin the presidential transition, refused to concede, and has filed baseless lawsuits. Furthermore, he has decapitated Pentagon and filled in the positions with his trusted fanatic loyalists. The most disturbing element being appointment of Anthony Tata as the Pentagon’s policy chief. He is the person who had called former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader” and had tweeted a disturbing fantasy of executing John Brennan, former CIA Director. 

With Joe Biden still President-elect and no initiation of power transition, the handling of Coronavirus pandemic still remains the No.1 concern as casualties are aggressively increasing with no respite in sight. President-elect Joe Biden has a pandemic task force ready to take the charge but in absence of Trump’s conceding and any transition, the future of America looks grim amid Covid-19. 

But there is a hope in sight, a comfort that indicates, in sort, that Trump might be preparing for his life outside Washington DC. He is initiating fund-raising requests to “defend the elections”, but sources report that funding will actually be going to Save America, a PAC, that will essentially be used to “underwrite Mr. Trump’s post presidential activities”. Also, Axios has reported of Trump’s plans to launch a digital media company to stand against Fox News that is now considered disloyal in Trump camp. 

Trump’s actions are a clear document of his willingness to wound and sabotage US democracy in order to boost his ego. Even when he does leave the White House, he is expected to remain a political king in Republican camp, with even a chance to be Republican presidential nominee for 2024 elections. If he does, no doubt he will be a tough competitor – no one can deny the charisma he holds over his supporters, he knows the trick to bind the crowd. 

Weeks down to January until the final inauguration, road is going to be tough and likely thrown in with more hurdles by Trump and his administration. With many Republicans instigating his false claims the proceedings are expected to be dramatic. Trump has to eventually concede and leave the White House, but to what extent damage will be done is to be seen. Whether he will leave gracefully and as per the Constitution as his mandate ends on January 19, or has to be done under force will decide the face of American democracy for years to come. 

Washington denounces China’s new law and the expelling of opposition lawmakers
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Washington denounces China’s new law and the expelling of opposition lawmakers

Washington denounces China’s new law: Hong Kong has dived further into tensions after a new law was passed by Beijing under which they had disqualified few opposition members by calling them unpatriotic and claimed that they incited the whole pro-democracy protest.

Robert O’Brien, the US national security advisor, blamed China for having “outrageously abused” its global commitments and warned to impose further fresh sanctions on those answerable for quenching Hong Kong’s freedom and democracy. 

Chinese and Hong Kong authorities could confront new sanctions from the United States over their imposing of the new law that disbarred four pro-democracy lawmakers and provoked a statement of a mass resignation by the supportive of the pro-democracy council. 

Within minutes after the disqualifying legislation was declared by Chinese state media, the Hong Kong government delivered an official statement in which they prohibited four lawmakers.

The mass resignation would likewise leave Hong Kong’s governing body with just pro-Beijing legislators, who as of now make a majority, however, would have the option to pass bills in parliament supported by Beijing with the absence of much opposition.

On Wednesday, China’s highest administrative body passed a measure to banish anybody from Hong Kong’s legislative council who wish to supports autonomy, and reject to recognize Beijing’s government over Hong Kong. However, seeking help from foreign nations or forces to meddle in the internal issues of the region or to employ different acts that jeopardize country’s national security, they could face similar consequences. 

Under the new law, the legislators who are deemed to advance or support Hong Kong’s autonomy, or who won’t recognize Beijing’s government, will “quickly lose their qualification,” the new law stated. 

On Monday, the city’s 15 pro-democracy legislators declared that they would also resign stating that the “One Country Two Systems” structure that had intended to provide Hong Kong with more prominent self-rule from the region has ended. 

The administration clampdown comes after the months-long pro-democracy protest, While some Hong Kong activists including former legislators and dissent pioneers have looked for political refuge in different nations, dreading their security under the new bill. 

However, in June, Beijing had announced a new national security law that some have called draconian after the anti-legislature protests shook the city for quite a long time, and it has utilized it to take action against opposition cries. 

Accordingly, the U.S. imposed sanctions on a few authorities, including Lam. A few Western nations have halted their extradition treaty with the region, and Australia and Britain have offered Hong Kongers simpler ways to settle in those nations. 

Beijing has lashed out at these offers and called it gross foreign interference in the Chinese government. Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Wang Wenbin stated on Wednesday that disqualifications were important to keep up rule of law and the constitution in Hong Kong. 

Beijing’s most recent crackdown in Hong Kong has become a source of stress on both sides. Under US President Trump, Washington had revoked the special relationship with Hong Kong, pronouncing it would be dealt with similar to China. The US is thinking of imposing more sanctions on Chinese officials for passing an unjust law and also following the resignation of opposition legislators.

How Trump Exit Has Saved America From Self-Policing Mind Games
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How Trump Exit Has Saved America From Self-Policing Mind Games

Trump Exit Has Saved America From Self-Policing: If Trump had been re-elected, American would have seen a new era of terrorism enter the streets. As the scene was heating up for the election day, self-styled military groups had started to gather support amongst a pro-Trump supporting gang.  A ‘tactical apparel’ was becoming the norm on the streets of America up until October 2020. 

Since Trump had been brainwashing his vote bank, many people blinded with his aura and charisma had started to choose self-policing. According to Bloomberg report, since 2019, online purchases had driven a 20-fold jump in sales of goods like the $220 CM-6M gas mask — resistant to bean-bag rounds — for Mira Safety of Austin, Texas.

The new kids on the block were selling personalized safety equipment. The industry has been booming exponentially since the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign rocked the streets of America, making the civilian feel a compelling need to protect themselves.

According to Roman Zrazhevskiy who runs one of the most popular personalized self defense equipment business, “It doesn’t matter who gets elected. No matter who wins, Biden or Trump, there are going to be people who are upset about the result.” He was focusing more on his new customers. 

As the CEO of Ready To Go Survival, Roman Zrazhevskiy works on the fear and misrepresented viewpoints of the American people. All such buyers of his have been victims to Trump’s manipulative mind games. It is a simple disaster of a democracy gone down the drain. 

As a retail brand, Mira Safety specializes in personalized emergency preparedness. Zrazhevskiy has encashed on his expertise in self combat and provided personal protective equipment to the world at large. Other such players in the market were well known to the Trump family and continued to feed on this misunderstanding led frenzy. 

Another company runs a retail chain called 5.11 Tactical. It could hugely benefit from this mayhem too. According to a former employee with the Department of Homeland Security, holding onto tactical gear and protective devices was becoming a kind of patriotism. Another California based company could claim that half of its orders at Gladiator Solutions were coming more from civilians, a big change from years than law enforcement.

There was an air of ‘preparedness’ building up amongst Americans. It was fueled by sense of desperation in pandemic led poverty, lack of funds, and government aid. However, someone, the American could not see bad governance was doing the damage. With Trump being replaced with Biden and Harris led leadership, there is hope for return of democracy, freedom of speech, dignity of life, and equal representation of all ethnicities that make for the American fabric of life.

Biden moves in with his Presidency while bracing for a contentious transition as Trump pushes legal battle against election result
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Biden moves in with his Presidency while bracing for a contentious transition as Trump pushes legal battle against election result

Biden moves in with his Presidency: On Monday President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris moved in with the administration’s first major office order by appointing a Covid-19 Advisory Board. The board is being led by public health officials and would include doctors and government officials. The advisory board is co-chaired by Dr. David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner, Former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Yale associate professor of Medicine & Epidemiology Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith. Other board members include Trump administration whistleblower Rick Bright and Obamacare architect Dr. Zeke Emanuel. 

But the road ahead isn’t easy. Reality is setting in among the Biden-Harris camp that power transition won’t be easy leading up to the inauguration on January 20. Biden has reportedly told his allies to give some more time to Trump and his camp to come in terms with the election result. But it doesn’t look like Trump in any case has plans to concede. 

Trump is showing full-blown that the transition of power would be as big a nightmare as was his presidency. The big question is how much more destruction and chaos will he wreak in 71 days before the formal transition of Joe Biden into the White House. 

Attorney General William Barr, who has always used his power to boost President Trump’s political aspirations, told Department of Justice prosecutors on Monday to examine allegations and unsupported claims of voting disputes and irregularities before states move in to certify the election results. This however didn’t sit well with country’s top election  results. This however didn’t sit well with country’s top election crime lawyers and they quit in protest over the attempt to change constitutional policy.

Trump didn’t waste any time to hamper the federal organisations’ framework and sacking the officials who have failed to show their loyalty towards him. He fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper over their differences. Fears are that next on Trump’s target are CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Trump isn’t shying away to render chaos in Washington DC over his political motives. Transition is important for smooth functioning of the country, more so due to the ongoing pandemic. But Trump doesn’t want to concede, even when his inner circle including his wife First Lady Melania Trump and his chief advisor Jared Kushner, also his son-in-law, have advised him to peacefully concede the elections and maintain the sanctity of the office.

Former elections have always seen gracious conceding speeches for the sake of America. But President Trump has consistently, over the past four years, shown that his agendas are his priority over the nation. Trump’s campaign has, since the vote counting commenced, alleged a conspiracy against him and rigged voting, questioning the democratic elections and transparent system.

President-elect Joe Biden has moved ahead with his presidency and has taken the required steps towards fighting Coronavirus pandemic. The office has released plans to states regarding “national mask mandate” and implementing it. President-elect Joe Biden has urged Americans to “follow the science” and “turn this pandemic around”. In a TV address, he said to fellow Americans “I implore you, wear a mask.”

The road ahead for Biden-Harris camp is not easy with Trump administration ready to present every possible roadblock in the most non- constitutional and undemocratic way. But President-elect Biden is ready to take the fight head-on. Next 71 days will be full of drama and chaos, with only America at the receiving end.

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