The United States recorded 884 new deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number in the country since the start of the pandemic. In total, the number of deaths amounts to more than 5,000. The figures come from the Johns Hopkins University specialized website, which provides real-time global progress statistics on the pandemic.
A new Washington Post – ABC News opinion poll shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading by two points, at 49 percent to 47 percent, ahead of US President Donald Trump. The percentage difference is well within the margin of error to indicate a tie. The news comes in the wake of another survey which revealed an uptick in Trump’s approval due to his handling of the current coronavirus crisis.
After the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were moving from Canada to the United States, US President Donald Trump tweeted that “the U.S. will not pay for their security protection.” The couple, however, said they have no desire to seek security at the expense of the United States or any other government.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the new coronavirus epidemic, stressing that he was somewhat dissatisfied with China. On the same day, after the governors of many states in the United States asked the federal government for more medical protective equipment, Trump announced that he would declare a state of emergency in New York, California, and Washington.
U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed reaching out to North Korea and Iran to provide humanitarian support in these dire times. Iran has confirmed receiving the offer, which it deems to be in bad faith. Its Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has castigated the Trump administration for it. North Korea has, on the other hand, welcomed the offer.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his initial slow response to the coronavirus epidemic. On Thursday, the Democratic candidate took a swipe at his initial coronavirus remarks downplaying the seriousness of the virus. The presidential hopeful said that the president is trying to deflect blame by attempting to label the scourge the “Chinese Virus.”
The Trump administration apparently offered a substantial amount of money to CureVac, a German biopharmaceutical company, to get exclusive access to a potential Covid-19 vaccine. This is according to a report published by the Welt am Sonntag German newspaper. The story has drawn sharp criticism from German lawmakers.
Brazilian Ambassador Nestor Foster is the second member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s delegation to test positive for Covid-19. Foster also had close contact with the US President. The first positive case of a member of the Brazilian delegation was Bolsonaro’s spokesman, Fábio Wajngarten .
U.S. President Donald Trump will not be tested for coronavirus. This is according to a statement issued by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. The news comes after Fabio Wajngarten, a communication aide for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for the pathogen just days after a meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence last week.
After a day when the United States witnessed the number of cases of infection in the country double, Donald Trump announced that all flights from European Union countries are suspended for the next 30 days, with the exception of the United Kingdom, with effect from Friday at midnight.
An official from the Brazilian government who mingled with president Donald Trump at a Florida resort on Saturday has tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus. Proof enough that he met Trump, Fabio Wajngarten posted a photo of himself standing next to the U.S. president.
On the same day that the World Health Organization officially announced the new coronavirus epidemic entered a “global pandemic”, US President Donald Trump announced a 30-day ban on all European and American travel, except the UK. In addition, he also criticized the European Union for not trying to control the epidemic as quickly as possible, saying that the case of community infection in the United States was caused by Europe.
President Donald Trump is not infected by coronavirus, and he doesn’t need to be tested either. That is the message from the president’s staff on Tuesday night. “The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms,” said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a defense agreement in Miami Sunday, enabling joint development of military capabilities with the United States. The signing took place a day after U.S. President Donald Trump received Bolsonaro at his residence and Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach, near Miami.
President Trump has signed an $8.3 billion emergency plan to fight against the spread of the new coronavirus in the country. The bill passed easily through both houses of Congress on Thursday. The Senate voted almost unanimously (96-1) in favor of this exceptional funding. The idea had already received the full support of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Coronavirus can spread to all countries in the world. This is according to Christian Lindmeier, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization. “The outbreak is getting bigger. The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while,” he said at a news briefing with reporters in Geneva on Friday.
Donald Trump’s campaign team sued the New York Times for defamation on Wednesday. The bone of contention is an opinion column, published almost a year ago, that mentioned that there was an agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the then-Republican candidate during the 2016 presidential race.
At least 24 people, including one policeman, have died in protests against a Indian citizenship law that have flared up since Monday in New Delhi. Dozens of injured people are still in hospitals. Local authorities expect the death toll to rise further. The riots of recent days are the most violent of recent months.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has won the Nevada presidential primary elections. The Vermont Senator leads the popular vote by 16 percentage points. U.S. President Donald Trump has congratulated Sanders for the win while adding that his team will have a lot of winning to do to win the main elections.
The United States has conducted a military exercise that simulates a retaliatory strike using nuclear weapons after Russia’s use of low-power nuclear weapons in Europe against NATO countries. This was announced on February 21, 2020 at a briefing for journalists by a high-ranking Pentagon representative stating that “We conducted a small exercise, let’s say.” The scenario included a war in Europe being waged by Russia, and Russia decides to use limited low-power nuclear weapons against an object on the territory of NATO countries.
Following a revelation by The Washington Post, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who so far leads the Democratic race for the US presidency, says he was informed by US intelligence services about Moscow’s alleged support for his campaign. The independent U.S. Senator noted that the services briefed him about Russian interference in the coming 2020 presidential elections, after the Washington Post newspaper reported on Moscow’s alleged support for his candidacy.
On Thursday, the United States Senate passed a resolution which limits the powers of the White House to launch a military operation against Iran after weeks of war tensions between the two countries. However, since the bill did not attain the two-thirds majority support in the Senate, as only eight Republican senators supported it, President Donald Trump will be able to veto the resolution should it pass through the House of Representatives.
Condemnation of the US peace plan for the Middle East was deleted from the text of a Palestinian draft resolution to be voted on in the UN Security Council on Tuesday, and it refrains from mentioning the United States, contrary to its first language. The text, presented to the 15 member states of the Security Council on Saturday and seen by the French news agency AFP, states that the initiative “departs from the internationally-endorsed terms of reference and parameters for the achievement of a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to this conflict, as enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions.”
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire an army officer who provided damning evidence against him during the investigation that led to his impeachment trial. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was fired from the White House on Friday, where he served on the National Security Council as a specialist in Ukraine.
US President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that Qassem al Rimi, leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in an American military operation in Yemen. “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri,” the White House said in a statement.
Democrats, acting as prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, have asked Senators to do their duty and convict Donald Trump in a final attempt to remove him from office. This seems doomed to fail. “In America, nobody is above the law, even those elected President of the United States,” declared one of these Democratic prosecutors, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), to the 100 Senators charged with trying President Trump.
In the final stretch of the Senate trial of US President Donald Trump, it is less and less likely that the Democratic opposition will be able to approve the summons of witnesses to testify against the Republican. After the conclusion of the questioning stage of the senators for the prosecution and defense, one of the Republican senators who had been courted by the Democrats, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), announced on Thursday that he will vote against the call of witnesses.
Twitter is among the most popular social media platforms in the world today. It was founded by Jack Dorsey, the current CEO, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in 2006. William and Dorsey are among its top shareholders. The former owns about 20 million shares, and the latter approximately 16.6 million shares.
President Trump on Sunday met with the two leaders of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. They came to Washington to hear U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech about the Deal of the Century for Middle East peace. Netanyahu leads the Likud, the center-right political party in Israel, and Gantz represents Blue and White, the center-left alliance.
Following meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, U.S. President Donald Trump has finally made public the first details of the U.S. peace deal meant to address the Israel-Palestine conflict. Trump announced that the plan stipulates that Jerusalem will be the Israeli capital, and that the U.S. would recognize Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Three rockets hit the United States embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday, leaving at least one person injured. A security source told the AFP news agency on Sunday that one rocket hit an embassy cafeteria during dinner time, while two other rockets landed nearby.
After three days of Democrats presenting their case against President Trump in the impeachment trial, Donald Trump’s lawyers began their defense on Saturday, warning against the temptation to overturn the result of the 2016 election “without the slightest evidence.” Pat Cipollone, a lawyer for the White House, argued, “we believe when you hear the facts, and that’s what we intend to cover today, the facts, you will find the president did absolutely nothing wrong.”
On Wednesday, Democrats began presenting their initial allegations at the Senate trial of Donald Trump, a day after a contentious session to set the rules for the process. The Republicans are the majority in the US Senate, and going by their vivid unity and loyalty to their party and president, it is clear that President Trump will likely be acquitted.
The United States Senate early Wednesday morning, after 13 hours of debate, set the rules for the impeachment trial of American President Donald Trump. The Republican majority rejected all attempts by Democrats to call new witnesses against the president. The trial resumed this afternoon, local time.
The World Economic Forum’s 50th edition kicked off on Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland, dominated by debates on matters touching on climate change. For the second year in a row, young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was invited to attend the conference. Early in the event, she criticized the world economic elite, who did practically nothing to combat climate change.
Attorneys for US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the impeachment case opened against him by the Democratic opposition is a “brazen and unlawful” attempt to try to overturn the 2016 election and interfere in this year’s November elections. The president’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone issued the warning in a seven-page document to respond to the Senate notification that the trial of Trump’s impeachment process will begin on Tuesday.
The impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald J. Trump began in the Senate with a solemn reading of the allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger opened the third presidential impeachment trial in American history with a warning to the 100 senators.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced Monday that he had abandoned his aspirations to be a candidate for the Democratic Party to face Donald Trump in the US presidential elections to be held in November this year. Through a statement, the Democrat made public his decision, in which he said it was not something simple.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday night that he was open to negotiating a new nuclear deal with Iran, but the first step depends on the Iranian regime. His only conditions, as he made clear, are “no nuclear weapons and don’t kill protesters.” Trump tweeted, “National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran ‘choked off,’ will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and ‘don’t kill your protesters.”
US President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later in January. Last year, the President didn’t attend the meeting because of the record-long federal government shutdown. The annual World Economic Forum Summit, held in the popular ski resort of Davos, attracts high-profile businessmen and politicians, as well as academics and other community leaders.
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign team said it would launch a 60-second election advertisement during the Super Bowl, the professional football championship final, to be held on February 2nd in Miami, Florida. The move, which is expected to cost the Republican at least $10 million, was a response to billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is also buying a Super Bowl ad.
John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, says he is prepared to testify if the Senate summons him in their impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Democrats believe Bolton has direct information to support their allegations of abuse of power by the president. Trump dismissed John Bolton from the post of national security adviser last September. The US president said Bolton had made mistakes in his analyzes of North Korea.
The Iraqi parliament has voted to pass a resolution calling for foreign troops to withdraw from Iraq, including US and German troops. U.S. President Donald Trump also threatened the Iraqi government with sanctions for the first time. The resolution was passed by lawmakers, asking the government to terminate the agreement reached with Washington in 2014. The agreement allowed the United States to deploy 5,200 soldiers in Iraq.
US President Donald Trump threatened Iraq with drastic sanctions on Sunday if the country dares to kick out US troops out of the country in a hostile manner. The Iraqi Parliament has called on the government to send the US-led coalition out of Iraq after Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US drone attack in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, by the US. But should Iraq fail to meet the US conditions for a possible retreat, the country will suffer sanctions “like never before,” Trump said.
Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani has been killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport. The strike was carried out by the US and was ordered by President Donald Trump. Soleimani was a powerful Iranian General and a veteran of the Syrian War. Soleimani led the work of Iranian military advisers in Iraq, and also led the Quds organization, which is responsible for military and intelligence and sabotage activities outside of Iran itself. The force reports directly to the supreme leader of The Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei.
Iran has vowed that it would carry out a “severe retaliation,” after a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of the growing military influence in the Middle East. Soleimani was a general considered to be Iran’s second most powerful figure, after only the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a statement, he said revenge awaits the “criminals” who killed Soleimani.
A US air raid on a Baghdad airport in Iraq late on Thursday killed Qasem Soleimani, a general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iraqi state television reported. The bombing also killed Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, one of the leaders of the pro-Iranian Iraqi militia. Soleimani headed the Quds Force, one of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite arms, and was one of the most powerful military persons in the country.