Trudy Rubin: Biden team should not let Trump empower Taliban in Afghanistan
As President Donald Trump madly denies defeat by video and tweet, while ignoring a raging pandemic, it’s hard to focus on dangers from abroad. But, just as Trump is dumping a COVID-19 disaster into President-elect Joe Biden’s lap, he’s planting mines aimed at shredding Biden’s foreign-policy options, on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. One such mine is Trump’s decision to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan from 5,000 to 2,500 just before he leaves office, a move strongly opposed by the military and by former Defense Secretary Mark Esper. As usual, Trump’s decision appears driven by politi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Biden vote lead over Trump widens to 7 million
Washington (AFP) - Democrat Joe Biden's election margin over President Donald Trump widened to more than seven million votes Thursday even as Trump and supporters persisted in claims of fraud. One month after the November 3 election, new local tallies from New York drove victor Biden's total to 81,264,673 votes, compared to Trump's 74,210,838, with a total 158.4 million votes counted so far, according to data compiled by the Cook Political Report. That gave Biden a solid 4.4 percentage point margin over the Republican president. Biden has captured 306 electoral votes for his victories in indiv...
As we have come to expect, President Trump is not giving up his fight to protect our election integrity (Video)
By Duncan Smith President Trump took to Facebook on Wednesday with the “most important speech” he’s ever made to tell Americans what happened in the 2020 election — massive theft — and that the fight for true will go on. In his opening line of the speech, Trump said “this may be the most important speech I’ve ever made.” And he was right. “I want to provide an update on our ongoing efforts to expose the tremendous voter fraud and irregularities which took place during the ridiculously long November 3 elections. We used to have what was called Election Day. Now we have election days weeks and m...
The National Sentinel
Trump refuses to say if he has confidence in attorney general
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump refused to say on Thursday whether he has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr, who has publicly contradicted his claims that the November 3 election was marred by fraud. "Ask me that in a number of weeks from now," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if he retains confidence in Barr. In an interview this week with the Associated Press, Barr said that the Justice Department has not found evidence of significant voter fraud in the presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden. "To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that coul...
US judge blocks Trump on visas
A federal judge in California has blocked two regulations proposed by the Trump administration to restrict H-1B visas for foreign high-skilled workers, which was praised by tech industry and immigrant advocates as "a major win". The planned restrictions announced in October include reducing the occupations eligible for H-1B visas, slashing the duration from three years to one year and increasing minimum H1-B salaries to as much as $208,000 a year. The government claimed its goal was to protect American jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The rules issued by the Homeland Security Department was se...
China Daily US edition
Georgia election chief to Trump: Drop the fraud allegations
ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to drop unproven allegations of voting fraud in the state. At a news conference at the Georgia Capitol, Raffensperger decried Trump’s continued insistence that voter fraud cost him the election in Georgia and elsewhere. The secretary cited this week’s comments by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who said federal investigators have seen no evidence of widespread fraud that would affect the outcome of the election, which was won by former Vice President Joe Biden. “President Trump’s Justice D...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tiger King star 'so close' to presidential pardon
Trump's aides have confirmed that a number of pardon requests, including Joe Exotic's, are currently under consideration, and the star's attorney, Eric Love, fully expects his client to walk free. "We are waiting on the pen to hit the paper, we think we are very, very close," Love tells ABC News. Exotic, real name Joseph Maldano-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year sentence for a number of offences, including a murder-for-hire plot against his big cat sanctuary rival Carole Baskin. He recently posted a note on Instagram from behind bars insisting his stint in prison has made him a better ma...
Chris Krebs Threatens Lawsuit After Trump Attorney Joe DiGenova Says He Should Be ‘Shot’
On Monday, former U.S. cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs suggested that he may file a lawsuit against a Trump campaign attorney who said that Krebs should be “shot.”In an interview on the NBC’s Today show, Krebs said that he and his team are “taking a look at all our available opportunities” after Joe DiGenova, a Trump attorney, had called for Krebs to “be drawn and quartered, taken out at dawn and shot,” late last month. “Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity…. that guy is a class A mron,” DiGenova said on the conservative The ...
US denounces China on North Korea sanctions as Trump hopes fade
Washington (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday sharply criticized China for not enforcing sanctions on North Korea and vowed to step up its own efforts, as hopes fade for a last-minute breakthrough under outgoing President Donald Trump.The State Department launched a new website, DPRKrewards.com, that will offer payouts of up to $5 million for tips to boost sanctions on North Korea, including on businesses in China."I want to tell you more are forthcoming," Alex Wong, the US deputy special representative on North Korea, said of sanctions.In a speech at the Center for Strategic and Internation...
Saudi Arabia to allow Israeli commercial flights to use its airspace: senior Trump official
Saudi Arabia will allow Israeli airliners to use its airspace after talks on Monday between the country’s officials and a team headed by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, a senior Trump official cited by Reuters said.This agreement came "just hours" before the first Israeli commercial flight was due to take flight on Tuesday morning and reports that Riyadh might deny permission for the airliner to use its airspace, according to the news agency."We were able to reconcile the issue," the senior official is reported to have said, after Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook joine...