For generations, the losing candidates for president of the United States have lost to their opponents after the election. President Donald Trump may be the first presidential candidate today to ignore a tradition that supports peaceful transitions. (November 1
US coverage of the 2020 election continues this week as countries prepare to complete the counting of votes after Joe Biden’s victory in a tough presidential race. President Donald Trump has not yet backed down the race, while Biden and newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris are meeting with transition advisers and preparing to take office in January.
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Trump COVID adviser Scott Atlas tells Michigan to “rise up” against new measures
Dr Scott Atlas, a member of Donald Trump’s task force, has faced heavy criticism after telling Michiganders to “rise” in a tweet in response to new restrictions on COVID-19 announced by the state’s Democratic Democrat. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday.
Whitmer held a press conference to announce that due to the rising rate of COVID-19 infections, she was suspending school and college courses, as well as indoor meals, for three weeks.
“The only way to stop this is if people rise up. You get what you accept,” Atlas tweeted shortly after Whitmer’s announcement. The tweet reflects Trump’s controversial April 17 call to “LIBER MICHIGAN” facing similar restrictions.
Atlas later clarified Monday that it does not advocate violence. But many have criticized his choice of words in a country where armed protesters against coronavirus measures once flooded the Capitol State and where an armed group recently turned on Whitmer in a kidnapping plot that was thwarted by the FBI.
“We know the White House likes to make us stand out here in Michigan – and I in particular,” Whitmer was asked about Atlas’ comment on CNN. “I will not be harassed for not following respected scientists and medical professionals.”
Whitmer emphasized the word respected and said he was consulting with experts who “actually studied” infectious diseases. She did not refer to Atlas, a neuroradiologist whose views on the coronavirus were criticized by some of his former colleagues at Stanford University as “contrary to established science” – by name, but rather as “the individual” who “carries out the president’s orders.” “. ”
Biden and Harris will talk about economic plans on Monday
President-elect Joe Biden and newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris will speak on the economy Monday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware, the Biden-Harris transition team said in a statement.
The Democratic duo will speak “about economic recovery and better long-term development” in their first speech on the country’s economic situation since winning the presidential election.
During the campaign, Biden outlined an extensive economic program focused on increasing the number of jobs in the United States, strengthening the social security network and combating economic inequality.
The scale of Biden’s plans now depends on whether Democrats will closely control the Senate or whether all legislation must be negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Analysts predict that Biden’s proposals will return the 11 million jobs and $ 670 billion a year in gross domestic product destroyed – and not yet restored – to the crisis sooner than if President Donald Trump won a second term.
The speech in Wilmington is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. EDT.
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Trump faces criticism for slowing Biden’s transition amid raging pandemic
President Donald Trump faced growing criticism on Sunday for continuing to focus his message on the election and baseless allegations of voter fraud, while circumventing the renewed peak of the coronavirus raging across the country.
New cases of coronavirus increased in the United States in November, with the country reaching record new levels of infection.
Critics of Trump said Sunday that by refusing to recognize the results of the Nov. 3 election, Trump was delaying the transition and complicating President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to hit the ground in the battle against COVID-19.
“It’s almost like passing a baton in a race – you don’t want to stop and then give it to someone,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the transition. “You just want to move on in essence.”
Biden campaign officials are barred from communicating with agency leaders, including those in public health agencies, until the Trump administration officially recognizes the outcome of the election, a recognition that has not yet happened. Fauci said starting these talks now would have “obvious” benefits for the next administration.
“Of course, it would be better if we could start working with them,” he told CNN’s State of the Union.
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