In the US, the number of infections and corona deaths regularly reaches new highs. US President-elect Biden has declared war on the virus and gives hope for rapid vaccinations. All information in the news blog.

The US presidential election has been decided. Democrat challenger Joe Biden has defeated incumbent Donald Trump. Trump doesn’t want to recognize the election so far – even though he at least got in the way of the transfer. Nonetheless, the still-president continues to advance and denounce paperless allegations of fraud.

Biden plans 100 million corona vaccinations in 100 days

US President-elect Joe Biden announces 100 million corona vaccinations for the first 100 days of his tenure. The situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, he says. He couldn’t promise that the pandemic would end after 100 days, but it may well turn around. At the same time, he called on Congress to make more money available for the fight against the pathogen.

Texas goes to Supreme Court in Trump’s election dispute

In the United States, Donald Trump’s camp is now going to the Supreme Court after dozens of dismissed lawsuits to undo the result of the lost presidential election. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing four other states. Read more about it here.

Ex-President Barack Obama sits next to General Lloyd Austin (archive image): Austin is reportedly appointed as Secretary of Defense for Joe Biden. (Source: Reuters)

Media: Biden nominates African-American ex-general as Secretary of Defense

Future US President Joe Biden plans to appoint a black to the US Secretary of Defense for the first time, according to consistent media reports with ex-General Lloyd Austin. The news site Politico and the broadcaster CNN reported local time on Monday evening. Austin, 67, was last commander of the United States Armed Forces in the Middle East (Centcom) from 2013 until his retirement in 2016 and is therefore aware of the current bottlenecks. Centcom is responsible for US operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, among others. At the start of his more than 40-year career in the United States military, Austin was initially deployed in Germany, according to Centcom.

Austin would need not only confirmation from the Senate, but an exemption from Congress, the US Parliament. According to current regulations, there must be at least seven years between active military service and an appointment as Minister of Defense. The background is that the Pentagon is run by a civilian. The Prime Minister of Defense of the now-elected US President Donald Trump, ex-General James Mattis, received such a special permit in 2017. Mattis resigned in late 2018 after Trump announced the withdrawal of much of the US troops from Syria.

Austin was in command of US forces in Iraq from September 2010 to the end of 2011. Then US President Barack Obama – whose deputy was Biden – had explicitly praised Austin on the general’s departure from active duty in the spring of 2016. Obama said at the time that Austin’s “wise judgment and unshakeable leadership” had helped him as president. fight against the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (IS).

Trump compares US elections to votes in a ‘third world country’

US President Donald Trump has renewed his allegations of electoral fraud and compared the vote to that in a developing country. “The election was totally faked,” Trump said at a ceremony at the White House on Monday. “It’s a shame for our country, it’s like being in a third world country.” Republican Trump lost the November 3 election to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Trump continues to refuse to admit defeat. He sees himself being robbed of his victory by massive electoral fraud, but has not provided any evidence. Dozens of lawsuits brought by his attorneys have not changed results in the major states so far. Attorney General William Barr said last week there was no evidence of electoral fraud to the extent that it would change the outcome.

Reports: US Attorney General is considering resigning before the end of his term

According to media reports, U.S. Attorney General William Barr is considering stepping down before Donald Trump’s term ends in January. Barr was able to announce his withdrawal before the end of the year, the “New York Times” reported on Sunday (local time) about three unnamed individuals. News channel CNN confirmed with its own source that Barr’s resignation was considerations.

Barr is considered a close ally of Trump. Trump had publicly expressed his disappointment with his minister last week. This was prompted by his statements in an interview in which he commented on the election results, which Trump had called into question. Barr said he has not yet seen evidence of fraud to the extent that could have resulted in a different election result. Trump then left open whether he wanted to keep Barr, calling the Justice Department a “disappointment.” When a reporter asked if he still trusts Barr, Trump said, “Ask me in a few weeks.”

Trump nominated Barr as Attorney General in December 2018 after Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump’s request. Barr hasn’t made a final decision yet, but he’s not one to be bullied and turn the other cheek, the unnamed source told CNN.

Reports: Biden plans to make Becerra health minister

According to media reports, US President-elect Joe Biden wants to make California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Secretary of Health. This was reported unanimously on Sunday by NBC, “New York Times” and other US media, citing Biden’s surroundings. Becerra is said to be the second Latino in Biden’s cabinet, after the already appointed Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

During his time as a congressman, Becerra was a staunch advocate for the rights of Latinos, campaigning for then-President Barack Obama’s health program. In 2016, Kamala, now 62, succeeded Harris as Attorney General for California.

At the time, he was the first Latino to hold this position. During his tenure, he campaigned before the Supreme Court for the so-called Daca program to protect hundreds of thousands of young migrants.

Trump’s personal attorney Giuliani – “Feel Good”

After US President Donald Trump became aware of his corona infection, Rudy Giuliani thanked “ friends and followers ” on Twitter for their concern for him. “I am very well cared for and feel good. I am recovering quickly and staying informed,” Trump’s personal attorney and former New York City mayor wrote of the short messaging. Read more here.

The best election overseer contradicts Trump

In the US state of Georgia, contrary to President-elect Donald Trump’s claims, there is no evidence of systematic electoral fraud. “We have never detected systematic fraud, not enough to reverse the election,” Southern state senior election overseer, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, told ABC on Sunday. Investigations are carried out in 250 cases with the support of the Georgian police. “But right now we don’t see anything that would undo the will of the people here in Georgia.”

Raffensperger debunked Trump’s demands that postal voters’ signatures should be checked. “We have always checked signatures, I have even increased the check on signatures,” said the State Secretary.

Incumbent Republican Trump claims to have been robbed of the Nov. 3 presidential election victory by mass fraud. There is no evidence for this. At a performance in Georgia on Saturday night he also stated that he had won in the state. In reality, he was narrowly defeated by newly elected President Joe Biden. This was also confirmed by a revision of the census.

Biden: Inauguration won’t be a million dollar event because of Corona

Elected US President Joe Biden has prepared his countrymen for a significantly altered inauguration due to the corona pandemic. It is “highly unlikely” that a million people will attend the ceremony on Jan. 20, Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday.

“My goal is primarily to protect America and still make people celebrate.” Biden said there could be a virtual event, as was the case for his Democrats conference this summer. But he cannot say exactly what the inauguration will ultimately look like. Discussions are currently taking place with prominent members of the Congress.

The new US presidents traditionally take their oath of office in January after the elections for the Capitol, the parliament building in the capital Washington. Barack Obama’s first inauguration, in which Biden was sworn in as vice president, drew more spectators in 2009 than any other event before Washington. About 1.8 million people arrived at the time. Donald Trump was significantly less in 2017, even though he claimed the opposite. Biden has shown the greatest caution in the corona pandemic. The spread of the virus continues to spiral out of control in the United States.

The United States Secretary of State plans celebrations with hundreds of guests

The US has the most corona infections worldwide. Contact restrictions apply in many states. However, the State Department is planning several big parties. Read more about it here.

Trump raised more than $ 200 million in donations after the election

Donald Trump and his Republican Party have raised more than $ 200 million in donations this month since losing the presidential election. The amount of $ 207.5 million (about $ 171 million) went to organizations like “Trump Victory” and “Save America”, such as Trump’s election campaign team and the Republican Party. the evening. Announced Friday.

Trump refuses to acknowledge his defeat in the Nov. 3 presidential election and is sending massive calls for donations to his supporters, including by email. The money should, among other things, finance the legal battle against the election results, it is said. Trump claims to have been robbed of the election victory by massive electoral fraud in favor of victorious challenger Joe Biden. His lawyers have failed in court in more than three dozen cases so far. Some judges made it explicitly clear that they did not see convincing evidence for the charges.

Obama intervenes in the Senate elections in Georgia

Former US President Barack Obama is campaigning for the election of the two Democratic candidates in the state of Georgia to the US Senate. “You have to understand that this is not just about Georgia,” Obama said Friday at an online event hosted by the state Democrats. “This is about America and this is about the world.” The second election to the two Senate seats in Georgia is of paramount importance as they determine the majority in the powerful United States Senate. In the two second elections on January 5, the two Republican incumbents, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, will face Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

So far, incumbent President Donald Trump’s Republicans have a narrow majority of 52 of the 100 seats in the Senate. If the Democrats succeed in taking the two seats in Georgia, there would be a stalemate in this chamber of parliament. Then Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would have the final say in the event of a tie – and the Democrats would, in effect, have a majority. In the November 3 election, Democrats were able to defend their majority in the House of Representatives – the other chamber of parliament. Trump lost the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden at the same time. Harris ran for Biden as the second candidate.

The second round in Georgia will therefore decide whether not only the White House and the House of Representatives, but also the Senate will be dominated by Democrats. Obama warned Friday that the election outcome in Georgia would also have a major impact on Biden’s presidency. If Republicans can have a majority in the Senate, “they can block almost anything.” The senate must approve major personnel decisions made by the president. In addition, the approval of both houses, namely the House of Representatives and the Senate, is a condition for the adoption of bills.

Biden: Trump’s participation in the inauguration would be important to the US reputation.

The presence of Donald Trump at the inauguration of the future US president in January is important for the reputation of the US, according to election winner Joe Biden. Trump’s participation would only be important in one way, Biden said in an interview with CNN on Thursday (local time): “ That at the end of this chaos he caused, we will be able to demonstrate that there is a peaceful transfer of power, with competing parties standing there, shaking hands and moving on. “

He was concerned about the picture the US would paint the world. “Look how we’re seen, they’re like, ‘My God, things like that happen in Blender dictatorships. This isn’t the United States’.” It is Trump’s decision whether to come or not, but his actions will affect the country.

The White House chief of communications resigns

White House communications chief Alyssa Farah has resigned. After three and a half years, she will leave the White House, Farah announced on Thursday. “I am extremely proud of the incredible things we have been able to accomplish to make our country stronger and safer.”

The 31-year-old has held various positions during Donald Trump’s tenure. She started as a press officer for Vice President Mike Pence and then moved to the Department of Defense as a spokeswoman. In April, Farah returned to the White House to become Chief Communications Officer – at the same time as Kayleigh McEnany was appointed spokesman. The Washington Post wrote on Thursday that Farah’s resignation amounted to a silent confession of Trump’s defeat, which the incumbent party has still not admitted.

Trump renews baseless fraud allegations in a 46-minute video

Incumbent US President Donald Trump has renewed his baseless allegations of electoral fraud in a 46-minute video from the White House. Trump made it clear on Wednesday evening (local time) in a slew of allegations against his political opponents that he does not want to accept his defeat against Democrat Joe Biden – and that he continues to see himself as the winner of the election. “The Democrats had faked these elections from the start,” Trump said. US Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday that there was no evidence of fraud to the extent that it would change the outcome of the election.

Trump initially advertised his video, saying, “This is arguably the most important speech I’ve ever made.” His unproven accusations were already known. He accused Democrats of laying the groundwork for “systematic and widespread” electoral fraud by expanding postal voting. Trump himself has not provided any evidence of widespread electoral fraud. The responsible US authorities had spoken of the safest choice in US history. Trump announced on Wednesday evening that he would continue to take legal action against the election results.

The judges must do the right thing, he demanded “respectfully”. “Because our country cannot live with such a choice.” In the highly competitive states – the so-called swing states – millions of illegal votes had been cast, Trump claimed. “And if that is the case, the results of the individual swing states must be destroyed, and immediately.” He won these states “very easily”. In fact, according to the certified results of six major swing states, they each won Biden.

There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that there are millions of illegal votes. Neither lawsuits from Trump’s lawyers nor recounts have so far changed the election results in even one state.

Biden is warning Americans of many more corona deaths

US President-elect Joe Biden has warned Americans of the dramatic increase in corona pandemic deaths and urged them to take protective measures. “I don’t want to scare anyone, but get the facts: we’re likely to lose another 250,000 people in January,” Biden said Wednesday (local time) at an online event with employees and small business owners. ‘Do you understand me? Because people aren’t paying attention. ‘ The spread of the coronavirus must absolutely be limited.

Biden has not provided information on where his estimate of 250,000 other deaths came from. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the coronavirus has killed more than 270,000 people in the United States since the start of the pandemic. A model by researchers at the IHME Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, estimates that more than 502,000 deaths were caused by relaxed protections and more than 367,000 by tougher protections at the end of January. This model has also been cited several times by the White House in the past.

Robert Redfield, director of CDC Health, said at an event of the US Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, “Unfortunately, I think we could have nearly 450,000 virus deaths by February.” However, that has not been agreed, but depends on the extent to which the Americans adhere to protective measures. “The reality is that December and January and February will be difficult. In fact, I believe it will be the most difficult times in the history of public health in this country.”

Trump talks about running for president in 2024

US President-elect Donald Trump has openly questioned a possible presidential candidacy in four years. “It’s been a whopping four years,” Trump said at a Christmas party at the White House Tuesday evening (local time) about his tenure so far. ‘We’re trying to get another four years. Otherwise I’ll see you again in four years. ‘

The Christmas party with representatives of Trump’s Republican Party was not open to the press. After a short time a video circulated, the American magazine “Politico” was able to view the content and was the first to report on Trump’s statements. Trump, who still refuses to acknowledge his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 election, could run again in the 2024 presidential election. The US Constitution only prohibits more than two terms.

There has been speculation for weeks about the possibility of a new candidacy for the 74-year-old. According to NBC television, Trump is considering announcing his 2024 candidacy on January 20 – the day his term ends and Biden is sworn in.

Trump continues to sue for alleged election fraud

US President Donald Trump challenged the election results in the US state on Tuesday before the Supreme Court in Wisconsin. The complaint alleges that election officials were instructed to add missing information to the ballots and to issue ballots even without an application. Also, the count was partly done in public parks and not in polling stations, the text says. A Wisconsin Supreme Court spokesman said there was no timetable for hearing the case.

Suffrage experts believe the lawsuit has a higher chance than other recent lawsuits. Nevertheless, it is highly unlikely that the court will allow 221,323 votes by mail to be invalidated.

Shortly before, Attorney General William Barr had announced that the Department had found no evidence of extensive electoral fraud that could have led to a different electoral outcome. On Monday, Wisconsin officially confirmed President-elect Joe Biden as the winner. Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,000 votes to Trump.

After Biden’s win was confirmed, Trump criticizes Arizona governor

After Joe Biden’s victory in the state of Arizona was confirmed, incumbent US President Donald Trump turned on Twitter to State Governor Doug Ducey. “Why is he rushing to get a Democrat in office?” Trump wrote Monday night (local time), again complaining of alleged electoral fraud, for which there is no evidence.

“What’s wrong with Doug Ducey? The Republicans will remember that for a long time!” Trump wrote. He then spread tweets from other users, including a report that the Republican Ducey had “betrayed” the people of Arizona. Trump wrote in capital letters, “That’s right!”

Trump has so far tried unsuccessfully to reverse the election results that he emerged as a loser. Before Arizona, other states, such as Georgia, had already confirmed the election results with Biden’s victory. Trump also attacked the local governor, Republican Brian Kemp, as a result. Trump said he was ashamed to support him on Fox News on Sunday.

Telekom boss is also going with Trump

The head of the US telecommunications regulator, Ajit Pai, will leave the White House with the move. Although the FCC is independent, it is a tradition for the president to leave if the president’s party changes. Future President Joe Biden’s Democrats will have the chance of an FCC majority. He will retire on January 20, Pai announced on Monday.

Pai has been with the FCC since 2012 and took over the chair in 2017 after being nominated by Donald Trump. During his time, several controversial decisions were made. The majority of the three Republican members dropped the strict net neutrality rules introduced during Barack Obama’s tenure to ensure that all types of data were treated equally. The FCC was also instrumental in approving the deal between the mobile operators T-Mobile USA and Sprint.

Recently, Pai wanted to reinterpret the “Section 230” regulation – among other things, the basis that online platforms can remove user content. President Trump had “Section 230” in his sights after Twitter posted warnings on his tweets.

Ajit Pai: He was the head of the US telecommunications regulator FCC. (Source: Image Images / ZUMA Wire)Ajit Pai: He was the head of the US telecommunications regulator FCC. (Source: ZUMA Wire / Image Images)

Arizona officially declares Biden a US state election winner

Arizona has officially confirmed future President Joe Biden’s election victory after a number of other disputed US states. Election supervisor Katie Hobbs on Monday confirmed the election results in the conservative state in the southern United States, in which Biden had defeated incumbent Donald Trump by about 10,000 votes. Immediately afterwards, Conservative Governor Doug Ducey signed the relevant documents. Arizona’s eleven electorates now go to Biden.

Trump does not win votes in Wisconsin recount

In the partial recount of votes in the state of Wisconsin, requested and paid for by Donald Trump, the incumbent US president received no votes. After the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, Democrat Joe Biden received 87 votes, local newspaper “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” reported Sunday. In Milwaukee, Biden won 132 votes, in Dane, Republican Trump received 45 votes. The electoral authority published an overview of all deviations in individual polling stations on its website.

Biden won the northern state election with about three million votes cast and over 20,000 votes. Trump’s election campaign team paid $ 3 million in advance for the partial recount, as the election commission had stated. The recount should be completed on Tuesday. In 2016, Trump had just won the state. Wisconsin has ten voters’ votes in the presidential election.

A second recount is currently underway in the southern state of Georgia. If, as expected, the results of the first recount are confirmed, the state’s 16 electorates also went to Biden as predicted.

Janet Yellen is officially nominated as Minister of Finance

Former Fed chief Janet Yellen is said to be the first woman to take over leadership of the US Treasury. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated the 74-year-old for the post, as he announced on Monday. A team is being built around Yellen that must quickly ensure economic improvement in the Corona crisis, Biden emphasizes.

Yellen headed the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. When her term came to an end, President Donald Trump did not nominate her again, but instead chose Jerome Powell, who currently heads the central bank.

Biden introduces communications team: Jen Psaki becomes spokeswoman

US President-elect Joe Biden wants to bring Jen Psaki to the White House as spokeswoman. She served on the board of former Democratic President Barack Obama, including communications director for the White House and a spokeswoman for the State Department. “Communicating directly and truthfully with the people of America is one of the most important duties of a president,” Biden said on Sunday (local time).

Since the election, Psaki had conducted several briefings with journalists for Biden. She was direct, clear and professional. Your deputy in the White House will be Karine Jean-Pierre, who last worked for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as Biden’s office said.

The other prominent positions in his communications team also go to women. “I am proud to announce today that the White House is the first high-ranking communications team with only women,” said Biden. Biden’s current deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, is slated to become the White House communications director – a role more to do with overall communications strategy. Pili Tobar in turn becomes Bedingfields’ deputy. An adviser to Biden’s campaign team, Symone Sanders, becomes the vice president’s spokeswoman; Ashley’s director of communications Etienne Harris.

Media: Biden is also considering longtime companions for the corporate team

According to newspaper reports, President-elect Joe Biden relies on old companions from his time as vice president during the Obama administration for his economic team. Brian Deese, who was a White House adviser to former President Barack Obama, will chair the National Economic Council, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing three people familiar with the case. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Sunday that Biden Wally Adeyemo, also a senior economic adviser to Obama, is considering for the deputy position in the Treasury Department under Janet Yellen. Adeyemo is currently president of the Obama Foundation. Neera Tanden is also discussed as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Before becoming head of the Center for American Progress, Tanden was a health advisor to the Obama administration and was also part of the campaign team for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Economist Cecilia Rouse is appointed chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, WSJ reports. Rouse, an economist at Princeton University, was previously part of Obama’s economic adviser.

According to the WSJ, economists Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey should join Biden’s team. Bernstein is considered one of Biden’s closest confidants, who has already been his chief economic adviser in the fight against the 2009 recession during Biden’s time as vice president under Obama. Boushey previously worked as an executive director and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth think tank on the Biden team as an unofficial economic advisor.

Trump supporter wants a million donation back

American entrepreneur Fredric Eshelman wanted to help Donald Trump’s team with a donation of $ 2.5 million to expose the alleged fraud in the US election. The money went to the “True the Vote” organization, which sought to file lawsuits against the seven state results Trump lost to Joe Biden.

However, the organization did not take legal action against the unproven electoral fraud and stopped its campaign. Eshelman reports that he “regularly and continuously” asked for news about the planned lawsuits, but received only vague answers and empty promises.

Eshelman, the former president of a pharmaceutical company, is now demanding the refund of his donations. It was previously said that he was offered to get back a million dollars if he declined a lawsuit. But the entrepreneur did not want to get involved.

Court dismisses lawsuit – Trump team wants to go to Supreme Court

Donald Trump has suffered another defeat in his quest for Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election. The Pennsylvania Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by its attorneys against the Nov. 3 vote. The justification of the judges is clear: “Allegations of dishonesty must be taken seriously. But an election is not made unfair by calling it that. It takes concrete allegations and then evidence. This was not known to us.”

Trump’s legal counsel Jenna Ellis announced that she and her colleagues would continue to track down alleged evidence of “massive fraud”. If necessary, one would go to the US Supreme Court.

Biden calls for unity in the fight against Corona

US President-elect Joe Biden has called on Americans to unite in the fight against the corona pandemic. “I know the country has grown tired of the fight. We must remember that we are at war with the virus, not with each other, not with each other,” Biden said Wednesday in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden addressed the Americans in admonition this Thursday on the occasion of the Thanksgiving holiday. Families and friends usually gather for big Thanksgiving parties. Biden again called on the Americans to refrain from this because of the corona risk. Given the “dramatic increase” in new infections, Biden called for efforts to “double” the pandemic.

“We have months ahead of us in this fight,” said Biden. At the same time, he tried to inspire confidence. “If you look back at our history, you can see that the soul of our nation was forged under the most difficult of circumstances.”

Biden warned that the number of new infections detected per day from the current 160,000 will soon rise to 200,000 and could overburden healthcare in some places. Every American should do his part, for example by wearing masks, observing distance rules and avoiding crowds. In the country of about 330 million inhabitants, about 12.7 million infections have been diagnosed since the start of the pandemic and more than 261,000 deaths have been reported from an infection.

Democrat Biden won the Republican incumbent Donald Trump in the November 3 election. Biden will be sworn in as the new president on January 20. In his speech on Wednesday, he indirectly criticized Trump for questioning the election results. “Our democracy was tested this year,” said Biden. “In America, we have full and fair and free elections. And then we accept the results.”

Trump, meanwhile, held on to his baseless statement that he had won the presidential election. “The Democrats lost the election. They cheated,” Trump said at a gathering of Republican senators in the US state of Pennsylvania. “We have to reverse the election.” According to reports in the US media, Trump was originally supposed to be in Gettysburg in person. However, he was eventually connected with his lawyer Jenna Ellis, who held her smartphone up to a microphone to amplify Trump’s voice.

The White House approves intelligence briefings for Biden

After weeks of blockade, US President-elect Joe Biden can receive the daily briefing from US secret services. There was a corresponding White House approval in the afternoon, a spokesman for the office of the director of US intelligence said Tuesday (local time) upon request.

In the United States, it is common for the president-elect to be briefed daily before the January inauguration of the intelligence services’ findings – as is the incumbent president. According to reporters in Wilmington on Tuesday, Biden said he had not yet received a briefing, but would receive it regularly in the future.

Michigan and Pennsylvania governors declare Biden’s victory

The governors of Michigan and Pennsylvania have formally confirmed the election victories of US President-elect Joe Biden in their states. “It’s official!”, Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

The certificates were presented to the National Archivist in Washington. Tom Wolf signed for Pennsylvania. “Our election officials are under constant attack,” he wrote of the time since the November 3 elections.

They have done their job “in an admirable and honorable manner.” Both states were seen as central to any chance President Donald Trump had to reverse the election. On Monday he paved the way for the transfer of power.

Joe Biden: The President-Elect and his team now have access to a number of government resources. (Source: AP / dpa / Carolyn Kaster)Joe Biden: The President-Elect and his team now have access to a number of government resources. (Source: Carolyn Kaster / AP / dpa)

Handover begins: This is how the Biden team responds

US President-elect Joe Biden’s team wants to talk to current government officials about the corona crisis and national security following the end of the blockade of orderly entry into office. “Today’s decision is a necessary step to meet the challenges our country is facing,” Yohannes Abraham von Biden’s transition team said on Monday evening (local time). Biden’s team would also use the coming days’ rallies to “gain a full understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine government agencies.”

The relevant authority GSA on Monday gave the green light for the incumbent administration of President Donald Trump to cooperate with Biden’s team. This officially begins the process of handing over from Trump to Joe Biden.

Biden’s Michigan election victory was finally confirmed

The US state of Michigan officially confirmed the results of the US presidential election on Monday with the victory of Joe Biden. Defeated President Donald Trump suffered another setback in his attempts to reverse the November 3 election outcome with legal attacks. In an election commission that was streamed live on the Internet, the two Democrats and one of the two Republicans voted to confirm the results. A Republican member abstained.

Michigan will cast 16 votes from electoral voters who will ultimately elect the president in mid-December. The appeal requires 270 votes from voters who are required to vote in their country according to the results. Biden got 306 voters behind him. In Michigan, he won by more than 150,000 votes.

Trump’s Republicans tried to delay official recognition of the results in Michigan with lawsuits, but failed on several attempts in court. Trump’s attorneys followed the strategy of completely invalidating the election results in several disputed states. Instead, local parliaments would then have to nominate voters themselves, who would then vote for Trump. Experts gave the plans little chance given their poor legal basis. Trump invited Republican leaders from the House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate to the White House this weekend, but they do not support the plan.

Biden wants to “reinvigorate” transatlantic relations

Elected US President Joe Biden has spoken out in favor of strengthening the transatlantic relationship. In a telephone conversation with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Biden reaffirmed his will to “deepen and revitalize” relations between the European Union and the US, Biden’s transition team said Monday. After the phone call, von der Leyen spoke of a “new beginning of the global partnership” between the EU and the US.

Charles Michel, President of the EU Council, who also spoke with Biden over the phone, called for the rebuilding of a “strong alliance”. He invited the future US president to a meeting with the EU heads of state or government in Brussels next year. The Europeans hope to work closely with Biden after four years of disagreements and insults under outgoing US President Donald Trump.

Biden also spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday, assuring him, according to his team, that his future government would continue to support him. He had also committed himself to the assistance clause of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

Stoltenberg expects similar pressure from Biden as from Trump

NATO estimates that future US President Joe Biden, like incumbent President Donald Trump, will expect Europeans to increase their defense spending. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the papers of the Funke media group (Tuesday). Trump had “his own style” and expressed his expectations of Europeans “quite clearly.” “But I am sure President-elect Biden will express the same expectation from European partners,” Stoltenberg stressed. However, he is sure that NATO will have in Biden a “strong supporter of the Alliance” who knows NATO very well.

Stoltenberg warned against considering the two percent target for defense spending by the affected NATO countries due to the financial pressure from the Corona crisis. “NATO’s main task is to prevent the Corona health crisis from becoming a security crisis. We must therefore continue to invest,” he said. Security threats and challenges have not diminished during the pandemic.

At the same time, in the debate on an independent European security policy, Stoltenberg warned against a weakening of NATO and the division of Europe. “The fact is that the European Union cannot defend Europe.” US security guarantees, nuclear deterrence and the presence of US troops in Europe are “absolutely necessary for the defense of Europe”. Previously, French President Emmanuel Macron had sparked a critical debate by calling for Europe to “strategic autonomy”. “Any attempt to weaken the ties between North America and Europe will not only weaken NATO, it will also divide Europe,” Stoltenberg stressed.

Biden’s UN candidate: must renew alliances with allies

The upcoming new US ambassador to the United Nations has pledged her country’s allies to strengthen the recently battered relationship. “As the US Ambassador to the United Nations, I will work to restore America’s reputation in the world and renew relations with our allies,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield wrote on Twitter Monday.

Previously, US President-elect Joe Biden had confirmed that he had chosen the 68-year-old as the most senior US diplomat at the UN in New York. It has yet to be confirmed by the US Senate. After the first rumors about the occupation of the post, positive signals came from Western circles in the UN Security Council: Thomas-Greenfield is an experienced professional diplomat with many years of expertise, also with regard to the United Nations and a special focus on Africa. This makes them immediately ready for action when an appointment has been made.

Many UN diplomats view incumbent US ambassador and Trump donor Kelly Craft as the wrong choice due to lack of diplomatic experience.

Trump team separates from controversial lawyer

A few days after a sensational press conference over alleged electoral fraud, US President Donald Trump ended his association with lawyer Sidney Powell. Powell no longer works for Trump’s legal team or for the president personally, Trump’s private attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday.

Powell along with Giuliani on Thursday denounced an alleged fraud in the presidential election on November 3. The attorney claimed that Trump beat his challenger Joe Biden by a wide margin. She also presumed that Cuba, Venezuela and other “communists” had manipulated the elections with hacker attacks in favor of Biden. She has not provided any evidence to support her claims.

Trump’s attorneys are appealing in Pennsylvania

US President Donald Trump’s campaign team has appealed the dismissal in Pennsylvania. In a lawsuit on Monday, Trump’s team asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a decision made by district judge Matthew Brann. It needs to be considered whether Brann falsely refused to change Trump’s lawsuit a second time.

The judge on Saturday rejected a motion from Trump’s team to expand the lawsuit again, arguing that the Pennsylvania vote was unconstitutional. Accordingly, the election results should be rejected and the Pennsylvania state parliament – which is ruled by Republicans – should rule the electorate.

Trump’s campaign team has filed dozens of lawsuits in six central states since the November 3 vote to overturn the election outcome. Without Pennsylvania’s 20 voters, Trump can’t really win. The result must be certified there on Monday.

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New legal defeat for Trump in the fight against election results

A federal court in the US state of Pennsylvania has again defeated incumbent US President Donald Trump in his fight against the election results. Trump’s lawyers had presented only “time-tested legal arguments of no value and speculative allegations” without evidence, Judge Matthew Brann wrote in a statement published Saturday night before his decision. Trump and his Republican allies have also been defeated in other lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

The order Trump had requested to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying the election results was therefore rejected. Trump’s lawsuit also aimed to invalidate potentially millions of votes in his absence. The arguments and evidence presented would not even have been sufficient to invalidate the vote of “a single voter”, the judge wrote. “Our people, our laws and institutions are more demanding,” he wrote.

In the important state, which has 20 voters to give away, Democrat Joe Biden prevailed. According to predictions from the US media, Biden now has 306 voters, significantly more than the majority of 270 votes it takes to win. However, Trump refuses to admit defeat, claiming massive electoral fraud took place in the November 3 election. However, he has not provided solid evidence for this. For this reason, judges have already dismissed several of his lawsuits.

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