The majority of the Americans have elected the Democrat Joe Biden as the next US President. Still-incumbent Donald Trump, however, is trying to pull out all the stops to overturn Biden’s victory on the legal path. All news and developments at a glance:
US Congress overrides President Trump’s veto for the first time
Friday, January 1st, 8:40 p.m .: For the first time during Donald Trump’s tenure, the US Congress overturned a presidential veto. After the House of Representatives, the Senate also overruled Trump’s veto on the US defense budget package with the necessary two-thirds majority on Friday.
The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regulates a variety of defense-related issues, from the number of ships bought to the soldiers’ pay. It has been passed for 59 years in a row and is one of the few proposals that enjoys general support in both parties. However, Trump wants companies like Facebook to be more responsible for the content of their users and has demanded a corresponding passage and other changes. Republican supporters of such measures have also said the NDAA is not the place to be.
Record turnout in Georgia Senate runoff election
Thursday, December 31, 9:40 p.m .: A few days before the Senate runoff elections in the US state of Georgia, a record turnout is emerging. More than 2.8 million eligible voters took the opportunity to cast their vote before the actual vote on January 5, according to published data. That is already significantly more than in the Senate election in 2008, when a total of 2.1 million votes were cast.
Democrats and Republicans are vying for two senatorial posts. The outcome decides whether the future President Joe Biden can rule with the support of a parliamentary majority, or whether he has to deal with a divided Congress, which could make it much more difficult for him to implement many projects or fill important cabinet positions.
The runoff election was necessary because none of the candidates in the November 3 congressional election could win the absolute majority required. So far, Republicans have held the posts with Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. If they can defend at least one of the two seats, the Republicans retain a majority in the Senate. However, if the Democrats – Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof – capture both seats, there will be a 50-50 stalemate. In the event of a tie vote in the chamber, it would then be up to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to use her voting rights to bring about a decision. The Democrats would effectively have an advantage in both chambers of Congress, because they already have a majority in the House of Representatives.
However, Republican Perdue will not be able to continue his campaign as planned. As he himself announced on Twitter, the politician will go into quarantine after someone on his team tests positive for the corona virus. The virus has not yet been detected at Perdue itself. Among other things, the incumbent planned to appear together with the incumbent US President Donald Trump.
Biden promises faster vaccination pace
Wednesday, December 30th, 8 a.m .: The elected US President Joe Biden has promised to massively promote vaccinations against the corona virus after taking office. Under the outgoing President Donald Trump, the USA lagged behind, said Biden on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware. At the current rate, it will “take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people”. He will “move heaven and hell” to change that.
After he will be president in a good three weeks, he will be vaccinated five to six times as quickly, so that up to a million vaccine doses can be administered per day. His government’s goal is to make sure that 100 million vaccinations are given in its first 100 days. “If Congress provides the means, we could achieve this incredible goal.” Even so, it will take several months before the majority of Americans are vaccinated, Biden admitted.
Biden swore the Americans to what was possibly the most difficult phase in the corona pandemic. “The next few weeks and months will be very tough, a very tough period for our nation. Perhaps the toughest in the whole pandemic,” he said. “I know it’s hard to hear, but it’s the truth.”
The United States is – if you look at the absolute numbers – the country with the most proven corona infections and confirmed deaths related to Covid-19 diseases. On average, around 180,000 new infections were recorded every day over the past seven days. According to the New York Times So far, more than 2.1 million people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. There are around 330 million people in the United States.
Trump is going to the Supreme Court again
Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 3:15 a.m .: The lawyers of US President Donald Trump have made a new attempt to challenge the result of the presidential election in the US state of Wisconsin. Trump’s campaign team filed a motion with the Washington Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a statement said Tuesday.
A majority of the judges there refused to hear a lawsuit at the beginning of December. If the lawsuit – as requested by the Trump camp – is heard, it would turn the outcome in Wisconsin, claimed Trump’s attorney Jim Troupis. Legal experts doubt that the Supreme Court will even deal with the case.
A victory for Trump in Wisconsin would not have changed the outcome of the election. Overall, Democrat Joe Biden won the election by a clear margin. So far, Trump has not admitted his defeat and claims that he was deprived of a victory through massive fraud. Neither Trump nor his lawyers have provided any substantiated evidence to support these claims. More than 50 lawsuits from the Trump camp have so far been rejected by courts, including the Supreme Court.
The fact that Trump continues to occupy the courts despite proven hopelessness should primarily have to do with money. He calls on his followers daily to donate money to cover the costs of the litigation. However, a donated amount of up to $ 5,000 goes into the pot of his campaign. It is only supposed to be used to cover litigation costs from $ 5001. Without new legal proceedings, he could not ask for new donations.
On January 6, Congress will read the results of the presidential election in the Electoral College, whose members cast their votes in mid-December according to the election results in their states. Biden got 306 votes, Trump 232. Trump supporters are now demanding that Vice President Mike Pence, who also chairs the Senate as such, disregard votes from the swing states that Biden won in the session on January 6. And instead of Biden Trump declared the winner. This request is not given a chance either. Pence has only ceremonial powers at the session.
Monday, December 28, 2020, 11:45 p.m .: The elected US President Joe Biden has warned of massive damage to national security because of a blockade of the administration of incumbent Donald Trump. “Roadblocks” in communication between government officials and his transition team could undermine the safety of Americans, Biden said on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden said his team was facing obstacles from the political leadership in the Department of Defense and the budgetary authority in obtaining the necessary information. The outgoing government does not provide all the necessary information in important areas. “That, in my opinion, is nothing less than irresponsibility,” said Biden. Biden’s team had previously complained that the Ministry of Defense was canceling briefings and withholding information. The Pentagon rejected that.
His team needed full insight into the budget process of the Department of Defense in order to avoid a mess or loopholes that “our opponents could try to exploit”. His advisors have come to the conclusion that authorities important to the security of the US have suffered enormous damage during Trump’s tenure. “Many of them have been undermined in terms of personnel, performance and morals,” said Biden.
After the end of Trump’s term of office, his successor believes that the United States will have to make amends with its international allies. There is currently a “huge vacuum” – the future government must regain the confidence of a world “that has begun to find ways to work around us or to work without us,” said Biden. “We will regain our credibility to lead the free world.”