The ongoing political fracas between Donald Trump and Congress with regard to the funding of his proposed border wall with the US and Mexico appears to have been knocked up a gear, as the US President has announced that he will be seeking a State of Emergency in order to secure full funding for the controversial project. Previously requesting $5.7 billion for the perimeter from Congress, the US was plunged into the longest US government shutdown in history. It was thought that, at the eleventh hour, a deal to find at least some of the money had been struck with Congress.
Trump, however, declared a National Emergency in a move which is thought to be an attempt to claim an additional $6.5 billion in funding on top of that which was agreed via Congressional bill earlier in the week. According to the Washington Post, the President followed up the announcement and associated speech with the signing of a spending bill on Friday 15th in order to avoid another shutdown situation.
Trump Declares National Emergency For Border Wall [video]
States of Emergency have been declared before. One such event occurred under Barack Obama as a result of the swine flu epidemic. This motion declared by a US President will allow the White House to divert Congressional attention to a matter of public urgency. Such occurrences have happened several times. It will generally mean that the State will be required to step in to supplement funding to fight such an emergency.
However, Trump’s border wall issue is being viewed by some politicians and public figures on either side of the debate as a move which was ill-advised. It’s thought that Trump’s move will divert funds from military and medicinal funding, and even some of those in his own Republican Party warned against such a move being made.
Trump’s decision is, according to various sources, about to be met by several legal challenges, not least from the State of California, who, according to Governor Gavin Newsom, will be making strides to sue to President. “President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution,” Gov. Newsom, a Democrat, remarked. “Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court.”
Trump waxes lyrical over coming legal battle [video]
Democrats in Congress have slammed the decision as unconstitutional, and that moves will be made to fight the State of Emergency on either a legislative or court level. What happens next is anyone’s guess – but anyone thinking Trump would have a quiet 2019 will already be eating their thoughts.
Launching another scathing attack on China, US President Donald Trump addressed the second 'Salute to America' on America's 244th Independence Day, saying that the country was doing great until it got hit by a virus that came from China. "The power of tariffs being imposed on foreign lands that took advantage of the United States for decades enabled us to make great trade deals where there were none. Tens of billions of dollars are now paid to the US treasury by the same countries but then we got hit by the virus that came from China," Trump said. He further said, "We're producing gowns, masks, and surgical equipment. It was almost exclusively made in foreign lands, in particular, China where ironically this virus and others came from. China's secrecy, deceptions, and cover-ups allowed it to spread all over the world and China must be held fully accountable." Speaking on the coronavirus vaccines, Trump said, "We are now unbelievably doing well and are testing on vaccines, treatments and therapeutics. I want to send our thanks to scientists and researchers around the country and the world who are at the forefront of our historic effort to rapidly develop and deliver life-saving treatments and ultimately a vaccine. We are unleashing our nation's scientific brilliance and we will likely have a therapeutic and vaccines solution long before the end of the year."
The US is in the process to defeat the radical left, agitators, looters and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing, said President Donald Trump during his second 'Salute to America' celebration speech. "American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth...We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing," Trump said. He further said, "We will not allow anyone to divide our citizens by race or background. We will not allow them to foment hate, discord and distrust."
President Donald Trump has vowed to “safeguard” America’s values from enemies within in a speech to celebrate the Fourth of July.Mr Trump watched paratroopers float to the ground in a tribute to America, greeted his audience of front-line medical workers and others central in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and opened up on those who “slander” him and disrespect the country’s past.“We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and the people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” he said.
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Bihar Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) vice president Hula Pandey on July 04 took a dig at the Congress and said that there is no one left to help the party. Pandey said that may be the Congress is thinking that if Ram Vilas Paswan goes with them, then they can form government in Bihar. He said, "We've always seen that government is formed by the side that we are with. Now, there is no one left to help Congress. So, maybe they are thinking that if Ram Vilas goes with them, they can form govt. This is just a daydream."
BJP leader Jyotiraditya M. Scindia on July 2 said that he does not need any certificate from Congress' Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath. He slammed them by saying, "The facts are before the people how they looted the state in 15 months....I want to tell them 'tiger abhi zinda hai'" Earlier in the day, 28 MLAs took oath as ministers in Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan government. BJP senior leaders Gopal Bhargava, Yashodhara Raje Scindia were among the leaders who took oath in MP cabinet. Caretaker Governor of Madhya Pradesh Anandiben Patel administered oath to BJP leaders.
A team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrived at the residence of Congress leader Ahmed Patel in Delhi. They came for questioning Ahmed Patel on June 30 in connection with Sandesara scam. Patel's name was surfaced during investigation against Sandesara Group of Companies in an alleged bank loan fraud case. ED's investigation reveals that Sterling Biotech Ltd (SBL), Sandesara Group and its main promoters namely Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara, and Deepti Sandesara have cheated more than Rs 14,500 crores to Indian Banks. Not only Ahmed Patel, his son, Faisal Patel, and his son-in-law, Irfan Siddiqui, have been named by a corporate executive being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection to a money laundering case.
[NFA] Russian bounty offers to Taliban militants are believed to have led to the death of at least one U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, according to American intelligence, two newspapers reported, and Congress on Monday demanded more information about the reports. Gavino Garay has the story.
Indoor activities at restaurants, movie theaters and other facilities will be banned in most of California for at least three weeks as COVID-19 infections surge, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.
California has seen a jump in new novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases, and Gov. Gavin Newsom is cracking down. According to Business Insider, Gov. Newsom ordered bars and nightlife spots to close in seven of the state's counties, including Los Angeles. Newsom acted after California saw a rise in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger.
In light of rising covid-19 cases, Governor Gavin Newsom of California has made a change. Newsom has announced that the state would require all residents to wear face masks. Even just a simple covering in public and in situations deemed high-risk meets the requirement. The reasoning is simple, the virus is still in it's first wave of attack on the United States. Florida is setting record numbers of new cases every day and has zero face mask rules in place.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that some Barbershops and hair salons may reopen. The shops will have to comply with strict health and safety protocols in order to reopen. Salon employees will be required to wear face coverings and are encouraged to also wear eye protection. According to Business Insider, customers will also be required to wear face coverings. Customers will also be required to use hand sanitizer and follow social distancing guidelines.
Pre-COVID-19, the White House was always one of the busiest social hubs in Washington. But since late March, it's been on virtual lockdown. This week, however, party preparation began anew. Previously laid off staff have returned this week to set up the White House July Fourth party. Guests will be front-line workers and their families, including law enforcement, doctors, nurses, and others, as well as members of the military.
[NFA] White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump was not verbally briefed on a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because the intelligence was not corroborated at the time. Colette Luke has more.
Former President Barack Obama has brought "solace" to George Floyd's family. Obama and Floyd's family had an emotional 25-minute phone call recently, reports Business Insider. Al Sharpton spoke with the New York Times, revealing some of the finer details. "I want you to have hope. I want you to know that Michelle and I will do anything you want me to do." Obama The call shows how powerful Obama's role remains in American public life.
Organizers of the event have suggested the comedian disguised himself as a lead singer who encouraged the crowd to sing along to lyrics such as "Obama what we gotta do, inject him with the Wuhan flu" and "Corona is a liberal hoax."
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In the United States, if one political party is doing well, it tends to publish polls that say so. And according to CNN, the Democratic party is publishing an awful lot of polls these days. Democratic and liberal aligned groups have put out 17 House polls taken in April or later. However, Republican-aligned groups have put out zip, zilch, nada. Zero. That's a very bad ratio for Republicans. It hasn't always been that way, though.
Joe Biden has not selected a vice president for his 2020 campaign. He pledged to chose a woman for his ticket. Elizabeth Warren is campaigning hard to be Biden's running mate. But, a new poll of Democratic voters could be bad news for the senator. According to Fox News 19% found her to be a “not acceptable” choice, the highest negative rating of any of the 11 candidates listed. Her negative views rose among white voters.
There has been speculation that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is suffering from cognitive decline. During a press conference, his first in months, Biden was asked by a reporter if he had been tested for “cognitive decline.” According to the Hill, Biden became enraged said “I’ve been tested. I’ve been tested constantly.” Biden went on to say he could “hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.