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Joe Biden Marks Veterans Day In Philadelphia

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Joe Biden Marks Veterans Day In Philadelphia

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Donald Trump’s US election night party has become a Covid-19 super-spreading event after at least five people who attended tested positive for the virus.

It is the second such lapse at the White House, following the Amy Coney Barrett nomination event that put the president in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Arizona is slipping from Mr Trump’s grasp as new vote tallies show Joe Biden is holding his lead. And a law firm representing the president and his allies in Maricopa County has pulled out of a suit there.

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Biden wants a Brexit deal, Micheal Martin says

Joe Biden wants to see a Brexit deal struck between the UK and EU, Micheal Martin has said.

The Irish premier said it meant Boris Johnson should “knuckle down” and see through the negotiations.

“He is very committed to the Good Friday Agreement,” Mr Martin said of the US president-elect. “Particularly in relation to Brexit, he would favour obviously a deal between the European Union and Britain.”

“And I think that’s where, if I could respectfully say it, that’s where the British government should head, in that direction, in my view. It should knuckle down and… get a deal with the European Union.”

“It is crucial that we get a deal – in my view: where there is a will there is a way,” Martin told BBC Radio, adding that a no-deal would be “ruinous” for the United Kingdom.

Jon Sharman12 November 2020 08:23

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Biden speaks with Yoshihide Suga and Moon Jae-in

Along with Scott Morrison of Australia, Joe Biden held phone calls with the leaders of Japan and South Korea overnight.

The trio make up three of Washington’s most important Asian allies.

Moon Jae-in said that he and the president elect had a 14-minute discussion in which the incoming US leader reaffirmed America’s commitment to defend South Korea and said he would closely coordinate with Seoul in a push to defuse a nuclear standoff with North Korea.

Washington’s ties with Seoul formed the “linchpin of security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region”, Mr Biden’s office said he told Mr Moon.

It was reported yesterday that Mr Biden is expected to extract slightly more financial support from Seoul for the US troop presence on the Korean peninsula, but to a significantly smaller degree than Donald Trump has been pushing for – about $1bn compared to $5bn in new contributions from the host nation.

Yoshihide Suga’s office said he and Mr Biden agreed to deepen their countries’ alliance in the face of China’s growing influence and North Korea’s nuclear threats.

Jon Sharman12 November 2020 07:42

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That early call of Arizona for Biden appears to be stacking up

The Associated Press and Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden quite early on – sparking (fire and?) fury in the White House.

Decision Desk, the website which was also the first to call the whole presidential election for Mr Biden, has now also called Arizona.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s attorney general says it is unlikely Mr Trump will be able to catch the Democrat.

Mark Brnovich also cast doubt on a pro-Trump lawsuit in Maricopa County, telling Fox News: “We are literally talking about less than 200 votes that are in question and doubt. So the reality is, even if it was possible that those votes flipped, those 200 votes, I do not think it will make a difference in Arizona just because of the numbers.”

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In more bad news for the president, the law firm Snell & Wilmer, representing the Republican National Committee, has pulled out of the legal action Mr Brnovich referenced.

Jon Sharman12 November 2020 07:32

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Only 27% of Republicans think Biden will be sworn in on inauguration day, survey says

Only 27 per cent of Republicans think it is most likely that Joe Biden will be sworn in as president on inauguration day, according to a new survey by YouGov, writes Louise Hall.

Almost half (47 per cent) of Republicans surveyed still think Donald Trump will be sworn in for a second term, the survey, conducted just over a week after the general election, revealed.

Jon Sharman12 November 2020 07:25

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Biden appoints long-serving aide Ron Klain as chief of staff

Joe Biden has appointed Ron Klain as his chief of staff.

Mr Klain has worked with the president-elect for some time, being a key adviser on his campaign and his own chief of vice-presidential staff during Barack Obama’s first term. He was also Al Gore’s chief of staff in the mid-1990s.

Mr Klain also has experience in public health as the Ebola response coordinator, and played a central role in drafting and implementing the Obama administration’s economic recovery plan in 2009.

In a statement on Wednesday night, Mr Biden suggested he chose Mr Klain because his long experience in Washington had prepared him for challenges like Covid-19, which will involve drawing on work from across government and with Congress.

“His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” said the president-elect.

Jon Sharman12 November 2020 07:23

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People ‘voted Republican – they just didn’t vote Trump’

That’s the message from Arizona’s attorney general, himself a Republican, when asked about the state’s results on Fox News last night. He also criticised Trump campaign attempts to question the count in the state, saying a lawsuit filed by them relates to just 200 ballots – not nearly enough to sway the outcome.

Adam Withnall12 November 2020 07:08

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Trump’s ‘slush fund’: Experts say money for legal battle could go to president

A longtime campaign finance attorney has called Donald Trump’s election defence fundraising campaign a “slush fund,” writes James Crump

Last week, as Mr Trump’s chances of reelection dwindled when President-elect Joe Biden pulled ahead in several swing states, his campaign sent out emails and text messages that led to a website raising money for an “election defense fund” to contest the outcome.

His campaign has repeatedly falsely claimed that there was widespread fraud in last week’s election, and the emails promised that money donated would go to Mr Trump contesting Mr Biden’s victory in court.

Danielle Zoellner11 November 2020 23:47

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Where does Biden’s lead stand in key battleground states? 

Votes are still coming in from states across America as volunteers finish tabulating the absentee ballots that were mailed in by voters. 

On Wednesday, Mr Biden’s lead grew in Pennsylvania and he now leads Donald Trump by more than 50,000 votes, surpassing the 0.5 per cent automatic recount marker. 

His leads by about 14,000 in Georgia, a state that will enter into a by-hand recount. 

In Arizona, Mr Biden’s has narrowly hung onto his lead so far by about 13,000 votes. His lead in Nevada stands at more than 36,000 votes. 

One of Mr Biden’s largest leads in a key battleground state comes from Michigan with more than 150,000-vote difference between himself and Mr Trump. This wide margin has not stopped the Trump campaign from calling for a recount in Michigan. 

Danielle Zoellner11 November 2020 23:46

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Opinion: My immigrant parents love Donald Trump. It’s important you understand why

My early childhood was spent in the Soviet Union. When my parents brought me to America, I didn’t see what they saw, writes Jessie Kanzer

Jon Sharman11 November 2020 23:34

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Trump White House election party becomes super-spreader

Donald Trump hosted an election party on the eve of the presidential race in the White House, in the hope of celebrating a second term.

The party, held in the East Room with minimal mask wearing or social distancing, has now instead turned into a suspected coronavirus super-spreader event with at least five attendees thus far testing positive for the novel virus.

Healy Baumgardner, a former Trump campaign aide and private equity adviser, has become the latest to test positive for Covid-19 after attending the event on 3 November, a Bloomberg reporter revealed.

She joins a growing list of Trump allies who have now tested positive for the virus since the event.

Full report: 

Danielle Zoellner11 November 2020 23:29

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