WA few days before the run-off elections for two decisive Senate seats in the American state of Georgia, one of the candidates went into quarantine. The Republican Senator David Perdue had contact with a corona infected person, as his election campaign team announced on Thursday (local time). Although Perdue and his wife had tested negative for the novel corona virus, the two are now in quarantine.
Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock will challenge Republican incumbents Perdue and Kelly Loeffler next Tuesday. According to surveys, close duels for the two Senate seats can be expected. The runoff elections decide on the future majority in the American Senate. They are of great importance because the future Senate majority will determine the extent to which the future President Biden can implement his reform agenda.
As things stand, the Republicans of the elected President Donald Trump have 50 seats in the Congress Chamber with 100 senators, Biden’s Democrats 48. The Republicans only have to win one of the runoff elections in Georgia to continue to hold a majority in the Senate. This could make it much more difficult to govern.
Meanwhile, future American President Joe Biden has called on his compatriots to unite at the turn of the year. “The challenges we face as a nation will not go away overnight,” Biden wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “But as we look forward to the beginning of the new year, I am filled with fresh hope of the possibilities of better days to come.” After the painful and lossy year 2020, Americans must come together in the new year and heal wounds.
Trump administration refuses to approve the UN budget
In a largely symbolic spike against the United Nations, the government of the incumbent President Donald Trump refused to approve the largest UN budget. When it was passed by the General Assembly on Thursday in New York, well over 160 member states voted in favor of the $ 3.2 billion budget – only the United States and Israel were against.
The United States justified this with what it saw as the anti-Israeli attitude of the body and differences in sanctions against Iran. The outgoing Trump administration had repeatedly expressed criticism of the UN and described the distribution of membership fees as unfair. The United States pays the most to the world organization by far.