The heads of state and government of the leading economic powers continued their G20 summit on Sunday with discussions on climate change. At the end of the two-day video conference, a joint declaration is to be adopted, the focus of which will be on the fight against the corona pandemic. A commitment to a fair global distribution of vaccines is expected. In addition, the G20 is likely to set itself the goal of jointly stimulating the global economy and promising poorer countries further debt relief.
When it comes to climate change, the group, which unites 85 percent of global economic power, is unlikely to come across a common denominator, as it has in recent years. The reason for this was and is the withdrawal of US President Donald Trump from the Paris UN climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. All other G20 countries stand by the agreement.
For still-US President Donald Trump (74), the summit is likely to be the last appearance on the big international stage. On the first day, however, he showed very limited interest in the conference. The video switch had been running for less than two hours when the elected but still incumbent US President left the White House to drive to his golf club in the nearby state of Virginia. Photos showed Trump a little later in a red blouson and a white cap playing golf.
Trump requests re-counting of votes in Georgia
After the narrow victory of his Democratic competitor Joe Biden (77) in the presidential election in the US state of Georgia, Trump has now requested a recount in the state. The corresponding application was submitted on Saturday, said his campaign team. Trump’s lawyers said this was to ensure that every legal vote was counted. Previously, several lawsuits by Trump’s lawyers against the election results in Georgia – as in several other states – had failed in court. Trump had until Tuesday to request another recount. He was able to do this because the gap between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points.
Georgia had already checked the ballot papers herself. Then Biden’s lead over Trump shrank from around 14,000 to 12,670 votes. The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger (65) and Governor Brian Kemp (57) had confirmed the results on Friday afternoon. Biden won the votes of the state’s 16 electorate. Judge Steven Grimberg had dismissed a conservative attorney’s lawsuit on Friday evening (local time), with which he wanted to stop the authentication of the election result in Georgia.
Trump’s legal team explained the request for a recount by stating that they insist on an “honest vote count” that must include signature comparisons and other important protective measures. «Let’s stop giving wrong results to the people. There has to be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully he’ll come soon, ”it said.
New legal defeat for Trump in the fight against election results
Meanwhile, a federal court in Pennsylvania has given Trump another defeat in his battle against the election results. Trump’s lawyers had only presented “tried legal arguments without value and speculative allegations” without evidence, wrote Judge Matthew Brann in a statement published on Saturday evening (local time) for his decision.
The injunction requested by Trump to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying the election results was thus rejected. Trump’s lawsuit also aimed to potentially invalidate millions of absentee votes. The arguments and evidence presented would not even have been enough to invalidate the vote of “a single voter”, wrote the judge. “Our people, our laws and institutions demand more,” he wrote. (SDA / kes)