Presidential election: US election: In the last few weeks of his term in office, Trump pushed through controversial projects
2020 US election: Joe Biden has won the US presidential election and will be sworn in as head of state in two months. All states have now been decided. Incumbent Donald Trump does not yet want to recognize Biden’s victory. All news about the US presidential election 2020 can be found here in the live ticker on FOCUS Online.
- Biden calls on Trump again to hand over official business (10:32 p.m.)
- Clear defeat in the US election? Trump was only missing around 90,000 votes to win (8.30 a.m.)
- Will Trump policy dismantle immediately: Biden is now preparing first decrees (6:38 a.m.)
Narrow election result in Georgia: top Republicans apparently wanted to throw absentee votes
7.41 a.m .: In the US presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden was able to secure a narrow victory in the important state of Georgia. According to matching media reports, Georgia’s Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and party colleagues are said to have put pressure on the state election officer. Postal votes for Joe Biden should have been thrown away.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger’s allegation was “ridiculous,” said Graham. “What I wanted to find out was how to verify signatures on postal votes in the states that were currently the center of attention,” said the senator.
The former Senate Ethics Council chairman, Walter Shaub, was outraged via Twitter. If Bill Barr, a Donald Trump supporter, were not attorney general, this allegation would be followed by an “intense investigation.” Georgia was last voted for a Democratic presidential candidate (Bill Clinton) in 1996.
In the last few weeks of his term in office, Trump pushed through controversial projects
Tuesday, November 17th, 6:34 a.m .: The incumbent US President Donald Trump wants to further reduce the number of US troops abroad before the end of his term in January according to media reports. Commanders were preparing for an order to reduce the number of soldiers in Afghanistan from around 4,500 now to around 2,500 by January 15, the reported Sender CNN on Monday before other media followed suit. The White House referred to the Pentagon upon request. There, too, there was initially no confirmation for the reports. Leading Republicans in the US Congress warned against hasty action.
According to the reports, Trump is expected to command further cuts in soldiers in Iraq. According to CNN, 3,000 US soldiers are still deployed there. Trump had already announced a reduction in the troop strength in Iraq from 5200 to 2000 men in September. The “New York Times“reported, citing a draft order, that almost all of the more than 700 soldiers stationed in Somalia were to leave the country.
Leading Republicans in the US Congress warned against a premature withdrawal from the country. “There is no American who does not wish that the war in Afghanistan against terrorists and their helpers had already been finally won. But that does not change the actual decision that lies before us,” said the majority leader in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell. “A quick withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan would harm our allies and please the people who wish us harm.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s government wants to create facts about controversial oil wells planned in a nature reserve in Alaska. The Home Office on Monday called on companies to register their interest in drilling certain parcels of land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The move comes around two months before the newly elected President Joe Biden, who is against oil and gas drilling in the region, takes office.
In August, the Ministry of the Interior gave the go-ahead for drilling in the coastal region in northern Alaska, which is home to polar bears, reindeer and many other animals. This immediately caused sharp criticism from environmentalists.
Trump is an avowed climate skeptic and promoter of the domestic oil industry. During his tenure, he relaxed numerous environmental requirements in order to accommodate the economy. The newly elected President Biden, on the other hand, who is due to take office on January 20, has made climate protection one of his top political goals.
Biden calls on Trump again to hand over the official business – the rage continues on Twitter
10:32 p.m .: The elected US President Joe Biden has again urged incumbent Donald Trump to initiate a handover of the business of government. “More people could die if we don’t coordinate,” said Biden on Monday in his hometown of Wilmington, with a view to the corona pandemic. It must be planned now how a future vaccine against the coronavirus will be distributed.
“If we have to wait until January 20th (the day he takes office) to start planning, we will lose a month, a month and a half,” said the 77-year-old. Therefore, the Trump administration must work “now” or “as soon as possible” with its transition team.
Trump has not yet admitted his defeat in the November 3 presidential election. He speaks of alleged election fraud without any evidence and has filed a number of lawsuits.
On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter: “The radical left Democrats are trying to steal this election in collaboration with their partner, the fake news media.”
The 74-year-old also blocked the handover of official business to Biden, which also met with criticism in his own ranks.
Clear defeat in the US election? Trump was only around 90,000 votes short of victory
8.30 a.m .: Donald Trump clearly lost the election against Joe Biden. Biden got 306 voters, Trump only 232. And the Democrat Biden was able to collect more than five million more votes than the US President Trump. But it wasn’t that clear after all. In the three states of Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania – a total of 47 electorates – Trump was only a little more than 90,000 votes behind. If Trump had won these three states, it would have been enough for a second term. Then there would now be a president who would have 5 million fewer votes, but would be in the White House.
Trump even managed to do something similar four years ago. He lost nearly 3 million votes nationwide to Hillary Clinton. Due to the special electoral system in the USA, he nevertheless triumphed. Clinton was not even short of 40,000 votes for victory in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
This very electoral system seems outdated to many Americans. The current system assigns a number of voters to each state. This goes from 3 voters in North Dakota, for example, to 55 voters in California. It is based on the number of inhabitants, but the ratio is not right. Smaller, rural states are over-represented. The renowned “Washington Post” therefore calls again to abolish the “Electoral College”. So that at the end of the day the president becomes the majority of the people as head of state.
Wants to dismantle Trump policy immediately: Biden is now preparing the first decrees
Monday, November 16, 6:38 a.m .: Joe Biden is preparing edicts to take a stand against the Trump era on the first day of his term in office. Future US President Joe Biden wants to reverse various political decisions made by Donald Trump on the very first day in the White House. “We have a lot to do for day one,” said Biden’s Chief of Staff Ronald Klain on US television. These included a return to the Paris Agreement, protection for young migrants in the US and health care measures. Biden can initiate this after taking office on January 20th by decree.
Trump meanwhile makes it clear that he has no intention of admitting defeat in the presidential election. He tightened his allegations about alleged election fraud and announced further lawsuits on Monday night. In addition, Trump’s campaign team showered his supporters with calls for donations for the legal battle.
“Our big cases will soon be filed showing the unconstitutionality of the 2020 election and the atrocities that were perpetrated to change the outcome,” Trump wrote on Twitter. The previous lawsuits have had little success in court. Authorities also described the choice as the safest so far.
Trump on election defeat: “I don’t admit anything!”
3:38 p.m .: US President Donald Trump on Sunday quickly rejected the impression that he reluctantly admitted his election defeat against Joe Biden. “He only won in the eyes of the fake news media. I don’t admit anything!” Wrote Trump on Twitter.
He had previously used the words “he won” for the first time in a tweet with reference to Biden – but paired it with his usual accusation of election fraud. He commented on a tweet from a TV presenter who had doubts about Biden’s success with the words: “He won because the election was rigged.”
Trump’s lawyers are filing various lawsuits in several states, but have not yet been able to provide convincing evidence of election fraud. After the election, according to calculations by the US media, Biden will get 306 votes from electors, while 270 are necessary for a victory. His lead is sufficient to withstand recounts and a partial success of previous Trump lawsuits.
Trump writes for the first time about Biden’s election victory – and immediately renews baseless accusations
2.34 p.m .: The incumbent US President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet for the first time on Sunday that his challenger Joe Biden had won the presidential election – but at the same time reiterated his allegations that the vote had been manipulated. The Republican responded to a tweet in which a Fox News presenter wondered how Biden could be ahead if he had a weak election campaign.
Trump wrote: “He won because the election was rigged.” He repeats his allegations, which have still not been substantiated, that no election observers were admitted and that software used during the count falsified the results. Trump’s attorneys are filing various lawsuits in several states. It was not until Sunday night that he put the legal battle for the election results in the hands of his longtime lawyer and companion Rudy Giuliani.
After the election, according to calculations by the US media, Biden will get 306 votes from electors, while 270 are necessary for a victory. His lead is sufficient to withstand recounts and a partial success of previous Trump lawsuits.
Overview of the current US election results
(Number of voters in brackets, swing states in bold)
Trump wins (232):
- Alabama (9)
- Alaska (3)
- Arkansas (6)
- Florida (29)
- Idaho (4)
- Iowa (6)
- Indiana (11)
- Kansas (6)
- Kentucky (8)
- Louisiana (8)
- Maine (1)
- Mississippi (6)
- Missouri (10)
- Montana (3)
- Nebraska (4 of 5)
- North Carolina (15)
- North Dakota (3)
- Ohio (18)
- Oklahoma (7)
- South Carolina (9)
- South Dakota (3)
- Tennessee (11)
- Texas (38)
- Utah (6)
- West Virginia (5)
- Wyoming (3)
Biden wins (306):
- Arizona (11)
- Colorado (9)
- Connecticut (7)
- Delaware (3)
- District of Columbia (3)
- Georgia (16)
- Hawaii (4)
- Illinois (20)
- California (55)
- Maine (2+1)
- Maryland (10)
- Massachusetts (11)
- Michigan (16)
- Minnesota (10)
- Nebraska (1 of 5)
- Nevada (6)
- New Hampshire (4)
- New Jersey (14)
- New Mexico (5)
- New York (29)
- Oregon (7)
- Pennsylvania (20)
- Rhode Island (4)
- Vermont (3)
- Virginia (13)
- Washington (12)
- Wisconsin (10)
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