US election: Trump goes to Georgia’s governor – politics

The majority of the Americans have elected the Democrat Joe Biden as the next US President. Still-incumbent Donald Trump, however, is trying to pull out all the stops to overturn Biden’s victory on the legal path. All news and developments at a glance:

Trump attacks Republican governor of Georgia

Monday, November 30th, 8:46 am: The outgoing US President Donald Trump has verbally attacked the Republican governor of Georgia. Brian Kemp did “absolutely nothing” to challenge the result of the presidential election in the southern state, Trump complained in an interview with the news channel Fox News. He is ashamed of having supported Kemp’s application for governorship in 2018. Back then, the Republican narrowly prevailed over Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams.

It was the first live television interview Trump has given since election day. In Georgia, Joe Biden had outstripped the incumbent by some 12,670 votes. This was the first time in almost 30 years that a democratic presidential candidate won the state. Trump makes baseless allegations that illegally cast votes cost him victory in Georgia and other contested states. In a number of countries, however, his legal challenges to the results came to nothing.

In Georgia on January 5th, important runoff elections for the two Senate seats of the southern state are due. The Democrats hope for surprise successes against the two Republican incumbents. If the two Democratic candidates succeed, there would be a tie of 50 to 50 in the Washington Senate. In this case, the future Vice President – Democrat Kamala Harris – decides if there is a stalemate in votes.

Who is in control of the Senate is extremely important. Because the elected President Joe Biden would not be able to get through many of his plans if a Republican-controlled Senate blocked them again and again. The Chamber of Parliament not only has to approve important bills, it also has to confirm personal details, such as those of judges at the Supreme Court or ministers.

Biden introduces a fully female communications team

Monday, November 30th, 4:55 a.m .: President-elect Joe Biden relies on a team of experienced women for White House communications. “Communicating directly and truthfully with the people of America is one of the most important roles of a president,” Biden said on Sunday (US Time).

The prominent role of government spokeswoman is occupied by the Democrat with Jen Psaki – she was, among other things, communications director of the White House and spokeswoman for the State Department under the former Democratic President Barack Obama. Since the election, Psaki had led several briefings with journalists for Biden. She appeared clear and professional. Your deputy in the White House is to be Karine Jean-Pierre, who last worked for the elected Vice President Kamala Harris, as Biden said.

“I’m proud to announce today the first high-level communications team in the White House to feature women only,” said Biden. The “qualified and experienced” candidates bring different approaches and a common will to bring the country forward, said Biden. Harris said, “These communications professionals represent our promise to create a White House that reflects the best of our country.”

Biden’s current deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, is slated to become the White House’s communications director. This gives it a less public role, but one that is important for defining the government’s overall communications strategy. Pili Tobar, in turn, is to become Bedingfield’s deputy. An advisor to Biden’s campaign team, Symone Sanders, is to become the vice president’s spokeswoman; Ashley Etienne is scheduled to work for Harris as a communications director.

Almost at the same time as Biden’s most recent personnel decisions, it became known that Biden had sprained his right ankle while playing with his German Shepherd and suffered small stress fractures in his foot. It can therefore be assumed that the 78-year-old will have to wear a boot-like orthopedic support shoe “for several weeks,” said doctor Kevin O’Connor in a statement made by Biden’s office. Biden may also have to wear it at his planned inauguration on January 20th.


Killing of Iranian Nuclear Physicist – Middle East Shadow War – Politics

The year began with a clap of thunder in the Middle East: On January 3, a US drone killed Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport. The general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanded the Quds Brigades, the unit that is responsible for the regime’s foreign operations in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, as well as for terrorist attacks in other countries. The year draws to a close with the death of a similarly important Revolutionary Guard: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Soleimani was the architect of the Iranian strategy of waging a shadow war in the region with the help of allied militias, especially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, but also increasingly in Yemen. He was the mastermind behind the “Axis of Resistance” against Israel and the US.

Maximum pressure, maximum resistance

And the driving force behind Tehran’s increasingly aggressive reaction to Donald Trump’s exit from the nuclear deal in May 2018 and the “campaign of maximum pressure” with the drastic tightening of American oil and financial sanctions. The regime in Tehran called its response “a campaign of maximum resistance”.

“Make a note of this name”: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Mossad findings on Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and Iran’s military nuclear program in April 2018.

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Fakhrizadeh referred to Western intelligence agents as the “father of the Iranian bomb” or Tehran’s Oppenheimer, a reference to J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the development of the first nuclear weapons during the Second World War as part of the secret Manhattan project in the USA. According to the government in Tehran, Fakhrizadeh fell victim to an attack on his car on Friday. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), since the end of the 1980s he has been in charge of various projects that “are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device” – a very cautious description of the military’s nuclear program.

The covert war is fueled again

The killings of these two prominent figures of the Iranian regime show the vulnerability of Iran, but are only the macabre climaxes of a covert war in the region, which is fueled again by the assassination. The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Saturday for “decisive punishment” of the perpetrators and those behind them. President Hassan Rohani announced that the Iranian nation would respond to the death of Fakhrizadeh “in due course” and not fall for the “Zionist conspiracy”. Like Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Sarif, who spoke of “state terrorism”, he blamed Israel.

There had already been a series of mysterious explosions in Iran in the summer, which can most plausibly be explained as sabotage by the secret services. In June, a building related to the ballistic missile construction program was blown up at the Parchin military base near the capital. The Iranians spoke of a “gas explosion”, and American and Israeli intelligence officials denied they had anything to do with it.

FILE PHOTO: A view of a damage building after a fire broke out at Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility, in Isfahan

In July, an explosion destroyed a hall on the site of the Natans uranium enrichment plant, where Iranian scientists were developing centrifuges.

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A few days later, an explosion on the site of the Natans uranium enrichment plant destroyed a hall in which Iranian scientists were working on the development of new, more powerful gas centrifuges. With these machines, the fissile uranium isotope 235 can be concentrated – for power plant fuel rods to three to five percent, for nuclear weapons to more than 90 percent. The Iranian government soon spoke of sabotage itself.

Iran relies on asymmetrical attacks

Meanwhile, Iran is trying to attack American targets in the region through militias controlled or supported by the Revolutionary Guard, to hit Israel or Arab US allies, above all Saudi Arabia. Only on Tuesday did the Houthi militias from Yemen fire a kind of cruise missile at the oil plants of the Saudi state-owned Aramco near Jeddah. Riyadh responded with heavy air strikes on Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Friday.

As with the drone and cruise missile attack on Aramco in Abqaiq and Khurais in September 2019, which caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, the weapon is likely to have been built with Iranian help, if not the Revolutionary Guards controlled the use. On Wednesday, a tanker ran into a mine in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast – an incident reminiscent of similar acts of sabotage in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman that heightened tensions last year. The United States and other Western countries saw the Revolutionary Guards at work here too.

Air strikes on targets in Lebanon and Syria

Israel’s air force bombed Hezbollah targets in Lebanon in July and August after military officials said there were attempts to infiltrate the border area to attack Israeli soldiers and an exchange of fire in the second incident. Israeli fighter jets also regularly attack facilities of the Revolutionary Guard in Syria; In the past week alone, they flew three waves of attacks on targets near Damascus and Albu Kamal on the border with Iraq. More than 20 militiamen are said to have been killed as well as officers of the guards.

This shadow war is now at a point again at which it could turn into an open military conflict. After Soleimani was killed, Iran was content with a rocket attack on a US base in Iraq, which had primarily a symbolic effect. A little later, however, the Revolutionary Guards shot down a passenger plane with more than 180 occupants near Tehran because they expected a US attack.

Iran’s leadership has reasons to wait for the handover in Washington and hope for better relations under new President Joe Biden. On Wednesday, President Rohani had shown himself confident that the problems with the US under Biden could be “easy to solve” if he kept his campaign promises and led the US back to the nuclear deal. However, the hardliners in Tehran do not want to come to an understanding with the USA, but rather expel them from the region. In addition, Donald Trump will be in office for more than 50 days – and it is completely open what will happen until then.


Alleged Election Fraud: Donald Trump’s Holey Lies – Politics

Donald Trump continues to claim that he actually won the election. That the outgoing president denies reality doesn’t mean he doesn’t know it.


Hubert Wetzel, Washington

At the very end, the president was already on his way out, a reporter called two more questions after him. Strictly speaking, they were more like two statements than questions. “Sir, isn’t that a dictator’s language?” Called the journalist. And, “Mr. President, some people say you deny the reality.” Donald Trump did not answer. He was in a hurry, maybe the roast turkey was waiting for him somewhere in the White House.


Michael Flynn’s pardon: Trump returns the favor – politics

It’s a circle that is coming full circle: Michael Flynn was one of the earliest supporters of Donald Trump, in those days when this somewhat promising presidential candidate was happy to receive any halfway prominent support. Now Trump has returned the favor in his final weeks in the White House – and pardoned Flynn. “It is a great honor for me to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has received a full pardon,” the US President wrote on Wednesday on twitter.

A long and violent legal battle ends with the pardon. Flynn was Trump’s first National Security Advisor. The former three-star general was targeted by his own counterintelligence during Trump’s election campaign because he had close contacts with Russian circles that were suspected of interfering in the US presidential election. When it became known in January 2017 that Flynn had exchanged views with the Russian ambassador before the Trump administration took office and lied to the public about it, he resigned after just 23 days.

In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to the investigation into Special Counsel Robert Mueller of also lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russia. However, he later requested that his confession be withdrawn. Trump and his colleagues see the Flynn case as an attempt by the Obama administration to sabotage the Trump administration even before the first day of office. Flynn, they say, was trapped. US Attorney General Bill Bar called in May in an unusual move that the ongoing case against Flynn be closed. This was denied by a federal judge and an appeals court.

Lied under oath – that remains a criminal offense

With his decision, the President is drawing a line under the “merciless, party-politically motivated persecution of an innocent man,” announced the White House. Even the FBI investigators who questioned Flynn did not believe he had lied to them. Indeed, there were some question marks surrounding Flynn’s questioning. The FBI did not inform the Justice Department about the questioning. The action was also controversial within the FBI. That doesn’t change the fact that Flynn admitted twice in court that he lied under oath about his contacts with Russia. It’s a crime.

It had long been expected that Trump would pardon Flynn. The Democrats criticized the move: “Donald Trump has abused the pardon to reward his friends and allies and to protect those who lie to protect him,” said Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Nancy Pelosi, the spokeswoman for the House of Representatives, spoke of “abuse of power”. Flynn’s actions endangered national security. For that he has to bear the consequences.

In Washington, many assume that Trump will pardon several other former companions in the coming weeks, especially those who were the focus of the Russia investigation. These include former advisers Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos and Trump’s former campaign leader Paul Manafort.

Trump could issue himself a preventive pardon

There is also speculation in the US media that Trump could issue a preventive pardon himself. That would be legally possible. Such a pardon would only include offenses against federal laws. It would have no consequences for the lawsuits that threaten Trump in New York State, where the prosecutor’s office is investigating possible tax and bank fraud, among other things.

Outgoing presidents regularly cause irritation with their pardon. George HW Bush pardoned six former government employees who were involved in the so-called Iran-Contra affair. At that time it was about money from secret arms sales to Iran, which had flowed to a right-wing guerrilla movement in Nicaragua. Former Defense Minister Caspar Weinberger was among those pardoned at the time. On his last day in office, Bill Clinton signed a pardon for financial investor Marc Rich, who had fled law enforcement in Switzerland.


USA: Trump has several reasons to want to undermine Biden’s victory – politics

Is it over? Is it finally over now that US President Donald Trump has agreed that preparations are being made for the handover of office to Joe Biden? The answer is: No, it’s far from over.

Nobody expected Trump to present himself as a decent, a worthy loser. This is not only because he is little further than decency and dignity, it is above all because his damaged worldview does not provide for him, Trump, to lose. His nagging was therefore predictable. However, hardly anyone expected Trump to turn out to be such a bad loser. That he is prepared to shake the very foundations of American democracy in the course of his departure by creating the myth that the election has been postponed and that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.

Trump added his approval of initiating the handover to Biden that he would continue to try to change the outcome of the election. He almost certainly knows by now that these efforts have no prospect of success. Some of his team’s lawsuits are brusquely rejected by the state courts. The recounts do not change the results. The authorities subordinate to him assure that the choice was safe. So what is all this about? Is Trump really only interested in his fragile ego? Is he only organizing this circus so that he can tell himself that he is really the winner? That would be the best reading, as devastating as it is.

Trump always managed to make a Houdini

Trump has often found himself in seemingly hopeless situations in the course of his career as a businessman. Debts piled up, lawsuits piled up, and he had to declare himself bankrupt several times. But he always managed, as they say in American, to make a Houdini. In other words: like the escape artist Harry Houdini, he managed to free himself.

The end of his presidency could be one of those seemingly hopeless situations again. Legal hardship threatens Trump. In particular, the efforts of the Manhattan Attorney’s Office to inspect his tax records could be dangerous for him. The question also remains whether he was guilty of obstruction of justice, while special investigator Robert Mueller investigated the extent to which his campaign team worked with Russia in 2016. At the time, Mueller had refrained from advising the indictment, with the express reference to the president’s immunity. This expires on January 20th. Trump is then a citizen like everyone else.

It is quite possible that he is currently spreading his mind in the hope of reaching some kind of agreement, or, as he would say, a deal. If, after all the noise, he finally leaves and gives some peace: Wouldn’t it be possible that his legal problems would quietly not be pursued further? Didn’t Richard Nixon go unmolested after his presidency, even though there were good reasons for a charge? It is unclear who he should do such a deal with, and the Manhattan Attorney’s Office in particular is not suspected of engaging in games. But since you know how Trump thinks, that could be his calculation.

The United States remains a fragile entity

That’s one thing. The other is that Trump is about to create the legend of leaving the White House even though he did not lose the election; if you will, he remained undefeated in the field. One can hardly imagine what consequences this could have. Surveys show that more than half of Republicans believe Trump’s election was stolen, and the other half at least have doubts about the legitimacy of the vote. This lays the foundation for undermining democracy.

That doesn’t mean the system will collapse anytime soon, but it does mean that it is at risk. Rarely in its history has the United States been so fragile, and the president hits out at possible breaking points. At his departure, Trump once again presents himself as the force of disintegration. In his final days in office, he stated that he was not only the worst president in US history, but also the most dangerous.

Nevertheless, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic. The fact that the courts are opposing Trump’s baseless lawsuits, that the election results are certified and that the handover to Biden begins shows that the system is holding up. So far it has passed its greatest endurance test with flying colors. That didn’t always seem certain, and it’s the best news in a long time.


Back on the go: Ex-Secretary of State Kerry and US Climate Policy – Politics

For a veteran of US foreign policy, Joe Biden closes the circle of his work: The newly elected President has appointed John Kerry, who will be 77 years old in December, as Climate Czar and in this position he has cabinet rank and a seat on the National Security Council granted. “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis for the acute national security threat that it is“announced Kerry.

As Foreign Minister, he had significantly negotiated two important agreements that are part of the core of Barack Obama’s political legacy – and which the outgoing President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from: the nuclear deal with Iran and the Paris climate agreement. Biden wants to bring the USA back into both contracts.

The chances of success for an understanding with Tehran are mixed. Kerry’s mission to restore the United States’ credibility in climate protection, which was ruined under Trump, is likely to be no less difficult.

Todd Stern rated the nomination as an “unusual sign” that would attract great international attention; he was Obama’s climate commissioner and chief US negotiator in Paris.

Trump left no stone unturned in destroying Kerry’s life’s work

For Kerry, who had been in the Senate for decades and later a fellow Biden in Obama’s cabinet, it is a satisfaction, a reparation for the four Trump years. He left no stone unturned in destroying Kerry’s life’s work.

As early as 1992, as a senator, Kerry was a member of the 60-strong US delegation to the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where the Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted – and the US under President George HW Bush refused to sign it.

“The work that began with the Paris Agreement is far from over,” wrote Kerry on Twitter. He is returning to government to “face the greatest challenge of this and future generations”. And provided the message with a picture that shows him signing the 2016 climate agreement with his granddaughter Isabelle on his lap at the UN headquarters in New York.

He would work with the “young leaders of the climate movement,” Kerry promised – another point against Trump. Who had via Twitter about the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunbergthat she should work on her anger management and go to a good old-fashioned movie theater with a friend after Time she had been named Person of the Year in December 2019 – a title that Trump alone should have considered appropriate to himself.

Greta Thunberg will judge the US by actions, not announcements

However, Thunberg in particular will measure the USA, the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, by actions and not by announcements. What Kerry can achieve in his presumably last political office will largely depend on whether the Republicans continue to control the Senate or whether the Democratic candidates prevail in the two runoff elections in the state of Georgia in early January.

For the domestic political implementation of his climate goals, Biden wants to appoint a director in the White House who is equal to Kerry.

At least one year ago, Kerry founded a bipartisan climate coalition whose founding members include not only stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Sting, but also moderate Republicans like former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger from California and John Kasich from Ohio. And Biden has distanced himself from the Green New Deal proposed by his former competitor Bernie Sanders and left-wing MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In addition to Kerry, Biden reactivated a number of other members of the Obama administration. At the same time, he set about getting closer to his promise to form a government that “looks like America”, that is, reflects the diversity of the country. Both criteria apply to Alejandro N. Mayorkas, who is supposed to lead the Homeland Security Department responsible for internal security, counter-terrorism and border protection.

An architect from the Dreamer program is scheduled to run the Department of Homeland Security

Born in Cuba, the lawyer came to the USA with his parents in 1960 on the run from Fidel Castro’s revolution. He is the first Latino and the first immigrant at the head of the agency that Trump put into position primarily as an institution to ward off immigrants from Latin America – with many legally at least questionable methods such as separating children from their families or the controversial construction a fortification of the border with Mexico, praised by Trump as a border wall.

Mayorkas, who turned 61 on Tuesday, assured him that he would do his best to restore confidence in the institutions. He knows the ministry very well, from 2014 onwards he was Vice Minister for two years after various management positions. He was one of the architects of the Dreamer program, with which Obama wanted by decree to protect hundreds of thousands of migrants from deportation who entered the United States illegally as children; Trump had ended the program.

Mayorkas is considered a candidate who is to be mediated both to the moderate and to the left wing of the Democrats – but could face resistance from the Republicans in the Senate.


USA: This is Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Team – Politics

Perhaps, after Trump’s four years of drama and chaos, the most remarkable thing about Joe Biden’s early personnel decisions is how undramatic and unchaotic they are. Secretary of State becomes a man – Tony Blinken – who really knows foreign policy and knows and values ​​those strange beings known as diplomats who implement America’s foreign policy. The national security advisor will be a man – Jake Sullivan – who knows something about security policy and who will work for a president who really wants advice. And the US ambassador to the United Nations will be a woman – Linda Thomas-Greenfield – who has learned the job, a career diplomat who has an idea of ​​what the US can do with this organization.

Compared to the staff who did foreign policy for President Donald Trump, that’s a clear difference. While third-rate people wanted to work for Trump in the end, Biden’s team is the A-team. Blinken, Sullivan and Thomas-Greenfield are some of the smartest and most experienced foreign and security politicians there is in Washington. This also applies to Alejandro Mayorkas, who is to take over the office of Secretary of Homeland Security, as well as to Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA, who makes Biden his intelligence coordinator. If Biden wants to achieve his goal of restoring calm and reliability, normality and stability to America’s foreign and security policy, then these are the right helpers.

This is particularly true of Tony Blinken – 58 years old, a lawyer and, if the Senate confirms him in January, the future US Secretary of State. Blinken has had a typical, flawless Washington career: studied at Harvard and Columbia University, worked on the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton, then on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, which then included a certain Joe Biden Jr. When he became Vice President in 2009, Blinken became his safety advisor. In 2014, President Barack Obama promoted Blinken to Vice Secretary of State.

Blinken spent the Trump years primarily making money. Together with defense expert Michèle Flournoy, who held high positions in the Obama administration in the Pentagon and is now traded as future Secretary of Defense, he founded a consulting firm. He was also a partner at an investment company.

Michele Flournoy

Defense expert Michèle Flournoy is traded as the future head of the Pentagon.

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Jake Sullivan, Biden’s future security advisor, has a very similar résumé. He is 43 years old and also a lawyer. He studied at Yale and Oxford, was chief of the planning staff under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and succeeded Blinken as security advisor to Vice President Biden. The past four years in which Trump has ruined America’s reputation in large parts of the world, Sullivan has also spent in a kind of exile – as a lecturer at Yale and an employee of a consulting firm.

What connects these two men is not just their professional background. They both also have a close personal relationship with Biden. If they talk, the world will know they are speaking for Biden. That was never the case with Trump, he often publicly disavowed his ministers and advisers. With Blinken and Sullivan, US foreign policy will become much more reliable.

Jake Sullivan

Jake Sullivan, 43, is slated to become a security advisor. He was already serving as an advisor to Joe Biden when the Vice President was.

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It helps that Biden, Blinken and Sullivan have very similar views of the world and the role of the USA. All three are staunch internationalists and multilateralists. They believe that America should be a global order and the Western leading power, which must stand up not only for its own interests, but also for the values ​​of that very West. But they also believe that the US needs allies, partners, alliances and international organizations to do this, and that diplomacy, not military force, should be the preferred means.

Blinken and Sullivan are no bugs, on the contrary. You were instrumental in developing Obama’s rather cautious foreign and security policy. Whether it was always successful is a matter of dispute. Among other things, Obama’s strategy has resulted in US responses to the slaughter in Syria or to Russia’s attacks on Ukraine being very subdued. The world is still suffering from both problems today.

Sullivan also played a key role in the negotiations between the US and Tehran on an agreement aimed at containing Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement, which was concluded in 2015, had loopholes, but defused the dispute and presumably prevented a war. Since Trump terminated the agreement, the relationship between the US and Iran has deteriorated significantly. Whether Biden can and wants to rejoin the agreement is open.

For Europe, the names Blinken and Sullivan are good news. Both know the continent. Blinken went to school in France, Sullivan studied in England. That does not mean that from now on there will be no more transatlantic dispute, for example over the level of defense spending. But the days of the gruff “America first” doctrine are over. Biden and his team will see Europe as the most important partner for the USA, NATO as an indispensable alliance and the EU as a guarantor of stability and prosperity – not like Trump as part of a European plot to riot America and the US To ruin the economy.

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Almost four decades in the diplomatic service: UN Ambassador-designate Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

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The nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador is seen as a positive sign in Washington. The 68-year-old has almost four decades in the US diplomatic service behind her, she was ambassador to Liberia and the State Secretary responsible for Africa in the State Department. Thomas-Greenfield would be the second black woman to serve as UN ambassador. Above all, however, her appointment would be a signal to the deeply depressed diplomatic corps that Biden not only takes the United Nations – and thus multilateralism – seriously, but also does not see America’s foreign policy as a playground for large donors or other favorites.

Thomas-Greenfield in New York might even be able to bring an inaugural present. The first decisions of the Biden government will probably include the return of the USA to the World Health Organization (WTO) and the Paris climate protection agreement.

Biden then wants to entrust another old confidante with the task of making America an important player in climate protection again: John Kerry, like Biden once a senator and then Obama’s foreign minister, is to become the “climate tsar”, the president’s special envoy for climate policy . It is unclear why 76-year-old Kerry had to be brought out of retirement for this position. Maybe that’s just the advantage of having a good friend who becomes the US president.


USA: Five Lessons From The US Election – Politics


Hubert Wetzel, Washington

Since November 4th, Donald Trump has been what one is in American politics lame duck calls, a “lame duck”. He is still President of the United States, but he lost the election, his power is dwindling, and his term ends on January 20, 2021. Trump persuades his supporters that he has been cheated out of the victory and will prevent Democrat Joe Biden from being sworn in as the 46th president. But unless Trump organizes a real coup, it is mostly theater.