Has the White House ever been destroyed?
- The Donald Trump era is over: On January 20th, Joe Biden was sworn in as the new President of the USA.
- The Senate acquitted Trump in impeachment proceedings.
- Follow the latest developments after Biden took office in our news blog.
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Contrary to the fears of many after the storming of the Capitol on January 6, the inauguration was peaceful. Immediately after moving into the White House, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took over the business and reversed a number of Trump decisions. The Senate acquitted Trump in impeachment proceedings.
The events in the USA in our news blog.
Minister Deb Haaland first Native to join the US cabinet
11 clock: Congressman Deb Haaland will be the first Native American woman to hold a ministerial post in the US cabinet. A majority in the Senate confirmed her nomination as Home Secretary in the cabinet of Democratic President Joe Biden on Monday (local time). She should be sworn in shortly. The Democrat Haaland (60) from the state of New Mexico belongs to the tribe of the Pueblo of Laguna. According to her website, her family has lived in the southern state for more than 30 generations.
In the USA, the Ministry of the Interior, with around 70,000 employees, is primarily responsible for the administration of the state-owned land. The ministry decides, for example, whether nature reserves are designated or whether energy generation such as fracking is permitted. The area of responsibility also includes the national parks and important matters relating to the approximately 1.9 million indigenous people. Internal security, on the other hand - which is the responsibility of the interior ministries in Europe - is the responsibility of the home security department in the USA.
Reference to renewed attack on US Capitol - House of Representatives prefers to vote
6.20 a.m .: After indications of a possible renewed attack on the US Capitol, the US House of Representatives has brought forward a vote planned for this Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Chamber of Parliament confirmed that after Wednesday evening there would be no further votes in this session week. US media unanimously reported that the House of Representatives meeting scheduled for Thursday had been canceled. The Washington Post reported that the Senate - the other chamber in Congress - is still planning to meet in the Capitol on Thursday.
Capitol Police announced on Wednesday that intelligence indicated a possible plan by a militia to attack the Capitol that Thursday. The Capitol Police are aware of potential threats and are prepared for them. In addition to the erection of barriers, among other things, the number of security forces to protect Parliament has been increased.
Supporters of the elected US President Donald Trump, who has since left office, stormed the Capitol on January 6 during a session of Congress and wreaked havoc and havoc there.
Some supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe that Trump will return to power this Thursday, March 4th. Until 1933, March 4th was the official date on which US presidents were sworn in after an election. After the attack on January 6th, security at the Capitol was massively tightened and the parliament building was cordoned off. Acting chief of the Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, had already warned at a hearing in Congress last Thursday that there was information that members of the right-wing militia were considering another attack on parliament.
Biden has to accept the first setback
7 o'clock: The new US President Joe Biden suffered a setback for the first time when his cabinet members and heads of authorities were confirmed by the Senate. He had accepted Neera Tanden's resignation as a candidate for the head of the government's budget office (OMB), the president said on Tuesday evening (local time). Many Republicans and at least one Democratic senator had turned down Tanden's candidacy. They criticized earlier statements by Tandens, who, among other things, had made very disparaging statements about leading Republicans on Twitter.
The Budget Office (OMB) is a lesser-known authority, but it is very important for the running of government business. With the withdrawal of the candidacy, Biden was spared a foreseeable defeat in the Senate vote. So far, Biden has been able to push through his candidates for ministerial posts and authorities in the Senate with a non-partisan majority. The Democrats alone currently hold exactly 50 of the 100 seats in the Senate. The Chamber of Congress must approve all top government personalities.
Biden said he had "the greatest respect" for Tanden, for their experience and advice. He is looking forward to bringing her to the government's service in a different role. Tanden said in a letter to Biden circulated by the White House that she was honored to be nominated for the post. "Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no way to be confirmed (by the Senate)," wrote Tanden accordingly. She wanted to prevent sticking to the nomination from becoming a burden for the government.
Trump quietly got vaccinated against coronavirus in January
6.45 a.m.: Former US President Donald Trump quietly got vaccinated against the corona virus shortly before the end of his term in office. Trump and his wife Melania were vaccinated in January in the White House, it was reported on Monday from the environment of the ex-head of state. Trump himself has not yet spoken publicly about the vaccination.
The 74-year-old contracted the corona virus last October and repeatedly said after his recovery that he considered himself “immune”. On Sunday, in his first public appearance since leaving the White House, he called on all US citizens to get vaccinated. Experts warn that the vaccine skepticism in parts of the population - including many Trump supporters - threatens to make the fight against the pandemic more difficult.
Trump's successor, Joe Biden, had himself publicly vaccinated in December, a month before he took office, to encourage trust in the new vaccine. Trump's then Vice President Mike Pence also had a vaccination administered in front of the cameras. In the USA, more than 514,000 people have died as a result of a corona infection, by far the highest number in the world. More than 50 million people in the country have now received at least one dose of vaccine. That corresponds to 15 percent of the population.
Trump rules out party formation
11:08 p.m .: In his first public appearance since leaving office, the former US President Donald Trump ruled out the establishment of a new party. "I'm not going to found a new party," said Trump on Sunday in Orlando at the CPAC conference, an event organized by conservative activists. “We have the Republican Party.” It will be united and stronger than ever. "I will continue to fight right by your side." Earlier reports about a possible founding of your own party were "fake news".
Trump is keeping a possible candidacy for 2024 open. However, he did not explicitly declare that he would run for the next presidential election.
Trump sharply criticized his successor Joe Biden's policies, which is unusual for a recently retired US president. Trump certified Biden "the most disastrous first month of a president in modern history". Trump's appearance was accompanied by the conference participants with frenetic applause and “USA, USA, USA” shouts.
Trump refuses to this day to admit his defeat against Biden. He claims to have been robbed of victory by massive electoral fraud, but has never presented any evidence. Biden got 81 million votes in the election and a clear majority of the electorate. More than 74 million Americans voted for Trump.
Biden calls for quick approval of the Senate for the stimulus package
8.20 a.m .: After the approval of the House of Representatives, US President Biden called on the Senate to quickly pass the stimulus package he proposed against the Corona crisis. "We have no time to lose," said Biden on Saturday (local time) during a brief address in the White House. "The people in this country have suffered too much for far too long." His "American rescue plan" alleviates this suffering, said the president. Biden thanked the House of Representatives, which had approved the stimulus package worth 1.9 trillion US dollars (around 1.6 trillion euros) on Saturday night.
In a next step, the Senate now has to approve, where part of Biden's plan suffered a setback beforehand: The official responsible for the procedural rules in this chamber decided that the national minimum wage should not be increased to 15 US dollars per hour as part of the economic stimulus package can.
The scope of the measures planned by Biden would correspond to almost ten percent of the US economic output. The Republicans reject such a large package. Biden wants to use the package to stimulate the economy and create millions of new jobs. Among other things, it provides for direct payments to private households, financial aid for coronavirus tests and for the distribution of vaccines as well as additional support for the unemployed.
Biden and the Democrats are pushing for a hurry as the extended and increased unemployment benefits for millions of Americans will expire on March 14 if the president does not sign the law beforehand. In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans each have 50 seats, while Vice President Kamala Harris - who is also President of the Chamber - can cast the casting vote in the event of a stalemate.
Congress only passed an aid package worth around $ 900 billion at the end of December. After the worsening of the pandemic in the United States, Congress also passed economic stimulus packages worth almost three trillion dollars last spring. The US government's mountain of debt has grown rapidly since then.
US House of Representatives votes for Biden's Corona aid package
8.15 a.m.: The Corona aid package from US President Joe Biden has cleared the first parliamentary hurdle: The House of Representatives in Washington approved the 1.9 trillion dollar (1.6 trillion euros) package of measures on Saturday night. 219 MPs voted for the stimulus and aid package, 212 MPs against, including two Democrats. Now the Senate has to give its approval. "The text is approved," said House Democratic majority leader Nancy Pelosi.
The approval of the House of Representatives was considered certain, as Biden's Democrats have a majority in the Congress Chamber. The aid package provides checks for $ 1,400 to millions of citizens. In addition, $ 160 billion is earmarked for corona vaccinations, tests and health workers, $ 130 billion for the safe reopening of schools, and $ 350 billion in aid for cities and states, among other things. Contrary to what Biden originally planned, the increase in the minimum wage is no longer part of the aid package.
The lawyer responsible for compliance with parliamentary rules in the Senate, Elizabeth McDonough, decided on Thursday that the increase in the minimum wage in the parliamentary chamber should not be put to the vote together with the Corona aid package. During the election campaign, Biden had promised an increase in the minimum wage from currently $ 7.25 to $ 15. But even without the integration of the minimum wage, the Corona aid package would be the second largest economic stimulus program in US history if passed by the Senate. Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, signed a two trillion economic stimulus plan in March of last year, the most expensive in US history to date.
Bidens order: US air strikes against pro-Iranian militias in Syria
06:22 am: The US military has carried out air strikes in eastern Syria on the orders of President Joe Biden. It was the first officially known military operation under the command of the new US president. The US Department of Defense said the target of the attacks was "multiple facilities" at a border crossing. These were used by militias supported by Iran, said spokesman John Kirby on Thursday evening (local time).
The air strikes were a "proportionate" response to recent attacks against US soldiers and their international partners in Iraq. According to reports by the news broadcaster CNN, which cited US sources, “up to a handful” of militia members were killed in the attack.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the attacks. "I am proud of the men and women in our ranks who carried out this attack."
"The mission sends a clear message," said Kirby. President Biden is ready to act when it comes to protecting US military personnel and their allies. At the same time, the proportionate attacks were deliberately carried out in order to "de-escalate the situation in eastern Syria and Iraq," said Kirby. According to the Pentagon, the destroyed infrastructure was used by the Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah, among others.
"We know what we hit," said Kirby, ruling out any mistake. "We are sure that the target was used by the Shiite militias who carried out the attacks (in Iraq)."
The Syrian state media did not comment on the US attack until morning.
A civilian contractor belonging to the international military coalition was killed in a rocket attack on the northern Iraqi city of Erbil last week and several people were injured. The attack had fueled fears of further violence against US and international forces in Iraq. A total of 14 missiles were shot down.
The attack on the pro-Iranian militias comes shortly after Washington reaches out to Tehran and seeks to change course. Just last week the US government publicly agreed to talks to save the international nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA). The nuclear deal was concluded in 2015 between Iran and the USA, Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia and China. Under Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, the United States withdrew unilaterally in 2018.
2:05 pm: US President Joe Biden has lifted the stop of legal immigration ordered by his predecessor Donald Trump. The regulations did not promote the interests of the United States, on the contrary: They harmed them, the president's proclamation said on Wednesday (local time). Not only families were separated as a result. Companies that use “talents from all over the world” also had disadvantages.
Trump initially restricted legal immigration to the United States last April for 60 days and then extended the measure. It was justified with the high unemployment as a result of the corona pandemic and the protection of American workers from competition from abroad.
This mainly affected foreigners who applied for a green card for permanent residence in the USA. In addition, Trump had suspended the issuing of various work visas. Exceptions were possible for certain workers, for example in the health sector.
Trump insists on election fraud lie
9:51 p.m .: Even four weeks after leaving the White House, former US President Donald Trump claims that his victory in the presidential election in November was stolen. Trump spoke by phone on Fox News on Wednesday - actually to pay tribute to the late conservative radio presenter Rush Limbaugh.
Trump used the - now rare - media presence again to spread his lies about alleged electoral fraud. “Rush thought we won. Me too, ”said Trump. "He was quite angry about it." Many people feel that way. "You don't even know how angry this country is." What happened was a shame. Trump has been whipping his supporters since election day with untruthful statements about the course of the presidential election.
He has not yet recognized Democrat Joe Biden's clear victory in the November 3rd presidential election. He never presented evidence of manipulation of the election. His camp failed with dozens of lawsuits against the election result.
Trump fuels the Republican power struggle
8 o'clock: Former US President Donald Trump fueled the dispute over the direction of his party with a rant against top Republican Mitch McConnell.In a statement, Trump made it unmistakably clear that he would see the Republicans as black for the future should they hold on to McConnell as a leading figure in the party. "The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political" leaders "like Senator Mitch McConnell at the top," said Trump on Tuesday (local time). “If the Republican senators hold on to him, they won't win again. He will never do what needs to be done or what is right for our country. "
McConnell has been the Republican majority leader in the Senate for the past few years and one of Trump's most powerful allies. After the violent storming of the US Capitol by incited Trump supporters, however, there was a break between the two. At the same time, since Trump was voted out in the presidential election in November, a dispute has raged within the party about the future direction of the party, which not only lost the White House but also control of the Senate to the Democrats.
Trump attested McConnell - who has sat in the Senate for 36 years - a lack of political understanding, and he lacks wisdom, skill and personality. He berated McConnell as "bad tempered" and as "political useless" and threatened to support McConnell's internal party rivals. According to the "New York Times" an original version of the announcement should have been even more drastic. Trump also had the idea of holding a press conference.
Trump shows himself to his supporters in Florida
6.45 a.m.: Two days after the impeachment process in the Senate, which the ex-president survived, Donald Trump showed himself to his supporters in West Palm Beach. The 74-year-old moved his first residence to Florida and was on his way back from a golf course in Mar-a-Lago. Several hundred fans lined the street and waved flags. Trump seemed to be enjoying the reception. He wore a white shirt and a Make America Great Again cap.
After his acquittal by the Senate, nothing formally stands in the way of a further political career that his supporters hope for.
Biden: End of a sad chapter in US history
11.30 a.m.: US President Joe Biden has rated the impeachment acquittal of his predecessor Donald Trump as the "end of a sad chapter" in American history. "Even if the last vote did not lead to a conviction, the essence of the allegation is undisputed," said Biden in a statement made late on Saturday evening (local time) by the White House. 57 senators have found ex-President Trump guilty of "inciting the deadly revolt against our democracy".
In a brief review of the presidential election questioned by Trump and the events that followed, which finally led to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, killing five, Biden spoke of "a sad chapter in our history". This has shown that democracy is fragile and must always be defended.
Now this conflict must be ended and the soul of the nation healed. "This is the task that stands before us that we must tackle together," warned Biden. "As United States of America," Biden concluded, with the word "United" underlined.
Donald Trump responds to acquittal
10:28 p.m .: Ex-President Donald Trump has welcomed the Senate's impeachment acquittal against him and stated that his political movement was just beginning. He is looking forward to the "incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for our entire people," said Trump in a statement on Saturday. "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to make America great again has only just begun," said the Republican. “There's never been anything like it!” Trump thanked the Republican senators for acquittal. The Democrats tried to undermine the rule of law, he said.
Senator McConnel blames Trump for storming the Capitol
10:26 p.m .: Former President Donald Trump is morally responsible for the storming of the Capitol by his supporters, according to the Republican minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell. Trump had incited this for weeks with lies about his allegedly won election, McConnell said on Saturday in the Senate about his party colleague. Trump "orchestrated" the storming and "shamefully" violated his duties as president, said McConnell.
The senator had nevertheless voted against a condemnation of Trump - according to his own statement, because he considered the process to be unconstitutional after the end of Trump's term in office.
US Senate acquits Trump
9:57 p.m .: Almost six weeks after the storming of the Capitol by angry supporters of Donald Trump, the US Senate acquitted the ex-president of the charge of "inciting rioting" in the impeachment proceedings. A majority of 57 senators voted for a condemnation of the Republican on Saturday, but they missed the two-thirds majority of 67 votes necessary for a condemnation in the Senate. 50 Democrats and seven Republicans voted to condemn Trump.
The Democrats had initiated impeachment proceedings for Trump's role in storming the Capitol on January 6th. They also wanted to ensure that the president, who has since left office, is banned from future political offices at the federal level. This would have made it impossible for Trump to run for the presidency again in the 2024 election.
The so-called impeachment process has been conducted in the Senate since Tuesday. The Congress Chamber took on the role of a court. Although many Republicans also criticized Trump for his role in the January 6 events, a conviction seemed unlikely. To do this, 17 Republicans would have had to join the 50 Democrats.
Supreme Republican wants to vote for Trump acquittal
4.10 p.m .: According to media reports, the leader of the US Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, wants to vote for an acquittal for the former President Donald Trump in the impeachment process. The Senate minority leader had informed his colleagues about his decision, reported on Saturday, among other things, the "Washington Post" and the news channel CNN. The powerful puller argues that there is no legal basis for a conviction. If a guilty verdict against Trump was previously considered highly unlikely, a conviction should now be ruled out. The vast majority of Republican senators have indicated that they do not want to vote for a condemnation of the ex-president for storming the Capitol on January 6th.
Biden allows asylum seekers back into the country on the border with Mexico
5.30 p.m .: The US government is taking another step in moving away from former President Donald Trump's tough immigration and asylum policies. As the US Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday, asylum seekers who had been sent back to Mexico due to a Trump decree will be allowed into the country again from next week.
The ministry says there are currently around 25,000 open cases. Trump had announced the policy known as "Remain in Mexico" (for example: Stay in Mexico, or: Stay in Mexico) at the end of 2018. On the basis of a decree, asylum seekers from South and Central America who came to the USA via Mexico have been sent back to Mexico until their asylum procedure has been clarified.
According to the American Immigration Council, a non-governmental organization, at least 70,000 people were brought to Mexico in this way. This led to sometimes dramatic conditions on the Mexican side of the border, which were made even worse by the corona pandemic. Affected asylum seekers will now gradually be allowed to enter the United States from next week, as the Department of Homeland Security announced.
They should first be tested for the corona virus. "This measure is a further step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that are inconsistent with our nation's values," said the new Minister of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.
Jill Biden puts hearts in front of the White House for Valentine's Day
4.40 p.m .:The new First Lady of the USA, Jill Biden (69), had big hearts set up in front of the White House for Valentine's Day. On them are the words love, unity, compassion, family, kindness, strength and healing. She wanted to donate "a little joy, a little hope," said the President's wife on Friday. "Everyone feels a little down in the pandemic."
The hearts in pink, red and white are placed on the north meadow in front of the presidential residence so that they can be seen in the background of the live broadcasts of American television channels from the White House.
The Biden couple viewed the installation on Friday morning with coffee mugs in hand. Joe Biden (78) wore a leather jacket with a presidential crest and jeans, their dogs Champ and Major accompanied the couple. "Valentine's Day is Jill's favorite day, really," said the US President.
Afghanistan withdrawal presents Biden with "serious dilemma"
12.50 p.m .: The planned troop withdrawal from Afghanistan presents the new US President Joe Biden with "serious dilemmas" from the point of view of a senior representative of the US State Department. Biden has announced a review of the peace agreement negotiated with the Taliban under his predecessor Donald Trump.
The level of violence in Afghanistan remains "very, very high", this is "shocking and extremely disappointing," said the ministry representative, who wanted to remain anonymous, the AFP news agency. This “undoubtedly harms the atmosphere for any settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan”.
The agreement provides for the withdrawal of all international troops by April 30th. The condition was that the Islamist militia significantly reduce the violence and that al-Qaeda and other extremist organizations not give refuge. The Taliban also committed to direct peace talks with the government in Kabul. However, the talks are extremely slow, and hardly a day goes by without a bomb explosion, attacks on government troops or a targeted attack somewhere in the country.
Maas is quoted in impeachment negotiations against Trump
1 O 'clock: Statements by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have made it into the impeachment proceedings against former US President Donald Trump. One of the prosecutors, MP Joaquin Castro, quoted the German chief diplomat on Thursday (local time) at the hearing in the US Senate.
After the attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol in January, Maas spoke out in favor of holding all those responsible to account - including the instigators. The SPD politician had said that the originators of such derailments would have to be held accountable. "These include the violent rioters, and that includes their instigators."
Castro quoted these words from Maas on Thursday when he spoke at length about international reactions to the violence at the Capitol in the trial against Trump. The US Democrat complained that opponents of the United States were using the escalation to proclaim the failure of Western democracies and portray the United States as a hypocrite. Castro also referred to reactions from allies of the United States and quoted Maas, among others. Castro warned: "The world is watching and wondering if we are who we pretend to be."
Prosecutors back up allegations against Trump with disturbing videos
8.30 a.m .: With disturbing video recordings and a meticulous retelling of the violent attack on the US Capitol, the prosecutors in the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump reinforced their allegations against the former US president. The prosecutors presented on Wednesday (local time) in the US Senate dramatic and in some cases previously unpublished video scenes from the storming of the Congress seat by Trump supporters in early January. They accused Trump of having prepared the ground for the attack for months with his election fraud allegations and ultimately having deliberately instigated and orchestrated the outbreak of violence.
Supporters of the elected president had violently stormed the Capitol on January 6th. Congress met there to officially confirm the election victory of Trump's successor in office, Joe Biden. Five people were killed in the riots, including a police officer. Trump had stirred up his supporters at a rally shortly before that the election victory had been stolen from him. Among other things, he said: "If you don't fight like the devil, you will have no more land."
The Democrats therefore accuse him of “inciting a riot” and have initiated impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives. This procedure is managed and decided in the Senate. The Congress Chamber takes on the role of a court.
The US House of Representatives prosecutors began presenting their arguments on the matter on Wednesday. They presented tons of material to support their allegations. A large part were public statements from Trump himself: tweets, interviews, video messages, campaign appearances and that rally on January 6th.
The prosecutors also recorded the attack on the Capitol to the minute with haunting video recordings: with shaky videos from the ranks of the rioters who overran the security barricades, invaded the Capitol with brute force, attacked security guards, and devastated offices and meeting rooms. With police radio recordings in which officials desperately called for reinforcements. With recordings from body cameras of police officers who were beaten down. With recordings from security cameras from inside the congress building, which showed how the mob spread in the Capitol and how MPs, senators and employees got to safety.
The prosecutors repeatedly pointed out how close the rioters got to MPs and senators in Congress - including then Vice President Mike Pence. Video footage showed, for example, how Senator Mitt Romney was able to turn back just in time after a police officer warned him and flee the intruders.
Investigation against Trump over a delicate phone call
10:29 p.m .: The prosecution is now investigating because of a call from the elected US President Donald Trump, in which he called for votes to be “found” for him in the state of Georgia. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating suspected attempts to influence the election. Willis announced this in a letter to State Secretary Brad Raffensperger, responsible for organizing elections in Georgia, from which various US media quoted on Wednesday.
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In the one-hour phone call at the beginning of January, Trump had openly asked Raffensperger to bring together enough votes for his election success in the state. A recording of the conversation was relayed to the US media. Among other things, it heard Trump say, "I only want to find 11,780 votes." Georgia was one of the states that voted in favor of Trump's challenger Joe Biden in November.
Senate declares impeachment against Trump permissible
7 o'clock: The US Senate has declared the impeachment proceedings against ex-President Donald Trump to be constitutional by a majority. This means that the attempt by Trump's defenders to stop the so-called impeachment right at the beginning has failed. Six Republican senators voted with the 50 Democratic senators. This cleared the way for the further proceedings: From Wednesday (local time; 6:00 p.m. CET) the prosecutors will present their arguments in the matter, followed by the defense.
Prosecutors argued on Tuesday that Trump would have to be responsible for his actions as president until the last day in office - and thus also for the violent storming of the Capitol by his supporters two weeks before he left the White House. Trump's lawyers, in turn, argued that the process was politically motivated and unconstitutional because Trump was no longer in office.
Impeachment trial against Trump for storming the Capitol begins
7.45 a.m.: The impeachment process against former President Donald Trump for storming the Capitol begins in front of the US Senate on Tuesday (1:00 p.m. local time; 7:00 p.m. CET). The Republican is charged with inciting rioting in the trial. Trump had called on his supporters on January 6th to march on the Capitol, where the election victory of his challenger Joe Biden should be finally confirmed. Radical Trump supporters subsequently stormed the congress building.
A conviction of Trump in the Senate is almost impossible: a two-thirds majority in the Congress Chamber is necessary for a guilty verdict. Since Democrats and Republicans each have 50 Senators, at least 17 Republicans would have to vote with the Democrats.Trump is the first president in US history to have two impeachment proceedings initiated. He is also the first former head of state to be tried in the Senate at the end of his term in office.
1:15 p.m .: The US will return to the UN Human Rights Council as an observer. This was announced by a US spokesman at the United Nations in Geneva on Monday. "We do this knowing that the most effective way to improve and reform the work of the UN Human Rights Council is through engagement in principle," said Chargé d'Affaires Mark Cassyre.
In June 2018, under the then US President Donald Trump, the United States announced its withdrawal from the Human Rights Council. Trump considered the body from 47 states to be biased, among other things because of its frequent criticism of Israel. The US was also targeted by the council because of allegations of racism.
After returning to the Paris Agreement and stopping the exit at the World Health Organization, it is a further step by the new US administration under Joe Biden to overturn the decisions of his predecessor to withdraw from international bodies and obligations.
The US is now bringing a new spirit of cooperation and renewal to its engagement with the Human Rights Council, it said. "We are committed to working with all of you to strengthen this institution and defend human rights around the world," said Cassyre. He recalled the statements made by US President Joe Biden that he wanted to fight racism in the USA.
USA stops migration agreements with Central American countries
2.10 p.m .: The US government has officially stopped controversial migration agreements with the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Saturday (local time) that the agreements were initially suspended. The process of ending them completely after the designated fist has expired has already begun. The US had signed the agreement under former President Donald Trump. Accordingly, migrants who enter one of these countries on their way to the USA must apply for asylum there.
Trump had taken a particularly tough course in migration policy and tried in various ways to make immigration to the USA more difficult and to seal off the country. The construction of a wall on the border with Mexico was the most prominent example. Trump's successor Joe Biden has taken a fundamentally different course. In the long term, for example, he wants to tackle migration from Central America more by combating the causes of flight and cooperating with the countries of origin.
Blinken said on Saturday that the Biden government believes there are more appropriate ways to work with partner governments to manage migration in the region. However, with a view to the suspended agreements with the three countries, he emphasized: "These steps do not mean that the US border is open." The new US administration wants to expand the possibilities of legal immigration. The United States is still a country with borders and laws that have to be complied with.
Biden relies on close cooperation with traditional allies - troop withdrawals from Germany are frozen
6.45 a.m .: Turning away from Donald Trump's “America first” and working closely with Western partners: In his first foreign policy keynote address since taking office, US President Joe Biden announced that his country would be more leadership and a return to traditional alliances. “America is back. Diplomacy is back, ”Biden said on Thursday during a visit to the State Department in Washington.
In the speech, Biden made it clear that after the conflicts that arose as a result of the “America first” policy of his predecessor Trump, he is relying heavily on partnership with Europe. He wanted to work "shoulder to shoulder" with the US allies and to counter authoritarian states like China and Russia more resolutely, he said. "We will fix our alliances," announced Biden. “And to lead with diplomacy means to stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies and key partners again.” Biden promised to bring democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law back to the center of US foreign policy.
Biden's sharp demarcation of Trump's foreign policy also applies to the relationship with Germany: The President announced a “freezing” of the partial troop withdrawal from Germany, which was ordered under Trump. His Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the global US troop presence. Until then, his predecessor's withdrawal plans would be on hold. Trump wanted to reduce the number of soldiers stationed in Germany from around 34,500 to 24,000. He justified this with the low defense spending of the NATO partner in his view.
QAnon supporter Greene loses committee posts in US Congress
6.30 a.m: Marjorie Taylor Greene once spread wild conspiracy theories and even signaled support for fantasies of violence against prominent US Democrats. The ardent supporter of ex-President Donald Trump has been sitting in the House of Representatives since January and repeatedly causes outrage with her aggressive demeanor. Now the 46-year-old Republican has been kicked out of two congressional committees at the instigation of the Democrats.
Greene has not only turned the Democrats against him, but has also caused a lot of unrest in her party. Because the new MP from the state of Georgia symbolizes the deep rift that runs through the Republican Party. The conservatives are divided into an increasingly radicalized right wing, which is loyal to Trump, and the moderate wing, which seeks to differentiate itself from the ex-president.
Nobody embodies the sharp shift to the right of parts of the “Grand Old Party” as much as Greene. The owner of a construction company stood out as a supporter of QAnon, the bizarre conspiracy movement that Trump worships as a secret fighter against a left-wing liberal network of pedophile and child blood-drinking Satanists. In the past, the gun fanatic has described school massacres as productions aimed at abolishing the right to own guns, she has spread conspiracy theories about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and has suggested that devastating forest fires in California were caused by a space laser Connection to the Jewish banking family Rothschild was sparked.
With new decrees, Biden continues to turn away from Trump's immigration policy
7.15 a.m .: US President Joe Biden has continued his departure from the tough immigration policies of his predecessor Donald Trump by signing three new decrees. Among other things, Biden set up a working group on Tuesday to reunite migrant families who had been separated on the border with Mexico.
With further decrees, Biden wants to facilitate the naturalization of migrants living in the USA and curb the causes of flight in Central America. Biden called Trump's immigration policy when the decrees were signed in the White House as "moral and national disgrace". The democrat promised his government would gradually reverse this.
New Trump attorney: impeachment process violates constitution
4.45 p.m .: Donald Trump's new attorney believes the upcoming Senate impeachment proceedings against the former US president are illegal. "This process is completely unconstitutional," said David Schoen on Monday evening (local time) the broadcaster Fox News. The Democrats wanted to prevent the Republican from ever being able to run for president again.
That is undemocratic and a "slap in the face" for the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump in the November 3rd election. The impeachment proceedings in the Senate are due to begin next week. In addition to a conviction, the Democrats are demanding a lifelong suspension of office for Trump at the federal level.
Schoen said with a view to the congressional attack against it: "That has nothing to do with President Trump." Trump had "condemned violence at all times". The lawyer accused the Democrats of denying the ex-president a fair trial because their verdict had already been determined. Trump had only reorganized his defense in the process on Sunday.
US President Biden threatens sanctions after a military coup in Myanmar
7.15 p.m .:After the military coup in Myanmar, US President Joe Biden threatened the new rulers in the Southeast Asian country with sanctions. The US has lifted punitive measures against Myanmar in recent years because of the country's progress in democratization, Biden said on Monday. Reversing these advances will require an immediate review of US sanctions laws, "followed by appropriate action." It went on to say: "The United States will work for democracy wherever it is attacked."
Biden called for a firm international response. The international community must urge the military to immediately relinquish power, release activists and officials, lift restrictions on telecommunications and stop violence against civilians. "We will work with our partners in the region and around the world to help restore democracy and the rule of law." Biden announced that those responsible for the upheaval in Myanmar would be held accountable.
Trump's impeachment attorneys are running away
8 o'clock: Shortly before the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump began in the Senate, the former US president reorganized his defense. Trump's office announced on Sunday evening (local time) that the new defense team would be led by "highly respected trial lawyers" David Schoen and Bruce Castor. The broadcaster CNN reported on Sunday that the previous team had "practically collapsed" because the five lawyers that had been proposed so far would not represent Trump after all.
The reason for this were differences in defense strategy, CNN reported on. Trump demanded that lawyers focus on his unsubstantiated election fraud allegations instead of questioning the legality of impeachment proceedings against an already resigned president. The procedure in the Senate is to begin in the second week of February. Before that, first written statements by the defendant and the House of Representatives are planned.
The message from Trump's office said that Schoen and Castor agreed that the trial against Trump was unconstitutional. A large majority of Republicans in the Senate also recently took this view: 45 of the 50 Republican senators in the chamber supported a motion from their own ranks in which the process was described as unconstitutional because Trump has already left office.
Biden removes financial lockdown for aid organizations with abortion counseling
8.30 a.m .:The new US President Joe Biden abolishes a funding ban on foreign non-governmental organizations that advise women on a possible abortion. The White House announced on Thursday a departure from the so-called Mexico City Policy.
Women and girls around the world have a right to family planning. So far, the US government has not given any financial aid to foreign organizations that inform women about abortions or refer them to abortion clinics. The rule was introduced in the 1980s under then Republican President Ronald Reagan. It is named after the Mexican capital, where a World Population Conference took place in 1984.
The White House also announced a review of Trump restrictions on family planning centers in the United States. Abortion is a highly competitive issue in the United States. Conservative and Christian activists want to reverse the basic legalization of abortions through a 1973 Supreme Court ruling.
Biden after the first week of office with a higher approval rating than ever Trump
6.45 a.m .: At the end of his first week in office, the new US President Joe Biden can look forward to higher approval ratings in the population than his predecessor Donald Trump ever had. In a survey published by Monmouth University on Wednesday, 54 percent of the US citizens surveyed rated the Democrat's previous administration as positive. 30 percent saw it as negative. Trump had never achieved this level of approval during his entire four-year tenure. In his first six months at the White House, Trump's average approval rating in the polls was 41.4 percent, according to fivethirtyeight.com. At his departure from office on Wednesday last week, according to a Gallup poll, only 34 percent of US citizens viewed the Republican's administration as positive.
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