1/23/2021

White House News (白宮消息) | Jan. 23, 2021

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WATCH LIVE: Psaki holds White House briefing as Biden readies COVID economic relief plan
Jan 23, 2021
On his first full day in office, President Biden signed several executive orders including increasing the number of vaccination sites and requiring masks in most planes, trains and airports.

JANUARY 22, 2021
President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Economy

President Biden 
talked about his administration’s economic strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The president said “We’re in a national emergency; we need to act like we’re in a national emergency.” Following his remarks, the president signed a couple of executive orders to expand food assistance, raise the minimum wage for the federal workforce to $15 an hour, and make eligible for unemployment benefits those who refuse to work due to concerns about their health during the pandemic. When asked whether he supported the request by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to delay until February the impeachment trial of former President Trump, he said he had not yet heard the details, but added, “the more time we have to get up and running and meet these crises, the better.” 



Senate Leaders Strike Deal to Delay Impeachment Trial as Biden Issues Orders to Address Pandemic’s Economic Fallout as Senate


Jan. 23 - President Biden hopes to accelerate the delivery of stimulus checks and lay the groundwork for a $15 minimum wage for federal workers. Former President Donald J. Trump is accused of inciting an insurrection and is the first president in history to face a second impeachment trial, which Senate leaders agreed Friday would begin the week of Feb. 8.     source



Former President Donald Trump left office on January 20 but still faces an impeachment trial in the US Senate
Trump’s impeachment trial in US Senate to begin next month

Democratic leader uges ‘truth and accountability’ in trial of former president on ‘incitement of insurrection’ charge.

Jan. 23 - The United States Senate will move forward with a second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” next month, a Senate leader said on Friday.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has informed the Senate she will transmit the House’s article of impeachment of Trump to the Senate on Monday.

Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues it “will be a momentous and solemn day, as the House sadly transmits the Article of Impeachment for Donald Trump to the Senate.”

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor on Friday, “Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States Senate and there will be a vote whether to convict the president.”

“It will be a fair trial. It will be a full trial,” Schumer said.

The House voted 232 to 197 on January 13 to impeach the former president for “incitement of insurrection”.     continue to read

1/22/2021

White House News (白宮消息) | Jan. 22, 2021

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JANUARY 21, 2021
President Biden Delivers Remarks on COVID-19 Response
President Biden outlined his coronavirus pandemic relief plan from the White House State Dining Room. The president warned Americans that, “things are going to continue to get worse before they get better” saying the death toll in the U.S. would likely top five hundred thousand next month. He then set out his plan to combat the coronavirus promising, “help is on the way.” President Biden signed ten executive orders as part of the administration’s plan to address the pandemic. They included plans to utilize the Defense Production Act to improve testing, treatment and vaccination distribution; provide new guidelines to keep workers safe; issue an equitable response for minority communities most impacted by the virus; implement new international travel restrictions; reopen schools safely; improve communications between the federal government and the states; and maintain better COVID-19 related data. 



Biden’s Covid team grapples with a basic question: Where’s all the vaccine?
States are warning they're running out of the vaccine, with little sense of when more will arrive.


Jan. 22 - As President Joe Biden spent his first full day in office issuing executive actions aimed at containing the coronavirus, his administration scrambled to get a handle on a key unanswered question: How much vaccine is actually available?

Conflicting accounts of supply totals have bedeviled federal and state health officials, complicating the new administration's sweeping pandemic response plan and casting fresh doubts on how long it will take Biden to bring the virus under control.

Just about half of the nearly 38 million Covid-19 shots distributed by the federal government have been administered to date, according to Centers for Disease Control data. That indicates there’s a glut of unused doses around the country.
But states are warning they're running out of the vaccine, with little sense of when more will arrive.     continue to read
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How Joe Biden's Oval Office decor is different from Donald Trump's
The 46th president is paying homage to historic figures like Franklin D. Roosevelt, César Chávez and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with his decor choices.

Jan. 22 - Joe Biden has only been president for a day, but he's already put his stamp on the Oval Office.

Photos of the office of the newly inaugurated 46th president show an Oval Office centered around a large painting of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well an appreciation of historic figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and César Chávez.

The portrait of Roosevelt hangs across from the Resolute Desk and pays tribute to a Democratic president who steered the nation through a difficult period of myriad crises, a task Biden now faces himself.     continue to read


1/21/2021

White House News (白宮消息) | Jan. 21, 2021

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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks from the White House after his inauguration as president of the United States on Wednesday.
From day one, Biden moves to undo Trump’s legacy

Jan. 21 - WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden unleashed a full-scale assault on his predecessor’s legacy Wednesday, acting hours after taking the oath of office to sweep aside former President Donald Trump’s pandemic response, reverse his environmental agenda, tear down his anti-immigration policies, bolster the sluggish economic recovery and restore federal efforts aimed at promoting diversity.

Moving with an urgency not seen from any other modern president, Biden signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations from the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon. Among the steps the president took were orders to rejoin the Paris climate accord and end Trump’s travel ban on predominantly Muslim and African countries.


Individually, the actions are targeted at what the president views as specific, egregious abuses by Trump during four tumultuous years. Collectively, Biden’s assertive use of executive authority was intended to be a hefty and visible down payment on one of his primary goals: to, as his top advisers described it, “reverse the gravest damages” done to the country by Trump.     continue to read

JANUARY 20, 2021 | PART OF PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
President Biden 2021 Inaugural Ceremony
Kamala Harris as vice president of the United States during a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
Joseph R Biden was yesterday sworn in as the 46th President of the USA
Joe Biden promises US will lead by example as he takes power from Donald Trump


THE long nightmare is over, rendered back to darkness in the bright Washington sunlight that shone on the silver hair of a man who perhaps, just perhaps, really does embody hope over fear, and who might just be capable of making the United States of America a beacon of light and democracy again.

Jan. 21 - With dignity and decorum that his predecessor never revealed, Joseph R Biden was yesterday sworn in as the 46th President of the USA and immediately issued a ringing call for unity in the deeply divided country he clearly loves and the pandemic that made his own inauguration a cut-down version.

With his sincere passion and his basic decency on display, he gave a remarkable speech that in just 21 minutes blew away the legacy of Donald J Trump – he never once named him – with the new president emphasising the need for truth and calling for an end to America’s “uncivil war” while he committed to defeating the coronavirus pandemic as “one nation”.

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JANUARY 20, 2021
President Trump Final White House Departure

President Trump 
and first lady Melania depart the White House for the final time ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. He tells reporters it was “the honor of a lifetime” and thanks them.
Trump’s Senate Trial Still on Hold as Democrats Take Control

Jan. 21 - (Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial remains in limbo as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds off on triggering a proceeding that could slow down the Senate’s new Democratic majority and delay confirmation of key Biden administration officials.


Democrats regained control of the Senate after a six-year gap on Wednesday, with the swearing in of two new senators elected Jan. 5 from Georgia, who represented the tipping point. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took the gavel from Republican Mitch McConnell -- but it’s not up to Schumer when the trial begins.

That decision rests with Pelosi, who hasn’t tipped her hand on when the House will formally transmit the single article of impeachment to the Senate, and multiple House officials said it wasn’t clear how long she would wait. The House last week impeached Trump on a charge of inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Sending the article to the Senate would require an almost immediate start for the trial, inevitably drawing attention away from President Joe Biden’s first days in office and slowing confirmation of his cabinet picks as most other Senate action gets shut down unless the Senate agrees to Biden’s request to dual-track the trial and other business.

“We are preparing for trial,” said Representative David Cicilline. The Rhode Island Democrat is one of the House’s nine impeachment mangers who will prosecute the case against Trump. Yet he gave no hint of when the proceeding would get underway, saying it was Pelosi’s call.

So far, only one of Biden’s nominees has been confirmed, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence. Votes on the others are likely to stretch into next week -- leaving him sitting atop a U.S. government filled with acting chiefs at every other cabinet agency.     continue to read


1/20/2021

White House News (白宮消息) | Jan. 20, 2021

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JANUARY 19, 2021 | PART OF U.S. SENATE
U.S. SenateSenator McConnell on January 6 Attack
Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, and blamed President Trump for inciting the riot.



[WATCH] DONALD TRUMP’S FAREWELL SPEECH: “THE MOVEMENT WE STARTED IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING”

Jan. 19 - On the last night of the presidential term of Donald Trump, he delivered his farewell speech in which the 45th president concluded, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning.”

On the eve of President-elect Biden’s inauguration, Trump showed pride in his administration’s achievements such as not beginning any wars, electing three Supreme Court Justices and the growth of the right-wing movement, which he believes will continue to gain momentum as he leaves office. As I conclude my term as the 45th president of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together,” he said.

Trump also condemned the Capitol Hill Riots, reiterating, All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It will never be tolerated.”     source

JANUARY 19, 2021
President Trump Delivers Farewell Speech

President Trump
 highlighted the achievements of his administration during a farewell speech released by the White House on the president’s final full day in office. President Trump pointed to his work on the U.S. economy, which included creating jobs, signing new trade deals, and reducing regulations. He also discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and his administration’s response. In addition, President Trump pointed to his achievements of reinforcing the southern border, appointing federal judges, and strengthening the country’s military. The president highlighted his international achievements, which he said included advancing peace in the Middle East and strengthening America’s alliances. He also pointed toward the political movement he began and said, “the best is yet to come.”
Donald Trump Wishes Joe Biden ‘Success’ And ‘Luck’ During Farewell Speech
US President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States today, while Kamala Harris will take charge as the 49th Vice President.


Jan. 20 - Outgoing US President Donald Trump wished his successor Joe Biden well and urged Americans to unify around their shared values and rise above partisan rancour, in his farewell message on Tuesday.

US President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States today, while Kamala Harris will take charge as the 49th Vice President.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Washington DC on Wednesday as soon as the clock strikes noon (8.30 pm IST). Biden will be sworn in by US Chief Justice John Roberts at the West Front of the Capitol. Read more


​Trump, in a pre-recorded video message released by the White House on Tuesday, said to serve as the US President has been an honour beyond description. “Thank you for this extraordinary privilege. And that’s what it is -- a great privilege and a great honour,” he said.

US President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States today, while Kamala Harris will take charge as the 49th Vice President.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Washington DC on Wednesday as soon as the clock strikes noon (8.30 pm IST). Biden will be sworn in by US Chief Justice John Roberts at the West Front of the Capitol. Read more

​Trump, in a pre-recorded video message released by the White House on Tuesday, said to serve as the US President has been an honour beyond description. “Thank you for this extraordinary privilege. And that’s what it is -- a great privilege and a great honour,” he said.

“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck -- a very important word,” Trump said on the eve of his departure from the White House. Trump has headed back to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida as he will be skipping the inaugural ceremony.

Indian-origin Kamala Harris would be sworn in as the Vice President of the US. Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence would be present during the inaugural ceremony at the Capitol Hill, facing the majestic National Mall.     more information