White House News (白宮消息) | Aug. 31, 2020


Trump or Biden? China expects no favours either way
The Democratic and Republican National Conventions are typically an opportunity for US voters to get a sense of what their next president's domestic policies might look like.

Aug. 28 - But this year they also provided a key insight for China Inc as it navigates its rocky relationship with the US.
Several insiders at Chinese technology firms say have told me that a Joe Biden presidency would be more appealing than another four more years of President Trump - which would be seen as "unpredictable".

And while they think a Biden administration would still be tough on China, it would be based more on reason, and fact rather than rhetoric and politicking.

One thing is clear though: companies on the mainland believe that whoever is in the White House the tough stance on China is here to stay.

Here are three things that are worrying Chinese companies the most about the next US administration - and what they're doing to protect themselves:

DecouplingThis word gets used a lot these days. President Trump and his administration talk about it in tweets and in press statements in relation to China.

Decoupling basically means undoing more than three decades' worth of US business relations with China.

Everything is on the cards: from getting American factories to pull their supply chains out of the mainland, to forcing Chinese-owned companies that operate in the US - like TikTok and Tencent - to swap their Chinese owners for American ones.
Make no mistake, under a Trump administration "decoupling will be accelerated", according to Solomon Yue, vice chairman and chief executive of the Republicans Overseas lobby group.

"The reason is because there's a genuine national security concern about our technology being stolen," he said.

But decoupling isn't that simple.

While the US has had some success...   more

August 31, 2020
Mike Pompeo: 'Single greatest threat to the US comes from Chinese Communist Party'
'We have imposed cost on China in a way that has protected the American people from this threat,' US Sec. of State Pompeo says.
'We have imposed cost on China in a way that has protected the American people from this threat,' US Sec. of State Pompeo says.


China continues military drills in South China Sea region amid rising tension with US

Aug. 30, BEIJING - The Chinese army has launched two sets of military drills in waters off the country's east coast as tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea amid US military presence in the region.

Shanghai-based military expert Ni Lexiong was quoted as saying by South China Morning Post that the drills in the Bohai and Yellow seas had the practical purpose of simulating both wartime attack and defence, should there be a conflict to unify Taiwan by force.

"Different scenarios, with a strong enemy or a weak enemy, need to be practised in drills," Ni said.

Terming the recent drills as "routine training", Diao Daming, an associate professor at Renmin University's National Academy of Development and Strategy, told state broadcaster China Central Television that "the exercises were meant to boost public confidence and intimidate the US and Taiwan."     source


White House News (白宮消息) | Aug. 30, 2020


Trump Pulls Closer to Biden After RNC
Post-convention poll shows Trump almost halved national deficit against the Democratic nominee

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump 50% to 44% among likely voters following the Republican National Convention vs. a lead of 52% to 42% before it began.

Trump cut into Biden’s lead among suburbanites and grew his support among white voters, though he worsened his standing with voters of color.

Biden’s favorability numbers weakened while the president’s remained steady.

Aug. 29, 2020President Donald Trump needed a convention bounce — and he got one, emerging from the Republican National Convention with an improved standing against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, fueled by gains among white voters and those in the suburbs, though he still trails the former vice president nationwide. 

A new Morning Consult poll conducted Friday that asked 4,035 likely voters which candidate they would pick found Biden leading Trump by 6 percentage points, 50 percent to 44 percent. It marked a 4-point improvement from his standing heading into the convention on Aug. 23, when Biden led 52 percent to 42 percent. Friday’s poll had a 2-point margin of error, compared with a 1-point margin of error for responses gathered among 4,810 likely voters on Aug. 23.   source

Trump's intel chief ends election security briefings to Hill

Aug. 30 - WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top intelligence official has informed Congress that his office will no longer give in-person election security briefings on Capitol Hill, a move that raised concern among lawmakers Saturday about the public’s right to know about foreign interference in the upcoming presidential election.

President Donald Trump said National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe made the decision because the administration "got tired” of intelligence about election security leaking from Congress.

“They leaked the information ... and what's even worse, they leaked the wrong information and we got tired of it,” Trump told reporters while attending a briefing on Hurricane Laura in Orange, Texas. He didn't offer details to support his statement.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said the idea that the national intelligence director’s office would stop briefing Congress on foreign threats to the U.S. election is “an outrage” and that written updates were “flatly insufficient.”     more


White House News (白宮消息) | Aug. 29, 2020


Trump greeted with ‘one-fingered salutes’ on his way to New Hampshire: ‘Too many middle fingers to count’

Aug. 29 - ...“Many of the protesters along the avenue greeted the motorcade with raised middle fingers,” it notes.

“There were far too many middle fingers to count. Several of the peope in the crowd opted to raise both of their middle fingers in a double barreled one finger salute,” it continues. “Some of the protesters waved signs. A few that were clearly legible read ‘BLM’ and ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER.’ One man’s sign that was visible from the motorcade said, ‘WHITE SILENCE = BLACK DEATH.'”     source

Donald Trump’s Motorcade Gets Icy Greeting At March On Washington: ‘Far Too Many Middle Fingers To Count’

Aug. 29 - Donald Trump’s motorcade got a very icy welcome after passing by the March on Washington on Friday, with pool reports saying he was met with a flurry of middle fingers.

Trump was leaving the White House to attend rally in New Hampshire when he passed by the demonstrations that marked the anniversary of the original March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place in 1963. As MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin reported on Twitter, the protesters were waving signs showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for an end to systemic racism, and did not take kindly to the brief appearance by Trump’s motorcade.

“Many of the protesters along the avenue greeted the motorcade with raised middle fingers,” the pool report noted, via Griffin. “There were far too many middle fingers to count. Several of the people in the crowd opted to raise both of their middle fingers in a double barreled one finger salute.”

Trump has been criticized for his response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the nationwide demonstrations that arose after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week. Critics have pointed to what they see as heavy-handed tactics, including the use of federal law enforcement officers to forcefully break up protests, including ones that had remained peaceful.     source


White House News (白宮消息) | Aug. 28, 2020


Watch Live: RNC Convention Day 4 featuring President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Rudy Giuliani
Aug. 27, 2020
RNC live: Trump signals attacks on Joe Biden at final night of Republican convention
A packed house amid a pandemic

Aug. 28 - The president’s guests streamed through the White House throughout the day – none were seen wearing a mask. One guest, posing for the obligatory photo at the press secretary’s podium in the briefing room, joked as he donned a mask – then quickly removed it before the picture was snapped.
A sea of white chairs assembled on the White House South Lawn, where at least 1,000 people turned out for President Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech, showed a blatant disregard for social distancing – a key safety measure the president’s own health experts say is critical to containing the spread of the coronavirus. Less than half the crowd were spotted wearing masks while some donned face coverings around their necks.  

Over the four-day spectacle, the Trump campaign appeared to cast aside widely accepted safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus despite the pandemic derailing their plans for a more traditional convention.
Earlier this week First Lady Melania Trump spoke before roughly 100 seated guests in the newly renovated Rose Garden while Vice President Mike Pence was spotted shaking hands and fist-bumping audience members, many of whom were unmasked, after his speech before a crowd at Fort McHenry...    more
Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Fire Back After Attacks From RNC | NBC Nightly News
Aug 28, 2020


White House News (白宮消息) | Aug. 27, 2020


Watch NBC News NOW Live - August 26
Republican National Convention, Day 3
Vice President Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Kellyanne Conway are among the featured speakers on the third night of the Republican National Convention
Live: RNC Day 3 | Featuring President Trump, VP Mike Pence, Kayleigh McEnany, others
Aug. 26, 2020
US election 2020 LIVE updates: RNC resumes on day three with Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway to speak

  • Day three of the RNC gets under way as deadly violence rocks Wisconsin following the police shooting of a black man Jacob Blake. NBA players have boycotted games forcing the league to postpone playoffs.
  • Vice-President Mike Pence is expected to speak about US President Donald Trump's reputation for law and order.
  • Democrats, watchdogs assail ethics violations in use of White House and political appointees as performers in day two of the convention.
  • First Lady Melania Trump offered her "deepest sympathy...to everyone who has lost a loved one," to coronavirus in the US, where the toll has nearly reached 180,000.
  • The Joe Biden campaign dismissed the RNC day 2 proceedings as "alternate reality" and  a "delusion".
Watch Live: RNC Convention Day 3 featuring speeches from VP Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Lara Trump
Aug. 26, 2020


White House News (白宮消息) | Aug. 26, 2020


Republican National Convention, Day 2
First lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) are among the featured speakers on the second night of the Republican National Convention.
Watch Live: RNC Convention Day 2 featuring speeches from Melania Trump, Mike Pompeo
Aug. 25, 2020
US election 2020: Trump's silence on police brutality protests will be deafening for many

Aug. 25 - The police shooting of Jacob Blake was shocking.

As the Republican Party convention prepared to roll out Donald Trump's vision for America, the actual vision from Wisconsin cast an ugly, distracting shadow.

The full facts surrounding the police shooting of Mr Blake, a black man, are still to be established.

But the details already on public view were enough to prompt Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to say the seven shots fired pierced "the soul of our nation".
His call for "an immediate, full and transparent investigation" came easily to him.

From the president, it didn't come at all.
This at a time when the Trump narrative shaped by his Democratic opponents is around a lack of character, empathy and ability to lead.     more

Shooting of Jacob Blake sparks protests in Wisconsin
Aug 25, 2020
Jacob Blake: Wisconsin black man 'will need miracle' to walk again

Aug. 26 - Jacob Blake, 29, was shot several times opening the door of his car in Kenosha.
At least one of the bullets went through his spinal cord, lawyers said.
The shooting of Mr Blake sparked protests, violent at times. The governor of Wisconsin is sending more National Guard troops to Kenosha.

As a result of the partial or complete severing of his spinal cord, Mr Blake is paralysed, with doctors unsure if he will recover the use of his legs.     more abut this story


White House News (白宮消息) | Aug. 25, 2020


Republican National Convention, Day 1
Day one of the Republican National Convention gets underway virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic
WATCH LIVE: 2020 Republican National Convention Night 1 | PBS NewsHour Coverage with Judy Woodruff
Aug. 24, 2020
RNC 2020 live updates: Donald Trump Jr., Tim Scott, Nikki Haley among speakers on convention’s first night

August 25, 2020 at 8:40 a.m. GMT+8
The latest: Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, is speaking.
President Trump made an unannounced appearance at the Republican convention proceedings in Charlotte after securing enough votes during the roll call of states to secure the party’s renomination. Earlier, Vice President Pence was renominated by acclamation and visited the convention center to deliver brief remarks to the delegates.

Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), will now be regularly tested for the novel coronavirus, the Biden campaign said Monday afternoon. A campaign official also said that should Biden or Harris ever have a confirmed positive result, it will be made public     source

LIVE: Trump Wins GOP Nomination to Kick Off 2020 Republican National Convention | Your World Daily
Aug 25, 2020
(Aug. 24) The Republican Party formally nominated President Donald Trump for a second term in the White House Monday, one of the first acts of a GOP convention that has been dramatically scaled down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Trump has sought to minimize the toll of the pandemic, but its impact was evident as proceedings began in Charlotte. Instead of the thousands of people who were expected to converge on this city for a week-long extravaganza, just 336 delegates participated in a roll-call vote from a Charlotte Convention Center ballroom. The GOP convention is a crucial moment for Trump, who is trailing in national and battleground state polls and under intense pressure to turn the race around. Just 23% think the country is heading in the right direction, while 75% think it’s on the wrong path, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Many of the usual trappings of a convention were present on Monday, including signs designating each state and gift bags with Republican swag. But chairs on the ballroom floor were arranged with lots of space between them and convention organizers told participants to wear masks, though adherence to the rule was uneven.