#USResponseToCoronavirus; #USPresident; #DonaldTrump; #CoronavirusThreat; #CDC
Washington, Feb 26 (Canadian-Media): It was declared by U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday that the U.S. is ready to face the threats of the coronavirus, and designated his vice-president Mike Pence to oversee the nation's response, , media reports said.
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Pence would along with the government's top health authorities and Trump's earlier-appointed coronavirus task force.
A 15th case of coronavirus Wednesday was announced by the U.S. government, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 60.
“Our aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working and is responsible for the low levels of cases we have so far. However, we do expect more cases,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Earlier this week Trump had told Congress that his government was in need of $2.5 billion US to fight the virus.
Seeking to minimize fears of the virus spreading widely across the country, Trump said he was ready to spend whatever's appropriate even if that meant the extra billions of dollars that Democrats have said is necessary to beef up the U.S. response.
"We're very, very ready for this, for anything," even if it's "a breakout of larger proportions," Trump told a news conference.
“President Trump’s made clear from the very days of in administration we have no higher priority than the safety, security, health and well-being of the American people,” Pence said.
“And from the first word of an outbreak of the coronavirus, the president took unprecedented steps to protect the American people from the spread of this disease.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar outlined the task force’s goals.
“There are five major priorities...first, expanding our surveillance network, second, support for state and local governments’ work, third and fourth, development of therapeutics and vaccines, and fifth, manufacturing and purchase of personal protective equipment like gowns and masks,” Azar said.
#U.S.DemocraticRivals; #BernieSanders; #Samders'Debate; #SouthCaraolina; #SandersVerballyAbused
Washington, Feb 26 (Canadian-Media): Roaring assaults were faced by Bernie Sanders for much of Tuesday night in Charleston, S.C. were faced by Democratic rivals for his electability of the upcoming president election in the United States of America, media reports said.
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Sanders was verbally abused for his softness toward gun-makers by former vice-president Joe Biden who said Sanders's position "has caused carnage on our streets."
Meanwhile, another rival, Pete Buttigieg criticized Sanders for his self-described democratic socialism as well his comments of admiration for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's push for education.
"I am not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to Donald Trump with his nostalgia for the social order of the 1950s and Bernie Sanders with a nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960s," Buttigieg declared.
Throughout Tuesday night, Sanders had been pointing to polls that showed him beating the Republican president.
Bloomberg pointed to reports that Russia was interfering in the election to help Sanders, while
Senator Amy Klobuchar verbally attacked Sanders' chief policy priorities.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would be a able to get more progressive policies passed and would be better president than Sanders.
#DonaldTrump, #IndiaVisit, #PMModi, #IvankaTrump; #MelaniaTrump
New Delhi (India), Feb 25 (Canadian-Media): India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked US President Donald Trump and First First Lady Melania Trump for their visit to India and described Trump's visit with family as a path-breaking, media reports said.
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Modi said that this visit has further strengthened India-US friendship.
Modi said he was happy to host Trump and his family to different cultures of India.
Modi also thanked President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner for visiting the country.
"India is happy to have hosted Jared and you. Your liking towards India is clearly visible. My best wishes to you in your endeavours to further empowerment and enterprise among women. Hoping to see you both back in India soon," he tweeted.
Trump arrived in India on Monday for his two-day visit.
On Tuesday he and Melania were ceremonially welcomed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
After his talks with Modi, Trump and Melania were hosted for dinner later in the evening at the banquet hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
On his arrival to India Monday he had attended the 'Namaste Trump' event hosted in honour of Trump and his family at Ahmedabad city of Gujarat.
During his visit to India, Trump also visited Taj Mahal and Sabarmati Ashram.
This was Trump's first visit to India since being elected as the USA President.
#DonaldTrump; #India; #NamasteTrump; NarendraModi; #Ahmedabad
New Delhi (India), Feb 24 (Canadian-Media): The US President Donald Trump arrived on Monday in Ahmedabad with his wife Melania and a ministerial delegation including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner who are senior advisors to Trump, media reports said.
A “Namaste Trump” event was organized by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at at Sardar Patel Stadium, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Ahmedabad, India to welcome Trump and his delegation to the country on Monday.
A 110,000-seat stadium was filled by Indians to greet Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the beginning of their two-day visit similar to the “Howdy Modi” event that Trump had held in September for Modi’s visit to Houston.
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Also present at the stadium were Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Governor Acharya Devvrat and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly
Both the leaders stepped on stage amidst cheers from a crowd, exchanged hugs and stood side-by-side as the U.S. and Indian national anthems played.
In his own speech, Modi praised Trump, repeatedly calling him a friend. “President Trump thinks big,” he said.
Both the leaders spoke at an event in Ahmedabad, a city about 580 miles from New Delhi as part of a two-day spectacle that Modi had promised to deliver for Trump.
Addressing the occasion, Trump's speech began with a ‘namaste’ and he referred to Modi as his “true friend” saying “America loves India, America respects India.”
Indian culture was praised by Trump at Monday’s event, referencing famous Bollywood films.
Trump praised Modi’s party's controversial immigration controls while the country was encouraged to maintain religious and ethnic diversity.
“Your nation has always been admired around the Earth as the place where millions upon millions of Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs and Jains worship side by side in harmony.” said Trump.
An announcement was made by Trump on Monday that the United States will sell $3 billion worth of military helicopters and other equipment to India, as a sign of the deepening ties between the two countries.
“I believe the United States should be India's premier defense partner, and that's the way it's working out,” Trump said.
Trump and Modi are expected to discuss on Tuesday a trade deal, and concerns about security and terrorism.
Trump’s remarks on the importance of unity among Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Jews and his expression of support for Pakistan while on Indian soil, was not received well by Modi given longtime tensions between the two countries, particularly over control of Kashmir.
According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, Trump’s approval rating in India is 56 percent.
Pew Research Centre is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonadvocacy fact tank that conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research by generating a foundation of facts that enrich the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making.
Although a trade agreement between the U.S. and India could not be reached in advance of Trump’s visit, Trump said he’s “optimistic that working together, the prime minister and I can reach a fantastic deal.”
#LasVegas, #NevadaCaucuses; #BernieSanders
Las Vegas (U.S) Feb 23 (Canadian-Media): With a major victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday with a lead that was more than double his nearest rivals, established United States (U.S.) Senator Bernie Sanders, a liberal from Vermont, as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination, media reports said.
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Sanders' critics' claims that his appeal beyond white liberals would be difficult was proved wrong where 35 percent of the voters in Nevada, according to entrance polls, were not white but were a mix of Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American voters.
His victory in Nevada Caucus along with his previous strong performances in Iowa and New Hampshire may make it difficult for the moderate wing of the party to slow him down in his next Saturday’s contest in South Carolina, and the Super Tuesday contests immediately thereafter.
According to entrance polls of caucusgoers, Sanders was able to win men and women, union members and nonunion workers not only among self-described liberal voters, but also won moderates for the first time.
Even among self-described moderate or conservative caucusgoers, Sanders captured 25 percent of such voters, while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr won 23 percent, according to entrance polls.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, meanwhile, did not receive a significant bump in Nevada.
After a poor debate performance in Nevada, Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, made his followers to wonder whether he has what it takes.
#TranslanticAlliance; #EU-US; #EuropeanCouncil; #CharlesMichel; #NancyPelosi
Brussels, Feb 17 (Canadian-Media):The importance of the transatlantic alliance between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) was stressed by European Council President Charles Michel on Monday and also shared EU-US values with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, media reports said.
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"In my discussion with @SpeakerPelosi this morning I underlined our transatlantic alliance remains indispensable in meeting today’s complex challenges. We share values and cherish freedom so we have only to gain from a strong cooperation," Michel tweeted.
Speaker Pelosi also met with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Belgium earlier in the day.
The Cooperation between US and EU is seen in various areas, including science, economy, culture, and security within the framework of the 1990 Transatlantic Declaration.
However, relations between the two sides, in recent years has become strained on various political and economic issues owing to difference of opinion between the EU leadership and US President Donald Trump.
#US; #Afghanistan, #Taliban; #LethalForce
Moscow, Feb 16 (Canadian-Media): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan delegates had been assured by US officials that after an agreement on the reduction of violence with the Taliban movement was signed, Washington will not abandon Afghanistan and will use lethal force if the deal is violated, media reports said.
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Prior to reaching a peace agreement between Washington and Taliban, it was agreed between both parties to reduce violence for a week in what could become the first step.
Upon Afghan representatives' desire to have a deeper understanding of the workings of the US-Taliban agreement to reduce violence, U.S. guaranteed Ghani that if Taliban violates the term of the deal, US will have enough lethal power to destroy them.
A peace deal between the Taliban and the United States is under negotiation which would ensure the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the movement's guarantee that the country will not harbor terrorists.
Nevada (United States), Feb 16 (Canadian-Media): During early voting in Nevada Saturday, Democratic rival Bernie Sanders was lashed out by the nominating contest, former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden for Sanders' lack of efforts to control his aggressive supporters, media reports said.
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Biden fights to rescue his struggling presidential bid and Sanders works to strengthen his strong standing with the contest speeding into a new phase.
Amid heightened concern over the process, several candidates were making urgent get-out-the-vote pushes with rallies and town halls ahead of a fundraising gala for the Las Vegas-based Clark County Democratic Party to feature a half-dozen White House hopefuls.
"Everybody knows how Donald Trump is. We gotta let him know who we are," Biden said, drawing a roar from about 100 campaign volunteers gathered at a Las Vegas middle school gymnasium for a Latino organizing event.
"I just have to do well," the former vice-president said when asked what he needs out of the state. Asked whether he has to win, he replied, "No, I don't think I have to, but I think we have a shot at winning."
"I care a great deal about Bernie Sanders. And he has gotten where he has by having people support him," said Former senator Harry Reid. "And so I'm not going to be critical of Bernie Sanders."
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar tried to introduce herself to the state's voters, too, addressing an African American festival in a Las Vegas park. She praised the state's voting protections and Democratic legislative majority while pitching her appeal to pivotal Midwestern voters.
"In the middle of the country, where I'm from, I want a little more Nevada there," Klobuchar said. "My plan is to build a great blue wall around those states and make Donald Trump pay for it."
Mike Bloomberg, who isn't competing in Nevada as part of a strategy to skip the first four states voting for a nominee, was on the cusp of qualifying for Wednesday's presidential debate in Las Vegas. The billionaire businessman and former New York mayor has increasingly become a target of the Democratic Party's far-left wing as national polls suggest he is on the rise.
Both Warren and Sanders criticized the role of big money in politics and billionaires seeking the presidency.
"Democracy is not billionaires spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to get elected. Democracy is when working people stand up, fight for justice," Sanders declared.
The campaign of Bloomberg, who campaigned Saturday in Virginia, announced the opening of seven new campaign offices in Florida, bringing the total to 10. The former New York mayor has more than 2,000 paid staff spread out across the country and has already spent over $300 million on TV, radio and digital advertising, according to the ad tracking firm Advertising Analytics.
#MelanieTrump; #DoanldTrump; #US, #India; #NarendraModi
Washington, Feb 13 (Canadian-Media): Thanking India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his invitation to Doanld Trump, President of the United States (U.S.) and Melanie Trump, First Lady of the U.S. to visit India, Melanie Trump said she and her husband Donald Trump, are excited about their India visit scheduled for Feb 24, media reports said.
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Modi said this meeting would further strenthen the ties between the two countries.
Trump and Modi would participate on Feb 24 in a huge joint public meeting called "Kem Chho Trump!" in Ahmedabad's newly- constructed Sardar Patel Stadium with a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh. The event will be similar to Houston's "Howdy, Modi!" function held in September last year.
Over one lakh people are expected to attend the event.
Prior to "Kem Chho, Trump" event, both Modi and Trump will participate in a roadshow planned along a 10-km decked-up stretch from the Ahmedabad airport to the Sabarmati Ashram, and then visit Sabarmati Ashram to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
#U.S., #Trump'sImpeachmentTrial; #RemovalOfVindmanFromHisPost; #NSC
Washington, Feb 7 (Canadian-Media): The unceremonious removal of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment charges against U.S. President Donald Trump, from his job came just two days after Trump was acquitted of both his impeachment charges, and hours after Trump told reporters he was "not happy" with Vindman, media reports said.
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"The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy," said David Pressman, one of Vindman's lawyers who said that his removal was clear political retribution for his role in the impeachment inquiry.
Vindman, a National Security Council officer was on active duty, and a top adviser responsible for Ukraine.
Vindman had testified publicly that he considered Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy improper.