Trump Fails To Lead As Pandemic Surges Uncontrolled

1 Dec

The pandemic continues to surge uncontrolled across the country with cases and deaths rising as hospitals face crisis-level shortages. Instead of doing anything to help, Trump has abdicated his responsibility and failed to lead.

Trump has abdicated his responsibilities and refused to lead on the coronavirus as the pandemic worsens across the country.

CNN: “A leaderless America slips deep into a grim pandemic winter”

Washington Post: “All the while, Trump largely abdicated the responsibilities of the job he was fighting so hard to keep, chief among them managing the coronavirus pandemic as the numbers of infections and deaths soared across the country.”

Monthly coronavirus cases sharply escalated in November and could get even worse after they more than doubled the previous record.

New York Times: “The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States for November surpassed four million on Saturday, more than double the record set in October of 1.9 million cases. And the sharp escalation is likely to continue — or grow even steeper.”

Daily deaths have risen sharply and recently hit the highest level since May.

New York Times: “On April 15, 2,752 people across the United States were reported to have died from Covid-19, more than on any day before or since. Now daily deaths are rising sharply and fast approaching that dreadful count again. On Wednesday, 2,300 deaths were reported nationwide — the highest toll since May.”

As the coronavirus surges, hospitals across the country are facing crisis-level shortages of beds and staff.

New York Times: “As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.”

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Trump Continues To Suffer Embarrassing Defeats

1 Dec

Over the weekend, Trump continued to suffer embarrassing defeats. The reality is that Trump lost the election and there is still no evidence to support his outlandish claims of voter fraud. Trump suffered two more court defeats in Pennsylvania and the Wisconsin recount his campaign paid $3 million for only further solidified President-elect Biden’s victory.

Trump’s baseless election claims have been rejected over and over again because the facts are indisputable: he lost and there was no widespread voter fraud.

ABC News: “Lawmakers and judges from both political parties have rejected the president’s increasingly outlandish claims that he should be awarded a second term. Those claims have expanded even as Trump’s losses pile up in courthouses and state houses. It has not been pretty, but the system continues to hold.”

Washington Post: “The facts were indisputable: President Trump had lost.”

The Wisconsin recount the Trump campaign paid $3 million for confirmed Biden’s win and actually widened his margin of victory.

Washington Post: “The recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin’s two largest counties reconfirmed Sunday that President-elect Joe Biden beat President Trump in the key swing state by more than 20,000 votes, the latest example of the president’s flailing efforts to undo the election results.”

Washington Post: “In the end, Biden’s lead over Trump in the state grew by 87 votes. Under Wisconsin law, Trump was required to foot the bill — meaning his campaign paid $3 million, only to see Biden widen his margin.”

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave Trump another defeat after it dismissed a lawsuit from his allies, saying there was no evidence of fraud. 

Washington Post: “Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump”

Washington Post: “Concurring, Justice David N. Wecht noted that the GOP petitioners ‘failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted.’”

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a blow to Trump, rejecting his case because it had “no merit” and no proof to support his claims.

Washington Post: “In a separate blow to Trump, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit on Friday rejected his request for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results.”

Washington Post: “The 3rd Circuit said the case had ‘no merit’ in a scathing opinion written by Judge Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed to the court by Trump.”

Washington Post: “‘Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,’ Bibas wrote. ‘Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.’”

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg 

30 Nov

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to emphasize the importance of unity and a common approach to security within the NATO Alliance ahead of the December 1-2 Foreign Ministerial.  Secretary Pompeo also conveyed the United States’ steadfast support for Transatlantic unity and NATO’s efforts.

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On Latvia’s Actions to Constrain Hizballah

30 Nov

Cale Brown, Principal Deputy Spokesperson

The United States welcomes the Latvian government’s recent announcement that it considers Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.  Latvia supports U.S. implementation of sanctions related to Hizballah and has expressed a readiness to place national travel bans on individuals associated with Hizballah.

The continued announcements by countries in Europe, Latin America, and other regions of actions against the terrorist organization send a strong message to Hizballah and its backers in Iran that a new day is coming.  On this new day, Hizballah operatives will no longer be able to operate from European soil, and the European Union will follow the lead of a number of European governments by closing the loopholes opened up by the false distinction between Hizballah’s so-called military and political wings.

The simple fact is that Hizballah is a terrorist organization, root and branch.  The United States continues to call on all countries to take whatever action they can to prevent its operatives, recruiters, and financiers, from operating on their territories.

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WHO announces the Global Diabetes Compact

30 Nov

On World Diabetes Day, WHO announced the development of the Global Diabetes Compact, a comprehensive and inclusive approach to support countries in implementing effective programmes for the prevention and management of diabetes.

The goals of the Compact, the development of which will be led by WHO, are:  

  • increased capacity of health systems to detect, diagnose and manage diabetes;
  • integration of diabetes care into existing programmes, thereby leveraging existing capacities in the health-care system and meeting people’s health-care needs in a more holistic way; and
  • the scaling-up of health promotion efforts to prevent diabetes, particularly among young people.

The Compact will bring together in one package all WHO materials for the prevention and management of diabetes, both existing and new. On the prevention side, particular focus will be given to reducing obesity, especially among young people. On the treatment side, emphasis will be on improving access to diabetes medicines and technologies, in particular in low- and middle-income countries.

Key to the success of the Compact will be alignment and united action across the public, private and philanthropic sectors.

The Compact will be launched in April 2021. 

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DNC on Native American Heritage Month

30 Nov

DNC Chair Tom Perez and Native American Caucus Chair Rion Ramirez released the following joint statement on Native American Heritage Month:

“November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans and Alaska Natives in America. Native Americans are a political class of people with reserved and inherent rights reaffirmed in treaties, U.S. Supreme Court cases, executive orders and congressional mandates. We owe it to the first peoples of this continent to honor these treaties and our Constitution, which explicitly recognizes tribal nations and others as the supreme law of the land. This is also a time to remind ourselves that we all must also do our part to ensure our history is told correctly and not repeated. We also take this time to also pause and recognize the tremendous sacrifice of Native Americans who serve our country in the armed forces at the highest rate of any ethnicity.

“As the first people of this Nation, and despite being the last Americans to earn the right to vote, Native Americans turned out in historic proportions this Election Day, helping swing Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin to President-elect Joe Biden. We celebrate the re-election of Native leaders Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland into Congress, and we welcome the second Native Hawiian to be elected since statehood, Kaiali’i Kahele from Hawaii. We now have more Native representation than ever in history.

“President-elect Joe Biden over the course of his career has tirelessly worked to enhance tribal sovereignty and prosperity, and to ensure the United States follows through on the commitments it has made to Indian Country. He knows that Tribal Nations should be empowered to govern Native communities and that the United States must continue to work to meet its solemn trust and treaty obligations.”

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Kamilov

30 Nov

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.  Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed U.S. steadfast support for Uzbekistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, and for President Mirziyoyev’s reform agenda.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister reflected on the progress of human rights reforms, including broadening religious freedom, combatting trafficking in persons, and expanding space for civil society and journalists.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister also discussed opportunities for U.S. exporters and investors as Uzbekistan pursues market-oriented policies and privatization.

Reflecting on the growing U.S. – Uzbekistan partnership and strategic alignment, Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kamilov lauded their governments’ decision to elevate annual bilateral political consultations to a Strategic Partnership Dialogue.  Within this Dialogue, the United States and Uzbekistan will pursue closer cooperation across political, security, economic, and human dimensions.

 

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Overseas Security Advisory Council Honors Dublin Chapter

30 Nov

Office of the Spokesperson

The U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), managed by the Diplomatic Security Service, today awarded the 2020 Country Chapter Achievement Award to the Dublin Country Chapter in recognition of its excellent leadership, collaboration, and engagement in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the Dublin Country Chapter rapidly adapted their program of events to include expert-led webinars responding to the safety and security challenges of the virus, while working simultaneously to ensure specific sectors received the latest information.  The steering committee, led by the Public Sector Co-Chair Kevin Gonzalez (Regional Security Officer for the U.S. Embassy) and the private sector Co-Chairs Brian Kirkpatrick (Director of International Security at Elavon Financial Services) and John Murphy (Head of Global Security Operations at Stripe), organized online events with experts from the U.S. Embassy and the private sector to enable the sharing of their experience and expertise on practical measures to ensure the safety of employees and business operations.  After opening up its online events to chapters worldwide, OSAC Dublin also became a hub for information for organizations across Europe.

Established in 1985, OSAC is the country’s premier public-private partnership and collaborative network between the U.S. Department of State and private sector security professionals.  It works to protect U.S. organizations and staff overseas through threat analysis, alerts, and peer network groups. OSAC supports 150 Country Chapters abroad, which are trusted networks comprised of public and private security professionals who regularly operate within that country.  Members exchange up-to-date information related to security within the region.

For more information on OSAC, visit the website at www.osac.gov. For press-related queries, please email DSS public affairs at ds-press@state.gov.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy

30 Nov

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today regarding the conflict in Tigray. Secretary Pompeo took note of the Government of Ethiopia’s November 28 announcement of the end of major military operations, but reiterated the United States’ grave concern regarding ongoing hostilities and the risks the conflict poses. The Secretary called for a complete end to the fighting and constructive dialogue to resolve the crisis. He stressed the willingness of the United States, the African Union envoys and other international partners to assist in dialogue and reconciliation. The Secretary underscored the importance of protecting civilians from further harm, including refugees and civilians fleeing the conflict into Sudan, and allowing international humanitarian organizations access to the Tigray region to ensure the unhindered flow of humanitarian assistance to those in need. He urged the Government of Ethiopia to ensure respect for human rights of Tigrayans and all ethnic groups. Secretary Pompeo highlighted the United States’ strong partnership with Ethiopia, our continued support for Ethiopia’s historic reform agenda, and the importance of Ethiopia’s role in promoting prosperity and stability on the Horn of Africa.

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U.S. Sanctions CEIEC for Supporting the Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Efforts to Undermine Venezuelan Democracy

30 Nov

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

Today, the United States is sanctioning CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela.  These efforts include restricting internet service and conducting digital surveillance against political opponents of the regime.  CEIEC has provided software, training, and technical expertise to the regime’s entities.  It provides cyber support and technical experts to state-run telecommunications provider Venezuelan National Telephone Company (CANTV) which controls 70 percent of internet service in Venezuela and frequently blocks online independent newspapers and speeches by opposition members.

PRC technology companies, including CEIEC, lead the world in developing and exporting tools to monitor, censor, and surveil citizens’ activities on the internet.  CEIEC has been supporting the Maduro regime’s malicious efforts to repress political dissent and undermine democratic processes since 2017.

With this latest action, the United States reaffirms its commitment to promoting accountability for all those complicit in the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy.  Maduro’s desperate attempts to manipulate the democratic processes should leave no doubt that any elections organized by the illegitimate regime, including the December 6 parliamentary elections, will be neither free nor fair.  We stand with Interim President Guaidó and the Venezuelan people who have struggled for years to restore democracy and liberty to Venezuela.

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