Election updates: Did Trump acknowledge a 'next' administration? Almost.

Written by on November 13, 2020


President Trump stated his administration wouldn’t go to a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown whereas talking from the Rose Backyard. USA TODAY

USA TODAY’S protection of the 2020 election continues this week after former Vice President Joe Biden gained a bitterly fought election in opposition to President Donald Trump and states work to complete counting their remaining ballots. Almost all states have been known as at this level because the Trump marketing campaign challenges the outcomes in lots of states. Biden in the meantime is constant along with his transition, assembly with advisers and world leaders, and probably naming workers within the days and weeks to return. 

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USA TODAY has reside election info from throughout the nation.

Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush says Republicans had been confused by masks with Breonna Taylor’s identify

Cori Bush, who is among the incoming freshman members of Congress who gathered for a Home orientation on Friday, stated that a number of of her Republican colleagues known as her by Breonna Taylor’s identify after studying it on her face masks.

“I’m Breonna Taylor so far as I may very well be a Black girl murdered, murdered in my mattress tonight, you realize,” Bush informed reporters. “However I’m not Breonna Taylor. This Breonna Taylor was murdered in her mattress at evening and she or he doesn’t have justice — murdered by the police.”

Bush, a Democrat elected as the primary Black girl to characterize Missouri in Congress, was carrying the masks with the identify of the 26-year-old Black girl who was shot six occasions by law enforcement officials and died within the hallway of her South Louisville condo in March.

As mass protests took the nation through the summer season, Taylor’s loss of life was one which caught nationwide consideration and requires justice. The officers concerned in a raid of her condo didn’t see prices associated to her loss of life, however one was charged with wanton endangerment.

Bush stated “ I did not hear it as soon as. I did not hear it twice. I heard it a number of occasions” all through the day, and that she was upset leaders elected to Congress had been unaware of who Taylor was.

“And it simply saddens me that individuals in management, those that wish to be in management do not know the struggles which might be taking place to Black folks on this nation,” Bush stated.

“It hurts. However I’m glad they’ll come to know her identify & story due to my presence right here.,” she added on Twitter.

Jeanine Santucci

Did Trump acknowledge a ‘subsequent’ administration? Virtually.

President Donald Trump appeared to slide on his phrases Friday throughout remarks in regards to the coronavirus pandemic by suggesting one other administration — presumably one led by President-elect Joe Biden — would possibly take into account a nationwide lockdown.

“This administration won’t be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the, the — no matter occurs sooner or later, who is aware of which administration might be? I assume time will inform,” Trump stated throughout remarks within the Rose Backyard. “However I can let you know this administration won’t go to a lockdown.”

Trump’s remarks got here as he has refused to concede that Biden gained the election, citing baseless claims of widespread fraud.

The president’s feedback got here after networks projected Biden had gained Georgia and the Related Press and others known as North Carolina for Trump. The ultimate tallies gave Biden states with 306 electoral votes and Trump with 232 electoral votes – the identical totals as 4 years in the past when Trump topped Hillary Clinton.

David Jackson, John Fritze and Courtney Subramanian.

Trump singles out New York for vaccine criticism 

President Donald Trump took a swipe at drug maker Pfizer and the governor of New York on Friday over their earlier feedback on a coronavirus vaccine throughout his first public remarks since his Democratic opponent gained final week’s election.

Trump described his administration’s response to the virus as “single best mobilization in U.S. historical past” and stated a vaccine can be extensively obtainable by April. Whereas there have been promising indicators in vaccine improvement, none have but acquired authorities approval.

Trump slammed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his remarks, saying the administration wouldn’t ship the vaccine to the state “till we’ve got authorization to take action.” Trump stated Cuomo would “need to tell us when he’s prepared for it.”

The president’s remarks gave the impression to be a response to Cuomo announcement this fall that the state would arrange an unbiased panel to assessment the vaccine.

Trump didn’t point out the election or President-elect Joe Biden in his opening remarks however did make an indirect reference to a different administration.

“No matter occurs sooner or later, who is aware of, which administration might be. I assume time will inform,” he stated. “However I can let you know this administration won’t go to a lockdown.”

The president additionally criticized drug maker Pfizer for what he described as an “unlucky mistake” in saying their candidate vaccine was not a part of the administration’s Operation Warp Velocity.

Trump final spoke in public Nov. 5, angrily briefing reporters on his complaints in regards to the election. He traveled to his golf course in Northern Virginia over the weekend, laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Veterans Day and has regularly posted tweets in regards to the election.

However Trump has not made public remarks since earlier than Biden gained the election on Saturday. The interval marked his longest absence from talking on digital camera of his whole presidency, in accordance with the nonpartisan web site Factba.se, which tracks the president’s calendar.

Shortly earlier than Trump emerged, Biden launched an announcement calling for a “strong and instant federal response” to the coronavirus and known as for “pressing motion” by the Trump administration,” beginning with an acknowledgment of how severe the present state of affairs is.”

John Fritze and David Jackson

Trump to make first public remarks in additional than per week 

Whereas protesting Joe Biden’s election win behind closed doorways, President Donald Trump on Friday inspired supporters who’re planning Saturday rallies on his behalf, and stated he could cease by one among them.

The scheduled rallies embrace “a giant one on Saturday in D.C.,” Trump tweeted. “I’ll even attempt to cease by and say hi there.”

The president described the demonstrations as “natural,” however there’s proof that pro-Trump organizations are serving to plan the occasions. Members started arriving in Washington, D.C., on Friday, lots of them carrying pro-Trump T-shirts and flying deep blue Trump flags.

The president has spent many of the week contained in the White Home, aside from a Veteran’s Day go to to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery on Wednesday.

He has not given any public remarks since Nov. 5, however is scheduled to interrupt the silence Friday with a Four p.m. EST assertion on battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

– David Jackson

Networks name NC for Trump, Georgia for Biden simply as recount begins

President Donald Trump is the challenge winner of North Carolina’s electoral votes, in accordance with NBC, ABC, and CNN. Trump presently leads by greater than 70,000 votes within the state.

And whereas votes are nonetheless being counted in a statewide hand recount, President-elect Joe Biden was projected because the winner in Georgia, in accordance with the identical TV networks. Biden leads in Georgia by about 14,000 votes.

Georgia and North Carolina had been the final two states with out declared winners within the presidential election.

Biden surpassed the 270 electoral votes wanted to win the presidency Saturday after profitable Pennsylvania. 

Georgia is within the midst of an audit of the presidential election, which comes within the type of a hand recount of almost all 5 million votes within the state.

The state’s deadline to certify its outcomes is Nov. 20, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has stated election employees will work additional time to get it completed. He denied claims the recount is in response to calls from the Trump marketing campaign to recount the vote, and Georgia elections official Gabriel Sterling stated the recount would have occurred if Biden had been the one trailing within the state.

– Savannah Behrmann and Jeanine Santucci

Deliberate pro-Trump DC rallies elevate considerations 

Specialists are warning some right-wing extremists could seem at rallies in Washington, D.C., on Saturday in help of President Donald Trump, although it is unclear how many individuals will attend.

A number of occasions with names together with Million MAGA March, Cease the Steal and March for Trump are set to happen at Freedom Plaza round midday Saturday, in accordance with a number of social media posts. As of Tuesday, there have been no less than 24 Fb occasions utilizing one or each phrases, in accordance with the Anti-Defamation League. 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Metropolitan Police Division say they’re monitoring the occasions, however wouldn’t present a crowd estimate. No less than one counter-protest is deliberate by a leftist group.

Organizers are selling the occasion as a option to protest “voter fraud,” to “present help for our President” and “demand a free and honest election,” in accordance with the Anti-Defamation League. Trump has refused to concede and leveled baseless allegations of voter fraud to falsely declare the election was stolen from him.

– N’dea Yancey-Bragg

High aide says Biden will identify a White Home COVID-19 coordinator

President-elect Joe Biden will appoint a White Home coronavirus response coordinator to guide the administration’s pandemic technique, incoming White Home chief of workers Ron Klain stated Thursday evening.

In his first interview since he was named chief of workers, Klain informed MSNBC the coordinator would have “direct entry” to Biden and would temporary the president day by day on the coronavirus disaster. The coordinator may even have a COVID-19 response group to assist handle vaccine distribution, oversee provide chain logistics and work on enhancing widespread entry to testing.

The incoming chief of workers stated the “transition is shifting forward” regardless of the Trump administration’s refusal to log off on the election outcomes, which might permit Biden’s group to coordinate with federal companies.

Klain who served as a “czar” to fight the Ebola outbreak in 2014 beneath President Barack Obama, identified that officers on the Division of Well being and Human Companies are busy planning for a vaccination marketing campaign for February and March, when Biden might be president.

“The earlier we will get our transition consultants into conferences with the oldsters who’re planning the vaccination marketing campaign, the extra seamless the transition” from a Trump presidency to a Biden presidency will be, Klain informed MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

Klain additionally stated that on day one Biden needs to “problem a nationwide masking mandate, requiring that individuals put on masks the place the federal authority extends, after which urging governors and different native officers to impose masks mandates.”

Earlier this week the Biden transition group introduced a board of well being consultants – largely medical doctors – to advise the incoming administration on the coronravirus disaster because the U.S. broke its personal file for brand new coronavirus circumstances.

– Courtney Subramanian

White Home continues to disclaim election consequence, insist on second Trump time period

Regardless of struggling defeat in final week’s election to Democratic challenger Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s commerce adviser Peter Navarro informed Fox Enterprise Community on Friday, “We’re shifting ahead right here on the White Home beneath the idea there might be a second Trump time period.” 

When host Stuart Varney warned Friday it’d appear like “bitter grapes” if Trump did not attend the Jan. 20 inauguration, White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany informed him, “I believe the president will attend his own inauguration. He must be there, in actual fact.” 

The remarks echoed a remark from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who on Tuesday promised a “easy transition to a second Trump administration.” 

McEnany claimed Trump was sure he would win, pinning the unrealistic hope on a Georgia recount, in addition to authorized challenges throughout different states, that consultants do not imagine may realistically end result within the election consequence being overturned.

Trump has to date refused to concede the election regardless of shedding to Biden by massive margins in each the favored vote and Electoral School.  He has repeatedly made baseless allegations the election was “rigged” and claimed with out proof that there was widespread election fraud. 

Journalist Geraldo Rivera, who has urged the president to say “goodbye with grace and dignity,” stated Friday that in a telephone name with Trump, the president told him he’s a “realist” who will do the “proper factor” however needs to see how the states’ certifications of the outcomes prove. He informed Fox Information he didn’t imagine Trump was “plotting the overthrow of the elected authorities.” 

– William Cummings 

Specialists decry Trump fraud claims as ‘abuse of the rule of legislation’ 

A bunch of 1,000 attorneys, together with retired federal and state judges, state attorneys basic and legislation professors criticized the Trump administration over baseless claims of widespread voter fraud within the 2020 election.

“Each candidate has a proper to make sure that an election is performed lawfully. Nevertheless, courtroom challenges, if any, have to be based mostly on details, on proof,” said the letter, which requested public officers to cease making false claims of systemic fraud that President Donald Trump has claimed “stole” the election from him. 

“The President of the US has directed the submitting of courtroom circumstances in search of to cease ballots from being counted on the bottom that there was widespread poll fraud. His sons have sharply criticized Republicans who will not be backing their father’s claims,”

Republican lawmakers, together with Sens. Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham and Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, have made statements backing Trump’s lawsuits and baseless claims of widespread fraud. 

– Kristine Phillips

Obama warns Trump’s refusal to concede is ‘harmful path’ 

Former President Barack Obama says Donald Trump’s refusal to concede to Joe Biden is regarding however that he was much more troubled by outstanding members of the Republican occasion echoing his baseless claims of election fraud, saying they’re heading down a “harmful path.”

“I am extra troubled extra by the truth that different Republican officers who clearly know higher are going together with this, are humoring him on this vogue,” Obama told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a clip from an interview scheduled to air Sunday. “It is yet one more step in delegitimizing not simply the incoming Biden administration however democracy generally. And that is a harmful path.”

Within the clip of an interview the community shared Friday, Obama stated, “you’ve got bought tens of millions of people that assume there have to be dishonest as a result of the president says so.” The total interview will air on Sunday.

– Ledyard King 

Newest vote rely places Arizona out of attain for Trump 

President-elect Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump is now formally insurmountable after Maricopa County reported outcomes from its newest spherical of ballots. Biden leads Trump by 11,434 votes within the statewide tally – a margin better than the estimated variety of ballots remaining to be counted in Arizona. 

The Thursday night outcomes from about 4,000 Maricopa County ballots went 53% for Biden and 43% for Trump.

Now, Trump has no path to victory in a state that is lengthy been a Republican stronghold.

This election marks solely the second time the Grand Canyon State has supported a Democrat for president since 1948. The final Democratic presidential candidate to hold Arizona was then-President Invoice Clinton in 1996.

The Trump marketing campaign will problem the leads to the state. However Arizona Legal professional Normal Mark Brnovich, a Republican, has rejected Trump’s claims of election irregularities there, saying “if certainly there was some nice conspiracy, it apparently did not work.”  

– Caitlin McGlade, Arizona Republic 

Specialists see Trump problem penalties: Trump election results lawsuits push US toward ‘loss of democracy’

GOP senators inform Trump it is time for Biden to get briefings 

Senate Republicans broke with the Trump administration Thursday to argue that President-elect Joe Biden ought to get entry to high-level categorised intelligence briefings, though the president continues to contest the election outcomes.

Sen. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, stated he’ll intervene on Friday if the Trump administration doesn’t begin permitting Biden to obtain what’s often called the president’s day by day temporary, a abstract of probably the most pressing and credible nationwide safety threats.

Incoming presidents usually have entry to these assessments through the transition, to allow them to be ready to take care of any nationwide safety threats on day one. 

“This must happen in order that whatever the consequence of the election, whichever manner that it goes, folks will be prepared for that precise activity,” Lankford informed Tulsa radio station KRMG-AM on Wednesday.

“If that’s not occurring by Friday, I’ll step in,” stated Lankford, who sits on the Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee.

– Deirdre Shesgreen and Matthew Brown

Suburban change: Trump keeps baselessly claiming voter fraud in cities. But suburbs actually lost him the election

Georgia begins second-largest hand recount in US historical past

Georgia Voting Implementation Supervisor Gabe Sterling introduced Thursday that the hand recount and audit of the presidential race in Georgia will start at 9 a.m. Friday. The recount will conclude at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

“This would be the largest hand recount and audit in United States historical past,” Sterling stated.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger introduced the hand recount and audit on Wednesday, saying that the choice got here right down to the race having an in depth margin.

“This can assist construct confidence. It will likely be an audit, a re-count and a re-canvass all of sudden. It will likely be a heavy carry, however we are going to work with the counties to get this completed in time for state certification,” he stated.

President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Georgia have been casting doubt, with out proof, on the outcomes and election course of all week, together with Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

The incumbent GOP senators known as for Raffensperger’s resignation on Monday. They had been adopted by members of the Georgia Republican Congressional Delegation, together with Rep. Buddy Carter and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, accusing the state elections workplace with “severe allegations of voting irregularities.”

No particular proof has been introduced as of Thursday. Raffensperger, Sterling and Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan have all dispelled rumors of voter fraud all through the week.

– Zach Dennis and Nick Robertson, Savannah Morning Information 


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