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That’s the message President-elect Joe Biden sent the world as he unveiled key Cabinet and national security picks earlier this week. Foreign governments will know Biden’s team from their time in office under President Barack Obama and other previous administrations. We are on the same page on climate, on Iran, on NATO,” one European official said about the picks. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida dismissed Biden’s new team members over their track record with China during Obama’s presidency. “Biden’s Cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences and will be polite and orderly caretakers of America’s decline,” Rubio tweeted.
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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and sitting Republican President Donald Trump, like hundreds of millions of Americans, planned quiet Thanksgiving celebrations at home on Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic rages across the United States. Slideshow ( 2 images )Former Democratic Vice President Biden was spending the holiday in the small seaside town of Rehoboth, Delaware, where he and his wife Jill have a vacation home. The Bidens were to host daughter Ashley Biden and her husband Dr. Howard Krein for the holiday meal. It’s hard to give thanks.”For Republican President Trump, Thursday was a far cry from last year when he made a surprise visit here to Afghanistan. In contrast to Biden, who pleaded with Americans to celebrate the holiday safely by wearing masks and socially distancing, Trump urged Americans to “gather” in his Thanksgiving proclamation.
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Biden to unveil economic team next week as transition moves ahead
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Simon Lewis | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. (Reuters) -U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will announce his economic team and other key nominees next week, officials for his transition team said on Wednesday, after formal recognition of his election win this week allowed a transition to move forward. Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield told reporters on a call that the transition team was encouraged by the “professional and welcoming response” of civil servants who they were getting in touch with to enable a smooth transfer of power. Transition officials downplayed the impact of the three-week delay in formally beginning the transition, and dismissed President Donald Trump’s continued efforts to cast doubt on the results as a “sideshow.”Biden was expected to receive his first presidential daily intelligence briefing on Monday, said Bedingfield. “On the national security and foreign policy side, agency review team leads have reached out to their assigned agencies within hours of ascertainment on Monday night, and nearly all have had initial contact with their points of contact,” said Psaki.
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Coronavirus deaths reached 2,157 on Tuesday - one person every 40 seconds - with another 170,000 people infected, as millions of Americans disregarded official warnings and traveled for Thanksgiving. Families with university students have been forced to evaluate the risk of reuniting for Thanksgiving. LINES IN NEW YORK CITYAcross New York City, lines at COVID-19 testing sites wrapped around the block on Wednesday, video on Twitter showed. “This is not a normal Thanksgiving, and to act like it’s a normal Thanksgiving is to deny the reality of every health expert in the nation,” Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday in urging New Yorkers to stay home. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program plans to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide as soon as one is approved.
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Biden to discuss coronavirus response as Thanksgiving holiday nears
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Simon Lewis | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will give a speech on Wednesday highlighting the challenges facing Americans as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and the nation faces a surge in coronavirus infections and a wave of unpopular health restrictions. FILE PHOTO: President-elect Joe Biden stands with his nominees for his national security team at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. The number of patients being treated for coronavirus infections in U.S. hospitals surpassed 86,000, an all-time high, on Tuesday. Critics have said Trump’s refusal to accept the results undercut Biden’s ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic and deal with national security threats. “Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly a person of consequence, is really a difficult decision,” Biden said.
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President-elect Joe Biden introduced key members of his Cabinet and national security team during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, Tuesday afternoon, and declared: "America is back." He also urged lawmakers to take swift action in confirming his national security team. Kerry's selection marks the first time that the National Security Council will include an official dedicated to climate change. All of Biden's national security nominees spoke at the event, with Blinken discussing the importance of the country's ideals. A Biden transition official told NBC News on Tuesday that the Biden transition team is now communicating and interacting with all federal agencies.
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(Reuters) -Pennsylvania officials told a federal appeals court on Tuesday it should reject a bid by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of the battleground state, according to a court filing. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstLawyers for Trump’s campaign have asked the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the “effect” of the state’s results. Those defective ballots, the Trump campaign said, should be “deducted from Biden’s votes, which may change the result of the election.”Biden received nearly 81,000 more votes than Trump in the state. Even if Trump was able to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania, he would need to invalidate the results in two other key states to change the outcome of the election. If the campaign loses its appeal, it could ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its case.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Sidney Powell, Trump, Donald Trump's, Rudy Giuliani, Jonathan Ernst Lawyers, Biden, Matthew Brann, meritless, ” Biden, “ Trump, Bob Bauer Organizations: Reuters, U.S, Republican National Committee, Capitol, REUTERS, Jonathan, Third, District, Brann, Trump, Monday, Supreme Locations: Pennsylvania, Washington , U.S, U.S
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition hopes to maintain bipartisan support from politicians in the United States as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January, opposition leader Juan Guaido said in an interview on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido takes part in a gathering with women supporters in Caracas, Venezuela November 18, 2020. “Any president in the world today would want to get closer to a solution to the crisis in Venezuela,” Guaido said in an interview in his home. The United States last year created a broad sanctions program that limits Venezuela’s oil exports and blocks U.S. citizens from doing business with his government. But Biden will likely face pressure to ease some measures such as restrictions on Venezuela’s gasoline imports amid crippling fuel shortages.
Persons: Joe Biden, Juan Guaido, Manaure Quintero, Trump, Nicolas Maduro, Maduro, Biden, , ” Guaido, ” Biden, Guaido, Organizations: REUTERS, United, Socialist Party Locations: CARACAS, United States, Caracas, Venezuela
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives for the news conference following the weekly Senate Republican caucus policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. November 17, 2020. Some Senate Republicans - most of whom have yet to acknowledge Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump or refer to Biden as president-elect - quickly condemned his picks. Influential Senate Republican John Cornyn told reporters he assumed Cabinet picks would be negotiated if Biden becomes president. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not hesitated to wield the power of his office since Republicans won Senate control in 2014. Georgia voters go to the polls on Jan. 5 for two runoff elections pitting strong Senate Trump supporters David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler against Democratic challengers.
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the election is wrapping up as states certify the results of voting from three weeks ago and now that the federal General Services Administration has officially begun the process for the transition of power. “I’m pleased to have received the ascertainment from GSA to carry out a smooth and peaceful transition of power so our teams can prepare to meet the challenges at hand: to control the pandemic, to build back better, and to protect the safety and security of the American people,” Biden said while introducing his national security and foreign policy team.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts WILMINGTON, “ I’m, ” Biden Organizations: REUTERS, General Services Administration, GSA Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Del
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. (Reuters) - President-Elect Joe Biden shared his vision of a foreign policy based on the United States taking a global leadership role and strengthening its alliances in the Asia-Pacific region when he introduced his picks for national security on Tuesday. Biden said his selection for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, would rebuild morale and trust in the U.S. State Department, responsible for the country’s diplomatic relationships. The team embodied his core belief “that America is strongest when it works with its allies,” Biden said. “It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” he told a news briefing in Wilmington, Delaware.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts WILMINGTON, Biden, Antony Blinken, ” Biden, “ It’s, , Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas Organizations: REUTERS, State, U.S . State Department, United Nations Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Del, States, Asia, Pacific, America, United States, Greenfield
(Reuters) -President-Elect Joe Biden on Tuesday stressed his plans for a foreign policy based on the United States taking a global leadership role and strengthening its alliances in the Asia-Pacific region after four turbulent years under President Donald Trump. Slideshow ( 5 images )Introducing his planned national security team, Biden said his selection for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, would rebuild morale and trust in the U.S. State Department. The team embodied his core belief “that America is strongest when it works with its allies,” Biden said. In addition to Blinken, Biden’s team includes Jake Sullivan as national security adviser and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Biden, who is due to take office on Jan. 20, said he hoped the Republican-dominated Senate would give a prompt hearing to his nominees.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden, Antony Blinken, ” Biden, “ It’s, , Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas, Blinken, Trump, ” Thomas, Greenfield, Multilateralism Organizations: State, U.S . State Department, United Nations, Republican Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, States, Asia, Pacific, America, Wilmington , Delaware, United States, Paris, Iran, Tehran, Greenfield, U.S
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsIntroducing his foreign policy and national security team, the Democratic former vice president signaled he intended after taking office on Jan. 20 to steer the United States away from the unilateralist nationalism pursued by Trump. U.S. foreign policy under a Biden administration is likely to take more of a multilateral and diplomatic approach aimed at repairing Washington’s relationships with key allies and pursuing new paths on issues such as climate change. The White House on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president’s daily intelligence briefing. The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday also confirmed Biden had won the state, sending the results to Nevada’s Democratic governor for final certification.
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(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received congratulations for his election victory from China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday as he prepared to give a speech highlighting the challenges Americans face as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. About 260,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and infections are surging on a national scale. The daily U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 2,000 on Tuesday for the first time since May. The White House also gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president’s daily intelligence briefing. Critics have said Trump’s refusal to accept the results has damaged American democracy and undercut Biden’s ability to fight the pandemic and prepare to deal with national security threats.
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(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received congratulations for his election victory from China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday as he prepared to give a speech highlighting the challenges Americans face as COVID-19 cases surge on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. About 260,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and infections are surging on a national scale. The White House also gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president’s daily intelligence briefing. We’re going to do it on a regular basis.”TRUMP TRIP CANCELEDTrump has waged a failed legal battle to overturn the election results, falsely claiming it was stolen. Critics have said Trump’s refusal to accept the results has damaged American democracy and undercut Biden’s ability to fight the pandemic and prepare to deal with national security threats.
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“I know we can and we will beat this virus,” Biden added, acknowledging that Americans are feeling pandemic fatigue. Biden transition adviser Jen Psaki said classified information was being shared with Biden’s senior team. Biden on Wednesday received belated congratulations for his election victory from China’s President Xi Jinping. During the election campaign, Biden vowed a tough line on China’s expanding influence worldwide and called Xi a “thug” for his human rights practices. It was a fraudulent election,” Trump said, without offering evidence.
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Biden gave a presidential-style speech acknowledging people’s fatigue with restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, but urged them to exercise caution as caseloads surge. During the campaign, Biden accused Trump, a Republican, of panicking and surrendering in the face of a public health crisis. Without mentioning Trump, Biden addressed the messy aftermath of the vote. Trump has waged a failed legal battle to overturn the election results. It was a fraudulent election,” Trump said, without offering evidence.
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It also paves the way for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to receive regular national security briefings that Trump also gets. On Tuesday, Biden and Harris are expected to formally introduce their appointments to critical national security and foreign policy positions in Wilmington, Delaware. Two Trump administration officials said the Biden agency review teams could begin interacting with Trump agency officials as soon as Tuesday. The Biden transition team said meetings would begin with federal officials on Washington’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, along with discussions of national security issues. The letter came shortly after Michigan officials certified Biden as the victor in their state.
Persons: Joe Biden, Trump, Kamala Harris, Tom Brenner, Critics, Biden, Harris, Antony Blinken, John Kerry, Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas, Janet Yellen, Sue Gough, ” Gough, Emily Murphy’s, Emily, ” Trump, , ” Biden, Murphy, State Barbara Cegavske, Don Beyer Organizations: Reuters, National Governors Association, REUTERS, Services, Twitter, GSA, Trump, Biden, State Department, Democratic, United Nations, Treasury, Pentagon, Department of Defense, DoD, Department, Michigan, State, Republican, Obama, Commerce Department Locations: WILMINGTON , Delaware, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Greenfield, Nevada
Trump has said he will never concede the election but after weeks of limbo his administration on Monday finally gave the green light for the formal transfer of power to Biden to begin. One of the first departments his team reached out to was the Pentagon, underscoring the importance of emphasizing national security during the transition. Until now, the transition team had been restricted to talking to former officials rather than those currently in government, according to a Biden transition aide. In a small but symbolic move hours after the transition announcement on Monday night, Biden opened a “.gov” website available only to government agencies for his transition, launching buildbackbetter.gov. NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICYBiden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are due to formally introduce their foreign policy and national security teams on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.
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The Biden team also gets access to federal office space, secure facilities for intelligence briefings and the succession plans for executive agencies. In a small but symbolic move hours after the transition announcement on Monday night, Biden opened a “.gov” website available only to government agencies for his transition, launching buildbackbetter.gov. Trump’s legal strategy has hinged on stopping certain states that he lost from certifying their election results, an effort that has met no success. Michigan on Monday certified its results showing Biden the winner, while Pennsylvania’s governor said on Tuesday his state had done so as well. Biden is likely to tap former Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen to become the next Treasury secretary, two Biden allies said on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Biden says U.S. 'ready to lead' again on global stage
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Trevor Hunnicutt | Humeyra Pamuk | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States will be “ready to lead” again on the global stage after he succeeds President Donald Trump in January, pledging to work together with Washington’s allies abroad. “It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back - ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” Biden said at the event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. That process had been held up despite Biden emerging as the clear winner and world leaders recognizing him as the next president. The Biden team also gets access to federal office space, secure facilities for intelligence briefings and the succession plans for executive agencies. One of the first departments that Biden’s team reached out to was the Pentagon, underscoring the importance of emphasizing national security during the transition.
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(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States will be “ready to lead” again on the global stage, turning the page on President Donald Trump’s unilateralist policies as he pledged to work together with Washington’s allies. Biden did not reference the country’s longest war - the Afghanistan conflict - as Trump moves to reduce U.S. forces. Biden urged the Senate to give his nominees who require confirmation by the chamber “a prompt hearing” and expressed hope he could work with Republicans “in good faith to move forward for the country.”“Let’s begin that work ... to heal and unite America as well as the world,” Biden added. That process had been held up despite Biden emerging as the clear winner and world leaders recognizing him as the next president. Michigan on Monday certified its results showing Biden the winner.
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(Reuters) -President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States will be “ready to lead” again on the global stage, turning the page on President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies as he pledged to work together with the nation’s allies. Introducing his foreign policy and national security team, the Democratic former vice president signaled he intended after taking office on Jan. 20 to steer the United States away from the unilateralist nationalism pursued by Trump. Biden said his team, which includes trusted aide Antony Blinken as his nominee for U.S. secretary of state, would shed what the president-elect described as “old thinking and unchanged habits” in its approach to foreign relations. U.S. foreign policy under a Biden administration is likely to take more of a multilateral and diplomatic approach aimed at repairing Washington’s relationships with key allies and pursuing new paths on issues such as climate change. The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday also confirmed Biden had won the state, sending the results to Nevada’s Democratic governor for final certification.
Persons: Joe Biden, , Donald Trump’s “, Biden, Antony Blinken, “ It’s, ” Biden, Trump, “ We’re, , Critics, ” “, Marco Rubio Organizations: Democratic, Trump, Republican, NATO, White House, Biden, NBC News, Foreign Relations, Twitter, The, The Nevada Supreme Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, States, United States, Europe, America, Wilmington , Delaware, China, Russia, Asia, Pacific, Hong Kong, South China, Beijing, Afghanistan, Pennsylvania, The Nevada
Iran sees foreign firms returning if U.S. lifts sanctions
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Heinz-Peter BaderDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran expects foreign companies to return to the country if U.S. sanctions are lifted under President-elect Joe Biden and some firms have made initial contacts already, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday. Major foreign companies left Iran after U.S. President Donald Trump two years ago abandoned Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and restored economic sanctions. Washington has since blacklisted dozens of foreign companies accused of cooperating with Iran. “Recently, contacts about opening offices and the presence of foreign companies in Iran have increased,” Rabiei told a news conference that was streamed live on a government website. Rabiei said companies which did not leave Iran despite sanctions could be given more opportunities in the future.
Persons: Heinz, Peter Bader DUBAI, Joe Biden, Ali Rabiei, Donald Trump, ” Rabiei, Rabiei, Trump, ” Biden Organizations: United Nations, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, Washington Locations: Vienna, Iran, Iranian, Washington
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he holds a videoconference meeting with members of the U.S Conference of Mayors at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s team will begin meeting with federal government officials to discuss the pandemic response, national security and other issues after a U.S. agency gave the go-ahead for the formal transition on Monday, a transition official said. “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies,” Biden transition executive director Yohannes Abraham said in a statement.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON, Joe Biden’s, , Trump, ” Biden, Yohannes Abraham Organizations: U.S Conference, Mayors, REUTERS Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S
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