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Biden budget pick Neera Tanden a lightning rod in Washington
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Andrea Shalal | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Neera Tanden, President-elect Joe Biden’s outspoken nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, faces a challenge winning Senate confirmation after a Washington career in which she has crossed powerful figures on both the right and left. FILE PHOTO: Center for American Progress Action Fund president Neera Tanden speaks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. Republican Senator Tom Cotton called Tanden “a partisan hack” on Twitter for once referring to Republican Senator Susan Collins as “the worst.” Tanden is “unfit to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” he wrote. Sanders' office did not respond to a query on whether he would support Tanden's nomination. Neera Tanden is the right person for the job,” he wrote on Twitter.
Persons: Tanden, Joe Biden’s, Neera Tanden, Mike Segar Biden, Janet Yellen, Hillary Clinton, Tom Cotton, Susan Collins, , Drew Brandewie, John Cornyn, , Biden “, Sherrod Brown, Biden, ” John Podesta, Bill Clinton, ” Tanden, Richard Trumka, Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Adam Green, ” Green, Bill Kristol, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Management, American Progress Action, Democratic National Convention, REUTERS, American Progress, State, Democratic, OMB, Republican, Twitter, U.S . Senate, CAP, Biden, ” Democratic, AFL, Social Security Locations: Washington, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, U.S, Georgia
REUTERS/Mike SegarBiden is also expected to pick Wally Adeyemo, senior international economic adviser in the Obama administration, to serve as Janet Yellen’s top deputy at the Treasury Department. Economists Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey are expected to be named as members of the Council of Economic Advisers, the person said. Biden has also picked Brian Deese, another adviser under Obama, to head the White House National Economic Council, the New York Times reported, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Bernstein served as Biden’s chief economic adviser as the Obama administration fought to pull the United States out of the Great Recession. The chief executive and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive economic think tank, Boushey has been working with the Biden team as an unofficial economic adviser.
Persons: Joe Biden, Neera Tanden, Barack Obama, Cecilia Rouse, Mike Segar Biden, Wally Adeyemo, Obama, Janet Yellen’s, Jared Bernstein, Heather Boushey, Biden, Brian Deese, Rouse, Adeyemo, Bernstein, Boushey, Deese, Democratic centrists, Tanden, , Matt Bennett, Jeff Hauser, ” Hauser, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jack Lew Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, of Economic Advisers, American Progress Action, Democratic National Convention, REUTERS, Treasury Department, White, National Economic Council, New York Times, Democratic, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, American Progress, FOCUS, Princeton University, Obama’s, Economic Advisers, Trump, Obama, Washington Center for Equitable Locations: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, U.S, Tanden, Adeyemo, Washington, United States
REUTERS/Mike SegarBiden is also expected to pick Wally Adeyemo, senior international economic adviser in the Obama administration, to serve as Janet Yellen’s top deputy at the Treasury Department. Biden has also picked Brian Deese, another adviser under Obama, to head the White House National Economic Council, the New York Times reported, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Bernstein served as Biden’s chief economic adviser as the Obama administration fought to pull the United States out of the Great Recession. The chief executive and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive economic think tank, Boushey has been working with the Biden team as an unofficial economic adviser. Biden’s economic agenda is likely to focus on getting the country past the coronavirus crisis, both as a health and economic issue.
Persons: Joe Biden, Neera Tanden, Barack Obama, Cecilia Rouse, Mike Segar Biden, Wally Adeyemo, Obama, Janet Yellen’s, Jared Bernstein, Heather Boushey, Biden, Brian Deese, Rouse, Adeyemo, Bernstein, Boushey, Deese, Democratic centrists, Tanden, , Matt Bennett, Jeff Hauser, ” Hauser, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jack Lew Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, of Economic Advisers, American Progress Action, Democratic National Convention, REUTERS, Treasury Department, White, National Economic Council, New York Times, Democratic, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, American Progress, FOCUS, Princeton University, Obama’s, Economic Advisers, Trump, Obama, Washington Center for Equitable Locations: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, U.S, Tanden, Adeyemo, Washington, United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government civil servants could face mass firings under an executive order before President Donald Trump leaves office and Democratic lawmakers, watchdog groups and unions are mobilizing to block the move. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 24, 2020. Trump’s order allows agencies to reclassify workers involved in policy-making to a new “Schedule F” category without the job protections they have now. The White House order says Trump is pushing to streamline the federal bureaucracy, increase accountability and make it easier to clear out “poor performers.” The federal government employs about 2 million people in total. Creating the new category of federal workers would expose the civil service to “undue political influence and intimidation,” the committee chairs warned in their letter.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay, Carolyn Maloney, Gerry Connolly, Steny Hoyer, appropriators, Jan, Joe Biden’s, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, White, REUTERS, Trump, Democrats, Government Operations, , Office, Office of Management, Budget, Clear, OMB, American Federation of Government Employees, National Treasury Employees Union, Personnel Management Locations: U.S, Brady, Washington , U.S, , Washington
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President-elect Joe Biden builds his economic team in the coming days, some influential lawmakers are urging him to choose Katherine Tai, the Democratic trade counsel on the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, as U.S. trade representative. The job, sometimes called the “trade czar,” is expected to be a lynchpin position as Biden pledges to reverse predecessor Donald Trump’s “America First” policies, build jobs at home, and punish Beijing for anti-competitive trade practices. A Yale and Harvard-educated Chinese-American who speaks fluent Mandarin and taught university English for two years in Guangzhou, Tai also headed China trade enforcement at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office (USTR) from 2011 to 2014, litigating trade violation cases before the World Trade Organization. Tai, 45, did not respond to a request for comment and a spokeswoman for the House Ways and Means Committee said she was not granting interviews at this time. Tai faces stiff competition for the USTR post from Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and Representative Jimmy Gomez, a Ways and Means Committee Democrat from California.
Persons: Joe Biden, Katherine Tai, , Biden, Donald Trump’s “, Tai, Trump, “ Katherine Tai, Sherrod Brown, , ” Brown, Earl Blumenauer, Reuters Tai, Robert Lighthizer, China ”, ” Tai, Michael Wessel, Jimmy Gomez, Don Beyer, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, Yale, Harvard, U.S . Trade, World Trade Organization, USTR, Democrat, Finance, Reuters, Capitol, Biden, , Center, American Progress, U.S ., China Economic, Security, Commission Locations: Beijing, U.S, Mexico, Canada, Guangzhou, Tai, China, CHINA, United States, California
U.S. agency tells Biden he can formally begin transition
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Andrea Shalal | David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. federal agency that must sign off on the presidential transition told President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that he can formally begin the hand-over process. The GSA had said Murphy, who was appointed to her job by Trump in 2017, would “ascertain” or formally approve, the transition when the winner was clear. “Contrary to media reports and insinuations, my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism,” Murphy wrote. Biden is due to take office on Jan. 20 after having won the election with enough state-by-state electoral votes to secure the Electoral College win. Trump’s fellow Republicans have slowly broken from the president in recent days to urge the transition process to start.
Persons: Joe Biden, Emily Murphy, Biden, Donald Trump, Murphy, ” Murphy, Trump Organizations: U.S, ” General Services Administration, Twitter, ” Lawmakers, GSA, Trump, Electoral College, Republicans Locations: WASHINGTON
Some big creditor countries, including China, also failed to include all state-owned institutions, such as the China Development Bank, in responding to requests for debt relief. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated concerns about high debt levels affecting not just low-income countries, but some middle-income states as well. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva called for prompt and effective implementation of the debt treatment framework to provide permanent debt relief to the poorest countries, but said other countries also needed help. He said the G20 initiative also left out countries that needed urgent help. “Six of the 12 countries with the highest COVID death rates are middle-income countries, which remain outside the scope of the G20 debt process,” he said.
Persons: Nael, Kristalina Georgieva, , Georgieva, Eric LeCompte, Organizations: Saudi Arabia's UNESCO, Heritage, REUTERS, China Development Bank, Monetary Fund, Jubilee USA, United Locations: DUBAI, WASHINGTON, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, China, United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Group of 20 major economies should work to provide trillions of dollars in trade financing for developing countries to ensure the recovery of the global economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official with the World Trade Organization said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: World Trade Organization (WTO) Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff speaks at a news conference following the "1+6" Roundtable meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Florence LoWTO Deputy Director General Alan Wolff told G20 leaders it was critical to utilize trade to help underwrite the economy, facilitate trade in essential medical supplies, and reform the institutional framework for world trade. The lack of access to trade financing hits least developed countries hardest that already suffer from the high cost of financial transactions. The Geneva-based world trade body is in turmoil as the administration of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has blocked both selection of a new director general and the functioning of a dispute settlement body.
Persons: Alan Wolff, Florence Lo, ” Wolff, , Wolff, Donald Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, World Trade Organization, Trade Organization, REUTERS, WTO Locations: Beijing, China, Florence, U.S, Geneva
Family Photo composite for the annual G20 Leaders' Summit is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. Saudi G20 Presidency Media/Handout via REUTERS“We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members’ commitments to incentivize innovation,” the leaders said in the draft G20 statement, seen by Reuters. Trump, who favored bilateral deals, has reduced support for multilateral institutions like the World Trade Organization, and this year threatened to quit the World Health Organization unless it was reformed. We strive to realize the goal of a free, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable, and stable trade and investment environment, and to keep our markets open,” the G20 statement said. The imminent change of guard in the White House also seemed to unblock bolder G20 language on climate change.
Persons: , , Keen, Democrat Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, UNESCO, Heritage, Saudi, REUTERS, Reuters, European, COVID, Democrat, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft Locations: Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Africa
Mnuchin told CNBC that the Treasury could quickly recapitalize the Fed programs if needed, using part of the $84 billion that would remain in the Treasury’s little-used Exchange Stabilization funds along with residual Fed capital. “I think that backstop role may be quite important for quite some time so it’s disappointing,” Evans said on CNBC of the move. Mnuchin denied the move was intended to handicap the administration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed Mnuchin’s decision, as did some other Republican senators. Unclear is whether the influx of cash would prompt McConnell to seek to reduce the size of newly appropriated coronavirus aid funds.
Persons: Steven Mnuchin, Mnuchin, ” Mnuchin, Jerome Powell, Charles Evans, ” Evans, Joe Biden, “ We’re, , Mark Meadows, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: WASHINGTON, ., Treasury, CNBC, Federal, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, Fed, Democratic, Reuters, repurposing Fed, White, Republican, Republicans, Democrats Locations:
Mnuchin told CNBC that the Treasury could quickly recapitalize the Fed programs if needed, using part of the $84 billion that would remain in the Treasury’s little-used Exchange Stabilization funds along with residual Fed capital. “I think that backstop role may be quite important for quite some time so it’s disappointing,” Evans said on CNBC. Use of the funds elsewhere limits the options for the incoming administration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden to backstop financial markets after he takes office on Jan 20. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed Mnuchin’s decision, as did some other Republican senators. Unclear is whether the influx of cash would prompt McConnell to seek to reduce the size of newly appropriated coronavirus aid funds.
Persons: Steven Mnuchin, Mnuchin, ” Mnuchin, Jerome Powell, Charles Evans, ” Evans, ” Powell, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Mark Meadows, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: WASHINGTON, ., Treasury, CNBC, Federal, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, Fed, Democratic, Reuters, repurposing Fed, White, Republican, Republicans, Democrats Locations:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision to de-fund several Federal Reserve coronavirus lending programs on Dec. 31 is “deeply irresponsible,” President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team said on Friday, and threatens to undermine the country’s fragile economic state. Ending support for Fed programs that “could be used for small businesses across the country when they are facing the prospect of new shutdowns is deeply irresponsible,” Biden’s camp said in a statement. “I think that backstop role may be quite important for quite some time so it’s disappointing,” Evans said on CNBC. Use of the funds elsewhere limits the options for the incoming administration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden to backstop financial markets after he takes office on Jan 20. Unclear is whether the influx of cash would prompt McConnell to seek to reduce the size of newly appropriated coronavirus aid funds.
Persons: Steven Mnuchin’s, Joe Biden’s, , ” Mnuchin, Mnuchin, Jerome Powell, Charles Evans, ” Evans, ” Powell, Joe Biden, Steven T, Toni L, Sandys, Donald Trump’s, Mark Meadows, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: WASHINGTON, ., Treasury, Federal, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, CNBC, Fed, Democratic, of, Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs, Reuters, repurposing Fed, White, Republican, Republicans, Democrats Locations: United States, Washington , DC, Massachusetts
Global economy recovering, but may be losing momentum: IMF chief
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Andrea Shalal | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The global economy is recovering from the depths of the coronavirus crisis, but there are signs of slowing momentum in countries with resurging infection rates, the International Monetary Fund said in a new report for G20 major economies. FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during a conference hosted by the Vatican on economic solidarity, at the Vatican, February 5, 2020. But she said the most recent data for contact-intensive service industries pointed to a slowing momentum in economies where the pandemic was resurging. New outbreaks and more stringent mobility restrictions, and delays in vaccine development and distribution could reduce growth, increase public debt and worsen economic scarring. Georgieva also called on G20 leaders to commit to increased investment in green technologies and increases in carbon prices, estimating that doing so could boost global gross domestic product and create about 12 million jobs over a decade.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, Remo Casilli, Georgieva, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, International Monetary Fund, Vatican, REUTERS, IMF, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: United States, Paris
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has made no plans to host a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies after cancelling a June gathering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, three diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers an address from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2020. Three diplomatic sources said there had been no outreach by the Trump administration on dates or an agenda for a possible G7 summit. Russia still holds the territory, and various G7 governments have rebuffed previous calls from Trump to readmit Moscow. The G7 groups the United States, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada, and the European Union also attends.
Persons: Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Democrat Joe Biden, Trump, Biden, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, REUTERS, Republican, Democrat, United Nations, Trump, readmit, European Union Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, Scotland, Australia, Russia, South Korea, India, Germany, Moscow, Crimea, Ukraine, readmit Moscow, Britain, France, Japan, Italy, Canada
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A little-known agency that keeps the U.S. federal bureaucracy running is the biggest impediment to new efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden said on Wednesday. Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, must “ascertain” the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election between Biden and Republican President Donald Trump. Despite a clear margin of victory for Biden, Trump has refused to concede, and his legal challenges are fizzling. The bipartisan National Task Force on Election Crises said on Tuesday it was “past time” for the GSA administrator to certify Biden. Trump administration sources said it is reasonable to wait until vote recounts are completed and the legal challenges have been resolved - a process that is continuing.
Persons: Joe Biden, Mick Mulvaney, Emily W, Murphy, , ” Biden, Emily Murphy, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, it’s, , “ She’s, Biden’s, It’s, Republican George W, Bush, Dave Barram, Al Gore, Gore, ” Barram Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, Office, Management, General Services Administration, GSA, Handout, REUTERS, Republican, Biden, Biden’s, American Medical Association, , National Task Force, Government Operations Locations: U.S, Washington , U.S, Washington, United States, Florida, Wisconsin
Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, must “ascertain” the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election between Biden and Republican President Donald Trump. That is a condition of releasing funds and resources to the winner, but she has so far not done so. Despite a clear margin of victory for Biden, Trump has refused to concede, and his legal challenges are fizzling. Trump administration sources said it was reasonable to wait until vote recounts are completed and the legal challenges have been resolved - a process that is continuing. Dave Barram, who was GSA administrator in 2000, said Murphy contacted him shortly before the election to discuss how he handled that year’s contested scenario.
Persons: Joe Biden, , ” Biden, Emily Murphy, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Murphy, it’s, , Phil Murphy, ” Murphy, Mick Mulvaney, Emily W, GSA’s Murphy, “ She’s, Biden’s, Jim Fitterling, It’s, ” Trump, Republican George W, Bush, Democrat Al Gore, Dave Barram, Gore, ” Barram Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, General Services Administration, Republican, Biden, Biden’s, . New, White House, CNN, Office, Management, GSA, Handout, REUTERS, American Medical Association, , National Association of Manufacturers, Dow Chemical, National Task Force, Democrat, Trump, Government Operations Locations: Washington, United States, ., . New Jersey, U.S, Washington , U.S, Florida, Wisconsin
IDB board approves new president's leadership team
  + stars: | 2020-11-13 | by ( Andrea Shalal | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
The IDB’s 14-member executive board approved the four candidates - from Honduras, Ecuador, Paraguay and Argentina - for vice president positions, the bank said in a statement. He had proposed a slate of three candidates from smaller countries, irritating both Argentina and Mexico. Argentina and Mexico abstained from the vote, government sources in both countries told Reuters. 2 job, while former Paraguayan Finance Minister Benigno Lopez will become vice president of sectors and Ecuador’s former Finance Minister Richard Martinez will become vice president of countries. Gustavo De Rosa, an Argentine who already serves as the bank’s chief financial officer, will be vice president for finance and administration.
Persons: Mauricio Claver, Donald Trump, Reina Irene Mejia, Benigno Lopez, Richard Martinez, Gustavo De Rosa, De Rosa, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Inter, American Development Bank, Reuters, Argentine, Citi, Paraguayan Finance Locations: Mexico, Argentina, Honduras, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentine, United States, Citi Honduras
China says hopes for IMF consensus on new SDR allocation
  + stars: | 2020-11-13 | by ( Andrea Shalal | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The International Monetary Fund logo is seen during the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S., April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri GripasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - China’s top official at the International Monetary Fund said the United States was currently cautious about a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights, the IMF’s own currency, but he hoped a consensus for new allocation could be reached in the future. Zhongxia Jin, China’s executive director at the IMF, told an online event he hoped Washington’s opposition to a new SDR allocation would be overcome as many low-income countries’ liquidity problems turned into insolvency issues. Jin said a large, new issuance of SDRs was “a very good idea” that was supported by many member countries. The IMF last did this during the 2009 financial crisis when President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, was vice president, and some member countries hope he will be more open to doing so again this time.
Persons: Yuri Gripas WASHINGTON, Zhongxia Jin, Jin, , , Kristalina Georgieva, Joe Biden Organizations: Monetary, IMF, Bank, REUTERS, International Monetary Fund, Boston, Global, Policy Center, U.S, Fund, Democrat Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, Washington
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at his election rally, after the news media announced that Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election over President Donald Trump, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020. “Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement on Monday. He beat Trump by more than 4.3 million votes nationwide, making Trump the first president since 1992 to lose re-election. He plans to hold rallies to build support for his challenge to the election results, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said. The Biden campaign on Sunday pressed the agency to move ahead.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, gambits, Biden, Jim Bourg Biden, Vivek Murthy, David Kessler, Marcella Nunez, Smith, ” Biden, Trump, Rick Bright, Luciana Borio, Mike Pence, , ” Rudy Giuliani, Tim Murtaugh, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Emily Murphy, Murtaugh Organizations: Democratic, REUTERS, Food and Drug, Yale University, COVID, Biden, White, Electoral, Trump, Crooked Media, New York City, Twitter, Edison Research, U.S . General Services Administration, GSA, Sunday Locations: WASHINGTON, WILMINGTON, Del, United States, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, PA, Mich, Wisc , Nevada, New York, Russia, China, Mexican
(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden will convene a coronavirus task force on Monday to examine the No. 1 problem confronting him when he takes office in January, while President Donald Trump pursues several long-shot gambits to hold on to his job. The Democratic former vice president will then give remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, about his plans for tackling COVID-19 and rebuilding the economy. He spent much of the campaign criticizing Trump’s handling of the crises and has vowed to listen to scientists to guide his own approach. He beat Trump by more than 4 million votes nationwide, making Trump the first president to lose re-election since 1992.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, gambits, Biden, Vivek Murthy, David Kessler, Trump, Mike Pence, Tim Murtaugh, Emily Murphy, , Murtaugh, ” William Antholis, David Bossie Organizations: Food and Drug, Democratic, COVID, White, Electoral, Trump, U.S . General Services Administration, GSA, Sunday, University of Virginia’s, Republicans Locations: WASHINGTON, WILMINGTON, Del, Wilmington , Delaware, United States, Louisiana , Kentucky , Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After the declaration on Saturday that Democrat Joe Biden had won the race for the White House, Republican President Donald Trump and his allies made one thing clear: he does not plan to concede anytime soon. Trump aides and Republican allies, while somewhat conflicted on how to proceed, largely supported his strategy or remained silent. While preparing for an eventual concession, they called for time to let the legal challenges run their course. One Trump adviser said White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows would likely be the aide who would raise with Trump the idea of conceding. “President Trump is entitled to take the time he wants to absorb this.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Carlos Barria, Trump, ” Trump, , Biden, , he’s, Laura Ingraham, Mark Meadows, Meadows, Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, Kushner, Ari Fleischer, George W, Bush, Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Republican, Democratic U.S, REUTERS, Biden, Republicans, Reuters, White, Fox News, Trump, Electoral, CNN Locations: Washington , U.S, York, Georgia , Michigan, Nevada, In Pennsylvania, Virginia, Pennsylvania
On Saturday after major television networks called the election for Biden, Trump accused his rival of “rushing to falsely pose as the winner” but he did not provide evidence of anything inappropriate. The transition process cannot shift into high gear until the government’s General Services Administration (GSA) certifies the winner, and it said on Saturday it had not yet made a determination. The Biden transition website - buildbackbetter.com - went live on Wednesday and even after declarations of his victory there was just a single page and no explanation of plans. COOPERATION IS KEYWhite House officials say they are abiding by statutory requirements but declined to provide details. Trump officials so far have adhered to rules such as facilitating security clearances, Kumar said.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Morry Gash, George W, Bush wasn’t, , , Trump, Biden’s, Biden, Barack Obama, Jordan Strauss, Kroll, Obama, Obama’s, Martha Joynt Kumar, Kumar, Chris Liddell, White, ” Kumar, Ted Kaufman, Kate Shaw, Michael Herz, John Ratcliffe, Shaw, Herz Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, Belmont University, , Democrat Biden, Trump, Biden, General Services Administration, GSA, White House, Duff, Phelps, White, Trump’s, Yeshiva University Locations: Nashville , Tennessee, U.S, Washington, New York
Federal watchdog probing Trump campaign's use of White House: lawmaker
  + stars: | 2020-11-05 | by ( Andrea Shalal | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign’s use of the White House as an Election Day command center violated federal law, Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A reporter from a French television news program prepares to file a report near the White House the day after Election Day in Washington, U.S. November 4, 2020. The Hatch Act of 1939 limits the political activities of federal employees, except the president and vice president. The White House denied any violation of the federal law. His office is an independent agency that enforces the Hatch Act.
Persons: Bill Pascrell, Jonathan Ernst, Pascrell, Donald Trump, Henry Kerner, Trump, , Judd Deere, , Mike Pompeo’s, Kellyanne Conway, Kerner, Robert Mueller Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Office, Trump, Democratic, House, REUTERS, Eisenhower, The New, White, Administration, Republican National Convention, Republican, U.S Locations: Washington , U.S, The, The New Jersey, White
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