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Biden names U.S.'s former UN ambassador Power to lead USAID
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power addresses media following a United Nations Security Council vote, aimed at ensuring that U.N. officials can monitor evacuations from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew KellyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday named Samantha Power, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as his choice to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), citing her deep experience addressing crises around the world. “A crisis-tested public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Power has been a leader in marshaling the world to resolve long-running conflicts, respond to humanitarian emergencies, defend human dignity, and strengthen the rule of law and democracy,” it added. The long-time human rights advocate served as U.S. ambassador to the UN under former Democratic President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Biden from 2013 to 2017.
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WASHINGTON — Signaling a dramatic new direction for U.S. foreign assistance, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday that he will nominate former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to head the U.S. Agency for International Development, according to transition officials. In a prepared statement obtained by NBC News, Biden called Power "a world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity." "As USAID Administrator," Biden said, "she will work with our partners to confront the Covid-19 pandemic, lift up vulnerable communities, fight for the value of every human being, and advance American ideals and interests around the globe." In the administration's proposed budget last year, foreign aid and USAID funds were cut by 22 percent.
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“He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” “These facts require immediate actions by President Trump,” he continued. A few Republicans defended him, but most others simply argued that a rush to impeach Mr. Trump without a hearing or an investigation raised constitutional questions. With Democrats controlling the House, Mr. Trump is expected to become the first American president to be impeached twice. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington sent a letter to Mr. Trump on Sunday asking for an emergency declaration to obtain additional funding for inauguration security. On Tuesday, a federal inspector general questioned an order to deliver the estimates before Mr. Trump leaves office, after whistle-blowers warned that the rush would imperil their accuracy.
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ET Presidential Transition Live Updates: ‘There’s No Time to Waste,’ Biden Health Adviser Says of Virus Response Georgia’s top election official said that fellow Republicans were pressuring him over the state’s presidential recount. Mr. Biden on Monday said that “more people may die” from the virus as a result. Mr. Biden won all three states, flipping Arizona and Georgia from Mr. Trump’s column. Mr. Sterling, who was on part of the call with Mr. Graham and Mr. Raffensperger, said the conversation was focused on process. Mr. Graham has joined other Republicans questioning the legitimacy of Mr. Biden’s victory over Mr. Trump.
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ET Presidential Transition Live Updates: Vote to Certify Election Results Fails in Heavily Democratic County in Michigan The deadlock in Wayne County appeared to be a rare but perhaps temporary victory for President Trump. Mr. Biden won all three states, flipping Arizona and Georgia from Mr. Trump’s column. Mr. Sterling, who was on part of the call with Mr. Graham and Mr. Raffensperger, said the conversation was focused on process. Mr. Graham has joined other Republicans questioning the legitimacy of Mr. Biden’s victory over Mr. Trump. “I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.
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Participants in the briefing included many familiar figures from the Obama-Biden national security firmament. Among them were former deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken, former CIA deputy director Avril Haines, former U.S. Also present was retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who in 2009 resigned his post as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan after he was quoted in a Rolling Stone article insulting then-Vice President Biden. He is also seen as someone who will prioritize alliance-building and maintaining a U.S. troop presence around the world over the isolationism and troop withdrawals that undergird Trump's national security vision. With just weeks to go before Trump leaves office, the Pentagon announced Tuesday that he had ordered a further removal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a decision that drew immediate criticism from top Republicans and a broad coalition of national security experts.
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Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, the first woman to lead a winning Democratic presidential bid, will serve as deputy chief of staff in the Biden administration, his transition office said in a statement. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who co-chairs Biden’s COVID-19 task force, said blocking Biden transition advisers from meeting with government experts could harm their ability to confront the pandemic next year. Several doctors and nurses associations published a letter on Tuesday urging the Trump administration to share critical COVID-19 data, such as equipment inventories, medical supplies and hospital bed capacity, with Biden’s team. U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann was weighing arguments in a Trump campaign lawsuit that seeks to block the state’s top election official from certifying Biden as the winner. Georgia is undertaking a manual recount on its own, but in Wisconsin the Trump campaign would have to pay for a recount in advance.
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(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s top coronavirus advisers warned on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s stalling of the transition could hinder the country’s pandemic response, as Trump and his allies persisted in challenging the Nov. 3 election results. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who co-chairs Biden’s COVID-19 task force, said blocking Biden transition advisers from meeting with government experts could harm their ability to confront the pandemic next year. Trump supporters are also clinging to hope that recounts could reverse state results, even though experts have said Biden’s margins appear insurmountable. In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign has until Wednesday to decide if it will pay the $7.9 million the state’s election commission estimated a recount would cost there. And it’s no longer America alone.”He also filled several top positions in his White House.
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