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TAIPEI (Reuters) - A bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and the United States would reinforce U.S. support for the democratic island in the face of “unrelenting intimidation” from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Oct. 10, 2020. Tsai said she was thankful for bipartisan support from U.S. politicians for such a deal. “Such an agreement would further enhance our close economic and trade partnership, and also reinforce America’s support for Taiwan in the face of unrelenting intimidation from across the Strait,” she added. Tsai alluded to the incoming administration, saying: “As we move towards 2021, the Taiwan-U.S. partnership holds enormous opportunities for growth”.
Persons: Tsai Ing, Ann Wang Taiwan, Tsai, , , Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, American Legislative Exchange Council, Leadership, Taiwan - Locations: TAIPEI, Taiwan, United States, China, Taipei, U.S, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan - U.S
U.S. expected to report slowest job growth in six months
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Lucia Mutikani | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
REUTERS/Bryan WoolstonThe Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday will only cover the first two weeks of November, when the current wave of coronavirus infections started. “The November employment report may be the last ‘strong’ employment report for a while until a vaccine is widely available,” said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina. That would be the smallest gain since the jobs recovery started in May and a fifth straight monthly deceleration in job gains, leaving employment 9.621 million jobs below its February peak. The number of people out of work for more than six months surged by 1.2 million in October. Slower job and wage growth would lead to weakness in a proxy for take-home pay.
Persons: Bryan Woolston, , Sam Bullard, ” Nonfarm, hospitalizations, Sung Won Sohn, Payrolls, , Dean Baker, Kathy Bostjancic Organizations: WASHINGTON, Kentucky, Center, REUTERS, Labor, Wells, Wells Fargo Securities, Republicans, Congress, Loyola Marymount University, Retailers, Institute for Supply Management, Industries, Center for Economic, Research, Oxford Economics Locations: Frankfort , Kentucky, U.S, Wells Fargo, Charlotte , North Carolina, United States, Los Angeles, Washington, New York
(Reuters) - Some damage to Sino-U.S. ties is “beyond repair” amid a new wave of Trump administration measures to counter China, Chinese state media warned, amid growing rancour underlined by an ugly Twitter spat between a U.S. senator and Chinese journalists. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. Relations between the two countries are being shifted to “a dangerous path”, the editorial said. The Democrat told the New York Times this week that he would not remove existing tariffs set by the Trump administration against China for now. Senator Marsha Blackburn and China Daily journalist Chen Weihua underscored persistent animosity.
Persons: Aly, China Daily, Joe Biden, Cui Tiankai, , Meng Wanzhou, Biden, Trump, Marsha Blackburn, Chen Weihua, Blackburn, China “, Chen, ” Blackburn, Xi Jinping’s, ” Hu Xijin Organizations: Reuters, Bund, REUTERS, Chinese Communist Party, Twitter, Reuters U.S, Huawei, Democrat, New York Times, U.S, China Daily, Republican, China’s Global Times Locations: U.S, China, Shanghai, United States, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong
Rep. Gregory Meeks won the approval of his Democratic colleagues Thursday to become the first Black American to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill. “We've got to make sure that we get the State Department up and running,” Meeks, D-N.Y., told NBC News. He said the first thing the committee would do is work with expected incoming secretary of state, Tony Blinken. “How can you assure our diplomats that this won't happen again if we don't look into what did happen?” Meeks said, adding that included looking into the actions of the Trump administration and specifically Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Departing chair Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., also extended his congratulations.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, “ We've, ” Meeks, Tony Blinken, Meeks, Trump, Mike Pompeo, , Joaquin Castro, Castro, Eliot Engel Organizations: Democratic, Foreign Affairs Committee, State Department, NBC News, Democratic Party, Texas Rep, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S . State Department Locations: American, United States of America
More than 211,762 new cases and 2,858 deaths were confirmed as of Thursday evening by a Reuters tally. The stay-at-home restrictions will begin with 48 hours’ notice and remain in place for at least three weeks once they are ordered. The public health crisis has taken on more dire dimensions following a week of Thanksgiving holiday celebrations in which millions of Americans disregarded warnings against traveling and large gatherings. Health experts predict that an even greater surge could kill about 3,000 people a day over the next two months. And if there’s repercussions along down the line I am going to say that it’s worth taking that risk.”
Persons: California’s, Hospitalizations, Gavin Newsom, ” Newsom, Shannon Stapleton, , Cruz Resendiz, Robert Redfield, ” Redfield, Mike DeWine, Gretchen Whitmer, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, Biden, , Nina Lyons Organizations: United, Reuters, San, Roseland Community Hospital, REUTERS, West Hollywood, , U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Midwest, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Former U.S Locations: SACRAMENTO, Calif, United States, Southern California, San Francisco Bay, California, U.S, Sacramento, Roseland, Chicago , Illinois, West, State, Michigan, Former, Pittsburgh
U.S. Democrats elect Meeks as first Black House foreign affairs chairman
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Patricia Zengerle | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democrats elected Greg Meeks on Thursday as the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a position in which he is expected to work closely with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on the Iran nuclear deal and other issues. Engel voted for the 2003 Iraq War and opposed President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The caucus vote was 148-78 for Meeks over Representative Joaquin Castro, who had campaigned for the post as a more progressive alternative to Meeks. Castro, currently vice chairman of the foreign affairs panel, said he looked forward to working with Meeks on common goals such as promoting diversity at the State Department and rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, Larry Downing, Greg Meeks, Joe Biden’s, Meeks, , ” Meeks, New York Representative Eliot Engel, Engel, Barack Obama’s, Joaquin Castro, Castro, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, . House, House Foreign Affairs Committee, World Health Organization, Congress, New York Representative, Democratic, Israel, Democratic Party’s, State Department, Republican Locations: Washington, Iran, Iraq, United States, Tehran
One country, one picture, one year
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
UNITED STATES: Dana Clark and her 18-month-old son Mason wait in line at City Hall as early voting begins for the upcoming presidential election in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., October 16, 2020. Clark said she donned this protective cover because...moreUNITED STATES: Dana Clark and her 18-month-old son Mason wait in line at City Hall as early voting begins for the upcoming presidential election in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., October 16, 2020. Clark said she donned this protective cover because she didn't know how many people would be wearing masks in line, and her child doesn't have a mask. She said she works as a teacher, and wanted to take precautions for her students' sakes. REUTERS/Kathleen FlynnClose
Persons: Dana Clark, Mason, Clark, doesn't, Kathleen Flynn Organizations: UNITED STATES, City Hall, REUTERS Locations: New Orleans , Louisiana, U.S
FILE PHOTO: Rolled Euro banknotes are placed on U.S. Dollar banknotes in this illustration taken May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe common currency is up 1.5% for the week so far and last sat comfortably at $1.2145. The yen was steady against the dollar on Friday, sterling held near a one-year peak and other majors eased a fraction, while Asian currencies advanced. The Chinese yuan, an increasingly popular vehicle for investors to bet against the dollar, made a 29-month high of 6.5358 per dollar. “Traders need to assess their sterling exposures into the weekend,” said Chris Weston, head of research at Melbourne brokerage Pepperstone.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, , Jane Foley, , Terence Wu, Chris Weston, Michel, Barnier Organizations: SYDNEY, ., REUTERS, European Central Bank, Rabobank, Federal Reserve, Investors, OCBC Bank, South Korean, New, Traders, RIC Locations: United States, Asia, Seoul, Sydney, Singapore, New Zealand, Melbourne, Tokyo
Former FDA Chief and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC that he is "hopeful" there will be adequate vaccine supply in 2021, on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that Pfizer had to cut its original estimates for the amount of vaccine doses this year because of supply-chain problems. "The supply ramps very quickly as you move out and the more you push out that timeframe into 2021 by a week or two weeks, you have less supply in 2020," Gottlieb said. "I'm hopeful that we're going to have adequate supply in 2021 and it's going to ramp very quickly, but hopefully these do get into the market this year." One American died about every 30 seconds from Covid on Wednesday, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data. Gottlieb said that while there is some protection after the first dose, both doses should be taken for 95% efficacy.
Persons: Scott Gottlieb, Gottlieb, Johns, Johns Hopkins, Hospitalizations, Covid, Bruce Becker, Becker, Shepard Smith, BioNTech, Smith, that's Organizations: FDA, Pfizer, CNBC, Journal, Brown University's School of Public Health, for Disease Control, Prevention, Moderna Locations: Covid, Johns Hopkins, United States
Euro heads for best week in a month as dollar struggles
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
A picture taken on April 18, 2007 in London shows a woman holding Euro and US dollar notes. The common currency is up 1.5% for the week so far and last sat comfortably at $1.2140. The euro is also set for its best week against the Japanese yen in six months, even though the yen rose a little against a broadly weaker dollar overnight. The Australian dollar struck a 28-month high of $0.7449 overnight and is up nearly 0.8% for the week so far. The New Zealand dollar made a fresh 31-month high overnight and is set for its fifth consecutive weekly gain, a streak which has put it 8.6% above late-September lows.
Persons: Sterling, Jane Foley, seasonality, Sharon Zollner, David Croy, , Chris Weston, Michel, Barnier Organizations: ., European Central Bank, Rabobank, Federal Reserve, New Zealand, ANZ Bank's Locations: London, United States, Melbourne
Asian shares hit record high as U.S. stimulus seen within reach
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Hideyuki Sano | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares scaled a record high on Friday on the growing prospect of a large U.S. economic package, while hopes that vaccine rollouts will boost the global economy underpinned investor sentiment. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6%, surpassing its Nov. 25 peak, while Japan’s Nikkei dipped 0.4% on profit-taking. Progress in developing COVID-19 vaccines also led investors to bet a recovery in corporate earnings will accelerate next year, overriding any concerns about the current dire conditions of the pandemic. The MSCI’s emerging market currency index stood at 2 1/2-year high, having gained more than 10% from its March trough. Brent crude rose to as high as $49.92 per barrel, its highest price since early March and last stood at $49.59.
Persons: Kim Kyung, , Norihiro Fujito, Mitsubishi UFJ, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, , Brent Organizations: REUTERS, Nikkei, Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, U.S, Congress, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, U.S . Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, “ Stock, European Union, Britain, of, Petroleum Locations: TOKYO, U.S, Tokyo, Japan, Asia, Pacific, New York, COVID, United States, California, Russia, OPEC
U.S. in talks with Huawei CFO Meng on resolving criminal charges: source
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Lawyers for Meng have spoken to Justice Department officials in recent weeks about the possibility of reaching a “deferred prosecution agreement,” the source said, confirming an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal. Under such an agreement, Meng would be required to admit to some of the allegations against her but prosecutors would agree to potentially defer and later drop the charges if she cooperated. She is facing charges of bank fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC Holdings Plc about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran, causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions. Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi declined to comment. Huawei did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Meng, Marc Raimondi Organizations: U.S . Justice, Justice Department, Street, HSBC Holdings Plc, Huawei Technologies, Justice, Huawei, Reuters Locations: China, Canada, United States, Iran
FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(Reuters) - The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday approved an advisory panel’s recommendations that those first in line to get COVID-19 vaccines should be healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The recommendation covers roughly 21 million healthcare workers in the United States and 3 million residents of long-term care facilities, which have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. The CDC said earlier this week that most state and local jurisdictions expect to be able to vaccinate their healthcare workers within three weeks of receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Persons: Dado Ruvic Organizations: Pfizer, REUTERS, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, CDC Locations: United States
FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(Reuters) - Moderna Inc said on Thursday it expects to have between 100 million and 125 million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine available globally in the first quarter of 2021. The company said 85 million to 100 million of those doses would be available in the United States, with 15 million to 25 million available outside the country. The first-quarter doses are within the 500 million to up to 1 billion doses the company expects to manufacture globally in 2021, Moderna said. The drugmaker’s shares were down about 2% at $154.4 after the bell.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Moderna Organizations: REUTERS, Moderna Inc Locations: United States
Affirm looks to Canada with acquisition of buy-now-pay-later firm PayBright
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.84   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Fred Greaves(Reuters) - Affirm Holdings Inc has agreed to buy Canadian buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firm PayBright for C$340 million ($264 million), as the lending startup looks to expand outside the United States. Unlike Affirm, PayBright is a more traditional BNPL company, which lets customers pay for anything from shoes to furniture in interest-free installments, typically over four bi-weekly payments. Through the deal, Affirm could expand its merchant network with PayBright’s more than 7,000 retailers, which include Steve Madden and Samsung. Affirm’s IPO filing showed that close to a third of its revenue in the September quarter came from just one merchant. Affirm, whose major investors include Peter Thiel’s venture firm Founders Fund and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, will be competing with Australia’s Afterpay, the largest-listed BNPL firm, and Minneapolis-based Sezzle.
Persons: Fred Greaves, PayBright, Max Levichin, Steve Madden, Peter Thiel’s, Australia’s Afterpay Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Inc, PayPal Holdings ’, Samsung, Fund Locations: San Francisco , California, U.S, United States, Minneapolis
Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
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A Senate committee advanced legislation on Thursday that would jumpstart the establishment of the long-awaited National Museum of the American Latino. The last of its museums to open was The National Museum of African American History and Culture, established by Congress in 2003 and open to the public in 2016. Longoria noted she is a ninth generation Texan, and stressed the importance of having a record of Latinos' contributions throughout the nation's history. Muñoz helped spearhead the initial effort to create the institution as chairman of the Commission to study the Creation of the National Museum of the American Latino. In 2003, community, business and congressional leaders began working with advocates like the non-profit Friends of the American Latino Museum, to push for its creation.
Persons: Donald Trump's, , , Sen, Bob Menendez, Estuardo Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Maria Teresa Kumar, John Cornyn, Cornyn, Eva Longoria, Longoria, Henry Muñoz III, Momento, Muñoz, ” Muñoz Organizations: Museum of, NBC, American Latino Museum, Smithsonian, National Zoo, U.S, National Museum of, Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Commission, National Latino Museum, Facebook, Twitter Locations: U.S, United States, Texas, America
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Slideshow ( 2 images )The Department of Defense designated a total of four additional companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, also including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. The move, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the total number of companies blacklisted to 35. SMIC said in a stock market statement that it strongly opposes the decision of United States Department of Defense, which reflects a fundamental misunderstanding by the U.S.administration regarding the end-uses of its business and technology. Shares of CNOOC’s listed unit CNOOC Ltd had fallen by nearly 14% percent following the Sunday report.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, SMIC, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Defense, China Construction Technology Co Ltd, China International Engineering Consulting Corp, Reuters, Republican, Embassy, Foreign Ministry, Offshore Oil Corp, United States Department of Defense, CNOOC, U.S . Commerce Department, Biden, Democratic, Communist Chinese Military, Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army, Giants, China Telecom, China Mobile, U.S, Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc, U.S . House, Trump Locations: Beijing, China, Washington, Hong Kong, crosshairs, U.S, Hikvision, American
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran is unlikely to retaliate over the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist before the inauguration of Joe Biden in case it jeopardizes any future sanctions relief, the top U.S. envoy on Iran told Reuters on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. “If they want sanctions relief, they know that they’re going to need to enter some kind of negotiation after January 20, and it’s got to be in their minds that they don’t want to... undertake any activities between now and Jan 20 that make sanctions relief harder to get,” he said. In retaliation, Tehran gradually breached the deal’s restrictions on its nuclear program. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance.
Persons: Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, REUTERS Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Elliott Abrams, Biden, Donald Trump, it’s, , Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Trump, Abrams Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reuters, Iranian Defense Ministry, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Jan Locations: Iran, Tehran, Israel, Venezuela, , United States, Washington, Islamic Republic
Donna Plummer, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient, looks on as Patient Care Technician Fanta Keita comforts her laying on an emergency room bed at Roseland Community Hospital on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, U.S., December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonHalf a million deaths occurred in just the last two months, indicating that the severity of the pandemic is far from over. Nearly 65 million people globally have been infected by the disease and the worst affected country, United States, is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus infections. North America and Latin American regions combined have more than 50% of all coronavirus deaths that have been reported. The continent of 1.3 billion people has recorded more than 2.2 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to a Reuters tally.
Persons: Donna Plummer, Keita, Shannon Stapleton, Robert Redfield, ” Redfield, Germany’s BioNTech Organizations: Reuters, Roseland Community Hospital, REUTERS, World Health, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, U.S . Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The, Pfizer Inc, COVID Locations: Roseland, Chicago , Illinois, U.S, United States, The United States, America, Britain, Africa
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official stepped up the Trump administration’s harsh attacks on Beijing on Thursday, labeling China the biggest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War Two and saying it was bent on global domination. Beijing has frequently called on U.S. leaders to dial back their rhetoric on China, which it blames on fear of China’s growing role in the world. Ratcliffe alluded to reports collected by U.S. intelligence agencies that Chinese representatives have sought to interfere in U.S. domestic politics. Now let’s all be honest about China,” Ratcliffe told Reuters after the article was published. On Thursday, the Trump administration restricted travel to the United States by members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their families.
Persons: John Ratcliffe, Andrew Harnik, National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe, Trump, , Rob, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Xi, , ” Ratcliffe, China’s, Hacking, ” Bonnie Glaser, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, Capitol, National Intelligence, Wall Street, Republican, of, Communist Party, U.S, Center for Strategic, International Studies Locations: Beijing, China, R, Washington , U.S, U.S, America, , Washington, Hong Kong, South China, Xinjiang, Ratcliffe, United States, Asia
“Just like the Rose Garden, the virus won’t touch the powerful,” one State Department official said sarcastically, referencing the White House event that became a super-spreader. Pompeo himself will host holiday parties on December 15 and 16, an official confirmed. The Washington Post first reported on Pompeo’s plans to invite hundreds to holiday parties. The State Department did not answer questions about how guests could consume the government-provided food and cocktails while wearing masks. The White House will host as many as 20 receptions in the next few weeks before Christmas.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, , it’s, Trump’s, Pompeo, Joe Biden’s, Biden, “ Multilateralism, that’s, ” Pompeo, Trump, Dr, Anthony Fauci, MSNBC’s “ Andrea Mitchell, , Stephanie Grisham Organizations: WASHINGTON, State, White, Blair House, NBC News, State Department, America, NBC, Department, Washington Post, , Fox, U.N, The State Department, Naval Observatory Locations: United States of America
OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENTThe post claims that overall unemployment was 3.9% under Trump and 9.9% under Obama. The overall unemployment rate, however, decreased under Obama, with a steady decrease occurring in his second term. Unemployment overall under Trump was 3.9% (the figure stated in the social media posts) in Dec. 2018. HISPANIC UNEMPLOYMENTThe video says that the unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino people was 4.4% under Trump and 12.8% under Obama. Before the increase in jobs began around Jan. 2010, from Jan. 2009 to Jan. 2010 there was a decrease in non-farm jobs of approximately 4.3 million.
Persons: Donald Trump, Barack Obama’s, Trump, Obama, , coronavirus, Jan, Read Organizations: U.S, U.S . Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trump, Obama, Reuters, BLS, Black Locations: Jan, United States, U.S
Abrams also threatened further U.S. sanctions against anyone responsible for “electoral fraud” in Venezuelan congressional elections scheduled for Sunday. “They are really up against the wall,” Abrams said, referring to the economic impact of U.S. sanctions on Maduro and his allies. “And we’ve got a lot of leverage; we should use it ... My policy advice (to the Biden administration) would be no giveaways to Maduro.”Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Despite Trump’s campaign of sanctions and diplomatic pressure, Maduro has remained in power, backed by the OPEC nation’s military and supported by Russia, Cuba, China and Iran. The ballot could pave the way toward Venezuela’s opposition losing control of the National Assembly, which would complicate Guaido’s standing based on his position as the speaker of the congress.
Persons: Biden, Nicolas Maduro, Elliott Abrams, Andrew Harnik, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Abrams, ” Abrams, we’ve, Maduro, Maduro’s, Trump, GUAIDO Abrams, Juan Guaido, Guaido, , ” Guaido Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, State Department, REUTERS, Reuters, Maduro’s Socialist Party, OPEC, National Assembly Locations: Venezuela, Washington , U.S, Iran, Washington, U.S, Russia, Cuba, China, United States
LONDON (Reuters) - Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci apologized on Thursday for casting doubt on the rigor of the British regulators who approved the Pfizer Inc vaccine against COVID-19, saying he had faith in the quality of their work. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBritain announced the approval of the vaccine on Wednesday, with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) saying it had rigorously assessed the vaccine data and had cut no corners. U.S. and European Union regulators are sifting through the same Pfizer vaccine trial data, but have yet to give their approval. “I do have great faith in both the scientific community and the regulatory community in the UK,” Fauci said. “I did not mean to apply any sloppiness (to the UK regulatory process), even though it came out that way,” he added.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, Kevin Dietsch, Fauci, , , ” Fauci, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: Pfizer Inc, COVID, National Institute for Allergy, Washington , D.C, Britain, Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, Union, Pfizer, CBS, White Locations: Washington ,, British, U.S, Britain, United States
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