Biden orders end of Trump era

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 10 : 22-Jan-21

New US President Joe Biden has signed 15 executive orders in his first day in office, while Donald Trump became the first outgoing president in over 150 years not to attend the inauguration of his successor. The executive orders signed by Biden included restoring US membership of the World Trade Organisation and scrapping a controversial oil pipeline project linking Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, on a day that saw Kamala Harris become America’s first female Vice-President. Biden also directed that masks be worn by anyone involved in interstate commerce and on all federal property.

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CEOs eye boost in Biden binge

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 13 & 18 : 18-Jan-21

Australian businessman Andrew Liveris says the incoming Biden administration is likely to pursue capital expenditure initiatives worth between $US2trn and $US4trn over the next several years. Liveris says this may generate opportunities for Australian companies, particularly in areas that are likely be a focus for Joe Biden, such as clean energy and associated infrastructure. Macquarie Specialised Asset Management chairman Tony Shepherd in turn says Biden administration’s stimulus program will be good for the global economy, including Australia. However, some business leaders have expressed concern about any move to roll back the Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts.

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Chaotic presidency doomed to end in disgrace

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 9 : 15-Jan-21

The US House of Representatives has voted 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting insurrection. Ten members of the Republican Party voted in favour of impeachment, and Trump will now face a trial in the Senate. However, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the trial is unlikely to proceed before the inauguration of Joe Biden on 20 January. Trump could be barred from running for president again if he is convicted in the Senate. Meanwhile, a new poll shows that Trump’s approval rating has fallen to 34 per cent, while a record 63 per cent of voters now disapprove of his performance.

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UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, REPUBLICAN PARTY (UNITED STATES)

Facebook, Twittter, YouTube block US President Donald Trump amid Washington violence

Original article by David Swan
The Australian – Page: Online : 8-Jan-21

Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all taken action against President Donald Trump in the wake of the violence that hit Washington on 7 January. Twitter removed three of Trump’s tweets and suspended his account for 12 hours, saying it will remain locked until he removes them. Facebook blocked Trump from posting for 24 hours, and also blocked him from posting to Instagram. Both YouTube and Facebook sought to block the dissemination of a pre-recorded video from Trump, with the video receiving over 179,000 ‘likes’ on Trump’s Facebook page before it was removed.

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Australia warned it could be isolated over climate inaction after Joe Biden victory

Original article by Adam Morton
The Guardian – Page: Online : 9-Nov-20

President-elect Joe Biden has set a net zero emissions for the US of no later than 2050, while he has committed to rejoining the Paris climate agreement. Howard Bamsey, Australia’s former special envoy on climate change, suspects the topic will come up in Biden’s first or second conversation with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, while former Australian diplomat to the UN Dean Bialek says Australia risks being further isolated as a "climate laggard" if it adheres to its current inaction.

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UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Trump defies Congress

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 12 : 20-Dec-19

US President Donald Trump maintains that he had done nothing wrong with regard to his dealings with the Ukrainian president, after the House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment. The article on abuse of power was passed by 230 votes to 197, with just two Democrats voting against it; the article on obstruction of congress was passed 229 votes to 198, with three Democrats voting against it. Trump will now face a trial in the Senate; he is likely to be acquitted, as the Republicans control the upper house. However, the impeachment may have significant implications for the 2020 presidential election.

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Donald Trump grants his second state dinner at White House to Scott Morrison

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abc.net au – Page: Online : 24-Jul-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend a state dinner at the White House on 20 September, as part of an official visit to the US. It will the second state dinner that President Donald Trump has hosted, and the first to be attended by an Australian prime minister since John Howard in 2006. The White House has released a statement saying that the visit will celebrate the "close friendship and shared history" of the two nations.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Donald Trump steps onto North Korean soil in meeting with Kim Jong-un

Original article by Ally Foster
News.com.au – Page: Online : 1-Jul-19

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has praised Donald Trump for becoming the first US President to step foot on North Korean soil. The two leaders had met in the Demilitarised Zone that separates North and South Korea after Trump had extended a last-minute invitation to Kim for the two to meet. Trump stepped onto the northern side of the DMZ, while Kim also crossed the demarcation line between North and South Korea, setting foot in South Korea. It is the third time Trump and Kim have met, and the meeting has raised hopes that denuclearisation talks will continue.

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Shorten fell for elites, says Trump strategist

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 21-May-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s unexpected election win has been likened to Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory in 2016. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, says there were similarities between the US businessman’s "forgotten people" and Morrison’s "quiet Australians". He believes that as was the case in the US, many Australian voters were reluctant to tell pollsters that they supported Morrison. Bannon adds that former Labor leader Bill Shorten had focused on "inner-city elites" rather than ordinary Australian families.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Divided US wakes to stalemate

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 12 : 8-Nov-18

The Republican Party is set to gain up to five seats in the US Senate and retain control of the upper house following the mid-term elections. President Donald Trump has described the elections as a "tremendous success" despite relinquishing control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats, with the party poised to gain up to 35 seats. CNN’s exit polls showed that Trump had a disapproval rating of 56 per cent, while the disapproval rating of Democrat House leader Nancy Pelosi was 55 per cent.

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