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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Congress defies mob

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 7 : 8-Jan-21

A state of emergency remains in place in Washington until Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20 January after a day of violence that saw supporters of Donald Trump storm the US Capitol, with the attack having been incited by Trump. One protestor was shot inside the Capitol and later died, while three other protestors died as a result of medical emergencies. Once the Capitol was cleared, Congress continued its counting of Electoral College votes, formally certifing Biden as US president in an early morning sitting. Biden said the attack bordered on sedition, while former Republican president George W. Bush condemned the protestors and the politicians who "inflamed them".

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Biden: I’m unifier-in-chief

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 9-Nov-20

US president-elect Joe Biden has promised to govern for all Americans and seek to unite rather than divide the nation. Biden has used his first national speech as president-elect to reach out to people who voted for Donald Trump, while he has urged both major political parties to co-operate. Meanwhile, Trump will press ahead with a legal challenge to the election results in some states; he contends that many votes were received illegally after 8pm on election day, which significantly affected the outcome of the poll in some key states. Biden currently has 51 per cent of the popular vote, compared with 49 per cent for Trump.

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Scott Morrison congratulates Joe Biden on US election win and flags Australian visit in 2021

Original article by Katharine Murphy
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 9-Nov-20

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government looks forward to working with president-elect Joe Biden and his administration in addressing issues such as COVID-19 and climate change. Morrison adds that his government will continue to work with the Trump administration until Biden’s inauguration on 20 January, noting that the Australia-US alliance has become stronger under Trump. Morrison also says that he will invite Biden to visit Australia to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty in 2021.

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Biden time for divided US

Original article by Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 6-Nov-20

Democrats candidate Joe Biden has signalled that signing the Paris Agreement on climate change will be a key priority if he wins the presidential election. The US withdrew from the agreement under President Donald Trump, who has launched a legal challenge to the election results in several key swing states. Biden has yet to declare victory, but he only needs to win one of the states of Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia or North Carolina to reach the threshold of 270 electoral college votes, while Trump must win all four states.

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Trump predicts solid win as Biden grows more confident

Original article by Matthew Knott
The Age – Page: Online : 4-Nov-20

Democrats candidate Joe Biden has an average lead of 2.3 percentage points over US President Donald Trump in the key ‘battleground’ states. However, Trump believes that he has a "solid chance" of winning the presidential election, while he has ruled out "playing games" by declaring an early victory if the results are not clear on election night. Biden in turn has told his supporters that he senses that the Democrats are set for a "big win". More than 100 million Americans voted by mail or at an early voting site prior to election day; these votes are expected to favour the Democrats, but the Republican Party is tipped to perform better among people who vote on election day.

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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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Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods

Original article by
bbc.com – Page: Online : 2-Aug-19

Wall Street has retreated after President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that the US government will impose a tariff of 10 per cent on an additional $300bn worth of goods imported from China. The move means that all Chinese imports will now be subject to an impost. Trump has indicated that the latest move is a short-term measure and that the tariff could progressively be increased to at least 25 per cent. The US Chamber of Commerce has warned that Trump’s latest tariff move will undermine the strong US economy.

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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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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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