President Donald Trump issued a New Year’s Eve message reflecting his achievements in office, calling them “historic victories,” while his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, looked optimistic as he looked ahead to 2021.
After weeks of vows to win his battle to remain in office, Republican Trump said in a video posted on Twitter: “We need to be reminded of what has been done.”
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2020
Trump, who has yet to officially admit his November election defeat to his Democratic rival, made an early return to Washington from his Florida resort as he argued with Congress over a defense law and controls over coronavirus aid.
Speaking from Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, Biden paid tribute to health care workers and encouraged people to join in a brief appearance with wife Jill Biden on the long-running ABC special, “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin ‘Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021” get vaccinated. “”
“I am absolutely confident – confident – we will come back and we will come back even stronger than before,” said Biden, who will take office on January 20th.
He reiterated his call for vaccines to be distributed more quickly.
Trump, who had COVID-19 in October, often downplayed the severity of the pandemic and oversaw a response that many health professionals criticized as disorganized, unconcerned, and sometimes ignored the science behind virus transmission.
However, in his remarks, he noted that the United States produced a COVID-19 vaccine in record time and he correctly predicted that it would arrive before the end of the year.
The United States has been one of the hardest hit countries by COVID-19 and is the world leader in deaths. More than 340,000 deaths have been officially attributed to the virus.
Trump was originally supposed to attend a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The White House has not given a reason why he returned to Washington early, but it coincides with Trump’s battle with Congress over his veto on a key defense law and demand for increased COVID-19 stimulus controls, as well as rising tensions with Iran .
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the chamber, dealt a potential fatal blow to Trump on Wednesday as he tried to increase coronavirus aid to Americans and declined to schedule a quick vote on a bill to increase relief checks from $ 600 to $ 2,000 earlier this month, Congress passed a $ 892 billion relief package.
TENSIONS WITH REPUBLICANS
Trump’s Republicans in Congress have largely stuck to him over four turbulent years, but he has struggled against them for the past few days for not fully supporting his unsupported claims of election fraud, refusing his request for larger checks, and vetoing Override has turned.
McConnell again rejected a vote on Thursday on a standalone bill that would increase incentive controls. She called it “socialism for rich people” and “a terrible way to help families who really need it”. The law was passed on Monday by the democratically controlled House of Representatives.
McConnell also said the approval of the US $ 740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which Trump vetoed, shouldn’t be controversial as it doesn’t override certain legal protections for tech companies.
“We have enacted and counting an annual NDAA for 59 consecutive years,” said McConnell. “In the next few days – easy or difficult – we will get our work done again. This body will fulfill our responsibility to the men and women who protect our country.”
The House voted on Monday to overturn Trump’s veto. The Senate will meet again for a rare New Year’s session on Friday at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT), with lawmakers expected to cast the first of two procedural votes to override the veto. If this succeeds, the Senate is expected to hold a second procedural vote on Saturday, followed by a final vote on passing.
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley has said he will object to Biden’s victory when Congress meets on January 6 to officially count the electoral college’s votes. This could spark a long debate in the Senate, but it has no chance of dismissing the results. CNN reported that around 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives are said to be using similar tactics.
Some Republican senators had backed Trump’s call for an increase in stimulus payments, notably David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who face a runoff election in Georgia on Jan. 5 that will determine which party controls the Senate under Biden.
But Perdue’s campaign suffered a setback on Thursday. The senator was quarantined after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.
The tensions between the US and Iran have now increased again.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday accused Washington of trying to invent an excuse to attack his country and vowed Tehran would defend itself despite not seeking war.
Two US B-52 bombers flew over the Middle East on Wednesday before the first anniversary of a US drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 3, 2020.
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