One of Donald Trump’s main campaign promises four years ago was the creation of a wall between Mexico and the United States to stop immigration. His successor, Joe Biden, has already issued orders to stop the work. But, in four years, How much could Trump create of his controversial wall?
The BBC has published a report on the matter, in which he recalls that Trump assured last August that they had already risen 480 kilometers of the total 3,142 kilometers of border.
The idea of the former president was to have 800 kilometers built at the beginning of this 2021. But the reality is far from that figure.
The point is that before Trump’s arrival, there were already physical barriers on the border, approximately in 1,050 kilometers.
But most of what the Trump administration regards as the new wall are actually repairs and reforms of what already exists.
Thus, according to the BBC, Trump has only built 129 km of new wall, of which 53 are only secondary fences, so the real balance of the wall that Trump has created between the United States and Mexico it is only 76 kilometers.
Complications derived from natural landscape and bureaucratic problems with border landowners have been the main obstacles to Trump’s plan being carried out.
And despite the promises of the former president, nothing built has been paid for by Mexico.
Does the pandemic also have a ‘Made in China’? The government of the greatest world power that has waged the most war on China, the second largest economy on the planet, continues to insist on the thesis that the worst crisis that humanity has faced in the entire 21st century was deliberately caused by the government of the Asian country. Although it is on its way out, the Trump Administration does not give truce or cease a millimeter of ground with the diplomatic, economic, commercial and even military pressure that Washington has exerted on Beijing since 2017.
And it is that just four days after leaving the White House, the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, served as a spokesman on behalf of outgoing President Donald Trump to alert the international community of a situation in which Washington is coming. insisting since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.
“The Communist Party of China covered and concealed the virus (Covid-19) of Wuhan (ground zero of the pandemic). The PCC disappeared the doctors who knew about it, still refuses to let the world see what it did and lied about the origin of the virus. The US Secretary of State published this Saturday on his Twitter account, a social network from which Donald Trump was banned indefinitely.
Several US intelligence reports indicate that the Beijing authorities already knew that the virus existed long before the detection of the first case on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan. Therefore, in the face of the late response of the WHO in declaring that disease as a pandemic in March 2020, the Chinese government and the global health agency could have committed the crime of complicity to hide the magnitude of a global crisis that has been claimed two million lives across the planet. However, China and the WHO deny these accusations.
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What is the Washington complaint based on?
“The Chinese Communist Party (which rules the country as a dictatorship) banned travel within China and let the world suffer. America invented vaccines for the world. Every human being can see this contrast ”, Pompeo tweeted this Saturday.
This complaint from Washington is based on reports that the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) captured by intercepting the communications of the Chinese Government thanks to the enormous power of international espionage that the United States uses on its rivals in the world, and of course, its The main enemy, seen that way by Donald Trump, was not going to escape the American sights.
That is, Beijing could be responsible for having lost control of the virus or for having intentionally released it from its complex biosafety laboratories in Wuhan and other parts of the country. In fact, a Chinese virologist fled to the United States, where she requested refuge and asylum from the Government, to denounce that the Covid-19 virus came out of laboratories in ground zero of the pandemic, that is, that the Chinese Government knew about the existence of SARS-CoV-2 and could be directly responsible for its spread throughout the world.
The consequences of these words
“The Government of China released a virus all over the world”, Sentenced Secretary Pompeo, head of diplomacy and in charge of the worldwide expansion of the influence of the United States during the last three years.
So far, Beijing has not responded to this statement from Washington, but it is not ruled out that Trump will leave the government of the world’s largest power with new trade sanctions on China after adding the Xiaomi phone company, well known throughout the world, to the US Chinese military blacklist, that is; a potential hostile military target of the White House.
The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, will have the enormous challenge of avoiding an escalation of tensions with China without relaxing his foreign policy to prevent a positioning of the second economy in the world over the United States in the global market, all this, without losing looking at the pandemic and concentrating more on eradicating the virus from the US territory than on blaming China for the current health crisis that plagues the planet. @worldly
If a balance were made on the presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, it would come out very badly. Just when he is about to face a second impeachment, his figure is touched. He will leave the White House on January 20, leaving behind a trail of division and very questionable decisions., such as the abandonment of the WHO or the Paris Agreement, two paths that his successor wants to go backwards to “recover” the country, according to him. But still, is Donald Trump the worst president of the United States?
“Whether he has been the worst president in history or not is difficult to say,” he advances to 20minutos the political scientist and analyst Daniel Vicente Guisado. “It depends on what we mean by being a bad president.” And it is that not all have the same vision. “For a significant portion of the Republican electorate Trump is frowned upon“, says Guisado.
Now, Trump “is a president with lower net approval ratings (i.e. disapproval – approval) in the last century“. He has never exceeded” 42% approval “after the first weeks in office. Comparatively, we can see that” there have only been two presidents with higher disapproval rates: Carter and Truman, and both at very specific moments of their mandates. “
In addition, Trump has managed to generate powerful tensions within his own party, today talking about possible ruptures or impasses within the formation. “During his tenure there have been no incursions into wars, but there has been an increase in polarization and conflict,” explains the expert. “I like to see Trump not as an actor who has started an evil, but as a catalyst of a challenge to the previous system, “he says. Trump has mobilized people from the” left behind “,” those who felt marginalized by the system. “
The House of Representatives approved this Wednesday to submit the still president of the United States to his second impeachment, accusing him of “incitement to violence” for the assault on the Capitol and thus making him the first US president to be subjected to this process twice. The approval counted on the vote of ten Republican representatives. In total, he came out ahead with 232 votes in favor and 197 against. Now he goes to the Senate, which will predictably vote just one day before Biden’s inauguration.
On the assault on the Capitol, Trump only softened his message when he had the second impeachment on top. “I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week, the violence and the vandalism they have absolutely no place in our country, and they have no place in our movement, “said the outgoing president in a video from the Oval Office posted on the White House Twitter account (his personal accounts are blocked).
“In the face of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be no violence, no violation of the law, no vandalism of any kind. That’s not what I stand for, and it’s not what America stands for“, Trump has stated before asking” all Americans “to” help reduce tensions and calm tempers. “In addition, he assured that” no “supporter of his could ever be” in favor of violence. “
The spokesperson for Vox in Congress, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, defends the economic management of Donald Trump during his tenure in the White House, beyond his “personality”. And he believes that this has been recognized by the Americans at the polls, increasing the number of votes compared to four years ago.
“I don’t love him like a brother-in-law to have at the Christmas party, I would not like for a sister of mine, but as president of the United States it seems that the Americans are reasonably satisfied with him because they have voted for him more, “he says in an interview.
In this context, Espinosa de los Monteros describes an “absolutely unpresentable “the assault on the Capitol last week, but rejects that responsibility can be attributed to Trump. “I believe that the responsibility lies with those who have come there,” he defends.
He does acknowledge that “perhaps” the still president of the United States was “reckless” in summoning them in front of the Capitol without “directing you to any idea in your speech.” In his view, Trump “gave them no clear idea what he wanted from them” and eventually “they and some others” committed the assault “completely unpresentable and completely unacceptable.”
In any case, he believes that “the media and political left” is taking advantage of this episode to “make firewood from the fallen tree” by attacking Trump, both through social networks and with the impeachment propelled against him.
“Why? Because they know that he is the most popular Republican president in history, he is the most voted in history and has obtained a very substantial increase in votes in these elections,” analyzes the Vox parliamentary spokesman before ensuring that this The increase in support has been “especially notable” among “Afro-American minorities, women, Latinos, Hispanics, humble people or with less education,” those segments that are “those who precisely more have thrived in the Trump era“.
Espinosa de los Monteros also stands out among Trump’s successes to have recovered part of the North American industry, the return of funds to the country or an unprecedented economic and employment growth in “many years”, all despite the crisis generated by the coronavirus. “The results of his management, the economic results, have been very remarkable,” he sums up.
In favor of a regulation of social networks
The Vox leader believes that the Trump case also opens another reflection regarding social networks, after his accounts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram have been canceled. “If the president of the United States is removed but, for example, (Nicolás) Maduro is not removed, there is much to explain“, he points.
Espinosa de los Monteros admits to being “little supporter” of the legislation, but believes that social media should be regulated once verified, they are occupying a place that the traditional media had, which are regulated in many countries.
For this he uses as an example some words of the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, saying that Americans now had to “support the new president-elect and unite around him.” “Why does the president of Facebook have to tell Americans what they have to do? -question-. No one should have to tell Americans what to do, but much less a person who has not been chosen by anyone and is not representative of anyone. “
A man who broke into the Capitol in Washington on January 6 disguised as a bison, wearing a horned hat and without a shirt, and momentarily presided over the US Senate, has asked the outgoing president, Donald Trump, to grant him pardon, according to It transpired this Thursday (01.14.2021).
This was announced by Albert Watkins, the lawyer of Jacob Albert Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, a member of the conspiracy theory movement QAnon what is called Yellowstone Wolf on his YouTube channel, local media reported.
“Given the peaceful and obedient manner in which Mr. Chansley conducted himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the President to forgive Mr. Chansley and other peaceful like-minded individuals,” said the Ombudsman whose presence on Capitol Hill went viral at the social networks and attracted the attention of thousands of people.
According to the Justice Department, Chansley has been charged with knowingly entering or staying in “any restricted building or land without legal authority, and of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.”
The assault on that compound left five people dead, including a police officer from the Legislative building. Chansley turned himself in to the authorities and has been in custody since last Saturday. His lawyer alleged, in statements reproduced by the local press, that his client “had heard the frequently repeated words of President Trump (…) It is assumed that the words and the invitation of a president mean something,” he defended.
This Thursday, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, in English), Christopher Wray, revealed that more than 100 people have been arrested in connection with the assault on the Capitol, in actions that have been carried out in places like Phoenix ( Arizona), Dallas (Texas) and Honolulu, in the Hawaiian archipelago.
He U.S. government is planning to start demanding all international travelers a negative test of the covid-19 before flying to the country, as announced on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
He daily, which cites anonymous sources with knowledge of the matter, pointed out that the official announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it can arrive today and will take effect on January 26.
The order CDC will require coronavirus testing of all passengers flying from abroad, including americans return to their country, and it comes at a time when there is concern expansion Of the new variant of the virus registered in the UK and of which several cases have already been found in U.S. Since the end of December, the country has already required the presentation of a proof of coronavirus refusal made a maximum of 72 hours before the trip who fly from British airports.
The measure affects a relatively small number of Travellers because, in March, the president Donald Trump, has already restricted the entry of foreigners from the United Kingdom, which reduced the air traffic between the two countries by 90%, according to official data.
Currently, the US bans the entry of Travellers from many countries, including those of the European Union (EU), unless they are US citizens, permanent residents or have an exemption.
In its information, the WSJ does not clarify whether tests of covid-19 will replace those measurements or if they will join them, although the second option is more likely, since it is the one being used with the United Kingdom.
The newspaper, in any case, remembers that airlines have been demanding to replace the restrictions travel and quarantines with tests for all passengers and who recently wrote to the outgoing vice president, Mike Pence, defending that idea.
The United States is the country hardest hit by pandemic worldwide and accumulates more than 22.6 million cases and more than 378,000 deaths, according to the latest figures.
The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, finally ordered this Sunday that the flags in the White House and the federal buildings of the country be lowered this average in tribute to the policeman who died in the violent assault on the Capitol by a mob of his followers last Wednesday.
Since then, Trump had avoided issuing this symbolic proclamation, which is traditionally done to remember fallen officers or soldiers, which had generated much criticism.
His decision is announced after Congress placed its flags at half-mast on Sunday in homage to Brian Sicknick, who died as a result of the injuries suffered when he faced the mob that took over the US Capitol for a few hours, in an unheard of image in the country.
Trump’s proclamation explains the measure as “sign of respect and sacrifice”.
Details still unclear
Sicknick, 42, had More than 12 years of experience as a Capitol Police Officer.
“Many details about the events of Wednesday and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unclear and our family asks people and the press to respect our wishes to not make Brian’s passing a political issue “, the policeman’s family said in a statement.
In this sense, the US attorney’s office in Washington has opened a federal investigation for murder upon his death.
This weekend Trump his silence continued, after their Twitter and Facebook accounts were suspended this Friday for “risk of inciting violence” after describing the assailants as “very special people.”
Democratic legislators in the United States Congress plan to begin the process for a second impeachment trial of the outgoing president, Donald Trump, whom they want to accuse of “inciting an insurrection” for his responsibility in the assault on the Capitol. The seriousness of the events that took place last Wednesday and the restoration of the prestige of the United States as a great democratic power demand that the possible responsibilities of the still tenant of the White House be investigated and clarified. There is an obvious risk that this second ‘impeachment’ will further polarize the country, but the world’s first liberal democracy cannot for this reason stop acting against its enemies.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, said on Friday that she would start the impeachment process today if Trump did not resign, something that seems highly unlikely. However, President-elect Joe Biden is concerned that this trial will consume the Senate during his first weeks in power, when he wants it to focus on passing its bills to contain the pandemic, refloat the economy and reform the immigration system . So there is division within the Democratic Party. Either way, the new Biden Administration can be expected to swiftly scrub all responsibilities to launch a reconciliation process that curbs the polarization of society that Trump has been irresponsibly fueling.
The Democratic Party, which controls both houses, is now responsible for taking the initiative. However, the Republican must distance himself from Trump. The embarrassing spectacle in Washington last week erodes the prestige of the most powerful democracy on the planet. The two great parties have to collaborate to reconstitute it.
The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Thursday (07.01.2021) explicitly acknowledged his defeat in the November elections for the first time, and also condemned the assault on the Capitol, by ensuring that his followers who committed crimes “will pay it “.
In a video posted on his official Twitter account, Trump finally issued the message about the elections that half the country had been waiting to hear for two months, and the condemnation of the attack on Wednesday that Congress had been demanding from him for more than 24 hours.
“Congress has certified the result (of the elections). A new Administration will come to power on January 20. Now I will focus on ensuring a smooth, orderly and smooth transition of power,” said the outgoing president.
“This moment calls for healing and reconciliation,” Trump said, a day after prompting thousands of his followers to march to the Capitol to try to interfere in the process of ratification of the electoral result.
His message came just two months after the mainstream media reported the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November elections, and after an unprecedented campaign to sow mistrust in the results, which he called fraudulent without providing evidence.
Trump had already promised to guarantee an “orderly transition” early Thursday morning, in a statement after Congress recovered from the assault and confirmed Biden’s victory, but in his video he was more explicit in admitting that he will have to leave. the White House in two weeks.
Condemn heinous attack on the Capitol
The outgoing president began his video referring to the “atrocious attack on the United States Capitol” and declared himself “outraged by the violence, illegality and chaos.”
“The protesters who infiltrated the Capitol have desecrated the seat of democracy. To those who were involved in acts of violence and destruction: you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: they will pay for it,” he stressed .
Trump’s speech was in stark contrast to the one he made while his supporters vandalized the Capitol on Wednesday, when he took more than two hours to ask them to leave Congress, saying, “We love you, go home.”
Trump also justified the violence in a tweet on Wednesday, which led to Twitter suspending his account for 12 hours, which the outgoing president did not use again until he posted the video on Thursday.
The outgoing president called for “restoring calm”, although he defended his crusade against the election result that has inflamed tensions in the country, stating: “My only objective was to ensure the integrity of the vote, I was fighting to defend democracy American”.
“To all my wonderful fans: I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey has only just begun,” concluded the outgoing president.
Trump released his video after several of his White House advisers resigned, his Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao; and that the Democratic leaders of the Congress clamored for his removal.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one in every 100,000 people who received the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech in the United States have had severe allergic reactions. These reactions are more than those produced by vaccines such as influenza, the CDC points out to the television channel CNBC.
However, allergic reactions remain rare and claim that the benefits of immunization “far outweigh the known risks.”
The data collected by the CDC show that there were 21 cases of anaphylaxis – which the experts of this center define as “a serious and life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs rarely after vaccination” – after almost two million injections (1,893,360) were administered in the US between December 14 and 23.
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that this assumes a rate of 11.1 cases of anaphylaxis per one million doses administered. While flu vaccines cause about 1.3 cases of anaphylaxis per million doses administered, so the rate of anaphylaxis from the Pfizer vaccine is approximately ten times higher.
However, as the CDC authorities have explained in a press conference, cases of anaphylaxis continue to be “extremely rare“and he assured that the most convenient thing is to get vaccinated, especially in the context of the pandemic.
“A good valuation proposal for someone to be vaccinated is their risk of Covid and if the negative consequences of Covid are even greater than the risk of a serious reaction to the vaccine“said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
And he added that, fortunately, it is known “how to treat anaphylaxis and they have arranged what is necessary to ensure that at the vaccination sites, the people who administer the vaccine are ready to treat anaphylaxis. “