20 de enero de 2021
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
 1300x90
Hispanic World

Out-of-control Covid puts Trump up against urgent need to admit election loss

By Jairo Mejia

By Jairo Mejia

New York, Nov 17 (efe-epa).- The massive increase in coronavirus cases in the United States is increasing the pressure on President Donald Trump to admit his election defeat and begin a transition process that allows President-elect Joe Biden to coordinate with the outgoing administration on a plan for dealing with the pandemic.

The Covid-19 spike continues to set new records for daily infections and, in turn, is starting to put extreme pressure on hospitals everywhere in the country.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and one of the leading members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday in an interview published by The New York Times that coordinating the transition is important, especially in such a critical situation as the Covid-19 pandemic.

One million Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week alone.

Fauci said that he'd been through five presidential transitions and they are extremely important in ensuring continuity without any friction. He suggested the country needs a transition to a government team that is willing to do what medical experts are recommending and doing to stem the virus.

Biden - who still has not received the approval for his team to work closely with the federal agencies he will have to supervise starting upon his inauguration on Jan. 20 - met on Tuesday with outside experts on defense, diplomacy and intelligence matters in an attempt to move forward with his agenda despite Trump's resistance to acknowledging his election loss or facilitating the transition of power.

The president-elect on Monday strongly criticized Trump for not starting the transition as soon as possible and warned that "more people may die" if the outgoing and incoming teams cannot coordinate, a stance that was echoed on Tuesday by Fauci, although he did not get into infection or death numbers.

"We've got to get public health issues out of the realm of political divisiveness - this is not a political issue," Fauci said in his interview. "We've got to do everything we possibly can to pull together as a nation."

Trump, who continues to air unfounded accusations of electoral fraud and whose lawsuits in the key state of Pennsylvania continue to fail in court because of lack of evidence, is ignoring the crisis presented by a pandemic out of control across most of the country, which for the past week has been adding some 150,000 new Covid-19 cases each day and with coronavirus hospitalizations setting a new record on Tuesday at 73,000.

On Tuesday, Trump had no working agenda scheduled and on Monday he only referred to the pandemic in a tweet to boast about the announcement by the Moderna pharmaceutical company that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate had shown very high effectiveness at preventing the disease in early trials, making it the second vaccine candidate - after the one being developed by Pfizer - to be on the fast track for urgent approval for use by US regulators.

"Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective. For those great 'historians', please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!" Trump tweeted on Monday.

The outgoing president also criticized Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, after he ordered a curfew starting at 10 pm due to the increase in cases there.

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence held a meeting with governors to coordinate a response to the pandemic with an eye toward the vacation period that starts next week with Thanksgiving Day, but Fauci on Tuesday criticized the "disjointed" strategy that is leaving states to deal with the virus alone without any large overarching or coordinating role by the federal government.

The coronavirus crisis seems to be the only thing that could force the hand of the White House to facilitate the transition by ordering Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, to provide Biden's team with the authorization it needs to be in touch with federal agencies, something that she has resisted so far.

The Electoral College is scheduled to meet on Dec. 14 to cast its votes for the presidential candidate who won in each state and at that point Murphy could find herself forced to provide access to Biden's team, given that he has unquestionably accumulated 306 electoral votes, above the 270 required to be elected president.

Biden, who has already announced his picks for key positions in his administration, although no cabinet announcements have yet been made, is expressing his impatience at Trump's intransigence in facilitating the transition, especially as regards the coronavirus and the need for his team to be up to date on classified and intelligence matters.

Biden said on Tuesday that, so far, he has spoken with about 13 world leaders and held meetings with experts to prepare his administration's agenda.

He said he was not being critical but rather simply stating the obvious, that he still cannot receive intelligence reports to which, in a "normal" situation, he, as president-elect, would have already been getting access. He said that there is no greater responsibility than protecting the American people.

Histórico de noticias
"Democracy has prevailed," Biden proclaims in inaugural address

(Updates with more speech remarks, additional info)

Trump arrives in W. Palm Beach shortly before Biden is sworn in as president

Miami, Jan 20 (efe-epa).- Donald Trump arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday while still president, shortly before the inauguration of Joe Biden in...

Biden arrives in Washington to take the reins of a country in crisis

(Update 1: Adds details of inauguration ceremony, changes head, lede)

Argentina registers 50 aftershocks, no deaths in 6.4-magnitude quake

Buenos Aires, Jan 19 (efe-epa).- Argentine President Alberto Fernandez traveled on Tuesday to San Juan province, on the western border with Chile, to tour...

McConnell blames Trump for violent assault by supporters on Congress

Washington, Jan 19 (efe-epa).- The outgoing Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump of provoking the violent...

Honduran private sector: Join forces to rebuild country

Tegucigalpa, Jan 18 (efe-epa).- The Honduran private sector is in a "state of calamity" due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in 134,111...

Harris resigns as senator, Biden helps NGO 2 days before inauguration

Washington, Jan 18 (efe-epa).- Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday resigned her seat as a US senator from California, while President-elect Joe...

Guatemalan forces disperse migrant caravan on highway

Guatemala City, Jan 18 (efe-epa).- Guatemalan security forces on Monday dispersed a migrant caravan made up of more than 6,000 Hondurans looking to head...

Eccentric music producer Phil Spector dead of Covid complications

New York, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- Phil Spector, one of the most highly acclaimed modern music producers, the creator of the so-called "Wall of Sound," died on...

Argentina promulgates law making abortions easier to get

By Javier Castro Bugarin

Last year ties 2016 as hottest year in recorded history

Miami, Jan 14 (efe-epa).- Last year tied 2016 as the hottest year since records have been kept, according to a report published Thursday by NASA that...

Organized crime in Mexico selling fake Covid-19 vaccines

By Cristina Sanchez Reyes

Miami Beach holding festival showcasing tropical "Art Deco" legacy

By Ana Mengotti

Trump losing business support, putting future of his brand in danger

By Mario Villar

Trump asks supporters to avoid violence before inauguration

(Updates with Trump's 2nd video statement)

US Justice Dept. to charge several hundred in mob that invaded Congress

Washington, Jan 12 (efe-epa).- The US Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that it already has formally charged more than 70 people with assorted...

Brazil: China vaccine's 50.38 pct. effectiveness can halt pandemic

Sao Paulo, Jan 12 (efe-epa).- The anti-Covid vaccine developed by China's Sinovac pharmaceutical laboratory and which will be used and produced in Brazil is...

Congress calls for Trump impeachment despite Pence rejection

Update 1: Reworks lede, changes headline, adds info on impeachment attempt

US puts Cuba back on list of terrorism sponsors

Washington, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- The Donald Trump administration on Monday put Cuba back on the US list of sponsors of terrorism, from which that country had...

Twitter suspends more than 70,000 accounts sharing QAnon content

Washington, Jan 12 (efe-epa).- Twitter announced that it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts dedicated to sharing QAnon content following the attack on...

Buenos Aires: Argentine equine serum effective, safe for Covid-19 cases

Buenos Aires, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- The hyperimmune serum produced from horses in Argentina completed the last phase of its clinical studies and "demonstrated...

International tourism in Mexico down 45.6 pct. year-on-year in November

Mexico City, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- Mexico hosted 45.6 percent fewer international tourists last November than during the same month in 2019, with arrivals...

Mexico begins 2021 with legislative, economic battles with businessmen

By Pedro Pablo Cortes

Clamor growing for Trump to resign, but president remaining silent

By Alfonso Fernandez