In dueling New Year messages, Trump reflects while Biden looks ahead – world news

In a New Year’s Eve message, President Donald Trump recalls his tenure achievements as a’historical victory’, and his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, created a positive vibe looking into 2021.

Republican Trump said in a video posted on Twitter that “we have to remember what we did.”

Trump, not officially acknowledging his November election defeat to his Democratic rivals, returned to Washington early from a Florida resort amid a fight with Congress over defense legislation and confirmation of coronavirus aid.

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Speaking at Delaware’s Rehobeth Beach, Biden paid tribute to the healthcare practitioners and encouraged people to get vaccinated in short form with wife Jill Biden at the long-run ABC Special “Dick Clark’s New Year Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021. . ”

Biden, who took office on January 20, said, “I have absolutely positive confidence. We will come back and come back much stronger than before.”

He repeated requests for the vaccine to be distributed more quickly.

Trump, who suffered Covid-19 in October, often downplayed the severity of the pandemic, oversaw reactions that many health experts criticize as being disorderly and indifferent, and sometimes ignore the science of viral transmission.

However, in his remarks, he noted that the United States produced the Covid-19 vaccine at record time and accurately predicted it would come before the end of the year.

The U.S. is one of the worst-affected countries from Corona 19, and officially leads the world with more than 340,000 deaths from the virus.

Trump was originally expected to attend a New Year’s Eve party at the Mar-a-Lago resort.

The White House did not reveal why he returned to Washington early, but it is consistent with Trump’s fight with Congress over demands for a veto to major defense bills and an increase in COVID-19 stimulus, and a surge in tension. Iran.

Senator Mitch McConnell, top Republican, said on Wednesday that Trump’s attempts to support coronavirus aid to Americans were hit deadly and declined a swift vote on a bill raising relief checks from $600 to $2,000. Earlier this month, Congress passed a $892 billion relief plan.

Tension with the Republican Party

In Congress, Trump’s fellow Republicans have been with him for largely four years, but he has not fully supported allegations of unsupported election fraud in recent days, rejecting his demand for larger checks, and moving toward nullifying the veto. Blamed.

McConnell again rejected a vote on an independent bill that would increase stimulus on Thursday, calling it “socialism for the rich” and “a terrible way to get help from families who really need it”. The bill was passed in the Democratic House of Representatives on Monday.

McConnell also said there should be no controversy over the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approval that Trump has denied because it does not repeal certain legal protections for tech companies.

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“We have established an annual NDAA for 59 consecutive years,” says McConnell. “In the next few days—whether the easy way or the hard way—we will work once again. This body will fulfill our responsibility to men and women who protect our country.”

The House of Representatives voted Monday to overturn Trump’s veto. The Senate is set to convene again on Friday at noon EST (1700 GMT) for a rare New Year’s Day meeting where lawmakers are expected to vote the first of two procedural votes to nullify their veto. If this is successful, the Senate is expected to cast a second procedural ballot on Saturday and vote on the final pass.

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley said Congress will oppose Biden’s victory when it officially convenes an electoral vote on January 6. This could lead to lengthy debates in the Senate, but there is no chance to reverse the results. CNN reported that more than 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives are expected to engage in similar tactics.

Some Republican senators have supported Trump’s call to increase support, especially David Purdue and Kelly Lofler, who will decide which party will dominate the Senate under Biden in the face of the January 5 runoff elections in Georgia. .

However, Perdue’s campaign was frustrated Thursday when a senator said it was quarantining after contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, tensions between the United States and Iran have risen again.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Washington of attempting to manipulate the pretext of attacking his country on Thursday and pledged that Tehran would defend itself even if it did not pursue war.

Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew over the Middle East on Wednesday, in what U.S. officials said was a deterrent message to Iran ahead of the first anniversary of the U.S. drone attack that killed Iran’s highest general, Kasem Solaymani, on January 3, 2020. .