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US Election Results 2020 Live updates: Russia wants final US election vote count before congratulating anyone

US Election Results 2020 Live updates: President Vladimir Putin has remained silent on the issue since Democrat Joe Biden clinched the presidency on Saturday, four days after the Nov. 3 election, clearing the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 10, 2020 7:43:06 am
US Election Results 2020 Live updates: Russia wants final US election vote count before congratulating anyoneSpeaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Moscow deemed it better to now wait before congratulating anyone.

US Election 2020 LIVE updates:: The Russian government stated Monday it would prefer to wait for the official results of the US presidential election before commenting on its results, and added that it had taken note of incumbent Donald Trump’s announcement of legal challenges related to the vote.

President Vladimir Putin has remained silent on the issue since Democrat Joe Biden clinched the presidency on Saturday, four days after the Nov. 3 election, clearing the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Moscow deemed it better to now wait before congratulating anyone.

“We think it appropriate to wait for the official vote count,” said Peskov.

Asked why in 2016 Putin had congratulated Trump soon after he had won the Electoral College and beaten Democrat Hillary Clinton, Peskov said there was an obvious difference this time round.

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US Election 2020 Results Live Updates: Joe Biden has won the US presidential elections after he defeated President Donald Trump; He is projected to become the 46th US president. Kamala Harris will be the first woman vice-president ever. Read latest news and updates below

06:19 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Attorney General William Barr allows election probes despite little evidence of fraud

Attorney General William Barr has authorised federal prosecutors across the United States to pursue 'substantial allegations' of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud, the Associated Press reported.

Barr's action comes days after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and raises the prospect that Trump will use the Justice Department to try to challenge the outcome.

It gives prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election is formally certified.

Trump has not conceded the election and is instead claiming without evidence that there has been a widespread, multi-state conspiracy by Democrats to skew the vote tally in Biden's favour. (AP)

03:54 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Trump fires Defence Secretary Mark Esper

President Donald Trump fired Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, PTI reported.

Presidents who win reelection often replace Cabinet members, including the secretary of defence, but losing presidents have kept their Pentagon chiefs in place until Inauguration Day to preserve stability in the name of national security.

Trump announced the news in a tweet, saying that "effective immediately" Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will serve as acting secretary, sidestepping the department's No.2-ranking official, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist.

"Chris will do a GREAT job!" the president tweeted. "Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service."

Esper's strained relationship with Trump came close to collapse last summer during civil unrest that triggered a debate within the administration over the proper role of the military in combatting domestic unrest. (PTI)

02:22 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Explained: How does the US media call an election?

President Donald Trump, who has not appeared in public since the Associated Press (AP) and American cable news networks called the presidential election in favour of his challenger Joe Biden on Saturday, wrote on Twitter early on Monday morning (India time): “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!”

Was it unusual for the media to call the November 3 election?

On the contrary, presidential elections in the US are as a rule called by the media — this includes President Trump’s own 2016 victory over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. The AP, for many decades the gold standard for calling US election races, says unequivocally that it “declares winners” — it “does not make projections or name apparent or likely winners”. Read our Explainer to know more

00:59 (IST)10 Nov 2020
UN leadership congratulates Biden, Harris on victory

Top UN leadership Monday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victory.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reafirmed that the US-UN partnership is an essential pillar of the international cooperation needed to address the challenges confronting the world.

'The Secretary-General congratulates the American people for a vibrant exercise of democracy in their country's elections last week. He congratulates the President-elect and Vice President-elect and reaffirms that the partnership between the United States and the United Nations is an essential pillar of the international cooperation needed to address the dramatic challenges facing the world today,' read a statement issued by UN spokesperson. (PTI)

00:18 (IST)10 Nov 2020
Goal to reduce Covid-19 spread and save lives, says Joe Biden

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said that the goal of his administration would be to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives from the deadly virus.

'We cannot forego the important work that needs to be done between now and then to get our country through the worst wave yet of this pandemic. To reduce spread. To save lives,' Biden said.

Early this morning, Biden announced the formation of a COVID-19 advisory board. Comprising of a panel of eminent experts, it is co-chaired by Indian-American Dr Vivek Murthy, Dr David Kessler and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith.

After a meeting with the group, Biden said that he has named COVID-19 Transition Advisory Board, comprised of distinguished public health experts, to help the transition team translate the Biden-Harris COVID-19 plan into an action blueprint that they can put into place on January 20, when he is sworn in as the president of the United States. (PTI)

22:02 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Indian-American physician named co-chair of President-elect Biden's coronavirus task-force

Indian-American physician Dr Vivek Murthy on Monday was named one of the three co-chairs of the COVID-19 task-force that will guide President-elect Joe Biden on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 236,000 lives in the country.

Dr Murthy, 43, a former US Surgeon General, along with two other co-chairs -- Dr David Kessler and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith -- would lead a team of leading public health experts who will advise Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the deadly virus. The US is currently the world''s worst-hit nation from the pandemic. “Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said.

New cases are rising in at least 40 states, with more than 9.3 million total infections and more than 236,000 deaths, a media release announcing the COVID-19 Advisory Board said. “The Advisory Board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations,” he said.

Joe Biden to announce his coronavirus task force today, Indian-American Vivek Murthy to lead team
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21:58 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Explained: Why protests in Belarus could get a fillip from US election results

A day after results of the US elections were called by the Associated Press in favour of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, thousands of protesters from across Belarus tried to enter central Minsk but were prevented by riot police, news reports said. According to a report by DW, human rights organisation Viasna said 830 citizens were detained this past weekend, including prominent public figures like model Olga Khizhinkova, a former Miss Belarus. READ MORE

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21:32 (IST)09 Nov 2020
Boris Johnson admits US-UK trade deal won’t be a ‘pushover’ under Biden

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted that he does not believe a post-Brexit trade deal with the US would be a “pushover” under the new President-elect Joe Biden but stressed that there is a “good chance” of it coming through.

In a broadcast interview from 10 Downing Street in London on Sunday, Johnson reiterated his previous congratulatory statements on Biden’s election win and also welcomed Kamala Harris for making history as the first female Vice-President in the US.

“The US is our closest and most important ally and that’s been the case under President after President, Prime Minister after Prime Minister, it won’t change. I look forward very much to working with President Biden and his team on a lot of crucial stuff for us in the weeks and months ahead – tackling climate change, trade, international security, many other issues,” Johnson said to the Associated Press.

“On a trade deal with the US, I am a keen student of United States trade policy and they are tough negotiators. I never believed that this was something that was going to be a complete pushover under any US administration. I think there is a good chance that we will do something,” he said.

Biden to announce Covid-19, economic recovery plans tomorrow

A day after Joe Biden propelled past the finish line to defeat Donald Trump, the President-Elect and his team said that they were prioritising to deal with the coronavirus pandemic as cases in the country near 10 million. Biden in his victory speech, said that he would appoint a 12 member coronavirus task force on Monday to mount an effective response to the pandemic. Biden will hold a briefing on his Covid-19 plans as well his plans to revive the economy tomorrow. 

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President Donald Trump on the other hand continues to reject the election outcomes and is pressing hard with legal rights to challenge Biden's projected win. Trump is now facing pressure to cooperate with President-elect's team to ensure a smooth transfer of power when the new administration takes office in January. The General Services Administration is tasked with formally recognising Biden as president-elect, which begins the transition. But the agency's Trump-appointed administrator, Emily Murphy, has not started the process and has given no guidance on when she will do so.

Meanwhile, congratulations poured in for Biden from across the world, including from conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, making it hard for Trump to push his unfounded claims of election fraud.

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