US Election 2020 results LIVE – Donald Trump's team DOUBLE DOWN on '2nd term' and begin job interviews despite Biden win

MIKE Pompeo said he is confident in a second Trump administration as the US President refuses to concede the election.

When asked whether he'd help Joe Biden's presidential transition team, Pompeo appeared to double-down on Donald Trump's refusal to concede the election.

"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," he told reporters at a press briefing on Tuesday with a smile.

"We're ready. The world is watching what's taking place. We're going to count all the votes, when the process is complete there'll be electors selected. The constitution lays it out pretty clearly."

Donald Trump will never concede the US Election to Joe Biden because the word isn't "in his vocabulary", his campaign has claimed.

The President is refusing to admit defeat to the President-Elect, claiming widespread voter fraud despite providing no evidence of his claims and accusations that doing so is undermining confidence in democracy.

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  • Dan Keane

    US CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIRAL

    The US has far exceeded its previous daily record of new coronavirus cases with 201,961 infections in 24 hours, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

    It takes the total in the US to 10,238,243, the highest total worldwide.

    Coronavirus hospitalizations have also hit an all-time high, with more than 60,000 people hospitalized across the country, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

    The continued spread of the virus poses a great challenge to President-elect Joe Biden, who announced a new coronavirus task force earlier this week in a bid to get on top of the new wave of infections.



  • Dan Keane

    TIKTOK FILES LAST MINUTE PETITION AGAINST TRUMP ORDER

    TikTok has asked a Washington court to stop an order from President Donald Trump's administration from taking effect this week as the White House seeks to ban the Chinese-owned app.

    It comes after the President claimed the popular video sharing app, which has 100 million users in teh US, represented a security and privacy threat to Americans.

    Chinese parent company ByteDance is facing a Thursday deadline to restructure ownership of the app in the United States to meet the security concerns.

    In its court petition, TikTok asked for more time, adding it has not received enough feedback on its proposed solution.



  • Dan Keane

    JAPAN ARRANGING BIDEN TALKS

    Japan is arranging phone talks between Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to be held as early as Thursday, two government sources told Reuters.

    It comes after Biden spoke with a host of global leaders, including British prime minister Boris Johnson, earlier this week.

  • Dan Keane

    FAUCI 'HOPES' TRUMP DOESN'T FIRE HIM

    The coronavirus taskforce's infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said he “hopes” Donald Trump doesn't fire him in the near future following weeks of veiled threats from the President during his campaign.

    Asked if he thought he would be pushed out, he told MSNBC: “I hope not.

    “I don’t think that would be helpful to the common goal of all of us, no matter who you are, regardless of administration.

    “We all want this pandemic to end.”

  • Mark Hodge

    NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS

    Donald Trump's administration is not cooperating with Joe Biden's transition team as the President refuses to accept defeat.

    Government analysts have been instructed to continue assembling a budget proposal that would be released in February, after the Republican is due to leave office.

    The Biden team has been unable to move into federal government office space or tap funds to hire staff because a Trump appointee who heads the office charged with recognizing election results has not yet done so.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday predicted a “second Trump administration,” in comments at odds with congratulatory phone calls to Biden from the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Ireland.

  • Mark Hodge

    NOT GIVING UP

    Donald Trump is continuing to pursue a flurry of lawsuits challenging the election results in an effort to cling to power.

    The President's campaign said yesterday it planned to file a lawsuit in Michigan to halt the state from certifying its results, a day after it brought a similar action in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

    Judges so far have tossed lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia brought by Trump's campaign, and legal experts say the litigation has little chance of changing the outcome of the November 3 election.

    Trump suffered another possible setback on Tuesday when Democrats said a postal worker who claimed he witnessed ballot tampering in Pennsylvania had recanted his allegations.

    Some 80 per cent of Americans, including half of Republicans, say Biden is the rightful winner, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released yesterday.

  • Mark Hodge

    DEMS ASSEMBLE

    Joe Biden plans to meet with advisors today who are helping him recruit his transition team as he prepares to take office on January 20.

    He is recruiting finance, trade and banking regulation experts that range from core Democrats to progressive activists.

    The President-elect wants his team to reflect the ongoing debate within the party about how to address climate change, wealth inequality and other issues.

    Biden is also tapping people who crafted tougher environmental rules while serving under President Barack Obama.

  • Jessica Kwong

    PENNSYLVANIA GOP BACKING TRUMP

    A small contingent of Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania called for an audit of the presidential election results on Tuesday, according to Politico.

    “We believe this moment is pivotal and important enough that the General Assembly needs to take extraordinary measures to answer these extraordinary questions,” said GOP state Rep. Dawn Keefer, who represents counties that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump.

    The state legislators did not provide evidence of voter fraud, and only about 20 of the nearly 140 members of body participated in a press conference on Tuesday on the matter.

    Pennsylvania-based Republican consultant Christopher Nicholas opined that the effort is “not going anywhere” and that “those 19 folks had an itch to scratch, they just scratched it.”

    Biden leads in the state by 0.7 percentage points, or 45,659 votes, with 98 percent reporting.

  • Jessica Kwong

    DEMOCRATS IN DA HOUSE

    Democrats clinched two more years as the majority in the House of Representatives, by securing at least 218 seats on Tuesday.

    While the Democratic Party could win several more seats as votes continue to be counted, its majority is likely to shrink from the 232 seats it currently has.

    A surge of Republicans voters prevented Democrats from gaining about 15 seats in the chamber of 435 members.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “we’ve lost some battles but we’ve won the war,” and rejoiced that “we have the gave, we have the gavel.”

    Republicans appear poised to keep control of the Senate, posing a hurdle for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    NEW ADMINISTRATION

    Biden said in a speech in Delaware that his team was pushing ahead with forming a new administration to take over on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, no matter what.

    “We're going to be going, moving along, in a consistent manner, putting together our administration, the White House, and reviewing who we're going to pick for the Cabinet positions, and nothing's going to stop that,” he said on Tuesday.

    Biden said it was an “embarrassment” that Trump has not conceded the election.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    LAWSUIT IN MICHIGAN

    Donald Trump's campaign said on Tuesday it would file a lawsuit in Michigan requesting the results of the US election in the state not be certified until it could be verified that votes were cast lawfully.

    The new lawsuit is the latest in a string of lawsuits the Trump campaign has filed in an effort to keep hopes of a second term for Trump alive after former Vice President Joe Biden became president-elect on Saturday.

    “We want to make sure that no vote tally includes fraudulently or unlawfully cast ballots,” Trump campaign attorney Matt Morgan told reporters on a conference call.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    KAMALA HARRIS SAYS HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA 'SHOULD BE A RIGHT'

    US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has said every vote for Joe Biden in the presidential election was a “statement that health care in America should be a right and not a privilege”.

    “Each and every vote for Joe Biden was a vote to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act, not to tear it away in the midst of a global pandemic.

    “And Joe Biden won the election decisively with more votes than have ever been cast in American history.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    NOT GIVING UP

    Donald Trump continues to say he will win a second term despite Joe Biden being declared President-Elect.

    He has been tweeting and saying “We will win” even though Biden passed the 270 Electoral College threshold needed to win the presidency.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TAOISEACH INVITES JOE BIDEN TO VISIT IRELAND DURING 'WARM' CALL

    The Taoiseach has invited US president-elect Joe Biden to visit Ireland.

    Micheal Martin said he held a “warm and engaging call” with Mr Biden, who spoke proudly of his Irish heritage.

    Mr Martin also said that the president-elect “underlined his commitment” to the Good Friday Agreement during the call on Tuesday.

    The call between the two men took place shortly after Mr Biden had spoken to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    Mr Martin congratulated Mr Biden and Kamala Harris on their “remarkable election victory”.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    NEARLY 80% OF AMERICANS SAY BIDEN WON THE WHITE HOUSE

    Nearly 80% of Americans, including more than half of Republicans, recognize President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the November election.

    While the race with Republican incumbent Donald Trump still remained undecided in three states by late Tuesday afternoon, Biden – who needed 270 Electoral College votes to win – had 279 of those votes to 214 for Trump, according to Edison Research.

    In the popular vote, Biden got 76.3 million, or 50.7% of the total, to 71.6 million, or 47.6%, for Trump.

    A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 70% of Americans, including 83% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans, trust their local election officials to “do their job honestly.”

    The poll also found that 72% think the loser of the election must concede defeat, and 60% think there will be a peaceful transition of power when Trump's term ends in January.

  • Debbie White

    POMPEO CONFIDENT OF 2ND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday voiced confidence that once every “legal” vote was counted in the election it would lead to the continuation of Donald Trump in charge of the White House.

    “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo told a State Department news conference.

    “We're going to count all the votes. The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is… successful today and successful when the president who's in office on January 20, a minute after noon, will also be successful,” he added.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    READY TO WORK

    Joe Biden has vowed to ease the “burden of health care” on Americans when he and Kamala Harris officially take office on January 20.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'NOTHING GOING TO STOP' HANDOVER OF POWER IN US, BIDEN SAYS

    Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the US government.

    Biden smiled when asked about comments by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicting a second Trump administration, as world leaders including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered the Democrat congratulations and pledged to work together.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TRUMP TROLLED BY LOSER.COM WEBSITE

    Donald Trump was mocked as the “loser.com” website now re-directs people to his Wikipedia page.

    After Joe Biden was announced as the President Elect last Saturday, the site began to link to Trump's bio page.

    You can read more here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BIDEN CALLS TRUMP'S REFUSAL TO CONCEDE ELECTION AN 'EMBARASSMENT'

    President-Elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he thinks it is an “embarrassment” that President Donald Trump has not conceded the election.

    Speaking at an event in Delaware, Biden added that the transition was well underway despite Trump's refusal to accept the election results, and that he hoped to put forward names for a least some Cabinet positions by Thanksgiving.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BIDEN'S WIN SEEN AS 'TURNING POINT' FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

    Joe Biden's election win is seen as a “tuning point” for affordable housing in the United States.

    Marion McFadden, a senior vice president with Enterprise, a national nonprofit, said: “This is poised to be a turning point for the level of investment in affordable housing.”

    Proposals include building millions of sustainable new homes, expanding a tax credit aimed at spurring the construction of affordable units and bolstering a key form of federal assistance to expand access to subsidized housing.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    ANDREW CUOMO SAYS HE 'WOULD'VE DECKED TRUMP' IF HE WASN'T GOVERNOR

    Andrew Cuomo said he “would've decked Donald Trump” if he wasn't governor over the “nasty things” the president said.

    The New York governor often came under fire for his handling of the coronavirus in the state by Trump.

    Speaking about the president's previous comments, Cuomo told Howard Stern on Monday: “I bit my tongue so many times I have tongue scars.

    “That was my job. If I wasn’t Governor of New York, I would’ve decked him. Period. He was attacking me. He was attacking my family. He was anti-Italian. He was every nasty thing.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TRUMP 'COULD EXPOSE NATIONAL SECRETS'

    White House officials fear Donald Trump will reveal national security secrets after he leaves office and becomes a private citizen in January, according to reports.

    Current and former officials believe that Trump's history of loose lips and his anger at the “deep state” conspiracy he believes cost him the 2020 election make him a huge counter-intelligence risk.

    The sitting president refuses to accept defeat and has repeatedly pushed unsubstantiated claims of the election being “rigged” against him.

    “Anyone who is disgruntled, dissatisfied or aggrieved is a risk of disclosing classified information, whether as a current or former officeholder. Trump certainly fits that profile,” former CIA officer David Priess told the Washington Post.

    As president, Trump has access to all classified government information and the authority to declassify and share any of it for any reason. He'll still have access to the classified records of his administration when he leaves, but he loses the ability to legally disclose them once Biden takes office in January, according to the Post.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    FAUCI DOESN'T PLAN TO LEAVE WHEN BIDEN STARTS

    Fauci was questioned about his role as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases when president-elect Joe Biden takes up his position in January.

    “I have no intention of leaving,” the doctor confirmed.

    “This is an important job, I've been doing it now for a very long time, I've been doing it under six presidents, it's an important job and my goal is to serve the American public no matter what the administration is.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BETTE MIDLER SLAMMED FOR MOCKING MELANIA TRUMP

    Actress Bette Midler has been slammed on social media for again mocking First Lady Melania Trump’s accent in a crude tweet after calling her an “illegal alien.”

    The tweet shows a photo of Trump on the phone with a Christmas tree behind her with the caption reading, “DO I STILL HAV TO DU DIS FU***** CHRISTMAS DING?”

    The Hawaiian-born actress posted the photo with no caption on the tweet and got some angry responses from Twitter users.

    One user said: “Are you seriously slating someone for their accent????”

    Another user responded to Midler and said: “She speaks 6 languages fluently, she is intelligent and has been given a raw deal by most people and all of the media. She does not deserve that or your rhetoric.”

    More on the story here

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