Joe Biden has become the 46th US President, US media said, calling the raucous and bitterly-fought election that Donald Trump is yet to concede. Indian-origin Kamala Harris will become his Vice President.Biden was called the US President after he inched ahead of Trump in Pennsylvania, where a win will give him 290 Electoral College votes. He is also leading in Georgia and Nevada, where wins will take his tally to 306.Trump, who will become the first President since George HW Bush to serve a single term, has mounted a legal challenge, claiming without proof that mail-in ballots, which helped Biden win were prone to fraud.
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: China holding off sending congratulations in US election
China said Monday it has taken note of Joe Bidens declaration of victory in the U.S. presidential election but is holding off on sending any message of congratulations. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the result of the election would be determined under U.S. laws and procedures and that China would follow international practices in extending its sentiments. China has had a fractious relationship with President Donald Trump, characterized by growing friction over trade, technology and competition for influence in Asia and the world. Analysts say Biden will likely return ties to a less contentious state, although Beijing has stuck throughout the election to a position of not commenting directly on what it says is an internal American political issue.
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: 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.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: Kremlin says Putin won't congratulate Biden until challenges end
Russian President Vladimir Putin won't congratulate President-elect Joe Biden until legal challenges to the US election are resolved and the result is official, the Kremlin announced Monday. Putin is one of a handful of world leaders who have not commented on Bidens victory, which was called by major news organizations on Saturday. But President Donald Trump's team has promised legal action in the coming days and refused to concede his loss, while alleging large-scale voter fraud, so far without proof. When Trump won in 2016, Putin was prompt in offering congratulations but Trump's challenger in that election, Hillary Clinton, also conceded the day after the vote. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that this year is different. Obviously, you can see that certain legal procedures are coming there, which were announced by the incumbent president therefore this situation is different, so we consider it correct to wait for the official announcement, he said.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: Explainer: Citizen Donald Trump could face legal woes
Since taking office in January 2017, President Donald Trump has been besieged by civil lawsuits and criminal investigations of his inner circle. With Democrat Joe Biden capturing the presidency on Saturday, according to all major US television networks, Trump's legal woes are likely to deepen because in January he will lose the protections the US legal system affords to a sitting president, former prosecutors said.
Here are some of the lawsuits and criminal probes that may haunt Trump as he leaves office.
A New York prosecutor
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who enforces New York state laws, has been conducting a criminal investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization for more than two years. The probe originally focused on hush money payments that Trump's former lawyer and self-described fixer Michael Cohen paid before the 2016 election to two women who said they had sexual encounters with Trump, which the president has denied. Vance, a Democrat, has suggested in recent court filings that his probe is now broader and could focus on bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records.
Justice Department probe?
Trump could conceivably face a criminal prosecution brought by the US. Department of Justice, led by a new US Attorney General.
Some legal experts have said Trump could face federal income tax evasion charges, pointing to a New York Times report that Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017.
New York civil fraud investigation
New York's Attorney General, Letitia James, has an active tax fraud investigation into Trump and his family company, the Trump Organization. The inquiry by James, a Democrat, began after Trump's former lawyer Cohen told Congress the president inflated asset values to save money on loans and insurance and deflated them to reduce real estate taxes. The Trump Organization has argued the case is politically motivated. The inquiry is a civil investigation, meaning it could result in financial penalties but not jail time.
E JEan Carroll
E Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine writer, sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after the president denied Carroll's allegation that he raped her in the 1990s in a New York department store and accused her of lying to drum up sales for a book. In August, a state judge allowed the case to go forward, meaning Carroll's lawyers could seek a DNA sample from Trump to match against a dress she said she wore at the store. A federal judge in Manhattan rejected a bid by the U.S. Justice Department to substitute the federal government for Trump as defendant in the case. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said that Trump did not make his statements about Carroll in the scope of his employment as president.
Trump also faces a lawsuit by Summer Zervos, a 2005 contestant on Trump's reality television show "The Apprentice", who says Trump kissed her against her will at a 2007 meeting and later groped her at a hotel. After Trump called Zervos a liar, she sued him for defamation. Trump said he is immune from the lawsuit because he is president. The case has been on hold while a New York state appeals court reviewed a March 2019 decision that Trump had to face the case while he is in office. Trump's immunity argument would no longer apply once he is out of office.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: US President-elect Joe Biden says many more months before widespread vaccination in US
Last night, my public health advisors were informed of this excellent news. I congratulate the brilliant women and men who helped produce this breakthrough and to give us such cause for hope. At the same time, it is also important to understand that the end of the battle against COVID-19 is still months away. This news follows a previously announced timeline by industry officials that forecast vaccine approval by late November. Even if that is achieved, and some Americans are vaccinated later this year, it will be many more months before there is widespread vaccination in this country. This is why the head of the CDC warned this fall that for the foreseeable future, a mask remains a more potent weapon against the virus than the vaccine. Today's news does not change this urgent reality. Americans will have to rely on masking, distancing, contact tracing, hand washing, and other measures to keep themselves safe well into next year. Today’s news is great news, but it doesn't change that fact. America is still losing over 1,000 people a day from COVID-19, and that number is rising -- and will continue to get worse unless we make progress on masking and other immediate actions. That is the reality for now, and for the next few months. Today's announcement promises the chance to change that next year, but the tasks before us now remain the same.
Nov 9, 2020
STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: Here are the top stories at a glance
White House and a nonpartisan institution are asking President Donald Trump to cooperate with an orderly transition of power, despite his false claims that the election was stolen. Those requests have thrust into the spotlight a little-known agency called the General Services Administration, which is tasked with formally beginning the transition from one administration to another based on all available facts.
Referendum on Trump: The 2020 presidential election has officially hit the highest turnout in more than 50 years. The turnout rate in last weeks presidential election eclipsed the 61.6% of voting age Americans who voted in the 2008 election. It has the highest turnout rate since 1968 62% as of Sunday. As new votes are still slowly tallied, that rate will continue to creep higher.
Biden's new fight: As he begins his transition to the presidency, Biden is pivoting from a bitter campaign battle to a more pressing fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the world's most powerful nation harder than any other. The U.S. is now averaging more than 100,000 new infections a day, and the death toll is soaring. Biden will announce Monday a task force of public health experts to help his administration prepare to take on the virus.
Mangled economy: Biden will inherit a mangled U.S. economy one that never fully healed from the coronavirus and could suffer again as new infections are climbing. It will in some ways be a reprise of when Biden became vice president at the depths of the financial crisis in 2008-09, with possibly fewer tools and less political leverage to press an agenda to corral the virus and stoke economic growth.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: Indian shares close at record high as Joe Biden wins election
Indian markets closed at a record high on Monday as Democrat Joe Biden's win in the U.S. election led to a weaker dollar, fuelling hopes for more fund inflows into emerging markets, with domestic IT stocks gaining after a report said the President-elect planned to ease policy on work visas. The Nifty closed up 1.61% and the Sensex index ended 1.68% higher. Both the indexes rose to all-time highs during the session, scaling 42,645.33 and 12,474.05, respectively. The dollar hit a 10-week low on Monday as investors heralded Joe Biden's election as U.S. president, raising expectations that a calmer White House could boost global trade and foster easy monetary policy. The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 49 countries, rose 0.5%.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election Results 2020 LIVE Updates: How and when will Trump leave office?
The United States has a long history of peaceful transfers of power that is likely to continue despite President Donald Trump's attacks on the legitimacy of the election result, national security experts said.
Here is what to expect in the weeks and months to come.
Does Trump face a deadline to leave office?
Yes. The U.S. presidential election is not formally over. Electors - party loyalists who typically pledge to support the candidate who gets the most votes in their state - will convene on Dec. 14 to formally cast their votes. The newly seated Congress accepts the results from the Electoral College on Jan. 6. If Biden wins the Electoral College vote, as expected, he will be sworn in at noon on Jan. 20 — a date set in the Constitution.
Can Biden transition into power over Trump's objections?
Yes. Trump has only so much power to slow Biden's transition.
A law called the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 makes career civil servants vital to the transfer of power. They face deadlines for providing data and access to incoming officials.
Under the law, the transition process will shift into high gear once a federal agency called the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which manages federal buildings, names an apparent winner of the election. At that point, the incoming president's team can obtain briefing books, tap into funds, and send representatives to visit government agencies.
On Sunday, experts in transitions sent a letter to the GSA's administrator, Emily Murphy, urging her to recognize Biden as the winner.
"While there will be legal disputes requiring adjudication, the outcome is sufficiently clear that the transition process must now begin," the letter from the Center for Presidential Transition said.
The GSA said in a statement on Saturday it "ascertains the apparent successful candidate once a winner is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution."
Political scientists told Reuters they are optimistic about the resilience of this legal framework.
Despite the animosity between Trump and Biden on the campaign trail, the Trump administration earlier this year complied with statutory requirements for providing federal office space and government resources to the Biden campaign.
Government officials take an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. This oath would require recognizing Biden as the incoming president if he wins the Electoral College, regardless of what Trump says, said Robert Chesney, a professor of national security law at the University of Texas.
"I find it very hard to believe the military, the Secret Service, the FBI, or any other relevant part of the bureaucracy would go along with Trump if the Electoral College or a court says otherwise," said Chesney.
Would the military kick trump out if he refuses to leave?
Two U.S. army veterans raised the possibility of the military forcefully removing Trump in an "open letter" to the top U.S. general, Mark Milley, in August.
"If Donald Trump refuses to leave office at the expiration of his constitutional term, the United States military must remove him by force, and you must give that order," stated the letter, published in Defense One and written by John Nagl, a retired Army officer, and Paul Yingling, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.
But others have said such a move would be better left to the U.S. Secret Service, citing a bedrock U.S. legal principle that military personnel should stay out of domestic law enforcement matters.
"We have constitutional processes for dealing with this, and the military is nowhere in that equation," said Kori Schake, a director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute.
If Trump truly refused to leave the White House, on Jan. 20 he would become a "trespasser," Chesney said.
"The Secret Service would come and escort him out," he said.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: EU holds 'great expectations' for president-elect Biden in trade
The European Union has “great expectations” of a new U.S. president and hopes the United States will re-engage in multilateral trade talks, EU officials said on Monday. EU ministers responsible for trade were meeting by video conference on Monday, two days after Democrat Joe Biden clinched the presidency. President Donald Trump, with whom Europe has had strained relations, has not conceded and is making legal challenges to the outcome of the Nov. 3 election. “There are great expectations and the hope that the American presidential elections will lead to a return to multilateral engagement in international trade and that it will be possible to overcome past conflicts,” German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told a news conference before the ministers met.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Kremlin wants final U.S. election vote count before congratulating anyone
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. In the vote’s run-up, Putin had appeared to hedge his bets, frowning on Biden’s anti-Russian rhetoric but welcoming his comments on nuclear arms control. Putin had also defended Biden’s son, Hunter, against criticism from Trump. 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.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Trump faces calls to work with Biden team on transition
President Donald Trump is facing pressure to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden'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 recognizing 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.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Wall Street set to jump after Biden election win
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply higher open on Monday after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner in a highly contentious election. Shares in both Europe and Asia surged today with MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside of Japan up 1.4% after a 6.2% gain in the prior week, its best weekly performance in five months. Japan's Nikkei hit a 29-year high while European indexes rose by up to 1.5%.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Do catch our special programme, US Votes, at 7:30 pm today
CNBC-TV18's Parikshit Luthra will be joined by the former advisor to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who was special envoy on international energy affairs, Amos Hochstein. Also, on the show will be Syed Akbaruddin, Former Indian Ambassador to the United Nations.
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: As Biden readies for White House, can 2021 be India's new 1991?
As I write , it seems Joe Biden has the vote. The recent rally in the market makes it amply clear that the street is happy about Biden sitting in the White House and Republicans dominating the Senate. So, what does this scenario spell? As many have pointed out, tension between the houses will likely crimp the size of a proposed Biden stimulus package (remember Republicans favour a smaller stimulus), it will likely lead to easing of visa restrictions (positive for Indian IT services) and lead to some thaw in US-China relations—with it likely scaling down from a full-fledged trade war to a battle on key fronts . Biden favours free trade and lower tariffs, but the Republicans likely won’t allow him to go very far on easing up on China, besides there is widespread sentiment backing an anti-China stance. This too is good for India, as it keeps the China + 1 theme firmly in play. Continue Reading
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Biden goes to church, Trump hits golf course after US election result
A day after becoming the President-elect, Joe Biden went to a church for Sunday prayers, while outgoing US President Donald Trump headed to a golf course in a Virginia suburb. Biden, 77, drove down to the St. Joseph, a historic Roman Catholic church complex, in New Castle County in Delaware. He was joined by his daughter Ashley Biden and his grandson Hunter. Trump, 74, after a series of tweets on Sunday morning, headed to his golf course in a Virginia suburb of Washington DC. A handful of demonstrators lined the sidewalks near the entrance of the golf course. Some of them held placards reading: "ORANGE CRUSHED"; "TRUMPTY DUMPTY HAD A GREAT FALL". There were also a few pro-Trump signboards. Trump was playing golf on Saturday when major US news networks announced that he had lost the US election to his Democratic rival Biden. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Sunday morning tweeted a video clip from her victory speech a night earlier in which she talked about her Indian mother. "I'm thinking about my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, and the generations of Black women who came before me who believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible," Harris tweeted.
Nov 9, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Former White House officials urge cooperative transition
A bipartisan group from the last three White Houses is urging the Trump administration to move forward to immediately begin the post-election transition process. The call from the Centre for Presidential Transition advisory board comes as the General Services Administration has yet to formally recognise Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect. That's a necessary move to free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden's team to begin putting in place the transition process at agencies. This was a hard-fought campaign, but history is replete with examples of presidents who emerged from such campaigns to graciously assist their successors, members of the advisory board said in a statement. The statement was signed by Bush White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and Health and Human Services secretary Michael Leavitt as well as Bill Clinton-era chief of staff Thomas Mack McLarty and Obama Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
Nov 8, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: World leaders hope for fresh start after Biden win
In Asia, the elected leaders of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan invoked “shared values” with Washington and expressed hope for close relations.
There was no immediate official reaction from Beijing, which is mired in conflicts with the Trump administration over trade, security and technology. But Chinese social media users welcomed the change. A post on the Sina Weibo microblog service, signed Gong Teng Xin Yi, said, “Congratulating Biden, the old friend of Chinese people on winning the election.”
There also was no immediate reaction from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was friendly with Trump. Other leaders who supported Trump, including President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, congratulated Biden, indicating they rejected Trump’s claim the election wasn’t over.
Most Western allies welcomed a fresh start with Washington. Many have been dismayed at Trump’s criticism of decades-old military and economic alliances.
“We want to work in our cooperation for a new trans-Atlantic beginning, a New Deal,” said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Twitter.
“I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was the target of personal insults by Trump, said on Twitter.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia told reporters he looked forward to a “great partnership” with Washington. He cited challenges including the coronavirus and “ensuring a free and open” Indo-Pacific region, a reference to China’s disputes with its neighbors over control of vast tracts of ocean.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, another Trump ally, said he looked forward to “working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
While outspoken disappointment was scarce, several prominent leaders who have maintained warm relations with Trump’s administration kept silent.
That included President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would wait “until all the issues are resolved.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose Twitter profile photo shows him sitting beside Trump, described Biden as a friend of Israel and said he looked forward to working with him and Harris to “strength the special alliance” between their countries. In a separate statement, he thanked Trump for raising U.S.-Israeli relations to “unprecedented heights.”
Nov 8, 2020
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Jared Kushner approaches Trump about conceding, says report
CNN has reported via sources that Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has approached him about conceding the election.
Nov 8, 2020
One of the questions I'm more intrigued by is whether polls missed Trump support among lower-propensity Hispanic (and perhaps also Black) voters. These voters can be hard to get on the phone and/or may be screened out by likely voter models.
US Election 2020 Results LIVE Updates: Biden launching teams to review federal agencies
US President-elect Joe Biden will launch an agency review teams this coming week. It's the group of transition staffers that have access to key agencies in the current administration to smooth the transfer of power. The teams will collect and review information such as budgetary and staffing decisions, pending regulations and other work in progress from the current staff at the federal departments.
Nov 8, 2020
Indian IT industry looks forward to working together with new US administration
Nasscom on Sunday welcomed Joe Biden's win in the US Presidential election, and said the Indian IT industry looks forward to working with the new administration in pivoting technology, skills and digital transformation for the US. The US is the biggest market for the Indian IT sector, accounting for a lion's share of the industry's revenue.
Nov 8, 2020
Kamala Harris as vice president was long overdue: Biden
US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he would be honoured to be serving with a "fantastic vice president" Kamala Harris, who scripted history by becoming the first woman and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country.
Nov 8, 2020
Rolling back Trump's rollbacks: Biden seen reversing climate deregulation
Joe Biden could erase much of President Donald Trump’s four-year legacy of energy and climate deregulation with the stroke of his pen, according to regulatory experts, but replacing it with something new and durable may prove trickier. Trump’s rollbacks are on shaky ground because most were done not through Congressional lawmaking but via presidential executive orders that can be easily torn up by a new administration. That means signature measures ranging from the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement to the easing of vehicle emissions targets could vanish fast.
Nov 8, 2020
Biden administration likely to provide US citizenship to over 500,000 Indians
US President-elect Joe Biden will work towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, and will also establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees annually.
Nov 8, 2020
Black leaders greet Biden win
President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was celebrated by civil rights activists and Black leaders who warned that a tough road lies ahead to address America’s persistent inequalities and the racial division that Donald Trump fueled during his presidency.