US President-elect Joe Biden has said the lack of information provided to his team by the Trump administration is “nothing short of irresponsible”. The Democrat said those working on the transition ahead of his inauguration next month were still not getting the defense and national security details they needed – more than a month after his election win was declared.
The Justice Department’s investigation scrutinizing Hunter Biden’s taxes has been examining some of his Chinese business dealings, among other financial transactions, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The revelation puts a renewed spotlight on the questions about his financial dealings that dogged his father’s successful White House campaign. Political adversaries including President Donald Trump accused the former vice president of benefitting from his son’s business.
US President-elect Joe Biden has chosen retired General Lloyd Austin as his defense secretary, US media report. If approved, the 67-year-old who retired in 2016 would become the first African-American to lead the Pentagon. He would need a congressional waiver as seven years are required between active duty and becoming military chief. Mr Biden has been facing calls including from Democratic Asian, Black and Latino caucuses to nominate minorities to senior cabinet posts.
The first Democrat to take the state since Bill Clinton in 1996, Biden wins its 16 electoral college votes as part of a victory by 306-232. The Associated Press called the race on Thursday evening following the recount, which election officials said reaffirmed Biden’s victory more than two weeks after election day. Trump has inched about 1,400 votes closer to Biden as a result, but remains the loser.
US President-elect Joe Biden has warned that “people may die” if his incoming administration continues to be impeded by incumbent Donald Trump. Mr Biden said co-ordination was needed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. He called President Trump’s refusal to acknowledge he lost the election, despite calls to do so from both sides, “totally irresponsible”. Yet Mr Trump, a Republican, tweeted on Monday: “I won the Election!”
China extended its first congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden on Friday, issuing a terse statement that contrasted with a fulsome and swift message from the country’s leader after President Donald Trump won four years ago. China was one of the last major countries to officially acknowledge that Biden became president-elect on Saturday. While Biden now counts with 290 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 217, the president has yet to concede the election.
In their first calls with Joe Biden since the U.S. election, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia on Thursday reaffirmed plans to form close ties with the president-elect to tackle issues including climate change and regional security. The three key Asian allies join other global leaders in recognizing the Democratic challenger’s Nov. 3 victory over incumbent Donald Trump, who has so far refused to concede.