Donald Trump latest news – Fury as Michigan REFUSES to certify election result before Republicans forced to back down

Donald Trump latest news – Fury as Michigan REFUSES to certify election result before Republicans forced to back down

MICHIGAN Republicans sparked fury last night by refusing to certify the US Election results that showed Joe Biden won the state.

Certifiers in Wayne County – the state's largest county blocked the move in a party-line vote that threatened to stall official approval of Biden’s victory in the key Rust Belt state.

Donald Trump tweeted his praise for the outrageous move, saying "Having courage is a beautiful thing. The USA stands proud!".

But within a matter of hours the certifiers were forced to back down and sign off on the result after a massive public outcry and vocal opposition from Michigan Democrats.

The news comes as it was revealed Trump will pull 2,000 troops from Afghanistan by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, bringing the number of soldiers there down from 4,500 to 2,500.

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  • Dan Keane

    MORE REACTION TO KREBS SACKING

    Reaction has poured in to the sacking of Chris Krebs from across the political spectrum.

    Republican senator Richard Burr, who until recently was chairman of the same committee, said Krebs and his team “worked diligently to strengthen our election infrastructure, helping to shore up vulnerabilities and build trust between State and Federal Governments.”

    Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, said Krebs was “deeply respected” and accused President Trump of firing him “for speaking truth to power and rejecting Trump's constant campaign of election falsehoods.”

  • Dan Keane

    MCCONNELL CALLS FOR 'ORDERLY TRANSITION'

    Mitch McConnell has called for an “orderly transition to the next administration”.

    The president's unfounded claims of voter fraud and his refusal to concede have meant key components of the handover to Biden and his team are yet to get underway.

    Asked about the issue yesterday, Senator McConnell said: “We're going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one.

    “What we all say about it is frankly irrelevant. All of it will happen right on time, and we will swear in the next administration on January 20th.”

  • Dan Keane

    SCHOOLS IN CHICAGO TO REOPEN

    Public schools in Chicago will resume in-person learning beginning in January, with officials saying remote learning instituted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic has not well-served many students.

    Officials said Tuesday that pre-kindergarten and students enrolled in intensive and moderate cluster classrooms will begin in-person learning on January 11.

    The school district will allow parents to decide whether they want their children to return to school.

  • Dan Keane

    DEM SENATOR SLAMS TRUMP FOR SACKING KREBS

    A Democrat Senator has slammed Donald Trump for sacking election official Chris Krebs, who rejected the President's unproven allegations of widespread voter fraud in the election.

    Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: “Chris Krebs is an extraordinary public servant and exactly the person Americans want protecting the security of our elections.

    “It speaks volumes that the president chose to fire him simply for telling the truth.”

  • Dan Keane

    BIDEN HOLDS CONVERSATION WITH INDIAN PRESIDENT

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first phone conversation with President-elect Joe Biden, the country's External Affairs Ministry announced today.

    Modi congratulated Biden during their conversation on Tuesday and they discussed their priorities, including containing the coronavirus pandemic, promoting access to affordable vaccines, tackling climate change and cooperating in the Indo-Pacific Region, the ministry said in a statement.

    The Indian President had earlier tweeted his congratulations to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Nov. 8.

  • Dan Keane

    TRUMP TO STAY IN DC FOR THANKSGIVING

    Donald Trump has canceled his annual Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago and will be staying in chilly Washington, DC, amid his desperate bid to overturn the presidential election.

    Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff, tweeted of their “holiday scheduling update” yesterday.

    “The @POTUS & @flotus will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the @WhiteHouse this year,” Grisham wrote.

  • Dan Keane

    IVANKA'S MAID OF HONOUR PENS SCATHING ARTICLE

    Ivanka Trump's former “best friend” has written a scathing article claiming the first daughter's impolite behavior as a kid led her to fully embrace her father's character.

    In a harsh betrayal written by her apparent former best friend, Lysandra Ohrstrom, Ivanka is described as a bratty person willing to blame others in order to evade trouble, and having made troubling remarks in private.

    “I watched her blow up her carefully curated image of refined privilege to embrace her father wholesale,” wrote Ohrstrom, a journalist who attended the all-girls private school Chapin with Ivanka in New York.

    She writes that she and Ivanka were close until immediately following the wedding, when Ohrstrom says their friendship distanced after Ivanka did not enough interest in her new occupation.

  • Dan Keane

    HOPES FOR SECOND ROUND OF STIMULUS TALKS

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked Republicans to restart coronavirus relief negotiations – bringing hope to a second round of stimulus checks.

    In a letter on Tuesday, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to the Senate leader: “We write to request that you join us at the negotiating table this week.”

    “So that we can work towards a bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 relief agreement to crush the virus and save American lives,” their letter continued.

    The two Democrats have been pushing the second round of the stimulus package that had passed the House but was struck down by McConnell once it reached the Senate.



  • Abe Hawken

    AMERICA'$ MAYOR

    Rudy Giuliani reportedly asked the Trump team for $20,000 per day to oversee the election 2020 court challenges.

    The attorney allegedly asked for the daily fee to pay for his legal work, multiple people briefed on the matter told the New York Times.

    However, Giuliani quickly denied the comments to the Times, telling them: “I never asked for $20,000.”

    He told the outlet that the president said he would be paid for the work after the cases were concluded.

  • Abe Hawken

    VICTORY BUMP

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham fist bumped VP-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday – despite publicly backing Donald Trump's claims that he won the presidential election.

    The Republican senator greeted the vice president-elect in a celebratory manner on the Senate floor despite Trump's refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden after winning the 2020 election.

    Graham's fist bump was followed by a seemingly friendly pat on Harris' back before walking away.

    He was among a handful of GOP senators who complimented the 56-year-old Democrat on her and Biden's victory.

  • Abe Hawken

    OUSTED

    Donald Trump has fired a top elections official after he said the 2020 election was the "most secure in American history."

    Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was fired by the president in a tweetstorm on Tuesday night.

    “The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting,” Trump tweeted.

    “Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, “glitches” in the voting machines which changed, votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more,” Trump continued.

    “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,” he ended.

  • Catherina Gioino

    TRUMP TO SPEND THANKSGIVING AT THE WHITE HOUSE

    White House Chief of Staff and press secretary for the First Lady, Stephanie Grisham tweeted that the president and First Lady would be spending Thanksgiving at the White House this year for the first time since Trump took office. For the last three years, he and his family have spent Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

  • Catherina Gioino

    SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY HAS COVID-19

    Republican Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa tweeted he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He has been a fervent opponent of mask mandates and has refused to wear a mask while in public settings.

    “I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon,” read his tweet.

  • Catherina Gioino

    IVANKA'S FORMER BFF WRITES A SCATHING ESSAY ABOUT HER

    Ivanka's former best friend, Lysandra Ohrstrom, wrote an essay alleging Ivanka's impolite character when they went to high school together has translated into her now working under her father.

    Ohrstrom made a number of claims against her former best friend, whom she stood as one of the maids of honor in Ivanka's wedding ceremony to Jared Kushner, including asking how teachers can afford to live in houses like the ones they saw when they watched movies.

    Read it here.

  • Catherina Gioino

    LINDSEY GRAHAM FIST-BUMPED VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT KAMALA HARRIS

    Graham, supporter of the president who publicly has backed Trump's claims he rightly won the election, was seen on the Senate floor fist-bumping Harris Tuesday afternoon.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    CHRIS KREBS' LAST TWEET AS CISA DIRECTOR

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BREAKING: TRUMP FIRES CHRIS KREBS

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    HOPE FOR SECOND ROUND OF $1,200 CHECKS

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked Republicans to restart coronavirus relief negotiations – bringing hope to a second round of stimulus checks.

    In a letter on Tuesday, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to the Senate leader: “We write to request that you join us at the negotiating table this week.”

    “So that we can work towards a bipartisan, bicameral Covid-19 relief agreement to crush the virus and save American lives,” their letter continued.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SHELTON BLOCKED IN SENATE FOR NOW

    The US Senate blocked President Donald Trump's controversial nomination of Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve's board on Tuesday.

    However, it left a path open for her potential confirmation in the coming weeks.

    Shelton, 66, a former economic adviser to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, has come under fire for inconsistent, controversial views, including an embrace of the gold standard and a shifting stance on interest rates as control of the White House passed from Democrat Barack Obama to Trump.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    …WHILE JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS MERCHANDISE GOES ON SALE

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    DONALD TRUMP SHIRTS ON CLEARANCE SALE

    Donald Trump shirts are on clearance sale at White House Gifts shop across the street from the actual White House in Washington DC.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WHITE HOUSE LASHES OUT AT SPECULATION ABOUT MELANIA'S DIVORCE

    The White House lashed out at “pathetic” speculation that Donald and Melania Trump were getting a divorce after the election.

    Melania, 50, is “counting every minute” until Trump leaves the White House so she can divorce him, an ousted former aide claimed.

    The couple have been plagued by rumors of a split and Melania has been repeatedly spotted rejecting Trump's attempts to hold her hand in public.

    Melania's Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham lambasted the Washington Post for casting doubt on the strength of their marriage after Melania supported her husband's baseless rigged election claims on Twitter.

    “This question is pathetic and exactly why people no longer trust the mainstream media,” Grisham raged. “No legitimate journalist would ask this.”

    You can read more here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS OF FRAUD

    Trump, the first US president to lose a re-election bid since 1992, has called the election “rigged,” has made unsubstantiated claims of widespread voting fraud and has falsely claimed victory.

    State election officials around the country have said they have found no such fraud.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BIDEN'S COVID TASK FORCE FEARS RESPONSE TO VIRUS COULD BE DELAYED

    Medical experts advising President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic fear that the federal government's delay in recognizing Biden's election victory could be compromising the US response to the virus, the experts said on Tuesday.

    Dr David Kessler, co-chair of Biden's Covid-19 task force, said the experts had not been able to discuss the pandemic with current administration officials or access real-time data, including on hospital bed capacity and stockpiled equipment.

    General Services Administrator Emily Murphy has not yet recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the November 3 election, which is needed to release government funding for the transition.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    'FAR FROM OVER'

    Dr Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona, has said “this election is far from over”.

    She said in a video: “Do not lose heart.

    “Do not allow the negativity and the fake news to bring you down. Arizona is in this fight 100 percent.

    “We are out to make sure that our elections in our state have integrity.”

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