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Trump leaves the White House for the last time, hours before Biden's inauguration

Donald Trump has left the White House for the last time of his presidency, hours before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Trump boarded Marine One accompanied by Melania Trump and left for the Joint Base Andrews where he's attending his departure ceremony.

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Biden announces that United States will re-join the Paris climate agreement

Immediately after his inauguration, future U.S. President Joe Biden plans to implement about a dozen measures that also represent his promised departure from Donald Trump's course. Among other things, Biden will reverse Trump's entry ban on citizens from several predominantly Muslim countries on Wednesday and lead the U.S. back into the Paris climate agreement, future White House chief of staff Ronald Klain said Saturday.

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Matthew Pottinger, Mick Mulvaney, Stephanie Grisham and other White House staffers resign after violent protests

Various Trump administration staffers resigned following the violent protests of Pro-Trump supporters at the US Capitol Wednesday.

Among those who resigned are President Donald Trump's former acting chief of staff and U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney, deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger, White House social secretary Anna Cristina "Rickie" Niceta, White House Council of Economic Advisers Tyler Goodspeed and First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff and a former press secretary to the president Stephanie Grisham.

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Pence receives Covid-19 vaccine publically
Pence receives Covid-19 vaccine publically
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Together with his wife Karen, Mike Pence has been vaccinated against the corona virus. It is a "medical miracle" that the first vaccine is now being administered in states across the country, said the US Vice President.

He said that by vaccinating themselves, he and his wife wanted to reassure the American people that the vaccine was safe and effective despite its rapid development. "Karen and I hope that this step today will be a source of confidence and comfort to the American people," Pence said.

The US government's top health official, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, also got vaccinated at the White House event.

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Trump announces resignation of AG William Barr
Trump announces resignation of AG William Barr
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Attorney General William Barr will resign next week, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter shortly after the Electoral College confirmed Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Barr has been one of Trump's closet allies, advancing the president's political agenda and carried the administration's "law and order" message, but later lost his standing with Trump after declaring that the claims that the election was littered with fraud were unfounded.

"Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family," so Trump on Twitter, adding that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become Acting Attorney General.

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U.S. Treasury emails hacked by suspected Russian hackers
U.S. Treasury emails hacked by suspected Russian hackers
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Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments. The hack is so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Saturday.

Health
USA approves Pfizer BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine
USA approves Pfizer BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency approval Friday evening to the vaccine made by Mainz-based biotech company Biontech and its partner Pfizer.

The Washington Post reported that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Hahn on Friday to resign if the vaccine, made by Mainz-based Biontech and its U.S. partner Pfizer, is not approved before the end of the day (local time).

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Biden introduces health team that will lead Covid-19 response
Biden introduces health team that will lead Covid-19 response
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President-elect Joe Biden has introduced his health team alongside his three Covid-19 priorities for his first 100 days in office: urging Americans to wear masks, committing to administer 100 million Covid-19 vaccines and reopening a majority of schools by the end of that timeframe – a plan that was developed with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Biden has nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Health and Human Services Department and, if elected, would be the first Latino to serve as the head of the department and Dr Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. Jeff Zients, a veteran of the Obama administration, will be the White House coordinator of the Covid-19 response.

Alongside Fauci, the other medical doctors selected are infectious-disease specialist Rochelle Walensky to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Yale epidemiologist Marcella Nunez-Smith to head a working group to ensure fair and equitable distribution of vaccines and treatments.

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Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
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President Donald Trump has said he would leave the White House on January 20 if the Electoral College declares President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

When asked whether he would leave the White House, Trump responded: "Certainly I will. And you know that. If they do, they made a mistake." He added that it would be "a very hard thing to concede" under the current circumstances and again claimed that the "election was a fraud" without giving concrete evidence.

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White House gives approval for Biden to receive President's Daily Brief
An Economic Daily Briefing meeting in the Oval Office, March 11, 2009.
An Economic Daily Briefing meeting in the Oval Office, March 11, 2009. Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The White House has formally approved for President-elect Joe Biden to receive the President's Daily Brief. The classified intelligence briefing typically contains information about pressing national security issues. It's unclear when Biden will receive his first briefing.

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US considers lifting entry bans for Europeans
Cologne Bonn Airport in April 2020
Cologne Bonn Airport in April 2020 Credit: © Raimond Spekking (via Wikimedia Commons) (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Reuters reports that the White House is considering lifting travel bans for Brazil, UK, Ireland and numerous European countries. Even though President Trump has not made a final decision on the matter, the White House coronavirus task-force, as well as public health and federal agencies, back the plan to reopen the borders for international travel.

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General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden's team that they can begin formal transition process
General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden's team that they can begin formal transition process
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Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration, informed President-elect Joe Biden and his team in a letter on Monday that her office is ready to begin the formal presidential transition.

"Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official -- including those who work at the White House or GSA -- with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination," so Murphy, adding she did not make a decision "out of fear or favoritism."

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Biden to announce his firs cabinet picks on Tuesday
Biden to announce his firs cabinet picks on Tuesday
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President-elect Joe Biden is set to announce his first cabinet appointments on Tuesday, his incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday in an interview on ABC’s “This Week".

Klain further added that the inauguration events on January 20 would be downsized due to Covid-19 and involve virtual aspects similar to the Democratic National Convention in August.

"Obviously this is not going to be the same kind of inauguration we had in the past. We know people want to celebrate. There is something here to celebrate. We just want to find a way to do that as safely as possible," so Klain.

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Over 130 Secret Service officers in quarantine or infected with Covid-19 after traveling with Trump's campaign
Over 130 Secret Service officers in quarantine or infected with Covid-19 after traveling with Trump's campaign
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According to three people familiar with agency staffing, over 130 officers of the Secret Service that are tasked with protecting the White House and President Donald Trump have been ordered to quarantine. An undisclosed number of these officers have tested positive for Covid-19 or been in contact with co-workers who are infected.

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Biden picks Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff
Ron Klain (left)
Ron Klain (left) Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

President-elect Joe Biden has named Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative, a lawyer and a decades-long confidant, as his White House chief of staff. Klain has served as a top aide to Biden since the 1980s, was a senior White House aide to Barack Obama and also VP Al Gore's chief of staff.

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US election: Donald Trump claims 'major fraud' as vote-count continues
US election: Donald Trump claims 'major fraud' as vote-count continues
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US President Donald Trump claimed that the available results of the election are a "major fraud" on the American public as he addressed his supporters early Wednesday morning at the White House.

His cushioned remarks fell short, however, of an outright declaration of victory — a prospect that raised concern in the days leading up to Tuesday's election. Trump pledged to involve the US Supreme Court in evaluating unfavourable election results, and called for "all voting to stop" although polls had already closed.

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At least five of VP Pence's aides test positive for Covid-19
At least five of VP Pence's aides test positive for Covid-19
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At least five of Vice President Pence's aides have tested positive for Covid-19, including his chief of staff Marc Short, aide Zach Bacher and adviser Marty Obst. According to Pence's spokesman Devin O'Malley, Pence was in close contact with Short but won't quarantine as he tested negative and is considered "essential personnel."

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Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
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Barack Obama condemned President Donald Trump in a speech on Wednesday at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden as "the next 13 days will matter for decades to come."

"Philadelphia, we got 13 days — 13 days until the most important election of our lifetimes. And you don't have to wait for Nov. 3 to cast your ballot," Obama said.

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," he added. "Here's the truth. I want to be honest here. This pandemic would have been challenging for any president. But this idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this up is just not true."

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Barron Trump tested positive for Covid-19 along with President and First Lady but had no symptoms
Barron Trump tested positive for Covid-19 along with President and First Lady but had no symptoms
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Barron Trump tested positive for coronavirus during the time President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were sick. The White House initially said he had tested negative after both of his parents tested positive earlier this month.

The first lady said in a statement Wednesday that subsequent testing showed Barron had also come down with Covid-19 but had no symptoms.

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White House aide Stephen Miller tests positive for Covid-19

White House aide Stephen Miller confirmed Tuesday that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been self-isolating for the past five days.

"Over the last 5 days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine," so Miller in a statement.

His wife Katie Miller, who is Vice President Pence's communications director, has tested negative on Tuesday morning. Mrs Miller had Covid-19 several months ago.