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US President Joe Biden publishes tax return
Unlike Donald Trump's predecessor, US President Joe Biden continues to publish his annual tax return. Biden and his wife Jill earned an income of a good 600,000 US dollars in 2020 (around 500,000 euros). The couple paid a good $ 157,000 in income tax to the federal government and paid another $ 29,000 in their home state of Delaware, the White House announced on Monday.
With the publication of the tax return, Biden followed the political customs in the USA. The political side-entrant Trump, who had made his fortune primarily with real estate business, had always refused to accept this tradition as president and fought in court to the end to keep his tax payments secret.
US Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff reported an income of $ 1.7 million for 2020, on which they paid a total of around $ 800,000 in taxes. For the former senator and her husband, a successful lawyer, the income in the election year was significantly lower than in 2019. At that time, the two had a total income of just under 3.3 million dollars. For the former Senator and Vice President Biden, 2019 was a better year financially: At that time, he and his wife Jill reportedly still had an income of a good 985,000 dollars.
Because of the recent clashes, the US embassy in Israel has banned its employees from being in the old city of Jerusalem until Sunday. The embassy staff in the city center and in East Jerusalem will be advised until then to stay at home between 7 p.m. local time and 8 a.m., the US embassy said in a note on the security situation on Monday. Embassy employees across the country are urged to stay away from crowds and major events, it said.
In Jerusalem there had recently been violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians on the Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif / The Noble Sanctuary) and in the Old City.
US President Joe Biden used the anniversary of the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden to justify the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. You can read everything about this here.
The USA rules out a military confrontation with China. (Image: Keystone)
Despite rising tensions between the US and China, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ruled out a military confrontation, according to a media report.
"It is deeply against the interests of both China and the United States to get to this point or even to take this direction," Blinken said in an interview with the broadcaster CBS on Monday when asked whether the US government is on a military basis Confrontation with the People's Republic.
“What we have seen in recent years, however, is that China is acting more repressively domestically and more aggressively abroad. That is a fact. "
The self-proclaimed nuclear power North Korea has accused US President Joe Biden of a serious mistake and threatened with consequences because of his warning about its nuclear weapons program. The main point of the US's new North Korea policy has now become clear, said the head of the US affairs department at the North Korean State Department, Kwon Jong Gun, on Sunday, referring to Biden's first speech as President to the US Congress a few days ago . In it, Biden described North Korea as a "serious threat" to the security of the US and the world.
Kwon described Biden's remarks as intolerable. Kwon was quoted by the state media as saying that Biden had “made a gross mistake in the light of today's perspective”. North Korea will be forced to take appropriate measures, "and in time the US will find itself in a very serious situation."
North Korea says Biden made “a gross mistake” in his speech when he described the country as a “serious threat” to the security of the United States and the world. (Image: Keystone)
As is customary in Pyongyang, Kwon accused the US of hostile policies and "constant nuclear blackmail." Kwon portrayed the development of nuclear weapons by his country as a right to self-defense.
North Korea is subject to harsh international sanctions because of its nuclear program. Among other things, the country is also developing long-haul rates, which the USA in particular perceives as a danger.
Biden's comments on North Korea came before a new policy on Pyongyang was published. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki recently confirmed that the policy review was now complete. The new policy is "an appropriate, practical approach to diplomacy with North Korea, with the aim of eliminating the threat to the US," the Washington Post quoted a senior US government official on Friday. Details were initially not known.
According to media reports, US investigators searched the New York residence of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani because of his role in the Ukraine affair. The "New York Times" as well as the TV channels CNN and NBC reported on Wednesday, citing anonymous sources, of the actions of the authorities against the 76-year-old, in which, among other things, electronic items were confiscated.
First, the "New York Times" had made the search in Manhattan's Upper East Side and in Giuliani's office in New York public. It is related to his involvement in the Ukraine affair, which led to the first impeachment proceedings against ex-President Donald Trump for abuse of power.
The camp of Trump, who was voted out in November, had tried to link presidential rival Joe Biden to alleged dubious deals of his son Hunter in Ukraine. Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani played a key role in the venture and unsuccessfully urged Ukrainian authorities to investigate the Bidens.
In view of the tense security situation in Afghanistan, the US State Department has ordered the withdrawal of diplomats from the embassy in Kabul. All embassy employees who could also carry out their tasks from another location are affected by the order from Tuesday, according to an updated travel advice on Afghanistan. The ministry did not provide any information about how many diplomats are to leave and how many are to remain in the Afghan capital.
International troops will officially begin withdrawing from Afghanistan on May 1st. US President Joe Biden has set the goal that the withdrawal should be completed by September 11th at the latest. For Afghanistan, the US State Department's travel advice has the highest warning level four - “do not travel”. Germany is the second largest provider of troops after the USA; there are currently 1,100 soldiers there.
Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga attended a virtual climate meeting hosted by the US special envoy for the climate, John Kerry. As part of 40 heads of state, she welcomed the US re-entry into the Paris Agreement.
Sommaruga also emphasized the importance of ambitious climate targets for all countries, as the Department for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC) announced on Friday.
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Council President Charles Michel has announced a special EU summit for May 25 and an EU-US summit with President Joe Biden for June. The special summit of EU heads of state and government in Brussels in May will deal with the corona pandemic, climate protection and relations with Russia, as Michel's spokesman announced on Twitter.
Biden is coming to Brussels for the NATO summit on June 14th. During this visit, the top meeting with the EU will also take place, as Michel and EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter. They also named corona, climate, security and multilateralism as topics.
The US House of Representatives voted with a majority of Democrats in favor of granting the state capital Washington State. 216 MPs supported the plan to accept Washington as the 51st state in the United States on Thursday. 208 MPs voted against it. No Republican in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Democratic move. In the Senate - the second chamber in Congress - the bill has little chance of success because it would require several Republican votes. Read all about it here.
With a new climate protection target for 2030 and an international summit, the USA has reported back on the global stage in the fight against global warming. At an online meeting with 40 heads of state and government in the White House, US President Joe Biden called for quick action to contain the climate crisis. He himself announced new steps: The US wants to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least half compared to 2005 by the end of the decade. The exact goal is to reduce emissions at the macroeconomic level by 50 to 52 percent. Amid great international tension, Biden also brought the heads of government of Russia and China to the table.
With the new climate target, the USA is fulfilling a requirement of the Paris Climate Agreement, in which Biden had returned the country on the first day in office. His predecessor Donald Trump had left the agreement. It stipulates that the signatory states improve their climate targets every five years. At the World Climate Conference in Glasgow in November, all partners should officially do this. You can read all the background information here.
At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, 40 heads of state and government will meet with him for an online climate summit on Thursday and Friday. As the first major foreign policy initiative within the first 100 days of his tenure, Biden emphasizes that his administration wants to put climate change at the center of US foreign and security policy.
At the start (8:00 a.m. local time / 2:00 p.m. CEST), Biden will give a speech. The heads of state and government of the most important national economies will then be discussed. In addition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping have confirmed their participation. There are also top politicians from countries that are particularly affected by the effects of climate change, such as Kenya and Jamaica.
On Thursday, according to the White House, among other things, goals to curb climate change and financing issues will be at stake. On Friday, the focus will be on the importance of innovation and technology for the fight against climate change as well as the economic opportunities that are associated with it.
Despite his promise to take in more refugees this year, US President Joe Biden is initially sticking to the upper limit set by his predecessor Donald Trump. He had lowered the limit several times, most recently to 15,000 refugees. In mid-February, Biden's government had told Congress that the limit should be raised to 62,500 people for the current fiscal year. On Friday (local time), however, Biden only ordered a change in the criteria of origin so that the upper limit imposed by Trump can at least be exhausted. The Democrats then met with a lot of criticism from the left wing of his party as well as from human rights activists - and there followed a U-turn.
In the face of criticism, the White House said there had been "some confusion" on the matter. The system for accepting refugees has been so deeply eroded by Republican Trump that the goal originally set by Biden seems out of reach for the time being. The president wants to set a new upper limit for the remaining months up to and including September by 15 May at the latest, said Biden's spokeswoman Jen Psaki. The aim of Friday's order was simply to enable additional recordings from certain regions immediately.
Despite the new sanctions against Russia, US President Joe Biden does not want to further exacerbate tensions with Moscow, he said. "The US is not out to initiate a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia," said Biden on Thursday in the White House. At the same time he warned: "If Russia continues to interfere in our democracy, I am ready to take further measures." The sanctions now imposed could have been tougher, said Biden. But he decided to react "proportionately".
Biden said the US and Russia have consistently been able to “find ways to manage tensions and keep them from spiraling out of control. There are also areas where Russia and the United States can and should work together. " The US President referred to the extension of the “New Start” disarmament treaty with Russia at the beginning of his term of office.
US President Joe Biden wants to defuse the tense situation with Russia. (Image: Keystone)
Hacker attacks and meddling in the US elections in retaliation for Russia had previously expelled ten Russian diplomats and imposed a number of new sanctions. The White House said on Thursday that there are five employees of Russian secret services among the diplomats at the Washington mission. The Russian State Department called the actions of the American side "unacceptable" and announced a sharp reaction.
Biden had proposed a summit meeting in a third country in a phone call on Tuesday, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, the US President said his proposal should hold such a meeting in Europe in the summer. It remains to be seen whether Putin will accept the invitation. The Kremlin said that sanctions were not helpful for such summit plans. In the end, however, the heads of state would have to decide for themselves whether they would meet.
According to the White House, US President Joe Biden will receive his South Korean colleague Moon Jae In in Washington in the second half of May. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday that a specific date has not yet been set. The visit serves, among other things, to underline the alliance between the two countries. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon boss Lloyd Austin traveled to Seoul last month. Austin had emphasized that the US alliance with South Korea had "never been more important in view of the unprecedented challenges posed by North Korea and China."
As the first foreign head of government since taking office on January 20, Biden receives Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the White House on Friday. The visit underlined the "friendship and partnership with the Japanese people," said the US government. Biden's meeting with Suga comes against the backdrop of China's increasing drive for power in the Indo-Pacific region, ongoing tensions over North Korea's nuclear program, and US efforts to curb China's influence. Blinken and Austin had been in Tokyo before their visit to Seoul in March.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has defended President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw American soldiers from Afghanistan by September 11th.
Together with the allies, the goals that had been set were achieved, he said on Wednesday on the sidelines of a conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the alliance headquarters in Brussels. Now it is time to bring the troops home. The main goal of NATO's operation in Afghanistan was that the country should never again become a haven for terrorists who could attack NATO countries.
The Afghan side had previously expressed great disappointment about the US decision. It is the "most irresponsible and egotistical" thing America could do to its Afghan partners, said a member of the negotiating team at the peace talks in Doha, who did not want to be named, told the DPA news agency.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR wants to help Mexico cope with the sharp rise in the number of migrants. According to a statement on Tuesday, this includes support in expanding the capacities to process asylum applications.In addition, two new migrant hostels are to be built in Mexico this year - one in the north and one in the south of the country. They should offer space for a total of 180 people and be operated by private organizations.
According to figures from the US border protection agency, CBP, around 172,000 people were apprehended when attempting to enter the southern border with Mexico in March - 71 percent more than in February. These included almost 19,000 unaccompanied minors. Families and single adults are largely expelled by the US authorities, unaccompanied children are not.
The Kremlin has reacted cautiously to US President Joe Biden's proposal for a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin in Moscow confirmed Biden's proposal, but left it open whether Putin would accept the invitation. However, Putin had also offered to talk to Biden after the US President recently answered yes to the question of whether he considered Putin a “killer”. Because of this statement, Russia has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador from the United States.
Against the background of the Russian troop deployment along the border with Ukraine, Biden Putin proposed a summit in a telephone conversation on Tuesday. At the peak meeting in a third country in the coming months, Biden wanted to discuss the full range of issues "with which the United States and Russia are confronted," said the White House. In the conversation, Biden had, among other things, expressed his concern about the sudden deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border and on the annexed Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.
US President Joe Biden plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11th, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. (Image: Keystone)
US President Joe Biden wants to comment this Wednesday on his plans for a withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan by September 11th. The White House announced that Biden would speak out in Washington at 2:15 p.m. on how to proceed in Afghanistan and the timetable for a withdrawal. A senior US government official said Tuesday the withdrawal was unconditional. It should begin before May 1 and be completed by September 11 - the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Under Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, the US government had agreed with the Taliban that all international troops would withdraw by May 1. You can read everything about this here.
A good three months after taking office, US President Joe Biden will address the two chambers of the US Congress for the first time on April 28. The White House announced on Tuesday evening (local time) that the President had accepted the invitation from the Chair of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. April 29th is Biden's hundredth day in office. He was sworn in on January 20th.
Pelosi had invited Biden to present his “vision for overcoming the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment” in Congress on April 28, as stated in a letter from Pelosi to Biden. In the letter, Pelosi praised Biden's "historical and transformative leadership". Pelosi and Biden are both members of the Democratic Party.
The US government resumes its $ 23 billion arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal includes the supply of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, armed drones and other equipment, Congress officials said Tuesday.
However, details of the agreement would continue to be reviewed and the US would coordinate with Emirati officials on the use of the weapons, a US State Department spokesman said.
The government of Democratic President Joe Biden had initially suspended the business dealings decided by former Republican President Donald Trump for revision.
Amid a surge in the number of migrants on the border with Mexico, US President Joe Biden unveiled his nominee to head the National Border Police. Chris Magnus, the police chief of the border city of Tucson in the southwestern state of Arizona, had repeatedly criticized the migration policy of ex-President Donald Trump. The White House announced on Monday in Washington that Magnus, as a “modern” police chief, has many years of experience in managing the Customs and Border Protection Authority (CBP). The Senate has yet to approve the nomination.
Magnus is said to be the son of immigrants himself - one parent came from Norway. He grew up in the state of Michigan, where he also began his police career. He later led the police in cities in North Dakota and California, among other things. It was also said that Magnus had been with his husband for 15 years.
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo becomes a commentator on the conservative television channel Fox News. The station, which belongs to the corporate empire of the media entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch, announced this on Thursday in New York.
Pompeo said he wanted to give viewers an "open, matter-of-fact view" of geopolitics, international relations and "America First" policies that have contributed to unprecedented prosperity and security. As foreign minister under President Donald Trump, Pompeo had always shown himself to be loyal to the president, who was voted out in 2020, and was one of the few from Trump's original team who stayed in the government apparatus to the end - first as director of the CIA secret service, then as chief diplomat .
Since leaving the Foreign Office, Pompeo has hired a conservative think tank, the Hudson Institute. He is said to have ambitions to run for the Republicans as a presidential candidate in the 2024 election.
In view of the rampant gun violence in the USA, President Joe Biden wants to make gun regulations stricter in several places. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic," said Biden on Thursday in the rose garden of the White House in Washington. It is also a cause for shame for the United States at the international level. "It is long overdue for us to act."
US President Joe Biden wants to put an end to gun violence in the US. (Image: Keystone)
With the help of the Ministry of Justice, Biden wants to take action against so-called ghost weapons, among other things, which can be easily bought on the Internet and quickly assembled, but have no serial number - which makes criminal prosecution more difficult in the event of a crime. For a fundamental tightening of the gun laws, the president is dependent on the Congress and above all the Senate, which Biden once again called for action.
"Ghost guns" are an increasing problem for security forces, it was said on the White House. Biden ordered the US Department of Justice to come up with a regulation within 30 days to curb its spread. Among other things, the ministry is to develop model legislation for federal states, according to which courts can temporarily withdraw their weapons from certain persons if they pose a danger to themselves or to others.
The number of unaccompanied migrant minors arriving at the US southern border has increased rapidly. In March, almost 19,000 unaccompanied children were picked up there, the US border protection agency CBP announced on Thursday. That is twice as many as a month earlier. According to the authorities, almost 9,500 unaccompanied minors crossed the border in February.
In general, the numbers went up significantly in March: A total of 172,000 people were apprehended during the month while attempting to cross the border - 71 percent more than in February. More than 100,000 migrants were therefore sent back. Families and single adults are largely expelled by the US authorities, but unaccompanied minors are not.
US President Joe Biden has touted his massive plan to modernize the country's infrastructure as the largest labor program since World War II.
The roughly two trillion dollars (1.9 trillion Swiss francs) package is a project that will determine a generation - like the space program or the construction of the highways, said Biden on Wednesday (local time) in the state of Pennsylvania.
The plan will create "millions of jobs" and help the US to assert itself in the race with China. The Congress must pass the package, he demanded. "We have to do it," emphasized Biden. Read more about this here.
After supporters of then President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in the US capital Washington at the beginning of January, two police officers, according to media reports, filed a lawsuit against him.
The officers, who belong to the Capitol Police and were injured in the incident on January 6th, blame Trump for the storm on the US parliamentary seat, as the broadcaster CNN reported on Tuesday (local time). You can read more about this here.
The US government of President Joe Biden wants to expand offshore wind energy on the east and west coast with the help of investments worth billions.
The construction of wind farms should provide more than 10 million households with environmentally friendly electricity by 2030, the White House announced on Monday. The aim is to produce 30 gigawatts of wind energy by then.
To achieve this goal, investments of more than 12 billion dollars are required along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. At the same time tens of thousands of new jobs would be created. According to the Weissem Haus, the new wind farms should reduce CO2 emissions by 78 million tons. You can find all the background information here.
The US government continues to see the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia as a threat to international security. The terrorist group continues to pose a significant security threat in Syria and Iraq and beyond, including Europe and North America, said the US government's special executive envoy for the anti-IS coalition, John Godfrey, on Monday (local time) in Washington. There is still a cadre of capable IS actors in Syria who are well connected and experienced in planning attacks.
Ministers of the international anti-IS coalition want to give virtual advice on the further fight against the terrorist group on Tuesday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Belgian colleague Sophie Wilmès are organizing the meeting together.
The US wants to strengthen trade relations with the EU under President Joe Biden. It should also be about a common stance towards the economic power China. The new US trade representative Katherine Tai announced on Monday after talks with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
Accordingly, Tai expressed a great desire to develop a more positive and productive trade relationship with the European Union. Both agreed to work together on important issues. Climate change, the digital economy and the strengthening of cooperation in dealing with countries like China, whose orientation is described as non-market economy, were mentioned.
US President Joe Biden has sharply condemned military violence in Myanmar. “It's awful. It's absolutely hideous, "said Biden on Sunday (local time) when leaving his home state of Delaware. Biden had spent the weekend there and made his way back to the US capital Washington on Sunday. When asked about possible sanctions and a reaction by the US government to the violence in Myanmar, Biden said only curtly: "We are currently working on it."
US Vice President should take care of the containment of migration on the US southern border. (Image: Keystone)
US President Joe Biden puts control of migration from Central America in the hands of Vice President Kamala Harris. She should lead the diplomatic efforts with the countries in the region and find ways to prevent people from making their way to the USA, Biden announced on Wednesday in the White House.
In the past few weeks, the pressure on the Biden government had grown in view of the rapidly increasing number of migrants on the US southern border. The most pressing issue at the moment is the accommodation of the many unaccompanied minor migrants.
"I think I gave you a tough job," Biden said to Harris. However, no one is better placed to work with Mexico and the countries of the Northern Triangle - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - on this issue, Biden said, referring to Harris' experience as attorney general in California, the largest state in the United States.
The US state of Virginia abolishes the death penalty. Governor Ralph Northam on Wednesday signed the amendment to the law that both houses of parliament approved in February. Since 1976, there have been 113 executions in the state, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. In the USA, 22 of the 50 federal states have so far abolished the death penalty, and Virginia is the 23rd state. Three other states have suspended the execution of the death penalty.
In 2020, a total of 17 people were executed in the United States by five states and the federal government, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The federal government had not carried out the death penalty for almost two decades. However, the administration of ex-President Donald Trump pushed through its reintroduction. The new President Joe Biden opposes the death penalty.
A good two and a half months after the violent attack on the US Capitol, the security precautions around the congress headquarters have been reduced somewhat. The Capitol Police announced on Wednesday that the outer fence that shielded the area around the congress headquarters had been dismantled. Streets that were within this circle and were cordoned off have been reopened. The inner fence around the congress building remains in place. The Capitol Police also stressed that they would be ready to restart security immediately if necessary.
The fence around the US Capitol was dismantled. (Image: Keystone)
Supporters of ex-US President Donald Trump had violently stormed the Capitol on January 6th. The Capitol Police then came under fire because the parliament's security forces were unable to repel the attack. At least five people were killed in the riots, including a police officer. The FBI classifies the storming of the Capitol as domestic terrorism.
In view of the attack, security measures had been tightened drastically. The National Guard had also moved in to secure the seat of the Congress.
The new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has promised the EU close cooperation. "We see the European Union as a partner of choice (...)," said the American on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels. This applies, for example, to climate protection, the fight against Covid-19 and challenges from Russia and China. It is up to the EU and the US to come together and show the world that democracies can do more for people than autocracies, emphasized Blinken.
Von der Leyen also named dealing with Russia and China as one of the common themes. "We share common concerns and should look for ways to work together across our borders," said the CDU politicians. Greater joint efforts are needed in order to be able to meet the current challenges efficiently.
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