Trump cited intelligence findings about a “conspiracy” of Russia with the Taliban against the United States :: Politics :: RBC

Intelligence found that information about the reward proposed by Russia for the killing of the US military in Afghanistan is not credible, the US president said. He called the NYT article an attempt to “put Republicans in a bad light”

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US intelligence services invalidated evidence that the Russian side was offering the Taliban militants (an organization banned in Russia) a reward for the killing of US troops in Afghanistan. About this on his Twitter wrote President Donald Trump.

“Intelligence just told me that they did not consider this information reliable and therefore did not report it to me or the vice president [Майку Пенсу]”- said Trump.

Trump called NYT’s custom article on Russia and the Taliban

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He added that the material in the New York Times, which talked about Russia’s ties with the Taliban, could be “another fabricated hoax” on the theme of Russia, whose goal is to “put the Republicans in a bad light.”

So Trump responded to the statement of Republican Senator Lindsay Graham that Congress is obliged to understand the essence of the allegations against Russia. “I expect the Trump administration to take such allegations seriously and immediately report to Congress whether these messages are credible,” Graham wrote on June 27.


The last US state decided to remove the symbol of the Confederates from the flag :: Society :: RBC

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Mississippi is the last in the United States to abandon the Southern Confederate flag symbol after mass protests across the country over the death of African American George Floyd after being detained by police. It is reported by the BBC.

On June 27, both houses of the state parliament voted to begin the process of changing the flag. In the House of Representatives 84 people voted “for” and 35 people voted “against”, in the Senate – 36 votes “for” and 14 votes “against”. If the bill is adopted, the commission will develop a new flag, which will be voted for in November this year.

“The controversy surrounding the 1894 flag has become as controversial as the flag itself, and it’s time to put an end to it. If they [конгресс штата Миссисипи] they will send me a bill, I will sign it, ”said State Governor Tate Reeves. He added that the authorities are faced with the task of uniting society.

Trump allowed the arrest of all destructive vandals

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The symbol of the Confederation is a blue cross with stars on a red background and is considered by many in the USA as a racist symbol. The flag was used by the slaveholding Confederate states of America, which lost in the civil war of 1861-1865.


The house of representatives voted for the recognition of Washington the 51st state :: Policy :: RBC

The U.S. house of representatives approved a bill granting the country’s capital — Washington — the status of a separate state, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

“For” vote of 232 members of the house opposed and 180. If Washington, D.C. will get statehood, it will have representation in Congress (two senators and one member of the house of representatives). As the WSJ notes, car license plates, even Washington is the inscription “we Pay taxes but have no representation.”

However, to bring the matter to the legislative end will be difficult — the granting of the status of Washington state oppose the Republicans, who control the Senate. The US President Donald trump has promised to veto the bill if it is presented to him for approval.

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in Perpignan, a “republican front” more fragile

Six years apart, the same scenario. In Perpignan, for the second round of municipal elections, the outgoing mayor LR Jean-Marc Pujol will face the now mp RN Louis Aliot. And, in 2020 as in 2014, it is the withdrawal of the other lists, which is the cause of this duel between the right and the extreme right. This time, withdraw the left of a side, and the center of the other.

→ FIND the 28th of June the results of the second round of the municipal elections 2020 to Perpignan

Agnès Langevine (EELV backed by the PS) calls and the Tearooms “to use their vote to confine them permanently to the ambitions of the candidate to the RN and to vote for the list that he continues to oppose “. As for the mp LREM Roman Grau, the former first deputy, he presents his “removing republican “ as “the only way to make a dam to Louis Aliot “.

The ” republican front “, an election of the other

Six years ago, the “republican front” had worked at the polls. But comparison is not reason. First of all, a big unknown to disturb the game : participation, which was only 40 % in the first round. Then, the rejection of Jean-Marc Pujol, who has dropped from 31% to 18 %, and is arrived in head that in two polling stations. Louis Aliot, on the other hand, remained stable at around 35 %.

“Pujol is very right, but this is not the extreme right “, advance Françoise Fiter, advisor departmental PCF and ex-candidate on the list of Caroline Forgues (7 % in the first round, supported by France insubordinate, the PCF and the NPA). “It is not to vote Pujol, even if it is the name which is registered on the ballot, but to vote against the RN “adds Agnès Langevine.

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The ecologist recognizes, however, its difficult to convince as “the electorate of the left has fed up to be forced into a choice which is not accession, it has already made locally in 2014 and nationally in the presidential election of 2017 “.

→ TO READ. Municipal elections 2020 : dates, modes of election… all the info

Anyway, Jean-Marc Pujol comes from their appeal. “I know that some voters will vote for my list while remaining, at least in part, of the opponents, he writes. I w ill not again the error of 2014. Through a communal council, we will involve the work of the municipal council, all the political forces and associations which are not represented.

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Local climate

Even the idea of a “republican front” is also contested by both France insubordinate by the former candidate, centrist Clotilde Ripoull (6 %). The latter considers in fact that“a triangular would have been drummed into the cards as 46% of voters did not want or Pujol’s or Aliot “. She denounces in addition, on-site, “the porosity between the extreme right and the right “.

Even between the extreme right and the centre, as Alain Cavalier, ex-number three of the list of Roman Grau and former president of the tribunal de commerce of Perpignan, just to support Louis Aliot. “If a city moves to the extreme right, there has to be a part of the bourgeois toggle, analysis of a political actor local. However, in Perpignan, the glass ceiling is chipped : Louis Aliot is succeeding in his business of notabilisation and respectabilisation.

Finally, the vote of the gypsy community constitutes a stake for the 28 June. In fact, Roman Grau was at the top in a single polling station (47 % against 13 % on the whole of the city), the Saint Jacques district where it has settled.


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What new sanctions prepared by the United States against Russia, how many Russians reach financial independence, 2 million cases COVID-19 in the United States, Musk praised Rogozin’s article; top news — a review of RBC

The US has proposed to impose “tough” sanctions against Russia

The Republican study Committee submitted a 120-page report, which included “the most stringent ever proposed” sanctions against Russia, China and Iran.

  • In particular, Russia, the Republicans are urging to recognize the “state sponsor of terrorism for its support of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, Hezbollah, the Taliban (an organization banned in Russia) and “Russian Imperial movement”.
  • Sanctions, in the opinion of the Committee, you must enter against companies that support the Russian oil and gas projects. Also Russia should be excluded from the international system SWIFT. Restrictions should also apply against “the leaders of her campaign of disinformation”: the head of AFK “Sistema” Vladimir Yevtushenkov, the former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of Ukrainian party “the Opposition platform For life” Viktor Medvedchuk.
  • In addition, Republicans believe that Congress should authorize the U.S. Department of state to arrange for the collection of news and information to Russians directly, what did the Obama administration.

Sberbank called the age of achieving financial independence in Russia

A study of the savings Bank have shown that the Russians are financially independent from their parents, on average, 26 years. Respondents in the far East and Siberia


Homelessness in California is getting out of control

San Francisco, Los Angeles It is one of those many sleepless nights again – not because of a long, celebrated party with friends or one of the many festivals for which San Francisco is so famous. It is the everyday noise of despair that does not let you sleep.

My apartment building in the heart of San Francisco is almost 100 years old, the windows are leaking. It doesn’t really matter whether they are closed or open. Every night on the street in front of the window the losers of the digital society scream their anger and frustration from rough throats of the soul. Often for hours. There are drunks, homeless people, drug addicts, uprooted people who never find rest, barefoot and who are wrapped in holey felt blankets.

Her screams are only drowned out occasionally by the sirens of the police vehicles racing across Union Street to O’Farrell Street. Because of the roaring, no patrol has been going on for a long time. Someone has probably been beaten up. Perhaps worse has happened, that’s where the police hunt.

In the morning my San Francisco shows itself from behind the kitchen window with the chipped white paint from the forgiving side. The sky is bright blue, opposite I see historical buildings with richly decorated facades. Next to it is a sparkling white apartment tower from the 1940s, on the top of which an American flag is waving in the summer wind.

I am privileged. My little apartment is on the top floor, and the view from the window shows a bit of heaven and the picturesque side of the west coast metropolis with morning coffee. To see the street below, I would have to lean out of the window. But I don’t do that.

Many homeless people are drawn to California

“California is a shame for the United States,” US President Donald Trump called cheering fans at a campaign event in Ohio. San Francisco and Los Angeles in particular, with their “tent cities and terrible conditions”, are a disaster. Half of all homeless people in the United States lived in California, the president claimed. Officials do not deny that many homeless people move to the south of the states. If you don’t have a roof over your head, of course you go to California, not Alaska.

Jennifer Friedenbach of the citizens’ initiative “Coalition on Homelessness” criticizes a president who only speaks and does nothing against homelessness. “The crisis was triggered in the 80s by another Republican who cut the funds for social housing by 80 percent,” says Friedenbach. It is reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan at the time.

In addition, many people on the street have to deal with psychological problems. And the psychiatric hospitals were closed at the time. The patients just wandered around the street. Many health insurance companies were unable to get treatment for mental illnesses at all before Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama’s health care reform. It just wasn’t paid.

Trump is now blaming the California ruling liberal democrats for the chaos and degrading conditions. They would only be wasting money, the president claims.

California has arrived at the center of the presidential election campaign 2020.

Tents from the homeless

The giant trucks of Hollywood film productions are right next to the tents.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom is inviting “the whole world”, including illegal immigrants, to live at California’s expense. Was it the week before in Baltimore in democratic Maryland that Trump accused of inhumane conditions (“rat-infested, nobody wants to live there”) or Chicago, the Clinton’s hometown, is San Francisco – again.

Gates prevent homeless people from sleeping in the entrance area

Trump wants to bad-mouth America’s flagship state. At the 2016 election, 66 percent of voters in California voted for democratic competitor Hillary Clinton, compared to more than 90 percent in Silicon Valley.

On the one hand, California is home to the Silicon Valley, home to the film metropolis Hollywood and large parts of the armaments and electronics industry. On the other hand, there is the greatest child poverty in the USA. Homelessness is rising steadily due to rapidly rising rents and property prices.

The street catches up with me when I leave the house through the cast iron front grille that was installed at some point in front of the front door. It prevents homeless people from rolling out their sleeping bags in the entrance area at night, relieving themselves or entering the house through the video-monitored lobby.

Every house here has such grids installed. Here, that’s the limit to the tenderloin. This district was the cultural heart of San Francisco in the 20s and 30s. In a rectangle of seven by seven blocks between Market and Geary Street, and Mason and Van Ness Street, the city council estimates the number of homeless at just under 4,000.

My way to the Moscone event center also takes me past the imposing Glide Church at the intersection of Ellis and Taylor streets. The Glide Memorial United Methodist Church opened in 1931 and is now one of the most liberal churches in the United States and an anchor point for the lost from Tenderloin. When the food distribution is due, the snake is often several hundred meters long, extends around the whole block and sometimes even beyond.

Every evening the tent cities are set up on the sidewalks here and in the surrounding streets. Tattered night dwellings marked by daily assembly and dismantling crowd on house facades and offer their residents a last remnant of deceptive protection, which they sometimes know from a previous life.

At least something can close behind it – even if it’s just a broken zipper.


The majority of the homeless have lost their homes because of the ever increasing rents.

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In the largest department store in the city center, near Target, the camping tents have been enclosed in large mesh boxes since 2017. If you want to buy one, you have to contact a seller. The theft rate was too high without this security measure, it is said. Toothpaste, hygiene products for women and shaving supplies are also excluded.

Completely disturbed tourist families make their way through the partially half or not clothed people who are lying apathetically on the sidewalks with or without a sleeping bag. Shocked children cling to the hands of mothers and fathers who are still pulling their suitcases behind them on the way to the hotel. It smells pungent of urine.

The hotels of these tourists are centrally located and bargain prices typically range from $ 200 to $ 500 a night. But it quickly becomes clear that there is a reason for the cheap tariff in the tenderloin.


Why right-wing Americans see the virus as an attack on their freedom

Richmond The noise of dozens of horns fills the spring air. The car parade encircles the seat of government of the governor of Virginia at walking pace. Flags flutter in the sun from the side windows of the SUVs and from the loading areas of the pickup trucks. “Trump 2020” is on some. In between, you can always see a black rattlesnake on a yellow background: the symbol of the Tea Party – the libertarian protest movement that a few years ago ideologically shifted the Republican Party far to the right.

David Britt has set up a black folding armchair on the sidewalk and looks at the bustle. He is happy, “more than happy”, as he says himself. He would never have expected so many to respond to his call to protest the lockdown in Virginia’s capital, Richmond, against the corona-related restrictions on US public life.

Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio: People in around two dozen US states have been going against the corona restrictions for about two weeks. Most of the time, the protest against regional governments led by democratic governors is less against Republicans.

On the surface, there is a question that many citizens in Germany are asking themselves: How can you prevent the economic consequences of the pandemic from ultimately being worse than that of the epidemic itself? But underneath that, the old cultural struggle breaks out, which has divided the USA for around a quarter of a century: Right-wing despisers sense an attack on their freedom behind the lockdown.

With his goatee and melancholy eyes behind round glasses, Britt doesn’t look like the spokesman in an ideological argument. Only his shirt reveals that something is burning inside him. On the right side it is blue with white stars, on the left red-white-striped – Britt has the US flag on his body.

A bizarre parallel world is revealed

“Our only concern is that the people of Virginia can work again,” says the spokesman for the protest movement “Reopen Virginia”. He has no doubt that the corona virus is contagious. That’s why he called for a car demo so that no one gets too close during the protest.

In Richmond, an estimated 1,000 people followed Brit’s call on Wednesday. The atmosphere is peaceful, even happy, when the many drivers and the few demonstrators cheer each other on the sidewalk. A dozen police officers on mountain bikes are enough to keep things tidy.

Auto demonstration

In Richmond, Virginia, about 1,000 people took part in a protest while sitting in their cars.

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But under the carefree surface, a bizarre parallel world is revealed. Dominique Kostelac, who came to the demo with his three teenage children, speaks of the “corona dizziness”. “Covid 19 is a biological weapon that originated in Fort Detrick,” the architect and contractor is convinced.

The U.S. Army once researched biological weapons at the military base in the State of Maryland. The government is now using the fear of the virus to restrict citizens’ freedoms.

Even the elegant lady in black BMW X3, the latest model, is certain that the virus “escaped from a laboratory somewhere”. The convinced Republican would rather not read her name in the newspaper, she fears disadvantages for her husband, who gets “a nice pension” from the US Army.

Billy Healy, blue blazer over the Carhartt dungarees, argues with the case numbers: “A large proportion of the corona deaths occurred in New York and New Jesey. You can’t treat 48 states like these two now. ”He is a forest entrepreneur, Healy says. In his trade, he noticed the lockdown by the fact that the demand for timber fell.

Why is he wearing a button on his lapel that says “Save lives” during a demonstration against lockdown? “Oh,” Healy says, “I almost always wear it if I happen to meet a member of parliament.”

Against the lockdown, against restrictions on weapons law

Resentment about the lockdown is increasingly intermingling with everything that right-wing Americans have always hated, such as the gun restrictions that the Democratic governor of Virginia is currently trying to enforce.

For a few weeks, it seemed that Corona could help bridge ideological gaps in the United States. One would like to think that deaths and infection rates cannot be discussed on the basis of the usual left-right criteria.

In the Senate and House of Representatives, where Democrats and Republicans usually sit next to each other in celebrated hostility, the parliamentarians have now reached a record pace on four Corona aid packages. Suddenly the US has continued sick pay and generous unemployment benefits – both limited to the corona crisis, but at least.

Sure, Trump was still offensive against unpopular politicians, shameless boast and adventurous about-turns. But at the same time the president seemed to want to prove himself as a corona crisis manager. On the advice of his team of medical experts, Trump extended the White House’s corona recommendations until April 30.

The exit plan that Trump presented on April 16 also sounds unideological and reasonable: The White House provides clear medical criteria for when and what restrictions can be lifted. The decision and implementation then lies with the governors. On top of that, Trump is smart because he can shift any responsibility onto the states if the epidemic flares up again somewhere in the United States.

Trump resumes cultural struggle

But as soon as Trump had announced this exit plan, the president opened the new round of American cultural struggle on April 18 and attacked three democratic governors who, in his opinion, were not pushing ahead with the opening quickly enough. “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” Trump tweeted in loud capital letters, “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA”.

To add in the case of Virginia: “… and protect your 2nd amendment. It is under threat. ”The second constitutional amendment guarantees US citizens the right to own firearms. A right that the man in camouflage clothing, who is demonstrating in Richmond with an assault rifle over his shoulder, apparently does not want to be taken for granted. “The punishment for betrayal is death,” says his poster.

The culture struggle is fueled by the fact that the devastation of the virus has so far been particularly evident where the majority of Democrats are at home: in the metropolitan areas along the east and west coast and in major cities such as Chicago, Detroit or New Orleans.

The republican-dominated rural regions of the south and mid-west have so far not noticed the epidemic. Of course, there are also good reasons for the corona restrictions there. The virus spreads more slowly in sparsely populated regions, but if it spreads, even the few hospitals are overwhelmed more quickly.

But in many parts of the United States, such horror scenarios look far away. When citizens in Wyoming’s capital Cheyenne demonstrated against the restrictions on Monday last week, one of the posters read: “Quarantine means restricting the free movement of sick people, tyranny means restricting the free movement of healthy people.”

African Americans particularly at risk

The split between city and country comes between ethnic groups. A handful of African-Americans, all wearing respiratory masks, are sitting at a stop in Richmond on Wednesday and are waiting in vain for the bus. It doesn’t get through because of the car parade. The protesters in the cars, on the other hand, are almost exclusively white and none of them wear a mask.

Covid-19 kills African Americans particularly frequently in the United States. In Chicago, for example, their share of the population is just under a third, and their share in the number of corona deaths in the city was a good two thirds at the beginning of April.

African Americans often work in high-risk jobs, such as supermarket salespeople, and are often dependent on buses and trains. For these people, the breathing mask is life insurance.

For the white demonstrators, it is the symbol of a policy that aims to make people compliant with the fear of the virus. In Richmond, 17-year-old Summer Kostelac reduces this attitude to the shortest possible denominator. “Covid-1984” is on the poster that the architect’s daughter holds up.

This conflict even runs through the middle of a city 800 kilometers southeast of Richmond. In Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp (white, Republican) pushes aside all medical concerns.

According to the politician, restaurants, as well as theaters, hairdressers, gyms and massage practices, will be allowed to reopen in Georgia on Monday – although the state by far does not meet the White House criteria for relaxing the restrictions.

The Mayor of the capital, Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms (black, democrat) considers this opening to be much too early. She received unexpected support from the White House on Wednesday evening. Even Donald Trump advised his republican party friend to take it a little slower when opening it: “It’s too early.”

A sentence that the demonstrators at Richmond do not like to hear.

More: Corona hero, miser or the new reckless? This is how the world looks at Germany.


What power big business has in the US election campaign

Hardly noticed by the general public, a completely different “virus” is spreading beneath the headline-heavy corona surface: the increasing influence of American big business and its lobbyists on the election decision. How did this “virus” begin its triumphal march, and what does that mean for the future of Western leadership?

The last American presidential election campaign cost $ 6.5 billion – almost a hundred times more than the expenditure for the German federal election campaign 2017. It is becoming apparent that the upcoming US election battle will be even more expensive than four years ago.

The billionaire Michael Bloomberg alone spent a good $ 500 million on his candidacy. After all, Bloomberg’s failure shows that not only actual or supposed billionaires can become president in the United States.

Trump’s opponent Biden’s net worth is estimated at a comparatively modest $ 9 million. Still, there is no end in sight to the breathtaking spending in American election campaigns and their phenomenal increases.

Tangible economic interests

Why can US donation kings and lobbyists increasingly influence political decisions? Obviously, this is not about noble political ideals, but about tangible economic interests. Because the outcome of a presidential election has a direct impact on company share prices.

Scientific studies show that companies that brought a former politician to the board before the election increase in their share value if the ex-politician’s party wins the election – regardless of the industry.

Even the amount of donations the company made before the election is secondary. Donations are obviously not perceived as permanent. It is only with the post of a board member for a former politician – Democrat or Republican – that the company becomes politically committed.

Conversely, this also means that after the presidential election, the share prices of companies that have put a former politician on the shield whose party was unsuccessful in the election fall. In principle, however, the US stock markets welcome the appointments of former politicians to board members, especially when the ex-politician is hired for the first time in the economy.

When you join another company, the effect is still positive, but much weaker – the whole thing is like a tea bag that loses its aroma the more you use it.

Companies with former politicians get more government contracts

The importance of former politicians and their networks to the US economy is also so great because in the United States, lucrative government contracts worth over several hundred billion dollars are advertised and awarded to companies each year.

Corporations, especially in the armaments sector, which benefit particularly from government contracts, often have former politicians of both the Democrats and the Republicans in their ranks for security reasons. Empirical studies show that companies in which former politicians of the respective majority party in the Senate and House of Representatives hold board positions receive significantly more government contracts than companies with missing or “wrong” political connections.

In addition to government mandates, ex-politicians are also committed to maintaining the political landscape for their company in general – whether it is about relaxing environmental protection requirements or tax policy initiatives.

The donation kings’ billions of dollars in turn are concentrated in a few areas in US election campaigns to convince voters of the respective candidate. Ultimately, only a few swing states are decisive for the outcome of the presidential election. Because the victorious party in a state receives all voters, regardless of how much they won that state.

With a simple majority in one state: “The winner takes it all.” Since California or New York, for example, traditionally fall to the Democrats and other states like Nebraska or Oklahoma to the Republicans, election campaigns hardly take place there. The money flows massively to states like Florida and Ohio, which ultimately decide.

Unlimited company donations to parties possible

The Supreme Court ruled that the growing importance of big business and its lobbyists for the outcome of presidential elections was strongly encouraged. In 2010, the United States Supreme Court primarily dealt with the issue of the right to freedom of expression for companies in the Citizens United case.

In fact, the question was whether companies can donate to parties and their candidates without limit. The judges decided that this should be possible. President Barack Obama said that this decision would give lobbyists significantly more power in Washington.

Obama saw the danger that elections would ultimately no longer be decided by the American people but by powerful interest groups. The development of party donations in the years after the verdict proves him right, they have risen again significantly.

For the Western leadership, this “virus” is putting democratic legitimacy to the test because big business can undermine the principle of “one man, one vote”. Nevertheless, this development does not threaten America’s strong position on the world stage, at least as long as rivals Russia and China are governed autocratically or dictatorially.

At the same time, the never-ending speculation about Russian influence on the 2016 US presidential election shows the importance of the election for other global players. Moscow and Beijing’s interests in trade and investment in particular are likely to be massively influenced by the answer to the question of whether the next American president is Donald Trump or Joe Biden.

More: Recession instead of economic boom: The rules of the game for the US election campaign have changed. The president is behind in polls – and has to rethink.


Congress members agree to further billions in aid

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According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the package should be swiftly adopted.

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Washington In the United States, Republicans and Democrats have agreed on another stimulus package worth $ 480 billion, according to the Senate majority leader. The corresponding legislative package should now be passed quickly, said Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday.

Parliament had already approved a comprehensive $ 2.2 trillion corona stimulus plan in March. The new package is said to add $ 320 billion to a successful small and medium business loan program.

The loans, which can be canceled later, are intended to limit the rise in unemployment in the United States. Another $ 60 billion loan program is slated to be made available, plus $ 75 billion for healthcare and another $ 25 billion for coronavirus testing and research.

Funds from the previous $ 350 billion stimulus package for employers from the previous stimulus package had already been exhausted last week. The Republicans had therefore pushed for an increase. The Democrats wanted to agree to this only if there were also additional funds for health care and coronavirus tests. Originally, they also wanted additional funds for states and municipalities whose revenue would collapse due to the epidemic of the novel corona virus.

More: Capitalism critic Sir Paul Collier: “America must change”.


First U.S. states announce easing of measures

Trump wants to get out of the corona lockdown in three stages

Washington After the New guidelines from US President Donald Trump in the corona crisis have announced the first states to carefully relax the protective measures. The governor of Texas, Greg Abbottsaid in Austin on Friday that currently closed stores could reopen from Friday next week if they delivered, shipped, or made available for pickup.

The reopening of parks under state administration will begin on Monday. But visitors would have to follow protective measures. Schools remained closed this school year.

Minnesota’s governor Tim Walz announced on Friday that, among other things, parks, hiking trails, golf courses, outdoor shooting ranges, and shops selling fishing bait could reopen if visitors followed protective measures. “It is important for us to stay active and enjoy nature while preventing the spread of Covid-19,” said Walz after a message.

In Vermont, dealers can reopen and construction can resume under certain conditions. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis gave the municipalities the green light to reopen beaches and parks where they can safely do so.

Trump wants to use the guidelines presented on Thursday to lead the US back to normal in three phases and gradually reopen the economy. In the United States, unemployment has risen dramatically recently due to the corona crisis. Trump did not set a precise schedule and left the decision to the governors of the 50 states.

Nevertheless, Trump fueled protests by his supporters on Friday against strict protective measures in states. On Twitter, the Republican wrote in capital letters “Liberate Michigan!”, “Liberate Minnesota!” And “Liberate Virginia”.

All three states are governed by democratic governors who have adopted strict protective measures. There have been demonstrations against the measures in the three states in the past few days.

Washington’s democratic governor, Jay Inslee, condemned Trump’s “illegal and dangerous” statements. “The president has derailed,” it said in a message from Inslees. “It puts millions of people at risk of developing Covid-19. His disturbing tirades and calls for people to “liberate” states could also lead to violence. “

Trump said on Thursday regarding the demonstrators: “I think they are listening to me. It seems to be demonstrators who like me. “

Trump’s plan provides for a three-step return to normality if certain criteria are met in states or regions in the United States. For example, before each new phase, the number of detected coronavirus infections is said to have decreased over a 14-day period.

More: “Get out there and get the job done”: Trump is in a heated duel with New York’s governor.