3,500 US companies are busy suing the Trump administration over the imposition of import tariffs

WASHINGTON DC, KOMPAS.com – Around 3,500 US companies, including Tesla Inc, Ford Motor Co., Target Corp., Walgreen Co., and Home Depot have sued the government Trump in the last 2 weeks on the imposition of tariffs on more than 300 billion dollars AS (IDR 4.5 quadrillion) for artificial materials China.

Launch Reuters on Saturday (26/9/2020), lawsuit filed with the US International Trade Court, on behalf of the US Trade Representative on behalf of Robert Lighthizer, along with Customs and Border Protection.

In the lawsuit, the companies that are subject to tariff restrictions on imported goods from China also oppose government to Trump’s policies they call an “illegitimate escalation of trade war US-China “came to the third and fourth rounds of imposition import tariffs.

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Companies argue that the Trump administration has failed to impose appropriate import tariffs in a 12 month period and is not adhering to administrative procedures.

The companies oppose the government in a “unrestricted and unrestricted trade war that impacts billions of dollars in goods imported from the People’s Republic of China by importers in the United States,” according to a lawsuit filed by auto parts maker Dana Corp.

Lawsuit it rejects import tariffs in 2 separate groups known as List 3 and List 4A.

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List 3 includes 25 percent tariffs for about US $ 200 billion (Rp. 2.9 quadrillion) in imports, while List 4A includes 7.5 percent import tariffs on goods valued at US $ 120 billion (Rp. 1.8 quadrillion).

One of the lawsuits stated that the government could not increase import tariffs on other Chinese imported goods, “for reasons unrelated to the unfair intellectual property policies and practices that were initially investigated.”

Companies filing the suit include North American heavy truck maker Volvo Group, US auto parts retailer Pep Boys, clothing company Ralph Lauren.

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Then, Sysco Corp., Gibson Brands guitar manufacturer, US Lenovo unit, Dole Packaged Foods, and Itochu Corp unit and golf equipment manufacturer Callaway Golf Co.

The Home Depot lawsuit notes that they are subject to import tariffs on bamboo flooring goods, cordless drills, and many other Chinese-made products.

Walgreen, a unit of the Walgreen Boots Alliance, said it pays higher import tariffs for products such as “seasonal novelties, including party supplies, first aid and office supplies, as well as household supplies.”

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Meanwhile, Lighthizer’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On September 15, the World Trade Organization found the United States violated global trade rules by imposing billions of dollars in import tariffs in Trump’s trade war with China.

The Trump administration says tariffs on goods from China are justified, because China steals intellectual property and forces US companies to transfer technology for access to the Chinese market.

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The US will restrict student, exchange and press visas

Washington, United States.

The government of U.S announced this Thursday a rule that foresees restrict duration of the visas that are awarded to students, foreigners who remain in the country under the modality of exchange already correspondents of international press.

The measure, which will be published this Friday in the Federal Register and will be subject to a period for receiving comments during the following 30 days, affects the visas F for academic studies; J the so-called exchange (encompassing faculty or scholars, students, apprentices, teachers, babysitters, and camp counselors); and I, intended for foreign press.

However, it will not take effect until after the government rreceive the opinions and write the final text, a process that experts estimate may take a few months.

The announcement was made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), noting in a statement the “Significant growth” of applications under these programs and the need to ensure the “integrity” of the American immigration system.

Shorter period of stay

Additionally, DHS clarified that the legislation “Does not propose changes to the underlying requirements to qualify for these classifications of non-immigrants ”.

Under the new regulation, people will be admitted with target F o J “for a period up to the end date of your program, which would not exceed four years”, but DHS will have the power to decide if it wantsl foreigner be assigned a “shorter period of authorized stay, limited to two years ”.

“Factors that can trigger a two-year period of authorized stay include birth or citizenship of a foreigner of a country on the list of state sponsors of terrorism”, the DHS detailed in the note.

In that list are North Korea, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

According to figures from the United States Government, in 2019 alone “there were more than one million admissions with estatus F “ what he considered a “Drastic increase” Regarding the 263,938 admissions under this condition granted in 1978.

In the case of J visas, DHS noted that 611,373 admissions were approved in 2018, a figure that it considered “more than 300%” higher than the 141,213 admitted in 1985.

With regard to the representatives of the foreign media, the Government estimated at 44,140 visas granted, This represented a growth of “more than 160%” compared to the 16,753 professionals accepted under this program in 1985.

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The regulation also refers to the “duration of status” of these visas, by specifying that when a foreigner with that visa enters the United States, a “date of specific completion “ of your stay, as long as the expiration date of the visa is not exceeded.

“DHS proposes to replace the ‘duration of status’ framework for non-immigrants F, J and I with an admission period with a specific date on which an authorized stay ends. Non-immigrants who wish to remain in U.S beyond their fixed date of admission, they will have to request an extension of stay directly from DHS, ”adds the rule.

The decision joins a battery of measures adopted by the President’s Administration Donald Trump to significantly reduce legal migration to U.S, and that has had its greatest impact on the country’s asylum system, which for many experts has been practically dismantled. EFE

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Taliban-Afghanistan Peace Agreement, This Is The Strange Demand Page all

DOHA, KOMPAS.com – “We’re stuck” was how one delegate described the intra- Afghanistan which initially drew much praise when it began on September 12 at Doha.

After the initial direct conversation between Taliban and the Afghan government-led delegation in Doha, the obstacles are getting more complicated, according to the report Al Jazeera on Wednesday (23/9/2020).

A contact group consisting of a Taliban delegation and the Afghan government was formed to set terms and conditions before formal talks could begin with the participation of a larger group.

The group is an attempt to pave the way for agenda-setting talks aimed at achieving lasting peace in the war-torn country.

Intra-Afghan talks are planned in a deal between the Taliban and the United States signed in February.

Government Trump wants the rivals in Afghanistan to reach a peace agreement, because it wants to withdraw American troops from the country after nearly 20 years of its longest-running foreign war.

The Afghan government contact group was represented by Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Nader Nadery, Zarar Ahmad Muqbil Osmani, Fawzia Koofi, Mohammad Natiqi and Khalid Noor.

Meanwhile, the Taliban has been represented by Maulvi Abdul Kabir, Abbas Stanekzai, Noorullah Noori, Shaikh Delawar and Shaikh Qasim as representatives.

Also read: Taliban forces return to fight Afghan forces after liberation

Al Jazeera have seen the fourth and most recent version of the draft agenda for terms and conditions discussed in the initial contact group meeting.

There were 20 points first prepared in Kabul before the team arrived in Doha.

Most of the points are technical. Differences in agreement between the two sides have emerged over Islamic law, issues related to sects and other minority groups, and the language used in the draft.

All parties are spoken to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity, due to the fragile state of the process and some not authorized to speak to the media.

Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh)

It was stressed that the “Hanafi” school of law followed by the majority of Afghanistan’s Sunni Muslims should serve as guidelines for all aspects of the terms and conditions of peace negotiations.

After initial rejection of the inclusion of jurisprudence in the document, which also discussed technical details, the two sides finally agreed to make it a comprehensive guide.

With the dominance of Sunni-Hanafi scholars from rival parties, this becomes complicated when the settlement of disputes is associated with one sect, as there is no representation for another sect, such as the jurisprudence Jaafria sect.

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Inclusivity

Afghanistan is home to a minority group from other Islamic jurisprudence schools, including Shia Muslims.

The country of 30 million is also home to a dwindling Hindu and Sikh minority, who fear marginalization if the majority’s religious interpretation is established as the only guiding principle for resolving disputes.

The current draft calls for allowing other schools of Islamic thought to be applied to their respective followers.

However, problems related to non-Muslim minorities will be resolved according to their religious law, provided it is in “sharia law”, ie it does not contradict the basic principles of Islam.

Small changes like changing “Quran and Sunnah” to “sharia” require a lot of back and forth discussion between the two sides.

Language

This terminology is also an important point as the members consider every word of the fourth draft.

One side must give in to the phrase “social justice” for the sake of “Islamic justice”. The other side, on the other hand, has had to succumb to pressure to portray the turmoil in Afghanistan initially as “jihad” into “conflict”, a more acceptable term for both sides.

Also read: After 2 Decades of War, Have Peace Talks been Tackled by the Taliban with the Government of Afghanistan?

Pandora’s box

There are also disagreements about whether the “Doha agreement” can be included as part of the text in the terms and conditions.

This opens Pandora’s box because the “Doha agreement” made in February only lasts between governments AS and the Taliban. The Afghan government is not a party to it.

The Western-backed Afghan government wants to mention the “loya jirga”, the council of traditional Afghan tribal elders, and their agreement with the US, which was signed in Kabul following the Doha accord.

Patience

Several Afghan government officials, including the first Vice President Amrullah Saleh, have made fiery statements against the Taliban, to which the Taliban have responded.

However, during the peace talks in Doha, efforts have been made to keep talks warm.

Several uncomfortable lines were exchanged, with the delegation saying “people should be put in their place”, but generally the tone of voice remained calm.

Also read: Bomb in Kabul Targets the Vice President of Afghanistan, Citizens Become Victims

So far, there has been no fierce bickering or insinuation, although there have been some emotional moments in the meetings between contact groups.

Attempts have been made to break the ice and make jokes, so that violent politicians on both sides do not take control of the meeting.

Owned Afghanistan, leader of Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s international partners do not believe that this is the right time for them to step in to help advance the situation.

“It seems they (themselves) are getting more and more advanced,” said one diplomat.

“Opportunities will not be closed on our side, we will continue to find creative ways to get involved,” an Afghan government delegate told Al Jazeera, stressing that there is real hope for continuing talks and moving towards meaningful dialogue.

Meanwhile, the Taliban said they were committed to peace agreement and making progress.

The group has been fighting Afghan forces since being ousted from power in the 2001 US-led invasion.

Also read: Trump Will Immediately Announce Withdrawal of US Troops from Iraq and Afghanistan

Violent spike

As talks continue in Doha, Afghan security officials say dozens of government soldiers have died across Afghanistan in the past 48 hours.

The Interior Ministry accused the Taliban of carrying out attacks in 24 provinces, including Uruzgan, Kandahar, Wardak, Takhar and Baghlan.

However, Taliban leaders have informed Al Jazeera that these attacks were on newly established security posts, and accused the Afghan government of trying to expand its territory by sending additional troops.

Criticism in the US

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad faces a tough test for his testimony before a house representative hearing on Tuesday (9/22/2020).

Congressman Tom Malinowski asked the US special envoy, “We all work for peace and I understand people want to achieve that, but I think what you are selling us is not peace. It’s a fairy tale to make us feel better about leaving Afghanistan. “

Khalilzad stressed that it was the best way to move forward considering the constraints. “Our withdrawal is conditional and will be based on action not just words from the Taliban,” he told Al Jazeera.

Also read: Trump Will Immediately Announce Withdrawal of US Troops from Iraq and Afghanistan

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Arab Government Criticizes Donald Trump Again About Palestine

Jakarta, CNBC ndonesia – The Prince of Saudi Arabia lashed out at the President of the United States (US) Donald Trump. He even questioned the attitude of the former businessman in the peace talks between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -Bahrain with Israel.

Speaking to CNBC International, Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former head of Saudi Arabia’s State Intelligence Service (BIN) said Trump was dishonest. Especially about the Palestinian state.

According to him, his father, the late King Faisal, who ruled the government in the 1960s and 1970s, must have been disappointed. Moreover, the agreement was made without a meaningful solution for Palestine.

“His (King Faisal) decision to impose oil sanctions on the US after America decided to provide more assistance to Israel during the war (in 1973) for the reason of forcing into an honest broker between Israelis [ dan] the Arab world, “he was quoted as saying Thursday (9/24/2020).

“And I have to say that President Trump is not an honest broker. So yes, I think the late king will be disappointed.”

In 1973, King Faisal imposed an oil embargo on the US and other countries which helped Israel during what Israel calls the Yom Kippur War. The king also stressed the need for Israel to withdraw from Arab territory occupied after the 1967 war.

Unfortunately there has been no comment from Trump and his administration at the White House.

Saudi Arabia is known to be committed to a Palestinian state. But in recent years, the narrative has shifted a little.

CNBC International wrote that in a 2018 interview with The Atlantic, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Israel had the right “to own their own land”. Even so, Prince Turki assured that the kingdom was still committed to Arab peace initiatives and the emergence of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.

The Turkish prince is the cousin of the crown prince of a large royal family and has long criticized the US role in the Middle East.

Earlier, the UAE-Bahrain and Israel signed the “Abraham Accords,” in Washington, USA last week. This marked the normalization of diplomatic relations between countries.

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US Presidential Election: Consistently Outperforming Trump, Biden Approaches Magic Number 50 Percent Page all

MIAMI, KOMPAS.com – Recapitulation of a number of surveys during the past week showing the presidential candidates United States of America ( AS) from the Party Democrats, Joe Biden, maintains its superiority over the incumbent Party republic President Donald Trump.

Biden consistently leading nationally and in a number of crucial states or swing states, who will determine who the inhabitants of the White House are on January 20, 2021.

In the state of Wisconsin, two surveys show former Vice President Barack Obama a convincing 6 and 10 points ahead Trump.

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Biden was up 52 percent versus 46 percent according to an ABC News / The Washington Post poll.

The 77-year-old veteran politician also earned 52 percent in Wisconsin according to a CNN / SSRS survey. However, in this survey, Trump was only chosen by 42 percent of respondents.

Biden also got good news from two states that have a significant demographic of Hispanic voters, Arizona and Florida.

Arizona, which has traditionally been the basis of the Republican vote is likely to change political choices in the 2020 presidential election.

The Monmouth University survey gave Biden a narrow 2-point lead, at 48 percent to 46 percent.

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However, Biden has a big lead when referring to a Siena College / The New York Times Upshot survey that shows him leaving Trump by 9 points away, which is 49 percent versus 40 percent.

Meanwhile, in Florida, Biden led 50 percent against 45 percent according to a poll by Monmouth University.

Two different surveys also show Biden’s superiority in the state of North Carolina.

CNN / SSRS shows Biden leading Trump with a gain of 49 percent against 46 percent.

Tighter competition can be seen from the results of a survey by Siena College / The New York Times Upshot, where the two presidential candidates are only 1 point apart, namely Biden 45 percent and Trump 44 percent.

A national survey by NBC News / The Wall Street Journal gave Biden a convincing 8-point lead, namely 51 percent against Trump’s 43 percent.

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Magic number 50 percent

Magic number or it can also be called a psychological number defined as a number that is often used as a reference for winning in general elections.

A very clear pattern from the released survey results is that the Biden figure is stable in the range of 48-50 percent.

This gives a signal that Biden is in a comfort zone to secure victory in the November 3 elections. Almost the majority of the people of “Uncle Sam’s Country” chose to choose Jill Biden’s husband.

The pattern can also be seen from the range of Trump’s votes which remained fixed in the range of 45-46 percent, aka not moving from popular vote which he won in the 2016 presidential election.

The 74-year-old president is having a hard time expanding his voter bloc which is too concentrated on white voters without a university education.

The populist rhetoric of the right that continues to echo and the chaos in handling the spread of the corona virus, has made the voter bloc that was previously the basis of Republican voters to leave the party bearing the elephant symbol.

These voter blocks are mainly voters living in the constituency suburban, university-educated women voters, and most surprisingly older voters.

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Half of US voters reside in the county suburban and they will determine who is the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump won the electoral bloc suburban in the 2016 presidential election by a difference of 4 points.

Four years later, the average survey results show Biden beat Trump with a double-digit advantage in the region suburban.

Shift support on suburban is a major factor in keeping Biden in his near 50 percent comfort zone.

Trump is trying to use law enforcement rhetoric to scare off voters suburban, that Biden would ravage their cities like Kenosha and Minneapolis because of the racial crisis.

So far the survey results show voters suburban The growing diversity of ethnic minorities is not affected by Trump’s rhetoric.

Voters suburban was the main key to the Democratic victory in the 2018 DPR elections.

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Authorizes TikTok Sales to Oracle and Walmart, Trump: Fantastic Page all

WASHINGTON DC, KOMPAS.com – President United States of America ( AS) on Saturday (19/9/2020) approved the purchase of some shares TikTok by two “Uncle Sam’s” companies, Oracle and Walmart.

Previous TikTok was about to be blocked Trump in the US because of social security issues, and now the way back is open for the video app to continue operating there.

“I think it will be a fantastic deal,” Trump was quoted as saying AFP.

Also read: With Trump’s blessing, Oracle will become the owner of TikTok shares

“I’ve approved of the deal. If they finish it, that’s fine, if not, it’s okay.”

Earlier on Friday (18/9/2020) the US issued a ban download TikTok, which is increasing tensions with Beijing in the technology sector.

TikTok users can continue to access the app until November 12.

Also read: AS Blocks Download TikTok, China feels bullied and ready to reply

That timeframe could potentially allow ByteDance to tie up TikTok China with US companies, to protect data to address the security concerns Washington has.

With Trump facing a steep path in the 2020 US presidential election, his cabinet ranks describe these policies as important to protect against potential Chinese espionage through a variety of platforms.

China’s Ministry of Commerce then responded on Saturday, condemning US “intimidation” saying it violated international trade norms.

Also read: US Block TikTok, WeChat, and Huawei, Here Is China’s Reply List

The Ministry of Trade of “Panda Country” also said there was no evidence of a security threat, shortly before releasing a list of Chinese actions to retaliate against the US, allowing them to sanction foreign companies.

Trump’s critics argue that at a time when the security risks of TikTok are unclear, the 45th president’s actions raise concerns about the government’s ability to regulate freedom of expression.

Friction with Beijing in the technology sector, according to some experts, is also based more on competition than on security issues.

Also read: Blocked in the US, TikTok sues Trump

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Trump gave his endorsement for Oracle and Walmart to take control of TikTok

The president offered strong support for the arrangement, which he said, will create 25,000 jobs in the United States. “I think it will be a fantastic agreement. I have given my blessing to the agreement. If they do, it will be great, but also” Trump claimed.

Last Thursday, Reuters reported that the new company, called TikTok Global, It will have a majority of US directors, a US CEO and a security expert on its board.

Washington’s first sanctions against TikTok, accused of threatening the national security of the United States, will take effect this Sunday.

Some 100 million Americans, who use TikTok, will be able to continue using the platform until November 12. This lapse would allow TikTok, owned by the china ByteDance, and a US company safeguarding the app’s data to appease Washington’s concerns.

The Trump administration stated that the measures are essential to counteract the potential espionage from China across the platforms.

In this sense, this Saturday the Chinese government described the US decision as “intimidation”, shortly before establishing a mechanism that would allow it to sanction foreign companies.

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Will Be Blocked US, TikTok Attacks Trump Back!

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – TikTok management has asked the United States (US) legal institution to sue President Donald Trump’s administration for imposing a ban on downloading the TikTok app.

The request was revealed in a court document filed last Friday, as quoted by Reuters, Sunday (20/09/2020).

TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance Ltd, filed a lawsuit in Washington Federal court against President Trump’s ban.

This weekend, the US Department of Commerce announced a ban on the Trump administration from downloading two applications made by Chinese companies, WeChat and TikTok starting today, Sunday (20/09/2020).

The ban is considered political reasons, according to TikTok and ByteDance in their alleged lawsuit in court. TikTok also said the ban violated the company’s amendment rights.

President Trump, who has been embroiled in a trade war dispute with China, issued an executive order on August 6 to ban any transactions with WeChat and TikTok.

ByteDance and TikTok are currently working to discuss and temporarily lift Trump’s ban and order, according to the lawsuit.

Until this news was published by Reuters, the White House has not commented on this matter.

TikTok, which has more than 100 million users in the United States, said the ban would permanently destroy the company’s business in Uncle Sam’s country.

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United States elections: Biden and Trump seek Latino vote – USA and Canada – International


There is alarm in the presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden. And it turned on where it was least expected.

This week, Various press reports and polls made it clear that the former vice president has begun to lose ground among Hispanics in the United States.., a community that, although it is a minority, is considered key when defining the name of the next occupant of the White House.

According to a new poll by the Center for Voter Participation, Voto Latino y Decisiones Latinas – three organizations that monitor the political environment in this group of voters – about 60 percent of Hispanics would be leaning towards Biden, while 40 percent would do it for Donald Trump. A drop of 7 percentage points from February this year, when the same measurement was made.

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Although the difference is still great and no one believes that the current president has a chance to beat his rival in this community, lmargins have been reduced to almost historical levels and could be enough, if they are maintained, to give Trump the victory in the elections next November.

If 35 or 40 percent of Hispanics end up supporting Trump, I see it very difficult for Biden to win

To put it in context, in the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton he took 66 percent of the Hispanic vote (28 percent for Trump) and, despite everything and that, he ended up losing the election.

And that number was already low compared to 71 percent. Barack Obama in the elections of 2012. “
If 35 or 40 percent of Hispanics end up supporting Trump, I see it very difficult for Biden to win, ”says Larry Sabato, director of the Electoral Center at the University of Virginia.

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And the explanation is more or less simple. Hispanics, who make up 18 percent of the US population, are the largest minority group in the country. Although they still vote well below their real representation (less than 50 percent did so last cycle), they tend to weigh heavily in the states where they are concentrated.

Specially in Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, five so-called “undecided” states that Biden needs (at least two of them) if he wants to keep the keys to the White House.

Furthermore, given the levels of polarization that exist in the US today, where almost 90 percent of the population is already defined by one or the other partyIt will be small movements like these that could tip the balance.

Biden’s backlash with Hispanics is surprising considering that he is competing with Trump, a president who came to power with an anti-immigrant platform and who He has been adopting very controversial policies for this community for four years.

Among them, closing the doors to the so-called ‘dreamers’ – mostly Hispanics who came to the United States illegally at a very young age – the separation of families that were captured when they tried to enter through a border and the contemptuous way in which he treated Puerto Rico when the island suffered from the ravages of Hurricane Maria.

(Read also: Amid protests, Trump appeals to fear to regain ground)

US President Donald Trump.

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Michael Reynolds / EFE

Just as striking is that Biden named as his formula to the vice-presidency to Kamala Harris, an African-American of immigrant parents who, in theory, should have empowered him with minorities.

The explanations for the collapse of the former vice president among Latinos are various. One of them is that Biden has put almost all the weight of his campaign in the white vote in another group of states that were the ones that gave Trump the victory in 2016.

As it is recalled, the Republican, despite losing the popular vote, won the elections because he managed to prevail in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three states in the center-east of the country. who had been favoring Democratic candidates for decades and where the white working class is majority.

And although the campaign has been successful – Biden is ahead in those three states – his absence in other states would be costing him.

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In the case of Hispanics, that has translated into little contact with the community.
According to María Teresa Kumar, from Voto Latino, only 32 percent of Hispanics feel that Democrats are doing a good job of communicating to reach this group, compared to 53 percent who say the same of Republicans. “Those,” says Kumar, “are alarming figures.”

To top it off, the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus have limited Biden’s ability to campaign in person in these areas. Something that Latinos, more prone to physical contact, need to identify with a candidate.

In parallel, the Trump campaign has been defining for several months the Democrats as an extreme left that wants to impose “socialism” in the US.

Nicolas Maduro

The stance that Trump has taken on Nicolás Maduro has favored the US president.

And while Biden is hardly socialist, the repetition of the message has had an impact, especially in Florida, where anti-Castroism still prevails and is home to many Hispanics who tend to be more conservative than in the rest of the country.

(Read also: Eight explosive revelations from Donald Trump’s ex-attorney book)

The arrival of thousands of Venezuelans who have had to leave their country and Trump’s efforts to overthrow Nicolas Maduro have strengthened the republicans in the state.

According to a recent poll by ‘The Washington Post’, Biden would be scoring about 12 points from Trump among Hispanic voters in the state. But in 2016, the difference with Clinton was 28. For a state that is often ultra-competitive and defined by margins close to 1 percent, these new numbers are a death sentence for the former vice president. At least in Florida, the region that defined the 2000 elections and that Trump needs yes or yes to win reelection.

More than at any other time, the Latino community has the destiny of this country in the palm of its hands

The Democrats, it seems, are waking up. This week, both Biden and Harris appeared in the state – the first time since Biden was nominated by the party. and they have expanded the courtship of the Hispanic vote in other areas of the country.

The message is that Trump has turned his back on the coronavirus, he wants to end their access to the health system and that he is an autocrat who behaves like Maduro and wants to suppress the most basic rights.

(Read also: ‘Trump’s reelection would be the end of the American experiment ‘)

He has proposed to immediately grant temporary protected status for Venezuelans –Something Republicans reject–, a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and declaring Puerto Rico as a new US state, among other things.

“Please give me a chance
. If you like what you see and believe what I say, help me. More than at any other time, the Latino community has the destiny of this country in the palm of their hands, ”Biden said at an event in which they supported Ricky Martin and Luis Fonsi.

Ricky Martin

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin said this week that Trump has “trampled on Latino dignity.”

A somewhat contradictory statement considering the little weight that Hispanics have been given so far.

At least that’s what José Parra, a political operator who worked for many years in the Senate and now lives in Florida, believes. “In the last two weeks they have been trying to focus on the community. What worries me is how long it took them to start and how advanced the electoral campaign is, ”says Parra.

(Read also: In Kenosha, Biden presents himself as ‘unifier’ of a broken country)

The situation seems so dire that even Michael Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York, decided to reach out.

The billionaire announced that he will invest US $ 100 million of his personal fortune to support Biden and it will all be for an advertising campaign in Florida.
How much of an impact it has, no one knows. But if Biden can’t make up at least some of the ground he’s lost to Hispanics, the doors to the Oval Office could begin to close on you. And forever.

SERGIO GÓMEZ MASERI
EL TIEMPO correspondent
WASHINGTON
En Twitter: @ sergom68

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Duh! Donald Trump ‘attacked’ by the former super model, how come?

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Amy Dorris, former model, accuses the President of the United States Donald Trump sexually harass him. This was during the US Open tennis tournament more than two decades ago.

In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, Dorris alleges that Trump approached him outside the bathroom of his VIP room in New York on September 5, 1997. The story of his meeting with Trump is also supported by some photo evidence and tennis tournament entry tickets.

Dorris, then 24, accused Trump, then 51 and married to his second wife, Marla Maples, of attacking her body. “He (forced) his tongue down my throat and I pushed him,” he said of the incident.

He also said Trump was gripping him and holding his private parts. “I was in his grasp, and I couldn’t let go,” he said again.

The story of the abuse began when Dorris, spending a few days with Trump in September 1997, after being taken to New York for a long weekend by her then boyfriend, Jason Binn.

Dorris, who lives with friends in Boca Raton, Florida, regularly travels to Miami to work as modeling and occasional acting jobs. Binn, founder of several fashion and luxury lifestyle magazines, is a friend of Trump.

On Friday, September 5, 1997, Dorris said Binn took her to meet Trump at the Trump Tower office in Midtown Manhattan before they went together to a tennis tournament in Queens.

The couple are joined by Trump’s other friends in the VIP room, a luxurious carpeted suite that has a balcony overlooking the square. This is evidenced by photographs that show Dorris with Trump and his friend, Marylou Whitney.

Dorris said the harassment took place when she went to a bathroom hidden behind a partition wall just meters from where Trump guests watched tennis. He wanted to wet the contact lenses he was wearing at the time.

When he came out of the bathroom, Trump was waiting for him outside. Dorris thinks Trump wants to use the bathroom too. Apparently not and sexual harassment ensued.

Dorris managed to tell Trump to stop his actions.

The day after the alleged assault, Dorris and Binn returned to Trump’s VIP room at the tennis tournament. The couple also briefly stopped by Trump’s apartment in Trump Tower, where they took pictures with several celebrities who had also visited Trump before watching the tennis match, including musicians Lenny Kravitz and Sean Combs, or Puff Daddy.

Dorris also took pictures with several other famous VIP guests, including Leonardo DiCaprio and illusionist David Blaine.

Even though he was with Binn, Trump apparently still verbally abused Dorris. Two days later, on September 8, 1997, Dorris said he attended a memorial service for Gianni Versace with Binn and Trump.

“I was there from Florida and I was with Jason. I have no money, nowhere to go. We go from event to event (to earn income),” said Dorris when asked why she continued to spend time with Binn and Trump after the occurrence of sexual harassment.

But Trump, through his lawyer, denies this. He felt that he had never harassed, abused, or behaved inappropriately against Dorris.

Trump’s lawyers said Dorris’s version of sexual harassment was not true, because at that time there would be many witnesses if Trump did abuse his VIP room.

In addition, Trump’s lawyers say it appears Dorris voluntarily chose to be around Trump at the time, even after the alleged sexual harassment he claimed. Trump’s lawyers also question why Dorris sat next to Trump at the Versace memorial, when he could have sat on the other side of Binn.

They also said Dorris had never brought these allegations to law enforcement agencies or against Trump, and said the timing of the claims was very close to the November presidential election suggesting they may be politically motivated.

[Gambas:Video CNBC]

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