The California senator, Kamala Harris, who is the first black woman on a major presidential ticket in the United States history has criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the economy and Coronavirus pandemic.
A day after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chose the California Democrat as his running mate to take on the Trump-Pence Republican ticket in November’s election, Harris and Biden appeared together for the first time in Delaware, making history as the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to join a major political party’s ticket.
Biden said at a school in Wilmington, Delaware “the choice we make this November is going to decide the future of America for a very, very long time.”
He added “Donald Trump has already started his attacks, calling Kamala, quote, nasty, whining about how she is, quote, mean to his appointees.
Alleging the president has problem with strong women Biden said “It’s not a surprise because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any president in American history” adding that “is anybody surprised that Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman, or strong women across the board?”
Harris in her speech also on Wednesday, the 55-year-old Democratic candidate for vice president said Trump had “inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden” but “ran it straight into the ground”.
She said “everything we care about, our economy, our health, our children, the kind of country we live in, it’s all on the line. We’re reeling from the worst public health crisis in a century, adding that “the president’s mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”
Harris, who rose to national prominence within the Democratic party by interrogating Trump nominees during senate hearings, from former attorney general Jeff Sessions to supreme court Justice Brett Kavanaugh accused Trump of making every “challenge we face even more difficult to solve.”
Criticizing the Trump administration handling of the pandemic, Harris emphasized on how other countries opened back up for business but for the US “we had to shut down again. This virus has impacted almost every country, but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation,” adding that “it’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.”
In anticipation of the November’s election she added “but here’s the good news. We don’t have to accept the failed government of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, she said “In just 83 days we have a chance to choose a better future for our country.”
The former California attorney-general has been urging police reform amid nationwide anti-racism protests.
Harris is now the third woman to serve as a vice presidential candidate for a major political party after Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008.
North Korea Apologizes For ‘Unfortunate’ Killing Of South Korean Official
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized for the killing of a South Korean official, an incident which could have been a disaster for any hopes of rekindling talks between the South and the North.
According to a report by Yonhap news agency on Friday Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the “disgraceful affair” should not have happened.
Earlier on Monday, a South Korean fisheries official disappeared from a fisheries patrol boat when it was about 10km (six miles) south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed line of military control that acts as the de facto maritime boundary between the two Koreas.
On Thursday, South Korea said on Thursday the 47-year-old man had been shot dead by North Korean troops and his body burned.
In a message to Seoul, Kim said he felt “very sorry” for “disappointing” South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
News agency reported that the North said it had conducted its own investigation into the incident and found that soldiers near its western sea border had fired at least 10 shots at the South Korean. The border between the Koreas is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a “shoot-to-kill” policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country.
However, the North insisted that it had not burned the man’s body but rather the “floating material” that was carrying him.
Also, some experts were skeptical of claims that the man had been trying to defect to a country that has seen more than 30,000 North Koreans fleeing to South Korea in the past two decades, defections from South to North are rare.
Belarus: Mass Protests After Lukashenko Secretly Sworn In
Mass street protests have continued in Belarus’s capital of Minsk, after the unannounced swearing in of president Alexander Lukashenko.
There were reports of beatings and detentions by police, and video footage showed water cannon being used.
Lukashenko was secretly sworn in for a sixth term, with only a few hundred supporters in attendance. Opposition members call the ceremony, quote: “thieves’ meeting”.
The opposition says last month’s poll was rigged in Lukashenko’s favour.
Belarus electoral commission announced Lukashenko won more than 80% of the vote, triggering weeks of mass protests across the country.
Several EU countries and the us say they do not recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus.
Two Louisville Police Officers Shot And Injured Amid Protests Over Breonna Taylor’s Death
Protesters took to the streets of Louisville, Kentucky expressing anger hours after a grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for killing Breonna Taylor.
Authorities confirmed two officers were shot and wounded during the demonstrations over police killings of black people.
Interim Louisville police chief, Robert Schroeder, said a suspect was in custody but did not offer details on whether that person was participating in the demonstrations. He said both officers are expected to recover.
The violence comes after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor, a black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend.
The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s with people inside.
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