Thousands of U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters turned out in Washington DC on Saturday to rally in his support and to keep drumming up trump’s unproven claims of fraud in the presidential election that took place earlier this month. This rally was billed as a “million maga or make America great again march.”
Trump’s supporters have refused to accept the election results in which Joe Biden has been declared winner after winning more than the two hundred seventy electoral votes necessary to emerge as victor. They say widespread fraud took place, but that is a view that has been shot down by election officials who say no credible evidence of voting irregularities has been found.
The rallies were promoted by conservative media personalities and white nationalists, and were attended by members of the far-right proud boys and conspiracy theorist and Infowars broadcaster, Alex Jones.
The rallies later turned violent. One person was stabbed in the scuffles among the protesting groups, and police arrested twenty others. Reports say two police officers were injured.
General: COVID-19 Vaccines Will Be Ready For Delivery 24 Hours After FDA Authorization
Four-Star general Gustave Perna who is leading the U.S. government’s operation warp speed, the crash program to develop, produce, and distribute enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate 300 million Americans, says he is confident vaccines will be “on the streets 24 hours after being authorized by the food and drug administration.
The operation is stockpiling anticipated vaccines made by six different drug makers.
While the first two vaccines to be distributed will likely be from Pfizer and Moderna, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Affairs, Alex Azar, described the news from Astra zeneca’s clinical trials as “very promising” and noted that the company’s vaccine is already being produced in the country so it too can be ready for distribution once authorized by the FDA.
Azar confirmed the drugmaker is already producing mass quantities of the vaccine in the U.S.
Last week, Pfizer applied for authorization from the FDA and a hearing date was set for mid-December.
Formal Transition Of U.S. Power To Biden Begins After Lengthy Delay
US president-elect Joe Biden has been informally introducing his cabinet choices as formal transition begins.
Many of the choices, already announced, are Biden’s colleagues from his years in the Obama administration.
Former secretary of state, John Kerry, will be climate envoy, while foreign policy veteran Antony Blinken is nominated for secretary of state.
Avril Haines has been nominated for the post of director of national intelligence. If confirmed, she will be the first female to hold that position. Alejandro Mayorkas is named as homeland security boss. If confirmed, she would be the first Latino in that job.
President-elect Biden has highlighted the need to rebuild alliances, as well as tackling coronavirus and climate change.
Jamal Khashoggi Killing: Turkey’s Trial Of Saudi Suspects Resumes
The trial has resumed in turkey of the men accused in the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul two years ago.
Twenty Saudi officials, who are not in turkey, are being tried in absentia.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, was said to have been suffocated to death, and then dismembered allegedly by a team of Saudi agents inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
The defendants include two former aides to the prince, who have both denied any involvement.
Egyptian political dissident Ayman Noor, a close friend of Khashoggi, told the court the journalist felt threatened by people close to crown prince Mohammed.
The trial has now been adjourned until march.
Saudi arabia, which rejected turkey’s extradition request, convicted eight persons last year over the murder. Five of them were sentenced to death for directly participating in the killing, while three got prison sentences for covering up the crime.
The 59-year-old journalist, who went into self-imposed exile in the us in 2017, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in October 2018 to obtain papers he needed to marry his fiancee.
The Saudi government said the journalist was killed in a “rogue operation” by a team of agents.