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US Summoned Chinese Ambassador Over His Tween On US Army’s Role In Coronavirus

Taking serious note of a senior Chinese official tweeting that the US military started the COVID-19 pandemic, the US on Friday summoned China’s ambassador, Cui Tiankai. Also, the top US diplomat for Asia, David Stilwell, made a stern presentation to Cui.

US sent summon to China

The China was trying to deflect criticism its role in starting a global pandemic and not telling the world, said a State Department official. He further said that spreading conspiracy theories was dangerous and that they won’t tolerate that for the good of Chinese people and the world.

Tweet of Chinese official

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted that patient zero in the global pandemic might have come from the United States – not the Chinese metropolis Wuhan that was the epicenter of the pandemic.

Tweeting in both Mandarin and English, he said that it might be the US army that brought the epidemic to Wuhan. He further asked US to make its data public to be transparent. But Zhao has a history of making provocative statements on social media.

Cui’s response to US

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COVID-19 Is A National Emergency In US

US President Donald Trump declared coronavirus a national emergency and free up $50 billion in federal funds to vastly ramp the testing facility to battle against the outbreak. He said that he was declaring a national emergency to unleash the full power of the federal government.

Donald Trump on battling COVID-19

He said that the next eight weeks were crucial but he was hopeful of winning the battle. The all US States are asked to set emergency centers. Also, the federal government will partner with private companies to accelerate production of test kits for coronavirus.

Trump also asked every hospital to activate emergency preparedness plan to provide medical assistance to Americans everywhere. He said that the government would remove every obstacle to deliver the care the Americans are entitled to.

The US health secretary also got new authority to waive a series of regulations like telemedicine and allowing medical facilities to bring more staff.

US authorities were criticized

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Britain Will See More Deaths From COVID-19: Boris Johnson

On Thursday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of more deaths due to coronavirus while the chief scientific advisor of the government said that there could be 10,000 coronavirus infections in Britain.

Also, Britain and EU agreed to cancel face-to-face trade negotiations in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The negotiations were planned for next week in London.

UK PM Boris Johnson’s warning

He said that the virus was going to spread further. Flanked by the top scientific and medical advisors of the government, he made an announcement regarding the “delay-phase” of the government.

The British plan of containing the outbreak will work in three phases – containment, delay and mitigation. In the delay phase, the government will implement social distancing measures like reducing large gatherings and closing schools.

But he said that no public meetings would be cancelled and schools would remain open. At the same time, he warned that the advice could change if the virus spread further.

Boris Johnson faced criticism for delayed response

He agreed that the outbreak has triggered panic in the business, trade and every day life and the … Read the rest

Donald Trump Puts Travel Ban On 26 European Nations But Keeps UK And Ireland Out

Under the mounting pressure to control coronavirus, President Donald Trump imposed travel restrictions on 26 European countries for a month. People from the said countries are banned from traveling to US for the said period.

US bans travel from Europe

The president took the dramatic step to address the health and economic shocks to Americans and to respond to the criticism that he hadn’t taken serious attempts to contain coronavirus spread in America. But he kept the UK and Ireland free from the travel order. Also, the travel advisor doesn’t apply to US citizens coming home.

Trump announced economic steps

To cushion the blow to American business that is already down with a sudden loss of consumer demand, the president said that trade won’t be affected by the travel restriction. He said in a tweet that the restrictions stopped people and not goods. But US stock futures slid further to more than 4% as the president made the announcement.

Trump looking for re-election

Trump’s re-election on November 3 depends largely on how well he responds to coronavirus crisis. It has enveloped his presidency. He used his Oval Office for … Read the rest

Trump Decorates Retired Four-Star General With Medal Of Freedom

US President Donald Trump decorated the retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane with the highest civilian honour at a White House ceremony. He called the Army veteran a “visionary,” a “brilliant strategist” and a “fearless patriot.”

Trump showered praises over Jack Keane

The president said that in 2006, Jack helped engineer the surge that stabilized the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Also, that Jack had continued to offer his sage counsel to military and policy leaders by visiting the troops in the frontiers.

Gen. Jack Keane

Born in Manhattan, New York, Jack Keane attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College in Pennsylvania. The 77-year-old General started as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War and later served in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo.

In 1991, Jack Keane helped saved former Army Gen. David Petraeus when he was shot during a live-fire exercise. Petraeus later became director of CIA. Also, Keane also directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries in the capacity of chief operating officer of the Army for more than four years.

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Trump Replaces His Chief Of Staff Amid Coronavirus Crisis

US President Donald Trump replaced his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows. While the administration was focused on the coronavirus threat, Trump surprised the country with the administrative reshuffle.

Chief of staff of President Trump

The existing chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was made the special envoy to Northern Ireland in Friday night administrative reshuffle. He thanked Mulvaney for managing administrative responsibilities. But this move was rumoured for a long time as Trump was pulling all his loyalists and allies ahead of the presential election.

Mick Mulvaney

Mulvaney had been at the forefront of the administration’s interagency response to the coronavirus threat until Trump asked the Vice President Mike Pence to lead the whole-of-government effort more than a week ago.

Mulvaney’s relationship with Trump began to sour soon after he assumed responsibility of chief of staff in December 2018. Also, Trump had been eying the change for many months but he kept silent until the impeachment saga was over to change his chief of staff.

Mark Meadows

A long time Trump confident, Mark Meadows was onetime leader of the House … Read the rest