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Biden: "Kamala Harris is the Right Choice"

Democratic Presidential Candidate Biden and VP Candidate Kamala Harris' first public appearance as a ticket — and her official introduction as VP candidate — took place in Wilmington, Delaware.

"I have no doubt that I picked the right person. Kamala Harris is smart, tough, experienced, and a proven fighter for the backbone of this country, the middle class. She knows how to make the hard calls. She's ready to do this job on day one. We're both ready to get to work, rebuilding this nation," said Joe Biden.

Explaining the process of determining his Vice President candidate based on his own experience, Joe Biden stated that when the former President Barack Obama asked him what he wanted most importantly at that time, he said that he wanted to be the last person in the room before Obama made important decisions. "That's what I asked Kamala," he said.

Joe Biden said Kamala Harris is "a child of immigrants" who "knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the U.S.A"

"We have a public health crisis, but months later, the President has shown no real leadership. Local governments are trying to fill the vacuum of leadership from the President, who has not put forward a plan on how to get this pandemic under control. Instead, he's insisting that this virus will disappear by signing executive orders", Biden said and criticized the Trump Administration's approach to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Kamala Harris: "America is crying out for leadership!"

"President's mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We're experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience, demanding change. America is crying out for leadership. Yet we have a President who cares more about himself than the people who elected him. But here's the good news, we don't have to accept the failed government of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. In 83 days, we have a chance to choose a better future for our country," she said.

Joe Biden's Son; Beau Biden

Kamal Harris spoke of her work with Biden's son Beau Biden during the financial crisis while both were state attorneys general, saying, "We spoke almost every day, and I learned quickly that Beau was the kind of guy who inspired people to be a better version of themselves."

About Senator Kamala Harris

Personal Birthdate: October 20, 1964 

Birthplace: Oakland, California 

Education: Howard University, B.A. political science, and economics, 

1986; the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1989 

First African-American, first woman, and first Asian-American to become attorney general of California.

First South Asian-American attorney general in the U.S.

First Indian-American and 2nd African-American woman to serve as a Senator. 

First African-American woman to represent California in the Senate. 

She is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants

The U.S. Provides Emergency Assistance to Lebanon

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration would provide $17 million of aid to Lebanon and that the U.S. would continue to help the Lebanese people recover from this tragedy.

Pompeo also stated that he agreed with the call for the U.S. to conduct a transparent investigation to determine the cause of the explosion.
Secretary Pompeo also wished safe travels for John Barsa, Acting Administrator of USAID who will travel to Beirut, Lebanon.Before Deputy Administrator departure, Barsa said that assistance would be directed to medical authorities at the American University of Beirut and the  American Lebanese University. The United States is providing money to the World Food Program for emergency meals for about 300,000 people of Lebanon affected by the explosion at the port in addition to emergency medical kits.
President Trump also spoke separately with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron after the Beirut explosion. 
Secretary Pompeo Travels to Europe:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to  Czech Republic; Slovenia;Austria; and Poland August 11 to August 15. Secretary’s visit in Poland will commemorate the centennial of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated the Bolsheviks.


President Trump Signs Executive Order on new Stimulus Package

Negotiations regarding the new Covid-19 stimulus package aimed at relieving the Coronavirus pandemic's effects on the economy in the U.S. did not yield any results. Regarding the economic package, President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders, including the extension of unemployment benefits.

Over the course of the day, the White House had indicated that President Trump would sign a series of executive orders to take action against the congestion in Washington,DC.

One major point of no-consensus in the discussions between the White House and the Congress regarding the new aid package was for how much longer the $600 weekly federal aid provided to those who were unemployed during the pandemic, would continue.

The executive order President Trump signed on Saturday at the golf club in New Jersey shows that unemployment benefits will continue, albeit at $400.

President Trump said, "That's the amount they need. That's the amount they want.  It gives them a great incentive to go back to work."

"Not a perfect solution, but that is the best we can do at the moment."

"If Democrats continue to hold this critical aid package hostage, I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the aid they need," President Donald Trump said in a ballroom at his golf resort.

Democrats had said in the past that they would reduce the price tag of their $3.4 trillion bills to $2 trillion but also stated that the White House should also increase the amount of the aid package. Republicans wanted the amount of the new aid package to be limited to $1 trillion.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said, "This is not a perfect solution. We'll be the first ones to say that- but it is all that we can do, and all the President can do within the confines of his executive power."

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Secretary Pompeo: "If We Don't Change China, It Will Change Us".

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a comprehensive and tough speech about China in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda City of California . In the speech titled "Communist China and the Future of the Free World", Pompeo directly addressed the Chinese Communist Party and Xi Jinping, and said that if necessary, a new alliance could be established against Beijing.

Secretary Pompeo stated that "As Chinese Communist Party did not keep its promises it gave to the world, we are now counting deaths by sitting with masks on our faces; we also read social pressure news from Hong Kong and Sinkiang. We see the terrible statistics of China's commercial abuse that has hit American employment and companies. And we're watching a Chinese military that grows stronger and stronger, and also more menacing," he said. 

"The old paradigm has collapsed."

"What does the American nation have to show after 50 years of dialogue with China? Have the theories of our leaders on China would evolve into freedom and democracy come true? Is this how China defines the "win-win" situation? Is America safer?" asked Pompeo, stating that the previous Chinese policy of the U.S. was of no use.

Secretary Pompeo, "If we want a free 21st century instead of China century that Xi Jinping has been dreamed of, we now have to accept the ugly truth that: The old paradigm which proposed a dialogue with China blindly has collapsed. We should not pursue this. We should not return to this approach. As President Trump suggested, we need a new strategy that protects the American economy and our lifestyles. The free world must triumph over this new tyranny." 

"China bites the hand that fed them" 

Stating that they opened their arms to Chinese citizens, Secretary Pompeo argued in return that the Chinese Communist Party exploited their free and open U.S. society. Secretary Pompeo said that China is sending propagandist individuals to press conferences, research centers, high schools and university campuses, and even parents' meetings.

"Whatever the reason, today, China is increasingly authoritarian at home and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom everywhere else," said Secretary  Pompeo. As President Trump has stated: Enough is enough".

Secretary Pompeo said, "Xi Jinping is a real follower of a failed totalitarian regime. Its ideology reflects a decade of longing for global hegemony that is based on Chinese Communism. Unless we allow it, China will not be exposed to the tyranny of Xi Jinping anymore inside and outside of the country." 

U.S. Navigation Operations are Increasing

Pompeo stated that the Department of Defense increased the number of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. He also noted that a space force was established to deter China from aggression.

Secretary Pompeo warned, "If the free world cannot change Communist China, Communist China would change the free world".

Secretary Pompeo "Communists always lie; however, the biggest lie is that the China Communist Party represents 1 billion 400 million people who it spies on, pressures and scares them into not talking." Quite the contrary. Honest opinions of the Chinese people scare the Communist Party much more than its foreign enemies. 

Secretary Pompeo's Full Speech:(Linkide verirmisin) 

President Trump: Wear a Mask

President Donald Trump has brought back the briefings that he held in the White House every day in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Once more, Trump has called the Coronavirus the “China Virus” and stated that the current situation would “get worse before it gets better.” President Trump stated that the vaccine studies are going “faster than what everyone expects” and that "it would take years if it were in the old system.”

President Trump encourages American people to wear a mask when  cannot adhere to the social distancing rules.He added: " Like it or not, but the masks are really effective” for keeping the pandemic under control."

President Trump also stated that : “All staff working in nursing homes will be tested at the highest level. In connection with that, we will send 15 thousand rapid diagnostic test equipment. These devices will enable having the results in 5 to 15 minutes.”

Mortality Rates continue to decrease

President Trump: “We learned a lot during this pandemic. We are in a good place in terms of necessary sources for battling the virus, and we can send them to places in need immediately. Our mortality rates continue to decrease. Our mortality rates are lower compared to the EU countries and other places in the world.”

He also added : “Our strategy is to ensure that our younger and healthy citizens are able to return to schools and workplaces while protecting people who are at higher risk.”

President Trump: Over 50 Million Covid-19 Tests 

President Trump said the number of tests done so far would soon exceed 50 million, and the U.S. is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to testing. I think we have done a tremendous number of tests, but if doctors and healthcare professionals would like to do more, that is fine by me.

Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national ensemble forecast predicts there will likely be between 160,000 and 175,000 total reported COVID-19 deaths by August 15th. 

References: Latests updates on Covid-19 Worldmeter and John Hopkins University

President Trump’s Operation Legend Decision

U.S. President Trump indicated during his press conference that federal law enforcement officers would be deployed to Chicago, Albuquerque and Kansas cities.

Operation Legend is named after the four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and died while asleep in his house during the acts of violence in Kansas City. Trump announced that federal law enforcement officers were already deployed to Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, one of the largest cities of Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

President Trump continued using the expression “law and order” during the press conference. “In recent weeks, a left-wing extremist movement has been launched with the aim of abolishing our police force, cutting its budget,” Trump said, blaming the group for what he described as “armed attacks, murders, horrific crimes.” 

Federal law enforcement officers are intervening in the protests in Portland.

President Trump said, “The bloodshed must end. We will deploy hundreds of troops to Chicago. We will find, prosecute and imprison the criminals. We have no other choice than to get involved.”

President Trump remarked that the protests against racism in the U.S. might be the cause of the increase in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases among young citizens.

Crime Rates Are Increasing Across the Country

Security Experts shared the following factors as causes of the increase in crime rates: weather getting hotter, more people going outside, states resuming economic activities, and people’s trust in law enforcement officers decreasing under the shadow of protests organized after African American George Floyd’s death, which was caused by police while taking him into custody in May in Minneapolis.

Who is in Power?

Federal Government and Local Governments especially in Seattle,Portland, New York, Chicago have disagreement how to handle the protests.Especially many cities are going after defunding the police budget. 

United States Constitution reserves police powers for states to exercise. However the federal government’s involvement at the local level is limited to specific purposes such as combating crimes covered by federal law (examples: weapons possession and counterfeiting), protecting federal properties like courthouses and safeguarding U.S. constitutional rights per Washington Post.

President can send federal forces into cities so long as they stay within their statutory authority of “enforcing federal law,”

The Department of Homeland Security has about  two thousand federal officials from its divisions, including CBP  on standby for possible deployment to cities, according to the New York Times. 

President Trump's July 4th Message “We’ve made a lot of progress."

Washington, the capital of the U.S., has witnessed a great number of celebrations on the Fourth of July, or Independence Day. In his speech at the White House, President Donald Trump vowed to defeat the “radical left.” Trump reacted to recent attempts to remove some sculptures in the U.S., describing these as “attempts to destroy the U.S.”

President Trump stated, “I will not let ‘angry mobs’ trying to tear down statues to ‘wipe out’ U.S. history.” President Trump added, “We’ve made a lot of progress. Our strategy is moving along well. The virus goes out in one area and rears back its ugly face in another area. But we have learned a lot. We’ve learned how to put out the flame.”

Referring to the coronavirus pandemic, with cases rising again in the country, President Trump claimed that 99% of the coronavirus cases in the U.S. were “completely harmless” without providing any evidence. Again blaming China for the spread of the outbreak, Trump noted that Beijing should be “called to account” for their failure to take control of the outbreak.

President Trump also predicted that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready “way before the end of the year.”

Within the scope of  President Trump’s “Salute to America,” events were held in Washington. There was a fireworks show, which was said to be the biggest in recent years; and a flight performance with warplanes was organized by the  Department of Defense.

It was stated that hundreds of guests, including doctors, nurses, security authorities, military members, and management officials, attended the ceremony. White House Deputy Spokesperson Judd Deere stated that the event was organized in a manner that respected the “enormous courage and spirit” of the American people and those who fight the pandemic.

While the Fourth of July celebrations continued in Washington, protests against police violence and racism were also organized.

Many Independence Day events in the U.S. were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Beaches in Florida and California were closed; parades and firework displays were not performed.

Despite the concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, Trump did not cancel the celebration at the White House.

Secretary Pompeo: Hagia Sophia should remain a museum

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo made a statement regarding the debate around the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. “We urge the government of Turkey to continue to maintain Hagia Sophia as a museum, as an exemplar of its commitment to respect the faith of traditions and diverse history that contributed to the Republic of Turkey and to ensure it remains accessible to all,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo stated the following in his statement:

“The United States views a change in the status of the Hagia Sophia as diminishing the legacy of this remarkable building and its unsurpassed ability—so rare in the modern world—to serve humanity as a much-needed bridge between those of different faith traditions and cultures. We seek to continue to work with the Government of Turkey on a broad range of issues of mutual interest, including the preservation of religious and cultural sites.”

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hami Aksoy, gave a written answer to the question regarding the statement of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs about the status of Hagia Sophia.

Stating that “they were surprised” by the remarks of the U.S. Department of State, Aksoy said, “No one has the right to speak in a ‘warning or dictating’ manner about our sovereign rights.”

Would Trump tweet about Hagia Sophia?

Hagia Sophia will not cause a crisis between Turkey and the U.S., but it will come as no surprise if the discussions continue, and President Trump makes a statement regarding internal politics. Yet Trump, who has close relations with religious leaders, especially evangelists, can make a statement about this issue. The topic does not occupy the U.S. media’s agenda much; however, the systematic defamation campaign of anti-Turk groups is continuing.

President Trump signs executive order on police reform

U.S. President Donald Trump held a press conference at the White House to sign a “police reform” order. Reporting that he met with the families of African-American victims of police violence before the press conference, Trump said, “These people lost their loved ones in deadly interactions with police. I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side. Your loved ones will not have died in vain.  We are one nation. We grieve together, and we heal together.”

Coming out against abolishing or defunding police departments, Trump stated, “Without safety, there is a catastrophe.” Implying that the police keep the streets and people safe, he said, “We must improve accountability, increase transparency, and invest more resources in police training. Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals.

“Law and order must be further restored nationwide. The federal government is ready, willing, and able to help. Police chokeholds will be banned during arrests; there will be no more looting or arson. The penalty will be very grave for those who get caught. We cannot tolerate these people.”

President Trump also stated that “As part of this new credentialing process, chokeholds will be banned, except if an officer’s life is at risk. Additionally, we’re looking at new advanced and powerful less-lethal weapons to help prevent deadly interactions,” 

Is police reform necessary?

There are 18,000 police departments all across the USA, where approximately 800,000 people work. And the largest one is the New York Police Department (NYPD). The annual budget of NYPD, with a total of 38,000 police officers, is 5.6 billion dollars. Yes, you did not hear it wrong; it is more than the 3-billion-dollar budget of the United Nations. The other day, the governor and mayor of New York made new decisions on police reform. I discussed the police reform and recent events with three valuable police officers who formerly worked at NYPD.

Yalcin Demirkaya: Having worked successfully as an NYPD detective inspector and detective commander for 20 years, Demirkaya thinks that the politicians are the responsible party for the current situation. Stating that there could also be bad eggs in the police department like in any other group, but we could not lay the blame on the whole department, Demirkaya said that the police officer who killed Floyd was a psychopath. Expressing that police associations defend every police officer, Demirkaya emphasized that the bad eggs should be eliminated. Indicating that the mainstream media was inciting protests with biased and faulty information, Demirkaya expressed that defunding the police would not result in any benefit.

Murat Oner: Having served as a soldier in the U.S. Navy for 12 years and worked for 21 years with the NYPD, Oner will receive the badge of honor. He says that the police department should recognize good cops and bad cops. Expressing that there should be racial, linguistic, and religious diversity within police departments, Oner emphasized that budget cuts would not be realistic. He believes that more funds should be allocated, and police officers should be involved in training, transparency, responsibility, and social programs.

Erhan Yildirim: Having served as the Community Affairs Coordinator at the NYPD, Yildirim says that reforms were already made after September 11, and the NYPD has been working closely with the community leaders of the city. Stating that he found the statement of New York City’s First Lady (who said that an “NYPD-free New York City would be like nirvana”) “strange,” Yildirim said that budget cuts would lead to greater vulnerability, as the city is a center for terrorism.

Secretary Pompeo Urges the Members of the Coalition Against Daesh

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, spoke at a ministerial meeting of the Anti-Daesh Coalition, which was held virtually this year due to concerns about the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Starting his speech by congratulating the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who was present at the meeting, for establishing the new Iraqi government, Pompeo said that as a coalition, members would always support Iraq’s fight against DAESH.

“As the U.S, we look forward to deepening our partnership with the people and Government of Iraq through a series of discussions, particularly the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, which will begin later this month,” said Secretary Pompeo.

On the other hand, stating that it had been over a year since Daesh had suffered a major defeat and yet the group has continued to exist in the form of cells, especially in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, Secretary Pompeo added, “Our fight against DAESH continues, and it will be here for the foreseeable future. We cannot rest!”

In addition, suggesting that the United States spends the most in the fight against DAESH,Secretary Pompeo said that the US pledged 100 million for the coalition’s main stabilization program for the areas that were liberated last year.

Secretary Pompeo asked other coalition members to pledge more in the fight against the organization.

“It’s true that the pandemic is putting enormous pressure on all of our budgets, but we urge your nations to pledge toward our goal of more than $700 million for 2020. Those funds will support our work with local partners to pursue DAESH cells and networks in Syria and Iraq.”Secretary Pompeo added.

Emphasizing that the support of the coalition was important for the continuity of secure and humane detention of DAESH members seized in Syria and in Iraq, Secretary Pompeo called on all countries to take their own citizens back and try them through the example of Italy and Germany.

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