US politics in the news ticker: Donald Trump had described the Bytedance group’s Tiktok app as a security risk because Chinese authorities could use the app to access data from US citizens. The court prevented the download ban for the time being. Everything important to US politics in the ticker of FOCUS Online.
Failure for Trump: court stops Tiktok ban in the US for the time being
Monday, September 28th, 6:06 am: The popular Tiktok video app has more time to secure its future in the USA undisturbed. A court in Washington suspended the download stop with an injunction, which users would have felt on Monday. At the same time, the judge on Sunday rejected Tiktok’s request to also take action against the threat of a complete shutdown of the app in the USA on November 12th.
According to the order of the US Department of Commerce, Tiktok should disappear from the Apple and Google App Store in the US on Monday. Users who already have the app on their smartphones would then have access to Tiktok as before. But you couldn’t download the app again. A few days ago, Tiktok applied for an injunction against the Ministry of Commerce’s actions and argued, among other things, that the damage caused by the download stop could not be repaired.
Tiktok belongs to the Chinese company Bytedance. US President Donald Trump called the app a security risk because Chinese authorities could use the app to access data from US citizens. With two orders, he laid the basis for the end of the app in the USA. As of November 12th, Bytedance is no longer allowed to hold data from US users and no longer operate any infrastructure in the USA. Tiktok and Bytedance argued in vain that data from US users was being stored in the US and not going to China.
The situation around Tiktok is unclear. Trump had already announced that he had approved a fundamental deal that was to secure the continued existence of Tiktok in the USA through the entry of the American companies Oracle and Walmart. But since then there have been contradicting information about whether the new US partner or Bytedance should hold the majority in the global Tiktok business – and the conclusion of a final deal has been delayed further and further.
Trump nominated Barrett for Ginsburg succession at the Supreme Court
Sunday, September 27th, 7:15 am: US President Trump seizes the opportunity to cement the conservative majority in the US Supreme Court. On Saturday, he nominated the lawyer Amy Coney Barrett for the vacant seat in the Supreme Court – and wants to put her into office before the presidential election on November 3rd. The Democrats cannot prevent the Senate nomination. You now want to mobilize the voters. They immediately raised the alarm that Barrett’s views could spell the end of health care for millions of Americans.
With the 48-year-old, the conservative judges would have a clear majority of six of the nine seats on the Supreme Court. That could change American society forever. Barrett is to replace the liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week at the age of 87 of complications from cancer.
The Supreme Court often has the final say on abortion, immigration, gun rights, and discrimination policy issues. It is considered likely that conservatives could now make a fresh attempt to overturn or at least limit the right to abortion and same-sex marriage in court. A majority of 60 percent of US citizens believe, according to a poll published on Sunday by the New York Times, that abortions should be legal.
Barrett is one of the most brilliant legal experts in the United States, Trump said when the nomination was announced in Washington. She herself emphasized: “Judges do not make politics – and they have to put all political views aside.” Judges would have to adhere to the wording of laws. “She is undoubtedly a conservative,” said Trump on Sunday on Fox News.
Supreme Court justices are appointed for life. They are proposed by the President and approved by the Senate. The Republicans have a majority of 53 of the 100 seats there. Barrett’s Judicial Committee hearing is slated to begin October 12th. He expects to be able to complete the process in the body within two weeks, said committee chairman Lindsey Graham at Fox News. Then the vote would be due.
Celebrated as a heroine on religious rights: Trump apparently wants to appoint Judge Barrett as the highest US judge
Saturday, September 26th, 7:08 am: According to media reports, US President Donald Trump has decided on Amy Coney Barrett as the successor to the late constitutional judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The newspaper “New York Times” as well as the broadcasters CNN and CBS reported on Friday, citing Republican circles, that Trump would nominate the ultra-conservative federal judge on Saturday. However, the sources did not rule out that the president could change his mind at the last minute.
When asked by journalists whether the 48-year-old mother of seven would be nominated, Trump said: “I didn’t say that.” He has already made his choice and called Barrett “outstanding”.
With Barrett’s nomination, Trump would send a clear signal to his conservative base a few weeks before the presidential election on November 3 – and should thus mobilize important groups of voters.
Because in conservative circles and among the religious right, Barrett is sometimes revered like a heroine. The mother of seven, who has two adopted children from Haiti and a son with Down syndrome, is a strict anti-abortionist.
Her religious views were always a stumbling block. During her time as a law professor at the renowned Catholic private university Notre Dame, she once said in a lecture that a career in justice is always only a “means to an end” – and the goal is “to build up the kingdom of God”. Critics hold this sentence against her to this day.
Trump announced his decision on Saturday (11 p.m. German time). In addition to the deeply religious opponent of abortion Barrettt, the also conservative federal judge Barbara Lagoa is in the running. The 52-year-old from Florida has Cuban roots. Your nomination could earn Trump points with Hispanic voters ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election; Barrett’s nomination, in turn, should inspire Trump’s important religious clientele.
The liberal lawyer Ginsburg died of cancer last week at the age of 87. With the replacement of the vacant post at the Supreme Court, Trump can expand the conservative majority in the nine-member judges’ committee – from five to four to six to three – and cement it for years. The opposition Democrats had asked Trump in vain to leave the decision to the election winner.
Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden argued that to fill the post shortly before the election would be tantamount to “abuse of power”. Two Republican Senators have also expressed concerns about bringing a new constitutional judge into office, contrary to custom, before the election.
Trump wants to announce his candidate for the Ginsburg successor on Saturday
6:24 p.m .: US President Donald Trump wants to announce in the White House on Saturday (11 p.m. CEST) who he will be nominating to succeed the deceased US Supreme Court judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is already clear that Trump wants to propose a woman for the post. Ginsburg died on September 18 at the age of 87 from complications from cancer. A bitter dispute has broken out between Republicans and Democrats over the replacement of their position at the influential Supreme Court. Republicans are aiming for a Senate vote on the candidate before the end of the year – possibly even before the November 3rd election. The Democrats are demanding that the presidential winner propose a candidate for the post.
Supreme Court justices are nominated by the President and must be confirmed by a simple majority in the Senate – one of two chambers in Congress. According to influential Senator Lindsey Graham, Republicans have all the votes they need. On November 3, around a third of the 100 Senate seats will also be available for election.
Since the judges are appointed for life, Trump could cement the conservative majority for years or even decades by appointing a comparatively young judge to succeed the liberal Ginsburg. On Monday, he said that there were five shortlisted candidates – including judges Amy Coney Barrett (48) from Chicago and Barbara Lagoa (52) from Florida, who are considered favorites by the US media.
Mary Trumps wants to sue her uncle
7.13 p.m .: Trump’s niece Mary Trump wants to sue her uncle and two other family members, as “Spiegel” reports. The reason: She is said to have been cheated of her legacy worth millions. The 55-year-old accuses her relatives of having excluded her from the legacy of her grandfather Fred Trump, who died in 1999. The indictment states: “Fraud wasn’t just a family business, it was a way of life”. Already in her reveal book “Too Much and Never Enough. How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man in the World”, Mary Trump had raised serious allegations against the president.
Protests during Trump’s visit to the coffin of the deceased Judge Ginsburg: “Vote him out!”
4.34 p.m.: US President Donald Trump has been booed at the coffin of the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the US Supreme Court. “Vote him!” Chanted a group of people who had gathered in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday. Reporters present reported that the words “Worthy of your wish!” Were also shouted. Trump and First Lady Melania lingered in front of the coffin for a moment. Both wore protective masks.
The left-liberal lawyer Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87 as a result of cancer. Her body was laid out in the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, and numerous people said goodbye to the popular lawyer. On Wednesday, the former US President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary paid their respects to the judge.
A few weeks before the US election on November 3, a bitter dispute broke out between Republicans and Democrats over the replacement of the vacant post in the influential court. Trump wants to nominate a candidate for the successor on Saturday. The Democrats are demanding that Ginsburg’s post in the influential court be filled by the winner of the presidential election. According to her granddaughter Clara Spera, that was also Ginsburg’s last wish.
In a new poll by the broadcaster CNN, 59 percent of those questioned said that the election winner should name a successor for Ginsburg’s post. 41 percent support Trump’s plan to nominate a candidate now.
Trump attacks Duchess Meghan
7.40 a.m .: US President Donald Trump has attacked Duchess Meghan – apparently because of her comments on the US presidential election. He was “not a fan”, said Trump on Wednesday about the wife of the British Prince Harry. Trump ironically wished the prince “good luck”. This will “be able to use” it.
The US citizen Meghan Markle said on Tuesday on ABC: “Every four years we are told: ‘This is the most important choice of our life.’ But this is it. ” A few weeks earlier, the former actress, who became known through the series “Suits”, caused a sensation with comments on the US election. At that time she said that the country absolutely needed “change”.
In her comments on the election, Duchess Meghan never mentioned Trump or his election rival Joe Biden by name – but the comments were generally understood as a distancing from the president.
Trump does not want to guarantee a peaceful handover of power after the election
07.25 a.m .: US President Donald Trump has refused to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power after the November election. “We have to wait and see what happens,” said Trump on Wednesday at a press conference in the White House. A reporter had previously asked him whether he would guarantee a peaceful handover in the event of “victory, defeat or tie” in the “here and now” election. The Republican Trump will run against his challenger Joe Biden of the US Democrats in the November 3rd election.
In his response, Trump warned against fraud again with a view to the increase in postal votes, without providing any substantiated evidence. The president made it clear that without electoral fraud, in his view, there would be a continuation of his government rather than a change of power.
In Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said of Trump’s statement, according to reporters, “He says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say.” Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized Trump’s statement on Twitter with the words: “This is how democracy dies. A president who is so desperate to hold onto power that he does not want to commit to a peaceful change of power.”
Trump has already caused a stir in the past by not wanting to commit to accepting an election result. In an interview with Fox News in July, the president said when asked whether he would accept the result: “I have to see that.” In the 2016 election campaign, Trump said: “I will fully accept the results of this great and historic presidential election if I win.”
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