US ticker: +++ 02:15 Melania Trump’s farewell message: “Violence is never the answer” +++


+++ 02:15 am Melania Trump’s farewell message: “Violence is never the answer” +++

 The  outgoing first lady Melania Trump addressed the Americans in a farewell message. “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as the first lady of the United States of America,” said the 50-year-old in an address. “© The  past four years have been unforgettable.” Melania Trump called for caution in the face of the corona pandemic. She also asked to support the “Be Best” initiative that she had set up to look after the well-being of children. Without further context, the First Lady’s message said, “Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified.”

+++ 01:38 Biden wants to stick to the entry stop +++
© The  government of the future US President Joe Biden does not want to implement the lifting of entry bans from Europe, among others, ordered by the incumbent Donald Trump. “On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on January 26,” said future White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Twitter. Shortly before, Trump had published an order according to which the entry ban for travelers from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland and Brazil should no longer apply from January 26th.

+++ 00:56 Trump orders the end of the entry stop from Europe +++
Donald Trump has ordered an end to the entry ban for foreigners from large parts of Europe to the USA. © The  travel restriction will be lifted on January 26th, announced Trump. From this date on, proof of a negative corona test is required before departure on all international flights to the USA. According to Reuters information, the entry ban for non-US citizens from Brazil should also fall.

+++ 00:46 Trump opponent Scaramucci received an invitation to the farewell ceremony +++
Donald Trump liked to campaign at airports and he chose a military airfield with Joint Base Andrews for his farewell ceremony on Wednesday. But it seems that his staff is having problems filling the location with guests at all. At least that’s what Anthony Scaramucci suspects. © The  former White House communications director and later Trump critic is surprised that he of all people had an invitation to say goodbye in his email inbox. Trump had dismissed Scaramucci in 2017 after ten days, in the last election campaign he supported Biden. “© The y’re looking for people,” Scaramucci told CNN. If he has received an invitation email, it must be a mass email. © The  desperation is apparently great. According to CNN, so far only a few guests have announced Trump’s farewell.

+++ 23:43 FBI has collected 200,000 digital clues about Capitol riots +++
© The  FBI has called on witnesses to send in photos, videos and other information about the riots in and around the Capitol. Investigators now have a lot of material to sift through: So far, almost 200,000 digital notices have been received by the FBI headquarters in Washington.

+++ 22:46 Trump has to do without Giuliani in impeachment proceedings +++
At Trump’s first impeachment negotiation in the Senate, Rudy Giuliani was his lawyer – that will be different next time, as the former New York mayor and Trump ally said to the portal “© The  Hill”. Since it is possible that he himself is a witness, “legal ethics” forbid it, he said. Giuliani had spoken before Trump’s controversial speech before the Capitol Storm. It was recently reported that Trump and Giuliani had a row over the payment of his services. Giulani led Trump’s legal team that the November 3 election result should be challenged in various courts, but failed a dozen times.

+++ 22:07 Melania Trump also breaks with old tradition +++
Not only does President Donald Trump break with tradition at the inauguration, his wife Melania does the same. It is actually common for the outgoing first lady to show her successor the private rooms of the White House on the second and third floors. As CNN reports, it will not come to that. Joe Biden’s wife Jill will have to find her way around on her own. Her husband breaks with tradition, among other things, by not attending Biden’s inauguration and not congratulating Biden on his election victory. Instead, he spreads election fraud allegations.

+++ 21:23 Pelosi: All traces lead to Putin +++
© The  leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, suspects Russian President Putin to have something to do with the riot at the Capitol just two weeks ago. “All leads lead to Putin,” she said, according to CNN, in a podcast hosted by former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (“You and me both”). “I don’t know what Putin has against him politically, financially or personally, but what happened last week was a gift for Putin,” she said. She referred to the rioters as “Putin puppets”. Clinton said she would like to see if Trump spoke to Putin on the phone that day.

+++ 20:37 Capitol striker wanted to sell Pelosi’s laptop to Russians +++
After storming the US Capitol, a young participant is said to have unsuccessfully offered the laptop of the chairman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the Russian secret service. That comes from a criminal complaint from the Federal Police FBI on Sunday evening. In it, the authorities request the arrest of the 22-year-olds for “violent entry and disorderly behavior” in the Capitol. According to a witness, the woman wanted to send the laptop to a friend in Russia, who was supposed to sell it to the Russian foreign intelligence service SWR, the criminal complaint said. For unknown reasons, the sale failed. © The  woman “still owns the computer or has destroyed it,” the witness is quoted as saying.

+++ 20:10 “Trump fortress” in New York should open +++
Since mid-2016, the famous Trump Tower on New York’s famous Fifth Avenue has been like a fortress. Because that’s where Trump’s private apartments are located. That should now change bit by bit. As reported by CNN, roadblocks and other barriers are expected to be opened. A communication center can also be dismantled. Trump has already relocated to Florida – in New York he became extremely unpopular with his presidency.

+++ 19:44 light installation to accompany victims’ commemoration +++
One day before the inauguration of the new President Joe Biden, the USA will remember the around 400,000 corona deaths in the country on Tuesday (5.30 p.m. local time; 11.30 p.m. CET). Among other things, a light installation is planned at the Lincoln Memorial in the heart of the capital Washington. Cities across the country will also commemorate the dead. © The  USA is the country with the highest number of corona victims worldwide.


(Photo: REUTERS)

+ ++ 19:07 Baby Trump balloon finds last resting place +++

A giant balloon in the shape of a blonde baby with his likeness should annoy Trump during his visit to the UK in 2019 – now he’s coming to the museum. © The  Trump baby will be preserved and exhibited as a historical item after purchase by the Museum of London. It was used for the first time in 2018 during protests against Trump’s planned visit to the UK. According to the will of the museum management, the balloon will in future be a reminder of the “wave of emotions” that hit the city at the time: “We hope that the baby’s place in the museum will be reminiscent of the time when London rose against Trump.”

You can read about the developments of the previous day here.

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