- The White House is concerned about the low rate of vaccination among young people who are not protecting themselves against the coronavirus.
- The institution’s former attorney is being investigated.
- There will no longer be any negotiations with Republicans regarding the infrastructure plan.
Washington, Jun 21 (EFE News).- The White House expressed its concern on Monday about the low rate of vaccination among young Americans, especially those between 18 and 25, and admitted that it will be very difficult to reach the goal of the president, Joe Biden, which is to have 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4.
Despite the notable progress achieved, with more than 65% of adults already inoculated with at least one of the doses of the available sera, health authorities highlight as one of the great challenges the need to encourage vaccination among the youngest. “What we have seen in the data is that there is a big difference between people over 25 years old and those between 18 and 25 years old,” said Jen Psaki, a spokesman for the White House, at his daily press conference.
The variant is increasing
Psaki stressed that this disparity is “worrisome, especially given that the delta variant is on the rise” and, he recalled, “does not discriminate by age.” According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the end of May 80% of those over 65 had been vaccinated, while the segment between 18 and 29 the percentage was less than 40%.
Biden’s spokeswoman acknowledged that the goal of July 4 was “ambitious”, but stressed that vaccination “will continue” in the US after that date, urging citizens to take the step to protect themselves and their community. 55.8% of the total US adult population (more than 143 million people) is already fully vaccinated, and 65.8% (168 million) have received at least one dose, according to the latest CDC data. Added to the age disparity are regional differences in the US. While states like Massachusetts, Connecticut or New Jersey already have more than two-thirds of their population fully vaccinated, others like Alabama, Georgia or Louisiana have only fully immunized just over a third. The United States is the country in the world hardest hit by covid-19 throughout the pandemic, with more than 601,000 deaths and 33.5 million infections. EFE News
Former White House attorney McGahn among those investigated by Justice
New York, Jun 13 (EFE News) .- The Department of Justice demanded in February 2018 that Apple provide them with data from the accounts of the then White House lawyer, Don McGahn, and his wife, according to this report. Sunday the newspaper The New York Times. It is not clear what the Justice Department was looking for McGahn’s data for, who did not know about the matter until Apple informed him about it last month, because the government had prevented the company to reveal those orders to the White House lawyer, adds the newspaper, which cites two people briefed on the matter.
This information is released after several media reported this Thursday that the Department of Justice, under the Presidency of Trump (2017-2021), allegedly required and seized from the Apple company metadata of progressive representatives in Congress, in order to investigate the leaks to the press about Russia.
What information was given to the authorities was not released
This led to the next day the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, announcing that an investigation has been initiated into the reasons that led the former president to order that seizure of the legislators of both his work and personal environment. Apple told McGahn that it complied with the requirements of the subpoena, which it received on February 23, 2018, and that it was issued by a grand jury from the Eastern District of Virginia, according to the Times.
Apple declined to tell you what information was provided to the government. The newspaper recalled that gag orders for subpoenas must be renewed for up to one year at a time, suggesting that prosecutors went to court several times to prevent Apple from notifying McGahn of what happened. Apple and the Justice Department did not comment to the Times while the former White House attorney declined the paper’s request.
Trump angry at former White House attorney
The Times also notes that, although it is not clear why prosecutors obtained the subpoena, it recalled that the Virginia prosecutor’s office was the center of part of the investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign for the 2016 elections led by Robert Mueller. He notes that one reason for the subpoena could be that since McGahn was the lead attorney for the campaign, it is possible that at some point earlier he would have been among those who were in contact with someone Mueller’s team was investigating in early 2018.
It highlights that another argument could be that around that date, Trump was upset with McGahn on an issue related to the Russian investigation which included a leak. In disclosing the investigation that the Department of Justice has initiated, Horowitz explained that these investigations “will examine the department’s compliance with the applicable policies and procedures of the Department of Justice, and whether such uses, or the investigations, were based on inappropriate considerations. ”. Today, Democratic congressional leaders vowed to investigate the seizure of metadata from progressive congressmen. Both the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, announced that they will try to get answers from those who were responsible under Trump, Jeff Sessions and William Barr. “Under President Trump, the Justice Department broke the rules in many ways,” Pelosi said during an interview with CNN. EFE News
White House breaks negotiations with Republicans over infrastructure plan
Washington, Jun 8 (EFE News) .- Joe Biden’s government broke up on Tuesday the negotiations that it had been holding for weeks with a group of senators republicans to agree on a bipartisan infrastructure plan. The White House considered that the distance between Biden’s plan, which was initially 2.25 billion dollars, and the one proposed by the group of Republicans led by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, are too far apart.
“The President informed Senator Capito today that the latest offer from his group, in his opinion, does not meet the essential needs of our country to repair our roads and bridges, prepare for a clean energy future and create jobs,” he said. in a release the White House. “He offered him,” he added, “his gratitude for his efforts and dialogue in good faith, but expressed his disappointment that, although he was willing to reduce his plan by more than 1 billion dollars, the Republican group only increased its proposed new investments in 150,000 million “.
A certain number of votes are required
For her part, Senator Capito was “disappointed by the decision” of the president and said that the negotiations had been “in good faith” and achieved “significant progress”. The future of Biden’s infrastructure plan, which requires a 60-vote majority in a 50-50 divided Senate, is now uncertain as it has failed to garner the necessary support from Republicans.
Democrats can use an extraordinary mechanism to pass it with as little as 50 votes, but some of the more moderate lawmakers, especially Joe Manchin, refuse to use that tool. One of the biggest reluctance of Republicans to the plan is Biden’s claim to finance it with a 28% rise in corporate tax, now reduced to a minimum since the 2017 tax reform, promoted by Donald Trump. EFE News
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