- LAST MINUTE: Biden’s ally dies.
- The President and Richard Trumka were close allies.
- Trumka was an important union leader in the United States.
Richard Trumka, ally of President Joe Biden, dies. Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, the main labor association in the United States, died unexpectedly at the age of 72, confirmed the federation and the president of the United States, Joe Biden.
Trumka, who died of a heart attack, was an important ally of the Biden government and the Democrats in Congress, as the leader of an association that brings together 12.5 million workers in the public and private sectors of the United States, reveals Efe.
A very close friend of Biden
“A very close friend has died. Richard Trumka was more than the leader of the AFL-CIO, he was a very close personal friend, “said President Joe Biden, in a sad tone, in statements to the press during a ceremony at the White House.
“At least he was with people who adored him,” added Biden, who revealed that Trumka was on a camping trip with his family. AFL-CIO staff were shocked at the news of the influential union leader on Thursday.
This is how Biden’s friend Richard Trumka died
Richard Trumka died of a heart attack, revealed for the newspaper The New York Times a source from that workers’ association. Trumka, worked for years as a miner in western Pennsylvania and later became the union representative for hundreds of coal mine workers.
He had been president of the powerful AFL-CIO for more than a decade, since 2009. From that position, he maintained very close relations with the two Democratic presidents with whom he coincided, Barack Obama and the Democrat Joe Biden, who took office last January. .
The “giant” Richard Trumka and Washington in mourning
Trumka helped to obtain support for its employment and infrastructure plans, Efe points out. “He was an unstoppable champion of workers’ rights, workplace safety, worker-centered commerce and democracy,” said the AFL-CIO, confirming the death on its official Twitter account.
Shortly before, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, also lamented in the plenary session of that chamber the “horrible” death of Richard Trumka, whom he described as a “giant”. The influential leader has put America’s political class in mourning.
“At the moment when we needed it most”
“The workers of America have lost a tireless warrior at a time when we needed him most,” lamented Democrat Chuck Schumer. Followed by him, Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in Washington, also mourned death.
The president of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, expressed her “great sadness” over the death of union leader Richard Trumka, whom she described in a statement as “an insurmountable titan of the unions,” says Efe.
Trumka did not lose power with Trump and even did the ‘unthinkable’ to him
Although he was an important ally of the Democrats, Trumka did not lose power during the Presidency of Donald Trump, and had a key role in the negotiation of the T-MEC trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada, Efe recalls.
Democrats in Congress, who were then in opposition, only agreed to support the new pact, which in 2020 replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), once Trumka helped them negotiate key changes.
Richard Trumka praised Trump
In an interview with Efe in March 2018, Richard Trumka praised Donald Trump’s protectionist policies, and in particular his decision to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum to protect domestic industry.
“Trump and his team are more aligned with the demands of the workers than previous presidents in trade,” Trumka assured Efe at the time. Married with a son, Trumka nevertheless denounced Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Richard Trumka and the ‘hit’ he gave Trump
In 2017, he resigned from his position on the manufacturing council that advised former President Donald Trump, assuring that he did not want to have anything to do with racism, “intolerance or domestic terrorism,” the news agency said.
Trumka, a friend of Biden’s and leader of the AFL-CIO, was referring to Trump’s response to the violent clashes that year in Charlottesville, where a young woman was killed by a neo-Nazi and the then president made a veiled defense of white supremacists, Efe points out.
Biden in mourning for the second time in no time
The presides overntea of the United States, Joe Biden is in mourning for the second time, as he received the news of the death of his dog Champ, before this his wife and first lady, Jill, has decided to pay him a tribute, to fire one of the most beloved pets of the presidential family according to what was reported by the news portal The Hill.
The history of pets since the arrival of the president in the White House is unique, since the other dog, Major, had an incident with a Secret Service guard who is assigned to the official residence. At that, both were taken to Biden’s private house.
Heartbreaking farewell message
After a training session, the two returned to the White House, apparently already with a better behavior, however, today just a few months away, the news that keeps President Joe Biden sad, with the departure of Champ.
It was precisely the first lady who tweeted the information through her official account “RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ. We will always miss you ”, he wrote as a tribute to one of his great companions for several years.
“Our hearts are heavy”
Saddened and in deep pain, Jill Biden continued: “Our hearts are heavy today as we let everyone know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home. He was our constant and beloved companion for the past 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family. ”
“Even when Champ’s strength waned in his last months, when we entered a room, he would immediately stand up, his tail always wagging, and he would nuzzle us to scratch an ear or massage the belly.” Filed Under: Joe Biden