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President-elect Biden criticizes slow pace of vaccination in US

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"It is up to the States to distribute the vaccines once brought to the designated areas by the Federal Government", Trump claimed. before not-so-subtly hitting the states one more time and throwing in a non sequitur attack at Biden. Irans initial response, five days after that deadly USA drone strike, was a ballistic missile attack on a military base in Iraq that caused brain concussion injuries to about 100 US troops.

"Our DOD political and career officials have been working with the utmost professionalism to support transition activities in a compressed time schedule and they will continue to do so in a transparent and collegial manner that upholds the finest traditions of the Department", he said in a statement. "Within 15 days of December 31, 2020, and every 30 days thereafter while this proclamation is in effect, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Labor, recommend any modifications as may be necessary", Trump added.

"The president-elect has vowed to undo many of Trump's immigration policies, but if the economy continues to struggle he may be less inclined to allow more foreign workers to join the USA labour force when millions of Americans are still unemployed", The Hill reported.

The outgoing president has been berating Republican leaders for the standoff, but he appears more focused on gathering GOP support for his extraordinary Electoral College challenge of Biden's victory when the vote is tallied in a joint session of Congress on January 6.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska issued a pointed rebuke Thursday of GOP attempts to object January 6 to the Electoral College tally of the presidential election, warning colleagues against a "dangerous ploy" that could damage the nation's civic traditions.

At least 140 House Republicans have joined the effort. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a Black woman of South Asian descent, from becoming vice president.

During his holiday, Trump also took near daily swipes on Twitter at Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp and other state elections officials over his loss to Biden in that state.

Since losing the election, the usually chatty Trump has avoided engaging with reporters, even those who accompanied him to Florida.

Biden said that his advisers have "encountered roadblocks" from political appointees at the Pentagon and the White House Office of Management and Budget despite his team receiving "exemplary cooperation from the career staff" at some agencies.

Trump, who had COVID-19 in October, frequently played down the severity of the pandemic and oversaw a response many health experts have criticized as disorganized, cavalier and sometimes ignored the science behind virus transmission.

Trump eventually signed the bill on Monday after several days of uncertainty in exchange for congressional votes on his demands.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shown little interest in Trump's push to bolster the $600 relief checks just approved in a sweeping year-end package, declaring Congress has provided enough pandemic aid, for now, as he blocked repeated Democratic attempts to force a vote.

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