En un punto el domingo
, Presidente Donald Trump appeared to admit for the first time that he lost to Joe Biden in the election that took place
13 hace días. But he soon followed up with a tweet barrage insisting he was conceding nothing
. Trump’s behavior is increasingly absurd
, weakening American democracy and ripping even greater chasms in a divided nation
The most likely scenario from here is that Trump leaves office in January in a tacit admission of reality — but refuses to ever publicly accept his loss. His departure will therefore become a sad but utterly predictable metaphor for his presidency, which insulted truth from its first hours to its last.
Triunfo 4 La vida
Fans and supporters of the outgoing President hit the streets of Washington, corriente continua, en sábado to protest against the election results
‘Like passing the baton in a race’
In case there was any doubt whether the Trump administration’s refusal to begin the transfer of power makes sense
, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that
“it would be better
” if government health officials could start working with De Biden transition team as the coronavirus pandemic worsens
. “Of course it would be better if we could start working with them
,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday
. “Como sabes, I’ve been through multiple transitions now
, having served six presidents for
36 años. And it’s very clear that the transition process that we go through
… is really important in a smooth handing over of the information as well as it’s almost like passing the baton in a race
. You don’t want to stop and then give it to somebody
, you want to essentially keep going.
While America is struggling to get through a messy election, the rest of the world is moving on.
A massive free trade pact Firmado por 15 Asia-Pacific nations on Sunday is the most tangible sign yet of how the US retreat from global leadership under Trump has forced other countries to make their own arrangements
. It’s also a boost for China’s geopolitical influence and poses an immediate challenge to Biden
, who would like to bolster the US as a Pacific power but faces tight political constraints at home
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, includes the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus China, Japón, Corea del Sur, Australia and New Zealand. Though less comprehensive than the Trans Pacific Partnership deal that Trump ditched, the pact makes one of Washington’s biggest fears a reality — that China will have an outsize say in creating the region’s trade rules.
This all creates a dilemma for Biden
. How can he show that the US is
” in Asia without seeking to become part of the region’s trading infrastructure
? But how can he reconcile such a move with a political climate in the US — including in the Midwestern swing states that won him the election — that sees any form of trade deal as tantamount to throwing away US jobs
The Asia trade question is just one of the thorny issues reflecting the fact that while Biden’s election represents a return to a more traditional US role in the world, things have changed since he last spent time in the White House.
‘We are operating on just completely different sets of facts’
Trump’s presidency may have been a flash in the pan
, but the divisions he created in America will be longer-lived
. Remarking on the fact that both Biden and Trump received over
70 million votes in the presidential election
, former President Barack Obama told Noticias CBS’ Gayle King on Sunday
, “What it says is that we are still deeply divided
. The power of that alternative worldview that’s presented in the media that those voters consume
— it carries a lot of weight.
” Asked by King if that worries him
, Obama responded
, “sí. It’s very hard for our democracy to function if we are operating on just completely different sets of facts.