#GoodMorningDC. Here's the world you're waking up to this Wednesday morning.
Good Morning DC. "I have zero tolerance for betrayal, which they will soon indelibly learn," said Frank Underwood. Trump's no different and has managed to turn the Republican party in his favor.
Good Morning DC said yesterday that chances for seventeen Republican votes in the Senate to convict Trump were unlikely. It turned out that 45 Senate Republicans supported an effort to dismiss Trump's second impeachment trial. Only five Republicans are ready to join Democrats to convict Trump: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey.
“This ‘trial’ is dead on arrival in the Senate,” said Rand Paul. "Well done, Rand Paul!" Eric Trump praised the senator this Wednesday morning.
"Trump incited a deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, blocking efforts for robust security response. Mob killed five people and was close to assassinating members of Congress. The GOP has one great chance to rid itself of Trumpism and is choosing not to. Never forget," said Scaramucci.
While many are disappointed with a stark contrast in this week's attitudes toward Trump and GOP's unwillingness to purge Trumpism, there is a lot to be said about timing. Immediately after the siege at the U.S. Capitol, more than ten House Republicans wanted to break with Trump, but with the news cycle moving quickly, members of the GOP believe that they can ride this one out and, in the words of Ted Cruz, "move on."
What's Trump's plan now? To get acquittal and take the GOP into 2024 with him. "How about we keep the party of Lincoln, Reagan, and the traitors leaving," Giuliani hinted. “Trump's vengeful, and if acquitted, he will go after every single Republican in the House and Senate who sided with the Democrats, asking for his removal,” a GOP insider told Good Morning DC.
Senator Leahy, who presides over the impeachment trial, and is the longest-serving Democratic member of the Senate was taken to the hospital last night "out of the abundance of caution". Leahy is expected to be back to work today.
In a post-inauguration environment, the National Guard is still present on the streets of Washington DC. National Guardsmen will continue to support federal law enforcement agencies with about 7,000 personnel in the coming weeks. By mid-March the number of troops will go down to 5,000. The reasoning for continued military presence is that the FBI is concerned that over the next several weeks there could be situations where peaceful and lawful protests, bad actors could exploit.
President Biden signed the racial equity act. "The fact is systemic racism touches every facet of American life, and everyone — no matter your race or ethnicity — benefits when we build a more equitable America," Biden said against the backdrop of his fifty years long career in politics. Was there systemic racism then?
What will Biden do today? In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the President's Daily Brief in the Oval Office. This afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and sign executive actions to tackle climate change, create jobs, and restore scientific integrity in the State Dining Room. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy will take part in the press briefing with Jen Psaki.
Columbia's defense minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, died yesterday from Covid-19. After taking a commercial flight from San Luis Potosi to Mexico City, Mexican President Andres Lopez Obrador tested positive for coronavirus. While New Zealand hosted the first post-pandemic live music concert with 20,000 people in attendance, President Biden is looking at 200 million additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to save Americans.
At the Chatham House event, U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock criticized the E.U. of protectionism of the covid vaccine. "Protectionism is not the right approach in the middle of a pandemic," Hancock said in light of the 40 million doses of the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine, the U.K. ordered, facing a possibility of disruption in supplies.
While Joe Biden is saying behind closed doors that the U.K. should rejoin the EU., the future of the global alliance shifted. Armin Laschet, Merkel's successor and the new leader of Germany's CDU, does not look at the world from the usual EU script and is not overly excited with America.
In Davos, Netanyahu, Mayor of London, and President Moon of South Korea will talk at the virtual World Economic Forum.
That's a wrap for this Wednesday Morning. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to give you the very best political news and insider info from the front row.
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