The world’s leading social media platforms are shutting their doors at the outgoing president of the United States, President Donald Trump, following a mob action he instigated to disrupt the legislative process that could declare former Vice President Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
In a shocking series of tweets, President Trump had called on Vice President Mike Pence to reject fraudulent electors’ votes planned to be counted on January 6th, 2021 and take back their election. A request that led to many Trump fans demanding Pence reject the choice of the American people and ensure Trump continuity.
However, Mike Pence, in a well-publicized statement, told Trump he lacks the power to change the election results. A response that later prompted Trump to call on his followers to march to the Capitol in Washington DC and take back America from the joint session of the Senate.
What followed was a shocking sight of thousands of Trump followers forcefully breaking into Capitol, stealing and destroying properties.
Mike Pence was evacuated with lawmakers moved to a more protected section of the building. All pledge to get Trump to call them to order fell on deaf ears until Americans started calling his action insurrection act and domestic terrorism before he made a compromised video to order them to stop.
Still, it took a few hours before they left.
“We gather due to a selfish man’s injured pride, and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning,” Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah and the 2012 presidential nominee, said after the chamber reconvened.
“What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”
In order to curtail Trump’s excesses and ability to engineer something similarly, Twitter deleted his last three tweets and locked him out of his account for the next 12 hours. Facebook and Instagram followed suit with 24 hours suspension from their platform to ensure he does not instigate more mob action per adventure Joe Biden is declared as the 46th President of the United States.
In a speech delivered by Mike Pence, the Vice President said “To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win.”
“Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house.”
Republican Senator from Kentucky and the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, said the “failed insurrection” had only clarified Congress’s purpose.
“They tried to disrupt our democracy,” he said. “They failed.”
China and EU Seek Partnership: Xi Jinping Proposes Key Trade Alliance
Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his desire for China and the European Union (EU) to become key trade partners and foster trust in supply chains, during a meeting with EU leaders in Beijing.
The talks marked the first in-person summit between the two sides in four years and addressed a range of economic concerns, including data flows and market access.
Xi emphasized China’s commitment to high-quality development and opening up, positioning the EU as a crucial partner in economic and trade cooperation.
He envisioned the EU as a trusted collaborator in industrial and supply chain cooperation, aiming for mutual benefits and win-win results.
The summit delved into longstanding issues, such as efforts by Europe to “de-risk” its supply chains and the EU’s anti-subsidies investigation into Chinese-made electric vehicles.
China criticized the investigation, urging the EU to avoid using it for “trade protectionism.”
Xi called for the elimination of interference between China and the EU, a statement likely directed at the United States, which has taken actions, including enlisting the Netherlands, to curb China’s development of high-end semiconductors.
The EU leaders, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, described their conversation with Xi as “good and candid.”
They discussed the main challenges amid increasing geopolitical frictions, emphasizing a commitment to balanced trade relations and pledging to enhance people-to-people exchanges.
During the meeting, Italy formally informed China of its exit from the Belt and Road Initiative, highlighting ongoing strains between the EU and China.
Xi discussed Belt and Road with EU leaders, expressing a willingness to connect it with the EU’s Global Gateway infrastructure plan.
However, deep issues remain, including Russia’s war in Ukraine, trade imbalances, and Chinese overcapacity exported to Europe.
Jens Eskelund, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, stressed the need to address these issues to foster a positive relationship between Beijing and Brussels.
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Nigeria Eyes BRICS Membership within Two Years as Foreign Minister Emphasizes Strategic Alignment
In a strategic move towards global economic collaboration, Nigeria is aspiring to join the BRICS group of nations within the next two years.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, affirmed that Nigeria is open to aligning itself with groups that demonstrate good intentions, well-meaning goals, and clearly defined objectives.
Tuggar stated, “Nigeria has come of age to decide for itself who her partners should be and where they should be; being multiple aligned is in our best interest.”
He emphasized the need for Nigeria to be part of influential groups like BRICS and the G-20, citing criteria such as population and economy size that position Nigeria as a natural candidate.
BRICS, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, stands as a formidable bloc of emerging market powers.
In a recent move to expand its influence, BRICS invited six additional nations, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Argentina, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates, to join the group.
Nigeria, as Africa’s largest economy, has been absent from the BRICS alliance, prompting discussions on the potential economic and political advantages the bloc could offer the country.
Analysts have noted that BRICS membership could provide Nigeria with significant leverage on the global stage.
Vice President Kashim Shettima clarified that Nigeria did not apply for BRICS membership after the bloc’s announcement of new members in August.
Shettima emphasized the principled approach of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, highlighting a commitment to consensus building in decisions related to international partnerships.
As Nigeria eyes BRICS membership, the move is seen as a strategic step towards enhancing its global economic and diplomatic influence.
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