World News Briefs For Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019
Howdy Australia!! - Democrats reveal their case against Trump - France's Macron snaps at Trump's attempt at humor - A Democrat drop out came as a surprise - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The US House Intelligence Committee has released its report and says, "The evidence of the president’s misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress." After reviewing tons of evidence and interviewing witnesses to Trump's phone call in which he tried to strong-arm Ukraine into generating a scandal against his Democratic party rival Joe Biden, the report unequivocally states that Trump's "actions have damaged our national security, undermined the integrity of the next election, and violated his oath of office". The report will be submitted to the House Judiciary Committee, which holds its own hearings this week. The opposition Democrats want to vote to impeach Trump before the end of the year and possibly have the trial as soon as January.
French President Emmanuel Macron has had enough of Donald Trump, and corrected Trump to his face as the two met n London for the NATO summit. It happened as Trump glibly suggested that most of the imprisoned former Islamic State fighters were "from France, many are from Germany, (and) the UK". Macron was having none of that and interrupted Trump: "Let's be serious." He went on, "The very last numbers of fighters on the ground are the fighters coming from Syria, from Iraq," and added, "We need to finish war against ISIS and don't make any mistakes. The number one problem are not the foreign fighters." Most of Europe has largely declined to repatriate their Islamic State fighters, but France has taken back at least eleven nationals suspected of joining the terror organisation.
Meanwhile, Londoners protested Trump's arrival amid speculation of a deal with the Conservative Party to start selling off the National Heath Service (NHS), privatizing the NHS to the American for-profit model. "Keep your tiny hands off our NHS," read the signs carried by citizens and health care workers. Although Trump visited Number Ten, Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to downplay his relationship with the White House resident in the days before the UK's election. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to Trump demanding the US drop its demand for "total market access" to UK public services, including the NHS' ability to set prices for pharmaceuticals.
Back in the USA, Calfiornia Senator Kamala Harris has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party Nomination for president, citing her campaign's cash-flow problems. "My campaign for president simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue," she wrote, "I'm not a billionaire. I can't fund my own campaign." Rivals Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg are billionaires, and John Delaney is a nine-figure millionaire. Over the weekend, reports emerged of troubles in the Harris campaign marked by infighting between the East Coast and West Coast offices.
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived at the COP25 climate conference in Madrid after re-crossing the Atlantic Ocean by sailboat.