After twenty years of military presence and five months of wandering the Biden administration, the last American soldiers have left Kabul
Promised by the new president upon his arrival at the White House, the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan was concluded on Monday, August 30, in an atmosphere of debacle and excitement.
The photo is blurry, taken at night, with greenish tones. It distinguishes Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82 th Airborne Division, setting foot aboard a cargo plane C-17 end of the runway at the international airport Hamid-Karzai in Kabul. Chris Donahue makes history. He is the last American soldier to leave Afghan soil.
The start-up Exodus, which signed a contract with the US Air Force, could equip the presidency with a flamboyant supersonic plane in the 2030s.
The future American president will travel faster than sound. At Mach 1.8 precisely, or 2222 km / h. The US Air Force signed contracts last September with start-ups to develop supersonic transport planes for the US federal administration.Among them, the Californian start-up Exosonic which is one of those who will perhaps have the honor of flying the future American president.
The concept of the supersonic jet impressed and received the front of the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate which is in charge of the presidential fleet known as « Air Force One » (the term in fact refers to all the planes in which are the president).Since 1990, this presidential fleet has consisted of two refitted Boeing 747-200B aircraft. But by 2024, two new models (the most recent 747-8) are expected to come into operation. Perhaps these will be the last subsonic models in the fleet.
It’s a rather small 31-passenger model that’s a derivative of the 70-seat commercial airliner developed by the start-up. It would be a « low-boom » supersonic, an aircraft in which travelers « fly at supersonic speeds without generating disturbing booms for those on the ground, » said a spokesperson for the Army Materiel Command. ‘air at Military.com .
« With this concept, we plan to implement new technologies that are not available today or that you do not see (yet) on commercial or business aircraft », explains to CNN Stephanie Chahan, in charge of interior design at Exosonic.
The start-up thus offered CNN a virtual tour of the interior of the project which will be presented to the US Air Force.The main cabin has 20 business class seats and two galleys. « The design of the cabin was inspired by the colors of the American executive power, its mission and its values, as well as by the peregrine falcon, known for its speed and both for its movement and for its beauty, » explains the designer. .
The aircraft would also have two private suites including meeting rooms, secure videoconferencing room with rotating leather armchairs and light wood frame.
According to its designer, the device would have a range of 5,000 nautical miles, or more than 9,200 km. Using noise attenuation technologies, it could fly over populated land at speeds greater than Mach 1.Other even more ambitious projects have received an investment from the US Air Force. like that of Hermeus Corporation based in Atlanta which is developing a hypersonic model (Mach 5) that would allow the American president to reach Europe in just 90 minutes. The start-up has already developed its engine, which it has successfully tested.
The former US president would have lost between 700 million and 2.3 billion dollars during his mandate, according to a study relayed by the BBC.
Donald Trump’s fortune melted like snow in the sun during his four years in the White House. According to the latest update of the Bloomberg Billionaires index, a ranking of the world’s largest fortunes, relayed by the BBC , the former US president would have lost between 700 million and 2.3 billion dollars during his mandate. This abysmal fall in wealth has been greatly amplified by the coronavirus crisis.
Indeed, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic , a large majority of office buildings, branded hotels and other hotel complexes owned by Donald Trump, which represent approximately 75% of his fortune, have lost income and their assets. value. This observation is the same for the fleet of planes and the nineteen golf courses of the Republican billionaire . According to the various documents analyzed by Bloomberg Billionaires from May 2016 to January 2021, the valuation of the main real estate and commercial assets of the former head of state fell by 26%.
Memoirs on his presidency to replenish the coffers?
To breathe new life into his fortune, Donald Trump could use his past as a former president in order to sign lucrative media deals, such as the drafting of post-presidential memoirs, which could make him recover some of his heavy losses. economic. As proof, the BBC recalls that Barack and Michelle Obama were paid around $ 65 million for their Memoirs, while Bill Clinton won an advance of $ 15 million for his book published in 2004.
The prospect could catch the eye of the former US president as Deutsche Bank, which was the only bank to agree to lend him money after its bankruptcy in the 1990s, said after the riots of the Capitol , that she would no longer do business with him. With the support of his 74 million voters in the November 2020 US presidential election and due to his ban from Twitter and Facebook , the billionaire could also be tempted to create a news channel or social media platform, such as have suggested this to several American media in recent weeks.
The four former heads of state underline the importance of the vaccine, with personal anecdotes to support it. A big absentee: Donald Trump.
Four former US presidents and one message: get vaccinated. In a video released on Thursday titled « It depends on you. » Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama stress the importance of the vaccine, supporting personal anecdotes.
« This vaccine is synonymous with hope », underlines Barack Obama in front of the camera. “They will protect you and protect those you love. « I want to go back to work and I want to be able to move, » says Bill Clinton.
George W. Bush says he is « impatient » to find « a full stadium » to cheer on his Texas Rangers baseball team. « To overcome this pandemic, it is important that our fellow citizens get vaccinated, » he insists.null
Two major absentees in this initiative which brings together all the ex-presidents still alive: Donald and Melania Trump. The latter were vaccinated in January, a few weeks before their departure from the White House. But the information was not revealed by their relatives until several weeks later.
The US president could ask the Department of Justice to stop scheduling new executions. Before an abolition at the federal level?
Joe Biden is the first sitting president to speak publicly against the death penalty, a sentence still in effect across the Atlantic. Barely installed in the White House, the Democrat would have discussed the possibility of asking the Department of Justice to stop the programming of new executions .
This information remains confidential, and no official announcement is planned – White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki assured it. If this measure were to be confirmed, it will certainly push supporters of the abolition of the death penalty to lift the pressure they exert on Joe Biden . But they will quickly want the US president to go further by closing, for example, the death row that belongs to the federal government, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. And why not, that he abolish the death penalty altogether from American laws.
The position of the 46th American president contrasts with that of his predecessor. Throughout his tenure, Donald Trump has been a staunch supporter of capital punishment , and everything has escalated over the past six months. 13 people were thus executed by the federal justice – unheard of in 120 years. The former president even appeared to hasten the executions as his departure from the White House arrived . The last execution took place just four days before Joe Biden was inaugurated president. Americans are therefore very aware of the issue.
A divisive decision
One situation particularly shocked the Americans: it was prisoners suffering from mental illnesses who were executed. It therefore seems natural that Joe Biden wants to return to the practice of the Obama era – the latter had unofficially prohibited executions from 2014. But he did not dare to go all the way, which allowed Donald Trump to enforce sentences.
Joe Biden could, however, attract the wrath of many Republicans, in favor of capital punishment. And even some members of his own camp might blame him, believing it to be political suicide . Not to mention that this decision would save some controversial criminals, such as Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who killed nine black parishioners who attended a small church in South Carolina. It might be difficult for Joe Biden to explain to the families of the victims why the murderer of their loved ones must not die.
Towards an abolition of the death penalty at the federal level?
Supporters of the death penalty are declining – they now represent only half of Americans. But many still want to keep the possibility of sentencing the perpetrators of terrorist attacks to death – the author of the Boston Marathon bombs, moreover, was found guilty and sentenced to death by his jury. Another court commuted the sentence – but the Trump administration has appealed. The Biden administration will soon have to decide whether to pursue this appeal, or whether to accept this sentencing change.
The abolition of the death penalty at the federal level is in any case a campaign promise of candidate Biden. He didn’t give a lot of details though, remaining very factual. Presumably he is feeling a little guilty and could reallyunravel the laws around the death penalty – to which he nevertheless contributed as a senator. In 1994, it was he who proposed to expand the range of federal crimes punishable by capital punishment. Supporters of ending the death penalty know he has an Achilles heel and they are unlikely to let go until they get a guarantee.
Eight days after entering the White House , the new President of the United States enjoys a popularity rating that his predecessor Donald Trump has never achieved in four years in office, according to a poll released Wednesday by the University of Monmouth.
The survey indicates that the 46th Democratic president drains 54% of favorable opinions in the country, against 30% of dissatisfied and 16% of undecided, a rate « higher than at any time of the mandate of Donald Trump “, According to this survey conducted between January 21 and 24 on 809 people questioned.
A Gallup Institute survey shortly before the inauguration noted that the Republican left the White House with only 34% favorable opinions, a historic low, after starting his presidency with 45% satisfied and reaching 49% early 2020.
More kindness for Joe Biden
Other polls indicate that Joe Biden enjoyed good popularity in the early days of his mandate: 56% for Morning Consult, 63% for Hill-HarrisX.
But Monmouth, like other surveys, points out that the president’s supporters and opponents are deeply divided based on their political views. He enjoys a 90% approval rating among Democrats, compared to just 15% of Republicans and 47% of Independents.
« Generally speaking, there seems to be more benevolence for Joe Biden than there was for Donald Trump but she really follows partisan lines as more people currently identify as Democrats than Republicans » , explained the director of the University’s polling institute, Patrick Murray.
Donald Trump was the first president not to have a “honeymoon” with Americans at the start of his term, according to fivethirtyeight.com, with an average popularity of 41.4% over the first six months in office, far from Barack Obama (60%) or George W. Bush (53.9%) in their first half year in office.
Huit jours après son entrée à la Maison Blanche, le nouveau président des États-Unis bénéficie d’une cote de popularité que n’a jamais atteinte son prédécesseur Donald Trump en quatre ans de mandat, selon un sondage à publié mercredi par l’Université de Monmouth.
L’enquête indique que le 46e président démocrate draine 54% d’opinions favorables dans le pays, contre 30% de mécontents et 16% d’indécis, un taux « plus important qu’à n’importe quel moment du mandat de Donald Trump », selon ce sondage conduit entre le 21 et le 24 janvier sur 809 personnes interrogées.
Une enquête de l’institut Gallup peu avant l’investiture avait noté que le républicain quittait la Maison Blanche avec seulement 34% d’opinions favorables, un plus bas historique, après avoir démarré sa présidence avec 45% de satisfaits et avoir atteint 49% début 2020.
Plus de bienveillance pour Joe Biden
D’autres sondages indiquent que Joe Biden bénéficie d’une bonne popularité aux premiers jours de son mandat: 56% pour Morning Consult, 63% pour Hill-HarrisX.
Mais Monmouth, comme d’autres enquêtes, souligne que partisans et opposants du président sont profondément divisés en fonction de leurs opinions politiques. Il bénéficie d’un taux d’approbation de 90% chez les démocrates, contre seulement 15% des républicains et 47% des indépendants.
« D’une manière générale, il semble y avoir plus de bienveillance pour Joe Biden qu’il n’y en avait pour Donald Trump mais elle suit vraiment les lignes partisanes alors que plus de gens s’identifient actuellement comme démocrates que comme républicains », a expliqué le directeur de l’institut de sondage de l’Université, Patrick Murray.
Selon le site fivethirtyeight.com, Donald Trump a été le premier président à ne pas connaître de « lune de miel » avec les Américains au début de son mandat, avec une popularité moyenne de 41,4% sur les six premiers mois au pouvoir, loin de Barack Obama (60%) ou George W. Bush (53,9%) sur leur première demi-année dans leurs fonctions.
INVESTITURE – D-Day for Joe Biden: the new American president is sworn in this Wednesday, January 20 at noon local time . Donald Trump, whose departure is imminent, has granted his presidential pardon to 73 people before leaving the White House.
TRUMP SOON ON THE START
The future ex-tenant of the Oval Office has already packed his bags and will leave the White House at 8 am aboard the presidential helicopter. Head to Andrews Air Force Base, where a military ceremony awaits him. Donald Trump will then travel for the last time aboard Air Force 1. He is due to land in Florida when the new president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in at the foot of the Capitol. The Republican billionaire will return to his residence in Mar-a-Lago, where a moving truck was seen last Monday.