Trump announces farmers rescue package

By Helene Fung On Friday (local time), US President Donald Trump announced a US$19 billion rescue package to assist their farmers and ranchers “cope with the fallout of the global pandemic”. US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said their farmers have been suffering from a shift in demand, as schools and restaurants close, and more Americans…

Californian Governor declares “independence” from Federal Government

By Helene Fung Tension runs high in the not-so-United States of America earlier this week, as Californian Governor Gavin Newsom seemed to have run out of patience and declared independence from the federal government’s anti-COVID-19 efforts. In a TV interview on MSNBC on Thursday (local time), Mr Newsom said that he’s signed deals for 200…

Trump back-flips to recommend Americans to cover faces

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump has done a policy back-flip and recommended that Americans cover their faces when going outdoors. It comes following increasing scientific evidence suggesting the use of face coverings can slow the spread of COVID-19, because the virus can spread even when people are just speaking, as opposed to coughing…

Trump approves record stimulus package and forces General Motors to make ventilators faster

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump has signed off on its largest economic stimulus package ever, totalling US$2 trillion (A$3.3 trillion), soon after both houses passed the bill. The package includes assistance for affected industries, payments for families, small business loans, unemployment aid as well as investment into the health system. Passing the package…

North Korea launches two missiles

By Helene Fung South Korean military told South Korean news agency Yonhap that North Korea fired two short range ballistic missiles on Saturday towards the Sea of Japan from North Pyongan province. Earlier this month, North Korea carried out similar launches twice – while North Korea said they conducted “long range artillery” drills, Japan said…

Trump Declares Coronavirus Emergency

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency over the coronavirus on Friday (local time) in a news conference, which frees up US$50 billion (A$75.2 billion) in federal funding for the war chest to fight the pandemic. “The next eight weeks are critical… We can learn and we will turn…

Trump long-time advisor Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in jail

By Helene Fung Roger Stone, US President Donald Trump’s friend and long-time adviser, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison, compared to his prosecutor’s recommendation of seven to nine years, which at one stage was overruled by US Attorney-General William Barr. Mr Barr, a Trump-appointee, has previously commented in an interview that Mt Trump’s…