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Pressure mounts on US president to leave office before 20 January
At the time of this writing, no public statement surrounding the issue of leaving office has been issued by President Trump. Bloomberg reports mounting pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to gather the President’s cabinet and bring about Mr Trump’s removal from office by invoking the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expected to move on a House resolution that gives Vice President Pence 24-hours to invoke the 25th Amendment. If Mr Pence does not meet the 24-hour deadline, the House will then move to impeach the President.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment allows the Vice-President and “a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such body as Congress may by law provide” to transmit a written declaration to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House that the President is no longer fit to serve.
The U.S. Department of Labor today reported that non-farm payroll employment fell by 140,000 jobs in December 2020. The unemployment rate remained at 6.7%, the same rate as reported in December 2020. Significant losses were in the retail and hospitality sectors, according to the Labor Department. Approximately 10.7 million people are out of work.
This morning I decided to take a look at how the U.S. dollar is faring this week against the Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Kenyan currencies in comparison to the Swiss franc, Chinese yuan (offshore), and the British pound. In my opinion the United States hasn’t demonstrated that it wants to be a significant trading partner with the African continent, but with a new administration and China’s well documented economic forays on the Continent, that may change.