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03 June, 2020, 12:48 PM IST

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Trump becomes Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee

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  • In the House and Senate, lawmakers are pushing sweeping proposals for a national virus testing strategy. One seasoned Republican wants a war-like public health fund. A New Jersey freshman launched neighboring colleagues on a regional bipartisan task force to help guide Northeastern states back to work.

    China has publicly reported 82,394 confirmed cases and 3,316 deaths as of Thursday.

    In an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office, Trump talked tough on China and said he was looking at different options in terms of consequences for Beijing over the virus. "I can do a lot," he said.

    Yet none of the other five contenders in Charleston, South Carolina, had the kind of breakout moment that suggested they were prepared to grab the nomination, or emerge from the pack to dislodge Sanders as the front-runner.

    Joe Biden's appeal to broad and diverse segments of Democratic voters cemented his victories over rival Bernie Sanders, according to exit polls and results. In some cases, Biden outperformed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with key groups, suggesting that Sanders' path to the nomination has narrowed.

    The pandemic, which has killed more than 30,000 Americans and left millions out of work, has eviscerated Donald Trump's hope to run for reelection on a strong economy. A series of states he won in 2016 could tilt toward Democrats.

    Trump, triumphantly waving a newspaper front page _ ``ACQUITTED'' _ denounced his political foes, declared the impeachment proceedings a ``disgrace'' and portrayed himself as a victim rather than a president accused of serious corruption. That echoed broadsides hours earlier that stunned the crowd at an annual prayer breakfast.

    US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election, on Monday coasted to victory in the 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses, trouncing his two lesser-known ruling Republican Party rivals.

    When Trump visits India next week, political analysts will be looking at Indian American voters and the likely impact that the visit will have in a year of presidential elections in the US. Prominent Republican, Dr. Sampat Shivangi feels that the visit will help to bolster the support for the President among Indian Americans in the US.

    The largest day of balloting since the pandemic began will serve as a dry run for the Nov. 3 general election, offering a glimpse of the challenges ahead on a national scale if that vote is conducted under a lingering threat from COVID-19.

    It was not clear whether Warren, who still commands a loyal base of supporters, would endorse either of her rivals, which could offer either a significant boost. She had tried to position herself between the moderate Biden and the progressive Sanders, though she was more ideologically aligned with her Senate colleague.

    Bloomberg announced his departure from the race after a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday in the slate of states that account for almost one-third of the total delegates available in the Democratic nominating contest. He won only the territory of American Samoa and picked up several dozen delegates elsewhere.

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