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Política Internacional / 09/11/2020

Kamala Harris: the first woman to hold the US vice presidency: “We have a lot of work ahead of us”

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Kamala Harris: the first woman to hold the US vice presidency: “We have a lot of work ahead of us”


A law graduate, the Democratic senator made history in the 2020 elections when she reached the executive

With a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, Kamala Harris, 56, has as a personal cause the claim for the rights of immigrants and marginalized communities. A law graduate the University of California's Hastings College of Law, Kamala was the first African American and first woman to hold the position of Attorney General of the State of California before being elected senator in 2016 (second woman of black descent to succeed done). Today, she broke another paradigm: she became the first woman to hold the US vice presidency.

In announcing the victory on her Instagram, she said she had a lot of work to do. “This election involves a lot more than @JoeBiden or me. It is about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let's start!".

The Oakland jurist even announced her candidacy for the highest office in the American government, but gave up to support Joe Biden, who won the election.

"What has always inspired me about Dr. King is that he was aspirational," he said during the Good Morning America program, he made his candidacy announcement. “He was aspirational as our country is aspirational. We know that we have not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we strive to achieve them. So today, the date on which we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for us Americans. I am honored to be able to make my announcement today, ”he said at the time.

Kamala gained prominence in the USA thanks to the tour of his second book, the autobiographical The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. Among the guidelines she defends are a public health system (Medicare), the increase in the minimum wage, the reform of the prison system (she created the Back on Track, a program that offers professional guidance to primary defendants in drug cases) and better financial conditions so that students can reach the higher level without getting into debt because of abusive tuition.

"My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters," wrote Harris in his autobiography. "She was determined to ensure that we became confident and proud black women."

Kamala was chosen for the job a list of about 13 strong female names, such as senator and former candidate Elizabeth Warren. Biden had promised to have a woman for the vice presidency and was under pressure to choose a black woman. The senator fulfilled both prerequisites.

"I have the great honor to announce that I have chosen Kamala Harris - a fearless fighter on behalf of ordinary people and one of the best public servants in the country - as my running mate," announced Biden on Twitter at the time.

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What is expected of Joe Biden's schedule for Colombia

Implementation of the peace campaign with the FARC enters the agenda with Washington.

As Joe Biden said in an exclusive interview with EL TIEMPO on a day of presidential elections, Colombia will continue to be a strategic ally of the United States the incoming year, when his administration is democratically in the hands of the Casa Blanca.

For Biden, the country is not the only key the perspective of national security, the “angular stone” of his vision for Latin America. But as it happens every time I change the colors in the Oval Office, the bilateral relationship will probably have new streaks.

Under the presidency of Donald Trump, the emphasis was put on the profit against drug trafficking and the crisis in Venezuela. With Biden, if these themes are to remain on the top of the agenda, changes are expected.

The elect president of the United States, as it turns out, was one of the original authors of Plan Colombia and knows that fighting against drugs is essential for the governance of the country. And if it will continue to support eradication efforts, it is viable - and it is seen during the years that I am with Barack Obama at Casa Blanca - that I pay more attention to alternative development programs that generate problems in areas affected by this problem.

If you do not believe that aerial fumigation is relieved, it is clear that within your party there are those who do not share this approach. However, it is not something that depends in part on what the Congress decides, who wants to learn the resources and which the Republican Party will continue to press for it to be used as a method of eradication.

Joe Biden

Biden was vice president of Barack Obama.

In the case of Venezuela, the expert opinion that will continue to push for the approval of resources that help to overturn the emergency caused by the influx of millions of refugees and will invert political capital in building a coalition of countries that work for the return of democracy in this country, but without the guerilla speech that characterized Trump's years.

Likewise, it is anticipated that the presidency will rise so that the peace accords that have been established with the FARC will be implemented. It cannot be forgotten that the Obama administration, in which Biden has been for years, supports the negotiations the beginning and the life of Paz Colombia, an initiative presented to the Congress to finance the commitments.

In the meantime, we could also expect that Biden would give attention to the defense of human rights, the inclusion of Afro and indigenous communities, the protection of the environment and the fight against climate change.

In economic terms, no major changes are foreseen. But it is probable that it will disappear its agenda of the themes that have generated tension with the republican administration: the unilateral imposition of spiders on Colombian products, as a success in the case of aluminum, and the ghost of the renegotiation of the Treaty of free commerce.

Diplomatic channels

In general terms, a Biden administration will return to the diplomatic channels of the past, the weight of the bilateral relationship was distributed between the State Department and the National Security Council.

Donald Trump

It is estimated that in the face of Venezuela's theme, Biden has a lesser guerrilla spirit than President Donald Trump.

And the country will have access, it is believed that the Colombian Americans could occupy important positions. He speaks of Juan González as National Security Adviser for the Western Hemisphere and Dan Restrepo in a high-level post in the American cancellation.

Likewise, save the bargain of the unpredictable character of Trump, which an amenazaba day to decertify Colombia by not fulfilling in the profits against drugs and throwing darts against President Iván Duque, and the next was in the best terms.

“The bipartisan relationship between the United States and Colombia is expected to continue as it has historically been. Biden's style is multilateral and moderate. In Latin America its emphasis will be on environmental and commercial issues with a greater emphasis on the protection of human rights and profit against corruption. For Colombia, a team Biden and his team prepared and with experience will be positive ”, says Muni Jensen, who is in charge of Latin America themes at Albright Stonebridge Group.

The bipartisan relationship between the United States and Colombia is expected to continue as it has historically been. Biden's style is multilateral and moderate.

What is still there is that so much damage has given to the open relationship that some Colombian politicians have given to Trump, especially the Democratic Center.

Según Jensen, this supposed interference “generates an unnecessary noise, which emphasizes the bilateral relationship style. But, without a doubt, it will pass to memory as an isolated incident and the 40 year olds or more will remain intact ”.

In a recent interview, Restrepo assured that Biden will approach the relationship with Colombia thinking about what suits the United States and the region. But I also say that the intrusion into the American campaign could have more of an impact on the Congress, it is possible that the bipartisan support that has always existed in front of the country could be broken.

Latinos for Trump

Trump won in Florida thanks to the support of the Latinos in this state.

It will not be easy for the Democrats to forget that they contributed to the defeat of Biden in Florida. Especially since the vote of Colombians in Miami-Dade County was key to the defeat of the congressmen of his party. And the former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, to express his effusive support for the Republican candidate María Elvira Salazar, sell her suerte.

According to the various sources consulted by this diary in a democratic environment, which does not mean that there has been a virulent campaign of discredit against Biden that has not taken into account reality.

“The problem was not to express his favoritism for Trump. Although hubies were preferable to remain at the margin, they had to express their opinion that one of the best candidates for Colombia. The problem was contributed to spreading false accusations about Biden's supposed socialism and ‘castrochavismo’. And even participated in the strategy, we all know that castrochavismo is a proper end of Colombian politics, but ended up being exported to the United States and used as a weapon of war against the elect president. It is a page that will not be easy to pass ”, I tell this diary a source for this party.

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