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Dr Vivek Murthy confirmed as US Surgeon General

Washington, DC: The Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Indian-American doctor Vivek Murthy to be US President Biden’s surgeon general, handing the administration one of its top public health officials amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Senators voted 57-43 to confirm the Indian American as Biden’s surgeon general. Dr Murthy had served as surgeon general under the Obama administration but was fired by former President Trump in 2017. tej

“I am deeply grateful to be confirmed by the Senate to serve once again as your Surgeon General. We have endured great hardship as a nation over the past year, and I look forward to working with you to help our nation heal and create a better future for our children,” Vivek Murthy tweeted.

Republicans Senators Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Roger Marshall, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney and Dan Sullivan joined Democrats in supporting Vivek Murthy’s nomination on Tuesday.

Dr Murthy is a distinguished physician and former Vice Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. (ANI)

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Some Republicans are bucking Trump

By SATimes Team

Washington: Republican Senator Mitt Romney has become one the few Republicans to publicly say “Black Lives Matter”.  On Sunday, wearing a mask he marched with the Evanglicals at a  protest along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capital demanding justice for African-American George Floyd.

And former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has become the first Republican to endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden for this year’s presidential election, while adding that incumbent President Donald Trump has drifted away from the Constitution.

Powell, a longtime Republican who served under President George W. Bush and also as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN on Sunday that the President has not been an “effective leader”. “Every American citizen has to sit down and think (it) through… Use your common sense. Say, ‘Is this good for my country?’”

A New York Times reports that even President George W Bush is not going to vote for Trump this November.  

And last week the Republican senator Lisa Murkowski admitted she was “struggling” with whether to support Trump’s re-election.

On June 3, General Mattis issued a statement to The Atlantic in which he criticized Trump and his policies. He berated the President for advocating military action to “dominate” the protests in the country.

Mattis wrote that Trump is “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people” and that America is “witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership”.

This does not mean that voices of dissent from party leaders will translate to the Republican grassroots, where Trump retains overwhelming support. But some critics of the president believe his responses to both the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide anti-race protests leave him uniquely exposed.

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