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Scientists blame US President Donald Trump that the World is rushing towards the Doomsday

The board called Trump's comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal and his disbelief in climate change

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Washington, Jan 27, 2017: Scientists here have announced that the world is rushing towards the doomsday, partly because of the “words and actions” of US President Donald Trump, a media report said.

The minute hand of the Doomsday Clock, which indicates how close the world’s leading scientists think we are from destroying the planet, was moved forward to two and a half minutes to midnight, ABC news reported on

Thursday. Midnight on the clock represents doomsday.

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The Bulletin’s science and security board decided to advance the clock “in part based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump, the new President of the United States,” it said in a news release on Thursday.

The board called Trump’s comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal and his disbelief in climate change “disturbing” and said his “statements and his actions as President-elect have broken with historical precedent in unsettling ways.”

Trump tweeted in December 2016 that the US “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

In January 2014, Trump said in a tweet, “Global warming is an expensive hoax!” and in November 2012, Trump claimed in a tweet that the “concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

During his election campaign Trump promised to back out of the Paris accord.

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The closer the minute hand is to midnight, the higher the chance of a global cataclysm, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the group that sets the time on the symbolic clock.

The clock’s minute hand is assessed each year, and the clock’s time “conveys how close we are to destroying our civilisation with dangerous technologies of our own making,” the Bulletin said on its website.

Apart from Trump, the Bulletin said it also considered factors such as “strident nationalism worldwide … a darkening global security landscape that is coloured by increasingly sophisticated technology and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”

In 2016, the scientists announced the clock remained at three minutes to midnight because of climate change and “extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity” by the modernisation of nuclear weapon arsenals.

In 2015, the clock was moved to three minutes to midnight, from its place at five minutes to midnight in 2014.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons under the Manhattan Project.

The scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later as an expression of concern about the use of those weapons.

The decision to move the clock’s time is made by the group’s science and security board, in consultation with its board of sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel laureates.

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President Donald Trump Key Force In Driving The Midterms Elections

Trump’s name will not appear on the Nov. 6 ballots, but, he will clearly be front and center in the minds of voters

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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally endorsing the Republican ticket in Erie, Pennsylvania, VOA

Three weeks before a crucial U.S. midterm election, it would be difficult to find much that Democrats and Republicans agree on. Both parties, however, seem to agree on one thing: President Donald Trump will be the key issue in elections that will determine control of Congress for the next two years.

For many voters, the “Trump factor” could be a deciding consideration in this year’s midterms. And as the president campaigns on behalf of Republicans around the country, he is quick to remind his supporters that he has a huge personal stake in the outcome on Nov. 6.

“All of this extraordinary progress is at stake,” Trump told a recent rally in Southaven, Mississippi. “I’m not on the ballot. But in a certain way, I am on the ballot. So please, go out and vote. Go out and vote.”

Motivating Democrats

As much as Trump motivates his core supporters, he also energizes critics like Jenny Heinz, who helped organize a recent anti-Trump rally in New York City.

“There is an active resistance to this president, who is operating as if he is above the law.”

No question, Trump is the central figure in this year’s election, according to American University analyst David Barker.

“Yes, Democrats from the day after the election in 2016 have been waiting for this day, and it is all about Trump,” Barker told VOA. “Trump fully embraces that. He wants it to be all about him.”

Historically, midterm elections have been a mix of local issues, local candidates, and partly a referendum on the sitting president.

This year’s campaign seems to have accelerated a trend whereby midterm congressional elections have increasingly become nationalized.

“It really is now all national, and everyone is kind of looking at this as either a referendum for or against the president and his party,” said George Washington University expert Lara Brown.

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supporters of President Donald Trump, wearing Mike Braun for Congress shirts, cheer as he arrives for a campaign rally at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. VOA

In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, a majority of voters in both parties said a congressional candidate who shares their view of Trump is an important consideration as they assess the coming midterms.

Seizing the spotlight

Unlike some presidents who have tried to resist the idea that the midterms are a presidential referendum, Trump has willingly embraced it.

Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon told Associated Press Television that he favors the approach.

“I think if you make this a national referendum and nationalize this election on the success of President Trump’s program, it is a clear winner, and I think the Democrats get crushed.”

Others are skeptical, including former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

“All right, fine. You want it to be about you? Well, every candidate on the ballot now has to account for your behavior, has to account for your tweets,” said Steele, a recent guest on VOA’s Plugged In with Greta Van Susteren.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. VOA

Trump hopes to boost Republican turnout in November; but, Democrats argue he is likely to be just as effective in spurring their voters to the polls.

Maryland Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger also spoke on Plugged In.

“When all you do is care about yourself and not about people, not about what they need – like your seniors needing medical care. And you just want to look good and knock them out (politically), which is happening, this is hurting. And this is why, I think, a lot of people will come out (to vote).”

Tending the base

Trump has been aggressive on the campaign trail courting his base, especially in Republican-leaning states where many of this year’s closer Senate races are taking place.

“They are focusing on their base, and they are trying to make sure that they are going to show up and vote. And it could make some difference in close midterm elections,” said University of Virginia analyst Larry Sabato.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, . VOA

Some Republicans have urged Trump to try and broaden his appeal beyond his base during campaign visits this year.

But Gallup pollster Frank Newport said the president has limited options.

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“He has kind of given up on attempting to broaden his appeal, it looks like. It fits more with his style,” said Newport. “He has, as we all know, a very combative style. He likes to have enemies because that gives him somebody to fight against. So, it would be hard for a president like Trump anyway to try and broaden his appeal.”

Trump’s name will not appear on the Nov. 6 ballots, but, he will clearly be front and center in the minds of voters, and the midterm results could determine the future of his presidency. (VOA)