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Thousands of refugees in Indonesia have spent years awaiting resettlement. Their future is unclear

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Thousands of refugees in Indonesia have spent years awaiting resettlement. Their future is unclear
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Thousands of refugees in Indonesia have spent years awaiting resettlement. Their future is unclear

2024-06-20 15:19 Last Updated At:15:30

TANJUNGPINANG, Indonesia (AP) — Morwan Mohammad walks down an old hotel corridor on Batam Island in northwestern Indonesia before entering a 6-square-meter (64-square-foot) room that has been home to him and his growing family for the past eight years.

Mohammad, who fled war in Sudan, is one of hundreds of refugees living in community housing on the island while waiting for resettlement in a third country.

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Refugees talk outside a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Bintan, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

TANJUNGPINANG, Indonesia (AP) — Morwan Mohammad walks down an old hotel corridor on Batam Island in northwestern Indonesia before entering a 6-square-meter (64-square-foot) room that has been home to him and his growing family for the past eight years.

Rahima Farhangdost, an Afghan refugee who has been living in Indonesia since August 2014 after the Taliban banned her from working as a nurse and teacher, stands outside her boarding house in Bogor, Indonesia, Thursday, May 30, 2024. "I heard the process is faster and that after two or three years, we could get resettlement. So that's why I came to Indonesia. But it's been a very, very long time — 10 years now. I really regret it. I would prefer to die in Afghanistan, and not have come to Indonesia," she said. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Rahima Farhangdost, an Afghan refugee who has been living in Indonesia since August 2014 after the Taliban banned her from working as a nurse and teacher, stands outside her boarding house in Bogor, Indonesia, Thursday, May 30, 2024. "I heard the process is faster and that after two or three years, we could get resettlement. So that's why I came to Indonesia. But it's been a very, very long time — 10 years now. I really regret it. I would prefer to die in Afghanistan, and not have come to Indonesia," she said. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, from Sudan, sits for a photograph in her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, from Sudan, sits for a photograph in her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees talk outside a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Bintan, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees talk outside a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Bintan, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Mohammad Khan Husaini, a 30-year-old Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Mohammad Khan Husaini, a 30-year-old Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Morwan Mohammad and his wife Nagad Daoud Abdallah, who fled war in Sudan, pose for a photograph in their room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. They are among hundreds of refugees living in community housing on the island while waiting for resettlement in a third country. All three of Mohammad's children were born in Indonesia and he does not know where his family will ultimately settle. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Morwan Mohammad and his wife Nagad Daoud Abdallah, who fled war in Sudan, pose for a photograph in their room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. They are among hundreds of refugees living in community housing on the island while waiting for resettlement in a third country. All three of Mohammad's children were born in Indonesia and he does not know where his family will ultimately settle. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Sudanese woman Rawda Yousif, who has been in Indonesia for eight years, stands for a photograph in her room at Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Sudanese woman Rawda Yousif, who has been in Indonesia for eight years, stands for a photograph in her room at Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, a 36-year-old Sudanese woman, cleans up her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been living in the hotel for eight years after leaving home in search of a better life in Indonesia for her family. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, a 36-year-old Sudanese woman, cleans up her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been living in the hotel for eight years after leaving home in search of a better life in Indonesia for her family. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Abdulnasir, a Somalian who has spent 8 years in Indonesia, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Abdulnasir, a Somalian who has spent 8 years in Indonesia, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Hamid Mohammad, 28, an Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, looks into a mirror at a resort turned into a shelter for refugees, in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Hamid Mohammad, 28, an Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, looks into a mirror at a resort turned into a shelter for refugees, in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees walk outside Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees walk outside Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Two of four Myanmarese fishermen, stranded because they cannot afford to pay for their onward travel, rest inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Two of four Myanmarese fishermen, stranded because they cannot afford to pay for their onward travel, rest inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Officers check the health condition of a Nigerian detainee at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Officers check the health condition of a Nigerian detainee at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Detainees from Nigeria stand inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Detainees from Nigeria stand inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

An Afghan refugee walks at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

An Afghan refugee walks at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Children play near an elevator at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Children play near an elevator at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A refugee stands in front of what used to be the reception desk of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A refugee stands in front of what used to be the reception desk of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A child plays with a mobile phone in the hallway of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A child plays with a mobile phone in the hallway of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Nagad Daoud Abdallah, right, and Majdah Ishag, both from Sudan, sit on a bed in Ishag's room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Both have been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Nagad Daoud Abdallah, right, and Majdah Ishag, both from Sudan, sit on a bed in Ishag's room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Both have been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Hotel Kolekta, a former tourist hotel, was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. The island, just south of Singapore, has a population of 1.2 million people.

Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.

Many had fled to Indonesia as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo.

Mohammad and his wife arrived in Jakarta nine years ago after traveling from his hometown Nyala to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and onward to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago, where their first stop was the U.N. refugee agency office in the capital.

“We did not know where to go — just looking for a safe place to live. The most important thing was to get out of Sudan to avoid war,” he said.

They made their way to Batam in 2016, believing it would be easier to travel from there to a third country for resettlement.

All three of Mohammad’s children were born in Indonesia and he does not know where his family will ultimately settle. He says he wants to have a normal life, working and earning money so he can support himself without relying on others for assistance.

“We left our country, our family. We miss our family members. But life here is also too hard for us because for eight years we are not working, not doing good activities. Just sleep, wake up, eat, repeat,” he said.

Hotel Kolekta is administered by the Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on nearby Bintan Island. That three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing similarly uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, but in conditions that more closely resemble a prison.

Two Palestinian men have languished there for over a year, unable to return home due to the ongoing war in Gaza. Four Burmese fishermen are stranded because they cannot afford to pay for their onward travel.

Those held in the detention center typically violated Indonesia’s immigration regulations, while those living in Hotel Kolekta and other community housing entered the country legally seeking safe haven.

On Batam Island, Majdah Ishag, a 36-year-old Sudanese woman, has been living in the hotel for eight years after leaving home in search of a better life in Indonesia for her family. Her daily needs are met but she worries about the future and doesn’t want her five children to spend their entire lives in Hotel Kolekta.

“I hope I can find work and resettlement,” she said.

The UNHCR office in Indonesia says that nearly one-third of the 12,295 people registered with organization are children who have limited access to education and health services.

Rahima Farhangdost is one of 5,732 refugees from Afghanistan stranded in Indonesia. She lives in Bogor, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Jakarta, and has been in Indonesia since August 2014 after the Taliban banned her from working as a nurse and teacher in her hometown in the country’s southeast.

For five years, she received money from a cousin in Afghanistan, but that relative died in conflict and she has since had to receive monthly financial support from UNHCR.

“I heard the process is faster and that after two or three years, we could get resettlement. So that’s why I came to Indonesia. But it’s been a very, very long time — 10 years now. I really regret it. I would prefer to die in Afghanistan, and not have come to Indonesia,” she said.

UNHCR Indonesia says more than 12,000 individuals from 40 countries in the country are listed as refugees under Indonesian law, most of them from Afghanistan.

Ann Maymann, a UNHCR representative in Indonesia, said: “Resettlement is not speedy ... because it is not the UNHCR who decides. We cannot decide that a refugee will go to this country.”

Maymann said refugees under the current system cannot be assured of a better future in Indonesia, especially those who will not be resettled.

“That is exactly why we need to work on improving the conditions for the refugees while they are in Indonesia, because resettlement cannot be the only solution. Because it is not the only solution. Because not all will be resettled,” Maymann said.

Tarigan reported from Jakarta.

Refugees talk outside a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Bintan, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees talk outside a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Bintan, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Rahima Farhangdost, an Afghan refugee who has been living in Indonesia since August 2014 after the Taliban banned her from working as a nurse and teacher, stands outside her boarding house in Bogor, Indonesia, Thursday, May 30, 2024. "I heard the process is faster and that after two or three years, we could get resettlement. So that's why I came to Indonesia. But it's been a very, very long time — 10 years now. I really regret it. I would prefer to die in Afghanistan, and not have come to Indonesia," she said. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Rahima Farhangdost, an Afghan refugee who has been living in Indonesia since August 2014 after the Taliban banned her from working as a nurse and teacher, stands outside her boarding house in Bogor, Indonesia, Thursday, May 30, 2024. "I heard the process is faster and that after two or three years, we could get resettlement. So that's why I came to Indonesia. But it's been a very, very long time — 10 years now. I really regret it. I would prefer to die in Afghanistan, and not have come to Indonesia," she said. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, from Sudan, sits for a photograph in her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, from Sudan, sits for a photograph in her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees talk outside a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Bintan, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees talk outside a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Bintan, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Mohammad Khan Husaini, a 30-year-old Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Mohammad Khan Husaini, a 30-year-old Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Morwan Mohammad and his wife Nagad Daoud Abdallah, who fled war in Sudan, pose for a photograph in their room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. They are among hundreds of refugees living in community housing on the island while waiting for resettlement in a third country. All three of Mohammad's children were born in Indonesia and he does not know where his family will ultimately settle. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Morwan Mohammad and his wife Nagad Daoud Abdallah, who fled war in Sudan, pose for a photograph in their room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. They are among hundreds of refugees living in community housing on the island while waiting for resettlement in a third country. All three of Mohammad's children were born in Indonesia and he does not know where his family will ultimately settle. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Sudanese woman Rawda Yousif, who has been in Indonesia for eight years, stands for a photograph in her room at Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Sudanese woman Rawda Yousif, who has been in Indonesia for eight years, stands for a photograph in her room at Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, a 36-year-old Sudanese woman, cleans up her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been living in the hotel for eight years after leaving home in search of a better life in Indonesia for her family. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Majdah Ishag, a 36-year-old Sudanese woman, cleans up her room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Ishag has been living in the hotel for eight years after leaving home in search of a better life in Indonesia for her family. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Abdulnasir, a Somalian who has spent 8 years in Indonesia, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Abdulnasir, a Somalian who has spent 8 years in Indonesia, stands at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Many refugees had fled to the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago as a jumping-off point hoping to eventually reach Australia by boat, but are now stuck in what feels like an endless limbo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Hamid Mohammad, 28, an Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, looks into a mirror at a resort turned into a shelter for refugees, in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Hamid Mohammad, 28, an Afghan who has been in Indonesia for 11 years, looks into a mirror at a resort turned into a shelter for refugees, in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees walk outside Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Refugees walk outside Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Two of four Myanmarese fishermen, stranded because they cannot afford to pay for their onward travel, rest inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Two of four Myanmarese fishermen, stranded because they cannot afford to pay for their onward travel, rest inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Officers check the health condition of a Nigerian detainee at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Officers check the health condition of a Nigerian detainee at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Detainees from Nigeria stand inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Detainees from Nigeria stand inside their cell at Tanjungpinang Central Immigration Detention Center on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This three-story detention facility, with its barred windows and fading paint, is home to dozens of detainees facing uncertain futures, including whether they will ever return to their homelands, in conditions that closely resemble a prison. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

An Afghan refugee walks at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

An Afghan refugee walks at a resort turned into a shelter in Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Indonesia, despite having a long history of accepting refugees, is not a signatory to the U.N. Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, and the government does not allow refugees and asylum-seekers to work.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Children play near an elevator at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Children play near an elevator at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A refugee stands in front of what used to be the reception desk of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A refugee stands in front of what used to be the reception desk of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A child plays with a mobile phone in the hallway of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A child plays with a mobile phone in the hallway of Hotel Kolekta, turned into a shelter for refugees, in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. The former tourist hotel was converted in 2015 into a temporary shelter that today houses 228 refugees from conflict-torn nations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Nagad Daoud Abdallah, right, and Majdah Ishag, both from Sudan, sit on a bed in Ishag's room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Both have been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Nagad Daoud Abdallah, right, and Majdah Ishag, both from Sudan, sit on a bed in Ishag's room at a hotel turned into a shelter for refugees in Batam, an island in northwestern Indonesia, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Both have been at the community housing for eight years while waiting for resettlement in a third country. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Vice President Kamala Harris is being thrust into the most scrutinizing of spotlights, suddenly the leading candidate to succeed President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and her party’s main hope of defeating Donald Trump.

She spoke Monday at a White House celebration with the NCAA championship teams, her first appearance since Biden announced he was leaving the race.

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Republican vice presidential nominee JD Vance is making his first solo appearances on the campaign trail, a day after the 2024 presidential race was thrown into upheaval as President Joe Biden dropped out of the race.

Vance, an Ohio senator, and is scheduled to hold a rally in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, on Monday afternoon, followed by a second rally Monday evening in Radford, Virginia.

Vendors outside of the Vance event in Ohio appeared for have pivoted quickly with the news of Biden dropping out. They had removed merchandise referencing Biden and added coffee mugs, t-shirts and other items that featured Vance.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he had a “great” conversation Sunday with Vice President Kamala Harris about “winning this race.”

Cooper, a term-limited governor with a history of strong support for the Biden-Harris administration, is a possible contender for Harris’ running mate should she win the nomination. Asked twice if he would consider being Harris’ running mate, Cooper instead said the focus needs to be on Harris alone this week.

“The vice presidential conversation needs to occur later,” Cooper said. “I want to make sure Kamala Harris wins. I’m going to work for her all over this country and do what I can to stop Donald Trump.”

Cooper also said he had a conversation with President Joe Biden on Sunday, where he told him he “cemented his legacy among the greatest of presidents.”

“The vice president called me personally yesterday and called me within a couple of hours of President Biden’s announcement," Beshear said. "And that meant a lot to me, to reach out to me personally and ask for my support.”

The Democratic governor said he pledged his support to her.

“The rest of that conversation I said would stay between us,” he said.

Asked if she mentioned the No. 2 spot on the ticket, Beshear said: “I’m not going to get into any of those details, but the call was about asking for my support and I pledged it.”

Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to Delaware to meet with staffers of the reelection campaign that President Joe Biden gave up.

Her office says Harris will hold a “campaign engagement” in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday afternoon. Biden reelection campaign headquarters occupies space in two buildings there.

Biden endorsed Harris shortly after announcing he was leaving the presidential race. The campaign announced raising $49.6 million in the hours after his announcement.

Harris is not yet the formal Democratic presidential nominee, but top party elected officials and donors, as well as labor unions and leading advocacy groups, have endorsed her.

U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle faced a storm of bipartisan criticism at a congressional hearing Monday, with many lawmakers asking why she had not yet resigned from her job in the wake of the assassination attempt against former President Donald Trump.

The director, who’s spent nearly three decades combined at the agency, remained defiant that she was the “right person” to lead the agency despite overseeing the “most significant operational failure” in decades.

Even so, both Republicans and Democrats pushed Cheatle on why she wasn’t more forthcoming with details about what went wrong on July 13 or how she would ensure it never happens again.

“Tell us what went wrong!” Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, yelled at Cheatle. “Tell us and don’t try to play a shell game with us.”

Vice President Kamala Harris says President Joe Biden’s list of accomplishments are “unmatched in modern history.”

In her first public remarks since Biden announced he was leaving the presidential race, Harris made no comment of her own presidential candidacy.

Speaking at a Monday event with NCAA athletes on the lawn of the White House that Biden missed as he recovers from COVID-19, Harris said that Biden, in one term, got more done than many two-term presidents.

“I am firsthand witness that every day, our President Joe Biden fights for the American people,” she said. “And we are deeply, deeply grateful for his service to our nation.”

David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said Biden’s withdrawal and his endorsement of Harris doesn’t simply erase concerns about Biden but elevates Harris as a motivating, tested national candidate who’s grown while in office.

“Democrats didn’t have a chance on Sunday and now they have a chance,” Axelrod told The Associated Press Monday. “It’s really that simple.”

“I think that it’s a different race now because she has maybe some of his liabilities and she may have some of her own,” Axelrod said. “But no one judges her as too old, or unfit in that way.”

The electoral map stays essentially the same, with Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin being the most pivotal states, he said. And within them, Harris will motivate in particular younger voters, Axelrod said.

But Harris faces the daunting task of launching a campaign and building one at the same time. “Which is hard, but it can be done,” Axelrod said.

In the central city of Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians coping with more than nine months of the devastating Israel-Hamas war say they feel indifferent about Biden’s withdrawal from the presidential election.

“We feel the United States is a partner in the assault on Gaza,” Hassan Shaqalieh told The Associated Press. “The news that matters the most to us is the end of the war.”

Biden in May presented a deal that aims to end the war in Gaza and return the Israeli hostages the Palestinian group Hamas kidnapped in their surprise attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, but Washington is Israel’s biggest political and military ally.

Hamza Fayyad who was displaced from the southern city of Khan Younis, says there has been no trust in Washington for the Palestinian people’s aspiration to a state and end to Israel’s occupation in the Palestinian territories.

“Someone bad leaves, only for someone worse to come in,” he said.

China’s foreign ministry on Monday said it had no comment on Biden’s exit from the presidential race, citing that “the presidential elections are the U.S.′ own affairs.”

The official Xinhua news agency, however, opined that it “once again exposed the ugly reality of U.S. politics.”

“Biden’s withdrawal once again expose the chaos and the essence of U.S. politics where partisan interests rule supreme and money drives elections,” Xinhua said in an editorial.

The second-term Democratic governor from one of the most-contested presidential states said in a news release Monday, “Today, I am fired up to endorse Kamala Harris for President of the United States.”

Whitmer continued, “In Vice President Harris, Michigan voters have a presidential candidate they can can count on to focus on lowering their costs, restoring their freedoms, bringing jobs and supply chains back from overseas, and building an economy that works for working people.”

Whitmer had been mentioned as a potential Democratic presidential prospect.

“So Michigan, let’s go to work,” Whitmer said. “We cannot let Donald Trump anywhere near the White House. Let’s go!”

The director of the Secret Service says the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump was the agency’s “most significant operational failure” in decades.

Director Kimberly Cheatle told lawmakers Monday during a congressional hearing: “On July 13, we failed.” Cheatle says she takes full responsibility for the agency’s missteps related to the attack at Trump’s Pennsylvania rally earlier this month.

Additional endorsements Monday, including Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, left a dwindling list of potential rivals to Vice President Kamala Harris as she moves to lock up Democratic delegates behind her campaign for the White House.

Winning the nomination is only the first item on a staggering political to-do list for her after Biden’s decision to exit the race, which she learned about on a Sunday morning call with the president. If she’s successful at locking up the nomination, she must also pick a running mate and pivot a massive political operation to boost her candidacy instead of Biden’s with just over 100 days until Election Day.

The Secret Service director is set to testify Monday before a congressional committee as calls mount for her to resign over security failures at a rally where a 20-year-old gunman attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump.

The House Oversight Committee hearing will be Director Kimberly Cheatle’s first appearance before lawmakers since the July 13 Pennsylvania rally shooting that left one spectator dead.

Lawmakers have been expressing anger over how the gunman could get so close to the Republican presidential nominee when he was supposed to be carefully guarded.

As President Joe Biden was deciding to withdraw from the race Sunday morning, Vice President Kamala Harris had multiple phone conversations with him, according to a person familiar who spoke only on background to more freely divulge details.

Harris was at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington. She was surrounded by family and staff and wore a hooded Howard University sweatshirt, workout sweats and sneakers, the person said.

She spent 10-plus hours Sunday placing calls to more than 100 party leaders, members of Congress, governors, labor leaders, and leaders of advocacy and civil rights organizations. Harris told all that she was grateful Biden endorsed her upon leaving the race but she planned to earn the Democratic presidential nomination in her own right.

The vice president also called her pastor, Amos Brown III, who, along with his wife, prayed over her.

Harris arranged lunch and dinner for assembled aides. They ate afternoon sandwiches and salad and pizza in the evening. Harris’ pizza had anchovies, which the person said is her go-to topping.

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“The vice president is smart and strong, which will make her a good president,” Beshear said during a Monday morning appearance on MSNBC. “But she’s also kind and has empathy, which can make her a great president.”

Beshear praised Harris’ resume as a former prosecutor and says she’s ready to assume the presidency. He says he’s willing to do everything he can to support her.

Asked if he’s open to potentially joining the ticket, Beshear said he loves his job as governor. “The only way I would consider something other than this current job is if I believed I could further help my people and to help this country,” he said.

Beshear defeated Trump-endorsed Republicans to win the governorship in 2019 and to win reelection last year in his Republican-leaning state.

Speaking on Monday to CBS, the West Virginia Democrat-turned-independent said “I don’t need that in my life.”

Manchin had been the latest senator to call for Biden to exit the 2024 race before Sunday’s announcement by Biden that he would do just that.

Manchin had already mulled a late-breaking 2024 White House bid of his own but said in February after a listening tour that he didn’t want to be a “spoiler.” As a Democrat, he had often bucked his own party’s leadership.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Xavier Bettel praised President Joe Biden for his announcement that he’s ending his bid for reelection.

“It takes courage for a politician to say ‘I’m a bit old and I’m not capable of doing it anymore,’” Bettel said, describing it as a “courageous and difficult decision” by Biden.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, endorsed Harris and called her “an unwavering champion for families, workers and justice.”

Gillibrand, who ran against Harris in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, said in a statement Monday that the vice president is “incredibly well-qualified, with experience as a prosecutor, as a lawmaker, and as a leader on the world stage.”

“Now is the time to unite,” the senator said. “VP Harris has the grit and toughness to beat Donald Trump and I’m eager to join her in this fight.”

ActBlue, the Democratic fundraising platform, announced that it had collected $46.7 million as of 9 p.m. ET from small-dollar donations for Vice President Harris’ campaign.

The Biden campaign and affiliated groups previously had about $96 million in cash on hand. The Republican National Convention, by contrast, reported a campaign fund of $102 million in June.

Donald Trump’s campaign has spent the last year and a half viciously attacking Joe Biden, ridiculing his policies, mocking his fumbles and relishing a rematch they felt they were winning.

But it has also spent weeks preparing for the possibility that he might exit the race, readying a bevy of attacks against Vice President Kamala Harris that it unleashed as soon as Biden made his stunning announcement Sunday that he would step aside.

Biden soon after endorsed Harris, who was quickly winning support from Democrats to be the party’s nominee.

The shakeup less than four months before Election Day lays out new challenges for Trump’s team, which had until recently been focused on contrasting the former president’s vigor and mental acuity with Biden’s.

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The Democratic delegations of multiple states have decided to back Vice President Kamala Harris for the party nomination at next month’s national convention.

“Tonight, all 168 delegates of the North Carolina Democratic Party made history,” North Carolina party chair Anderson Clayton said in a post on the social platform X.

In South Carolina, party chair Christale Spain said in an email statement Sunday night that that state’s delegation met virtually. The vice president “has been fully vetted, and she has earned our unwavering support,” Spain said.

Harris received her first delegates earlier in the day from Tennessee, when the state party posted on X that its delegation voted during a meeting to back her.

Another state where the switch was made was New Hampshire, where the 25 pledged delegates voted unanimously Sunday night to endorse Harris.

The nation’s six Black state attorneys general threw their support behind Vice President Harris. In a statement on X, they laid out her qualifications and said she “has staunchly defended our right to choose and preserved our most sacred right to vote. There is no one more qualified to lead and continue to uphold the values of our great nation.”

The statement listed Letitia James, New York; Kwame Raoul, Illinois; Anthony Brown, Maryland; Andrea Campbell, Massachusetts; Keith Ellison, Minnesota; and Aaron Ford, Nevada.

FILE - Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, June 13, 2017, in Washington. She's already broken barriers, and now Vice President Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden's ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE - Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, June 13, 2017, in Washington. She's already broken barriers, and now Vice President Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden's ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, carry a sign before a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, carry a sign before a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, hold signs in the audience at a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, hold signs in the audience at a campaign event, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, arrives to speak before Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, arrives to speak before Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mattia Crovino, of Bologna, Italy, watches a news broadcast announcing that President Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House, Sunday, July 21, 2024,. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mattia Crovino, of Bologna, Italy, watches a news broadcast announcing that President Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House, Sunday, July 21, 2024,. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Anna Filipic, of Washington, holds her daughter Louisa Monje, 2, outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024, as they show support for President Joe Biden. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Anna Filipic, of Washington, holds her daughter Louisa Monje, 2, outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024, as they show support for President Joe Biden. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

George Ledbetter watches news of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House at They Say Restaurant in Harper Woods, Mich., Sunday, July 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

George Ledbetter watches news of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House at They Say Restaurant in Harper Woods, Mich., Sunday, July 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A news crawl appears on the side of the Fox News building in New York, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in the wake of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A news crawl appears on the side of the Fox News building in New York, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in the wake of President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 race for the White House. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A view of the White House is seen in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A view of the White House is seen in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris embraces President Joe Biden after a speech on healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., March. 26, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley, File)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris embraces President Joe Biden after a speech on healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., March. 26, 2024. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley, File)

A handmade sign for Vice President Kamala Harris appears on a lawn, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in Washington. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A handmade sign for Vice President Kamala Harris appears on a lawn, Sunday, July 21, 2024, in Washington. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Balloons for President Joe Biden are brought to the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Balloons for President Joe Biden are brought to the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hugh Kieve, 10, of Washington, holds a sign outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024, as he and his family come out to show support for President Joe Biden. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hugh Kieve, 10, of Washington, holds a sign outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 21, 2024, as he and his family come out to show support for President Joe Biden. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FILE - President Joe Biden arrives for the NATO summit in Washington, July 10, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden arrives for the NATO summit in Washington, July 10, 2024. Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, July 21, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event May 1, 2024, in Jacksonville, Fla. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event May 1, 2024, in Jacksonville, Fla. She’s already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden’s ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

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