Trump news live: Latest election updates and polls as president complains about lack of friends

0
3
Trump news live: Latest election updates and polls as president complains about lack of friends

Hotels [CPS] IN

US president Donald Trump in Wisconsin on Thursday

Donald Trump once suggested that coronavirus could be a “good thing” because people would not have to shake hands with “disgusting people”, according to a former White House aide who helped steer the Trump administration’s response to Covid-19.

In a video released by the Republican Voters Against Trump campaign, Olivia Troye said she planned to vote for Joe Biden in November’s election, saying Mr Trump “doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself”.

That came as the president complained to supporters in Wisconsin on Thursday night about his social life, saying “I lost all my friends” upon entering the White House. 

Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load

1600418709

Trump tweet on FBI director’s election meddling warning flagged for misinformation

After Christopher Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday that Russia has already been “very active” in attempting to hack the upcoming US election (as it was in 2016) and had been working to “denigrate” Biden, Trump particularly took to Twitter to rave about China meddling in postal voting.

The tweet was duly flagged by the social media giant for peddling misinformation.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 09:18

1600418680

Biden calls on Trump to step down over ‘criminal’ coronavirus response

Joe Biden lamented American’s “lost” freedoms during a CNN town hall on Thursday as he attacked the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, saying it was “thoroughly, totally, irresponsible” and “criminal”, as the nation’s death toll from the pandemic nears 200,000.

At the event in Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential nominee called on his election opponent to step down over the disaster, otherwise characterising the upcoming election as “Scranton vs Park Avenue”.

 Biden also expressed his distaste for “guys like Trump, who inherited everything” then “squandered what they inherited” while acknowledging that both men had benefitted from white privilege.

Here’s John T Bennett’s report.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 09:44

1600417992

Trump claims Osama bin Laden, Qassem Soleimani and Isis ‘would still be alive’ if Biden were in charge

The president drastically ramped up his ludicrous Twitter attacks on his challenger yesterday, declaring that the late al-Qaeda leader (assassinated during Barack Obama’s tenure) plus the Iranian Quds commander and the Islamist terror faction would all still pose a global threat without him in the White House.

Didn’t he almost bring the international community to the brink of war early in the new year by having Soleimani needlessly taken out? And didn’t that kick 2020 off nicely?

He also remains determined to tie Biden to anti-police sentiment…

 …and to China, neither accusation containing any meaningful substance.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 09:32

1600414732

Trump warns of left-wing ‘segregation’ and pushes ‘patriotic education’ in bizarre speech at National Archives

Before jetting out for Wisconsin, Trump used a speech at the National Archives Museum in DC to warn a “radical movement” on the political left is intent on pushing “propaganda” to undermine what he called Americans’ “heritage” and bring about an undefined form of “segregation” that he claimed would “destroy” the country.

Using the museum, which houses the country’s founding documents as a backdrop, the president delivered what amounted to a campaign speech on Constitution Day that railed against “critical race theory” and declared in a message to his conservative base: “We will never submit to tyranny.” 

He openly ignored the United States’ complex history of slavery and appeared to appeal to parts of his base that deal in widely dismissed conspiracy theories.

“This radical movement is attempting to demolish these treasures” he said of America’s history and what he described as Americans’ “precious inheritance.”

Speaking with grim-but-vague proclamations and warnings, the president said: “We can’t let that happen.”

John T Bennett was watching.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 08:38

1600414429

Trump claims to have ‘saved the suburbs’ in pitch to rural voters short on policy but rich in misinformation

Speaking in the Wisconsin city of Mosinee for his latest Great American Comeback event (from the pandemic or four years of Trump?), the president announced $13bn in relief for farmers to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus. 

It wasn’t immediately clear who exactly would benefit, but the president referenced Wisconsin’s “dairy, cranberry and ginseng farmers who got hurt badly.”

The new aid follows $19bn for US farmers announced by the White House in April.

The announcement was one of the rare moments in which Trump discussed policy during the rambling speech, most of which was devoted to attacking Joe Biden and other top Democrats.

In roughly an hour and a half at the podium, Trump claimed a Biden presidency would mean “no guns, no religion, no energy, no oil” — none of which are part of the Democratic nominee’s platform.

He added that Biden would “eradicate” Wisconsin’s economy and “hand the left wing mob the keys to your kids’ classroom.”  

Returning to his election theme of law and order, Trump claimed to have “saved the suburbs,” referencing the Wisconsin city of Kenosha, which was the site of civil unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The president has previously taken credit for sending the National Guard into the city to deal with an outbreak of violence following the shooting — something the state’s Democratic governor had already done by the time Trump called for it.

Much of the rest of the speech was a tour of his favourite culture war topics: flag-burning, protests by athletes and the “radical left”.

Here’s Richard Hall’s report.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 08:33

1600413895

President complains about having ‘no social life’ since winning White House

“I lost all my friends because of this position,” Trump told a rally in the crucial swing state of Wisconsin on Thursday evening, in one of several diversions from the teleprompter (more on which in a moment).

“They used to be loose. They used to be great. I’m not a drinker but you can sit back and have a drink, whatever you’re drinking. Now you can’t do that anymore,” he moaned.

Richard Hall has this report from the self-pity party.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 08:24

1600421933

Trump suggested coronavirus would mean end to hand shakes with ‘disgusting people’, says ex-aide

Donald Trump once suggested that coronavirus could be a “good thing” because people would not have to shake hands with “disgusting people”, according to a former White House aide who helped steer the Trump administration’s response to Covid-19.

In a video released by the Republican Voters Against Trump campaign, former homeland security adviser Olivia Troye said she planned to vote for Joe Biden in November’s election, saying Trump “doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself”.

Ooof. You can see it for yourself below:

Here’s Justin Vallejo’s report on the ex-aide to Mike Pence’s brutal reasoning for backing Biden.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 08:21

1600413159

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the Donald Trump administration. 

Gino Spocchia18 September 2020 08:12

Create your Web Presence with Namecheap

Free WhoisGuard with Every Domain Purchase at Namecheap