Trump news live: Latest 2020 election updates as Joe Biden formally nominated at DNC as Bill Clinton attacks president's Covid record

Trump news live: Latest 2020 election updates as Joe Biden formally nominated at DNC as Bill Clinton attacks president’s Covid record

Trump news live: Latest 2020 election updates as Joe Biden formally nominated at DNC as Bill Clinton attacks president’s Covid record

Trump news live: Latest 2020 election updates as Joe Biden formally nominated at DNC as Bill Clinton attacks president’s Covid record

Trump news live: Latest 2020 election updates as Joe Biden formally nominated at DNC as Bill Clinton attacks president's Covid record 1

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has lashed out at former president Bill Clinton for “lecturing” people on how to behave in the White House during a speech at the Democratic National Convention, on the same day that Joe Biden was officially declared the Democratic presidential candidate.

In his five-minute speech, Mr Clinton took aim at the Trump administration, saying there was “only chaos” in the Oval Office and that the one constant was the president’s “determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame”.

Meanwhile, a former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, who has endorsed Joe Biden’s presidency, has claimed that Mr Trump was “infuriated” by attempts to stop Russian election meddling.

His remarks came on the same day that a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee released its fifth and final report, finding that the Trump administration has hindered its investigation and embraced Russian help in 2016.

Harris expected to press case against Trump

US senator Kamala Harris gives the most important speech of her political career on Wednesday when she addresses the Democratic National Convention as presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.

The former prosecutor from California, who made history as the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major presidential ticket, is expected to aggressively press the case against president Donald Trump’s reelection on 3 November.

Ms Harris will likely aim to speak directly to millions of women, young Americans and voters of colour, some of the party’s most important constituencies if Mr Biden is to defeat the president.

The proceedings begin at 9pm ET (0100 GMT on Thursday).

Also speaking on the third night of the party convention are Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016, US senator Elizabeth Warren and the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Ms Harris gained prominence for her exacting interrogations of Mr Trump nominees, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Attorney General Bill Barr, while in the Senate.

Security guard helps secure Biden’s candidacy 

A security guard at the New York Times who once said “I love you” to Joe Biden helped him to secure the party’s presidential nomination by giving a speech at the DNC on Tuesday. 

Jacquelyn, who did not give her surname, met the former vice president in an elevator in December at the paper’s offices. 

“I love you. I do. You’re like my favourite,” she said at the time. 

In her pre-recorded speech at the DNC, Jacquelyn said: “In the short time I spent with Joe Biden, I could tell he really saw me. That he actually cared, that my life meant something to him.”

Read more here from The Independent’s Matt Mathers

AOC rejects criticism of DNC speech 

New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has rejected the allegation that she snubbed Joe Biden during a speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, writes Andrew Naughtie

As part of a formal process at the DNC, Ms Ocasio-Cortez seconded Bernie Sanders for the party’s presidential nomination and celebrated the progressive movement working to secure “social, economic and human rights”.

The Democratic congresswoman has already endorsed Mr Biden and serves on his campaign’s climate policy panel.

After Mr Biden official received the party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday, she tweeted her congratulations: “I deeply look forward to fighting for our future together and reclaiming our democracy in November.”

Rihanna mocks Trump in video posted on Instagram 

Rihanna has mocked Donald Trump by posting a video on Instagram of the president and his wife set to the lyrics of one of her songs. 

In the viral clip, the singer’s 2016 track “Needed Me” is played over images of Mr Trump and Melania disembarking from Air Force One on 16 August. 

When the president tries to hold his wife’s hand and she stops her skirt from blowing up instead, the lyrics “I was good on my own, that’s the way it was” can be heard. 

The post has gained almost 3 million likes. 

Read more from The Independent’s Ellie Harrison:

No new high-level US-China trade talks planned, says White House chief of staff 

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has said that no new high-level trade discussions between the US and China have been scheduled, following the president’s decision to postpone an August review of the trade agreement signed by the two countries in January. 

Mr Meadows made the comment to reporters on Air Force One on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Donald Trump continued with his anti-China rhetoric during a visit to Yuma, Arizona.

The president said he does not want to have dealings with China at the moment, before claiming that China “could have stopped (the virus)”.

Trump repeats suggestion that Amazon should ‘pay for’ USPS 

Donald Trump has suggested that delivery firm Amazon should subside the US Postal Service by being charged more per package. 

Speaking in Arizona on Tuesday, the president made the comments after Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed that the House will vote this week on a bill to give the post office $25bn more funding.

This comes ahead of an expected increase in mail-in ballots during the election. 

However, Mr Trump offered a different proposal to the cash injection, saying: “I have a much better idea for the post office … you raise the price-per-package by a number that it should be so instead of Amazon and these companies making a fortune … Amazon will pay for the cost of the post office.”

The Independent’s John T Bennett has more on the story here:

Far-right agitator wins Republican congressional primary 

A far-right agitator who has called herself a “proud Islamophobe” has won a Republican congressional primary in Florida, writes Andrew Naughtie

Laura Loomer, who once described Islam as “a cancer on society”, is backed by Donald Trump, who tweeted his congratulations when she secured the nomination. 

Ms Loomer is permanently banned from Twitter as well as ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft as a result of hateful conduct. 

She posted an online rant suggesting that she was late for a meeting because she was waiting for a non-Muslim taxi driver. 

“Someone needs to create a non Islamic form of Uber or Lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver,” she posted on Twitter before her account was closed for hateful conduct. 

Ms Loomer is standing in the safe Democratic district of Palm Beach, which includes Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. 

Kerry lambasts Trump over foreign policy 

John Kerry, the former secretary of state, has rubbished Donald Trump’s foreign policy for being a “blooper reel”.

Speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Mr Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, said that US foreign affairs were in good shape when president Obama left office. 

“Donald Trump inherited a growing economy and a more peaceful world,” Mr Kerry said. 

“And like everything else he inherited, he bankrupted it. When this president goes overseas it isn’t a goodwill mission. It’s a blooper reel,” he added.

Former president Bill Clinton also weighed in against the incumbent president on the second day of the DNC, criticising his handling of the coronavirus response. 

“If you want a president who defines the job as spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media, he’s your man,” Mr Clinton added. 

Fox News Analyst praises Jill Biden’s speech while criticising Michelle Obama’s 

A Fox News analyst has said Jill Biden’s speech at the DNC was “tremendously effective”, while criticising Michelle Obama’s address the previous night for being “hard” and “angry”. 

Brit Hume gave his thoughts on the speeches during a roundup of the second day of the Democratic convention. 

Reflecting on the potential first lady’s address, he said: “I think this speech tonight by Jill Biden was tremendously effective.” 

“In the sense that it didn’t have a hard angry edge that we heard last night, to a considerable extent, from Michelle Obama,” he added.

Ms Biden spoke on Tuesday about his political qualities and about how he had come to terms with the deaths of his first wife, Neilia, and his daughter, Naomi, in a car crash in 1972. 

Her speech’s content contrasted with Ms Obama’s approach on Monday evening.

The former first lady said Donald Trump was “in over his head” and “the wrong president for our country”.

The Independent’s Matt Mathers has more on the story:

Trump campaign sues New Jersey over mail voting 

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has sued New Jersey over its Democratic governor’s decision to send a mail ballot to each voter ahead of November’s presidential election. 

The lawsuit, which was filed late on Tuesday, seeks to invalidate the move and describes the step taken by Governor Phil Murphy as “illegal”. 

Mr Trump continues to to claim that mail voting is open to fraud, a suggestion experts say is unfounded.  

As well as allowing people to vote by mail, New Jersey will also hold in-person voting.

US could bring further sanctions against Venezuela 

The Trump administration is considering additional sanctions against Venezuela to stop the last of its permitted fuel transactions, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday evening. 

The report suggested that the move could target crude trading with companies in Europe and Asia. 

The US has brought sanctions against both Venezuela and Iran in a bid to block their oil exports, which both countries rely on as their main source of revenue.

The Trump administration hopes that it can force Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro out of office and change Tehran’s behaviour through the measures. 

Biden officially nominated as Democratic nominee for president 

Joe Biden was officially nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, which is largely being held virtually this year. 

He was endorsed by two former Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. 

Mr Biden, who served as vice president under the Obama administration, tweeted his acceptance, writing: “It is the honor of my life to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States of America.”

He will deliver an address on Thursday evening to close the convention. 

Ex-DHS official says Trump was ‘infuriated’ by efforts to stop election meddling 

A former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security has alleged that Donald Trump was “infuriated” by suggestions that his administration should work to stop Russian election interference, writes Alex Woodward

Miles Taylor, a former DHS chief of staff, said he and his colleagues were told not to speak to the president about issues relating to Russia. 

Mr Taylor, who has endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential bid, told CNN on Tuesday: “You want the president of the United States to be very vocal and to say publicly: ‘Russia better not meddle in our elections or there’s going to be stiff consequences.’ The president didn’t want to do that.”

The president attempted to brush aside Mr Taylor’s criticism on Twitter by describing him as a “disgruntled employee”

Trump campaign attacks Bill Clinton for “lecturing” people on how to behave in Oval Office 

The Trump campaign has attacked former president Bill Clinton for “lecturing” people on how to behave in the White House during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. 

Mr Clinton said that instead of a “command centre” the Oval Office resembled a “storm centre”, where there is “only chaos”. 

Alluding to Mr Clinton’s extramarital affair, some of which took place in the Oval Office, campaign spokesperson Hogan Gidley tweeted: “With a straight face, Bill Clinton just tried to tell us ‘how’ the Oval Office should be used.”

The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe has more on the story here:

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