Trump news live: Latest updates as Fox News says president leaving Americans ‘adrift’

Trump news live: Latest Twitter updates as Biden warns millions may lose jobless benefits

Trump news live: Latest Twitter updates as Biden warns millions may lose jobless benefits

Trump news live: Latest Twitter updates as Biden warns millions may lose jobless benefits

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania deliver pandemic Christmas address

Donald Trump has continued to reject a sweeping economic package that includes $900bn in coronavirus relief, unless the legislation is amended to include $2,000 direct payments, up from $600.

If he does not sign the bill, millions of people will see coronavirus government aid come to an end, including extended unemployment insurance, which expired on 26 December. A federal moratorium on evictions expires on New Year’s Day.

The president also appeared to back the idea of lawmakers trying to overturn the results of the presidential election in Congress on 6 January, as he once against amplified unfounded claims of electoral fraud in a series of posts on Twitter the day after Christmas, which he has spent at his Mar-a-Lago residence.

A joint session of House and Senate lawmakers will meet on 6 January to count the electoral votes, which gave a 306 to 232 victory to Joe Biden. There is no path for the president to intervene.

On Saturday morning, Mr Trump tweeted: “The ‘Justice’ Department and the FBI have done nothing about the 2020 Presidential Election Voter Fraud, the biggest SCAM in our nation’s history, despite overwhelming evidence. They should be ashamed. History will remember. Never give up. See everyone in D.C. on January 6th.”

Hours later, he posted a string of grievances and voter fraud conspiracies as he lashed out at the FBI, Justice Department, the media and social media platforms.

The president demanded Republican Senators to “step up and fight for the Presidency, like the Democrats would do if they had actually won. The proof is irrefutable!”

More than 6,000 Americans died from Covid-19-related illness from Christmas Eve through Saturday, surging the nation’s death toll to more than 330,000 – or one for every 1,000 people in the US.

On Saturday, the president said lockdowns in “Democrat run states are absolutely ruining the lives of so many people” while claiming Florida is “doing well” – more than 1.25 million cases have been confirmed in the state, and more than 21,000 people have died. More than 5,600 people in the state were hospitalised as of Saturday.


We’re closing today’s live coverage of the Trump administration.

Stay tuned with The Independent.

Alex Woodward27 December 2020 00:31


David Perdue ad claims he ‘delivered’ for Georgia by voting for Covid relief, which Trump has rejected

A campaign ad for Republican Senator David Perdue, days before a runoff election against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, has falsely claimed his opponent “opposed Covid relief” and that the senator “delivered real, meaningful help to Georgians” through the $900bn relief package, which includes $600 direct payments and extended unemployment.

The ads says “Ossoff obstructed. Perdue delivered.”

But Trump has rejected the bill, and as of now, unemployment aid has lapsed and no cheques are coming. Also: Ossoff isn’t an elected official.

The Ossoff campaign has requested TV networks pulls the ad.

Alex Woodward27 December 2020 00:30


Sunday preview: vaccines, Trump’s denial, Nashville explosion

The headlines on Sunday’s talking heads programmes will include Dr Anthony Fauci on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine on CNN, several lawmakers – including GOP Senator Pat Toomey on Fox News – on Trump’s rejection of a critically needed Covid-19 relief legislation, and Nashville Mayor John Cooper appearing on CBS to discuss the latest following a mysterious Christmas Day explosion that injured three people, destroyed several businesses and knocked out telecommunications.

A special edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, meanwhile, will dedicate its programme to a Joe Biden retrospective.

Incoming progressive congress members Cori Bush of Missouri and Jamaal Bowman of New York will also appear on CNN.

Alex Woodward27 December 2020 00:20


One in 1,000 Americans have died from Covid-19

More than 331,000 Americans have died from coronavirus.

States reported a record-high 120,000 Covid-19 patients who were currently hospitalised on Christmas Eve, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That figure broke a record that was just one-day old, when more than 119,000 people were hospitalised.

At Christmas, health systems reported nearly 119,000 hospitalised patients.

Alex Woodward27 December 2020 00:00


Trump demands Senate Republicans ‘step up and fight for the Presidency’

Trump has continued to rage against Senate Republicans he has deemed disloyal, as his continues his failed crusade to overturn the results of the presidential election.

In a thread, he listed a string of false claims and conspiracies about voter fraud, all of which are verifiably untrue, along with a pretty decent summary of all his current grievances.

Alex Woodward26 December 2020 23:37


Mnuchin reputation ‘in tatters’ after Trump blows up Covid relief talks

After Trump derailed a weekslong negotiation among both chambers of Congress for critically needed round of Covid-19 relief over last-minute demands for $2,000 cheques, his rejection has reportedly “confounded” lawmakers in Washington, the Washington Post reports, because they believed his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was the architect of the package on behalf of the WHite House.

“The treasury chief’s standing with many lawmakers is now in tatters just days before a full-blown crisis is set to occur,” the newspaper reports.

Millions of Americans are set to lose at least a week of unemployment benefits without the president’s signature on the package.

Alex Woodward26 December 2020 22:50


Judge dismisses Devin Nunes lawsuit against Washington Post

Trump ally Devin Nunes sued the Washington Post in March over an article claiming that the congressman “told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments.”

A ruling from Washington District Judge Amit Mehta this week said that the newspaper did not act “with ‘actual malice,’ that is, with ‘knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.'”

Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence committee,  has filed several lawsuits, including an attempt against Twitter and its users for $250 million.

Alex Woodward26 December 2020 22:32


1 in 1,000 Americans have died from Covid-19

With the deaths of more than 330,000 Americans from Covid-19, the US has reached a horrific milestone, 10 months into the grip of a public health crisis that has shown no signs of slowing.

One in every 1,000 Americans has died from coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

As of Christmas Eve, more than 120,000 patients – another record-breaking number of Americans – were currently hospitalised for the disease.

Alex Woodward26 December 2020 22:17


Trump claims Florida ‘doing well’ as cases pass 1.25m with death toll nearly seven times that of Japan

Donald Trump, while spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, falsely claimed the state is “doing well” amid the coronavirus pandemic while states with Democratic governors are “absolutely ruining the lives of so many people” with stringent lockdown measures.

More than 1.2 million Covid-19 infections have been reported in Florida, whose Republican governor Ron DeSantis is a staunch Trump ally. 

Alex Woodward26 December 2020 21:45


Biden attends church service

Transition team pool reports say that President-elect Joe Biden has arrived at Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Greenville Delaware.

Mr Biden regularly attends services at the church and his first wife, daughter, and son were all laid to rest there.

He was seen going inside just after 4pm when a mass was scheduled to begin.

Oliver O’Connell26 December 2020 21:16

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