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Trump news live: Latest updates as president denies coronavirus testing pledge he made just 24 hours earlier

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Donald Trump was up late on Twitter again on Wednesday night continuing to stew over negative press coverage of his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, attacking TV news anchors Brian Williams, Don Lemon and Joe Scarborough, saying of the former he “wouldn’t know the truth if it was nailed to his wooden forehead”.

With the US death toll from the outbreak now soaring beyond 60,000, the president’s latest briefing at the White House on Wednesday saw him refuting a claim he himself had made just a day earlier that the country would “soon” be hitting 5m tests for Covid-19 per day.

Keen to resume 2020 campaign rally rallies, Trump also said the government would not be extending its social distancing guidelines expiring on Thursday while his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, predicted the country would be “really rocking again” by July – a day after pronouncing the rate of American fatalities ”a great success story”.

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President rows back on testing brag as death toll climbs

With the US death toll from the outbreak now soaring beyond 60,000 and Dr Anthony Fauci warning that a second wave of the virus was “inevitable”, the president’s latest briefing at the White House on Wednesday saw him refuting a claim he himself had made just a day earlier that the country would “soon” be hitting 5m tests for Covid-19 per day.

He denied he said it, but he sure as heck did, as our video chief Tom Richell amply demonstrates below:

Keen to resume 2020 campaign rally rallies, Trump also said the government would not be extending its social distancing guidelines expiring on Thursday, alleged that China wants him to lose to Joe Biden in November’s presidential election and told Beijing that its failure to warn the world about the coronavirus – as he sees it – had left their deal aimed at reducing trade deficits between the two superpowers “upset very badly”.

“China will do anything they can to have me lose this race,” he said of the election, before complaining of Chinese officials: “They’re constantly using public relations to try to make it like they’re innocent parties.”

Also on Asia, Trump said South Korea had agreed to pay the United States more bunce for a defence co-operation agreement – but would not be drawn out on precisely how much.

“We can make a deal. They want to make a deal,” he said. “They’ve agreed to pay a lot of money. They’€™re paying a lot more money than they did when I got here€ in January 2017.”

The United States stations roughly 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty.

Back on the coronavirus, he repeated two of his current favouite false claims about the extent of US testing and inheriting “broken” test kits from the Obama administration and again repeated his threat to withhold federal bailout money from blue states unless they abandon their sanctuary city commitments to asylum seekers (which still sounds awfully quid pro quo-ish to me). 

“All sanctuary means to me is protecting a lot of criminals,” he said, alarmingly.

Finally, on the diease itself, is it wise to reopen without any sight of a vaccine?

“It’s gonna go. It’s gonna leave. It’s gonna be gone. It’s gonna be eradicated,” he answered, bullishly, based on not much at all.

John T Bennett has this report from DC.
 


Trump lashes out at news anchors in fevered late night tweets

Donald Trump was up late on Twitter again on Wednesday night continuing to stew over negative press coverage of his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, attacking TV news anchors Brian Williams, Don Lemon and Joe Scarborough, saying of the former he is “dumber than hell” and “wouldn’t know the truth if it was nailed to his wooden forehead”.

CNN host Lemon, according to the president, is “the dumbest man on television” while MSNBC’s Morning Joe anchor – a semi-regular target of his ire – was given the nickname Joe “What Ever Happened To Your Girlfriend?” Scarborough.

Trump otherwise angrily denied a CNN story alleging that he called up his 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale on Friday night to rage at him (even threatening to sue Parscale) over his dwindling poll numbers while still feeling hurt about the widespread mockery he received for suggesting that knocking back tumblers of bleach and subjecting the body to UV light might be the antidote to Covid-19.

Extraordinary, even for this man.


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