Trump news live – President praises ‘great people’ shouting ‘white power’
Trump news live – President praises ‘great people’ shouting ‘white power’
Donald Trump has praised “great people” in footage he shared of furious protesters clashing over his presidency outside a Florida retirement home, in which one apparent supporter repeatedly shouts “white power” from a golf buggy. The only black Republican senator Tim Scott urged him to remove the “indefensible” footage, which he later did. The White House claimed he did not hear the racist chant.
Joe Biden also accused the president of betraying “the most sacred duty we bear as a nation” after reports suggested he had been briefed months ago on bounties placed on US troops in Afghanistan in an alleged secret deal between Russian intelligence services and Taliban militias, yet did “worse than nothing” in response. Mr Trump denied having been briefed, crying “fake news”, while the Kremlin dismissed the allegations as “nonsense”.
Mr Trump visited his golf club twice over the weekend as new Covid-19 infections soared by more than 40,000 for the third consecutive day. Meanwhile, vice president Mike Pence has been forced to call off upcoming campaign events in Florida and Arizona amid coronavirus spikes in the Republican-governed states, which have pushed to abandon lockdowns in order to restart the economy.
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The New York Times followed Friday’s bombshell report about an alleged Russian plot to pay Afghan militants to kill US troops with another report suggesting that the administration was warned about the plan as early as January.
On Sunday, the president denied involvement, saying that he was never briefed “or told” about intelligence reports and instead pivoted to attack his rival Joe Biden.
The plan was “well-known” among intelligence officials, according to The Times, as information was sent up the ladder to the White House, which reportedly held briefings on the report in March at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Back at the White House and retweeting his social media manager, Donald Trump – with Lindsey Graham – spent two days at his Virginia gold course as the nation’s coronavirus cases surged and the administration was under fire for reportedly ignoring warnings that Russia paid bounties to Afghan militants to kill US troops.
After the campaign cancelled events due to spiking coronavirus cases, Vice President Mike Pence stopped at a Texas megachurch for a “Celebrate Freedom Rally” as the state grapples with a surge in Covid-19 cases.
“Each day we are one day closer to the day when we put this pandemic behind us,” he said. “When we do, with this governor and this president, we’ll bring Texas and America back bigger and better than ever before.”
Yesterday, the state reported its highest single-day Covid-19 cases since the outbreak. Nearly 150,000 cases have been identified in the state, and Governor Greg Abbott has ordered bars to shut down after reopening.
Earlier on Sunday during an interview with CBS Face the Nation, Pence said he won’t say Black Lives Matter because he believes “all lives matter”.
He accused the racial justice movement of promoting a “political agenda of the radical left that would defund the police, that would tear down monuments, that would press a radical left agenda, and support calls for the kind of violence that has beset the very communities that they say that they’re advocating for.” (The organisation does not call for violence.)
That same morning, the president shared a video of a supporter yelling “white power”.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has joined Donald Trump at his Virginia golf course on Sunday, the president’s second consecutive day on the links.
It’s the president’s 272nd visit to one of his golf properties since the beginning of his presidency.
“How is it possible that the law-and-order president, in the middle of all of this, the president who’s got jobs and the economy number one, is trailing Joe Biden in every poll that you look at?” she asked, without referencing millions of people protesting in the streets and thousands of dead Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Navarro said he’s “not a big head-to-head match-up poller” and said that election will come down to jobs, China and law and order.
With surging unemployment and coronavirus infections and hospitalisations, he said that Trump is “clearly the greatest jobs president in history”. He threatened that failure to reach a second term would be “the mother of all winters of discontent”.
Four men have been charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged role in an attempt to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson after Donald Trump called for the arrests of 15 people and shared a series of “wanted” posters, alarming critics that he had put lives at risk by targeting protesters.
The men were charged with destruction of federal property, the Justice Department announced on Saturday.
Donald Trump has used “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” to close out his campaign rallies and White House events that effectively function as campaign stops. The Rollings Stones are once again threatening legal action.
Starbucks is the latest brand to pull its ads from Facebook while the platform faces criticism for its lack of accountability or safeguard measures against misinformation and hate speech, particularly threats and ads from Donald Trump and his campaign.
The company joins Coca-Cola, Unilever and Verizon, among others, in the boycott.
Former Chicago mayor and Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says the latest Russia controversy shows Americans that Donald Trump is “failing his most important job as commander in chief.”
“If he got briefed on the fact that Russians are targeting American soldiers and then this week we would have had the G7 meeting where he invited Putin, it would be a dereliction of duty that will require congressional hearings into what exactly happened,” he told ABC’s This Week. “That is a major crisis of leadership and the whole world is watching.”
Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton told CNN that if the claims in a bombshell report on Russian bounties to Afghan militants for killing US troops is true, “this is one of the most serious matters that has arisen in the Trump administration.”
He said he was “puzzled” by the president’s tweets — in which he said he wasn’t ever briefed about it — and his apparent lack of a reaction.
“What would motivate the president to do that?” he said. “Because it looks bad if Russians are paying to kill Americans and we’re not doing anything about it. So what is the presidential reaction? It’s to say ‘it’s not my responsibility, nobody told me about it.’ And therefore to duck any complaints that he hasn’t acted effectively. This is part of the problem with president Trump’s decision-making in the national security space. It’s just unconnected to the reality he’s dealing with. It’s about his personal position.”
“It’s a response that is going to take will and stamina and attention and I am hopeful because, as Donald Trump said, ‘I’m going to make America great again’, I just think he doesn’t realise it will be not in the way that he intended.
“I think what you are going to see is a grassroots dissatisfaction with the corruption and that is going to bring us, hopefully, to a better result.”
Donald Trump has now deleted the tweet in which he shared footage of an apparent supporter shouting “white power”.
White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement that “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
“One of the elements of the genius of America is the principle of federalism, of state and local control. We’ve made it clear we want to defer to governors, defer to local officials and people should listen to them,” the vice president said.
CBS analyst John Dickerson replied: “The virus doesn’t know federalism. A virus that hits in Texas is in New York tomorrow. This is a problem that requires a coordinated national result, which is what these outbreaks are showing.
“And so to say states should deal with them individually seems to miss the big fact, which is the virus can go wherever it wants.”
Mr Trump and the White House have denied that he was briefed on the reports, but did not dispute their existence. The Kremlin has branded it all “nonsense”.
CNN’s White House correspondent has tweeted that Donald Trump and ally Lindsey Graham have gone for a game of golf.
There were some protesters outside the Trump National golf course in Sterling once they arrived, according to a Washington Times pool reporter.
One was reportedly holding a placard reading: “I ordered Mary’s book” – billed as a tell-all Trump family autobiography by the president’s niece, which his brother is currently trying to block via the courts.
For a third consecutive day on Saturday, the US recorded more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases, one of the largest surges in the world.
Paramedics in the new Texan epicentre of Houston warn that waiting times for transfers from ambulances to hospital have in some cases tripled amid a huge surge in emergency calls and shortage of first responders, the city’s fire chief Sam Pena told KHOU.
“The longer it takes us to service those critical calls, it is going to cost us lives,” he said, adding that services were receiving 20 per cent more calls than usual in the past three weeks. “Our system is getting strained,” he said.
Harris County, which includes Houston, announced its coronavirus threat indicator was at the highest possible level last week, warning that the outbreak was “severe and uncontrolled”.
Hospital intensive care units at Houston’s Texas Medical Centre are close to 100 percent capacity, and health officials reported record hospitalisations across the state.
“The time is now for everybody to dramatically change their behaviours to get this virus under control,” Marc Boom, president of Houston Methodist Hospital, told The Washington Post, “so that our hospitals for the weeks to come are there and able to handle this.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said it was “totally outrageous” for Donald Trump not to respond to reports that the same Russian intelligence cells that attacked the 2016 US election also offered bounties on US soldiers for Taliban fighters, Griffin Connolly reports.
“This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score,” Ms Pelosi saidin an interview with ABC News, adding: “This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute he heard of this the president would want to know more instead of denying anything.”
“Now he says it’s fake news. Why would he say that? Why wouldn’t he say, ‘Let’s look into it’?” the speaker said. The White House has denied reports that the president ignored a warning from US intelligence that the Russian military had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and other coalition forces.
Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, has urged Donald Trump to remove footage he retweeted showing his supporter shouting “white power” in a furious clash outside a Florida retirement home between Trump critics and opponents.
“There’s no question that he should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down,” Scott told CNN’s State of the Union.
“It was so profanity laced, the entire thing was offensive. Certainly, the comment about the white power was offensive,” the South Carolina Republican added. “It’s indefensible. We should take it down.”
A man believed to be the satirist posed as a PAC leader, buying his way into giving a performance and bringing his own security to the event, who then prevented organisers from intervening as the crowd sang along and cheered to a lengthy racist song calling for the US to chop up journalists, Dr Anthony Fauci and the WHO “like the Saudis do”.
One image posted to social media suggests the comedian then returned to the event posing as a camera operator to film the outraged reaction of organisers and local politicians as they tried to ascertain what had happened.
It’s not yet 10am in Washington DC, and Mr Trump has attacked “sleepy” and “corrupt Joe Biden” as a “low IQ person”, warned his policy of allowing illegal migrants to access healthcare would “break our system”, claimed “Russia ate his and Obama’s lunch” while in power, and targeted his son, Hunter Biden.
It comes after Mr Biden’s comments expressing concern about Mr Trump’s alleged inaction in response to reports of Russian bounties on US troops – which the Kremlin has called “nonsense”.