Trump update live: latest news from 2020 US election as president’s re-appointment vote goes behind closed doors

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The vote for Donald Trump’s re-appointment as President of the United States will be held privately without members of the press later this month, for the first time in modern history.

A spokesperson for the Republican National Convention (RNC) said the decision was due to “health restrictions and limitations in place in the state of North Carolina” where 336 delegates were due to meet in Charlotte on August 24 to vote formally in favor of Mr. Trump. the standard bearer of the party once again.

These naming conventions are traditionally designed to be in the media spotlight so that political parties can draw attention to events and spread their messages.

The news comes as Tropical Storm Isaias, which was downgraded following a hurricane, is about to graze the east coast of Florida as it heads northwest with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would move near or along the state’s east coast on Sunday. Florida’s central and northeast coast could be affected by a storm surge of up to 1.22m (1.22m) as the storm pushes tide levels above normal.

In his remarks last week, Mr. Trump advised Floridians who may reside in the path of struggle to follow their state’s guidelines and “local and tribal officials.”

“My administration will be there for you every step of the way,” he added. “We did all we could, and now we’re just waiting for the storm. And I guess it’s right behind me. He follows me.


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His testimony became essential in the impeachment inquiry, but Lt. Col. Vindman said he suffered attacks from Mr. Trump after testifying before Congress.

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Barron Trump’s private school to remain closed despite POTUS insistence on schools reopening

President Donald Trump’s son Barron will be staying home after school as his private school in Maryland is among those on the nation’s orders to remain closed.

The president has pushed for schools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that children are harmed by being away from the classroom.

Barron Trump, son of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, walks next to his parents (not pictured) from the Oval Office at Marine One on the South Lawn (Reuters)

But Montgomery County health official Dr Travis Gayles said his order to close county schools for in-person teaching would be reassessed by October 1 to determine whether it should be extended, removed or changed. .

Currently, schools only offer online courses.

Gayles said increased rates of transmission of Covid-19 in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, especially in younger age groups, played into the decision.

“At this point, the data does not suggest that in-person teaching is safe for students or teachers,” he said Friday.

Barron, 14, is scheduled to enter ninth grade at St Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, Montgomery County. The 2020-2021 school year is scheduled to start on September 8.

Reporting par AP

Tropical Storm Isaias brings heavy rain to Florida’s east coast

Storm clouds are seen over the city as Hurricane Isaias nears the east coast of Florida (Getty)

Tropical Storm Isaias brought heavy rain to Florida’s east coast before dawn Sunday, as authorities remain on high alert as the storm approaches.

Although he was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon, Isaias is still expected to dump heavy showers and flooding as he heads for Florida.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned residents at a press conference on Saturday: “Don’t be fooled by the downgrade.”

State authorities have closed beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites. Ms DeSantis said power outages were expected and asked residents to prepare a week of water, food and medicine in case of an emergency.

Before hitting Florida, Isaias once wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, uprooting trees and destroying crops in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, before cutting power in the Bahamas yesterday.

The president approved a declaration of emergency in Florida and ordered federal assistance to complement the state’s response efforts to the storm.

Mr. Trump’s appeal authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Trump’s re-appointment as president to be held behind closed doors due to coronavirus

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he addresses delegates at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016
The Republican National Convention (RNC) will hold the re-appointment vote for Donald Trump in private later this month, without members of the press present.

The RNC is scheduled to take place in Charlotte, NC on August 24. 335 delegates are expected to assemble and formally vote to make Mr. Trump the Republican standard-bearer once again.

It will be the first nominating convention in modern history to be closed to members of the media.

A spokesperson for the RNC said: “Given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state of North Carolina, we anticipate that the Charlotte operations will be closed.

“We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within parameters set by state and local guidelines for the number of people who can attend events.”

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