Trump News Live: Latest 2020 election updates and polls as president’s statue desecrates soldier graves

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Donald Trump appeared to break the coronavirus measures with a campaign event in North Carolina on Tuesday in which he boasted of a “bigger crowd than four years ago”.

Mr. Trump also condemned Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris for being “[an] insult to our country ”, as he once again mispronounced his name.

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Trump campaign to pay for damage to White House lawn

The South Lawn and Rose Garden at the White House played a prominent role in last month’s Republican convention, causing extensive damage that is currently being repaired, officials said.

“Grass is replaced at no cost to taxpayers. In addition, further infrastructure work is planned on the southern land, ”White House spokesman Judd Deere said, with the work due to be completed by Thursday.

The Trump campaign is expected to pay for the damages, which came after the US president broke political norms by holding his White House re-appointment convention, a property of the federal government.

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 3:43 PM

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President avoids preparation for debate, report says

Donald Trump did not practice debating before his first televised clash with Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, according to officials familiar with the President’s preparation.

Mr Trump is said to have had informal discussions with close associates, compared to more traditional mock debates, NBC News reported.

“It’s not tradition,” we need Chris Christie to replace and play Hillary Clinton “like we did four years ago,” one of the president’s aides said, referring to the role. of the former governor of New Jersey to help Mr. Trump prepare to face Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The first debate is scheduled for September 29, in which strategists on both sides hope to give their candidate a boost.

According to the report, some aides have expressed concerns that Mr. Trump is overly relying on the belief that his opponent will stutter or blunder overnight, which could ultimately prove to be embarrassing for the president.

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 3:35 PM

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Trump reversal on oil drilling expansion

The Trump administration – which worked to expand U.S. oil and gas drilling and roll back Obama-era rules on fossil fuel pollution – originally wanted to expand offshore drilling off many U.S. coasts , including Florida.

But the Florida offshore drilling proposals have met with fierce opposition from tourism, real estate and environmental interests.

As an NBC News poll suggested the president is currently tied with Mr. Biden in state opinion polls, President Trump on Tuesday announced an order banning offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf. from Mexico off Florida until 2032.

“It protects your beautiful gulf and your beautiful ocean, and it will remain so for a long time to come,” he told the crowd.

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 3:05 PM

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Republicans hail President’s Nobel Prize nomination

In a series of retweets on Wednesday morning, the US president shared multiple kudos from Republicans and sympathetic media figures, who hailed his nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize.

They included QAnon backing Republican candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, who said she “couldn’t think of anyone else more deserving”, and Fox News host Lou Dobbs.

It follows the actions of a far-right member of the Norwegian parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who appointed the US president because of his work “for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel that opens to a possible peace in the country. Middle East “.

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 2:28 PM

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American author predicts Trump won’t leave White House

Successful Florida detective writer Carl Hiaasen says he believes Donald Trump will refuse to step down after an election defeat.

In an interview with The independent Kevin EG Perry, former Miami Herald reporter, described the president as having little “dignity.”

“I think they’re going to have to back up a tow truck to the White House and drag his fat ass out of there, to be honest with you,” he said.

“He’s never done anything with dignity, so he doesn’t walk away with dignity. I am very worried about how ugly it will get and the potential for violence ”.

This interview can be read here:

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 2:03 PM

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Wikileaks founder in the Trump administration’s “reticule”

The political views of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have placed him in the “crosshairs” of the Donald Trump administration, an academic said at his extradition hearing.

Professor Paul Rogers told Old Bailey in London that the organization’s revelations were “significant” in showing how the US coalition wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were going “badly” despite public statements of their success.

The professor emeritus of peace studies at the University of Bradford said leaked documents released by WikiLeaks exposed details of an additional 15,000 civilians killed in Iraq.

« [It was] probably one of the most important parts of the whole operation, putting into the public domain a very painful aspect of the whole war, ”he said.

“There is now more caution among Western countries, especially the US and UK, to go to war, especially at an early stage… I think this is particularly due to WikiLeaks. “

Assange fights extradition to US based on 18-count indictment, which alleges he conspired to hack computers and conspired to obtain and disclose information from the defense national.

If found guilty, he faces a possible maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 1:54 PM

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US withdraws more troops from Iraq

The United States will withdraw about a third of its troops from Iraq, it was confirmed Wednesday.

The move will take place in a few weeks, reducing the number of troops from 5,200 to 3,000.

The news comes after Donald Trump said he plans to withdraw all troops from Iraq as soon as possible.

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 1:23 PM

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Living statue mocks Trump over comments from war dead

Following reports that Donald Trump denigrated the American war dead during a trip to France in 2018, the president was recreated as a so-called living statue in New York City, where the artist portrayed Mr. Trump driving a golden golf cart over soldiers’ graves.

The statue, which appeared at Battery Park in New York on Tuesday, also featured Fox News hosts, who have regularly expressed support for his presidency.

Dubbed “The Final Push,” the living statue was curated by an artist collective called The Trump Statue Initiative, which said its work was a “way for artists to share their most notoriously selfish perspective and narcissist of our 45th president. and racist moments. “

Mr. Trump continued to deny Atlantic report, in which officials quoted the president as saying fallen veterans were “losers and suckers.”

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 12:20

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Trump claims he invented the US Air Force

At another point in Donald Trump’s election campaign in North Carolina on Tuesday, the president suggested that he personally invented the US Air Force.

He told the crowd, “You’ve never heard me talk about Space Force. We have built a new, think about it, a new branch of the US military, the US military, called the Air Force. I never talked about it, it’s something we never talked about, I only understood it after I became president.

Fact check: Mr. Trump did not invent the US Air Force, which was first established in 1907.

Andrew Naughtie has the last:

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 11:30

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Trump nominated for the Noble Peace Prize

A right-wing member of the Norwegian parliament has nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize following his role in negotiating a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“For his merit, I think he has put more effort into creating peace among nations than most of the other Peace Prize nominees,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News Wednesday.

Under the rules of the Nobel Peace Prize, any member of a national parliament can nominate a candidate for the prize.

In his letter of nomination to the Nobel Peace Prize committee, the politician claimed that the Trump administration had played a central role in the peace talks between the two nations.

It follows past suggestions by the president that he should receive the same award as that given to former President Barack Obama.

Gino SpocchiaSeptember 9, 2020 11:04 AM

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