A series of recorded interviews with journalist Bob Woodward, published by CNN, revealed that Donald Trump knew the coronavirus pandemic was more serious than he was telling the public
The president, meanwhile, revelled in receiving the Norwegian government’s nomination of a Nobel peace prize for what the White House called his ‘peace through strength’ foreign policy. On Wednesday, the US confirmed it would reduce the number of troops in Iraq from 5,200 down to 3,000 in the coming weeks.
The Justice Department sought to replace Mr Trump’s private attorneys in a defamation lawsuit from E Jean Carroll, who has accused the president of raping her. Ms Carroll responded on social media, saying “BRING IT!”
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BREAKING: ‘Trump lied to the American people’: Biden slams president over ‘despicable’ coronavirus lies and says he cost thousands of lives
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden lambasted Donald Trump over what the president told a journalist about the coronavirus at a time he was downplaying it in public, saying he “failed to do his job on purpose” and “lied to the American people.”
Mr Biden led an event on labor and jobs by slamming Mr Trump for conversations he had with Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward for a new book in which the president is on tape admitting as early as February that he knew the virus was, as the former vice president paraphrased the recorded comment, “much more deadly than the flu.”
“He lied to the American people,” Mr Biden said.
“For months, he knew how dangerous it was. He failed to do his job on purpose,” he said, calling what the president said privately and his different public description of Covid-19 “a life-and-death betrayal of the American people.”
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Justin Vallejo9 September 2020 19:27
Trump will resign and have Pence pardon him if he loses to Biden, Cohen claims
Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has predicted the US president will pull out all the stops to avoid criminal prosecution if he loses the US presidential election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Mr Cohen believes Mr Trump would resign from office sometime during the 11 weeks between losing the election and Mr Biden’s inauguration, hand over the reins to his vice president, Mike Pence, and have Mr Pence pardon him.
“My theory is that if he loses, there’s still the time between the election and the time that the next president will take office. And during that time my suspicion is that he will resign as president, he will allow Mike Pence to take over, and he will then go ahead and have Mike Pence pardon him,” Mr Cohen said in an interview on Tuesday with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“It’s a very Nixon type of event,” said Mr Cohen, who is serving out the rest of his three-year prison sentence under home confinement after pleading guilty to lying to Congress about his pursuit of a Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 campaign cycle.
“It was probably discussed between Roger Stone and President Trump at some point. This is certainly one way to avoid any potential prison time.”
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Justin Vallejo9 September 2020 17:25
BREAKING: New York City to resume indoor dining from 30 September with tough restrictions
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will allow indoor dining to resume in New York City, six months after it was banned to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
From 30 September, restaurants can reopen but will be restricted to 25 per cent capacity, with temperature checks required at the door.
Each party of diners will be required to provide contact details for tracing purposes.
There will be no service after midnight, no bar service, and masks must be worn when seated. Tables will remain six feet apart.
The state will expand the State Liquor Authority state police task force and the city will provide 400 code enforcement inspectors to work with them.
The governor said that in addition to official compliance checks, New Yorkers were the best compliance unit there is and announced phone numbers for people to report violations.
If there is a spike in new cases of coronavirus, the city and state will pause the easing of restrictions.
Should there be no increase in infections, guidelines will be reassessed and capacity could be increased to 50 per cent.
A benchmark date of 1 November has also been set.
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Justin Vallejo9 September 2020 19:02
‘Liberal activist’ behind the Atlantic’s Trump story can’t be trusted, says White House
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany finished today’s White House press briefing attacking the “liberal activist” behind the Atlantic’s story that alleged Trump called Americans who died in war “losers” and “suckers”.
She pointed to the past reporting of Jeffrey Goldberg in The New…