Trump news live: Latest Twitter and 2020 election updates as president accused

US president holds indoor campaign event despite coronavirus pandemic

Health professionals said Donald Trump committed “negligent homicide” on Sunday as his supporters attended an indoor campaign rally in Nevada. 

Hundreds packed-into the venue despite national and state restrictions on social distancing, in what was the US president’s first indoor campaign event since June.

Still, Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, for his response to the country’s pandemic, following revelations last week that Mr Trump had downplayed the dangers of coronavirus to the American public.  

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On Obama, Trump gets rally crowd to chant ‘lock him up’ 

Thousands of supporters of Donald Trump chanted “lock him up” after the US president told them that former president Barack Obama was “caught spying” on the 2016 Trump campaign.

That came as he held his first indoor rally in three months on Sunday in Henderson, Nevada, despite the event violating the state’s coronavirus restriction on gatherings of 50 people of more.

Referring to an accusation made by the president that Mr Obama had spied on his 2016 campaign – something for which no evidence has been found – Mr Trump encouraged supporters to chant “Lock him up!”. 

The phrase echoed a chant of “Lock her up” that Mr Trump encouraged when his presidential opponent was Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Gino Spocchia14 September 2020 15:33


President in tweeting frenzy

Donald Trump has sent almost 50 tweets and retweets to his 85.9 million followers on Monday morning. 

That has included sharing this tweet, by conservative commentator Byron York, whose misinterpretation of a study on Black Lives Matter demonstrations suggests there were 570 cases of violent protests across the United States this summer.

The highlighted report, upon reading, suggests otherwise – and supports an earlier study showing that 93 per cent of anti-racism protests were peaceful – in contradiction to the president’s claims.

Gino Spocchia14 September 2020 14:59


Trump calls Kamala Harris a ‘wack job’

Taking to Twitter on Monday morning, the US president attacked his Democratic opponents and called the party’s vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, a “super liberal whack job”.

He also mocked Joe Biden, whose so-called “handlers” were “doing everything possible to get him through the Election.”

The president then claimed, wildly, that the Democrat would “resign, or whatever”, leaving Ms Harris in charge of the country. 

Gino Spocchia 14 September 2020 14:31


TikTok deal review this week

Donald Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the US government will review a proposed deal between Chinese social video app TikTok and Oracle, an American technology company.

Speaking to CNBC on Monday, Mr Mnuchin said: “I will confirm, we did get a proposal over the weekend that includes Oracle as the trusted technology partner.”

He cited Oracle assurances on national security and unconfirmed plans to found a “global TikTok” headquarters in the US.

Under Trump administration orders, TikTok’s Chinese owners, Bytedance, have until 20 September to sell-off its US operations. 

Gino Spocchia14 September 2020 14:24


TikTok deal with Oracle, whose founder hosted Trump fundraiser 

Video app TikTok will be separated from its Chinese parent company Bytedance and be sold to Oracle, according to new reports.

Oracle has been chosen as a “technology partner” but the negotiations would result in a restructuring rather than sale, the reports claimed, following speculation that Microsoft would purchase the firm’s US operations. 

Microsoft announced on Sunday that its bid was rejected, removing the tech giant from the running a week before president Donald Trump promises to follow through with a plan to ban the Chinese-owned app in the US over spying concerns.

The move, which is still to be completed, follows Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison’s support of the US president, having hosting a fundraiser for him in February at his Rancho Mirage estate. 

Gino Spocchia14 September 2020 12:54


Trump slips-up, says Biden won Nobel prize

Speaking at his campaign event on Sunday, president Donald Trump mistakenly awarded two prizes – one to himself, and the other to his election rival Joe Biden.

After claiming that a 2016 endorsement from Floridan Cubans was in-fact a “highly-honoured Bay of Pigs Award”, the president appeared to confuse the Democratic presidential nominee for former president Barack Obama.

Boasting about two Nobel Peace Prize nominations during a campaign rally, Mr Trump told the crowd: “They nominated your president twice last week, for two different subjects, for a Nobel prize – but the fake news media didn’t cover it.”

He continued, saying “Biden got it”, before pausing and…

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