Donald Trump latest news – President hits back at claims he called dead war heroes ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’

A FUMING US President Donald Trump has hit back at "fake news" claims he called American war dead 'losers' and 'suckers'.

He also angrily rejected a report that he turned down a visit to an American cemetery during a trip to France because he dismissed it as unimportant.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has blasted Trump as a "cheat” while her husband Bill said the president will “stack sandbags around the White House” so he doesn’t leave in 2021.

In an interview with journalist April Ryan on Tuesday, the Clintons encouraged Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden not to concede to Trump this fall.

“Do not concede under any circumstance because I believe the other side is going to cheat and sneak and try everything they possibly can,” Hillary said.

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  • NORTH CAROLINA KICKS OFF MAIL VOTING

    Mail balloting in the presidential election begins today as North Carolina starts sending out more than 600,000 ballots to voters.

    The state is responding to a massive spike in requests that has played out across the US as voters look for a safer way to cast ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 618,000 ballots requested came overwhelmingly from Democratic and independent voters, and are more than 16 times the number the state sent out at the same time four years ago.

    The Democratic lead in mail ballots isn't only in North Carolina.

    In Maine, 60% of requests for mail ballots have been made by Democrats and 22% by independents.

    In Pennsylvania, Democrats have requested nearly triple the number of absentee ballots as Republicans.

    In Florida, where the GOP once dominated mail voting, 47.5% of requests have come from Democrats and 32% from Republicans.

  • BIDEN V TRUMP: LATEST POLLS

    A Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll on Wednesday shows that 40% of registered voters support Donald Trump, compared with 47% who say they will vote for Joe Biden on November 3.

    CNN, meanwhile, reports that, following “two political conventions unlike any the US has seen before”, 51% of registered voters back Biden, with 43% supporting Trump.

    But, the Financial Times says that the presidential race “has started to tighten in the all-important swing states”.

    Also, the paper adds, “betting markets have moved dramatically in the president’s favour since the conventions, and now give him an almost 50-50 chance of winning re-election”.

    The BBC points out that national polls are “not necessarily a good way to predict the result of the election” – as the broadcaster notes that Hillary Clinton led in the polls and won nearly 3million more votes than Trump, but she still lost because of the electoral college system.”

  • SHOOT GAFFE AFTER JACOB BLAKE CALL

    Joe Biden joked he had better stop rambling on about taxes “or he'd be SHOT” in a shocking gaffe after talking with gun victim Jacob Blake.

    The Democratic candidate made the tone-deaf remark during a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the black man was shot multiple times by cops last month.

    Biden and his wife, Jill, met Blake's relatives at Milwaukee airport and chatted with the gun victim himself over the phone.

    He later said he was struck by the family's “overwhelming sense of resilience and optimism”.

    While addressing a group of Kenosha residents, and talking about his health care proposals, Biden blurted: “Now I could lay out for you – I won't now because they'll shoot me but here's the deal: I can pay for every single thing I'm proposing without raising your taxes.”

  • JUDGE BARS KANYE WEST FROM BALLOT

    A judge has barred Kanye West from appearing on the November 3 ballot in Arizona.

    The decision came a day after the star’s campaign turned in nearly 58,000 nominating signatures, well over the 39,000 needed to appear on the Arizona ballot.

    Over the past 10 days, more than 120 people living in other states have registered in Arizona as paid signature gatherers for West, who announced his presidential campaign on July 4.

    But, a challenger proved the possibility of irreparable harm if the rapper's name were to appear on the ballot, as his lawyers successfully argued that putting West's name on the form would confuse voters.

    The ruling coincided with a judge in Virginia ordering West's name be removed from ballots in that state, finding the rapper failed to meet a requirement that 13 people pledge support for his White House bid.

  • TRUMP OVERTAKES BIDEN AS BETTING FAVE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER

    Donald Trump has overtaken Democratic rival Joe Biden as the favourite to win the 2020 US Presidential election on Europe-based betting exchange Betfair.

    Betfair Exchange said four bets of over £10,000 ($13,362) were placed on the platform overnight on September 1, of which three were on Trump, while the biggest stake of the campaign so far, a £50,000 bet, was placed on the Republican nominee last weekend.

    Trump’s odds, reflecting wagers matched on the peer-to-peer betting network, stood at evens, Betfair Exchange said, versus 21-20 for Biden.

    These bets in part aided Trump to take the lead, after being neck-and-neck with Biden earlier this week, completing a stunning recovery in the betting markets.

    “In August, Trump had the worst odds for re-election of any sitting President in history and defeat to Biden was looking increasingly likely,” said Betfair spokesperson Darren Hughes.

  • TUMBLING DOWN

    Part of Donald Trump's border wall is about to collapse just months after it was built due to erosion, an engineering report is set to warn.

    The document – being filed in federal court later this week – says a three-mile stretch of border fencing along the Rio Grande is in danger of disintegrating due to extensive erosion because of heavy rains.

    The part in question was built earlier this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel.

    Tommy Fisher, the firm's owner, previously dubbed the now crumbling section of the wall as the “Lamborghini.”

    However Alex Mayer, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, alleged: “It seems like they are cutting corners everywhere. It's not a Lamborghini, it's a $500 used car.”

  • TRUMP DENIES HE SCORNED US WAR DEAD

    US President Donald Trump has strongly denied a report claiming he referred to fallen American military personnel buried in Europe as losers and suckers.

    He also angrily rejected a report that he turned down a visit to an American cemetery during a trip to France because he dismissed it as unimportant.

    The allegations were first reported in The Atlantic.

    Trump said on Thursday that the story is totally false.

    A senior Defence Department official and a senior U.S. Marine Corps officer who was told about Trump's comments confirmed some of the remarks to The Associated Press, including the 2018 cemetery comments.

    The officials alleged Trump made them as he begged off visiting the cemetery outside Paris.

    Staffers from the National Security Council and the Secret Service told Trump that rainy weather made helicopter travel to the cemetery risky, but they could drive there.

    Trump responded by saying he didn't want to visit the cemetery because it was filled with losers, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The White House blamed the cancelled visit on poor weather at the time.

    In another conversation on the trip, The Atlantic said, Trump referred to the 1,800 Marines who died in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood as suckers for getting killed.

    Trump emphatically denied the Atlantic report Thursday night, calling it “a disgraceful situation by a terrible magazine”.

  • TRUMP SUGGESTS PEOPLE IN NORTH CAROLINA VOTE TWICE TO TEST SYSTEM

    Donald Trump has suggested people in North Carolina attempted to vote twice to stress-test the security of the voting system.

    The comments were made when the president was asked by a reporter about his faith in the state’s system for voting by mail.

    Trump encouraged people to send in an absentee ballot and to then go vote in person.

    “Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote,” Trump said on an airport tarmac in Wilmington, N.C., in remarks that were broadcast on MSNBC.

    “If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote.”

    “So that’s the way it is,” the president added. “And that’s what they should do.”

    It is illegal to vote more than once in an election.

  • TRUMP ORDERS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO START DEFUNDING NYC

    President Trump is ordering the federal government to begin the process of defunding New York City and three other cities where officials allowed “lawless” protests.

    Trump signed a five-page memo on Wednesday ordering all federal agencies to send reports to the White House Office of Management and Budget that detail funds that can be redirected, according to the New York Post.

    Trump has initially targeted New York City, Washington DC, Seattle and Portland as the Republican president looks to make law and order and key battleground in his re-election campaign.

    “My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump says in the memo, which twice mentions New York Mayor Bill de Blasio by name.

    “To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”

  • BIDEN AHEAD IN POLLS BUT TRUMP SQUEEZES LEAD IN BATTLEGROUNDS

    Joe Biden, the Democrat presidential hopeful has a sizeable lead in the new national polls but Donald Trump is narrowing the gap in key swing states.

    Six polls released in the past 24 hours showing Biden ahead by between 7 and 11 points.

    A USA Today-Suffolk University poll found Biden ahead by 7 points nationally. New surveys from The Economist/YouGov and USC showed the former vice president with an 11-point lead. Polls from Quinnipiac University, CNN and Grinnell College put Biden’s advantage in the 8 to 10 point range.

    Recent surveys from several other battlegrounds, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan, have found the race tightening, pointing to a fierce fight to the finish.

  • PELOSI SAYS SHE WAS 'SET UP' OVER SALON VISIT

    House speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed she was “set up” over her visit to a hair salon in San Francisco and demanded an apology from the business.

    Video emerged of Pelosi going to the salon without a mask on her face, flouting not one but two of the city’s coronavirus regulations.

    The California Democrat was caught on camera Monday walking around bare-faced inside eSalon, drawing charges of hypocrisy after her frequent calls to take the pandemic seriously.

    I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighbourhood salon that I’ve been to … many times,” she told reporters at an unrelated press briefing in San Francisco. “It was a set-up. I take responsibility for falling for a set-up.”

    Pelosi went further, saying that it was on the small business to issue a mea culpa.

    “I think that this salon owes me an apology,” she said.

  • HILLARY CLINTON BLASTS TRUMP AS A 'CHEAT'

    Hillary Clinton has blasted President Donald Trump as a “cheat” while her husband Bill said Trump will “stack sandbags around the White House” so he doesn’t leave in 2021.

    In an interview with journalist April Ryan on Tuesday, the Clintons encouraged Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden not to concede to Trump this fall.

    “Do not concede under any circumstance because I believe the other side is going to cheat and sneak and try everything they possibly can,” Hillary said.

    Read more here.

  • TRUMP CALLS FOR 'PATRIOTIC EDUCATION'

    Donald Trump has called for “patriotic education” in schools across the United States to fight the “left-wing indoctrination” about the “wicked nation.”

    Speaking at the White House on Monday, Trump stressed the nation's need to “strictly and fully enforce our law and have no tolerance for anarchy and no tolerance, zero, for violence.”

    Trump slammed the Democrat-run cities over the recent string of violent protests in cities like Portland, Chicago, and Kenosha.

    He said: “What we’re witnessing today is a result of left-wing indoctrination in our nation’s schools and universities.

    “Many young Americans have been fed lies about America being a wicked nation plagued by racism.

    “Indeed, Joe Biden and his party spent their entire convention spreading this hateful and destructive message while refusing to say one word about the violence.”

    Read more here.

  • TRUMP SAYS AMERICANS 'LOVE' MELANIA

    Donald Trump has praised his wife Melania after her Republican National Convention (RNC) speech.

    He claimed Americans “loved” her due to her “style, class and grace”.

    Asked about her appeal to women voters, in a Fox News interview, the president argued that Americans “like her, they love her style, her class, her grace”.

    “I thought she gave an incredible speech,” he continued. “And you have to understand, it's not her first language”.

  • TRUMP: 'YOU'RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE ME AS PRESIDENT'

    Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter today, telling his followers: “You're so lucky to have me as President” in an emoji-filled message.

    He wrote on the social networking site: “The Dow Jones Industrial just closed above 29,000! You are so lucky to have me as your President. With Joe Hiden’ it would crash.”

  • TRUMP ACCUSES BIDEN OF READING ANSWERS

    Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to attack his presidential rival Joe Biden.

    The US President wrote: “Can you believe what’s happening!? They give Joe Hiden’ the questions, and he reads them an answer!”

    The Trump campaign accused him of reading a line from his teleprompter that was only meant as an instructional note during an interview with a South Florida news station.

    Biden discussed Latin American politics with NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral in an interview which will air on Sunday, according to Breitbart.

    “Would you go back to the Obama policy with Cuba and what is your plan dealing with Venezuela?” Nespral asked the presidential candidate.

    Biden appeared flustered from the start.

    “Number one. This president reversed the –” Biden began before starting over. “I’d try to reverse the failed Trump policies that have inflicted harm on Cubans and their families. He’s done nothing to advance democracy and human rights.”

  • TRUMP: WE MUST 'DEFEND THE AMERICAN DREAM'

    President Donald Trump has said the US must “defend the American Dream” and “uphold the rule of law” in a speech in North Carolina.

    He also appeared to take a swipe at critics of some of America's controversial historical figures.

    He told the crowd: “In America, we’re not ashamed of anything.”

    “We must uphold the rule of law and defend the American dream for every child in our land.”

    Trump won North Carolina by about three percentage points over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016

  • TRUMP'S NEW CORONAVIRUS ADVISER QUESTIONS USE OF MASKS

    Donald Trump's new coronavirus adviser Dr Scott W. Atlas has argued that the science of mask-wearing is uncertain, that children cannot pass on the coronavirus and that the role of the government is not to stamp out the virus but to protect its most vulnerable citizens.

    The radiologist and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution is pushing to reshape the administration’s response to the pandemic, according to the New York Times.

    A White House spokesman said the adviser “is working to carry out the president’s No. 1 priority: protecting the health and safety of the American people.”

    White House officials said there had never been an attempt to shift policy to anything resembling herd immunity.

  • TRUMP ADDRESSES SUPPORTERS IN NORTH CAROLINA

    Donald Trump has addressed a crowd of supporters at a rally in North Carolina.

    The president touched down this afternoon for an event in Wilmington.

    “We won a big race in 2016 and they say the enthusiasm right now is far greater than even 2016,” he told the crowd.

    “This is the most important election in the history of our country. I really believe that.

    “Because we're running against people that have got some… big, big problems.

    “And we have to keep our country.”

    Trump won 49.8 percent of the vote in North Carolina in 2016, while Hillary Clinton won 46.2 percent.

    Polls currently show a close race in the state between Trump and presidential rival Joe Biden.

  • PRESIDENTIAL RACE NARROWS IN PENNSYLVANIA – POLL

    Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump in the key state of Pennsylvania has slumped to just four points.

    Biden's lead among registered votershas shrunk from 13 percentage points to just four points, according to a poll conducted by Monmouth University.

    The poll also found Pennsylvania’s self-described independent voters are split evenly between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden, with each taking 45 percent.

  • BIDEN CLAIMS TRUMP FAILED SCHOOLKIDS DURING PANDEMIC

    Joe Biden has gone on the offensive in his presidential campaign, saying Donald Trump failed schoolkids during the coronavirus outbreak.

    In a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, the Democrat hopeful said: “President Trump still doesn’t have any real plan for how to open our schools safely.

    “No real plan for how to help parents feel secure for their children.

    He’s offering nothing but failure and delusions. From the start to finish, the American families and our children are paying the price for his failures.”

  • TRUMP EXTENDS POLL LEAD IN GEORGIA

    Donald Trump has extended his lead over presidential rival Joe Biden in Georgia.

    The latest poll shows Trump with the support of 47.9 percent of likely voters in the state, followed by Biden who saw support from 40.5 percent of respondents, according to the poll carried out by local news group WSB-TV2.

    Tuesday's results show a jump for the president over a previous poll released at the beginning of the Democratic Party's convention in mid-August, which found Trump supported by 47.4 percent of likely voters compared to 44.5 percent who said they supported Biden.

  • PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SCHEDULES RELEASED

    The schedule for the presidential debates, as well as for the vice-presidents, has been released with US voters looking forward to some fierce clashes between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

    The schedule for the vice-president debates have also been released.

    September 29

    First presidential debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.

    October 7

    The vice presidential debate will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page will moderate.

    October 15

    Second presidential debate will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor of C-SPAN Networks, will moderate.

    October 22

    The third presidential debate will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Kristen Welker, co-anchor of Weekend TODAY and NBC News’ White House correspondent, will moderate.

  • BIDEN HAS 11-POINT LEAD OVER TRUMP IN LATEST POLL

    Democrat Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has opened up an 11-point lead over President Donald Trump, according to the latest national poll.

    The gap widens to 13 points in the suburbs, according to the findings of a USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future survey.

    Biden at 52 percent nationally against 41 percent for Trump, with 7 percent undecided.

    Among voters in the suburbs, Biden leads 53 percent to 40 percent. Trump and Biden are tied among white suburban voters.

  • UNITED AIRLINES TO SLASH 16,000 JOBS IN OCTOBER

    United Airlines has announced it plans to cut 16,370 employees in October when the federal aid carriers received expires.

    The airline will furlough 6,920 inflight service employees and 2,850 flight operations employees.

    Also, 1,400 management and administrative employees and 2,260 airport operations employees will be cut.

    Airlines are prohibited from firing or laying off any employees until October 1 under the terms of the pandemic relief funding the industry received from the government.

    “The pandemic has drawn us in deeper and lasted longer than almost any expert predicted, and in an environment where travel demand is so depressed, United cannot continue with staffing levels that significantly exceed the schedule we fly. Sadly, we don’t expect demand to return to anything resembling normal until there is a widely available treatment or vaccine,” United wrote in a memo to employees on Tuesday.

    Additionally, 2,010 technical operations employees will be furloughed, as well as 320 catering operations employees, 430 contact centre employees and 180 network operations centre employees. 

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