When the number of coronavirus infections in the United States rose to more than 69,000 cases on the third day in a row, President Donald Trump first appeared in public in a medical facility outside of Washington with a face mask.
Mr. Trump has avoided wearing facewear in public and previously said he “doesn’t want the press to have the pleasure of seeing it.” But with Covid-19 infections and deaths across the country, the president made an abrupt U-turn earlier this month, claiming he was “everything for masks”.
On Saturday, Mr. Trump appeared to express confidence in rapper Kanye West, who recently announced plans for the White House and distanced himself from the president.
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In an article in which one of his own campaign advisors thought that Mr. West may be trying to get black votes out of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Mr. Trump added: “It shouldn̵
Survey: Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of pandemics
A new ABC News and Ipsos poll found 67 percent of Americans disapprove of the Trump administration’s management of the Covid 19 crisis.
Americans’ views on the President’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic have since fallen to a new low ABC news/ Ipsos started investigating the crisis in March. Only a third of the country supports Donald Trump’s strategy to fight the outbreak, the broadcaster reported.
His approval ratings have remained constant over the past four months, but the latest poll found independent and even republican voters found support as the number of coronavirus infections increased sharply in the United States.
78 percent of Republicans favor dealing with the pandemic, compared to 90 percent in mid-June.
Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci “made many mistakes,” Trump claims
President Donald Trump criticized one of the best infectious disease experts in the country and said Sean Hannity of Fox News, Dr. Anthony Fauci “made a lot of mistakes”.
“Many of them said they don’t wear a mask, don’t wear a mask. Now it’s time to wear a mask, ”said the President.
“Many mistakes were made, many mistakes.”
Last month, he contradicted Trump’s claim that he had instructed his healthy policy advisers to slow the test rate, saying, “In fact, we will do more tests.”
“Nobody has ever heard” Abraham Lincoln was a Republican until Trump came along, the president claims
Donald Trump claimed that “nobody has ever heard” that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican until he became US President during a round table discussion on Venezuela.
At his Doral golf resort in Florida, the president largely ignored Venezuela’s question and instead praised his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which killed more than 135,000 people in the United States alone.
He said: “The Republican Party has grown incredibly and we have a completely different group of people in the Republican Party.
“As people don’t remember, nobody ever heard of it until I came with them, nobody remembered it for a long time, or at least they didn’t use it, I use it all the time: Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
“You know you say that and people say ‘I didn’t know’, but he was a Republican, so we’re doing a great job.”
Trump demands the extradition of former M16 officer Christopher Steele
The president asked for extradition of Christopher Steele, the former British M16 officer, who had compiled the notorious dossier on the president’s relations with Russia.
Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday morning: “This man should be extradited, brought to justice and thrown into prison. A sick liar [sic] who was paid by Crooked Hillary & the DNC! “
He later tweeted, “Bring Steele back !!!” and tweeted a link to a book on the Russia investigation by Gregg Jarrett, a legal and political analyst at Fox News.
Read the full report from Oliver O’Connell below:
Mueller says Stone remains a felon after Trump’s decision to convert the prison sentence
Former special advisor Robert Mueller has defended his investigation into the relationship between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, claiming that Trump ally Roger Stone “remains a convicted criminal”.
A comment in the Washington Post marked Mr. Müller’s first public statement on his investigation since his appearance at the congress last July.
It comes after the President’s extraordinary decision to convert Stone’s prison sentence to Friday just a few days before he should report to prison.
Mr. Müller wrote: “The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted of committing federal crimes. He rightly remains a convicted criminal. “
The former FBI director was extremely nervous during the investigation and has refused to explain or justify his work – until that point. Mr. Müller told how Stone manipulated and repeatedly lied about his efforts to get inside information via democratic emails that Russian activists had stolen and made available to WikiLeaks.
Trump’s decision was also sharply condemned by Mitt Romney and described as “unprecedented historical corruption”.
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David Harris Jr., adviser to the Black Voices for Trump advisory council for the presidential campaign, told the Washington-based news site Only the news Mr. West’s political strategy could be to “get some black votes that would have voted for Biden to actually vote for Kanye.”
Mr. West announced his plans to run for president earlier this month, but it may be too late to vote. Last week the music icon distanced himself from Mr. Trump’s support and said his presidency “looks like one big mess to me”.
Although Mr. West apparently keeps the President at a distance, Mr. Trump retweeted the interview with Mr. Harris and added: “It shouldn’t be difficult. Corrupt Joe didn’t do anything for the blacks!”
During the visit, he met wounded service members and healthcare providers who looked after Covid 19 patients.
Read Chiara Giordano‘s report on Mr. Trump’s first public appearance in a face mask below:
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