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US president holds indoor campaign event despite coronavirus pandemic

Donald Trump rejected the idea of climate change during clashes with Democrat officials in California, saying he doesn’t think science knows what is causing the states wildfires.

His comments came during a round table to address the state and federal response to the devastating fires, which the president says are caused by the poor forest management of explosive trees.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, called Mr Trump a “climate arsonist” for his denial of climate change.

While a new poll showed half of American voters think neither candidate is fit to run the country, Mr Trump claimed that the leaders of Russia and North Korea, Vladmir Putin and Kim Jong-un, are more mentally fit than Joe Biden.

Elsewhere, Alexander Vindman, a whistleblower in the impeachment trial, said he doesn’t know if Russia has dirt to blackmail the president but even if they did they wouldn’t need it, because Trump was Putin’s “useful idiot”.

The president travelled from Nevada to California to Arizona, but said he wasn’t afraid of catching Covid-19. Demonstrators outside the roundtable for Latinos, however, were injured after jumping on a police car that drove off.

Talking to Hispanic Americans, Mr Trump said America would never become a socialist country like Venezuela or other Latin American nations with a “lot of very bad problems”.

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Julian Assange faces ‘effective life sentence’ if convicted in US, court is told

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces effective life imprisonment if convicted in the US, a British court has been told.

Appearing by video leak to give evidence on Mr Assange’s behalf at an extradition hearing at the Old Bailey in London, Eric Lewis said if the 49-year-old was found guilty of the charges he faces he could be sentenced to up to 175 years.  

“We are looking at a sentence somewhere between 20 years, if everything goes brilliantly, to 175 years which the government could easily ask for,” he said on Monday.

Mr Lewis, a senior partner at DC law firm Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss in Washington DC, added: “All signs point to a very long sentence, measured in many decades.”

Andrew Buncombe has more.

Justin Vallejo15 September 2020 00:31

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Trump promises Hispanic Americas that the United States would never be another Venezuela  or ‘the C-word’

The president today said that America would never become a socialist country like Venezuela or other Latin American nations with a “lot of very bad problems”.

“Some of you came from parts of the world where it’s socialist or worse, you know it’s called the ‘C’ word, right, the ‘C’ word, because I think in many cases these people are talking even beyond socialism and we’re not going to let that happen,” Trump said at a roundtable for Latinos.

“Many Hispanic Americans came here to pursue the American dream, right, we all want the American dream… if you look at what they’re asking for it’s like the American nightmare or whatever you want to call it.

“Having left countries that did not have safe streets, many of you or your family, your mothers your fathers they left countries that were very, very bad lot of problems.”

Mr Trump said that would happen in the US if the Democrats were allowed to continue defunding the police.

“You know who wants to see it least, Hispanic Americans because they know about it more than anybody and so we’re not going to let that happen,” he said.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 23:48

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Top Trump health aide warns of armed insurrection and accuses the CDC of sedition

The Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary of public affairs, Michael Caputo, accused the CDC’s top scientists of “sedition” over their coronavirus pandemic response while warning that left-wing hit squads were preparing for armed insurrection.

It came during a Facebook Live video on Sunday shared by 44 of his followers, according to The New York Times.  

Among the claims made during the stream is that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had a “resistance unit” to plot how to attack the president, that Joe Biden would refuse to concede the election, and that Trump supporters should prepare for an armed left-wing insurrection.

“When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin… If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get.”

“Remember the Trump supporter who was shot and killed? That was a drill.”  

While Caputo, who was made the department’s spokesperson in April, didn’t offer any evidence he may have access to that support his claims, they echo the sentiments of Mr Trump, who has said there is a “deep state” was slowing trials for a coronavirus vaccine.

Mr Caputo reportedly focused on the CDC, claiming “deep in the bowels of the CDC have given up science and become political animals”.

He said they haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump”, according to the Times.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 23:48

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‘Unwavering devotion to Hispanic American community’ – says Trump

“You’re an amazing group of people and I love you and we’re taking care of you and we’ll never let you down,” Trump said to start his round-table in Arizona today.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 23:30

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Trump says he’s not afraid of catching Covid-19 ahead of campaign event in Arizona  

Donald Trump is scheduled to soon host a ‘Latinos for Trump’ roundtable in Phoenix tonight, via California where he addressed the state’s wildfires, and after yesterday’s campaign rally in Nevada.

But the president isn’t afraid of contracting coronavirus during his rapid-fire schedule of campaigning, saying ‘I’m very far away’.

“Because you know why, I’m on a stage, it’s very far away, so I’m not at all concerned,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m more concerned about how close you are.”

But as Oliver O’Connell observes, the president doesn’t seem concerned for the health of the thousands who gather to hear him speak.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 22:41

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Trump isn’t a fan of the NFL’s social justice campaign

What’s a president to do on the flight from California to Arizona? Catch up on some Fox News reporting of course.  

Just before landing in Phoenix for a campaign event, the president live tweeted his viewing of a Fox News segment on the NFL’s social justice activism.

This is how we covered the opening weekend of the NFL, which was marked by the league’s formalization of a social justice activism campaign, titled “It Takes All of Us”, as well as the fan backlash and rating collapse that followed.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 22:51

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Police run over Trump protester in California

A protester at an anti-Donald Trump demonstration in California, was injured after being thrown from the roof of a California Highway Patrol vehicle.

The demonstrator climbed onto the hood of the vehicle at the protest in Sacramento where president Donald Trump is visiting today.

Video from bystanders shows that the officer continues to drive and the protester falls from vehicle. He is then seen lying on the ground awaiting medical aid. The assembled crowd applaud when a Metro Fire paramedic team loaded the injured man onto a stretcher.

James Crump is following this developing story.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 22:28

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Ivana Trump causes outrage after blaming immigrants for raping American women

In more Trump family news, Donald Trump’s ex-wife has caused outrage after suggesting that US immigrants” don’t get jobs” and “steal and rape women” during an interview on Loose Women.

The 71-year-old, who was married to Donald Trump for 15 years, appeared as a guest on the ITV show where she praised her ex-husband’s immigration policies. “He’s achieved so much, especially with immigration,” Ms Trump, who grew up in Czechoslovakia before moving to Canada, said. 

“I am immigrant, but they have to come to the country legally, they have to get a job, they have to pay taxes like the rest of Americans,” she added

Louise Hall has the story.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 21:01

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OPINION: Trump is planning an October surprise — insiders say he wants to ‘redo 2016’

For Independent Voices, Andrew Feinberg writes the Trumpworld’s collective energy seems to be directed towards the nigh-impossible task of recreating the conditions of 2016, whether through stoking racial unrest then harnessing the images of it to frighten white voters; trying to push a long-shot, third-party candidate onto the ballot to split Black voters off from the Democratic party; or trying to generate an aura of corruption around his Democratic opponent by way of innuendo about his opponent’s family. 

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 20:57

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Iran considering assassinating US ambassador to South Africa for retribution over Soleimani killing, reports claim

Iran has considered an assassination attempt against the US ambassador to South Africa as a retaliatory measure against the US for its drone strike in January that killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani.

The ambassador, Lana Marks, a longtime friend of Donald Trump who was unanimously confirmed to her post by the Senate in 2019, has been informed of the potential plot, Politico reported, citing two anonymous sources, one of whom was “familiar with the issue” or another who had seen intelligence suggesting the potential assassination.

For months, Iran has been weighing different ways to retaliate against the American drone strike that took out Mr Soleimani and at least six others in Iraq on 3 January.

Griffin Connolly reports.

Justin Vallejo14 September 2020 21:03

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