Donald Trump latest news: Obama claim President treating role ‘like reality TV show’ sparks all-caps response
DONALD Trump was the target of a number of attacks at the third day of the Democratic National Convention, with speakers laying into his time in the White House.
Barack Obama’s speech sparked an angry all-caps Twitter response from Trump, after his predecessor accused him of treating the presidency like “one more reality show”.
Mr Trump asked why Mr Obama had failed to endorse “SLOW JOE” until now.
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TRUMP RESPONDS TO OBAMA COMMENTS
Donald Trump has responded to comments Barack Obama is due to deliver to the Democratic National Convention, saying his predecessor was “ineffective” and “terrible”.
Obama is expected to tell the Convention that he had hoped Trump would take the presidency more seriously than he has once he was in office.
Asked about the comments during a White House briefing, Trump said: “Look at how bad he was. He was so ineffective, so terrible.
“The reason I'm here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden.
“Because if they did a good job, I wouldn't be here.
“And probably if they did a good job I wouldn't have even run.
“I would've been very happy. I enjoyed by previous life very much.
“But they did such a bad job that I stand before you as president.”
TRUMP VIEWS PRESIDENCY 'AS A REALITY SHOW', SAYS OBAMA
Donald Trump views the presidency as a reality show that he can use to get attention, Barack Obama will tell the Democratic Convention tonight.
The former president is tonight set to deliver a speech at the Convention, which is being staged remotely from locations around the US.
An excerpt from the speech released ahead of time read: “I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies.
“I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously. But he never did.
“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.
“And the consequences of that failure are severe: 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone.
“Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”
He will go on to say that Trump thinks of the office of president as a “reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves”.
TRUMP ANNOUNCES 'SNAP BACK' SANCTIONS ON IRAN
Donald Trump has said the US plans to reintroduce sanctions on Iran that were removed as part of the 2015 international nuclear deal.
Under the terms of the deal, a conventional weapons embargo on Iran is set to expire in October.
Trump withdrew the US from the deal in 2018, but his administration has in recent months been lobbying to have the embargo extended.
The campaign had met with opposition from other members of the UN Security Council.
Speaking today, Trump said: “[I have told] the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to notify the UN Security Council that the United States intend to restore virtually all of the previously-suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran.
“It's a snap back.”
HILLARY CLINTON 'WISHES TRUMP HAD BEEN A BETTER PRESIDENT'
Hillary Clinton will say in her speech to the Democratic National Convention that she 'wishes Donald Trump had been a better president'.
Clinton, who Trump beat to become president at the 2016 election, is set to deliver a speech to her party's convention for a sixth time tonight.
An excerpt of the speech released beforehand read: “I wish Donald Trump had been a better president. But, sadly, he is who he is.
“Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are.”
“There’s a lot of heartbreak in America right now – and the truth is, many things were broken before the pandemic.
“But, as the saying goes, the world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.
“Joe Biden knows how to heal, unify, and lead, because he’s done all of that for his family and his country.”
WH PRESS SECRETARY DECLINES TO SAY TRUMP WILL ACCEPT ELECTION RESULT
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has declined to say that President Trump will accept the result of November's election in the event that he loses.
The president has repeatedly made unfounded claims about the likelihood of voter fraud in the ballot and said that the only way he could lose would be if the vote was “rigged”.
McEnany was today asked whether the president meant to imply that he would not accept the result of the ballot unless he won.
“The president has always said he’ll see what happens and make a determination in the aftermath,” she said.
“[He wants] to make sure these are fair elections and not subject to fraud.”
Polls currently give former vice president Joe Biden a consistent lead over Trump both nationally and in a number of key swing states.
TRUMP CALLS FOR GOODYEAR BOYCOTT OVER POLITICAL CLOTHING BAN
President Trump has called on Americans to boycott Goodyear tyres after the company told staff not to wear clothing featuring political slogans at work.
Goodyear says the policy applies to clothing supportive of any party, but the president interpreted the decision as being targeted at distinctive caps worn by his supporters.
The caps are bright red and feature the president's 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”.
Taking to twitter, Trump wrote: “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS.
“(This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!).”
Goodyear's share price fell four percent following the tweet, though has since partially recovered.
TRUMP'S HANDLING OF PANDEMIC IN 'CHAOS', SAYS BILL CLINTON
Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States has been chaos, former president Bill Clinton has said.
Clinton was speaking at the Democratic National Convention, which got underway on Monday and is seeing a series of online events staged from locations around the country.
Addressing the ongoing pandemic, he said: “COVID hit us much harder than it had to.
“We have just four percent of the world's population, but 25 percent of the world's COVID cases.
“Our unemployment rate is more than twice as high as South Korea's, two and a half times the United Kingdom's, and more than three times Japan's.
“Donald Trump says we're leading the world. Well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate triple.
“At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it's a storm center. There's only chaos.
“Just one thing never changes—his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame. The buck never stops there.”
'IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON,' SAYS TRUMP
Donald Trump has told advocates of mail-in ballots that “if you can protest in person, you can vote in person”.
The comments come after weeks of fierce debate about mail-in ballots, the use of which is expected to rise at November's election because of the coronavirus.
The president has repeatedly claimed without evidence that the method is vulnerable to voter fraud, a claim that critics say is part of an attempt to lower turnout and improve his chances of re-election.
Recent months have also seen widespread mass protests by the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in May.
Taking to twitter today, Trump wrote: “IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!”
COUPLE WHO POINTED GUNS AT PROTESTERS TO SPEAK AT GOP CONVENTION
A couple who went viral after pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home are to speak at the GOP convention.
Pictures showed Patricia and Mark McCloskey holding a pistol and a semi-automatic rifle as marchers walked past their St Louis home in June.
The couple drew criticism over the images and were charged with unlawful use of a weapon, though later said they were supportive of race equality and had only wanted to defend their home.
The incident came as both peaceful and violent protests were breaking out around the US following the death of African-American man George Floyd in the course of an arrest the previous month.
The White House defended the couple at the time, with President Trump's press secretary saying the president thought it was “absolutely absurd, what is happening to the McCloskeys”.
A source confirmed to CNN that the couple are set to speak at the Republican National Convention next week.
EX-MEXICAN PRESIDENT TROLLS TRUMP IN AD
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada has released an advert mocking Donald Trump and urging Americans not to vote for him.
Quesada, who served as president from 2000 to 2006, has become known for his undiplomatic responses to Trump's public targeting of Mexico and its government.
A new clip posted to social media shows him wearing a succession of red caps in the style of the MAGA caps worn by Trump's supporters.
Instead of the usual “Make America Great Again” slogan, one read: “Putin is not my Papi”
Another had the message, “65 million is more than 62 million”, a reference to Trump's loss of the popular vote at the 2016 election.
A third read, “Always ask before grabbing a p***y”, a reference a leaked audio tape in which the president was heard bragging about groping women.
Quesada then said: “America, the rest of the world looks up to you.
“We're counting on you. So please elect someone who will make a better president than Donald Trump.”
‘GREAT GOING LAURA’
Donald Trump congratulated far-right activist Laura Loomer after her shock win at a Republican primary in Florida on Tuesday.
“Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet!” tweeted Trump after controversial conspiracy theorist Loomer won the GOP House primary in Florida's 21st Congressional District.
Loomer, an anti-Muslim activist known for her social media stunts, will now be the nominee in the district that includes Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf club.
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BIDEN ‘WILL NEVER BE PRES’
Donald Trump shared by another Twitter user a tweet criticizing Joe Biden and saying “he will never be president”.
It read: “Joe Biden will leave his comfy patio with hanging plants for a photoshoot, yet won't travel to the Democratic Convention & accept the nomination for his party.
“Sorry dems, you can't spin this with your insane TDS. He will never be president.”
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TRUMP WANTS STIMULUS CHECKS
Direct stimulus payments are “what Donald Trump wants,” officials say – and they could arrive within one week of a deal being struck.
On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin indicated that the president was pushing for these coronavirus stimulus checks.
“The president wants us to do more,” Mnuchin said. “He wants us to provide money for kids and jobs, and a second round of the [Paycheck Protection Program] and direct payments are a clear part of that.”
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Air Force One was nearly hit by a drone while carrying President Trump and his family as it came in to land at a military airport on Sunday night, say reports.
A “cross-shaped device” was reportedly spotted off the right side of the jet by multiple passengers just before it touched down at 5.54pm at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The White House Military Office and the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing said in a statement last night that they were “aware of the report” and “the matter is under review”.
A reporter on board tweeted he saw an object that looked like a drone and said the modified Boeing 757 flew “right over” it.
TRUMP SLAMS MICHELLE
President Donald Trump took several shots at former First Lady Michelle Obama after she said he was “in over his head” during a speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump slammed Obama's “late endorsement” of Joe Biden, and said her husband's administration was “the most corrupt in history.”
“Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren't for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump wrote.
“Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement.”
TRUMP SENT PUTIN LETTERS
Donald Trump sent Vladimir Putin gushing letters and invited him as his personal guest to the Miss Universe beauty contest, an explosive Senate report reveals.
The letters were shared as part of an investigation which examines how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
In a letter from 2007, the President said he was a “big fan” of the Russian strongman.
Putin was named Time magazine's person of the year, which prompted the Republican to congratulate him.
He said: “Congratulations on being named Time magazine's 'Man of the Year' – you definitely deserve it.
“As you probably heard, I am a big fan of yours! Take care of yourself.”
Trump also personally invited Mr Putin to the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2013 at a time when his family and associates were exploring real estate deals in Moscow.
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TRUMP ‘FEARED VINCE MCMAHON HAD DIED’
Donald Trump feared WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had been killed in a limousine explosion after mistaking the wrestling storyline for real life, it is claimed.
The businessman-turned-politician even called up McMahon's office and asked if “something happened to Vince”, Triple H revealed.
In a 2008 interview on the Opie and Anthony Show, Triple H briefly mentioned the limo explosion storyline, revealing that Trump was unaware that the taping was not real and called to check up on his friend.
“Oh man, I was scared to death. If I hadn’t seen the pre-tape where he got in and out of the car, you know what I mean. What kills me is so many people called, like Trump called and was like ‘something happened to Vince,’” Triple H said during the show.
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AMAZON ‘WILL PAY’
President Trump has said Amazon Inc “will pay for the cost” of the US Postal Service, adding it's because the technology company thinks the post office is “stupid”.
“Amazon will pay for the cost of the post office,” Trump said on Tuesday during a visit to Yuma, Arizona, to speak to supporters.
Trump was asked by a reporter if he had an update on the “post office situation”.
“The post office is running as well as it has in a long time,” Trump replied.
He repeated a claim that the postal service loses money on Amazon shipments because of negotiated rates.
“It’s part of their model,” Trump continued, speaking about Amazon. “They think the post office is stupid. They think the people in government are stupid.”
He added: “Amazon should pay for it. And so should other companies in the business of Amazon – delivery.”
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TRUMP BLASTS POWELL
Donald Trump has retweeted a post that calls former Secretary of State Colin Powell a weapons of mass destruction hoaxer and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden a “puppet.”
Powell, who served under Republican President George W. Bush, recently appeared at the Democratic National Convention to lend his support to Joe Biden's bid for president.
Seemingly in response to Powell's appearance, Trump retweeted Mark Dice, who is a conspiracy theorist and conservative media analyst.
Dice had tweeted: “Colin Powell is a Neocon WMD hoaxer, so of course he's appearing at the demconvention to endorse Establishment's puppet and denounce President Trump.”
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TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUES NEW JERSEY
The re-election campaign of US President Donald Trump has sued New Jersey.
The move came after a decision on Friday by NJ Democratic governor to mail a ballot to every voter in the state for November’s elections, as well as hold in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for New Jersey on Tuesday to invalidate “Executive Order 177”.
KERRY CALLS TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY 'BLOOPER REEL'
Former Secretary of State John Kerry mocked Trump's foreign on Tuesday.
“When this president goes overseas, it isn’t a goodwill mission it’s a blooper real,” Kerry said.
“He breaks up with our allies and writes love letters to dictators. America deserves a president who looked up to, not laughed at.”
TRUMP AND MELANIA HAVE VOTED
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have voted in Florida's Tuesday congressional primary.
They designated someone to pick up and drop off their ballots in Palm Beach, according to CNN.
While the website of the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections does not yet denote Trump's ballot as returned and counted, the official said the ballots had been returned Monday.
Under Florida law, voters are permitted to sign an affidavit permitting someone else to pick up and drop off their ballots.
'FAR MORE TESTING'
President Donald Trump slammed Democrats on Tuesday night during the DNC convention about COVID-19 testing.
“Tell the Dems that we have more Cases because we do FAR more Testing than any other Country!” the president tweeted.
LEBRON JAMES WEARS FAKE MAGA HAT
NBA Star LeBron James wore a fake MAGA hat in support of Breonna Taylor.
His fashion statement happened ahead of the first playoff game between the Los Angles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
Riffing off President Trump's MAGA red hat theme, James' hat read 'Make America Great arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.
NBA Star LeBron James shared two photos of himself wearing hat and a black shirt on Instagram.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot dead by Louisville police in her apartment during a forced-entry raid on March 13.
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'YOU WOULDN'T HAVE 2ND AMENDMENT IF I WEREN'T PRESIDENT,' SAYS TRUMP
Donald Trump has claimed that the second amendment would have been scrapped by now if he were not in office.
The president was speaking in Yuma, Arizona at a campaign rally ahead of this November's election.
The senate race in Arizona this year pitch Republican Martha McSally against Democrat Mark Kelly.
Kelly is an astronaut and former US Navy captain who became a prominent gun control advocate after his wife, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, was almost killed in an assassination attempt in 2011.
“What you read what he's said about the second amendment, you're not going to want to vote for him,” Trump said.
“I'll tell you what. If I weren't president, I don't believe you'd have a second amendment right now.
“You will always have the right to bear arms.”
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