Donald Trump Hosts a Campaign Rally at The Villages in Florida



President Donald Trump will host a campaign rally at The Villages community in Florida.

The rally is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST.

This is the first rally since the president’s final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the president is delivering campaign speeches outdoors.

It is 11 days until the presidential election.



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Can Donald Trump knock out enough bricks in the blue wall to win the election?


Four years ago, Democrats in the United States were counting on so-called “blue wall” states to send Hillary Clinton to the White House.

Some of these states in the rust belt — including Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania — were a significant factor in Donald Trump’s victory.

The President won them by incredibly thin margins, knocking out enough bricks in the blue wall to win the election.

Democrats will need to flip fewer than 78,000 votes to win back all three this year, making it one of their most straightforward paths to the presidency.

The 2020 election will bring big changes to the way America votes.(AP: Timothy D. Easley)

Some voters were taken for granted in 2016

Professor Simon Jackman from the United States Studies Centre said that in 2016, Democrats lost voters they had taken for granted. The states all have significantly more non-Hispanic white residents than the national average, and fewer people with a college degree.

Almost 81 per cent (80.9 per cent) of Wisconsin residents are non-Hispanic whites, compared to 60.1 per cent across the United States.

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More than 80 per cent of Wisconsin residents are non-Hispanic whites.(Wisconsin State Journal via AP: John Hart)

“Ever since 2016 Democrats have had a laser focus on what it would take to win back those states,” Jackman says.

“To me that led pretty automatically to someone like Biden becoming the nominee. Donald Trump mobilises whites with less than a college degree … and there’s plenty of them in those states.”

But in 2020, while those states are extremely important in determining who will win the presidency, the races don’t seem to be that close. Polling averages have Joe Biden well ahead in all three of them.

In Wisconsin, for example, Biden has led Trump by more than six percentage points since June, according to polling averages from FiveThirtyEight.

But Democrats will be feeling nervous nonetheless, because 2016’s polling errors were felt most acutely in these states.

“The polls were off by not small margins at all in a number of these states,” Jackman says.

One major reason for the miss was that people without a college degree were being underrepresented in polls. Pollsters have now adjusted for this.

“[Trump] mobilises that group of people in a way that the pollsters did not see coming,” Jackman says.

How do things compare to Trump vs Hillary?

The lead that Biden currently enjoys over Trump in Wisconsin is roughly the same size as the lead Hillary Clinton had at the same time four years ago.

The changes to polling methodology should, in theory, reduce the chance of a polling bias as big as 2016.

“If you’re looking at these polls and making that conclusion, then implicitly you’re telling yourself a story that the pollsters have wrung out this underrepresentation of whites without a college degree,” Jackman says.

“I hope that that’s true, but I’m not sure. I’m not sure at all.”

It’s not surprising that, given Joe Biden is ahead in one of these key states, he appears to be leading in all of them.

“They are demographically, economically, sociologically and hence politically quite similar to each other,” Jackman says.

Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin have voted for the same presidential candidate in every election since 1992. That was usually the Democratic candidate, until Trump came along.

“There’s a high chance they all go one way or the other, and this is a big chunk of electoral votes,” Jackman says.

The key is mobilising voters

With relatively few undecided voters remaining, and Trump’s atypical campaign style, the result of this election may come down to who can best mobilise voters on election day.

Jackman says it’s clear to him that Trump and the Republicans are not trying to change anyone’s mind.

“They must believe that there are more people out there like the ones they got off the couch in 2016,” he says. “That’s the only thing that rationalises what they’re doing now, they have given up on persuasion.”

On election day, early turnout figures from rural parts of the rust belt may give us a clue about whether that is the case.

But getting a final result may take a little longer: the biggest prize of the four states is Pennsylvania, where a result could be slowed because of early voting.

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The changes to polling methodology should, in theory, reduce the chance of a polling bias as big as 2016.(AP: Rich Pedroncelli)

Around 1.2 million people in Pennsylvania have already voted, according to statistics compiled by the Professor Michael McDonald from the University of Florida.

Another 1.7 million have requested postal votes but are yet to return them, which means around half the state could end up voting before election day.

The state’s election rules do not allow those votes to be counted until after polls close.



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Lexington – Donald Trump’s effort to sow mistrust is looking like an own-goal | United States


PERHAPS IT WAS only a matter of time before the land of billion-dollar election campaigns supersized the vote itself. The great wave of early voting America has experienced over the past two weeks is nonetheless bracing. By the time Donald Trump and Joe Biden are due to hold their debate this week, around 50m ballots will have been cast—almost 40% of the total in 2016. The president, it must be said, is leaving his comeback awfully late.

A tour of polling stations in North Carolina—up and down Interstate 85, which links the battleground state’s main conurbations—illustrated this new voting season. Beginning in the sprawling suburbs of Charlotte, shortly before sunrise, Lexington witnessed voters queuing up around the block, silent or in hushed conversation with a companion, with sometimes a child or two in tow. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” marvelled the Republican commissioner of Union County, Richard Helms, outside a fire-station-site in suburban Indian Trail. His county, on the city’s outer edge, cast 103,000 votes in 2016. Mr Helms expected it to have cast 40,000 by the end of this week.

Proceeding north via Winston-Salem to preppy Durham, then to the former mill-town of Henderson, close to the Virginia border, to visit a last polling-site after sunset, there were similar scenes in each place. A telltale cluster of campaign signs outside a school, fire-station or college building; a steady trickle and often a long line of silent voters; grim head-shakes or nods to the partisan “poll-greeters” handing out their lists of names. And when the voters were asked to say what was most important about this election, a great deal more fear, anguish, and even tears than are usually evident when a mature democracy votes.

“Everything is evil,” exclaimed Claudia, a middle-aged Latina in Indian Trail, to explain why she was taking such pains to vote early. Ahead of her in the line, Beverly, a first-time early-voter and independent, pointed to her T-shirt, which read: “=>÷”. “We need new leadership,” she said—a sentiment that Rob, standing behind her with his wife and bleary-eyed toddler son, munching on Goldfish crackers, did not share. “We’re here because of Biden’s corruption and 47 years in politics without doing anything,” he said.

There is good news here. Despite covid-19, the chaos of decentralised electoral governance, and Republican efforts to exploit it for partisan gain, the election seems—at this early stage—to be going fairly well. Most states have expanded their time-frames and opened more sites for early voting. North Carolina and other states have facilitated kerbside voting, enabling high-risk voters to cast ballots in person. A feared shortage of volunteers seems not to have transpired. Several of the poll-greeters Lexington met had come forward, out of a redoubled sense of duty, for the first time.

Some of the enduring concerns about Republican efforts to suppress non-white votes, in Georgia and Texas especially, have been slightly allayed. In North Carolina, black voters’ ballots are more than twice as likely to be rejected as the average postal vote. Yet they can be resubmitted. A worst-case projection—that 0.4% of Democratic votes could be rejected in the state—should be compared with the rejection of 2% of votes during the primaries.

Worse news is that one of America’s few shared civic rituals has become as politicised as everything else. The early-vote surge has been driven by Democrats—as indicated by the fact that registered Democrats are over one-and-a-half times as likely to have voted as registered Republicans. Most are voting by post. In contrast, registered Republicans, who used to dominate mail-voting, are in most states likelier to vote early in person. This looks like a response to Mr Trump’s insistence that postal voting is “fraudulent”—and another indication that Republicans, again in response to his misinformation, are less careful about covid-19. Almost the only unmasked voters Lexington spoke with were Trumpers. They included the Republican poll-greeter in Indian Trail, a friendly retiree called Phyllis, who said she took a daily handful of vitamins and zinc pills to ward off covid but considered mask-wearing an instrument of pernicious government control “that the whole world is waking up to”.

Republicans and Democrats seem increasingly to inhabit different realities. Little wonder they lined up together in mistrustful silence. “Normally you’re talking and laughing when you come to vote,” said Alejandro, a burly Democrat in Henderson. “This year there’s so much fear and anger everybody’s just doing what they have to do.” Most voters from the city’s black majority said that they were voting in person, despite being worried about covid, because they were afraid their ballot would not count if they mailed it in. And voting was the only form of political expression one woman said she could take part in. For fear of her “violent” white pro-Trump neighbours, she had not dared to display a Democratic sign in her yard this year for the first time. “I decided I’d rather have peace than express myself,” she said, as her eyes filled with tears.

Some of these changes to the country’s electoral culture are likely to be long-lasting. Americans of different races and political hues could end up voting almost as separately as they worship. On the other hand, the immediate cause of their disunity, Mr Trump, seems increasingly likely to be on the way out.

A taste of his own medicine

The Democratic early-vote lead does not predict his defeat. It will be somewhat pegged back by his supporters on election day. Yet it is graphic evidence of Democratic enthusiasm—which is in itself likely to generate further enthusiasm. It should also insure the Democrats against late mishaps—such as the tropical storm long-range forecasters foresee in Florida on election day—to which Republicans will remain vulnerable. Moreover, as a boomeranged consequence of the president’s efforts to undercut mail-in voting, the Democratic advantage points to another important factor in Mr Trump’s struggles: his stunning ineptitude.

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US presidential debate: Donald Trump v Joe Biden – the six key moments | US News


The final presidential debate of the US election campaign happened overnight, with Donald Trump and Joe Biden facing off.

And whether you missed it or want a recap, we’ve rounded up the defining moments and tried to gauge who came out on top.

Click or tap here for the full report – and here are six moments that stood out:

1. Mute debates civil again

If you missed the first debate between these two, count yourself lucky.

Calling it a “debate” feels generous – it was more of a shouting match.

In a bid to avoid a repeat, a mute button was introduced to Thursday night’s proceedings in Nashville, Tennessee.

This meant that each candidate was allowed two minutes uninterrupted at the start of each section to give their initial answer.

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Mic cuts and praise for debate moderator

And it did have an impact.

The tone was more civil, with fewer interruptions overall. It felt like more of a debate, although the bar was set low by the pair’s first encounter.

Praise should go to moderator Kristen Welker, who marshalled proceedings expertly.

“I respect very much the way you’re handling this,” Mr Trump said to the NBC News White House correspondent at one point.

2. A family affair

But while the tone in general was more civil, there were still some testy exchanges.

Things got heated when both candidates were asked about foreign interference in American elections.

Mr Trump used this as an opportunity to bring up recent media reports about Mr Biden’s son, Hunter.

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Biden and Trump on Russia and the US election

The New York Post has reported that Biden used his position as vice president to benefit his son’s business interests in Ukraine, but the article’s veracity has been widely questioned.

Mr Biden refuted any allegations of impropriety, saying “not one single solitary thing was out of line” in terms of his conduct with regards to Ukraine.

This did not deter the president, who compared the Biden family to a vacuum cleaner because “they’re sucking up money”.

And he repeated unfounded allegations that Mr Biden has received funds from Russian sources.

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Trump pressed on releasing tax returns

Again, the former vice president denied this, telling the debate: “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.”

Mr Biden turned the attack round on Mr Trump calling on the president to “release your tax returns or stop talking about corruption”.

He asked: “What are you hiding?”

Mr Biden also used the segment to bring up some recent media reports – about Mr Trump having a bank account in China.

3. Trump compares himself to Lincoln

Another flashpoint was race relations.

Mr Biden called his opponent “one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history” and someone who “pours fuel on every racist fire”.

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Trump, Biden…and Abraham Lincoln

The president proclaimed himself to be “the least racist person in this room” and boasted that only Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery, had done more for black Americans.

He defended the separation of immigrant children from their families after detentions along the US-Mexico border, after it was revealed that 545 children are still separated from their parents.

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Biden and Trump clash over separated children

Mr Trump said it was the Obama administration that “built cages” to detain them.

This was disputed by Mr Biden, who said children were “ripped from” their families in 2018.

4. Coronavirus

Stark differences were on show when it came to the coronavirus pandemic.

Unsurprisingly, given his administration’s handling of the virus has been under the spotlight, Mr Trump was more upbeat.

He said the US was “rounding the turn” and “rounding the corner”, with a vaccine “coming”.

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Biden clashes with Trump over COVID-19 shutdowns

The president spoke out against further shutdowns, criticising Democrat-controlled states for their COVID-19 restrictions.

“The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself and that’s what’s happening,” Mr Trump said.

His assertion that the country needs to “learn to live with it” drew a swift rebuke from Mr Biden, who told him: “People are learning to die with it.”

The former vice president sought to portray himself as a unifying figure amid the pandemic, saying he does not see “red states and blue states” and “they’re all Americans”.

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5. Biden’s bid for unity

Mr Biden’s pitch to voters throughout the campaign has been that he is a unifying figure who is in touch with folks on Main Street.

Mr Biden spoke during the debate about not seeing red states or blue states and frequently referenced the fact that he was born in Pennsylvania, a key swing state.

He thinks he can begin healing America after four years of rancour and division.

As Jim Carrey put it when he played the former vice president on Saturday Night Live: “We can all make America not actively on fire again.”

6. ‘I ran because of you’

The president wanted to portray his opponent as a Washington insider who has been roaming the corridors of power for decades.

And he consistently referenced Mr Biden’s eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president, from 2009 to 2017.

“You were there and you did nothing,” Mr Trump told Mr Biden as they clashed over race relations.

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‘I ran because of you’ – Trump to Biden

“I ran because of you,” the president added.

Incumbent candidates can often struggle to shrug off the baggage of their time in office.

But Mr Trump wanted to remind people that as an outsider derided by the political establishment, he swept to victory four years ago with a pledge to “drain the swamp”.

“Success is going to bring us together, we are on the road to success,” he declared in his answer to the final question of the night on leadership.

The president put in a strong performance, at times appearing to have the upper hand, was the verdict of our US correspondent Cordelia Lynch.

“That may help to win over some in the wildly small group of undecided voters,” she said.

“But the polls would suggest he needed a knock-out blow and it didn’t quite feel like that.”



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US election debate: Joe Biden renews attack on Donald Trump’s Covid record as they meet for final time



Joe Biden renewed his attacks on Donald Trump‘s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during the final debate of the presidential election campaign.

“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,” Democratic candidate Mr Biden told the event in Nashville, Tennessee.

The encounter represented one of the Republican president Mr Trump’s last remaining opportunities to reshape a campaign dominated by the virus.


Mr Trump defended his approach to the outbreak and claimed the worst of the pandemic was in the past.

Mr Biden took aim at the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic (REUTERS)

Cover has killed more than 221,000 people in the United States and devastated the economy.

“We’re rounding the corner,” said the president, who has played down the virus for months. “It’s going away.”

Mr Biden faulted Mr Trump for avoiding responsibility for the pandemic.

“I take full responsibility,” Mr Trump responded. “It’s not my fault that it came here, it’s China’s fault.”

Mr Trump claimed during the debate that a vaccine was close to ready, saying approval would be announced within “weeks” before acknowledging that it was not a guarantee.

Most experts, including administration officials, have said a vaccine is unlikely to be widely available until mid-2021.

The first segment of the debate was far more civil than the candidates’ first clash in September, when Mr Trump’s constant interruptions and exchanges of personal insults derailed the evening.

As a result, each candidate’s microphone on Thursday was switched off while his opponent made a two-minute introductory statement on a topic.

Even after the microphones were turned back on during discussion periods, however, the candidates largely allowed each other to speak.

Mr Biden and the president also argued over their tax returns.

Responding to unfounded allegations from Trump during Thursday night’s debate that he received funds from Russian sources, Mr Biden said:”I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.”

Pointing his finger at Mr Trump, he asked: “What are you hiding?” and told him to “release your tax returns or stop talking about corruption.”

Mr Trump responded that he would like to release his returns “as soon as we can” but reiterated his excuse that he’s under audit, a claim he’s made since he first ran for president in 2016.

The president is not actually barred from releasing the documents while they’re under audit.

Mr Trump also responded to the news that he paid just $750 in taxes in 2017, claiming that he was told he “prepaid tens of millions of dollars,” and that the $750 was a “filing fee.”

But Mr Biden again called on the US leader to release proof. “Show us,” Mr Biden said. “Stop playing around.”

On Thursday, the commission that oversees the debate removed plexiglass barriers separating the candidates after Mr Trump provided proof he had tested negative for Covid-19, a source familiar with the matter said.

The approximately 200 attendees had their temperatures checked before entering the venue, and everyone was required to wear a medical mask at all times.

As well as coronavirus, debate topics were to include race relations, climate change and national security.

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US election 2020: Barack Obama attacks Donald Trump for ‘ignoring’ coronavirus pandemic at Joe Biden rally | World News


Barack Obama has said Donald Trump is “incapable of taking the job seriously” as he took aim at his successor during a drive-in campaign rally for the Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

With less than a fortnight to go until ballots close, Mr Obama made his first in-person campaign stop for his former vice president.

Speaking to a drive-in rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – a key state for both Republicans and Democrats – the former commander-in-chief spent much of his time criticising his successor in the Oval Office.

He said: “Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us.

“He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.”

The former president added: “America is a good and decent place, but we’ve just seen so much nonsense and noise that sometimes it’s hard to remember.”

He also said that President Trump was “incapable of taking the job seriously” and that he “wants full credit for the economy he inherited and no blame for the pandemic he ignored”.

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Obama: I left Trump ‘a pandemic playbook’

Speaking at a rally in North Carolina, the current US leader criticised Mr Obama for his support of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

He said: “It was nobody who campaigned harder for Crooked Hillary than Obama, right?”

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North Carolina is another battleground state that both Mr Trump and Mr Biden are fighting hard to win.

The incumbent argued on Wednesday that Democrats and the media were obsessed with the coronavirus pandemic.

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He said: “All you hear is COVID, COVID.

“That’s all they put on because they want to scare the hell out of everyone.”

Back in Philadelphia, Barack Obama encouraged people to get out and vote.

Speaking to a crowd of thousands in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump declared that the United States was "crushing" the coronavirus.
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Mr Obama criticised his successor for much of the rally in Pennsylvania

“I’m asking you to remember what this country can be,” he said. “I’m asking you to believe in Joe’s ability and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of these dark times and help us build it back better.”

He went on: “What we do these next 13 days will matter for decades to come.

“The fact that we don’t get 100% of what we want right away is not a good reason not to vote.”

Speaking to the honking horns of support at the drive-in rally, the former president said: “We’ve got to vote like never before and leave no doubt.”

Watch and follow the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden at 2am Friday morning on the Sky News website, app and on TV.



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Donald Trump leaks 60 Minutes interview as he makes claims of bias against the program



United States President Donald Trump has posted a complete and uncut version of an interview he did with CBS News’s 60 Minutes program to Facebook ahead of the show’s scheduled Sunday broadcast.

Mr Trump released the footage on the same day that he is set to take on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in their final presidential debate.

The footage shows Mr Trump growing increasingly prickly as CBS anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on a host of topics, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support among suburban women, the lack of masks at his rallies, and the Obamacare replacement plan he has long promised but failed to unveil.

“Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS,” Mr Trump wrote Thursday as he tweeted the Facebook link.

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He also once again pre-emptively criticised the moderator of Thursday night’s final presidential debate.

Throughout the interview, Mr Trump returns to attacks on Joe Biden’s son, based on an unconfirmed New York Post report, and accuses the media of being too soft on his Democratic rival.

As Stahl comments at one point that Mr Trump is offering attack after attack, Mr Trump responds: “It’s not attack, it’s defence. It’s defence against attacks.”

“I’m defending myself and I’m defending the institute of the presidency,” he said.

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As Mr Trump continued to throw unsubstantiated allegations at Mr Biden and former President Barack Obama, Stahl tried to explain: “This is ’60 Minutes’ and we can’t put on things we can’t verify.”

But Mr Trump continued to criticise the mainstream media.

“Lesley, you’re discrediting yourself,” he said.

‘That’s enough. Let’s go’

The interview began on a tense footing as Stahl asked the President as the camera started rolling, “Are you ready for some tough questions?” and only grew more testy.

At the end of the nearly 40 minutes, Mr Trump complained: “Are you ready for tough questions. That’s no way to talk. That’s no way to talk.”

Mr Trump eventually cut the interview short and declined to appear with Vice-President Mike Pence.

“That’s enough, let’s go,” he said.

CBS News called the White House’s decision to release the interview “unprecedented,” but said the interview would still air on Sunday (local time) as planned.

“The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter 60 Minutes from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades,” the network said in a statement.

“60 Minutes,” it continued, “is widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week.

“Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America and we look forward to audiences seeing her third interview with President Trump and subsequent interview with Vice-President Pence this weekend.”

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Donald Trump breaks agreement by releasing his own video of ’60 Minutes’ interview


In posting the interview, Trump and the White House violated an agreement with CBS News that the White House was taping the interview “for archival purposes only,” said a network source with knowledge of the interview.

CBS, for its part, posted a 90-second-long preview of the Trump interview on social media on Thursday morning, with “More Sunday on @CBS.” The show will also include an interview with Joe Biden.

The network decried the President’s decision to post the interview.

“The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter 60 Minutes from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades,” the network said.

60 Minutes, the most-watched news program on television, is widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week. Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America and we look forward to audiences seeing her third interview with President Trump and subsequent interview with Vice-President Pence this weekend.”

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In the clip posted by CBS, Stahl challenges Trump when he says that his administration “created the greatest economy in the history of our country”.

Stahl retorts: “You know that’s not true. No.”

In the clip posted by Trump, Stahl begins the interview by asking the President: “Are you ready for some tough questions?” Trump replies, “Just be fair. .. I’m looking for fairness.” Stahl says that Trump “is going to get fairness”.

Trump was combative with Stahl throughout the interview, saying at one point: “You’re so negative. You’re so negative.”

When asked about his comments urging suburban women to vote for him, Trump called it a “misleading question”.

When Stahl was sceptical about Trump’s claims about his administration’s accomplishments, he responds: “You’re really quite impossible to convince.”

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One particularly prickly exchange began when Stahl first asked Trump about calling Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other health officials “idiots” before asking whether he thinks masks work.

“Where did I call him an idiot?” Trump asked, then shrugged and added, “Well, he’s been wrong. I like him, but he’s been wrong a lot.”

Stahl made clear at the beginning of the interview that she did not plan to fact-check the President’s words. “I’m not going to do that,” she said.

But when Trump said that his campaign was “spied on,” Stahl replied: “There’s no real evidence of that. … This is 60 Minutes. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify.”

Still, Stahl got Trump to admit that new coronavirus cases are up around the country, although he argued that “cases are up because we’re doing so much testing”.

Stahl tried to press Trump about mask-wearing at his rallies.

“A lot of people are wearing masks,” Trump said.

“And a lot of people aren’t,” she added. “I am watching all these people jammed together, and I’m seeing most of them without masks and I’m wondering about the message you’re sending with these pictures.”

Trump accused Stahl of “protecting” Biden by giving him soft coverage, saying that she wouldn’t interview the former vice-president as combatively.

Stahl said that Trump is trying to “discredit” the media. “You discredit yourself,” he replied. “I don’t have to discredit you.”

Trump said that a lot of Stahl’s questions were about topics that were “inappropriately brought up”.

“You’re President,” she replied. “Don’t you think you should be accountable to the American people?”

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At the end of the video clip, Trump spends several minutes complaining to Stahl about her questions and then tells her: “That’s no way to talk.”

A man’s voice can then be heard cutting in. “Leslie, one second, we’re – this is the first warning,” the man says. “I think we have five minutes until we have the Vice-President step in. Is that about right?”

Trump then responds: “Well, I think we have enough. Really, we have enough of an interview.”

The President suggests that he and the man “go meet for two seconds,” then turns to Stahl and abruptly gets up to leave, telling her: “I’ll see you later. Thanks.”

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Donald Trump breaks agreement by releasing his own video of ’60 Minutes’ interview


President Donald Trump has followed through on his threat, or promise, to release video of his interview before it is set to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.

Trump was interviewed by CBS News journalist Leslie Stahl at the White House on Tuesday, but abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes, declining to participate in a scheduled walk-and-talk that would have included Vice-President Mike Pence as well.

US President Donald Trump abruptly ended the 60 Minutes interview after 45 minutes.Credit:AP

Later that day, he said on Twitter said that he was “considering” posting the White House’s copy of the video interview, “so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about”.

Then, on Thursday morning (Friday AEDT), after he again teased a release of the video (“the vicious attempted ‘takeout” interview of me”), a 37-minute-clip of the interview appeared on the president’s Facebook page.



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