November 25, 2020

Trump claims vaccine was held back to hurt him – follow live – The Independent

Donald Trump has accused the FDA and Democrats of holding back a Covid-19 vaccine until after the election.

Mr Trump took to Twitter to attack his opponents and of manipulating the virus response to harm his re-election chances.

On Monday drug maker Pfizer announced that early data from its coronavirus vaccine trial shows it is more than 90 per cent effective.

Earlier Donald Trump has “terminated” Mark Esper, his defence secretary, as White House personnel are told that anyone found to be looking for another job will also be fired.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused the president of trying to “sow chaos” in his final days in office. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave his backing to the president seeking to use legal channels to challenge the election results. 

However, some Republicans are moving away from so far baseless accusations of mass electoral fraud, with former elected officials and four Senators congratulating president-elect Joe Biden.

On Monday afternoon Fox News dropped a live feed of a press conference after Kayleigh McEnany made unsubstantiated claims regarding voter fraud. Host Neil Cavuto said: “I can’t in good countenance continue showing this.”

Mr Trump’s inner cicle have been told the president is not backing down on his objections to the result of the US presidential election after losing to Mr Biden — though there is now speculation that were the president leave office, he might run again in 2024. 

Meanwhile, there are reports that first lady Melania Trump is allegedly planning to leave him and end their 15-year marriage.

“Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce,” former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman told The Mail on Sunday, suggesting Mrs Trump would wait until January to save the president the “ultimate humiliation” of leaving his side while still in office and avoid any possible retaliation.


Republicans ‘humouring’ Trump over election fraud claims

Republican leaders are reportedly ‘humouring’ the president as he continues to claim election fraud in his defeat to Joe Biden.

“What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change,” one senior GOP official told the Washington Post.

 “He went golfing this weekend. It’s not like he’s plotting how to prevent Joe Biden from taking power.” 

Graeme Massie10 November 2020 01:43


Mike Pence goes on vacation and leaves election fight to Trump

Graeme Massie10 November 2020 01:31


Trump’s baseless tweets about votes in four states explained

Graeme Massie9 November 2020 23:15


Trump blocks cooperation on transition

Graeme Massie10 November 2020 00:13


Trump lashes out over Pfizer vaccine news

Graeme Massie10 November 2020 01:13


Trump claims vaccine held back until after election

Graeme Massie10 November 2020 01:12


Trump selling off private helicopter worth more than $1m

Graeme Massie9 November 2020 23:42


Trump campaign files ‘two track’ lawsuit in Pennsylvania 

Graeme Massie9 November 2020 23:26


AG Barr gives go ahead for election probe

Attorney General gives go ahead for election probe

Federal prosecutors will investigate “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities after attorney general William Barr authorized a Department of Justice probe into the 2020 presidential election, according to reports.

Graeme Massie10 November 2020 00:25


Barr gets federal prosecutors to look into voting ‘fraud’

Graeme Massie10 November 2020 00:11