November 24, 2020

Trump news live: Latest updates as president edges towards admitting election defeat – The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-2020/trump-news-live-biden-2020-election-update-b1722883.html
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, 13 November

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe has claimed the US intelligence community has secret intelligence that risks casting Donald Trump “in a very negative light”.

Mr McCabe, a now-prominent opponent of Mr Trump, told CNN on Friday the “very specific, undeniable intelligence” could not be released because its publication would risk harming sources.

The comments came the same day that Mr Trump appeared to  come closer than ever before in admitting defeat to Joe Biden in the presidential election.

On Friday, the US president said on Twitter the electoral college result in Arizona was “a very close loss”, before telling reporters at a coronavirus vaccine briefing – and his first public comments since election day – that “time will tell” if his administration is replaced by a Biden one. 

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Trump-appointed election official says president’s claims are ‘baffling’

A Trump-appointed election official has slammed the outgoing president’s claims as “baffling” and his legal challenges “laughable” following the Republican’s election defeat.

Donald Trump has made baseless claims over widespread voter fraud during the US presidential election that he lost – which security officials have called the “most secure in American history”.

When asked about Mr Trump claiming millions of votes towards him had been deleted by software, Ben Hovland from the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) said: “Number one, it is pretty baffling.

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 14:45

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Trump retweets false claim about Democrat election preferences

Donald Trump has retweeted a false claim by Republican congressman Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally, who wrongly says Democrats will undermine election integrity. 

Regarding ID cards, many Democrats oppose them as requirements for voting because it would suppress turnout among blacks, minorities and the urban poor, and in fact this is the reason why many Republicans support the requirement, because those demographics tend to swing left. 

It is also not true that all Democrats oppose the electoral college, although many do, and that is because the current system provides Republicans with a systemic electoral advantage, skewing the country rightwards despite the fact Democrats have won seven of the last eight popular national votes.

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 14:36

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Trump tells supporters he will win Georgia landslide despite victory for Biden there

Donald Trump is asking supporters for money while telling them that he will “win Georgia in a landslide” once recount is completed. 

In fact, Joe Biden won Georgia in the initial count, and with no evidence whatsoever of mass voter fraud, it is virtually impossible Mr Trump would be able to win there with any sort of overwhelming victory.

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 13:33

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Opinion: Trump TV is the next logical step. But who is loyal to him now?

Up until recently Newsmax TV was a tiddler in the deep swamp of America’s conservative media, little more than a mosquito buzzing on the rightward flank of Fox News, the established alligator of these everglades, writes The Independent’s James Moore.

It’s suddenly grown a set of teeth.  

Some of Fox’s recent editorial decisions have enraged the Tweeter in Chief. There was its early call of the state of Arizona for Joe Biden. Host Neil Cavuto cut away from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany when she was “charging the other side with welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting” without anything resembling evidence to back up her assertions. 

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 13:29

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Trump’s refusal to concede defeat is sending shock waves around the world

Donald Trump’s refusal to concede in the 2020 presidential elections is prompting concern across the world, with officials in several countries voicing worry over the consequences of the outgoing president’s unsubstantiated insistence that fraud marred a vote praised by international observers.

The election last week gave Democrat Joe Biden a resounding victory in both the popular vote as well as the electoral college, which ultimately decides the winner of US presidential race. But because unprecedented millions of mailed ballots were counted late, Mr Trump showed early election day leads which were eroded. Mr Trump and his supporters baselessly claim the election was stolen, citing no evidence.  

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 13:18

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Former FBI chief says there is secret intelligence ‘that would cast Trump in very negative light’

Andrew McCabe, the former acting FBI director, has warned there is “very, very serious” intelligence held by the US intelligence community that cannot be released, but that “would risk casting the president in a very negative light”. 

“There was a lot more in the intelligence community assessment than what was ever released for public consumption,” Mr McCabe adds of probes into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 12:50

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Trump puts personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge of all election lawsuits

Donald Trump has put his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge of all election lawsuits, according to a report.

The former mayor of New York City will also manage the communications strategy surrounding the legal cases, reported the New York Times.

The outgoing president turned to Mr Giuliani after a string of courtroom defeats in battleground states across the US.

The move came after Arizona and Georgia were called for president-elect Joe Biden, giving the former vice president 306 electoral votes to Mr Trump’s 232.

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 12:28

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Biden urges condemns ‘woefully lacking’ Trump administration over coronavirus pandemic

Joe Biden overnight said he was “alarmed” by the US record surge in new coronavirus cases, and condemned the Trump administration’s ‘woefully lacking’ response to the crisis.

The president-elect urged the US government to act “today, now” to bring down infections. 

Mr Biden’s intervention comes amid an apparent total loss of interest in the pandemic by Mr Trump, who has failed to attend any coronavirus task force meetings in weeks. 

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 12:11

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John Kelly says Trump’s refusal to concede ‘hurts our national security’

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly says Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election is putting America’s security at risk.

“You lose a lot if the transition is delayed because the new people are not allowed to get their head in the game,” Mr Kelly told Politico on Friday. “The president, with all due respect, does not have to concede. But it’s about the nation. It hurts our national security because the people who should be getting [up to speed], it’s not a process where you go from zero to 1,000 miles per hour.”

The former official, who worked up close with the president for two years, first as head of Homeland Security then as chief of staff in the White House, said Mr Trump would “never accept defeat,” but he should allow crucial transition processes to begin, such as the president-elect receiving national security briefings.

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 11:56

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Fox repeats Trump misinformation about election and pressures Republicans

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs last night put Republican congressman Devin Nunes under pressure to falsely claim the results of the election are somehow fraudulent. 

He then assails the Republican Party for not doing enough to undermine the election, despite the fact Republicans have largely refused to publicly accept Joe Biden won. 

Attempts by Fox to cast doubt on the election’s legitimacy come despite the Trump administration itself calling the vote the ‘most secure’ in history.

Tom Embury-Dennis14 November 2020 11:32