18.05.2022

Twitter places warning on misleading president tweet about mail-in voting as Biden defends mental fitness

Twitter has flagged a tweet by Donald Trump as “misleading” after it raised unproven health concerns about mail-in voting and the coronavirus. In a tweet, Mr Trump suggested people could contract the novel virus from mail-in ballot boxes and that the system would also allow people to vote twice.

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also defended the president on Sunday after his sister said he has “no principles” and is not one to be trusted in the presidency. Maryanne Trump Barry, who was a federal judge at the time, hit out at her brother while talking to her niece Mary Trump, who was covertly recording their conversation.

One claim made by the sister was that her brother doesn’t read, but Mr Meadows said the president “reads more than anyone else I know”.

Twitter flags another Trump tweet about mail-in voting

Twitter has flagged another on of the President Donald Trump’s tweet that relates to mail-in voting.

The social media service announced it placed a “public interest notice” on a tweet published by the president early Sunday morning. The reasoning for the notIce was the site thought it could potentially “dissuade” people from voting in the upcoming election.

Mr Trump’s tweet, which now has a warning on it that hides the message before people can view it, claimed people might be able to vote multiple times in the upcoming election due to mail-in voting boxes. He called the entire system a “big fraud”, but these claims have been unproven.

Biden responds to Trump’s questions over mental agility and says he would ‘absolutely’ be open to two terms

Joe Biden has responded to Donald Trump’s repeated questioning of his mental fitness and said he could “absolutely” serve two terms in the White House should he win in November.

In an excerpt from his first joint interview with running mate Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee was asked by ABC’s David Muir about the president’s attacks on his mental agility. Mr Trump has called the former vice president “slipping” and “barely there.”

“Watch me, Mr President, watch me. Look at us both. Look at us both, what we say, what we do, what we control, what we know, what kind of shape we’re in,” Mr Biden said.

‘He reads more than anyone else I know’: White House defends Trump after damaging audio recording of sister
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows issued a vociferous defence of Donald Trump on Sunday after an audio recording emerged of the president’s sister saying he was a rampant liar with no principles and alleging he did not take his own SATs.

In an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Mr Meadows rejected a claim that has been repeatedly levelled at Mr Trump: that he doesn’t read.

“You may see it when he goes to Marine One – there’s a cardboard box that is brought on Marine One. What’s in there are clippings and clippings, each and every day. He reads probably more than anybody I know which causes me to have to read more because every morning he’s given me a to-do list, every evening he’s given me a to-do list,” Mr Meadows said.

Anthony Scaramucci, the ex White House communications chief, said Mr Trump’s “classic narcissism” will be on show at the forthcoming Republican National Convention this week.

“He thinks it’s all about him, him all the time,” Scaramucci told CNN on Sunday. “The classic narcissism is to annihilate everybody around you and then show everybody that you can do it all alone, you can do it by yourself.”

Mr Scaramucci added: “It’s all about me and watch me. I’m going to win this without your help.”

Two tropical storms are set to ravage the Gulf Coast in coming days – raising concerns people who have to evacuate their homes may struggle to socially distance in busy shelters.

The National Hurricane Centre says the storms, Marco and Laura, are headed for coastal Louisiana and eastern Texas, with storm Marco almost at hurricane level on Sunday morning.

Officials have asked people to pack face masks in their emergency kits and to steer clear of overcrowded shelters if they have to flee from their homes.

Democrats have hit out at Donald Trump after he branded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the “deep state”.

Representative Bill Pascrell tweeted: “Since the start of the pandemic I have repeatedly called on the FDA to follow science and data alone in approving covid treatments and … reject trump’s dangerous ‘miracle’ cures”.

While Michael Bennet said: “The president’s dangerous and unhinged conspiracy theories continue to undermine our doctors and scientists and make it more difficult to respond to the pandemic.”

Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said the department does not have the power to send federal agents to oversee polling stations in November after Donald Trump pledged to have agents deployed to the polls in the November presidential election.

“That’s not what we do at the Department of Homeland Security,” Mr Wolf said on CNN. “We have law enforcement authorities and law enforcement officers at the department. We have express authorities given to us by Congress and this is not one of them.”

He added: “This is not a mission for the Department of Homeland Security”.

Cleveland’s police union announced it will not be lending its backing to Donald Trump in the presidential election despite endorsing Mr Trump in the 2016 elections.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA) chose not to endorse presidential or mayoral candidates in the wake of a vote by its board of directors.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are expected to attend the Republican National Convention in Charlotte in North Carolina on Monday.

A Republican official aware of the situation told CNN the president and vice president would be attending the roll call votes by the 336 Republican National Convention delegates who will formally nominate Mr Trump and Mr Pence as the Republican Party’s nominees for the forthcoming election.

Mr Trump has said next week’s Republican National Convention will be “uplifting and positive” but also said he still has to “defend himself” in an interview on Fox News which will be broadcast on Sunday evening.

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