Trump news – live: President prepares to make address from White House balcony but cancels second TV debate

Trump on the White House balcony
Donald Trump is expected to get back into the full swing of election campaigning on Saturday with an address to hundreds of supports from the White House balcony.  

The president was side-lined for more than a week after his Covid-19 diagnosis and is yet to be declared virus-free by his medical team, but has been cleared to resume public engagements.

His second TV debate with rival Joe Biden has been cancelled, however, after the president refused to participate. 

Check out The Independent’s live updates and coverage below:


White House coronavirus response task force member warns of ‘very different’ Covid-19 spread

A member of the White House coronavirus response task force and one of the nation’s leading doctors warned a “very different” coronavirus spread was underway across the US than the one the country faced during the initial months of the global pandemic.

The United States was experiencing a “very different” spread of the novel coronavirus in recent months than the wave of infections that swept over the country during the initial months of the global pandemic, a member of the White House coronavirus response task force has warned.

Dr Deborah Birx, one of the nation’s leading physicians, said Covid-19 was now spreading among Americans at social events — including family gatherings — where people are “taking their mask off and letting down their guard”.

Chris Riotta10 October 2020 17:14


A federal appeals court has ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to deny citizenship to one of two twins born overseas to a gay married couple.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco concluded on Friday that an earlier decision by a Los Angeles trial judge should stand and that four-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks is an American citizen.

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 17:01


‘Peaceful law and order protest’

The White House has described Trump’s event planned for later today as “a peaceful protest for law and order”.

The president is expected to make remarks from a White House balcony to a crowd of hundreds on the lawn below this afternoon.

The White House did not preview the remarks that Trump will deliver, but he campaigned on a law-and-order theme throughout a summer of protests for racial justice. 

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 16:53


At least one person who attended Donald Trump’s rally in Minnesota last month is in an intensive care unit after contracting Covid-19.

Minnesota health officials said nine people who attended the rally have since contracted the disease responsible for more than 210,000 deaths in the United States this year. They could not definitively pinpoint the in-person event as the site where the nine people became infected.

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 16:31


Trump to speak ‘very briefly’

White House director of communications Alyssa Farah has said Trump’s speech later today will be a “shorter event”.

She told reporters the president’s team would be taking precautions and those attending will be screened when they arrive.

She added: “The president’s at a great distance; he’s going to be up on the balcony and very briefly address the supporters there.”

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 15:56


Greta Thunberg backs Biden

In a rare political tweet, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has shown her support for Democrat Joe Biden, urging voters concerned about the environment to make their voices heard in the US presidential election.

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 15:31


Six years ago, Colorado Democrats failed to convince enough voters to reject Cory Gardner s bid for the U.S. Senate. Their warnings that the Republican could, someday, be the confirming vote for a Supreme Court justice who could overturn Roe v. Wade proved ineffective.

Now Gardner, 46, is poised to be one of the votes that places President Donald Trump s nominee Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court just before the election. And Democrats think they have the votes to punish him for it.

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 15:21


Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been released from the Morristown Medical Center where he had been staying after contracting Covid-19.

The former governor thanked the “extraordinary doctors [and] nurses” who cared for him at the medical center during his recovery from the novel virus, responsible for more than 210,000 deaths nationwide this year.

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 15:04


Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie has been released from hospital following Covid-19 treatment.

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 14:45


Hours after the FBI revealed a group of anti-government vigilantes had plotted to kidnap her, Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan, made it clear she blamed Trump for being complicit by “giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division”.  

While she risked politicising the moment, the governor said she didn’t think twice about calling out the president, telling the Associated Press: “I am raising two daughters who I want to be bold, too, you know, and to speak truth to power.”  

Whitmer’s speech had the expected impact. Rather than express concern for her safety or health, Trump said she had “done a terrible job as governor” and “rather than say thank you, she calls me a white supremacist”.  

Some Republicans worried Trump’s reaction would hurt him in a state he’s trying desperately to win on 3 November. 

Chiara Giordano10 October 2020 14:07

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