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US Elections 2020 Live updates: Will be back on campaign trail soon, says Trump

US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE news updates: Donald Trump has told Americans, "Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2020 10:20:40 pm
US elections 2020 LIVE updates: Second presidential debate officially cancelled; Trump to resume campaigningThe second presidential debate was formally canceled late Friday after President Donald Trump refused to participate in a virtual event, the latest sign of the upheaval that the coronavirus has wrought on the 2020 campaign. (Reuters)

US Presidential Elections 2020 LIVE news updates: US President Donald Trump was discharged from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Tuesday. Just before he left, he took to Twitter to say he was “feeling very good”. He also told Americans: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” Trump also said he would hit the campaign trail soon.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has taken down his attack ads and pressed a bipartisan message in battleground Michigan after he and his wife tested negative for the disease. “This cannot be a partisan moment. It must be an American moment. We have to come together as a nation,” Biden declared at a speech in Grand Rapids, warning that the virus “is not going away automatically.”

The Vice Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris is scheduled to be held on Wednesday morning (IST). This is the first time a person of Indian origin will take part in a Vice Presidential debate. According to political analysts, Harris is expected to fare better than Pence.

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22:20 (IST)06 Oct 2020
WATCH: Michelle Obama goes after Trump in new video

20:57 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Biden makes ad push into rural Ohio as early voting begins

Democrat Joe Biden is expanding his ad buys into every corner of Ohio as early voting begins Tuesday, signaling his campaign's growing hopes that a state Donald Trump won easily four years ago may be within the former vice president's grasp.

The new spots will air on radio in rural, traditionally Republican areas of the state, the campaign told The Associated Press, as well as on TV in Dayton. That adds to television advertising already announced in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati and on Black radio stations.

The campaign declined to give specifics on how much the Ohio ad blitz is costing. It's part of Biden's USD 280 million general election ad reservation.

18:31 (IST)06 Oct 2020
WATCH: Whoever becomes the next president, social media is changing

14:41 (IST)06 Oct 2020
'Don’t be afraid of Covid': Donald Trump before White House return

Before he left the Walter Reed Medical Centre in Washington, President Donald Trump tweeted: "Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!" Wearing a white surgical mask, Trump gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left the hospital to return to the White House.

14:29 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Mike Pence, Kamala Harris all set for vice-presidential debate tomorrow

The Vice-Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will take place on Wednesday morning (IST) in the Salt Lake City of Utah. This will be for the first time in American history an person of Indian origin is taking part in the vice presidential debate. According to PTI, political analysts believe Harris, 55, will easily prevail over Pence, 61.

14:27 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Trump’s return means more anxiety for White House reporters

President Donald Trump has returned to the White House, where he will recover from Covid-19. This has, according to a report in the Associated Press, heightened the anxiety levels of journalists assigned to follow the President. Three journalists have already tested positive for Covid-19, apart from press secretary Kayleigh McEnany who has also contracted the disease. Read the AP report here

06:26 (IST)06 Oct 2020
US President Donald Trump returns to White House hard hit by coronavirus

President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday after a three-night hospital stay for treatment for COVID-19, facing a staff hit by a wave of infections and a campaign further shadowed by the pandemic four weeks before Election Day. Read More

22:11 (IST)05 Oct 2020
White House press secretary tests positive for COVID-19

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

McEnany has become the highest-ranking White House official to be tested positive for COVID-19 after President Donald Trump and the first lady tested positive for the deadly virus that has so far killed more than 200,000 Americans this year.

“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany said in a statement posted on Twitter. READ MORE

19:11 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Trump aims for Monday release after supporter drive-by

President Donald Trump was hoping for a Monday discharge from the military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19, a day after he briefly ventured out while contagious to salute cheering supporters by motorcade in a move that disregarded precautions meant to contain the deadly virus that has killed more than 209,000 Americans.

White House officials said Trump was anxious to be released after three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where doctors revealed on Sunday that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days and that they gave him a steroid typically only recommended for the very sick. Still, the doctors said Trump’s health is improving and volunteered that he could be discharged as early as Monday to continue the remainder of his treatment at the White House.

“This is an important day as the president continues to improve and is ready to get back to a normal work schedule,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Monday. He said the determination on whether Trump would leave the hospital won’t be made until later in the day after the president is evaluated by his medical team, but that Trump was “optimistic” he could be released Monday. (AP)

16:37 (IST)05 Oct 2020
WATCH: Why the US presidential debate saw no winner

15:31 (IST)05 Oct 2020
A code of silence: The secrecy surrounding health of US presidents is not new

An American president is an important person. And so is his health. Hence, when President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and the country’s first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19 (which has killed over 2,00,000 people in the United States alone), the rise in concerns about the president’s health and his ability to perform duty was natural. And behind those concerns lies an uncomfortable long history of presidents being dishonest, secretive and deceptive about their health. In some cases, the truth was hidden for many decades. READ MORE

14:40 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Joe Biden leads by 14 points over Donald Trump after first poll debate

After last week’s chaotic presidential debate, former Vice President and Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s national lead over President Donald Trump increased to 14 percentage points, his highest since he entered the race, according to a Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday.

Biden now has the backing of 53 per cent of those surveyed, while 39 per cent backed Trump. The poll shows a 6-point jump for Biden from the WSJ poll conducted on September 20. Biden’s biggest lead in the poll previously was in July at 11 points.

14:39 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Explained| What happens to election if Covid-19 puts President Donald Trump out of the contest

No rules about a presidential candidate’s replacement are mentioned in the US Constitution. This is decided by the candidate’s party itself. Therefore, if Trump has to withdraw, it will be up to the Republican party to decide who replaces him.

The Republican Party’s rules empower the Republican National Committee, which comprises 168 members who are senior officials from each state, to decide who will be the presidential candidate if Trump has to withdraw. There are two ways the RNC can choose a replacement: by a simple majority vote, or by reconvening the party convention — which looks unlikely now with the election less than a month away. These rules are applicable in case of a presidential or a vice presidential candidate’s withdrawal or death. (Read our explainer here)

14:33 (IST)05 Oct 2020
US Election Wrap, October 5: Chaos, uncertainty over president’s health continues

The US elections are only 29 days away, and news of US President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis on Friday has thrown the elections into a tailspin. If this wasn’t enough to plunge the process into uncertainty, he was later admitted to the Walter Reed Hospital that was followed by hours of no clear update on the president’s condition from the White House.

With no transparency, US news organizations speculated that the 74-year-old president who suffers from pre-existing medical conditions may have been faring worse than was being admitted by the Trump administration.

Read all the updates from the last 24 hours here.

13:45 (IST)05 Oct 2020
With Trump testing positive, Biden campaign seeks to keep focus on Covid response

With President Donald Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a military hospital, Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s campaign is looking to keep its focus on the nation’s response to the pandemic in the final month before the Nov. 3 election.Biden, who shared a debate stage with Trump last Tuesday, tested negative for the coronavirus again on Sunday, following two negative tests on Friday, the day Trump disclosed his COVID-19 infection.The former vice president has repeatedly wished Trump a speedy recovery. But Biden and his aides have used his Republican rival’s positive test to underline a consistent campaign message: Biden would handle the pandemic better than Trump. (Reuters)

13:44 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Taiwan hopes Trump gets better so he can keep resisting China

Taiwan hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump can get better from the coronavirus soon so that he can continue to lead the free world in resisting China’s “outrages”, the speaker of the island’s parliament said on Monday. Democratic Taiwan has come under increasingly severe military pressure from China, which claims the island as its sovereign territory, with China’s air force sending frequent sorties to buzz Taiwan in recent weeks. Speaking ahead of Taiwan’s National Day celebrations on Saturday, parliament Speaker You Si-kun said he had been shocked to hear of Trump’s illness, and that he wished him well on behalf of the legislature. (Read More)

11:38 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Trump's medical status unclear as doctors say he could be discharged on Monday

Even though Trump's condition remains unclear he could be discharged from hospital as soon as Monday, his doctors said. Admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since Friday, the president has released several videos in an effort to reassure the public that he is recovering.Trump is still being treated with a steroid, dexamethasone, that is normally used only in the most severe cases. 

Dr. Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, said on Sunday that Trump's condition had been worse than he had previously admitted. Conley said Trump had run a high fever on Friday morning and he had been given supplemental oxygen after his blood oxygen levels had dropped. (Reuters)

11:27 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Trump trip from hospital to wave at fans endangers others, doctor warns

US President Donald Trump briefly left the military hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19 in a motorcade on Sunday to wave to supporters gathered outside, sparking criticism that he was putting others at risk for a political stunt.

Trump was captured on video waving from the back seat of a black SUV Sunday evening, wearing a mask, as crowds cheered and waved American flags and pro-Trump banners outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Maryland.

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 are generally required to quarantine for 14 days, the typical incubation period for the coronavirus to avoid infecting others. The disease has killed more than 200,000 Americans.

11:03 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Opinion| Institutional oddities of US polity mean Trump could win an election he lost

The term “dystopia” is often overused. But, given what is happening in the US, it can legitimately be deployed for the upcoming presidential election. We are witnessing the makings of a disaster in the world’s oldest democracy, and perhaps nothing less than a frontal assault on the democratic process itself.

After cavalier defiance for months, President Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. The electoral implications of this development are entirely unclear. The political logic of what he was doing thus far, however, is evident and can be analysed.

On November 3, the night of the election day, it is quite possible that Trump will be ahead of Joe Biden and will also claim victory. But days later, it is equally likely that Biden will be the winner. Why? (Read more here)

09:57 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Trump's doctors need to be honest, says Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday said that the doctors treating President Trump should provide trustworthy information to the public and reveal his "real(health) condition." Appearing on CBS, Pelosi said, "We need to have trust that what they're telling us about the President's condition is real." She expressed her worries that the information the doctors are relaying to the public "has to be approved by the president. That's not very scientific."

Trump planting seeds of doubt in legitimacy of election: Biden

US President Donald Trump has begun planting seeds of doubt in the legitimacy of the November 3 elections as he is aware of his defeat, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said, a day after the chaotic presidential debate. "In terms of election legitimacy, he made it clear that he didn't think this was going to be--if he lost, it wouldn't be a legitimate election. Already began to plant seeds of doubt in the legitimacy of this election. I don't know any president that's ever done that before," Biden told reporters in Ohio.

Biden slammed Trump for not condemning the white supremacist. "His dog whistles to white supremacy, when asked whether would he condemn white supremacy, he said--he didn't say a word. And then when I said, well, how about the Proud Boys, which is a white supremacist group? He said, well, I just told them to stand down and stand ready. Stand down and stand ready, based on the outcome of the election?" Biden said.

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