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US Presidential Elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Kamala Harris will never be president, says Donald Trump

US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE news updates: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spent Monday diminishing each other's credentials on the economy and understanding of the American worker as the presidential campaign entered its final, post-Labor Day stretch.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 8, 2020 8:37:20 pm
US Senator Kamala Harris accepts the Democratic vice presidential nomination during an acceptance speech delivered for the largely virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, US, August 19, 2020. (Reuters Photo: Kevin Lamarque)

US Presidential Elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: US President Donald Trump has slammed the “rhetoric” against the coronavirus vaccine by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Senator Kamala Harris, who he said would “never” be the president. Trump was apparently responding to a CNN interview by Harris on Sunday, in which the vice-presidential nominee said she would not trust the president unless there was a credible source of information that talks about the vaccine’s efficacy and reliability. “She (Harris) is talking about disparaging a vaccine so that people don’t think the achievement was a great achievement,” Trump said at a Labor Day press conference at the White House on Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spent Monday diminishing each other’s credentials on the economy and understanding of the American worker as the presidential campaign entered its final, post-Labor Day stretch. While workers live by an “American code”, Biden said Trump “lives by a code of lies, greed and selfishness” as he met with labour leaders in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a key swing state.

Trump, meanwhile, tried to put the halting economic recovery under the best light in a White House press conference where he said Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, would “destroy this country and would destroy this economy”.

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19:05 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Trump supporters rally near Portland and at Oregon's Capitol

Hundreds of people gathered Monday afternoon in a small town south of Portland for a pro-President Donald Trump vehicle rally just over a week after member of a far-right group was fatally shot after a Trump caravan went through Oregon's largest city. Later, pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed in Oregon's Capitol city of Salem.

Vehicles waving flags for Trump, the QAnon conspiracy theory and in support of police gathered at about noon at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. The rally's organisers said they would drive to toward Salem and most left the caravan before that. A smaller group of members of the right-wing group the Proud Boys went on to Salem, where a crowd of several dozen pro-Trump supporters had gathered.

18:05 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Trump, Biden spar over economy, workers in Labor Day blitz

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spent Monday diminishing each other's credentials on the economy and understanding of the American worker as the presidential campaign entered its final, post-Labor Day stretch. While workers live by an "American code", Biden said Trump "lives by a code of lies, greed and selfishness" as he met with labour leaders in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a key swing state.

Trump, meanwhile, tried to put the halting economic recovery under the best light in a White House press conference where he said Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, would "destroy this country and would destroy this economy". Labor Day typically marks the unofficial start to the fall campaign season as candidates accelerate their activity for the final sprint to Election Day.

16:16 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Trump open to inquiry into DeJoy and campaign contributions

President Donald Trump says he's open to an investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following published reports that former employees of DeJoy, a major donor to Trump and other Republicans, said they felt pressured to make campaign contributions to GOP candidates. The president also said Monday that DeJoy should lose his job if campaign finance irregularities are uncovered while describing the GOP fundraiser as a very honest guy.

Trump replied "sure, sure" when asked at a news conference whether he would support an investigation into DeJoy. DeJoy already faces unrelated scrutiny from Congress for U.S. Postal Service changes that some fear will slow delivery of mail-in ballots for the November 3 elections.

Asked if DeJoy should lose his job if a campaign finance scheme is uncovered, Trump replied: "Yeah, if something could be proven that he did something wrong, always. Always. The Washington Post reported online Sunday that several ex-employees of DeJoy's former business, New Breed Logistics, said DeJoy or his aides urged them to make political contributions.

14:14 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Harris meets Blakes, Trump goes on attack in Labor Day blitz

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris met the family of a Wisconsin man shot by police last month to kick off her Labor Day visit to a critical swing state, while President Donald Trump assailed the Democratic ticket and tried to put the halting economic recovery under the best light. Harris gathered with Jacob Blake's father, two sisters and members of his legal team at the airport in Milwaukee while Blake's mother and attorney Ben Crump joined by phone. Blake joined the conversation by phone from his hospital bed, and Harris told him she was proud of him for how he was working through his pain, his attorneys said in a statement. Harris also spoke individually to each member of the family and discussed Biden's police reform agenda, they said. Joe Biden met with the family last week in Milwaukee before visiting Kenosha, the city where police shot Blake.

12:26 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Biden and Trump go on the offensive as US campaign enters final stretch

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden took rhetorical swipes at each other on Monday as the presidential campaign entered its traditional homestretch on the U.S. Labor Day holiday. Trump described Biden, whom he trails in national polls, as a threat to the economy and "stupid," while Biden took aim at Trump's reported disparaging of fallen troops. At a White House news conference, Trump said: "Biden and his very liberal running mate (Kamala Harris), the most liberal person in Congress by the way - is not a competent person in my opinion, would destroy this country and would destroy this economy." He also called Biden "stupid." Trump has frequently referred to the former vice president as "Sleepy Joe."

11:57 (IST)08 Sep 2020
House Democrats launch probe of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy: Report

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have called for the immediate suspension of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as they launch an investigation into his testimony to lawmakers, the Washington Post newspaper said on Monday. The paper quoted Carolyn Maloney, the Democratic chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, as saying the committee would start an investigation, adding that DeJoy may have lied to it under oath. The move follows accusations that DeJoy reimbursed former employees for campaign contributions to his preferred Republican politicians, an arrangement that would be illegal. Maloney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would support an investigation into campaign contributions involving DeJoy.

08:54 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Harris meets Blakes, Trump goes on attack in Labor Day blitz

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris met the family of a Wisconsin man shot by police last month to kick off her Labor Day visit to a critical swing state, while President Donald Trump assailed the Democratic ticket and tried to put the halting economic recovery under the best light. Harris gathered with Jacob Blake's father, two sisters and members of his legal team at the airport in Milwaukee while Blake's mother and attorney Ben Crump joined by phone. Blake joined the conversation by phone from his hospital bed, and Harris told him she was proud of him for how he was working through his pain, his attorneys said in a statement. Harris also spoke individually to each member of the family and discussed Biden's police reform agenda, they said.

17:22 (IST)07 Sep 2020
'We do have two systems of justice in America': Kamala Harris

The US has two systems of justice for Black and White Americans, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has said, as the Indian-origin Senator rebuked President Donald Trump and his Attorney General for denying there is systemic racism in the country's justice system. The strong criticism from Harris, the first Black and Indian-American woman on a major party vice presidential ticket came less than two months before the US presidential election.

Democratic Party's presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Harris are challenging incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence of the Republican Party in the November 3 election.

Harris, 55, strongly criticised President Trump and Attorney General William Barr for denying there is systemic racism in the US justice system, saying they are "spending full time in a different reality."

09:28 (IST)07 Sep 2020
We have a classic voter supression in this election, says Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris in an interview alleged that there are classic voter suppression at play in this election coming up, , where, after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act with Shelby v. Holder in 2013, dozens of states passed laws that were designed to suppress the black vote, to suppress students from voting, to suppress indigenous people from voting.

So, we have classic voter suppression. We have what happened in 2016, which is foreign interference. We have a president who is trying to convince the American people not to believe in the integrity of our election system and compromise their belief that their vote might actually count, Harris said.

09:26 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Russian interference could theoretically cost Democrats presidential elections: Kamala Harris

Russian interference could theoretically cost Democrats the presidential elections, party's vice-presidential candidate Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris said on Sunday.Harris, 55, is a Senator from California. She is the first ever black, African American and a person of Indian descent to be nominated as a vice presidential nominee by a major political party in the United States.

"I am clear that Russia interfered in the election of president of the United States in 2016, Harris told CNN in an interview."I serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee. We have published detailed reports about exactly what we believe happened. And I do believe that there will be foreign interference in the 2020 election, and that Russia will be at the front of the line, she said responding to a question on the allegations of Russian interference in the presidential elections."Could it cost you the White House? she was asked. Theoretically, of course, yes, Harris said. (PTI)

21:24 (IST)06 Sep 2020
Former Attorney Michael Cohen alleges Trump racist outbursts

According to The Washington Post The book  alleges that Donald Trump made numerous racist remarks, according to the Washington Post, including saying that Barack Obama only got into Columbia University and Harvard Law School because of “f*****g affirmative action”. Trump had “hatred and contempt” for Obama, the book says.

Trump began his political career by promoting the “birther” conspiracy theory that falsely claimed Obama was not born in the US. CNN also reports that Cohen’s book claims that before he became president “Trump hired a ‘Faux-Bama’ to participate in a video in which Trump ‘ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him’.” CNN included a picture it said was from the book of Trump in an office facing a black man across a desk.  According to the Post, Cohen alleges that the US president has a “low opinion of all black folks”

17:57 (IST)06 Sep 2020
WATCH: Can Trump unite America and win a second term?

12:27 (IST)06 Sep 2020
How Trump draws on campaign funds to pay legal bills

In Washington, Trump and his campaign affiliates hired lawyers to assist members of his staff and family — including a onetime bodyguard, his oldest son and his son-in-law — as they were pulled into investigations related to Russia and Ukraine. The Republican National Committee has paid at least $2.5 million in legal bills to the firms that did this and other legal work. (Read Full Report here)

11:40 (IST)06 Sep 2020
At least 4 boats sink at pro-Trump boat parade on Texas’ Lake Travis

A boat rally in support of US President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign on Lake Travis in Texas ended in tragedy on Saturday after at least four boats sank, according to local authorities. While several participants were pulled out of the water and rescued, none of them were seriously injured, the New York Times reported.

Kristen Dark, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, told Agence France-Presse that there was no evidence of foul play. Describing the dire situation at the lake on Saturday, she said, “Some (boats) were taking on water, some were stalled, some were capsizing, it was all types of different things.”

While the exact number of boats and participants is still not clear, at least 2,500 people had earlier confirmed that they would be attending on a Facebook page created to promote the event.(Read More)

10:47 (IST)06 Sep 2020
Kamala Harris says Trump not credible on possible COVID-19 vaccine

Democratic US vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris said she would not take President Donald Trump's word alone on any potential coronavirus vaccine.

"I would not trust Donald Trump," Harris said, saying she would be convinced of the efficacy of a vaccine only if someone credible were vouching for it as well."I will not take his word for it." (AP)

20:38 (IST)05 Sep 2020
Harris' mostly virtual campaign to get Wisconsin road test

Kamala Harris told a friendly crowd of Hollywood donors on Thursday they'd be surprised by how many states she's visiting daily, if only virtually.

Earlier in the week, she'd campaigned before supporters in Minnesota, California and Connecticut, and she was greeting Missouri donors next. Harris hasn't been on a plane in more than a month. Three weeks after joining Joe Biden as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, the California senator is still campaigning largely in front of a computer screen to relatively small audiences.

That's about to change.

On Monday, Harris will travel to Milwaukee on her first traditional campaign trip. Biden's campaign hasn't yet said what she plans to do in the critical swing state. Her trip to Wisconsin comes after Biden visited Kenosha this past week to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police, and talk to the community about racial justice and protests in the city. The coronavirus pandemic has radically altered campaigning for Democrats, who, unlike Republicans, are largely avoiding in-person gatherings and organising digitally. (AP)

16:01 (IST)05 Sep 2020
Trump out to build 'permission structure' to win back voters

Showcasing Black Americans at the Republican National Convention to allay white voters' fears that President Donald Trump is a racist.

Sharing touching stories about the president's concern for the military. Painting Democrat Joe Biden as an unacceptable alternative who threatens the American way of life.

It's all part of the Trump campaign's effort to construct a "permission structure" - a clunky catchphrase for creating an emotional and psychological gateway to help disenchanted voters feel comfortable voting for the president again despite their reservations about him personally.

Both the GOP convention and the president's recent "law and order" mantra have been aimed squarely at former Trump supporters who've grown unhappy with his inflammatory rhetoric and handling of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP)

15:37 (IST)05 Sep 2020
In Barr, Trump has powerful ally for challenging mail voting

As President Donald Trump sows doubt about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, he's found a powerful partner in Attorney General William Barr.

Like Trump, Barr has repeatedly sounded alarms about the November vote despite a lack of evidence pointing to pervasive problems with the process. That's important - and worrisome to Democrats - because Barr is no ordinary Cabinet member.

As head of the Justice Department, he can shape investigations into election interference and voting fraud. Though the department doesn't oversee elections, it could inject itself into court fights over disputed contests. And any statements from America's top law enforcement officer questioning election results could further shake public confidence in the vote at a time of widespread disinformation and rumors.

"Those who think that Barr is watching over the interests of Trump rather than the interests of the country have reason to be concerned that he would weaponise the Justice Department's investigative authority to help Trump at least politically, if not legally, in any post-election challenge," said Richard Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine. (AP)

13:34 (IST)05 Sep 2020
China, Iran, Russia seeking to undermine US elections: NSA

China, Iran and Russia are the three countries that are seeking to undermine US elections, US National Security Adviser (NSA) Robert O’Brien has alleged noting that some of them prefer Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as the next White House occupant.

When it comes to elections and what the intelligence community has made very clear is that first you have China, which has most massive programme to influence the United States politically. You have Iran and you have Russia. These are all three adversary countries that are seeking to disrupt our elections, O’Brien told reporters at the White House. (Read More)

13:33 (IST)05 Sep 2020
America will stand up for dissidents, defenders of human rights in China under my watch: Biden

Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden has said that under his watch, America is going to stand up for the dissidents and defenders of human rights in China.

“Under my watch America is going to stand up for the dissidents and defenders of human rights in China,”Biden said.“We have to lead not just by the example of our power, but (by) the power of our example,” Biden said in response to a question during a virtual fundraiser. (Read More)

 

Joe Biden is calling the struggle to reopen US schools amid the coronavirus a "national emergency" and accusing President Donald Trump of turning his back to instead stoke passions about unrest in America's cities. The Democratic presidential nominee's broadsides came a day ahead of his own trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Biden said he wants to help "heal" a city reeling from another police shooting of a Black man. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stand on stage during the first day of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US Presidential Elections 2020 Live Updates:

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the United States is all set to vote in the upcoming presidential elections due in November. The elections are seen as a direct contest between sitting US President and Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who was vice-president during the Barack Obama presidency.

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