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US Elections 2020 Live updates: Trump resumes campaigning, says he feels “powerful” after Covid-19 recovery

US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE news updates:Trump’s testing positive on October 2 has reinforced the election focus on the pandemic and centred debate around the incumbent president's response in handling the same.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2020 1:50:01 pm
Donald Trump holds rally, trump holds first rally after covid, Trump coronavirus, trump doctors, trump health, US presidential elections, world newsPresident Donald Trump tosses face masks into the crowd as he arrives for a campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, Monday. (AP)

US Presidential Elections 2020 LIVE news updates: US President Donald Trump Monday resumed campaigning with his first post recovery rally in Florida, where he appeared without a face mask and said that he felt “powerful” after recovering from the coronavirus. Trump tossed out masks to the crowd as he entered the airport rally in Sanford and said, “I went through it now. They say I’m immune. I feel so powerful.” 

Thousands of people were present without any social distancing measures or face coverings. Trump’s return to his campaign rallies kicked off a three-week sprint to Election Day, as new polls showed him losing more ground to Joe Biden in two battleground states that could decide the Nov. 3 contest.

The Republican President plans to start his leg of campaigning post recovering from the virus with Florida on Monday, Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Iowa on Wednesday. Trump’s testing positive on October 2 has reinforced the election focus on the pandemic and centred debate around the incumbent president’s response in handling the same.

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Saturday said “the only way” he could lose to Trump was through “chicanery,” before clarifying that he will accept the election result. Biden who has been targeting swing states in the final weeks encouraged voters in Pennsylvania, telling them “make sure to vote because the only way we lose this is by the chicanery going on relative to polling places.

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13:46 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Trump, Biden try to line up by Fauci as they court voters

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are both looking to harness the credibility of America’s best-known infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as they make their case to American voters.

Trump is quoting him out of context, the doctor says.

Biden, for his part, is eagerly promising to seek Fauci’s advice if elected. (Read more here)

13:32 (IST)13 Oct 2020
US Election Wrap, Oct 13| Trump hits campaign trail, Kanye West keeps alive US presidency dream

US President Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail, just days after being discharged from hospital following his coronavirus infection diagnosis. Trump arrived at an outdoor rally in Florida, the first of at least six planned this week. Trump distributed face masks to his gathered supporters but was not wearing one himself. Addressing the crowd, Trump said, “I went through it now. They say I’m immune. I feel so powerful.”

Meanwhile,American rapper Kanye West doesn’t appear to have given up his dream of running for US president. Although West has done little campaigning, he released a campaign video on Monday saying: “by turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people, that God intends us to be.” A Reuters report said that according to some political analysts, West’s run for office could turn votes of some Black supporters away from Democrat Joe Biden.

Read all the latest developments from the last 24 hours here

12:18 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Joe Biden says he’s ‘not a fan’ of packing the US Supreme Court

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Monday that he is “not a fan” of expanding the Supreme Court, his clearest answer on the issue after weeks of dodging the question.

“I’ve already spoken on — I’m not a fan of court-packing, but I don’t want to get off on that whole issue,” Biden said in an interview with WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. “I want to keep the focus — the president would like nothing better than to fight about whether or not I would in fact pack the court or not pack the court.” (Read more here)

11:54 (IST)13 Oct 2020
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11:44 (IST)13 Oct 2020
See Photos| Trump's first post Covid-19 rally in Florida

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11:25 (IST)13 Oct 2020
More than 10 million early votes in US presidential election

US voters have cast more than 10 million votes for the November 3 presidential election, significantly outpacing the early vote in 2016 and suggesting a large turnout, according to data compiled by the US Elections Project.The surge in early voting comes amid a stubborn novel coronavirus pandemic that has led to a surge of early and mail balloting, particularly among Democrats.

Republican President Donald Trump has sowed confusion and distrust of mail balloting, making repeated, unfounded allegations of widespread fraud ahead of his contest with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.As of Monday night, nearly 10.4 million Americans have cast a vote in states that report early voting data, according to the election information resource at the University of Florida.By way of comparison, as of Oct. 16, 2016, some 1.4 million Americans had cast an early vote.

The number of ballots cast in five states - Minnesota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin - already exceeds 20% of total 2016 turnout, the Elections Project said. (Reuters)

10:29 (IST)13 Oct 2020
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10:26 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Trump opposes perpetual lockdown; says cure cannot be worse than problem itself

Vehemently opposing those advocating perpetual lockdowns to address the coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump has said that cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. Speaking on Monday at his first rally since contracting coronavirus, Trump said that lockdowns have done a tremendous damage to the states.

"We gotta remember I said it right at the beginning. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. Can't. The cure cannot be worse," Trump told thousands of his supporters in the battle ground State of Florida. (PTI)

09:03 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Trump encourages flouting Covid-19 restrictions at Florida rally

"If you want to get out there, get out," he told the crowd.Critics have faulted Trump for failing to encourage supporters at campaign events, and even White House staff, to wear protective masks and abide by social-distancing guidelines.At least 11 close Trump aides have tested positive for the coronavirus, which has infected more than 7.8 million people in the United States, killed more than 214,000 and put millions out of work.

The rally came hours after the White House said Trump had tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days and was not infectious to others. (Reuters)

08:54 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Trump in Florida: Going to make this country greater than ever before
08:53 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Trump says in return to campaign trail that he feels 'powerful' after COVID recovery

US President Donald Trump Monday resumed campaigning with his first post recovery rally in Florida where he appeared with a face mask and said that he felt "powerful" after recovering from the coronavirus. Trump tossed out masks to the crowd as he entered the airport rally in Sanford and said, "I went through it now. They say I'm immune. I feel so powerful." 

Thousands of people were present without any social distancing measures or face coverings. Trump's return to his campaign rallies kicked off a three-week sprint to Election Day, as new polls showed him losing more ground to Joe Biden in two battleground states that could decide the Nov. 3 contest.

13:41 (IST)12 Oct 2020
Judge won't order immediate switch to hand-marked ballots

A federal judge on Sunday expressed serious concerns about Georgia's new election system but declined to order the state to abandon its touchscreen voting machines in favour of hand-marked paper ballots for the November election.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by voting integrity activists that challenges the election system the state bought last year from Dominion Voting Systems for more than $100 million. The activists argued that the system places an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote because voters cannot be confident their vote is accurately counted.

State officials argued that Georgia has significantly updated and secured its election infrastructure in recent years, and that the new machines have been thoroughly tested and that security measures will prevent problems. They also said last-minute changes would be extremely costly and difficult to implement in time. In-person early voting begins Monday and Election Day is just over three weeks away. (AP)

12:37 (IST)12 Oct 2020
Trump’s virus treatment revives questions about unchecked nuclear authority

President Donald Trump’s long rants and seemingly erratic behavior last week — which some doctors believe might have been fueled by his use of dexamethasone, a steroid, to treat COVID-19 — renewed a long-simmering debate among national security experts about whether it is time to retire one of the early inventions of the Cold War: the unchecked authority of the president to launch nuclear weapons.

Trump has publicly threatened the use of those weapons only once in his presidency, during his first collision with North Korea in 2017. But it was his decision not to invoke the 25th Amendment and turn control over to Vice President Mike Pence last week that has prompted concern inside and outside the government. (Read the full analysis here)

12:12 (IST)12 Oct 2020
Supreme Court nominee Barrett faces Senate despite virus

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin as a divided Senate charges ahead on President Donald Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court majority before Election Day. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that she she is "forever grateful" for Ginsburg's trailblazing path as a woman. But she is resolved to maintain the perspective of her own mentor, the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and "apply the law as written," according to her prepared opening remarks for the hearings, which start Monday as the country is in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP)

11:18 (IST)12 Oct 2020
Trump's task: Resetting campaign that Republicans fears is slipping

President Donald Trump is running out of time to recover from a series of self-inflicted setbacks that have rattled his base of support and triggered alarm among Republicans who fear the White House is on the verge of being lost to Democrat Joe Biden. The one-two punch of Trump's coronavirus diagnosis and his widely panned debate performance also has Republicans worried they could lose control of the Senate.

The president will aim for a reset this week, hoping an aggressive travel schedule and Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings will energize his most loyal supporters and shift attention away from a virus that has killed more than 214,000 Americans on his watch.(AP)

10:39 (IST)12 Oct 2020
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10:35 (IST)12 Oct 2020
An expert explains — what’s at stake on November 3

In terms of public and even academic memory, this election is as divisive and significant as the 1968 Presidential Election. The 1968 election destroyed the “New Deal” coalition, which had enabled the Democrats to become the natural party of power. The 1968 election was thus a turning point, which made the Republicans the new natural party of power until the early 1990s (with the exception of Jimmy Carter’s one-term Presidency). The 2020 elections may now confirm the domination of the Republican Party, with a Trump re-election; or generate a New Deal 2.0 through the “rainbow” that the Democrats have coalesced. In many ways, this election is a battle for both America’s body and soul. (Read our explainer here)

09:34 (IST)12 Oct 2020
Twitter red flags Trump's claim of becoming "immune" to the virus for spreading misleading information

Twitter red flagged Trump’s tweet for violating the social media platform’s rules about misleading information related to COVID-19 after Trump tweeted that he has acquired an immunity against the coronavirus and that means that he "can't get it." 

09:31 (IST)12 Oct 2020
Trump claims he's free of virus, ready for campaign trail

President Donald Trump on Sunday declared he was ready to return to the campaign trail despite unanswered questions about his health on the eve of a Florida rally meant to kick off the stretch run before Election Day.

His impending return comes after the White House doctor said he was no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it. The president insisted he was now "immune'' from the virus, a claim that was impossible to prove and added to the unknowns about the president's health.

 US President Donald Trump is no longer considered a coronavirus transmission risk to others as he has been fever-free for over 24 hours, his White House physician informed Saturday night.  “The assortment of advanced diagnostic tests obtained reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus,” Conley wrote. “In addition, sequential testing throughout his illness has demonstrated decreasing viral loads.”

The 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.

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