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RNC 2020 Highlights: Health experts condemn the lack of Covid-19 restrictions during convention

US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE news updates: Addressing a crowd of over 1,000 people at the White House, US President Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination and expressed his profound gratitude to the people.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 31, 2020 11:49:13 am
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RNC 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Public health experts expressed concern Friday about President Donald Trump’s largely mask-free, socially un-distanced Republican convention event at the White House. Experts say that some of his 1,500 guests may have inadvertently brought and spread the coronavirus to others.

While talking about his policies and achievements in the last 4 years, President Donald Trump on Friday said that if re-elected he would impose tariffs on any company that leaves the United States to create jobs elsewhere.“We will impose tariffs on any company that leaves America to produce jobs overseas,” we’ll make sure our companies and jobs stay in our country, as I’ve already been doing. Joe Biden’s agenda is Made in China. My agenda is Made in the USA.” Keeping in tone with the rest of the Republican convention, President Donald Trump attacked Democratic rival Joe Biden and warned of a lawless and dangerous America if Biden becomes the president.

As President Donald Trump criticised his rival at the White House, Biden struck back on Twitter, writing, “When Donald Trump says tonight you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America, look around and ask yourself: How safe do you feel in Donald Trump’s America?” Criticizing Donald Trump for not doing enough to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden said, “From the moment COVID-19 emerged, President Trump downplayed the threat it posed, refused to listen to the experts, and failed to take action to contain its spread. Now, we’re paying the price.”

Addressing a crowd of over 1,000 people at the White House, US President Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination and expressed his profound gratitude to the people. “My fellow Americans, tonight, with a heart full of gratitude and boundless optimism, I profoundly accept this nomination for president of the United States,” Trump said. Trump commenced his speech by acknowledging the “great progress” that has been made in the last “4 incredible years, and painted a picture of growth and optimism for the coming four years if elected.

Meanwhile, America’s first daughter Ivanka Trump in her speech introducing her father on the final day of Republican National Convention said that he is not a traditional politician who just blames the other side, but gets results. Echoing her father’s 2016 campaign motto, Ivanka started her speech by saying that Donald Trump came to Washington for one reason- “To Make America Great Again.”  Ivanka like many other Republicans highlighted the “honesty” and “straightforwardness” for the 45th US president. “Whether you agree with him or not you know where he stands” Ivanka said.  “I recognise that his communication style is not to everyone’s taste and his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered but the results speak for themselves.”

 

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US presidential elections 2020 LIVE: Amidst Covid-19 scare, Americans will elect its next president on November 3. Follow this space for LIVE coverage.

13:04 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Rival themes emerge as race enters final weeks: Covid vs. Law and Order

As a weeklong Republican offensive against Joe Biden ends, the Democratic nominee plans to resume campaigning in swing states and has released a multimillion dollar barrage of ads attacking President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.

The moves come as the presidential campaign barrels into the critical last 10 weeks. They represent a bet by Biden that a focus on COVID-19 will prevail over Trump’s “law and order” emphasis and his attempt to portray Biden as a tool of the “radical left.” Biden’s ads also celebrate the history of peaceful protests.(Read more here)

12:20 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Health experts decry Trump's shunning of virus rules at the RNC

Public health experts expressed concern Friday about President Donald Trump's largely mask-free, socially un-distanced Republican convention event at the White House. Experts say that some of his 1,500 guests may have inadvertently brought and spread the coronavirus to others.

Trump delivered his speech accepting the GOP presidential nomination at the Thursday night event, which continued a pattern of flouting coronavirus safety guidelines. Only a few in the audience wore masks when virtually all leading public health professionals say face coverings play a big part in slowing virus transmission.

Chairs were placed inches apart instead of the recommended 6 feet, leaving attendees little room to practice social distancing.

Only those guests the White House expected to be in "close proximity'' to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were to be tested for COVID-19

09:51 (IST)29 Aug 2020
At DC march, families decry ‘two systems of justice’

Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many felt compelled to join civil rights advocates in Washington to highlight a scourge of police and vigilante violence that gave way to what many feel is an overdue reckoning on racial injustice. They gathered following another shooting by a white police officer of a Black man — this time, 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last Sunday — sparking demonstrations and violence that left two dead.

Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted his support for the march.

Although President Donald Trump did not comment on the march Friday, the Republican National Committee marked the event’s anniversary by highlighting the president’s record as a “champion for the Black community.”

“While there is more work to be done, Donald Trump is the leader to make it happen,” Paris Dennard, an RNC senior communications advisor, said in a statement. (AP)

07:55 (IST)29 Aug 2020
World needs a globally active US leader, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes whoever wins the November vote is more of a global player. Macron’s comment comes a day after Trump's RNC speech in which he proudly celebrates getting out of the "expensive" 2015 Paris Climate Deal. Trump's unapologetic “America-first” foreign policy has frustrated historic allies like France as a result.

 “What’s important in the international context is that we have a United States that can play its role as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, a member that is fully involved in big multilateral questions,” Macron told reporters Friday“We need the United States for resolving the most complex conflicts, and we need to have a United States that is a partner in collective security,” he said.(With AP inputs)

01:37 (IST)29 Aug 2020
GOP convention takeaways: What virus? Fear motivates

President Donald Trump refused to allow the coronavirus to deny him the crowd he craved for the Republican National Convention. He ordered up a scene never before seen at the White House: an American president using the South Lawn as the official backdrop for such overtly political activity.

The federal guidelines about keeping distance, avoiding crowds and wearing masks to fight the spread of the virus were emphatically ignored.

Here are some key takeaways from the last night of the convention: NO 'SHINING CITY ON A HILL' Trump made one thing abundantly clear in his speech accepting his party's renomination: He will try to turn political orthodoxy on its head again by trying to paint himself as an outsider even though he is the head of government. READ MORE

20:44 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris has slammed Trump for "disregarding the wellbeing of American people"

Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic Party's vice-presidential candidate, has blasted President Donald Trump for failing to protect the American people from the deadly coronavirus pandemic by being "fixated on the stock market" and caving in to China.

In a blistering speech hours before Trump delivered his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention from the South Lawn at the White House, Harris alleged that the president's policies have been "a reckless disregard" for the danger a pandemic would pose to American lives. "Donald Trump has failed at the most basic and important job of a President of the United States. He failed to protect the American people. Plain and simple. Trump showed what we, in the legal profession, would call a reckless disregard for the well-being of the American people," Harris said.

20:40 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Protesters confront Rand Paul about Breonna Taylor after RNC

A crowd of protesters surrounded US Sen Rand Paul as he was leaving the White House following the Republican National Convention early Friday, shouting for the legislator from Kentucky to acknowledge the shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Video posted on social media showed dozens of people confronting Paul and his wife, who were flanked by Metro Police, in a Washington street after midnight. Protesters could be heard shouting "No Justice No Peace" and "Say Her Name" before one appears to briefly clash with an officer, pushing him and his bike backward, sending the officer into Paul's shoulder.

Officers called for demonstrators to move backward and get on the sidewalk. Taylor's name has been a rallying cry among demonstrators during recent protests against racial inequality and police brutality. (AP)

20:39 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Black National Convention puts spotlight on police brutality

Black Lives Matter activists are holding their first Black National Convention Friday, a virtual event that will adopt a political agenda calling for slavery reparations, universal basic income, environmental justice and legislation that entirely re-imagines criminal justice reform.

The gathering follows Democratic and Republican party conventions that laid out starkly different visions for America. It also comes on the heels of yet another shooting by a white police officer of a Black man - 29-year-old Jacob Blake - in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that sparked days of protests, unrest and violence.

And it comes on the same day as a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, where the families of an ever-growing list of police and vigilante violence victims will appear with civil rights leaders. (AP)

20:33 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Two attendees, two event support staff at RNC test positive for Covid-19: Reuters

JUST IN: Two attendees and two event support staff have tested positive for coronavirus, reported Reuters. 

09:55 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Trump concludes his speech

Trump's speech which lasted for over 70 minutes was the longest nomination acceptance speech ever delivered by a presidential incumbent, the Guardian reported.

09:23 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Trump promises tariffs on companies that leave US to create jobs overseas

Donald Trump while talking about his policies and achievements in the last 4 years said that if re-elected he would impose tariffs on any company that leaves the United

States to create jobs elsewhere."We will impose tariffs on any company that leaves America to produce jobs overseas," we'll make sure our companies and jobs stay in our country, as I've already been doing. Joe Biden's agenda is Made in China. My agenda is Made in the USA." (With AP)

09:18 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Will have a covid-19 vaccine by the end of this year: Trump

Trump promised that a coronavirus vaccine would be developed by the end of this year.“We will have a safe and effective vaccine this year, and together we will crush the virus,” the president said. Trump, who talked about the pandemic quite late in his speech said "the entire planet has been struck by a new and powerful invisible enemy. Like those brave Americans before us, we are meeting this challenge. We're delivering life-saving therapies. And we'll produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner."

09:15 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Trump calls Biden a “destroyer of American jobs”

Trump called Biden a “destroyer of American jobs” and if elected in November he will become a “destroyer of American greatness”.  “For 47 years, Joe Biden took the donations of blue-collar workers, gave them hugs and even kisses,” Trump said.

09:05 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Trump blames Biden for blackouts in California

Continuing attacking his Democratic rival Joe Biden, Trump blamed him for the recent power blackouts in California amid an intense heatwave, "How can Joe Biden claim to be an ally of the light when his own party can’t even keep the lights on?”

08:56 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Reacting to Trump's remarks, Biden strikes back on Twitter

As President Donald Trump attacked Biden during his speech at the White House, Biden struck back on Twitter, writing, "When Donald Trump says tonight you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America, look around and ask yourself: How safe do you feel in Donald Trump's America? Criticizing Donald Trump for not doing enough to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden said, “From the moment COVID-19 emerged, President Trump downplayed the threat it posed, refused to listen to the experts, and failed to take action to contain its spread.Now, we’re paying the price.” “Donald Trump calls himself a wartime president. But now, instead of leading the charge to defeat this virus, he’s waved the white flag.He abandoned the American people when we needed him most,”he added.

08:46 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Trump attacks Biden, warns of lawlessness under him

President Donald Trump attacked Democratic rival Joe Biden and warned of a lawless and dangerous America if Biden becomes the president. “At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas," Trump said. "This election will decide whether we save the American dream or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny, he added.

08:34 (IST)28 Aug 2020
We will again rebuild the greatest economy in history: Donald Trump

Painting a picture of optimism for the coming 4 years, Trump said that we will "again rebuild the greatest economy in history, quickly returning to full employment, soaring income and record prosperity. 

08:16 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Trump expresses warm wishes to those affected by Hurricane Laura

US President Donald Trump expressed sympathy for the people affected by Hurricane Laura in  Louisiana and lauded the efforts of authorities tackling the "worst hurricane in 150 years". Trump said that he would be visiting the gulf areas affected this weekend and congratulate the authorities in person.

08:12 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Trump's begins his speech by thanking the "people"

Trump kick started his speech by expressing profound gratitude to the people and acknowledging the "great progress" that has been made in the last "4 incredible years,". He assured that he will continue to strive to build America better in the next 4 years to come.

08:01 (IST)28 Aug 2020
First daughter lauds Donald Trump as "people's president"

The reason why Donald Trump is here and is the president is because of "you", Ivanka said as he promised that Trump will continue to serve the people for the next four years. "He doesn't settle for good, he settles for greatness" she added.

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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.

Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, beginning a general-election challenge to President Donald Trump that Democrats have cast as a rescue mission for a country equally besieged by a crippling pandemic and a White House defined by incompetence, racism and abuse of power. On the third day of the Democratic National Convention, Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris also delivered her very first speech after she accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination.

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