Trump news live – Donald Trump reveals band-aid on his hand and hits out at ‘unscientific lockdowns’ in speech

PRESIDENT Trump addressed a crowd of thousands today in his first public speech since he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The president revealed a band-aid on his hand and hit out at ‘unscientific lockdowns’ while he told the crowd he "feels great".

Trump made the address from a White House balcony – just a week after he was hospitalized for coronavirus.

He also revealed on Friday he is no longer taking any medication to treat his coronavirus – ahead of his return to public events and rallies at the weekend.

"I feel really, really strong," Trump said in an interview with Fox News contributor Dr Marc Siegel on the Tucker Carlson show on Friday evening.

Asked what drugs he was taking, Trump said "right now I'm medication free – I'm not taking any medications as of eight hours ago."

But he admitted he still doesn't know if he's tested negative for the disease, saying: "I know I'm either at the bottom of the scale or free."

Trump is hosting his first in-person event since contracting the disease at the White House on Saturday.

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  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP ACUSES BIDEN OF 'BETRAYING' BLACK & LATINO AMERICANS

    Trump accused Biden of betraying black and Latino Americans, claiming that Democrats have only delivered “calamity.”

    The president made the comments from the White House balcony during his first in-person event since his coronavirus diagnosis last week.

    The event was branded a protest on law and order by the White House – but critics have slammed the event as a “rally.”

    “Democrats have run nearly every inner-city in America – and I mean for 100 years – and their policies have delivered nothing but calamity, poverty, and trouble,” Trump claimed.

    He added of his Democratic rival: “Sleepy Joe Biden betrayed black and Latino voters.”

    Trump swore he would beat Democrats in the upcoming election.

    “I think we’re gonna swamp them by so much,” Trump said of Biden and running mate Senator Kamala Harris.

    “We cannot allow our country to become a socialist nation,” Trump said.

    He added of Democrats' platform: “It really is more than socialist.”

    “It's not just socialist, it's beyond socialism.”

  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP SAYS BIDEN IS A PUPPET OF CASTRO LOVERS

    Donald Trump lambasted Joe Biden as a "puppet" of "Castro-lovers" like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday and accused the former vice president of being “weak” on socialism.

    The Republican president blasted the Democratic nominee Biden for his support from Colombian politician Gustavo Petro, a former militant socialist Trump branded a “loser.”

    “Joe Biden is a PUPPET of CASTRO-CHAVISTAS like Crazy Bernie, AOC and Castro-lover Karen Bass,” Trump tweeted.

    “Biden is supported by socialist Gustavo Petro, a major LOSER and former M-19 guerrilla leader.”

    Trump asserted that Biden is “weak” on socialism and “will betray” Colombia before proclaiming to the South American country: “I stand with you!”

  • Samantha Lock

    'FEELING GREAT'

    Trump said he's "feeling great" as he vowed to defeat Covid and blasted “unscientific lockdowns” in a comeback speech at the White House on Saturday.

    This is Trump's first public speech since he revealed he was diagnosed with coronavirus on Friday, October 2.

    "I'm feeling great. How about you?" Trump told supporters at the White House.

    “I want to thank all of you for your prayers… In that hospital, I was watching down on so many people…” Trump continued.

    He added : “Our nation is going to defeat this terrible China virus… and we're producing powerful therapies and drugs.”

    The name “China virus,” which has often been used by Trump to refer to Covid-19, has been slammed as “racist” by some critics.

    Trump, who had two bandages strapped to the top of his hand, said of coronavirus: “It's going to disappear. It's disappearing.”

    He spoke to supporters for around 15 minutes, before turning around and heading back inside the White House.

    As he addressed supporters, he also dubbed coronavirus lockdowns “unscientific.”

  • Samantha Lock

    WHY HAS THE SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BEEN CANCELED?

    The second presidential debate, which was organized to take place on October 15, has been canceled due to coronavirus precautions.

    The Commission on Presidential Debates canceled the second round showdown between Trump and Joe Biden at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.

    Citing several health concerns, the group said it wouldn't have the candidates on stage together to answer questions from voters.

    The Commission made the decision to “protect the health and safety of all”, adding the debate was due to be held in the form of a town meeting.

    “It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22,” the commission said in a statement.

    The Commission opted to host the debate virtually, but President Trump fervently declined.

    The President told Fox Business “I'm not doing to do a virtual debate,” branding it “a waste of time” and adding “they cut you off whenever they want”.

  • Samantha Lock

    WHITE HOUSE EVENT WILL VIOLATE GATHERING GUIDELINES

    With Washington DC under phase two of coronavirus restrictions, the White House event will violate mass gathering guidelines set by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Newsweek reports.

    Under the guidance, no gatherings of more than 50 people are supposed to take place.

    On Thursday, Trump's doctor, Sean Conley, gave an update shared by the White House, saying he believes the president will be able to hold events starting on the weekend.

    “Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday's diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President's safe return to public engagements at that time,” Conley said.

  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP'S HEALTH REMAINS A MYSTERY

    It has been five days since Trump returned from Walter Reed Medical Center, and his health remains a mystery as White House officials refuse to reveal if hetested negative or if he was still at risk of spreading the virus.

    Trump spoke with Fox News on Friday, saying he's no longer taking steroids and "feels really good" – but that he had not yet tested negative for coronavirus.

    “I have been retested. I haven't even found out numbers or anything yet,” the president told Dr. Marc Siegel of a coronavirus test he took Friday.

    “I know I'm either at the bottom of the scale or free.”

    White House officials, however, have declined to answer when Trump last tested negative for the virus before his diagnosis or release detailed information about lung scans taken while Trump was hospitalized.

    Aides to the president insist that it is safe for Trump to return to his regular activities, including campaigning. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines call for the infected to wait at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, Fauci noted in the AP interview. That onset for Trump was Oct. 1, according to his doctors.

    The president's White House physician, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, added that Trump was showing no evidence of his illness progressing or adverse reactions to the aggressive course of therapy he has received.

  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP TO SPEAK TO THOUSANDS AT WHITE HOUSE TODAY

    Trump is set to speak to THOUSANDS of people at the White House on Saturday, despite potentially being contagious with Covid.

    Trump's schedule shows he will speak at a peaceful protest for law and order on the South Lawn at 2pm EST.

    “We're making sure we're taking precautions so that those in attendance are screened before they come in,” White House communications director Alyssa Farah told reporters on Saturday.

    Trump will address the crowd from a balcony during the event, she added.

    “He's eager to get back out and be talking to the American people,” Farah said of Trump.

    She continued: “Hopefully once he's been cleared by the doctor we're going to have him back on the road soon.”

    “We will give the all clear from the doctor on when he's cleared for travel and public events,” Farah responded when asked if people would be notified when Trump tests negative for coronavirus.

    According to CNN, 2,000 people were invited to attend the event.

  • Samantha Lock

    PELOSI ACCUSES TRUMP OF MONEY GRAB

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused Donald Trump of a money grab as she slammed the $1.8trillion stimulus package he had proposed.

    The President had made the stimulus offer, the largest one yet, to the Democrats Friday but it has been rebuffed by Ms Pelosi, saying it didn't provide a fuller strategy for Covid-19 testing and tracing.

    In a letter to her caucus, she called the plan “insufficient” and said it amounted to “one step forward, two steps back.”

    “When the President talks about wanting a bigger relief package, his proposal appears to mean that he wants more money at his discretion to grant or withhold,” Pelosi said.

    She added the Democrats should push for more funding and details on the plan.

    The Democrats had previously rejected a $1.6trillion package, claiming it wasn’t generous enough.

    While hosting a “virtual rally” Friday on Rush Limbaugh's radio show, Trump said: "I would like to see a bigger stimulus package frankly than either the Democrats or Republicans are offering.”

    He also wrote on Twitter that the aid package should “Go Big”.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TWITTER UPDATES POLICY SO NO ONE CAN CLAIM ELECTION WIN BEFORE RESULTS REVEALED

    Twitter revealed policy updates in a blog post on Friday Friday, to help crackdown on election interference.

    Part of the policy updates include that no one may claim the winner of an election before official results are revealed.

    “People on Twitter, including candidates for office, may not claim an election win before it is authoritatively called,” the post said.

    Twitter added: “Tweets meant to incite interference with the election process or with the implementation of election results, such as through violent action, will be subject to removal.”

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TRUMP GIVES SPEECH FOR FIRST TIME SINCE COVID DIAGNOSIS

    President Trump gave a speech in-person for the first time since his coronavirus diagnosis last week.

    Trump addressed supporters outside the White House from the balcony on Saturday.

    He told the crowd he's 'feeling great,' as he vowed to defeat coronavirus, and hit out at “unscientific lockdowns.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP ANNOUNCES TWO MORE RALLIES NEXT WEEK

    Donald Trump has announced two more rallies for next week.

    On Monday he will be in Sanford, Florida, then on Tuesday he will head to Johnstown, Pennsylvania and on Wednesday he will be in Des Moines, Iowa.

    This comes as the second debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was canceled on Friday after the president vowed he wouldn't take part in a virtual event.

    The Commission on Presidential Debates, which organizes the showdowns, scrapped the event planned for next Thursday as the president battles coronavirus.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    WHITE HOUSE SAYS TRUMP PUSHING FOR NEXT DEBATE IN-PERSON

    White House communications director Alyssa Farah told Fox News on Saturday that Trump is pushing for the next presidential debate against Joe Biden to be held in person.

    “As you all know negotiations for these debates go on for months prior, and then to kind of blindside the campaign by announcing they were going to move to virtual without consulting was very surprising,” Farah told Fox News.

    She added: “We're going to push to do something and whether it's through the debate commission or other avenues, you can rest assure the American people will hear from Donald Trump.”

    Farah's comments came the day after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the October 15 event would be canceled, after Trump called it a “waste of time” and refused to participate.

    Read the full story here.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    HUNDREDS SEEN PACKED TOGETHER AT RALLY AHEAD OF TRUMP EVENT

    Hundreds of “Back the Blue” protesters were seen packed together ahead of an event at the White House on Sunday.

    Many demonstrators were seen maskless or with face coverings pulled down below their chins, as they stood shoulder-to shoulder.

    Supporters wore “MAGA” hats, and waved “BACK THE BLUE” and 'WE THE FREE” flags.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG ENDORSES BIDEN

    Swedish climate Activist Greta Thunberg, 17, endorsed Joe Biden for president in a tweet on Saturday.

    “I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that,” Thunberg tweeted.

    “From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote biden,” she added.

    Her endorsement came as she shared a tweet from Scientific American, which encouraged users to “think about voting to protect science instead of destroying it.”

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TRUMP TO SPEAK TO THOUSANDS AT WH DESPITE NO NEGATIVE COVID TEST YET

    President Trump is set to speak to thousands of people outside the White House on Saturday – despite not having yet tested negative for Covid-19.

    The event comes just a little more than a week after it was revealed the president tested positive.

    “He's eager to get back out and be talking to the American people,” White House communications director Alyssa Farah said of Trump ahead of the rally.

    Read the full story here.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    CHRIS CHRISTIE HOME AFTER COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATION

    Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has returned home after being hospitalized with Covid-19.

    “I am happy to let you know that this morning I was released from Morristown Medical Center,” Christie tweeted on Saturday.

    As Christie returned home, President Trump gave an update on the conditions of First Lady Melania and adviser Hope Hicks.

    All four were among more than a dozen people who tested positive for coronavirus after a “superspreader” event at the White House Rose Garden on September 26.

    Read the full story here.

  • Samantha Lock

    POMPEO THREATENS TO RELEASE CLINTON'S 'DELETED' EMAILS

    Mike Pompeo has threatened to release Hillary Clinton’s "deleted" emails before the election after President Trump's fury.

    The Secretary of State's comments came in an interview with Fox News on Friday.

    Speaking with Fox, Pompeo said he's working to release deleted messages from Clinton's “scandal” when she used a private email server while working as Secretary of State under the Obama Administration.

    “We've got the emails. We're getting them out,” Pompeo told Fox host Dana Perino.

    “We're going to get all this information out so the American people can see it.

    “You'll remember there was classified information on a private server, should have never been there,” he continued.

    Pompeo added: “Hillary Clinton should never have done that, that was unacceptable behavior.”

    When asked if the emails would be released before the election, Pompeo said: “We're doing it as fast as we can.

    “I certainly think there'll be more to see before the election.”

  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP SAYS BLACK AMERICANS 'DON'T DIG' JOE BIDEN

    Trump has claimed black voters “don’t dig” Joe Biden as he mauls his presidential rival over criminal justice reform.

    The Republican president, 74, told radio host Rush Limbaugh at a ‘virtual rally’: “The black community gets it. They don’t dig him, they don’t like him.”

    Donald Trump said he was going to win an increased share of the black vote in the presidential election despite only winning an estimated eight per cent to his then rival Hillary Clinton in 2016, who took an 88 per cent share.

    “They don’t like Biden. He did the super-predator stuff, you know he was the super-predator king,” Trump said, in a reference to the 1994 crime law which Joe Biden sponsored and is claimed to have contributed to the mass imprisonment of black people.

    “I’m getting numbers, you know, we’re at 20 per cent, 22 per cent, which, not that I’m proud of that because it should be 100 per cent,” Trump said.

    “If you look at what I’ve done for criminal justice reform, [President Barack] Obama couldn’t get criminal justice reform done, I did. Prison reform, the small colleges and universities, historically black, what I’ve done I got them funded.”

    He added: “With [South Carolina Senator] Tim Scott we did the opportunity zones, which is the greatest I’ve made the most incredible thing for the black community, the African American community with jobs and everything else.”

    Mr Trump again repeated his claim that “I’ve done more for the black community than anybody since Abraham Lincoln.”

  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP 'MUTES' MIC TO HIDE COUGHING FIT

    Trump has been accused of muting his microphone to hide a coughing fit as he continues battle the coronavirus.

    The President was being interviewed on Fox News by Sean Hannity when he appeared to have trouble speaking before the sound was cut out.

    Viewers suggested the “extremely hoarse” Trump may have purposefully muted his mic so those listeners could not hear him coughing, a key symptom of Covid-19.

    He was speaking to Hannity about his debate performances in 2016 after he refused to participate in a second showdown with Democrat election rival Joe Biden.

    Trump said: “Last time I had a big problem, they oscillated my mics when I had the one debate. We had three debates with Hillary [Clinton] and I think the first debate.”

    As he continues he voice becomes noticeably more hoarse before The President finally lets out a hacking cough.

    His microphone then falls silent for five seconds, and Trump then returns saying “excuse me”.

    The President also had trouble speaking and had to cough and clear his throat while answering a question about mail-in ballots.

  • Samantha Lock

    DONALD TRUMP JR CLAIMS DEBATE IS 'RIGGED'

    Donald Trump Jr claimed the next presidential debate is "rigged" against President Donald Trump to “help Joe Biden beat him.”

    Trump Jr's tweet on Friday came ahead of the debate – which is set to be held virtually on October 15 and moderated by C-Span political editor Steve Scully.

    The tweet follows critics questioning Scully and calling his objectivity into question, as the political editor tweeted at former Trump staffer Anthony Scaramucci and it was revealed he reportedly worked as an intern for Biden.

    “Yeah guys the debate commission isn’t rigged against Trump,” Trump Jr tweeted sarcastically on Friday.

    The president's son's claim came as he shared an article from Fox News, detailing how Scully tweeted to ex-Trump staffer Anthony Scaramucci, asking if he should “respond to trump.”

  • Samantha Lock

    ELECTION BREAK-IN

    The suspect wanted by cops after sensitive US election equipment was stolen from a warehouse has been shown on security footage.

    Philadelphia cops released the footage of the man after it is alleged he stole an election related laptop and eight USB drives containing information about city voting machines on September 27.

    The equipment belonged to an employee who works for the company that supplies the voting machines to the city in Pennsylvania.

    Authorities say the stolen laptop did not contain any presidential election material on it and isn’t capable of programming any of the city’s election machines.

    The laptop’s security features prevent any unauthorized access and the user account had already been disabled, according to the city’s commissioner’s office.

  • Samantha Lock

    MIKE PENCE FLY REMIX

    Twitter exploded during the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris when a fly parked itself on Pence's head for several minutes.

    The fly stayed on his head for two minutes as he and his Democrat rival fielded questions in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Now the Mike Pence Fly Remix has been born.

    A catchy song featuring Pence and Harris – and the fly – is making the rounds on Twitter and YouTube and has quickly gone viral.

    “You have a fly on your head,” Harris repeatedly tells her nemesis to music.

    Other sound bytes from the debate are edited into the 31-second remix as well, including Kamala telling Pence: “The American people know what I am talking about.”

    The video was posted on YouTube one day after the debate and has been viewed about 100,000 times.

  • Samantha Lock

    'I AM A PERFECT PHYSICAL SPECIMEN'

    In an interview with Fox Business, the clinically obese 74-year-old president said he beat Covid and he’s “back.”

    “I’m back because I am a perfect physical specimen and I’m extremely young. And so I’m lucky in that way.”

  • Samantha Lock

    34 STAFFERS & OTHERS INFECTED

    According to reports, at least 34 staffers and others have contacted the virus in recent days.

    The rise in cases within the White House came after Trump hosted a ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden.

    Both Trump and First Lady Melania were diagnosed with Covid following the event.

    Former aide Kellyanne Conway, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnancy, top aide Hope Hicks, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and others, also tested postive for coronavirus after the Rose Garden gathering.

    Dr Anthony Fauci told CBS News Radio that there was a “super spreader event” at the White House – referring to Barrett's celebration.

    “Well, I think the data speak for themselves. We had a super spreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks,” Fauci said.

  • Samantha Lock

    TRUMP TO HOLD WHITEHOUSE RALLY TODAY

    Donald Trump is hosting his first in-person event at the White House on Saturday – despite officials refusing to say if he has tested negative for Covid-19.

    Hundreds of guests have been invited to Trump's address from a White House balcony – just a week after he was hospitalized for coronavirus.

    According to CNN, hundreds of people have been invited to the event – which will lead a campaign rally in Florida on Monday.

    The event is scheduled to take place on the South Lawn of the White House, which will coincide with a previously planned event organized by controversial conservative activist Candace Owens’ Blexit movement.

    Trump will address the crowd from a balcony during the event, which the White House billed as a “peaceful protest” on “law and order.”

    Just a week removed from announcing he tested positive for coronavirus, Trump is ignoring health experts warning of a growing coronavirus spread engulfing the White House.

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