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Angry Donald Trump promises rally in battleground state of Georgia
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Angry Donald Trump promises rally in battleground state of Georgia

President Donald Trump has renewed baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states led to his election defeat, and said he’ll go to Georgia to rally supporters ahead of two Senate runoff elections. “This has a long way to go,” Trump said on Thanksgiving evening, despite the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election.” Trump spoke to reporters at the White House on Thursday after speaking with US military leaders overseas. After his conversation, Trump took questions for the first time since Election Day and angrily denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two key swing states that helped give Biden the win, as “enemies of the state” and claimed they were culprits in vote fraud. ...
US makes last-ditch bid to derail Donald Trump rape accuser case
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US makes last-ditch bid to derail Donald Trump rape accuser case

The US government on Wednesday put forth a last-ditch attempt to derail a defamation lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump by a New York advice columnist who claims he raped her two decades go. The Justice Department is fighting to replace Trump as the defendant in the suit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who went public last year with her claim and sued Trump after he called her a politically motivated liar. US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan last month rejected the Justice Department’s argument that Trump’s statements were made as part of his presidential duties. On Wednesday, the Justice Department filed a notice that it’s appealing the decision. Had Kaplan allowed the substitution, the case would have been dismissed because the government can’t be sued for defam...
Donald Trump Junior’s girlfriend tests coronavirus positive
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Donald Trump Junior’s girlfriend tests coronavirus positive

The girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s eldest son has tested positive for coronavirus, US media reported Friday. Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News television personality who is dating Donald Trump Jr, had travelled to South Dakota to see the US president’s Fourth of July speech and celebration fireworks at Mount Rushmore. Guilfoyle, 51, was immediately isolated after discovering she had the virus in a routine test conducted on anyone expected to come in close contact with the president, the New York Times reported. In a statement to the newspaper, Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump campaign’s finance committee, said: “She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic.” He added: “As a precaution (she) will cancel all...
Thousands stranded, families separated after Donald Trump’s H1B visa decree
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Thousands stranded, families separated after Donald Trump’s H1B visa decree

Natasha Bhat learned in late February that her father-in-law had suddenly died. Bhat, 35, recently recalled how she grabbed a backpack and hustled her U.S.-born 4-year-old son to the San Francisco airport to catch a midnight flight to India, her home country. She didn’t anticipate being stuck there indefinitely. Bhat works at a tech company in Silicon Valley on an H-1B visa, and her documents were due for renewal. So she threw them in the bag, knowing she’d have to get the chore taken care of before flying back to the U.S. in a few weeks. But she said her mid-March appointment at the U.S. consulate in Kolkata was cancelled when it shut down due to Covid-19 concerns. Her return home was delayed further when President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week barring many people on...
US official defends Donald Trump stepping outdoors without mask
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US official defends Donald Trump stepping outdoors without mask

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says President Donald Trump’s “unique” circumstances are why he doesn’t wear a mask even as the government is urging people to do so. Addressing spikes in reported coronavirus cases in some states, Azar said people “have to take ownership” of their own behaviours by social distancing and wearing masks if possible. He says Trump doesn’t have to follow his own administration’s guidance because as a leader of the free world he’s tested regularly and is in “very different circumstances than the rest of us.” Azar declined to say whether he’s ever asked Trump to wear a mask. He told CNN and NBC that his own message to the people is to take precautions for “public health.” Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee says Trump should spend more time tweeting abo...
Trump administration sees no loophole in new Huawei curb
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Trump administration sees no loophole in new Huawei curb

The U.S. government sees no loopholes in a new rule aimed at crimping global chip sales to China's Huawei and will "aggressively" crack down on any bid to disobey the intent of the curb, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday. The rule, released in May, expands U.S. authority to require licenses for shipments of some foreign-made chips to the telecoms equipment giant. It was drafted after China hardliners in the administration became frustrated that Huawei's blacklisting last year by the United States over national security concerns did not go far enough to cut off its access to global supplies. But industry lawyers and some lawmakers see the rule as overly complex, unclear and riddled with gaps that some allege leave key transactions beyond the purview of the controls. "T...
Trump suspends H-1B and sets it up for overhaul
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Trump suspends H-1B and sets it up for overhaul

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday to extend the suspension of green cards till the end of the year and expand it to cover non-immigrant work visas such as H-1B, which, through a separate reform regulation at some future date, will also undergo a series of permanent overhauls to make it merit-based by prioritising highest paid applicants. Senior Trump administration officials said the suspended work visas included H-1B, H-4 for some H-1B spouses, H-2B for low skill workers, some categories of J visas for cultural and education workers and L-1 for intra-company transfers. They were intended to ensure Americans had the first shot at jobs in the aftermath of record job losses caused by Covid-19 related lockdowns, and are expected to free up 5,25,000 jobs. The ...
Tensions flare at protests outside Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa
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Tensions flare at protests outside Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa

President Donald Trump’s supporters faced off with protesters shouting “Black Lives Matter” Saturday in Tulsa as the president held his first campaign rally in months amid public health concerns about the coronavirus and fears that the event could lead to violence in the wake of killings of Black people by police. Hundreds of marchers flooded the city’s downtown streets and blocked traffic at times, but police reported just one arrest as of Saturday afternoon. Many on foot chanted, and some occasionally got into shouting matches with Trump supporters, who outnumbered them and yelled, “all lives matter.” Later in the evening, a group of armed men began following the protesters. When the protesters blocked an intersection, a man wearing a Trump shirt got out of a truck and spattered them ...
Trump ‘pleaded’ with Xi Jinping to help win 2020 US polls, says John Bolton
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Trump ‘pleaded’ with Xi Jinping to help win 2020 US polls, says John Bolton

President Donald Trump had pleaded with president Xi Jinping to help him win a second term during trade negotiations and also endorsed the Chinese leader’s concentration camps for Uygur Muslims, writes John Bolton, the former US national security adviser, in an upcoming book widely previewed in American media Wednesday. Among other bombshell revelations in the book — “Room where it happened” based on Bolton’s 16 months as Trump’s NSA — were reported claims that the US president did not know that the United Kingdom was a nuclear power and that he believed Finland was a part of Russia. But the revelation that sent shockwaves through US political circles was his pleas to Xi for help with his re-election bid. It happened on June 29, 2019, when the two leaders met separately on the sideli...
On Kim-Trump summit anniversary, North Korea vows to build up military
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On Kim-Trump summit anniversary, North Korea vows to build up military

North Korea on Friday again vowed to build up its military force to counter what it perceives as US threats and said there would be little reason for a personal relationship between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump if Washington persists with sanctions and pressure. On the two-year anniversary of the leaders’ first summit, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon said the North would never again gift Trump with high-profile meetings and concessions he could boast as foreign policy achievements unless it gets something substantial in return. “The question is whether there will be a need to keep holding hands shaken in Singapore, as we see that there is nothing of factual improvement to be made in the DPRK-US relations simply by maintaining personal relations between our ...
Huawei troops see dire threat to future from latest Trump salvo
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Huawei troops see dire threat to future from latest Trump salvo

Huawei’s leafy campus in southern China has been engulfed in a state of emergency since the Commerce Department in May banned the sale of any silicon made with U.S. know-how -- striking at the heart of its semiconductor apparatus and aspirations in fields from artificial intelligence to mobile services. Its stockpiles of certain self-designed chips essential to telecom equipment will run out by early 2021, according to people familiar with the matter. Executives scurried between meetings in the days after the latest restrictions, according to one person who attended the discussions. But the company has so far failed to brainstorm a solution to the curbs, they added, asking not to be identified talking about private matters. While Huawei can buy off-the-shelf or commodity mobile chips fr...
US has 2 million coronavirus vaccine doses ‘ready to go’: Donald Trump
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US has 2 million coronavirus vaccine doses ‘ready to go’: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said on Friday that the US has already produced two million vaccine doses for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that are “ready to go” if they “check out for safety”. “We had a meeting on vaccines yesterday. We are doing incredibly well. We can have some very positive surprises. Tremendous progress is being made on vaccines,” Trump said during a news conference from the White House. “In fact, we are ready to go in terms of transportation and logistics. We have over two million ready to go if it checks out for safety.” Trump also said “likewise, we are doing very well with therapeutics. Cures we are doing well.” According to The New York Times, the Trump administration has selected five companies as the most likely candidates to produce a vaccine for the ...
‘A great day for George Floyd,’ says Trump as he hails strong jobs report for US
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‘A great day for George Floyd,’ says Trump as he hails strong jobs report for US

President Donald Trump on Friday declared it was “a great day” for George Floyd as he discussed a strong jobs report for the country and efforts to bring about racial equality. Joe Biden, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, said Trump’s comments about Floyd were “despicable.” Trump’s comments about Floyd came as he shifted from discussing a drop in the unemployment rate to say everyone deserved “equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement, regardless of race, color, gender or creed.” “We all saw what happened last week. We can’t let that happen,” Trump said. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country.” He added: “This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for e...
Joe Biden, Donald Trump campaigns targeted by foreign hackers: Google
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Joe Biden, Donald Trump campaigns targeted by foreign hackers: Google

Campaign staffs for both President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden have been targeted recently by foreign hackers, Google researchers said Thursday, highlighting persistent data security concerns ahead of the November US election. A tweet from Google’s threat analysis chief Shane Huntley said the internet giant warned the Biden campaign about “phishing” efforts from China and the Trump campaign from Iran. “No sign of compromise. We sent users our govt attack warning and we referred to fed law enforcement,” Huntley wrote. The incidents nonetheless highlight fears about a repeat of a devastating data breach in 2016 involving the campaign of Hillary Clinton and a wide-ranging influence operation which officials said was directed from Russia. “This is a major disclosure...
Hackers group targets California University leading Covid-19 research
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Hackers group targets California University leading Covid-19 research

A group of hackers with a history of targeting healthcare organizations executed a successful ransomware attack this week on the University of California, San Francisco. UCSF confirmed it was the target of an “illegal intrusion” but declined to explain which portion of its IT network may have been compromised. Researchers at the university are among those leading American antibody testing and clinical trials for possible coronavirus treatments, including a recent study on anti-malarial drugs touted by President Donald Trump as a possible remedy, then refuted by scientists. The university has alerted security experts and law enforcement of the attack, which didn’t affect its patient care operations, said Peter Farley, a director of communications at UCSF.“With their assistance, we are...