Donald Trump news – President lashes out at 'disaster' Fauci and heads to Arizona as covid cases surge

PRESIDENT Trump called coronavirus expert Anthony Fauci a "disaster" earlier today as virus cases surge throughout the country.

During a call with campaigners at his signature hotel in Las Vegas, Trump said: "Fauci is a disaster. If I listened to him, wed have 500,000 deaths.

"People are saying, 'Whatever. Just leave us alone.' They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots."

“Fauci is a nice guy. He's been here for 500 years,” Trump added.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases have surged across the United States, with only Vermont and Missouri seeing falls.

Connecticut and Florida lead the nation, with increases of 50% or more, while another 27 rose between 10% and 50% and there were an additional 711 nationwide deaths, according to John Hopkins University data.

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TRUMP CALLS FAUCI 'DISASTER'

    President Trump called coronavirus expert Anthony Fauci a “disaster” during a call with campaign workers which allowed reporters to join in on.

    “Fauci is a disaster. If I listened to him, wed have 500,000 deaths.”

    Speaking from his signature hotel in Las Vegas ahead of two rallies in Arizona, Trump said Americans were fed up with pandemic restrictions.

    “People are saying, 'Whatever. Just leave us alone.' They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” said Trump, whose rallies include many supporters not wearing masks and standing shoulder to shoulder at odds with the guidance of Fauci and other public health experts.

    “Fauci is a nice guy. He's been here for 500 years,” Trump added.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Police said 911 received several calls about what was happening and they responded around 12.10 local time. 

    “Upon arrival officers learned that a couple from Douglas were located at the intersection promoting Donald Trump with their flags and signs,” police said.

    “Approximately 30 minutes after they arrived, they were approached by a party opposing their support that began to berate them with insults and demanded that they leave.”

    The veteran reportedly suffered a finger injury in the incident, although further information was not immediately available.

    Dudley was arrested over the weekend but posted $250 cash bail.

    More on the story here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HERO 'SHOVED'

    A Vietnam veteran waving a pro-Trump sign was reportedly knocked to the ground by a woman who taunted him with insults in a hateful attack on Saturday. 

    Kiara Dudley, 34, is accused of berating the unidentified vet, 73, who was with another person waving their flags and signs in support of President Donald Trump in Douglas, Massachusetts.

    The couple tried to move away from Dudley, but she continued to follow them, MassLive.com reported, citing local police.

    According to the veteran, Dudley bumped the man with her body before knocking down the man’s “Veterans for Trump” sign and stepping on it. As the elderly man tried to pick up the sign, police said Dudley knocked the Vietnam vet to the ground.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Trump said that if he listened to the experts, the economy would be in a different place, adding to the crowd: “We’re like a rocketship. Take a look at the numbers.”

    Trump told his supporters on Sunday that the 2020 presidential race “is a choice between a Trump super recovery, which we’re in right now, or a Biden depression.”

    “Depression,” he said. “Just remember the word.”

    In response to Trump’s rally remarks, the Biden campaign said that Trump is responsible for “tanking” the economy. 

    More on the story here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ANTI-DEPRESSANT

    President Donald Trump said the US would “be in a massive depression” if he listened to experts – as doctors now warn the country is heading into its “darkest hour.”

    Speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada on Sunday, Trump said the US would be in a much different place if he “totally” took advice from scientists on coronavirus lockdowns.

    Trump claimed that if his Democratic rival Joe Biden is elected, Americans would see another Great Depression.

    “He’s gonna lock down. This guy wants to lock down,” Trump said of Biden, referencing coronavirus lockdowns the United States saw earlier this year.

    “He’ll listen to the scientists. If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    DANGLING ACTIVIST PICTURED SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER CLIMBING DOWN FROM TRUMP TOWER

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    DANGLING ACTIVIST IN CUSTODY AFTER BEING TALKED DOWN

    A man who spent 13 hours dangling from Trump Tower has been taken into police custody.

    The Chicago Police Department said on Monday morning that the situation “resolved peacefully by Negotiators. Suspect in custody. No injuries.”

    Video from the scene showed the man – who was dangling for more than 13 hours – eventually climbing up onto the balcony, where a Swat team was waiting.

    The activist, who has not yet been identified but was said to be in his 20s, was holding a knife as negotiators tried to talk him down while a police helicopter circled the skyscraper.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    VOTERS TAKE TO THE POLLS IN FLORIDA

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    COVID IN THE WHITE HOUSE – WHO HAS HAD IT?

    The first of Trump's inner circle to have a positive diagnosis confirmed was his top aide Hope Hicks.

    Since then the president and first lady, their son Barron, ex-adviser Kellyanne Conway and her daughter also tested positive.

    Trump's speechwriter Stephen Miller, campaign manager Bill Stepien, debate adviser Chris Christie and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany have fallen ill.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    DR FAUCI ‘NOT SURPRISED’ BY TRUMP’S COVID DIAGNOSIS

    DrAnthony Fauci has revealed his reaction to the moment he learned that Donald Trump had Covid and said he was “absolutely not surprised” by the diagnosis.

    The coronavirus expert made the comments on Sunday night's CBS “60 Minutes,” just weeks after the president revealed he was battling Covid.

    Fauci said “oh my goodness,” when he saw the lack of masks and social distancing during a “superspreader event” at the White House.

    The doctor called the event “a completely precarious situation.”

    “Nothing good can come out of that,” Fauci said. “That's got to be a problem — and then sure enough it turned out to be a super spreader event.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    ALEXEI NAVALNY CALLS ON TRUMP TO DENOUNCE CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    Poisoned Putin foe Alexei Navalny has called on Trump to denounce chemical weapons.

    Speaking during a 60 Minutes interview the Russian opposition leader said: “I think it's extremely important– that everyone, of course, including and maybe in the first of all, President of United States, to be very against using chemical weapons in the 21st Century.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: EARLY VOTING BEGINS IN FLORIDA

  • Joseph Gamp

    TRUMP WARNS BIDEN WILL ‘CANCEL XMAS’ WITH TOUGH COVID RESTRICTIONS

    President Trump has warned that Joe Biden will cancel Christmas with tough coronavirus lockdowns turning cities into “ghost towns” if he wins the election.

    The President launched his latest attack on his Democrat rival as he also boasted he “brought back Christmas” from politically correct censors.

    Trump invoked the “war on Christmas” talking point with the election just 16 days away as Biden is believed to have a lead in the national polls ahead of November 3.

    Speaking in Carson City, Nevada, he said: “Under the Biden lockdown, the lights of Reno and Las Vegas were extinguished.

    “Carson City will become a ghost town. If he comes in, Carson City will become a ghost town. And the Christmas season will be cancelled.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHO IS TRUMP SUPERFAN CHARLIE KIRK AND WHAT IS 'TURNING POINT'?

    Donald Trump ally Charlie Kirk blasted Twitter for blocking his account after sharing “misleading information about voting”.

    So why is Kirk again hitting the headlines, and what exactly is Turning Point USA?

    Read our explainer here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    VEEP IMPACT

    An asteroid is heading for Earth at an estimated 21,300mph — the night before the hotly contested US presidential election.

    The space rock, known as 2018VP1, has a one in 240 chance of striking on November 2, according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Read more here.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WHO IS LEADING IN THE NATIONAL POLLS?

    Biden has held a modest but steady lead in national voter surveys for months amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    As of October 14, the 10-poll average shows just over half of Americans intend to back Biden with 51.91 per cent of the vote.

    With just weeks to the November 3 Election Day and the key swing state of Florida beginning early in-person voting today, there is still all to play for.

    In the 2016 election Hillary Clinton held a clear lead in the national polls but Trump was sworn in after winning the electoral college.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    FLORIDA STARTS IN-PERSON VOTING TODAY

    The swing state of Florida has started in-person early voting today.

    The state is crucial in securing a win for Trump.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    MAN 'STILL HANGING FROM TRUMP TOWER'

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TRUMP’S SCOTTISH GOLF COURSE PLAN APPROVED

    The President’s plans to build another golf course in Scotland, UK have been approved.

    Locals rallied against the plans but the local council gave the course the go-ahead.

    It will be built at his resort in Aberdeenshire.

    It will be named MacLeod after the POTUS’s mom and will be situated close to the current course, built in 2012.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    TRUMP HEADS TO ARIZONA

    President Trump is due to appear in Prescott and Tucson, Arizona today in a bid to secure votes before November’s election.

    Many Arizonians voted for the POTUS four years ago, but some are still undecided as to whether they will back him again.

    One voted told the Hill: ““I’m inclined now to go with the one who I think may rock the boat the least because we’re already so unsettled. But it’s really hard to figure that out because I think that Trump has rocked the boat so much as president, and I think that Biden would be rocking the boat just because he would be new.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    MAN DANGLING FROM TRUMP TOWER SAYS ‘I’M NOT CRAZY’

    The climber posted a Facebook Live video listing his demands, according to reports on Twitter.

    “Hello everyone,” he said. “I am [a] member of Black Lives Matter, and I want to talk with Mr Trump before the election.

    “I don't want to die. If someone will try to pull this rope, I will jump.

    “If Trump promises something, he should do [it] before the election.

    “I'm here in Chicago … one of the most liberal cities in the world and I really respect people who live here.

    “We need to make a big decision. For that, I want to talk with media. And I will say what I want to say for media.

    “Mr Trump, if you think I am crazy, I am not crazy. If you will not talk with me, I will cut [the rope].”

  • John Hall

    ACTIVIST DANGLES FROM TRUMP TOWER AND DEMANDS TO SPEAK TO PRESIDENT

    An activist dangled from the 16th floor of the Trump Tower in Chicago on Sunday evening, demanding to speak with the president or threatening to “cut the rope.

    The man has been hanging from the tower for eight hours now, holding a knife and demanding to speak to Donald Trump, as a police helicopter circled the skyscraper.

    The climber posted a Facebook Live video listing his demands, according to reports on Twitter.

    “Hello everyone,” he said. “I am [a] member of Black Lives Matter, and I want to talk with Mr Trump before the election. I don't want to die. If someone will try to pull this rope, I will jump.”

  • John Hall

    ASTROLOGER PREDICTS TRUMP LOSS

    An astrologer who claims to have predicted the coronavirus pandemic said Trump’s dream of four more years will be just that.

    In February 2019 Jessica Adams shared her extraordinary insight that a virus would “disrupt the world” in 2020, and even mentioned the date the first victim died in Wuhan – January 10 2020.

    Now she says it’s bad news for Trump as Jessica says that the next American leader will not be Republican, with the president set to be a “feminist” committed to promoting equality.

  • John Hall

    CROWD CHANT ‘LOCK BIDENS UP’ AT NEVADA RALLY

    A crowd of Trump supporters chanted “lock him up” as the President laid into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

    At the rally in Nevada Trump said Hunter Biden was a “human vacuum cleaner” sucking up foreign cash.

    The 74-year-old’s comments follow a New York Post article that alleges Joe Biden was party to his son’s foreign business deals while he was serving as President Barack Obama's vice president.

    Officials are currently investigating whether the foreign deals were in an effort to sway the election

  • John Hall

    TRUMP BRANDS BIDEN ‘THE MOST BORING HUMAN BEING’

    Donald Trump has branded Biden “the most boring human being I've ever seen”.

    Speaking at a Nevada rally yesterday, the President said: “The Bidens make “crooked” Hillary Clinton look like an absolute amateur”.

    He also laid into Hunter Biden, calling him a “human vacuum cleaner” sucking up foreign money.

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