Trump tells crowd at Bronx rally that Mexico border wall was three weeks from completion: Live

Donald Trump has made the extraordinary claim that his US-Mexico border wall was just three weeks from completion when he left the White House during an address to his supporters in New York City, whereas only a fraction of the barrier had been erected by January 2021.

In his first rally in the Big Apple in eight years, the Republican presidential candidate told the crowd at Crotona Park in the South Bronx on Thursday: “If a New Yorker can’t save this country, no one can.”

Mr Trump also declared he was “thrilled” to be back campaigning in New York, which he modestly claimed to have “helped build”, also using the occasion to attack illegal immigration and make a series of false claims about his record in office.

He promised a major mass deportation operation should he regain the Oval Office, pledged to indemnify police officers against prosecution and praised Hungary’s “strongman” prime minister Viktor Orban.

It comes after another big week for the former president in the courts.

Manhattan prosecutors and defense attorneys rested their cases in his high-profile hush money trial ahead of closing arguments on Tuesday while a Florida pre-trial hearing into the classified documents against him collapsed into a chaotic shouting match.

Key Points

  • Trump tells supporters at Bronx rally: ‘If a New Yorker can’t save this country, no one can’

  • New York hush money trial: Trump fudges explanation on why he didn’t testify and tests gag order with attack on prosecutor

  • Trump promises release of imprisoned journalist Evan Gershkovich in late-night deluge of Truth Social posts

  • Florida hearing on Trump’s classified documents case devolves into chaotic shouting match

Watch: Trump bizarrely claims ‘illegal migrants are building an army’ at Bronx rally

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Here’s another extraordinary line spotted by the IndyTV team.

Trump guest apologises for Judge Merchan ‘on behalf of Hispanics’ at South Bronx rally

09:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Here are a few more absurd moments from Crotona Park yesterday, with Ruben Diaz very much taking the biscuit.

This should also help to put Trump’s boasts about the size of the event in perspective.

Trump plays the hits at throwback South Bronx rally

08:48 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s the former president celebrating his return to New York on Truth Social last night:

He largely played the hits in his Crotona Park address, calling for Hillary Clinton to be “locked up” and quoting anti-migrant fable “The Snake” like it’s 2016 and telling his supporters that the New York City subway is “worse than a third world country”.

Trump also lied that he was just three weeks away from completing his Mexican border wall (ha!) when he was tossed out of the White House, lied about Black unemployment statistics during his administration, promised the largest deportation operation in American history should he get back in, pledged to indemnify police officers and praised Hungarian authoritarian Viktor Orban.

Oh, and he also claimed that the alleged murder of Israeli hostages by Hamas would not have happened if the 2020 American presidential election had not been “rigged” against him.

Reports suggest Trump has realized abortion is a big problem for him in presidential race

08:15 , Oliver O’Connell

The Biden campaign is sharpening its edge on the broader issue of reproductive freedom as their ideological rivals continue to flounder in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision overturning Roe vs Wade.

While a unified stance on the issue of abortion continues to elude the GOP, Democrats are mounting a full-scale assault. Hammering their opponents over a century-old abortion ban in Arizona and new restrictions put into place in Florida, the incumbent president’s party enjoys a clear strategic advantage in addition to their polling lead on the issue: Republicans cannot decide whether or not to pursue a ban on abortion at the national level.

The party remains split, even with Donald Trump at the helm saying that he would not support such legislation.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC:

Trump has realized how big of a problem abortion poses for him, reports suggest

In pictures: Trump address the Bronx

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Every GOP lawmaker who signaled they won’t accept 2024 election results

06:15 , Oliver O’Connell

A number of Republicans have indicated that they may not accept the outcome of the 2024 presidential election.

The race is all but certain to be a rematch of the 2020 contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, which ended with a clear victory for the Democrat but that Mr Trump refused to accept.

Will it be “deja vu all over again” as Yogi Berra famously said?

All the Republicans who have signaled they won’t accept election results

Lara Trump is shaping the RNC in her father in law’s image — not everyone is happy…

04:15 , Oliver O’Connell

The direction of the Republican National Committee is clear from the last name of its new second-in-command.

“My No. 1 goal is making sure that Donald Trump is the 47th president,” said Lara Trump, the RNC co-chair, in an s interview with Associated Press.

It’s one more step in solidifying Trump‘s hold over the Republican Party. The daughter-in-law of the former president has wasted no time in rebranding the typically staid committee in Trump‘s image, embracing her own version of his pugilistic politics and brash management style in ways that affirm his sway over the Republican establishment.

Continue reading…

Lara Trump is shaping the RNC in her father in law’s image – not everyone is happy

Trump slammed voting rights for felons in 2016. Now he may become one…

03:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has long called for convicted felons to be banned from voting in the US.

Now, he could become one.

Gustaf Kilander looks at what the law says about felons and voting…

Trump slammed voting rights for felons in 2016. Now he may become one

Watch: Trump counter-rally in the Bronx

02:45 , Mike Bedigan

Republicans shoot down bipartisan border security bill… again

02:15 , Oliver O’Connell

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC:

A bipartisan piece of immigration and border security legislation died again on the Senate floor on Thursday after Republicans blocked a bill meant to clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to claim asylum at the US-Mexico border.

The legislation is now dead for a second time after failing a procedural vote with 42 Democrats and one Republican voting in favor of considering the bill; and six Democrats, one independent and 42 Republicans voting against.

The bill, negotiated by a bipartisan group of senators, was already rejected by most Republicans in February when it was linked to a foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other US allies.

Read on…

Bipartisan border security bill fails again after Republicans shoot down measure

Hush money trial: If Trump is convicted, what kind of prison sentence could he face?

01:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump could soon become the first American president in history to serve time in prison as the jury prepares to weigh his fate in the New York hush money trial.

Joe Sommerlad takes a look at what he might face:

What prison sentence could Trump face if he is convicted in his hush money trial?

In pictures: Trump rallies in the Bronx

Friday 24 May 2024 00:10 , Mike Bedigan

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Trump: ‘If a New Yorker can’t save this country, no one can’

Friday 24 May 2024 00:03 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump told cheering crowds at a rally in South Bronx that “if a New Yorker can’t save this country, no one can”.

The president, who was born in the New York borough of Queens, told crowds he had come to “talk about solving problems”.

“The simple fact is Joe Biden is not getting the job done for the Bronx. He’s not getting the job done for New York, and he’s not getting the job done for America,” he said.

“He is incompetent ladies and gentlemen. He is grossly incompetent. I will get the job done as I did for four years and I will get it done fast.”

He added: “And remember this: if a New Yorker can’t save this country, no one can.”

‘Rally not about Trump’ says man in Trump shirt and Trump hat

Friday 24 May 2024 00:00 , Mike Bedigan

Speaking to conservative media outlet RSBN, said the rally in the Bronx was “not about Trump”.

The man, who was wearning a T-shirt with the president’s infamous mugshot and what appeared to be a Maga hat, said he would like to see the GOP “step it up” in the New York borough, after years of stagnant Democratic action.

“The pressure is on. If you could see the line to get in here right now, it’s like hour plus long,” the man said.

“There’s a lot of people coming out here and it looks so diverse. It looks amazing. It looks beautiful. And it’s just defeating every narrative there is. And Democrats are about to have a hard time in November because now New Yorkers are probably going to wake up and start asking who are the politicians representing me?

“And I think it’s this is not about Trump. This is about the strategy of Trump coming here putting pressure on them.

“Democrats, they’ve been getting our vote for so long, for years, decades. What has changed? Poverty? Not that many jobs out here? It’s a struggle, you know, so I’d like to see Republicans step it up.”

Images showed scores of people waiting in line in Crotona Park in the South Bronx, ahead of the former president’s arrival.

Donald Trump ‘thrilled’ to be back in the city he ‘helped build’

Thursday 23 May 2024 23:58 , Mike Bedigan

Kicking off his rally in Crotona Park in South Bronx, Donald Trump said he was thrilled to be back in the city which he had “helped build”.

“Hello New York City and hello to all of the incredible strong, hardworking American patriots right here in the Bronx,” he said to chants of “USA, USA, USA!”.

“Who would think? I’m thrilled to be back in the city I grew up in the city. I spent my life in this city, I helped build this city that we all love – New York City.

“I’m here tonight to declare that we are going to turn New York City around and we are going to turn it around, very, very quickly.”

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Watch: Bronx community reacts to Trump rally

Thursday 23 May 2024 23:50 , Mike Bedigan

AOC’s prayers not answered

Thursday 23 May 2024 23:40 , Mike Bedigan

The rain seems to currently be holding off in the Bronx, ahead of former president Donald Trump’s arrival at the rally.

Some Maga faithfuls have been out here lined up since as early as 8am for the rally which and many appeared drenched, but in good spirits.

The lack of further downpours is sad news for New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who earlier quipped “God is good 🙏.” in response to predictions of wet conditions…

George Santos makes surprise appearance at Bronx rally

Thursday 23 May 2024 23:25 , Mike Bedigan

George Santos has appeared for the Trump rally in Crotona Park, in the Bronx.

The disgraced former congressman appeared to by somewhat of a celebrity among the Maga faithful, and was greeted by swarms of people wanting selfies.

Mr Santos has previously stated online that he would “walk on glass” to vote for the president in the general election in November.

Former Rep George Santos (aka Kitara Ravache), right, takes pictures with supporters outside the Trump campaign rally in the South Bronx (AP)Former Rep George Santos (aka Kitara Ravache), right, takes pictures with supporters outside the Trump campaign rally in the South Bronx (AP)

Former Rep George Santos (aka Kitara Ravache), right, takes pictures with supporters outside the Trump campaign rally in the South Bronx (AP)

In pictures: Trump’s South Bronx rally awaits his arrival

Thursday 23 May 2024 22:50 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Rep George Santos (aka Kitara Ravache), right, takes pictures with supporters outside the Trump campaign rally in the South Bronx (AP)Former Rep George Santos (aka Kitara Ravache), right, takes pictures with supporters outside the Trump campaign rally in the South Bronx (AP)

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In pictures: Crowd gather for Trump in South Bronx

Thursday 23 May 2024 22:22 , Oliver O’Connell

A supporter of former US President Donald Trump takes a picture outside a merchandise stand in an RV ahead of a campaign rally at Crotona Park in the South Bronx, New York City (AFP via Getty Images)A supporter of former US President Donald Trump takes a picture outside a merchandise stand in an RV ahead of a campaign rally at Crotona Park in the South Bronx, New York City (AFP via Getty Images)

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Watch: Republicans under Trump orders betraying their voters by ‘torpedoing bill to secure border’

Thursday 23 May 2024 22:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Hush money trial: Ex-FBI director James Comey says Trump has ‘zero chance of an acquittal’

Thursday 23 May 2024 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Ariana Baio reports:

Former FBI director James Comey is confident that the Manhattan district attorney’s hush money case against Donald Trump is strong enough that he will be convicted, he told NewsNation.

Mr Comey, who served as director of the FBI from 2013 until 2017, said that the prosecution built a “very strong circumstantial case” by tying together evidence like documents, checks, phone calls, messages and Mr Trump’s words to prove their allegations.

“There’s an overwhelming chance of a conviction, a significant, but much smaller chance, of a hung jury and zero chance of an acquittal,” Mr Comey told host Dan Abrams on Wednesday.

Read on…

Ex-FBI director James Comey says ‘zero chance’ of Trump being acquitted

Trump coming to the Bronx… but posts pic of Brooklyn

Thursday 23 May 2024 21:50 , Oliver O’Connell

Biden ‘deepfake’ robocalls mastermind fined $6m and criminally charged over scheme

Thursday 23 May 2024 21:45 , Oliver O’Connell

A Democratic political consultant accused of using AI technology to create a deepfake of President Joe Biden’s voice and distribute robocalls spreading election misinformation has been hit with 26 criminal charges and a $6m fine.

Steven Kramer, 54, was indicted in New Hampshire on Thursday on charges of felony voter suppression and misdemeanor impersonation of a candidate for his actions in connection to a scheme that sought to stop Democratic voters from casting their ballot in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

Ariana Baio has the story:

Dem behind Biden ‘deepfake’ robocalls fined $6m and criminally charged over scheme

Hush money trial: Here’s what to expect as Trump’s criminal trial comes to an end

Thursday 23 May 2024 21:34 , Oliver O’Connell

The first-ever criminal trial of an American president is now drawing to a close in Manhattan Criminal Court after five weeks of extraordinary testimony and courtroom antics.

The jury will then begin deliberations to decide the fate of the former president.

With the trial nearing its end, here’s what to expect:

Trump’s hush money trial is coming to an end. Here’s what to expect

Trump campaign says Secret Service convention plans have ‘critical flaw’

Thursday 23 May 2024 21:25 , Oliver O’Connell

Per reporting by ABC News:

The Trump campaign on Thursday fired off a letter to U.S. Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle, demanding she fix a “critical flaw” in the security perimeter of this summer’s Republican National Convention, claiming that attendees’ safety is at risk as protesters plan to descend on the area.

The convention, slated for July 15-18 in Milwaukee, includes a perimeter that encompasses a nearby park, Pere Marquette.

As of now, pedestrians would have to walk through Pere Marquette, which is owned by the city, to reach the facilities. According to a person familiar with the security plan, the park serves as a natural congregation point and there’s a heightened concern that attendees’ safety may be at risk if the park is not secured.

Meanwhile, in the latest from the hush money trial…

Thursday 23 May 2024 21:17 , Oliver O’Connell

Alex Woodward reports:

Justice Juan Merchan has denied Team Trump’s motion to sanction the Manhattan District Attorney’s office over that document dump that delayed the trial back in March.

The judge says the DA Alvin Bragg didn’t do anything wrong, there was no coordinated investigation between federal investigators and the DA’s office, and defendant Donald Trump wasn’t hurt by any of it, so nothing needs to happen.

You can read the full ruling over at the New York State Unified Court System website.

Watch: Former Trump aide thinks voter won’t necessarily follow Haley

Thursday 23 May 2024 21:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Trump aide Alyssa Farah Griffin doesn’t believe the thousands of people who voted for Nikki Haley will follow her and vote for Donald Trump as they were always more Never Trump than she was…

Bronx congressman says crowd is ‘Trump transplants’

Thursday 23 May 2024 21:05 , Oliver O’Connell

Democrat Bronx US Rep Ritchie Torres says the crowd he sees gathering for Donald Trump’s rally in his South Bronx district is not local, noting “bluntly” that “the Trump transplants are much whiter than the locals of the South Bronx, which is almost entirely Latino and Black”.

Mr Torres penned a scathing op-ed on the former president’s decision to hold a rally in his constituency in the New York Daily News, calling him “odious” and “dangerously delusional” for pretending to be a friend to the Bronx given his record of “waging war on the American poor [and] targeting anti-poverty programs”.

Rep Torres wrote: “The Bronx is the bluest county in America. Is Trump so arrogant as to believe that he is the one Republican who can compete in the bluest Congressional District? In answering that question, one must be reminded of who Trump is: a malignant narcissist with boundless delusions of grandeur.”

Hush money trial: How much might Trump be fined if convicted?

Thursday 23 May 2024 20:55 , Oliver O’Connell

A jury of 12 New Yorkers will soon decide Donald Trump’s fate in the first-ever criminal trial of a sitting or former president – and their decision could hit the former president’s bank balance.

Ariana Baio looks at how much of a fine Mr Trump could face:

How much could Trump owe if convicted in his hush money trial?

In pictures: Crowd gathers for Trump’s Bronx rally

Thursday 23 May 2024 20:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Supporters of former US President Donald Trump attend a campaign rally at Crotona Park in the South Bronx, New York City (AFP via Getty Images)Supporters of former US President Donald Trump attend a campaign rally at Crotona Park in the South Bronx, New York City (AFP via Getty Images)

Supporters of former US President Donald Trump attend a campaign rally at Crotona Park in the South Bronx, New York City (AFP via Getty Images)

Rappers Trump Latinos and Forgiato Blow perform ahead of the campaign rally (AFP via Getty Images)Rappers Trump Latinos and Forgiato Blow perform ahead of the campaign rally (AFP via Getty Images)

Rappers Trump Latinos and Forgiato Blow perform ahead of the campaign rally (AFP via Getty Images)

Rapper Forgiato Blow shows off his Trump tattoo (AFP via Getty Images)Rapper Forgiato Blow shows off his Trump tattoo (AFP via Getty Images)

Rapper Forgiato Blow shows off his Trump tattoo (AFP via Getty Images)

What you need to know ahead of this evening’s Bronx rally

Thursday 23 May 2024 20:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump is scheduled to appear at around 6pm this evening at Crotona Park in the South Bronx. Here’s what you need to know:

Trump to stage rare NYC rally in the highly Democratic South Bronx

George Santos attending Trump’s Bronx rally

Thursday 23 May 2024 20:22 , Oliver O’Connell

MAGA favorite, disgraced former congressman, drag queen, and all-round chaos agent George Santos is meeting and greeting fans awaiting Donald Trump’s appearance in the South Bronx this evening:

He apparently has no expectations because “we’re in the Bronx”. Not sure how to take that.

What happened to the MAGA Cruise?

Thursday 23 May 2024 20:15 , Mike Bedigan

After the website claimed that Wednesday’s MAGA cruise was sold out, we were hoping to see a lot of colorful social media posts of the Trump faithful living it up like “rockstars” on New York’s Hudson River.

Today though, nothing…

Oh, except this:

It’s a shame as it was a beautiful evening for it.

The Independent received no response from the organisers of the event, when it contacted them via email.

Watch: Crowd grows for Trump’s Bronx rally

Thursday 23 May 2024 20:07 , Oliver O’Connell

Op-Ed: So much for Nigel Farage, the British bulldog – he’d rather be Trump’s US poodle

Thursday 23 May 2024 19:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Paul Clements writes:

In the vast pantheon of Nigel Farage’s achievements – which, in no particular order, includes the leadership of several fringe parties, and convincing the country to leave the EU against its best interests – perhaps the most remarkable is that, somehow, he is younger than Brad Pitt.

That craggy exterior, complete with saloon-bar tan, is what happens when a man who downs pints, smokes Rothmans and eats camel’s udders on reality TV devotes three decades to circling the drain of British politics.

But for the most consequential politician never to have been elected to Westminster, the bell has now tolled.

Continue reading…

So much for Nigel Farage the British bulldog – he’d rather be Trump’s US poodle

Trump fans await his Bronx rally

Thursday 23 May 2024 19:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Fans of Donald Trump are gathering ahead of this evening’s Bronx rally, with the former president set to make and appearance at around 6pm.

Here’s what awaits Mr Trump:

There’ll also be music and dancing:

Watch: Biden posts new ad aimed at Black voters

Thursday 23 May 2024 19:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Rick Scott throws hat in ring to replace McConnell

Thursday 23 May 2024 18:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Florida Senator Rick Scott is once again asking Republican colleagues to make him their party’s leader in the upper chamber, giving GOP senators a chance to vote for a more right-wing candidate than his rivals for the post.

Mr Scott, a former Florida governor who chairs the Senate Republicans’ campaign committee, announced his candidacy in a letter to fellow senators on Wednesday.

“This is not a time to make small adjustments, I believe we need a dramatic sea change to save our country and that’s why I’m running to be Republican leader,” Mr Scott wrote.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC:

Rick Scott throws hat in ring to replace McConnell as Senate Republican leader

Fake Biden robocall creator indicted on felony charges and slapped with $6m fine

Thursday 23 May 2024 18:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Steven Kramer, who created the fake Joe Biden robocall to New Hampshire voters ahead of that state’s primary earlier this year has been charged with voter suppression over the AI-generated message to voters.

New Orleans-based Kramer, 54, has been indicted on charges of felony voter suppression and misdemeanor impersonation of a candidate.

The charges come after an investigation into reports of thousands of New Hampshire residents receiving a robocall message asking them to “save [their] vote for the November election” and stating “[y]our vote makes a difference in November, not this Tuesday.”

The voice in the recorded message appeared to have been artificially generated to sound like the voice of President Biden. The message additionally appeared to have been “spoofed” to falsely show that it had been sent by the treasurer of a political committee that had been supporting the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary write-in efforts for the president.

Mr Kramer has been charged with 13 felony counts of voter suppression and 13 misdemeanor counts of impersonation of a candidate. The charges are spread across four counties based on the residence of thirteen New Hampshire residents who received the Biden Robocalls: Rockingham County (five counts of violating each statute); Belknap County (three counts); Grafton County (three counts); Merrimack County (two counts).

“New Hampshire remains committed to ensuring that our elections remain free from unlawful interference and our investigation into this matter remains ongoing … I am pleased to see that our federal partners are similarly committed to protecting consumers and voters from harmful robocalls and voter suppression,” said state attorney general John Formella. “I hope that our respective enforcement actions send a strong deterrent signal to anyone who might consider interfering with elections, whether through the use of artificial intelligence or otherwise.”

Further, the Federal Communications Commission today proposed a substantial fine for the apparently illegal robocalls made using deepfake, AI-generated voice cloning technology and caller ID spoofing to spread election misinformation.

Mr Kramer faces a $6m proposed fine for apparent spoofing violations.

“We will act swiftly and decisively to ensure that bad actors cannot use US telecommunications networks to facilitate the misuse of generative AI technology to interfere with elections, defraud consumers, or compromise sensitive data,” said Loyaan A Egal, Chief of the Enforcement Bureau and chair of the Privacy and Data Protection Task Force. “We thank our partners at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for their help with this investigation.”

Here’s our earlier reporting on the incident:

Magician claims consultant for Dean Phillips paid him to create fake Biden audio

Coming up: Trump to stage rare NYC rally in deep blue South Bronx

Thursday 23 May 2024 17:45 , Oliver O’Connell

With his travel schedule hampered by the Manhattan hush money criminal trial and daily court requirements, Donald Trump has had to get creative with campaigning ahead of the 2024 election.

The former president is set to hold a rally in New York, his first in the Empire State in eight years, and not in a MAGA stronghold like the rural north, western region or even the borough of Staten Island. Mr Trump is heading to the South Bronx — one of the most Democrat parts of the country.

Read on…

Trump to stage rare NYC rally in the highly Democratic South Bronx

What next for Nikki Haley voters now she’s in for Trump?

Thursday 23 May 2024 17:15 , Oliver O’Connell

What happens to Nikki Haley’s supporters now that she has said she will vote for Donald Trump in the 2024 election despite being his most vociferous critic during the Republican primaries?

It’s an important question as she continues to attract approximately 20 per cent of the GOP vote in state primaries despite having dropped out of the race in March.

Alyssa Farah Griffin, former Trump staffer, current co-host of The View and CNN commentator, and another leading anti-Trump voice in the Republican Party, is not convinced that Haley’s supporters will follow her example.

“Not convinced most Haley voters become Trump voters,” she tweeted this morning. “A look at comments on Haley’s insta post that she’s backing Trump: floods of comments saying they feel betrayed.”

She continued: “Haley voters were more anti-Trump than she was. She was the vehicle to register their opposition to Trump.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reports that the Biden campaign has moved quickly, continuing its efforts to woo disaffected Republicans determined to avoid a second Trump presidency. Shortly after Haley gave her support to Trump, a group of her supporters from Vermont and Arizona met with the Biden campaign, the outlet reports.

“The fact they actually sent someone last night to speak to a small group … I think that’s a good signal that they’re aware there are huge numbers of Haley voters out there,” Robert Schwartz, founder of the Haley Voters For Biden PAC, told The Daily Beast.

He said the meeting was highly encouraging, and likened it to other listening sessions the Biden campaign has done with the pro-Palestinian uncommitted vote.

Trump finally offers explanation for why he backed out of testifying in hush money trial

Thursday 23 May 2024 16:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has finally offered some sort of explanation as to why he backtracked on plans to take the stand to testify in his hush money trial.

For weeks, Mr Trump flirted with the idea of standing to address his accusers in court, vowing he would “absolutely” take the stand just days before the criminal trial began on 15 April.

When the time came, however, Mr Trump did not take the stand. Instead, the defence rested its case on Tuesday after calling just on two witnesses including attorney Robert Costello.

Now, Mr Trump has claimed that the reason he didn’t take the stand is because of the judge – and over fears that his “great”, albeit chequered, past might come back to haunt him.

James Liddell explains…

Trump explains why he backed out of testifying in hush money trial

Thursday 23 May 2024 16:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Trump claims Putin will release jailed journalist Evan Gershkovich ‘for him’

Thursday 23 May 2024 15:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s more on the Republican’s big talk about securing the release of the imprisoned American reporter from jail in Russia.

James Liddell has the story.

Trump claims Putin will release jailed journalist Evan Gershkovich ‘for him’



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