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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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Trump downplays the warning from the US intel community that Russia is working to 'denigrate' Biden in the 2020 election
  • Donald Trump tried to dismiss the US intelligence community's concerns that Russia is working to stop Joe Biden winning the 2020 election.
  • William Evanina, the Director of National Intelligence, said on Friday that Russia is "using a range of measures" to "denigrate" Biden and his "anti-Russia establishment."
  • In response, Trump told reporters the intel "could be" true, but then tried to pour cold water on it, saying no one wants him out the White House more than Russia.
  • "Foreign states will continue to use covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway US voters' preferences and perspectives," Evanina said.

Facebook has cracked down on dozens of fake accounts posing as Black supporters for Trump
  • Facebook took down more than 30 accounts pretending to represent African-American support for President Donald Trump, the company said on Thursday.
  • The accounts were pushed out by a foreign pro-Trump troll farm in Romania and used names such as "BlackPeopleVoteForTrump" and "We Love Our President."
  • Facebook also removed more than 300 other fake accounts linked to conservative media outlet The Epoch Times, which were peddling pro-Trump conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and anti-racism protests.
  • Facebook's said the crackdown on fake accounts comes as they continue to take action against "coordinated inauthentic behavior" during the presidential campaign, according to NBC News.

France and Germany pulled out of talks to reform the WHO because the US was trying to take control, according to a report
  • France and Germany are out of talks to reform the World Health Organization because the US is trying to dictate terms, Reuters reported.
  • The G7 alliance is currently drafting a reform document that will ultimately be voted on by the G20 and UN.
  • The US is set to leave the WHO in July 2021, after Donald Trump slammed the WHO for pandering to China during the pandemic.
  • The German and French health ministries say it is wrong that the US is leading the talks.
  • "Nobody wants to be dragged into a reform process and getting an outline for it from a country which itself just left the WHO," a senior European official told Reuters.

Joe Arpaio: Arizona sheriff pardoned by Trump for criminal contempt fails to win back old job
Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose illegal immigration tactics nearly landed him a six-month jail sentence — before he was pardoned by President Donald Trump — has lost his second attempt to win back the position.

The 88-year-old former law enforcement officer and politician lost his second failed bid to win back the post he held at the Maricopa County sheriff’s office for 24 years to Jerry Sheridan, his 38-year-old former aide.

Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court, a rare charge for a sheriff to face while serving in office, after he repeatedly refused to comply with court orders demanding he provide information on immigration enforcement — or to stop making immigration arrests entirely.

Trump reportedly referred to journalists as 'all my killers' on a hot mic while speaking privately to members of his golf club
  • President Donald Trump on Friday held a news conference at his New Jersey golf club, inviting members of the club to watch his interaction with members of the media.
  • Prior to the briefing, the president was caught on a hot mic inviting club members to "see what I have to go through," calling the White House reporters "all my killers," according to CNN's Jim Acosta.
  • The president has taken issue with the media's coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it a "hoax" and at times suggesting it hasn't been favorable enough toward his administration.
  • "You'll get to meet the fake news tonight," the president reportedly said Friday.

Trump 'antagonizes' one of his biggest donors in 'heated' call
Things took a sharp turn during a phone call between Donald Trump and one of his most important donors, according to a new report, with some Republicans fearing he put his campaign funding in jeopardy.

The president had a phone call last week with conservative donor Sheldon Adelson, the 87-year-old American business magnate who has pledged to donate at least $100m to help re-elect Mr Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill.

During that phone call, Mr Trump appeared unaware of how much Mr Adelson has already donated to his campaign, and how much more he was willing to spend to help other Republicans win in November, an anonymous source with direct knowledge of the call told Politico.

Trump signs a series of executive actions aiming to give Americans economic relief, including a $400 weekly boost to federal unemployment
  • President Donald Trump on Saturday signed multiple executive actions concerning federal unemployment, student loan relief, a payroll tax cut, and evictions.
  • But it's unclear whether he has the authority to take any of these actions, since Congress holds spending power. A court battle is likely.
  • The president's announcement comes after Congressional negotiations over upcoming coronavirus relief legislation have stalled with public clashes over the since-expired $600 boost to federal unemployment benefits.
  • Trump announced a $400 weekly boost to federal unemployment benefits, 25% of which he said would be up to the states to pay.
  • He also signed an executive order to create a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year, from August 1 through the end of the year.
  • Trump also said he would extend the 0% interest rate on federal student loans at least through the end of the year, and directed his administration to try and prevent Americans from getting evicted.

Trump pledged to permanently scrap the payroll taxes used to fund Social Security and Medicare if he wins re-election
  • President Donald Trump vowed on Saturday to scrap the payroll tax, a funding mechanism for Social Security and Medicare, if he wins re-election.
  • "If I'm victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax," Trump said at a press conference announcing executive actions on coronavirus relief.
  • Experts say the move to cut payroll taxes would further erode the shaky finances of both programs.

Trump's $400 weekly boost to unemployment insurance won't increase benefits for jobless Americans anytime soon
  • President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Saturday to enact a $400 weekly boost to state unemployment benefits, a cut from the $600 level it once was during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • But a closer look at the text of the order reveals the administration is actually setting up a "lost wages program."
  • "This is outside the UI system entirely," said Michele Evermore, a national unemployment expert, adding it could take months for overwhelmed states to design.
  • Governors are being ordered to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to set up the benefit system, and distribute benefits alongside existing state systems.

It doesn't look like Trump's executive actions on coronavirus relief will actually do much
  • Since Congress can't come to an agreement, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed four executive actions aimed at providing Americans economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • But they face both the possibility of being challenged in the courts and of being difficult to implement.
  • He touted that his "administration will provide immediate and vital relief to Americans struggling in this difficult time," but so far it's unclear exactly when and how that can happen.

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