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Trump held an indoor rally in Nevada against medical advice. Only supporters whose faces would be on TV were asked to wear masks.
  • President Donald Trump held a rally indoors in Nevada on Sunday, in defiance of state coronavirus rules.
  • At the event only supporters standing behind the president, who would appear in TV footage of the event, had to wear masks, the Associated Press reported.
  • Livestream footage and pictures clearly show supporters off-camera were not wearing masks or practising social distancing.
  • Nevada governor Steve Sisilak, a Democrat, accused the president of "reckless and selfish actions" that endangered lives.

Bob Woodward says Trump called his book 'a fake' on Twitter 90 minutes after he warned the president it would be 'tough'
  • Reporter Bob Woodward said that President Donald Trump had tweeted that his book "will be a FAKE" less than two hours after he warned Trump that his new book was going to be "tough."
  • Woodward told CBS News' "60 Minutes" that he told Trump last month that "Rage" would include some things that he might not like, and that Trump joked that he might be able to charm him for a future book.
  • Trump was interviewed for the book 18 times even though his aides had urged him not to do it.
  • Among the book's revelations are that Trump deliberately downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in the early stages of the outbreak.

Impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says Trump is a 'useful idiot' for Putin and wants to 'please' him
  • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a retired US Army officer and key impeachment witness, told The Atlantic that President Donald Trump is a "useful idiot" for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • "They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don't have to use it. They have more effective and less risky ways to employ him," Vindman said.
  • He added that Trump "has aspirations to be the kind of leader that Putin is, and so he admires him. He likes authoritarians who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he'll try to please Putin."
  • Trump fired Vindman from the National Security Council in February after he testified in impeachment hearings. Vindman eventually left the military altogether following what he characterized as a "campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation by President Trump and his allies."
  • Vindman is not the first national security official to suggest Trump may be compromised by the Russians. Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reportedly held a "secret belief" that Putin has something on Trump.
  • Former US spies also expressed similar sentiments to Insider last year after Trump's disastrous performance at the G7 summit, during which he forcefully advocated for Russia to be readmitted to the alliance.

Key impeachment witness Alexander Vindman said he now considers himself a 'Never Trumper'
  • Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, said he now considers himself a "Never Trumper" — an accusation that the president threw at the veteran after his congressional testimony.
  • Vindman appeared on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Monday to talk about the Ukraine scandal and the impeachment inquiry into Trump.
  • He told Holt that it was not bitterness or anger that compelled him to speak out against Trump for the interview.
  • He said he spoke out in hopes "to share a perspective that could somehow inform an electorate going into the most important election of our lifetime, and maybe persuade them to choose an alternative to what we have, an alternative to four more years of disaster."

Trump says that the 'tougher and meaner' foreign autocrats are, the 'better I get along with them,' new Woodward tape reveals
  • President Donald Trump told veteran reporter Bob Woodward that he gets along better with "tougher and meaner" foreign leaders than "the easy ones."
  • Trump was discussing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has a long record of human rights violations, with Woodward for his new book, "Rage."
  • "I get along very well with Erdogan, even though you're not supposed to because everyone says 'What a horrible guy,'" Trump told Woodward.
  • The president has frequently generated controversy over his conciliatory, subservient demeanor toward autocratic leaders.

Trump shares tweet saying he is 'fanboying for dictators' after praising Putin and Kim as more mentally fit than Biden
  • President Donald Trump bizarrely shared a tweet describing him as "fanboying for dictators" on Monday.
  • "I didn't even know there would be a question about this!" Trump tweeted in response to the columnist talking about his comments on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin being more mentally fit than Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
  • "Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Un doesn't know about the problems that Joe has. We need very sharp people, I'm sorry, Joe is not qualified for this position," Trump said at his rally in Nevada on Sunday.

Trump says he's 'not at all concerned' about contracting the coronavirus at his rallies because he stands 'very far away' from his maskless supporters
  • President Donald Trump is "not at all concerned" about contracting the coronavirus during his rallies because he speaks "very far away" from people, he told the Las Vegas-Review Journal.
  • Thousands of Trump supporters flocked to the president's indoor rally on Sunday in Henderson, Nevada, defying state orders that limit gatherings to 50 people.
  • Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh stood by the decision, saying people can "gather peacefully" at such rallies if they can "join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots."

Trump says 'football is boring as hell' at Nevada rally, continuing his grievance against racial injustice protests
  • At a Nevada rally on Sunday, President Trump called football "boring as hell" and said "it's just not the same," in response to players who have protested against police brutality and racial injustice on the field.
  • In 2018, rump called on the NFL to punish players who chose to kneel on the field instead of standing for the US National Anthem.
  • This past June, Trump tweeted that "the game is over for me" if he sees a sports player kneel while the national anthem is played, taking it as a sign of disrespect against the country and the American flag.
  • Despite his opposition to acts of protest on the football field, Trump said in June that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should be given another chance to play "if he has the playing ability," in an interview with the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

'It'll start getting cooler, you just watch': Trump denies scientific consensus that climate change is supercharging the West's wildfires
  • President Donald Trump denied that climate change played a factor in the record-setting wildfires ravaging the West Coast.
  • "It'll start getting cooler," Trump said on Monday during a briefing in California on the wildfires. "You just watch."
  • "I wish science agreed with you," California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot responded.
  • The fires have burned more than 5 million acres and killed at least 26 people as of Monday.

California Gov. Newsom gave Trump a patronizingly simplistic briefing pack on the wildfires there, with lots of pictures and massive font
  • President Donald Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom held a joint press briefing on Monday to address the state's wildfires.
  • Before the briefing, Newsom gave Trump a packet of information on the wildfires, using huge font, colorful graphics, and pictures of the fires.
  • The packet showed, in part, how the most destructive wildfires in the state's history have come at a time of increasing average temperatures.
  • Trump has so far refused to acknowledge that the wildfires were caused by climate change.

The Trump campaign ran a 'Support Our Troops' ad with a stock photo of Russian fighter jets
  • An advert from President Donald Trump's campaign, which urges Americans to "Support Our Troops," used a stock photo of Russian fighter jets.
  • In the advert, five soldiers are seen marching, while three Russian Air Force MiG-29 jets fly overhead, Politico reported.
  • That photo is available for download on the stock-image website Shutterstock, Politico found.
  • The advert ran from September 8 to September 12 and was viewed around 10,000 times, according to Google data.

TikTok's deal with Oracle may not give any money to the US Treasury, despite Trump saying it would get a 'large percentage' of any deal
  • Sources told the Financial Times TikTok's proposed partnership with Oracle won't include a cut for the US Treasury.
  • President Trump said last month a "large percentage" of any TikTok deal would have to go to the US Treasury — although he wasn't clear which party in the deal he thought should pay that sum.
  • TikTok appears not to be selling its US operations outright to Oracle, but has instead proposed a partnership with Oracle as its "trusted technology partner."

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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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