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The Trump administration let aviation companies lay off more than 16,500 workers while taking coronavirus relief funds — some used the money to pay executives — according to a congressional report
  • The Trump administration's delays in implementing a coronavirus bailout program "resulted in more than 16,500 layoffs and furloughs at 15 companies—more than 15 percent of the aviation contractor workforce," a congressional investigation concluded.
  • The Treasury Department "incentivized" companies to fire workers without consequence while they awaited funds, according the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis' report earlier this month.
  • In several cases, aviation contractors didn't rehire any workers once they received the money, and two even used it to restore pay for executives.
  • Negotiations on additional coronavirus aid have stalled since Trump signed the last relief bill in April, with Democrats, Republicans, and Trump unable to come to an agreement.

Exxon Mobil said a 'hypothetical call' where Trump got its CEO to donate $25 million to his campaign never happened
  • Exxon Mobil has clarified that a hypothetical fundraising conversation described by President Donald Trump between himself and its CEO "never happened."
  • Trump had been bragging about his fundraising abilities at an Arizona campaign event on Monday, saying he could call up CEOs and secure millions for his reelection campaign.
  • "I call the head of Exxon, I say 'you know, I'd love you to send me $25 million for the campaign,'" Trump claimed, then mimicked the CEO saying: "'Absolutely sir, why didn't you ask?'"
  • Exxon Mobil tweeted after the event: "We are aware of the President's statement regarding a hypothetical with our CEO ... and just so we're all clear, it never happened."

Trump calls a reporter asking him a question 'a criminal' for not reporting on the Hunter Biden allegations
  • Trump told a reporter he was a "criminal" for "not reporting" allegations about Joe Biden's son, Hunter.
  • The president on Monday made the comments to a Reuters journalist while speaking to reporters in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • "Let me tell you something. Joe Biden is a criminal and he's been a criminal for a long time and you're a criminal and the media for not reporting it," Trump said.
  • The New York Post last week published contested claims that Hunter Biden tried to set up a meeting with a Ukrainian gas executive while his father was the vice president.
  • Joe Biden described the story as a "smear" and his campaign spokesperson refuted it.

US spies and diplomats are suggesting a Trump administration cover-up after officials in Cuba, Russia, and China got mysteriously sick
  • In 2016, US embassy staff in Cuba and China reported falling ill with symptoms including balance and vision problems. Subsequent studies said they might have been exposed to a microwave radiation attack.
  • On Monday, The New York Times reported that US diplomats and spies in other countries, including Russia, had reported the same symptoms.
  • CIA and State Department employees who say they were affected in China and Russia told The Times they are fighting for proper treatment, with one suggesting a "cover-up" by President Trump's administration.
  • According to The Times, some officials suspect Russian involvement in the mysterious illnesses, though the CIA director is not convinced any attacks took place or that Russia could be involved.

The Trump campaign accused the presidential-debates commission of a 'pro-Biden bias' after it didn't include talking points that Trump could use to skewer Biden on Thursday
  • President Trump's campaign has accused the presidential-debates commission of having "pro-Biden bias," complaining about an absence of questions on foreign policy in this Thursday's debate.
  • Stepien accused the Commission on Presidential Debates of helping "insulate Biden from his own history" of poor foreign-policy decisions by leaving those questions out.
  • The CPD announced last week that the topics on Thursday would be COVID-19, families, race, climate change, national security, and leadership.
  • In his letter, Stepien said that both the Trump and Biden campaigns had agreed to make Thursday's debate about foreign policy.
  • The Biden campaign said that no such deal was struck, and that the CPD is always in charge of setting topics.

Trump keeps confusing the name of new hard-to-kill missiles the US military is working on with a toothbrush
  • Amid recent attacks on his Democratic opponent for verbal gaffes, President Donald Trump has repeatedly messed up the name of a type of weapon the US is developing.
  • At three separate political events in just four days, Trump referred to "hypersonic" weapons as "hydrosonic" missiles, confusing a missile with a toothbrush.
  • Trump sometimes refers to the "hydrosonic missile" as the "super duper missile," a new weapon about which he has repeatedly provided conflicting information.
Trump appears to be talking about hypersonic missiles, but he keeps confusing the name with that of a kind of electric toothbrush made by Curaprox, the top hits if you Google "hydrosonic." These mistakes come as Trump has repeatedly mocked his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for various verbal slips.

'America or Trump? I choose America': Former RNC chairman Michael Steele endorses Joe Biden for president
  • Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday.
  • The longtime Republican, who has now joined the ranks of the Lincoln Project, said that President Donald Trump's reelection would "plunge our country into chaos."
  • "Rather than seeking to build on the legacy of the Republican Party's founders, of which Trump is surely ignorant, Trump has posited a single purpose for the GOP — the celebration of him," Steele wrote in an NBC News editorial.
  • To Steele, the 2020 election is not about policies pushed by Democrats or Republicans. Instead, he said, "it is about the course of a nation and the character of her people reflected in the leader they choose."

President Trump abruptly ended his '60 Minutes' interview after 45 minutes and then tweeted about host Lesley Stahl not wearing a mask inside the White House
  • President Donald Trump ended his interview for "60 Minutes" abruptly on Tuesday after just 45 minutes of filming, according to CNN.
  • Trump was supposed to return for a "walk and talk" with Vice President Mike Pence, but did not do so.
  • The news broke shortly after Trump tweeted a video of '60 Minutes' host Lesley Stahl not wearing a mask inside the White House.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is 'hanging in there' as Trump encourages supporters to 'lock her up' after the FBI thwarted a right-wing plot to kidnap and execute her
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Business Insider she's "hanging in there" after the FBI foiled a right-wing plot to kidnap and assassinate her.
  • "That's my phrase for 2020," she said, adding that she was "appalled" when President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to "lock her up" just 10 days after the men who plotted against her were arrested.
  • Whitmer sharply rejected the Trump campaign's "ridiculous" claim that she was encouraging "assassination attempts" against the president following a recent television appearance.
  • Whitmer also excoriated the president for stirring up conspiracy theories about the integrity of the election system, and expressed confidence in state and local officials who are working overtime to ensure the safety of the vote.
  • "It's going to take a while to count these ballots because we're going to have historic turnout, which is a great thing for democracy," she said. "And so it may take a few days to get a final vote, but we're going to do it right. And we're going to keep voters informed about every step along the way."

Retired Navy SEAL William McRaven says bin Laden conspiracy theory Trump boosted is as 'crazy' as denying the moon landing
  • Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven said the Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory boosted by President Donald Trump was as crazy as denying the moon landing.
  • "I didn't even think it was worth addressing because it was so crazy," the former head of US Special Operations Command said during a CNN interview Tuesday.
  • McRaven added that he was glad to see that Robert O'Neill, a fellow former Navy SEAL and a former member of SEAL Team 6 who is said to have shot bin Laden, speak out against the conspiracy theory.

The Trump administration separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the border — lawyers say they still can't find the parents of 545 of those children
  • ACLU lawyers said in a legal filing that they haven't been able to find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by the Trump administration at the US-Mexico border, NBC News reported Tuesday.
  • The lawyers said they believe the administration has already deported around two-thirds of the parents to Central America without their children, according to NBC News.
  • Trump ended his notorious family separation policy in June 2018 following public outcry, and a court ordered his administration to reunite thousands of families. Other families had already been separated under a 2017 pilot program.
  • A federal judge ordered that the ACLU and other lawyers track down and reunite those families as well.

While doing business between 2013 and 2015 Trump paid $188,561 in taxes to China. He paid $750 in taxes to the US in 2016 and then 2017.
  • President Donald Trump paid more in taxes to China through his business ventures between 2013 and 2015 than he did in the US in the years 2016 and 2017, according to tax records obtained by The New York Times.
  • The tax records reviewed by The Times showed an account controlled by Trump International Hotels Management LLC in China "paid $188,561 in taxes in China while pursuing licensing deals there from 2013 to 2015," according to The Times report.
  • Trump also operated an office in China and held a partnership with a government-controlled company in the country, The Times reported.
  • "The tax records do not include details on how much money may have passed through the overseas accounts," The Times reported, "though the Internal Revenue Service does require filers to report the portion of their income derived from other countries."
  • In an earlier report published by The Times analyzing Trump's tax records, the president paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017 respectively.
  • Alan Garten, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, told The Times that the company "opened an account with a Chinese bank having offices in the United States in order to pay the local taxes" in association with the company's business efforts.
  • "No deals, transactions or other business activities ever materialized and, since 2015, the office has remained inactive," Garten told The Times. "Though the bank account remains open, it has never been used for any other purpose."
  • Trump has accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of being lenient on the Chinese government, citing his son Hunter Biden's business dealings in the country.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

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.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.