Donald Trump has been accused of being a “co-conspirator of Covid” by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who suggested the president had worsened the crisis by “making up facts” and declining to set an example to the public by wearing a face mask.
With the US currently on almost 3m coronavirus cases and 130,000 deaths, top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has again sounded the alarm, warning the US situation is “really not good” and “still knee-deep in the first wave” of the pandemic as Miami is forced to re-close its restaurants due to a spiking infection rate.
The administration announced its intention to withdraw from the World Health Organisation, effective July 2021, following the president's row with the international agency and his claims that it had "covered up" the outbreak to defend China.
At the White House, the president’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered a rather different assessment, insisting Trump is regarded as a “leader” on the crisis, despite his disastrous record.
Several excerpts from a new tell-all book written by the president's niece made several embarrassing claims detailing the president's narcissism, rampant fraudulence and "cheating as a way of life", including allegedly paying someone else to take his SAT.
Ms McEnany said that Mary Trump's "ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolutely no bearing in truth,"
A day after demanding that Nascar driver Bubba Wallace, who is black, apologise after a noose was discovered in his garage, which the president called a "hoax", Mr Trump appeared to criticise the organisation banning the Confederate flag from its events.
"Nascar can do whatever they want and they've chosen to go a certain way and other people chose to go a different route," he said. "But it's freedom of speech."
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