Trump news – live: President rages over disastrous trade war after slumping to double-digit poll deficits against all four major 2020 rivals

Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump has raged at the “geniuses” who have allowed the US to be “taken to the cleaners” by China and the EU over trade in recent years, warning that only he is qualified to redress the balance through his divisive trade war, despite significant concerns among economists about the domestic consequences of his tariff escalations.

The president has also attacked the media for reporting on his incorrect warning that Alabama could be hit by Hurricane Dorian, even though his message forced US government’s own National Weather Service to issue a denial in order to avert mass panic.

A new Quinnipiac University poll has meanwhile found Mr Trump lagging behind the leading Democratic 2020 contenders Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris by 16 percent, 14 per cent, 12 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.

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