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Trump news – live: President discussed ‘using military to overturn election’ as Powell touted for DOJ role

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Donald Trump has reportedly discussed the option of bringing in the military in an effort to rewrite the election result – with senior officials said to have voiced opposition to the plan – as the president searches for options as he refuses to accept his loss.

Michael Flynn, whom Mr Trump recently pardoned for lying to the FBI, apparently suggested the president could impose martial law and use the military to re-run the vote.

Meanwhile, lawyer Sidney Powell, who was booted from his campaign’s legal team after pushing unfounded conspiracy theories, has been touted as a potential new special counsel investigating allegations of voter fraud.

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Mr Trump on Friday considered bringing in the military to overturn his key swing state defeats to president-elect, Joe Biden, it has been reported.

White House insiders allegedly said Mr Trump discussed imposing martial law in a move aimed overturning the result of the 2020 election.

It reportedly came after Michael Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser, floated the idea in an interview with the right-wing news outlet, Newsmax last week.

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Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 12:03

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Was the Trump Christmas card photoshopped?

US first lady Melania Trump has been accused of photoshopping her and President Trump’s official Christmas portrait.

The photo is the couple’s last Christmas portrait as US president and first lady, as they are due to leave the White House on 20 January when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, following Mr Trump’s loss in 3 November’s national election.

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Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 11:47

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Trump attacks Boris Johnson’s Covid lockdown

The president retweeted a BBC News story about the new regulations and wrote: “We don’t want to have lockdowns. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself!”

In another tweet, he wrote: “The entire WORLD is being badly hurt by the China Virus, but if you listen to the Fake News Lamestream Media, and Big Tech, you would think that we are the only one. No, but we are the Country that developed vaccines, and years ahead of schedule!”

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Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 11:36

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Biden and Mexico’s president vow to cooperate on immigration

More on the phone call between Mr Biden and Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The two leaders “discussed working together on a new approach to regional migration that offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey to the United States”.

Mr Biden pledged to build “the regional and border infrastructure and capacity needed to facilitate a new orderly and humane approach to migration that will respect international norms regarding the treatment of asylum claims,” the statement from Mr Biden’s team said.

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Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 11:19

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Trump accepts election defeat, one White House trinket at a time

The paper says that during a recent meeting in the Oval Office, Mr Trump began filling up bags with White House trinkets for his visitors.

He reportedly told his guests he didn’t know what to do with the items, a person briefed on the meeting told the WSJ.

Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 10:56

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Trump ‘floats Sidney Powell as special counsel’

During a Friday meeting at the White House, Mr Trump went as far as discussing getting Ms Powell security clearance, two people familiar with the meeting told the Associated Press.

It is unclear whether Mr Trump intends to move forward with the effort.

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Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 10:35

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Mexico’s leader speaks with U.S. president-elect by phone

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he spoke with US president-elect Joe Biden by phone on Saturday, five days after he sent a somewhat chilly letter of congratulations to Mr Biden.

“We reaffirmed our commitment to work together for the good of our peoples and our countries,” Mr Lopez Obrador wrote in his social media accounts.

Mr Biden’s transition team said the two discussed migration, apparently with a focus on a theme that Mr Lopez Obrador has championed: developing jobs and opportunities so that people will not have to migrate.

“The president-elect emphasised the need to reinvigorate US-Mexico cooperation to ensure safe and orderly migration, contain Covid-19, revitalise the economies of North America, and secure our common border,” said a statement posted on Mr Biden’s transition website.

“The two leaders noted a shared desire to address the root causes of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and southern Mexico and to build a future of greater opportunity and security for the region,” the statement continued.

“They discussed working together on a new approach to regional migration that offers alternatives to undertaking the dangerous journey to the United States.”

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Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 10:11

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Trump ‘tried to get Homeland Security to seize voting machines’

People familiar with the meeting told the paper that lawyers present pushed back, saying the department lacked the authority to do so, and Mr Cuccinelli agreed.

As recently as Sunday morning, Mr Trump tweeted: 

Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 09:53

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$900bn Covid package breakthrough

More on the Covid relief package vote, which could come as early as Sunday.

The emerging agreement would deliver more than $300bn in aid to businesses as well as the extra $300-per-week for the jobless and renewal of state benefits that would otherwise expire right after Christmas.

It included $600 direct payments to individuals; vaccine distribution funds; and money for renters, schools, the Postal Service and people needing food aid.

It would be the first significant legislative response to the pandemic since the CARES Act in March, which delivered $1.8 trillion in aid, more generous $600 per week bonus jobless benefits and $1,200 direct payments to individuals.

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Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 09:38

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Trump plans ‘big rally’ in Georgia Senate campaign

Mr Trump has said he planned to attend a “big rally” in January in support of the two Republican candidates standing in the Georgia Senate runoffs.

The president had been due to hold a rally in the state today, which now appears to have been postponed.

He tweeted that the Republicans “must have a massive victory” in the 5 January election that will define who controls the Senate.

The president’s children have also campaigned in the Georgia race, with Ivanka and Don Jr. playing an active role.

Tom Batchelor20 December 2020 09:23