Donald Trump has threatened to boycott the NFL and US Soccer after the leagues decided to repeal bans on players kneeling during the national anthem d
Donald Trump has threatened to boycott the NFL and US Soccer after the leagues decided to repeal bans on players kneeling during the national anthem due to ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.
In a series of tweets, the president said he would no longer be watching the sports over the decisions following criticism from Republican lawmakers.
One bizarre tweet also shared last night by Mr Trump defended his walk down a ramp at West Point on Saturday when he attended a graduation ceremony. The moment spread on Twitter with some questioning the president’s health after he appeared to struggle down the ramp, but Mr Trump said it was “slippery” and “steep”.
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In Atlanta, the police chief resigned following the fatal shooting of an African-American man who had fallen asleep in his car by an officer – which threatened to reignite tensions over racism and police brutality in the US.
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Fox News removes doctored images of George Floyd protests after being publicly correctedFox News on Friday removed manipulated images that had appeared on its website as part of the conservative outlet’s coverage of protests over the killing of George Floyd, which have occasioned peaceful assemblies in cities across the country and, in Seattle, given rise to an unusual experiment in self-government.The misleading material ran alongside stories about a small expanse of city blocks in Seattle that activists have claimed as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.Isaac Stanley-Becker has the story:
Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak was ‘almost criminal’, says BidenJoe Biden ratcheted up some of his criticism of Donald Trump on Friday, saying that his handling of the coronavirus was “almost criminal”, that he has “bungled” the economic fallout, and that he has exacerbated racial tensions in the country.During an hour-long town hall with the labour union AFSCME, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee warned that the US will likely see a resurgence of the coronavirus and that Mr Trump is not doing enough to prepare.”This is almost criminal, the way he’s handled this,” Mr Biden said of Mr Trump’s leadership on the coronavirus. “There’s going to be some form of second wave, I hate to tell you this,” he added later.Matt Viser reports:
Trump’s rally campaign site in Tulsa postponed all other events through JulyDonald Trump’s campaign announced its would be holding its first rally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic at the BOK Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The date set for the rally was initially on 19 June before it was later changed to 20 June due to backlash for holding an event on Juneteenth. Besides this rally, the arena has postponed all other events through July “out of an abundance of caution” amid the pandemic, the Associated Press first reported. But it is allowing for the president to hold his rally, which could bring tens of thousands of people all packed together.Attendees of the rally had to sign a waiver when purchasing tickets that states they will not sue the Trump campaign if they contract Covid-19 after the event.
Projected cost of using National Guard during DC protests amounts to $21.1mThe National Guard confirmed with CNN that is anticipated a projected cost of about $21.1m for using the group to assist in Washington DC protests as of 12 June after a report was released by the Daily Beast. This figure included aiding DC and 11 other supporting states in the area. Mr Trump threatened to deploy the National Guard and military during the peak of the protests following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Trump uses excuse of ‘slippery’ and ‘steep’ ramp during West Point graduationOur story on Mr Trump’s now infamous descent when leaving West Point’s graduation ceremony on Saturday:
US surgeon general asks residents to wear masks when out despite ‘inconvenience’ US Surgeon General Jerome M Adams again asked for residents to continue to wear masks when out in public despite the “inconvenience” it might cause. But wearing masks has become a partisan issue, with President Donald Trump refusing to wear masks in public. Only some states have adopted a mask policy as they start reopening specific industries.
Putin comments on protests in US, blaming ‘partisan’ tales of Trump’s ‘legitimacy’ as presidentRussian President Vladimir Putin commented on the current unrest in the US in his first major media engagement since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. “I try very carefully to comment or better, not comment, on what is happening in the United States or other countries,” Putin said, according to an interview published online by Rossiya 1 on Sunday. “What happened there is a manifestation of some deep-rooted internal crises. In fact, we have been observing this for a long time now, from the moment the incumbent president came to power, when he obviously won in an absolutely democratic way, and the losing side came up with all sorts of tales in order to question his legitimacy,” he added. Mr Putin added he thought the pandemic and the recent protests showed how “partisan interests put above those of the people” hurt America.
What is Flag Day and how is it celebrated? In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated each year on 14 June to commemorate the day on which the country adopted its famous stars and stripes.The celebration was officially recognised by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, to mark the date in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress selected the American flag.Although not an official federal holiday, Flag Day is observed widely across the United States in a number of ways.Tom Barnes with our report on the holiday:
Seven states see surges in coronavirus cases Multiple states are causing concerns for health officials as coronavirus hospitalisation and cases surge following a reopening of certain industries. On Saturday, Texas saw its largest number of hospitalisations with more than 2,200 new Covid-19 patients. Other states observing an increase in numbers include Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Alabama, and South Carolina. Dr Anthony Facui was asked about the increase in coronavirus cases and what that could mean for each state. He said it didn’t necessarily mean a second spike. “However, when you start to see increases in hospitalisation, that’s a surefire situation that you’ve got to pay close attention to,” he added.
‘An extraordinarily dangerous move’: Health experts criticise planned Trump rally during pandemicThe upcoming Trump rally in Tulsa has been labelled “an extraordinary dangerous move” during the coronavirus pandemic by a senior health expert.After months away from the campaign trail, Donald Trump is planning to rally his supporters again next week for the first time since the US lockdown over Covid-19 began.His choice of location, Oklahoma, is a state with relatively few coronavirus cases but health experts have questioned the decision, citing the clear danger posed by large crowds.Dr Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, called the upcoming Trump rally “an extraordinarily dangerous move for the people participating and the people who may know them and love them and see them afterward.”He said he feared Trump supporters coming from nearby cities or even states could carry the virus back home with them.“I’d feel the same way if Joe Biden were holding a rally,” Dr Jha said.The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention previously outlined the coronavirus risk posed by large gatherings which cannot allow for social distancing and recommended people wear face coverings in places where people might shout or chant.“I have concerns about large groups of people gathering indoors for prolonged lengths of time,” Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, said in a statement on Friday. “It is imperative that anyone who chooses to host or attend a gathering take the steps to stay safe.”The Trump campaign itself also appears to have acknowledged the risk posed by the rally, as it has issued a waiver for attendees if they end up getting sick after the event.“By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the campaign advised those signing up for the rally.“By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and agree not to hold Donald J Trump for President, Inc liable for illness or injury.”
Killing of George Floyd draws attention to other deaths of black menAnti-racism protests which were initially ignited by the police killing of George Floyd have begun to move towards calling attention to the deaths of other black men in recent days.Roughly 150 protesters marched outside the Wendy’s restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia, where Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was shot by a police officer on Friday.The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Mr Brooks, who was seen on body camera video sleeping in a car blocking the Wendy’s drive thru, failed a sobriety test and was shot in a struggle over a police Taser.Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democratic candidate who gained national prominence running for governor in 2018, tweeted that “sleeping in a drive-thru must not end in death.”In Palmdale, California, hundreds of people marched on Saturday to demand an investigation into the death of 24-year-old Robert Fuller, who was found hanging from a tree early on Wednesday near city hall. Protesters marched from where the body was found to a sheriff’s station, with many carrying signs that said “Justice for Robert Fuller”.Authorities said the death appeared to be a suicide, but an autopsy was planned, while the city said there were no outdoor cameras that could have recorded what happened.Mr Fuller’s death has also brought to light the death of another black man who was found hanging from a tree on 31 May in Victorville, a desert city 45 miles east of Palmdale. A sheriff’s spokesperson, Jodi Miller, told Victor Valley News that foul play was not suspected in the death of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch but the man’s family said they were concerned it will be ruled a suicide to avoid further attention.
It is also Donald Trump’s 74th birthday today – a topic he may have something to say about when he wakes up this morning.
DC’s mayor and the punch-up with Donald Trump that put her on the world stageThe mayor of Washington DC has been involved in a very public fight with Donald Trump in recent weeks over Black Lives Matter protests in her city.Muriel Bowser has supported protesters and told Donald Trump to remove additional law enforcement and out-of-city National Guard from the nation’s capital.However, Ms Bowser has also faced criticism from her own constituents about her city’s police force.Our chief US correspondent, Andrew Buncombe, has the full story below:
What does Trump’s plan to move troops out of Germany mean for the US?After more than a year of thinly-veiled threats to start pulling US troops out of Germany unless Berlin increases its defense spending, Donald Trump appears to be proceeding with plans to cut the US military contingent by more than 25 per cent.About 34,500 American troops are stationed in Germany – 50,000 including civilian Department of Defence employees – and the plan reportedly signed off by Mr Trump last week envisions reducing active-duty personnel to 25,000 by September, with further cuts possible.However, as details of the still-unannounced plan trickle out, there have been growing concerns that the move will do more to harm the US’ own global military readiness and the NATO alliance than punish Germany.“The threats posed by Russia have not lessened, and we believe that signs of a weakened US commitment to NATO will encourage further Russian aggression and opportunism,” Mac Thornberry, a Republican representative for Texas, wrote in a letter to Mr Trump with 22 GOP colleagues.The suggestion that removing troops will punish Germany overlooks the fact that American troops are no longer primarily there for the country’s defence, according to retired Lt Gen Ben Hodges, who commanded US Army Europe from 2014 until 2017.“The troops and capabilities that the US has deployed in Europe are not there to specifically defend Germany, they are part of our contribution to overall collective stability and security in Europe,” Mr Hodges, now a strategic expert with the Centre for European Policy Analysis, said.“What’s lost in all this is the benefit to the United States of having forward deployed capabilities that we can use not only for deterrence … but for employment elsewhere,” he added. “The base in Ramstein is not there for the US to defend Europe. It’s there as a forward base for us to be able to fly into Africa, the Middle East.”Mr Trump has complained that Germany does not live up to spending commitments for NATO.Since his election in 2016, the president has pushed for a 2 per cent of GDP defence spending benchmark as a hard target and repeatedly singled out Germany as a major offender, though many others are also below the goal.NATO figures put Germany’s estimated defence spending for 2019 at 1.4 per cent.
Our reporter, Harry Cockburn, has more details on the protests in Atlanta, Georgia, over the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks below:
Clemson University football team leads protest marchMembers of the Clemson University football team in South Carolina have led hundreds of demonstrators on the school’s campus as they marched for equality and against police brutality.The demonstration on Saturday included a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time prosecutors say George Floyd was pinned to the ground with his neck under a white police officer’s knee before he died last month.“This is a historic time, and a challenging time,” head football coach Dabo Swinney told the crowd. “But as I tell my team all the time, challenge is what creates change. . Black lives more than matter – black lives significantly matter and equally matter. “For far too long that has not been the case for the black community.”The protest was organised by quarterback Trevor Lawrence, linebacker Mike Jones Jr, wide receiver Cornell Powell and running back Darien Rencher, according to news outlets.It came a day after Clemson trustees voted to rename its honours college, stripping from the programme the name of former vice president and slavery proponent John C Calhoun.Calhoun, who was born in South Carolina, declared slavery a “positive good” on the US Senate floor in 1837.
Republican congressman who officiated gay wedding loses primaryA freshman Republican congressman in Virginia has lost his party’s nomination after he angered social conservatives in his district when he officiated a gay wedding.Denver Riggleman was defeated at a GOP convention on Saturday by Bob Good, a former official in a university athletics department.Mr Good won 58 per cent of the vote, according to his campaign manager Nancy Smith.Meanwhile, Mr Riggleman said a small group of Republican insiders had tried to rig the contest against him by forcing the nomination process to be decided with a convention instead of a primary.Conventions tend to favour more conservative candidates and have been used for years by Virginia Republicans to block moderate Republicans from winning office.“Voting irregularities and ballot stuffing has been reported in multiple counties in the VA05. Voter fraud has been a hallmark of this nomination process and I will not stand for it,” Mr Riggleman tweeted a little over an hour before results were announced. “VA—GOP needs to reevaluate their priorities. We are evaluating all our options at this time.”Donald Trump had previously endorsed Mr Riggleman, as had Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.Mr Good has pledged to restore “Judeo-Christian” values to Congress and is known to be a hardliner on immigration.
Donald Trump has dismissed claims that he is unwell following videos showing him walking unsteadily down a ramp after his speech at West Point military academy yesterday.Mr Trump claimed the ramp was “very long and steep” and “very slippery” but insisted he ran down the last few steps.“The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long and steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,” the president wrote on Twitter.“The last thing I was going to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!”The video in question can be found below:
On Saturday night, protesters also set fire to the Wendy’s restaurant where Mr Brooks was fatally shot and blocked traffic on a nearby highway.
Atlanta police chief resigns amid anger over police shooting of black manAtlanta’s police chief has resigned and an officer has been fired following a fatal police shooting of an African-American man who had fallen asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru.Erika Shields stepped down as the killing of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, on Friday night sparked a new wave of protests and anger in the city over police brutality and racism.The terminated officer was identified as Garrett Rolfe, who was hired in October 2013, while another officer, Devin Brosnan, who was hired in September 2018, was placed on administrative duty, according to police spokesperson Sergeant John Chafee.The police department also released body camera and dash camera footage from both officers.Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta’s mayor, said she did not believe the killing was a “justified use of deadly force”.She added that it was Ms Shields’ own decision to step down over the incident.