CNN plays tape of Trump showing classified military documents
Donald Trump has teased that he may choose to participate in the 2024 Republican primary debates despite previously questioning why he should bother with such a commanding lead.
The former president posted on Truth Social: “Steve Cortes, Ron DeSanctimonious top political strategist, thinks Ron should get out NOW, while the hiring is still good. He also said … Trump is the best debater of the President since, and cannot be defeated in the game of debate.
He added: “Well, based on that, maybe I should enter the debates – But, then again, if you have 40 to 50 points ahead of the field, maybe not me???”
Mr Trump posted other attacks on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Saturday as he made his way from Iowa to campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meanwhile, the Iowa Republican Party has set the date for the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus, unanimously voting for 15 January 2024, one of the earliest days it has taken place in years. It also happens to be the Martin Luther King Day federal holiday, adding to calls for general election day every November to be a holiday to encourage voting.
Comment: What Trump’s return will mean for Ukraine – and conflict in the rest of the world
Joe Biden’s visit to the UK this weekend, when he will meet the prime minister and the king, could serve as a good reminder of where political power – and responsibility – now resides on both sides of the Atlantic.
I say this, because some of the recent running of what may be the most pressing international issue of the day has been done by a person who has no power whatsoever, but the eyes of the return. Step forward (as if he needed any invitation to do so) Donald Trump, who spoke at length this week about wanting a peaceful outcome in Ukraine, even if it involves those territorial concession on the part of Kyiv.
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 22:00
Full story: Iowa GOP sets date for 2024 caucus
The official start date for the 2024 presidential nominee selection period is chosen by the state party.
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 21:30
Who is leading the country in GOP primary polls?
According to the latest aggregated data from FiveThirtyEight.com the current average polling of the national Republican Party is as follows:
- Trump: 52%
- DeSantis: 23.3%
- Pence: 6.5%
- Ramaswamy: 3.9%
- Haley: 3.9%
- Scott: 3.7%
- Christie: 2.6%
- Hutchinson: 1.3%
- Burgum: 0.2%
- Suarez: 0%
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 21:17
Newsom urges DoJ to investigate Florida over ‘reckless’ transport of migrants
California Gov. Gavin Newsom called on the Department of Justice to investigate Florida’s transportation of migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last year.
Mr Newsom, a Democrat and regular antagonist of Gov Ron DeSantis (R-FL), sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on the DOJ to investigate the transport of migrants favored by Mr DeSantis before his re-election campaign.
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 21:00
Caitlyn Jenner criticizes homophobic DeSantis ad
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 20:45
Trump has promised to keep ‘communists and markers’ out of the US
Donald Trump slurred his words while speaking at his biggest campaign event in Iowa on Friday.
The former president appeared in Council Bluffs in the western part of the state hosting the first caucus in about five months.
Speaking on immigration, Mr Trump touted a campaign promise to deny entry to left-wing ideologues when he accidentally called them “communists and markers” rather than Marxists.
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 20:30
Biden is heading to Europe with a king and a war on his agenda
President Joe Biden will leave Sunday for Europe, where he will spend four days in three countries looking after alliances tested by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The first stop is London, where Biden will meet King Charles III for the first time since his ascension to the throne. After that is the center of the trip, the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. Alliance leaders will debate the war and revise plans for dealing with Russian aggression.
The final stop will be in Helsinki, where Biden is expected to celebrate the expanding alliance, with Finland as NATO’s newest member.
His national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said the trip “will demonstrate the president’s leadership on the world stage.”
A look at Biden’s agenda and the issues he will tackle:
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 20:10
Trump took aim at DeSantis’ fundraising and teased about participating in the debate
Three more post-lunch Truth Social missals from Donald Trump on the 2024 campaign trail today, both attacking Ron DeSantis.
At first, the former president claimed that DeSantis’ donors had fled “do [sic] of his terrible, and still falling, poll numbers”.
In the second, he said DeSantis’ top political strategist believed the Florida governor should drop out of the race and then teased that he might — or might not — participate in the Republican primary debates.
He added that he preferred to be with Mr DeSantis.
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 19:50
Trump feels the need to point out that the obvious cardboard cutout of him is the cardboard cutout
Donald Trump took to Truth Social on Saturday afternoon to clarify that a photo circulating on January 6 of accused Taylor Taranto standing with a cardboard cutout of the former president was actually a cardboard cutout and not he really is.
Mr Trump linked to a Gateway Pundit article showing the photo apparently above. It appears to be from one of Mr Taranto’s social media accounts and is clearly him at an event, holding a glass of red wine and standing with a cardboard cutout of the former president.
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 19:30
Christie said Trump took the secret documents so he could continue to pretend he was the president
While Mr Trump’s former defense secretary Mark Esper has said he thinks the former president may have withheld the documents to further his own financial well-being in some way, Mr Christie has his own theory to put forward…
Oliver O’Connell8 July 2023 19:00