what, another Trump Presser? LiveBlog

“To Joe, I would say stop playing politics with the virus. Too serious. Partisan politics has no place here,” the president says while delivering an attack on his election opponent from the White House briefing room.

Expect a brag on the Israel UAE agreement, a dodge on sabotaging the postal service, and workshopping on attacking Biden-Harris. He cannot let the questioning last more than 15 minutes, because he’s already said too much out loud.

While President Trump has long railed against mail-in voting, falsely claiming it leads to rampant fraud, he appeared to confirm Thursday morning that he opposes Democrats’ proposed boost in funding for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to make it harder to expand voting by mail.

Trump gave that explanation during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network after she asked why the White House and congressional Democrats are still miles apart on approving a new stimulus deal.

Trump said one major factor is the Democrats’ push for an injection of funds into the U.S. Postal Service to expand voting by mail

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“The president of the United States is sabotaging a basic service that hundreds of millions of people rely upon, cutting a critical lifeline for rural economies and for delivery of medicines, because he wants to deprive Americans of their fundamental right to vote safely during the most catastrophic public health crisis in over 100 years — a crisis so devastatingly worsened by his own failed leadership that we are now the hardest hit country in the world by the coronavirus pandemic,” Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement.

www.npr.org/…

Trump actually started early and is essentially doing a campaign speech — doing a bit on Biden

Blah-blah, now on governors Scott Atlas is now the anti-Fauci. Atlas is the only advisor present today.

Now whining about how Biden never takes questions (not true)

Trump now considers wearing masks in the “whatdoyouhavetolose” rhetorical category (used in the case of taking hydroxychloroquine and being Black and voting for Trump)

LOL Trump claims the administration approach is guided by science



claims Biden will bring a crippling long-term depression

More Trump blah-blah on stock market

“shut-downs” are punitive” Trump dwelling on suicide again

More Trump bafflegab on ventilators, etc.

Trump accuses Biden of “plagiarizing” stretching that media framing

Trump empty-promising again (not any different than a week’s worth of such pressers.

MSNBC and CNN are not covering it — will probably cut back once questions start.

Now Trump pimps the Israel-UAE normalization of relations (tries to make it sound like Egypt-Israel accords (it isn’t) —  it is about tourism. UAE was one of the non-muslim ban countries in 2017. He’s desperate to distract.


QUESTIONS

Q: school-age kids and meals?

Trump goes blah-blah about schools open (seems like a set-up) and whining polling booths at schools (this is another Trump saying things out loud)

Q: How long will Israel will suspend annexation of West Bank

Trump throws it to David Friedman US ambassador to Israel — punts

follow-up  why no Palestinians? Trump: “others will be following”

Q: was the deal possible without annexation

Friedman punts,

Q: threatening stopping USPS funding? (Kaitlin Collins)

Trump says no, goes usual Trump BS (VA, Maloney, Paterson NJ, blah-blah)

Trump insists on disinforming about absentee ballots same blah-blah with Congressional funding. Claims the “people are not being taken care of” tries to blame China for Congressional impasse. (Trump is against “state bailouts” even as there were corporate giveaways in prior legislation).

Trump goes BS in extended exchange with Collins, maintains his contradictory logic from days ago. Trump whines about $3 Billion which is not the issue, keeps repeating VA meme (it’s about applications not ballots) Tries to blame China again.

Q: How does Israel-UAE help persecuted Christians in the Middle East?

Trump punts, goes BS “I would do a number to those countries like you never believe”

Q: Kudlow on phase 1 of trade deal and TikTok?

Trump goes baffle gab mentions 15 September deadline, veers to corn and soybeans “maybe they’re (China) trying to make me change my mind”

Q: annexation should be off the table (re: Israel-UAE)?

Trump punts — goes blah-blah “suspend”

Q: reversing policies at USPS “What are you doing to ensure a free and fair election”

Trump punts, goes into his weird circular logic again, trying to punishing governors of Democratic states. “all they have to make a deal”

Trump goes to his CT about China Russia, Iran, DPRK printing bogus ballots. Tries to blame PBO (it was McConnell) in 2016

Q: “After three and a half years, do you regret all the lies you’ve told the American people?”

Trump skips to next question, because he never admits he lies

Q: payroll tax cut? asks about deferral

Trump goes BS

Q: Asks birther question about Harris (Eastman BS)

Trump punts “I’ll look into it”

Q: OANN? transfers turn to an Epoch Times (whoa!) reporter question on Hong Kong

Trump punts

Trump flees 610pmET