DONALD Trump's younger brother Robert is having a "tough time" in hospital, according to the President.
Robert, 72, was rushed to hospital in New York and while the details of his condition remain unknown, US media has reported that he is seriously ill.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed the hospitalisation and said the President and his brother "have a very good relationship".
The President visited his brother at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Friday afternoon, staying for about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump slammed his rival 'Sleep Joe Biden' for 'never taking questions, after he shared a clip of reporters appearing to not ask him anything.
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TRUMP DONATES $100K OF ANNUAL SALARY TO REPAIR NATIONAL MONUMENTS DAMAGED DURING US PROTESTS
Donald Trump has pledged $100,000 of his salary to repair the national monuments damaged during the police brutality protests across the US.
A quarter of the president's $400,000 annual pay will be given to the National Park Service to restore the ruined monuments, Trump said.
“I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President,” Trump tweeted on Friday.
“I donate the entire $400,000! It is my honor to give $100,000 to @NatlParkService to help repair and restore our GREAT National Monuments.
“So important to our American History! Thank You!!”
REPORTER ASKS TRUMP 'DO YOU REGRET ALL THE LYING YOU'VE DONE' IN PRESS CONFERENCE OUTBURST
Donald Trump has swiftly ignored a reporter who asked “do you regret all the lying you've done” at a White House press briefing this week.
SV Dáte confronted Trump with the question he said he'd been waiting five years to ask.
The Huffington Post White House correspondent fired the question from a seat in Thursday's press pool.
“Mr President, after three and a half years presidency, do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?” Dáte asked.
“All the what?” Trump replied.
Dáte continued his line of questioning, adding: “All the lying, all the dishonesties.”
Trump again responded with a question of his own, asking: “That who has done?”
“You have done,” said Dáte.
“Tens of thousan…”, he began to say, before Trump cut him off and called on another journalist, who then asked a question about payroll tax.
Watch the video here.
DONALD TRUMP SUGGESTS REPORTERS' QUESTIONS ARE NEVER ANSWERED BY BIDEN
Donald Trump appeared to suggest there is “something going on”, saying reporters at a Biden/Harris conference do not try hard to get their questions answered.
Commenting on a video of journalists being ushered out of a presser, he said: “Very strange. Sleepy Joe never takes questions.
“Also, his reporters have zero drive. Why can’t my reporters behave like that? Something is going on!”
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FINALISES POLAND DEFENCE COOPERATION DEAL
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Saturday sealed a defence cooperation deal with Polish officials that will pave the way for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland.
In Warsaw at the end of a four-nation tour of central and eastern Europe, Mr Pompeo and Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement that sets out the legal framework for the additional troop presence.
“This is going to be an extended guarantee: a guarantee that in case of a threat our soldiers are going to stand arm-in-arm,” Polish president Andrzej Duda said during the signing ceremony.
It will also serve to increase the security of other countries in our part of Europe,” he added.
The deal would also further other aspects of US-Polish cooperation, he added, citing primarily investment and trade ties.
The pact supplements an existing Nato Status of Forces Agreement and allows for the enhancement and modernisation of existing capabilities and facilities by allowing US forces to access additional Polish military installations.
It also sets out a formula for sharing the logistical and infrastructure costs of an expanded US presence in the country.
TRUMP SAYS YOUNGER BROTHER IS HAVING A 'TOUGH TIME' IN HOSPITAL
Donald Trump has said his younger brother is having a “tough time” as he visited him in a New York City hospital.
The president wore a face mask as he entered New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Friday afternoon, staying for about 45 minutes.
US media reports say Robert Trump, 72, is seriously ill, but it is not clear why he was admitted to the facility.
He used to manage the Trump property empire's real-estate investments.
“I hope he's okay,” the president told reporters en route to the hospital. “He has a tough time. He's having a tough time.”
US SAYS IT HAS SEIZED FOUR IRANIAN FUEL SHIPMENTS BOUND FOR VENEZUELA
The United States said on Friday it had confiscated four Iranian fuel shipments that had been bound for Venezuela, disrupting a key supply line for both Tehran and Caracas as they defied U.S. sanctions.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Iran should not be sending cargoes to Venezuela and added that the seized shipments were bound for Houston, Texas, and suggested they may have already arrived.
“They're going to Houston. And, they're there,” Trump told a White House news conference. “We're moving them, and moved, to Houston.”
The U.S. Justice Department said the seized cargo was now in U.S. custody “with the assistance of foreign partners,” adding that the amount confiscated from four tankers was about 1.116 million barrels of fuel, making it the largest-ever U.S. seizure of Iranian fuel.
The U.S. State Department credited its outgoing special envoy for Iran for the seizure operation.
DON TRUMPS TIK TOK
Donald Trump has ordered the Chinese-owned parent company of TikTok to sell off operations in the US within 90 days over a “national security threat.”
His executive order stated that there's “credible evidence” ByteDance “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”
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Donald Trump announced that he would donate $100K of his salary to the National Park Service.
“I promised YOU I would not take a dime of salary as your President. I donate the entire $400,000!” Trump tweeted.
“It is my honor to give $100,000 to @NatlParkService to help repair and restore our GREAT National Monuments. So important to our American History! Thank You!!”
US SAYS UN REJECTS INDEFINITE EXTENSION OF IRAN ARMS EMBARGO
The United States said Friday the U.N. Security Council has rejected an American resolution to indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the defeat of the resolution ahead of a council meeting to reveal the vote.
Russia and China strongly opposed the resolution, and Americas European allies were expected to abstain.
The Trump administration has said repeatedly it will not allow the arms embargo provision in the Security Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers to expire as scheduled Oct. 18.
TRUMP & MACRON VOICE CONCERN ABOUT GREECE-TURKEY TENSIONS
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron “expressed concern over increased tension between NATO Allies Greece and Turkey” during a call on Friday, a White House spokesman said.
NATO allies Turkey and Greece are embroiled in a dispute over Turkish oil and gas exploration in disputed eastern Mediterranean waters.
Turkey said on Friday France should refrain from steps that escalate tensions after the French military conducted training exercises with Greek forces in the region on Thursday.
MICHAEL COHEN SAYS 'TRUMP KNOWS HE WILL FACE PRISON IF HE LEAVES OFFICE' BECAUSE OF 'FRAUD, SCAMS AND LAWLESSNESS'
Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has claimed the president could go to jail if he loses the election.
Cohen, a convicted felon, alleged in the foreword of his memoir, Disloyal, that “treachery” and “deceit” committed by Trump will be discovered by whichever president follows him.
“The types of scandals that have surfaced in recent months will only continue to emerge with greater and greater levels of treachery and deceit,” the disbarred lawyer wrote.
“If Trump wins another four years, these scandals will prove to only be the tip of the iceberg,” Cohen claimed.
“I’m certain that Trump knows he will face prison time if he leaves office, the inevitable cold Karma to the notorious chants of 'Lock Her Up!'”
More on the story here.
GUYANA NOMINATES TRUMP PICK TO HEAD LATAM BANK AS ITS OWN CANDIDATE
Newly oil-producing Guyana has co-nominated White House adviser Mauricio Claver-Carone as its own candidate for the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the latest twist in an increasingly heated debate over who should lead the bank.
Claver-Carone, the son of Cuban immigrants, has been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to lead Latin America's main development bank.
He told Reuters that Guyana's move reflected growing support for his candidacy, and other countries could follow suit.
However, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica and Chile, as well as European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, have all urged a delay in the Sept. 12 vote, expressing concerns about having someone from outside the region lead the bank for the first time in six decades.
The opposition also reflects concerns that Trump could lose the Nov. 3 U.S. election, and his candidate could find it difficult to work with a Democratic administration.
DETAILS EMERGE FOR TRUMP'S CONVENTION PLANS
President Donald Trump said he will likely give his address from the White House.
The plans for the convention, which starts on August 24, have already drawn criticism from Democrats and ethics experts, who have raised concerns about the use of federal property for partisan advantage.
The event kick off what will be a frenetic two months of campaigning ahead of the Nov. 3 election between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
By tradition, Trump will speak on August 27, the convention's final night.
He told the New York Post on Thursday he planned to deliver his acceptance speech from the South Lawn of the White House after also considering the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
PICTURED – PRESIDENT TRUMP ARRIVES AT NEW YORK HOSPITAL TO VISIT HIS BROTHER
HEZBOLLAH CHIEF SAYS UAE-ISRAELI DEAL WAS FAVOUR TO TRUMP
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement on Friday condemned the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise ties as a betrayal of Islam and Arabs, saying it was done as a favour to U.S. President Donald Trump.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that Trump announced the deal because he needed “an achievement” ahead of U.S. elections.
He said he expected a number of Arab states to follow the UAE example to “satisfy” Washington.
TRUMP'S YOUNGER BROTHER HAVING 'HARD TIME' AFTER BEING HOSPITALISED
U.S. President Donald Trump's younger brother Robert has been hospitalised in New York and the president plans to visit him.
Trump told a news conference his brother was in the hospital but did not elaborate on the reason.
“I have a wonderful brother. We've had a great relationship for a long time, from day one,” Trump said. “Hopefully he'll be all right, but he's having a hard time.”
Spokesman Judd Deere said the U.S. president would visit his brother later on Friday.
ABC News said Robert Trump was “very ill,” citing unidentified sources.
The president planned to travel to his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend after a stop in New York.
TRUMP SAYS HE COULD AGREE TO $25BILLION FOR POSTAL SERVICE IF DEMOCRATS MAKE CONCESSIONS
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would agree to up to $25 billion in funding for the U.S. Postal Service if Democratic lawmakers make concessions.
“Sure, if they give us what they want,” Trump said at a news briefing.
He again blamed Democrats for what he described as “blocking” aid for Americans after talks on coronavirus relief efforts stalled in Congress.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PICKS MCKESSON FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday that McKesson Corp would be the central distributor for future coronavirus vaccines.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is executing an existing contract option with McKesson to support vaccine distribution, the health department said.
CANADA-U.S BORDER CLOSED FOR ANOTHER MONTH
The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month.
The statement Friday by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United States.
The land border restrictions aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic were first announced in March and have been renewed monthly.
Many Canadians are concerned about a reopening. Canada has flattened the epidemic curve, reporting 9,000 deaths and 123,000 cases.
The U.S. leads the world in confirmed deaths (167,00) and cases (5.2 million), according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Essential cross-border workers such as health care professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still permitted to cross. Americans and Canadians returning to their respective countries are exempted from the border closure.
Canada sends 75% of its exports to the U.S. and about 18% of American exports go to Canada.
WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS SEEK MOMENTUM WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AFTER ISRAEL-UAE DEAL
Senior White House officials on Friday sought to use the momentum from a historic deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to appeal to more Arab and Muslim countries to set aside long-standing tensions and make similar agreements.
A senior White House official said President Donald Trump's senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and Middle East envoy, Avi Berkowitz, had been in touch with numerous countries in the region trying to see if more agreements would materialise.
The official would not name names.
Speculation immediately centred around two Gulf nations, Bahrain and Oman, both of which welcomed the deal Trump announced on Thursday for Israel and the United Arab Emirates to have a full normalisation of relations.
Sudan was also a subject of speculation.
Bahrain hosted a U.S.-led Middle East conference a year ago aimed at raising money for the Palestinians and Jordan as part of Trump's Middle East peace initiative.
“There are numerous countries that we have been in contact with literally in the last 24 hours,” said the official.
“We have been in contact with officials from numerous countries, Arab and Muslim, in the Middle East and Africa.”
TRUMP 'READY' TO SEND $3,400 STIMULUS CHECKS TO FAMILIES
Donald Trump says he is “ready” to send stimulus checks of up to $3,400 to Americans but Democrats are “holding this up”.
“I have directed [Steven Mnuchin] to get ready to send direct payments ($3,400 for family of four) to all Americans. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!” the president tweeted Friday.
For small business owners, Trump also tweeted he was ready to “send additional PPP payments to small businesses that have been hurt by the ChinaVirus.”
“DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!” he said.
A day earlier Trump had said he was holding up the stimulus checks, because he doesn't want Americans voting by mail this November.
He said he was blocking the $2trillion stimulus package put forth by Democrats because it allots $25billion in emergency funding to the US Postal Service, which he said was “election money” for mail-in ballots.
More on the story here.
FORMER FBI LAWYER TO PLEAD GUILTY AS PART OF RUSSIA PROBE SAYS NYT
A former FBI lawyer will plead guilty to falsifying a document as part of the probe into the beginnings of the Russia investigation, but there is no evidence showing a broader conspiracy to undermine the candidacy of Donald Trump, the New York Times reported on Friday.
The lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, will admit he changed an email from the CIA that was used in seeking renewed court permission in 2017 for a secret wiretap on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the Times reported, citing three people familiar with the case.
Prosecutors were not expected to reveal any evidence that show a broader conspiracy that would cast doubt on the decision to open a Russia investigation, it said.
DON'S BROTHER 'VERY ILL'
Donald Trump's younger brother has been hospitalized and is considered “very ill.”
Robert Trump has been admitted into a hospital in New York, but his condition has not yet been revealed, sources told ABC News.
His hospitalization was confirmed to the news outlet by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
President Trump – who is said to have a “very good relationship” with his brother – is expected give more details at a later time.
Earlier this year, Robert spent at least 10 days in a neurosciences intensive care unit (NSICU) at Mount Sinai hospital in New York.
TRUMP PRAISES WAR CODE HEROES
Donald Trump has today praised the Navajo Code Talkers who helped win the Second World War.
“Today, we honor the brave Native American/First Nations soldiers who served our Nation and played a vital role in America's victory in WWII,” he tweeted.
“The Navajo Code was never broken and saved untold American lives. Our country will be forever grateful. Happy Navajo Code Talkers Day!”
They provided a fast, secure and error-free line of communication by telephone and radio during the war in the Pacific.
The 29 initial recruits developed an unbreakable code, and they were successfully trained to transmit the code under intense conditions.
STARS TO PERFORM FOR BIDEN
John Legend, Billie Eilish, Common and Billy Porter are among the musical stars who will perform at next week's Democratic National Convention, officials revealed today.
The new names rounded out the schedule for the four-day event, which begins on Monday.
The largely virtual affair, where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be nominated as the party's presidential and vice presidential candidates, has been dramatically scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Democrats are still hoping a star-studded lineup of speakers and singers will recapture some of the festive air that the convention boasts in more typical years, when tens of thousands of the party faithful fill an arena.
The Chicks, the Texas band that recently changed its name from the Dixie Chicks amid a national reckoning on race, will also perform.
The party's leading lights – including former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton – will all speak in prime time.
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