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Trump news – President golfs as US passes six million coronavirus cases and unrest continues in Portland leaving one dead

Chaos in Portland as protests continue

One person has been shot and killed as a caravan of Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the streets of Portland, Oregon.

It comes as it was announced that the US president will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, amid outrage over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man who was shot in the back, leaving him paralysed.

Political observers on the Sunday morning talk shows see Trump as doubling down on his law and order message and that his presence both in person and online inflames tensions.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases has passed six million, with new hotspots emerging in the Midwest.

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One killed as Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clash in Portland, Oregon

One person was shot and killed in Portland, Oregon, late on Saturday, as a large caravan of Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the streets, police said. 

It was unclear if the shooting was linked to fights between a caravan of around 600 vehicles and protesters the city's downtown.

Police did not release any further details and were at the scene investigating late on Saturday.

"Portland Police officers heard sounds of gunfire from the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. They responded and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Medical responded and determined that the victim was deceased," the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement. 

Portland has been the site of nightly protests for more than three months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

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Public health experts express concern about lack of masks at Republican convention

Public health experts have expressed concerns about Donald Trump's largely mask-free, un-socially distanced Republican convention event on the White House lawn on Thursday, saying some of his 1,500 guests may have inadvertently brought and spread the coronavirus to others. 

"There almost certainly were individuals there who were infected with Covid-19 but don't know it," said Dr Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University..

"I worry about these individuals infecting one another and most certainly going back to their home," said Dr Wen, who previously served as Baltimore's health commissioner. 

Few in the audience wore masks when virtually all leading public health professionals, including the administration's, say face coverings play a big part in slowing virus transmission. 

Chairs were placed inches apart instead of the recommended 6 feet, leaving attendees little room to practice social distancing. 

Only those guests the White House expected to be in "close proximity" to Mr Trump and the vice president, Mike Pence, were to be tested for Covid-19.

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Trump to visit Kenosha amid Jacob Blake fury

Donald Trump will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, amid fury over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the back, which left the 29-year-old Black man paralysed. 

White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that the president will be meeting with law enforcement officers and "surveying" some of the damage from recent protests that turned destructive. 

The visit will likely exacerbate tensions in the city, where a crowd of around 1,000 demonstrators gathered outside a courthouse on Saturday to denounce police violence.

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Trump administration stops election security briefings, drawing criticism from Democrats

The United States' top intelligence office has said it will end in-person briefings on election security because it is worried about potential leaks, officials said on Saturday.

The move was criticised by Democrats who have focused on foreign efforts to sway the presidential election in 2016 and again this year.

Donald Trump's new director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, notified the House and Senate intelligence panels on Friday that the office would send written reports instead, giving politicians less opportunity to press for details as the 3 November election approaches.

"This is a shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility to keep the Congress currently informed, and a betrayal of the public's right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement on Saturday.

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Trump lashes out at 'unstable' niece whose book revealed family secrets

Donald Trump has angrily hit out at his niece Mary, weeks after she published a book providing a devastating portrait of the president as a psychologically-damaged liar and cheat, Phil Thomas reports.

Mary Trump's book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, refers to her uncle as a "monster" who was bullied by his own father, who paid a classmate to take his exams for him, and who never recovered from being humiliated as a child.

On Saturday morning, while flying to Louisiana to inspect damage caused by Hurricane Laura, the president tweeted: "About the only way a person is able to write a book on me is if they agree that it will contain as much bad "stuff" as possible, much of which is lies. It's like getting a job with CNN or MSDNC and saying that "President Trump is great." You have ZERO chance. FAKE NEWS!"

"Even whether it's dumb warmongers like John Bolton, social pretenders like Bob Woodward, who never has anything good to say, or an unstable niece, who was now rightfully shunned, scorned and mocked her entire life, and never even liked by her own very kind & caring grandfather!"

The vicious broadside against his niece appears to tally with behaviours attributed to the president by Ms Trump, a clinical psychologist. She claims that he has never recovered from the humiliation of having mashed potatoes dumped on his head by his older brother as a child.

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