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.
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.
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.
Obama shares moving tribute to Chadwick BosemanBarack Obama has joined the many high-profile figures to pay tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, after his death aged 43.The Black Panther star was revealed to have been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. He chose to keep his illness and treatment private.News of his death was announced in a statement posted from his social media accounts on Saturday 29 August.“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson,” Obama wrote.“You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.
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.
Trump tells Hurricane Laura emergency responders to sell his autograph on eBay for $10kPresident Donald Trump travelled to Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Saturday to inspect damage from Hurricane Laura and attend a briefing on the impact of the disaster and the federal response.After taking questions from reporters, the president began signing autographs for some of those in attendance, quipping that they could sell them on eBay that night for $10,000.After being asked to sign one autograph, Mr Trump sits down and calls over to a group of people near by, saying: "Come here fellas, get over here. I want a little power."Handing an autographed piece of paper to one local official he says: "Sell this on eBay tonight, you'll get $10,000." He tells another recipient that he is deliberately not putting his name on as it will be worth more without it.The visit came on the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and there was an unexpected parallel to the calamitous response of the George W Bush administration to that catastrophe.The president told FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor: “You’ve done a helluva job, Pete”, a remark reminiscent of President Bush telling the 2005 head of FEMA, Michael Brown: “Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job,” despite the dire situation that had unfolded in New Orleans.
Trump’s national security chief scales back briefings on election interferenceDonald Trump's director of national intelligence will no longer offer verbal briefings on the security of US elections, according to reports.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said that it will continue to provide written briefings to the House and Senate intelligence committees but will not guarantee in-person ones, CNN reported.An official said that John Ratcliffe the director of national intelligence, "is committed to meeting our statutory responsibilities and keeping Congress fully and currently informed".However, the move was met with alarm by Democrats and former members of the Obama administration.Adam Schiff, Democratic chairman of the House intelligence committee, tweeted: "The ODNI has cancelled all further briefings on foreign election interference. The Administration clearly does not want Congress or the country informed of what Russia is doing. The last DNI was fired for doing so, and the IC has now been fully brought to heel."
Jacob Blake no longer handcuffed to his hospital bedJacob Blake is no longer shackled to his hospital bed, as he had been following a police shooting in southeastern Wisconsin that left him paralysed, according to his attorneys.Mr Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back on Sunday by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey who was responding to a domestic abuse call.Since then protesters have rallied in Kenosha’s streets every night in demonstrations against police racism and brutality.It was revealed on Thursday that Mr Blake was handcuffed to his hospital bed in Milwaukee.His father told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was upset to learn of this given that his son is now paralysed and cannot go anywhere
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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