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White House aid backs Trump's claim 99% of Covid-19 cases are 'harmless' – video

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defended Donald Trump’s claim 99% of coronavirus cases are ‘totally harmless’. Appearing on Fox News, Meadows said there were facts and statements to back up the claims. ‘When you look at the deaths that we have, if you’re over 80 years of age or if you have three what they call comorbidities – diabetes, hypertension, heart issues – then you need to be very, very careful. Outside of that, the risks are extremely low.’ Meadows’ comments come as US death toll tops 130,000 following surge of coronavirus cases.

White House says US is 'a leader' in fighting coronavirus, despite rising infections – video

Kayleigh McEnany says the US has been a leader in the fight against Covid-19, despite rising infections across the country. Its infection tally is nearing 3m cases, while there have been 130,000 deaths. Speaking at a press briefing, the White House press secretary added: ‘No one wants to see anyone in this country contract coronavirus, which is why the administration has fought hard to make sure that’s not the case with our historic response effort’

Melania Trump's former aide to release 'explosive' memoir – report

Book by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former unpaid adviser to the first lady, will detail their 15-year friendship

A former senior aide to Melania Trump who helped oversee Donald Trump’s inauguration has written an “explosive” memoir detailing her 15-year friendship with the first lady, according to reports.

Related: Mary Trump’s book to be published early amid ‘extraordinary interest’

Trump official defends misleading claim 99% of coronavirus cases are 'harmless'

Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, spoke out as US death toll topped 130,000 following surge of new Covid-19 cases

A senior ally of Donald Trump has defended the US president’s dangerously misleading claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” and ruled out a national mask-wearing mandate.

Mary Trump's book to be published early amid 'extraordinary interest'

Tell-all book by Donald Trump’s niece will argue president suffered ‘child abuse’ in the early years of his life

A tell-all book by Donald Trump’s niece will be published two weeks ahead of schedule and will argue that the president suffered “child abuse” in the early years of his life.

Related: Bolton: Trump claim he wasn’t told of Russia bounty report is ‘not how system works’

Libertarian 2020 candidate appears on podcast tied to ‘boogaloo’ movement

Jo Jorgensen was quizzed by members of anti-government movement days after an adherent was arrested for allegedly murdering two law enforcement officers

Libertarian party presidential candidate, Jo Jorgensen, has appeared on a podcast associated with the anti-government “boogaloo” movement just days after an adherent of the movement was arrested for allegedly murdering two law enforcement officers.

Swing states may be up for grabs as Covid-19 hits Republican strongholds

As the devastation of the pandemic spreads across the country, states long considered to be reliably Republican appear increasingly up for grabs

Just two months ago, Donald Trump was warning against “bailouts” for Democratic-run states that were grappling with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Related: ‘We’ve got to do something’: Republican rebels come together to take on Trump

John Bolton says Trump's Russian bounty intelligence denial 'not how system works' – video

Former US national security advisor John Bolton says Donald Trump’s claim to not have been briefed over allegations Russia paid Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill coalition forces is ‘not the way the system works’. Speaking on Face the Nation after the release of his tell-all book, The Room Where It Happened , Bolton said the notion that only 100% verified information would reach the president would mean they would receive ‘almost nothing’.