Donald Trump is talking again and that can only mean bad news.
During a press conference held in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday which was supposed to be about China and Hong Kong, the president spoke for more than an hour on all manner of subjects but mostly Joe Biden with some accusing him of turning the speech into a political rally.
Although this is not unprecedented in the White House it is unusual to see the president express such overt rhetoric in the grounds of the famous building leading broadcasters like CNN and MSNBC to cut their feeds after Trump began rambling about unofficial business.
Things didn't get off to a great start, as Trump attempted to wrestle a microphone.
Trump was due to talk about an executive order that he has signed which ended Hong Kong's favoured trading status thanks to a new Chinese law as well as new sanctions that have been handed to China because of their new Hong Kong policy.
Trump is just out here BSin' https://t.co/puKxmAys6U
However, it quickly became clear that whatever Trump was supposed to say on the issue was irrelevant, at least to him, as he began talking about different topics vaguely related to China such as Huawei, immigration, the World Trade Organisation and coronavirus.
Trump is ranting, hopping from topic to topic with no regard for coherence https://t.co/wwMOxtoSTf
Trump then quickly dropped any topic of China to talk about Biden blaming his opponent for not fixing roads and high speed broadband when he was vice president, accusing him and Barack Obama of allowing China to "pillage our factories and steal our secrets."
Trump is straight up delivering a campaign attack speech against Joe Biden from the White House https://t.co/HiHdwXFyKR
Trump then claims that Biden would have done a worse job on coronavirus, dragging up how poorly he and Obama did on swine flu and again complaining, for about the 5,000th time, that more testing creates more cases.
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Trump then turned his attention to his old foes, Mexico, who he claimed were not handling the pandemic very well and that his controversial border wall was "timely" as it stopped more infected people from getting in.
Imagine overseeing a coronavirus outbreak that has resulted in more than twice as many people in your country dying… https://t.co/HjM2pyG9CH
Trump was asked a few questions by the media, which is what is usually supposed to happen at press conferences. In one question he was asked if he was concerned about losing the election in November, to which he said he wasn't adding that he confident because he has seen a lot of 'signs' and because of what 'bikers' are doing.
Question: Do you see yourself losing in the fall?
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After just over an hour, Trump mercifully brought the press conference to an end by listing off many of the things that he and his administration plan to do, with coronavirus hardly being mentioned at all.
Trump abruptly ends the news conference after taking just a few questions, closing with a softball from ultra-sycop… https://t.co/VN8voxb8Nk
Given the president is struggling to get people to attend his actual campaign rallies, he now appears to be making journalists sit through them instead...
If that wasn't enough Trump then did an interview with CBS which was arguably worse than what had just happened in the Rose Garden. At one point he was asked if he believed systemic racism existed in the United States which he called a "terrible question" and claimed that more white people are killed by the police than Black people.
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