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Donald Trump offers helicopter rides to ‘beautiful’ children at Florida campaign rally

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It wouldn’t be the first time that GOP presidential candidate and real estate billionaire Donald Trump has hoisted children into his personal helicopter for rides at political rallies.

But on Saturday, Trump made it clear he didn’t want just any children. They had to be “beautiful children,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. The reality show star was holding a rally in Sarasota, Florida, and made his entrance from the chopper bearing his last name.

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According to Times political editor, Adam C. Smith, Trump asked someone to find him six or seven beautiful children to take a spin in the aircraft. Trump said 6,000 people were present though Smith put the number at 2,000.

Regardless of what the correct number was, Trump said if it were a rally for any other candidate, there would only be “50, 75 people. They’re going to fall asleep, go home.”

Props for the event included an elephant that had the words “TRUMP Make America great again” painted on its side. According to Gawker, the elephant’s owner has been arrested for animal cruelty.

During the rally, Trump addressed recent controversies surrounding his comments, including claims refuted by law enforcement that New Jersey Muslims celebrated when the World Trade Center towers fell on September 11, 2001. He also denied he made fun of a New York Times reporter with a physical disability.

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After multiple incidents of violence at his political rallies, Trump had a heckler removed from the event “nicely.”

“Be nice to the person. Don’t hurt the person,” he said, according to Reuters. “Do you see how diplomatic I’ve become?”

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Trump goes into full attack against another American company — Ford motors

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President Donald Trump went off on another Twitter rant Wednesday, taking aim at another American company.

"Henry Ford would be very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well, because execs don’t want to fight California regulators. Car companies should know that when this Administration’s alternative is no longer available, California will squeeze them to a point of business ruin. Only reason California is now talking to them is because the Feds are giving a far better alternative, which is much better for consumers!" Trump tweeted.

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Rudy Giuliani sneaked off to meet Ukrainian officials in Madrid about Biden conspiracy theories: report

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani secretly traveled to Madrid in recent weeks to meet with a top aide of new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to go fishing for dirt on Democrats.

One of the key focuses of Giuliani's phone calls and in-person meetings was to try to dig up evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden acted improperly to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating an energy company his son was invested in — which has been broadly discredited as conspiracy theories. He also tried to hunt for proof that Ukrainian officials colluded with Democrats to hurt Trump's campaign in 2016, a claim which is not supported by evidence.

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At least eight prison officials knew Epstein wasn’t supposed to be left alone — but they did it anyway: report

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that at least eight staffers at the Bureau of Prisons were aware that arrested hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein could be a risk to himself if left unsupervised — raising further questions about why exactly guards left him to his own devices on the night that he allegedly hanged himself.

Investigators reportedly believe that at least some of these officials were aware that he had been left alone. It is unclear why nobody intervened, and the Justice Department is continuing with its investigation. Attorney General William Barr recently ordered the removal of the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons.

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