Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
“This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses,” HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. “Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster.”
On Friday night, Trump held an event at his private, members-only golf course with members of the New York City Police Benevolent Association.
Here are some of the images and videos from the event:
Setting up at President Trump’s Bedminster golf club where he is hosting a gathering of NY police union members, virtually none of whom wear masks.
Flanking the stage are “COPS for Trump” and the “thin blue line” symbol flag. pic.twitter.com/CGrorOHHQp
— Sebastian Smith (@SebastianAFP) August 14, 2020
Trump’s here at Bedminster, his New Jersey golf club. He’ll give an outdoor address to some NYC police. “Cops for Trump” signage, waiters circulating with hors d'oeuvres, and the campaign soundtrack — “Tiny Dancer,” etc — on the loudspeakers. pic.twitter.com/XrQTekiYLM
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 14, 2020
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 14, 2020
When I researched data on whether the protests led to new coronavirus cases one of the only situations I saw was a 25% spike in cases among LAPD officers, many of whom policed demonstrations unmasked. https://t.co/SMl1lG7swz
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 14, 2020
Tonight at Bedminster. Not a rally but it has that feel on a much smaller scale. Trump hats being passed out. Mask wearing is hit and miss. Outdoors but an estimated 300 in attendance in close quarters. Watch: pic.twitter.com/cUb48tba6b
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 14, 2020
Trump calls on Biden to drop out over Hunter allegations his own Senate allies failed to prove
On Thursday, in a radio interview, President Donald Trump once again promoted unsubstantiated corruption allegations about Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine — and urged Joe Biden to "leave the campaign" because he "was in on it."
Trump's remarks come just after his allies in the Senate, led by Homeland Security chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI), released the results of a highly partisan investigation into the Hunter Biden allegations. That report claimed the business dealings were "problematic" but failed to find any evidence that they influenced U.S. foreign policy.
Massive movement of former top military, State Dept, and national security officials – many Republicans – endorse Joe Biden
Hundreds of former top U.S. military, State Dept., and national security officials, including many Republicans, are signing letters endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for President. Each letter includes direct or implicit rebukes of President Donald Trump, his policies, actions, and remarks.
The endorsements include 75 former Republican national security officials; more than 200 retired generals and admirals; and nearly 500 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials.
"We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We love our country. Unfortunately, we also fear for it," reads the letter from 489 generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors, and senior civilian national security leaders.
Foreign hackers cripple Texas county’s email system with a simple malware attack
Last week, voters and election administrators who emailed Leanne Jackson, the clerk of rural Hamilton County in central Texas, received bureaucratic-looking replies. “Re: official precinct results,” one subject line read. The text supplied passwords for an attached file.
But Jackson didn’t send the messages. Instead, they came from Sri Lankan and Congolese email addresses, and they cleverly hid malicious software inside a Microsoft Word attachment. By the time Jackson learned about the forgery, it was too late. Hackers continued to fire off look-alike replies. Jackson’s three-person office, already grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, ground to a near standstill.