Donald Trump latest news: President to seek THIRD term in office because 2016 campaign was ‘spied on' by Democrats

DONALD Trump has claimed he will seek a third term in office because his 2016 campaign was "spied on."

The US President made the statement at a rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Monday afternoon.

According to the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which was passed by Congress in 1947, a president is limited to being elected president two times for a total of eight years.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was elected for four times before the amendment was passed, is the only president to serve more than two terms.

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  • PARDON PROMISE

    Trump said he would pardon a “very, very important” person today, but added it would not be leaker Edward Snowden or former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    “Doing a pardon tomorrow on someone who is very, very important,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

    He declined to offer further details except to say it was not Flynn nor Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor now living in Russia who has been charged with leaking secret information.

    On Saturday, Trump said he was considering a pardon for Snowden, who gave a trove of secret files in 2013 to news organizations that disclosed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA.

    Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's then-ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

    The US Justice Department has sought to dismiss the case against Flynn following pressure from Trump and his allies.

    Last month, Trump used his presidential power to commute the sentence of longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

  • NEAR MISS

    US Air Force was nearly struck by a drone on Sunday as it descended near Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

    A reporter tweeted he saw an object that looked like a drone and said the modified Boeing 757 flew “right over a small object, remarkably close to the president's plane” as Trump returned to Washington from New Jersey.

    The 89th Airlift Wing said yesterday it “is aware of the report. The matter is under review.”

    The Air Force noted the plane landed safely without incident just before 6pm on Sunday.

    Any plane the president is flying on is designated as Air Force One

  • AWKWARD EXCHANGE

    Melania Trump was filmed appearing to refuse to hold Donald's hand as the couple stepped off Air Force One in a windy-Washington DC.

    While some Twitter users believe the footage shows the First Lady, 50, refusing to accept her husband's hand – others pointed out that she also appears to be trying to hold her dress down in the wind as she descends the steps of the plane in high heels.

    After failing to grab his wife's hand, the US President, 74, seems to make another attempt before placing his right hand on her lower back instead.

    One Twitter user wrote: “Melania tryna social distance her way into some divorce papers”

    Yet another said: “'Don't be ridiculous…she was navigating stairs in heels and a dress.

    “The wind was blowing and she was using one hand to hold the rail and the handbag to keep her skirt from flying up and showing everyone her bloomers.”

  • MICHELLE SPEAKS OUT

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama launched a blistering attack on Trump yesterday and urged Americans to elect Democrat Joe Biden in November.

    Speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Obama said Trump “has had enough time to prove that he can do the job” but had failed with the country reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil and racial injustice.

    She said: “Whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy.

    “He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.

    “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can and they will if we don’t make a change in this election.

    “If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

  • ARDERN SLAP DOWN

    New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern hit back at Trump's claim that her country is experiencing a “big surge” in COVID-19, calling the remarks “patently wrong”.

    Trump told a crowd in Minnesota that the Kiwis were in the grip of a “terrible” upsurge in cases, having previously beaten the disease.

    Thirteen new infections were confirmed in New Zealand today, taking the country’s total number of cases since the pandemic began to 1,293, with 22 deaths.

    This compares with the US tally of more than 5.2 million cases and 170,000 deaths.

    Ardern said there was no comparison between New Zealand’s handful of new cases a day and the “tens of thousands” reported in the United States.

    She said: “I think anyone who’s following COVID and its transmission globally will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands, and in fact does not compare to most countries in the world.

    “Obviously it’s patently wrong.”

  • THIRD TIME'S A CHARM

    President Donald Trump has claimed that he will seek a third term in office because his 2016 campaign was “spied on.”

    Trump made the statement at a rally in Wisconsin on Monday, despite presidents being limited to the number of terms they can serve.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was elected president four times before the amendment was passed, is the only president to serve more than two terms.

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  • REPUBLICANS SOUND OFF ON TRUMP AT DNC

    A group of Republicans urged Americans to vote against the “disappointing” and “disturbing” Republican President Donald Trump.

    Former Ohio Governor John Kasich didn't mention the president by name, but said, Trump is unlike all of our best leaders before him “who worked to unite us, to bridge our differences and lead us to a united America.”

    Former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman said for her, this election is about personality, not partisanship.

    While former Congresswoman Susan Molinari called Trump “disappointing” and “disturbing.”

    The fourth Republican was Quibi CEO Meg Whitman.

    She said the president “has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy.”

  • CUOMO BASHES TRUMP'S COVID-19 RESPONSE

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state “climbed the impossible mountain” and “went through hell” as it was a ground zero for COVID-19.

    Cuomo said NY found a way to bring the coronavirus under control by following scientific guidelines — an example that he claimed the Trump administration has refused to follow.

  • TRUMP REPEATS ELECTION FRAUD CLAIMS

    Donald Trump has repeated unfounded claims about the danger of voter fraud at this November's US election.

    Recent weeks have seen the president repeatedly claim – without evidence – that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to fraud.

    Mail-in ballot use is expected to be high this election because of the coronavirus pandemic, and critics say the claims are part of a deliberate attempt by Trump to lower turnout and improve his chances.

    Speaking at a rally in Wisconsin today, he said: “We have to win the election. We can't play games.

    “Get out and vote. Make sure your vote gets counted.

    “Because the only way we're going to lose this election is if the election is rigged. Remember that.”

  • TRUMP TO DELIVER CONVENTION SPEECH FROM WHITE HOUSE

    Donald Trump has confirmed he will deliver his speech to this year's GOP convention from the White House.

    The convention events of both parties ahead of November's election will take place largely online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Republican convention is set to take place between August 24 and 27.

    One day of the event will be held at North Carolina's Spectrum Center, while the remainder will be staged remotely from various locations.

    Speaking today at a rally in Wisconsin, Trump confirmed his speech would be delivered from the White House on the final day of the event, Thursday 27.

    There had previously been concerns that such a move would be in breach of the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of federal employees, including White House staff.

  • FORMER SENIOR TRUMP OFFICIAL ENDORSES BIDEN

    A former senior official in the Trump administration has endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency.

    Miles Taylor previously served for two and a half years as chief of staff to homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

    In a video message produced with campaign group Republicans against Trump, Taylor said his decision had been informed by what he had witnessed while serving under the president.

    “What we saw week in and week out, for me, after two and a half years in that administration, was terrifying,” he said.

    “I have to support Joe Biden for president.

    “Even though I am not a Democrat, even though I disagree on key issues, I’m confident that Joe Biden will protect the country and I’m confident that he won’t make the same mistakes as this President.”

  • TRUMP LANDS IN MINNESOTA

    Pictures show President Trump addressing supporters on the tarmac at Mankato Regional Airport in Minnesota this afternoon.

    The event comes as part of a scaled-back schedule of rallies ahead of this November's election.

    Trump came within 45,000 votes of carrying Minnesota and its ten electoral college votes at the 2016 election, but polls currently give rival Joe Biden a consistent lead in the state.

    After Minnesota, Trump will fly on to Wisconsin, another battleground state.

  • DONALD TRUMP JOINS TIKTOK RIVAL TRILLER

    Donald Trump has set up an account on social media platform and TikTok rival Triller.

    The move comes after threats by the president to ban TikTok over its links to the Chinese state and data privacy concerns.

    India already chose to ban the app earlier this year.

    Trump has said he intends to introduce a ban on the app unless TikTok agrees to sell its US operation.

    Triller was established in 2015 and so far has over 120million – a number given a significant boost following TikTok's India ban.

    The president gained around 11,000 followers within two days of setting up his account.

  • TRUMP AT 42 PERCENT APPROVAL RATING, SAYS GALLUP

    Donald Trump's job approval rating currently stands at 42 percent, the latest Gallup poll has found.

    The latest figures mark a slight improvement from a rating of 38 percent in June, but remains below his year-high of 49 percent.

    The president also scored lower than 50 percent on each of seven key issues surveyed in the poll.

    His highest-rated issue was the economy, on which he scored 48 percent approval, while his lowest-rated issue was his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, on which he scored 36 percent.

  • ROBERT TRUMP'S FUNERAL 'MAY BE AT WHITE HOUSE'

    Donald Trump has said the funeral service for his late brother may take place at the White House.

    Robert Trump died in a New York hospital aged 71 on Saturday, though his cause of death is not yet known.

    Speaking to reporters today, the president said: “We're looking at Friday.

    “We may do just a small service right here at the White House for my brother. We're looking at doing that.

    “That would be, I think, a great honor to him. I think he'd be greatly honored.

    “He loved our country, he loved our country so much. He was so proud.”

  • TRUMP PREPARES FOR MINNESOTA RALLY

    Donald Trump is preparing to appear at a campaign rally in the key swing state of Minnesota.

    The president is scheduled to speak to a socially-distanced crowd at the North Star Aviation flight school in Mankato at 2pm.

    The event comes as part of a scaled-back schedule of rallies ahead of this November's election.

    The Democratic National Convention will also get underway tonight, but will be an almost entirely virtual event.

    Trump came within 45,000 votes of carrying Minnesota and its ten electoral college votes at the 2016 election, but polls currently give rival Joe Biden a consistent lead in the state.

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  • TRUMP SAYS BIDEN IS AVOIDING THE MEDIA WHILE HE FACES THE 'FIRE'

    Donald Trump hit out at Joe Biden for 'hiding from the media' in his 'basement'.

    Speaking to Fox & Friends, he said: “We have a guy that doesn't come out of his basement and the media covers.

    “When they ask me questions, I have these people — there is fire coming out of their eyes. They're asking me questions. I said boy, how could you have so much hatred and we are having such success.”

    He claimed that reporters “throw bombs” at him every day, while Biden allegedly refuses to answer questions.

    Trump continued: “Somebody like Biden, he doesn't know what to do. He doesn't come out because he can't. He doesn't take any questions from reporters… this guy doesn't come out of his basement, and hasn't taken one question.”

  • TRUMP'S TEAM PLANS TO DRILL IN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

    Trump's administration announced plans to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for an oil and gas leasing program.

    Interior Secretary David Bernhardt revealed the plans today, saying a future lease on the federally-owned land will make the entire 1.5 million acre coastal plain available.

    Bernhardt said the announcement “marks a new chapter in American energy independence” and the drill could “create thousands of jobs.”

    Drilling in these areas of the Alaskan arctic has been an area of debate for years. In 2017, a law required the department to hold two lease sales in the refuge by 2024 – a date for those sales has not yet been set, according to Bernahrdt.

  • TRUMP: 'ELECTION WON’T BE FAIR IF MAIL VOTES ALLOWED'

    Donald Trump has suggested the election will not be “fair” if mail-in votes are allowed.

    He said: “I have to tell you, that if you go with this universal mail-in … tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs, dogs are getting them okay, people that have been dead for 25 years are getting them, you have to see what's happening. Then you're never going to have a fair election.”

  • TRUMP SALUTES ‘TREMENDOUS’ BROTHER

    Donald Trump opened up about the death of his “tremendous” younger brother today, who he described as his “best friend.”

    The President paid tribute to Robert Trump, 71, after being seen out and about with Melania and their son Baron for the first time since coronavirus hit five months ago.

  • KAMALA HARRIS OFFERS CONDOLENCES

    Kamala Harris tweeted her condolences to the President, saying: “Doug and I join the Biden family in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Trump family during this difficult time.

    “Losing a loved one is never easy but know that we are thinking of you.”

  • WHITE HOUSE PITCHES COMBO STIMULUS CHECKS AND POSTAL PLAN

    The White House has indicated that Donald Trump “will sign” a plan which includes USPS funding and $1,200 stimulus checks.

    House Democrats have lambasted the president's threat to withhold United States Postal Service funding, citing his war on mail-in voting.

    Trump has admitted he is deliberately blocking funding to the USPS to discourage mail-in voting this November.

    As a result, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered House lawmakers back to the capitol for a vote on stopping changes to the USPS.

    But White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows insisted that the president wasn't undercutting the postal service for his own gain.

    Speaking on CNN's “State of the Union,” Meadows said “if my Democrat friends are all upset about this, come back to Washington, DC.”

    “Let's go ahead and get a stimulus check out to Americans,” he said.

  • PELOSI ORDERS HOUSE BACK TO DC AMID POSTAL PANIC

    Nancy Pelosi has ordered House lawmakers back to Washington DC for a vote on stopping changes to the United States Postal Service.

    Pelosi revealed her decision in a letter to Democratic lawmakers on Sunday evening – with hopes to protect universal mail-in ballots for the upcoming presidential election.

    She requested her colleagues return from August recess to gather at a post office on Tuesday for a news event – despite House members not planning to return until September 14.

    “In a time of a pandemic, the Postal Service is Election Central,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.

    “Americans should not have to choose between their health and their vote.”

    Pelosi called on the House to come back in session this week to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Maloney’s ‘Delivering for America Act.”

  • 5,000 ‘DONALD TRUMP’ MDMA PILLS SEIZED IN GERMANY

    Police in Osnabrueck, Germany say they found the bright orange pills – with an estimated street value of £35,000 – while checking an Austrian-registered car on the A30 highway on Saturday.

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