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Trump news – live: President branded ‘appalling’ for blaming coronavirus deaths on Democrat states

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday

Donald Trump has blamed Democratic-led states as the US approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths,  suggesting the country’s fatality numbers would be far lower “if you take the blue states out”. 

Virginia congressman Don Beyer was one of many to take umbrage at the president’s comment, tweeting: “This is quite simply one of the most appalling and inhuman statements ever uttered by an American President.” 

Giving a rambling press conference at the White House on Wednesday night, Mr Trump also criticised his director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr Robert Redfield, whom he called “confused” for suggesting a Covid-19 vaccine wouldn’t be delivered until late 2021, contradicting his own promises. 

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Gino Spocchia17 September 2020 08:29

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