Coronavirus US live: Trump urges reopening as death toll nears 100,000

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Some raw politics now: on Friday night Donald Trump told Alabamans not to trust Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Jeff Sessions for short, their former senator who became Trump’s first attorney general, recused himself from the Russia investigation, lost his boss’s support, clung on for more than a year in the face of presidential rage and humiliation, was finally fired and then decided to run for his old seat in Congress.

Unusually, Sessions snapped back at the president. More usually, he did so while still being supportive of Trump – because you have to be if you’re a Republican seeking election in Alabama, as Sessions’ infamous “hostage tape” campaign ad showed.

Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty and you’re damn fortunate I did. It protected the rule of law and resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don’t dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do.”

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Source: The Guardian
Coronavirus US live: Trump urges reopening as death toll nears 100,000