US election live updates: Biden calls Trump climate ‘arsonist’

  • United States President Donald Trump heads to fire-ravaged California on Monday, as Democratic Candidate Joe Biden, in Delaware, calls him a “climate arsonist”.

  • Kamala Harris hosts virtual fundraisers with Hillary Clinton, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler

  • Mike Pence campaigns in Janesville, Wisconsin

  • Trump held his first indoor rally in three months on Sunday, prompting rebuke from Nevada governor
  • Monday marks 50 days until the November 3 vote.

    Monday, September 14

    14:00 ET – Biden calls Trump ‘climate arsonist’

    Biden has condemned Trump’s “climate denial” while calling him a “climate arsonist” moments before the president arrived in wildfire-ravaged California, where he’s set to meet with local and federal responders.

    “If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires? How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out? How many suburbs will have been blown away in superstorms?” Biden said.

    “If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze? If you give a climate denier 4 more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is under water?” said Biden, before detailing his plans to prioritise renewable energy.

    Democrats have said the West Coast fires are clearly related to Climate Change, while Trump has portrayed the blazes as the product of poor forest management.

    The poll found that 65 percent of Americans say maintaining law and order is a major problem in the US right now.  About 52 percent of those polled thought Joe Biden could maintain law and order if elected, while 48 percent said Trump could.

    Meanwhile, 61 percent of Americans polled said Trump’s handling has made matters worse.

    A poll released on September 4 by ABC News/Ipsos found that 55 percent of Americans believe Trump’s rhetoric on the protests has made the situation. Just 13 percent believed his comments made things better.

    13:15 ET – Impeachment witness Vindman: Trump is Putin’s ‘useful idiot’

    A key witness in the impeachment proceeding against Trump, former National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, has called Trump a “useful idiot” for Putin in a newly published interview.

    “President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin,” Vindman told the Atlantic Magazine, when asked if he thought Trump was an asset of Russian intelligence.

    When asked if Vindman, who retired from the military in July citing a retaliatory campaign against him, thought Russia was blackmailing Trump, he replied: “They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don’t have to use it.”

    “They have more effective and less risky ways to employ him. He has aspirations to be the kind of leader that Putin is, and so he admires him. He likes authoritarian strongmen who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he’ll try to please Putin,” he said.

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