Trump news – live: Republicans hesitate to condemn Trump for meeting Kanye West and Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago

Leading Republicans have declined to criticize Donald Trump directly after he confirmed meeting at Mar-a-Lago with antisemitic rapper Kanye West, aka Ye, and his associate Nick Fuentes, one of the US’s most notorious white supremacist activists.

The former president has sharply criticised Mr West and ramped up his efforts to distance himself from their recent meeting, in which the disgraced artist apparently told Mr Trump he was running for president in 2024.

Mr Trump issued a statement via Truth Social calling the rapper a “seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black” and once again denied knowing Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist and racist who latched on to Mr West amid his increasingly erratic spiral into hate speech and the utter destruction of his musical career.

Meanwhile, Ye has continued to spread his version of the dinner, claiming that Donald Trump shouted at him in response to a proposal that the former president join Mr West as running mate.

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Trump keeps up AZ election disinformation despite lack of interest

12:57 , Andrew Naughtie

Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who valuted herself into Donald Trump’s good graces by becoming one of her party’s most insistent 2020 election deniers, is still insisting her election was stolen from her by allies of Democratic winner Katie Hobbs – and she has support in this false claim from Mr Trump himself, who is demanding Ms Lake be installed as governor immediately.

There is no evidence the election was stolen, and Ms Lake in fact underperformed other Republicans who were less belligerent in their defence of Mr Trump’s untruths about 2020. More to the point, while Ms Lake has her hardcore supporters, her attempt to rally a movement behind her effort to overturn the election shows little sign of gathering steam.

Ye ‘24 campaign manager: Trump sucking up to “Jewish powers"

12:30 , Andrew Naughtie

Along with Nick Fuentes, Kanye West was accompanied to Florida last week by Milo Yiannopoulos, the professional right-wing troll who appears to be serving as his main (or only) campaign aide. Having been largely marginalised in the semi-mainstream right after appearing to condone sex between men and young boys, his return as a Ye aide is unlikely to be widely welcomed – and nor is a raving antisemitic statement he shared on far-right social media platform Gab:

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Brewing dissent in the GOP ranks?

12:00 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump isn’t the only Republican leader in hot water after the party’s embarrassing midterm performance. Ronna McDaniel, longtime chair of the RNC and a strong Trump ally, is up for re-election to the party’s most senior formal role – and one of the GOP’s many potential post-Trump leaders is declining to defend her, instead suggesting only a change of leadership can break the Republicans’ losing streak:

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ICYMI: Trump calls Kanye West ‘seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black’ amid fallout over dinner

11:30 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump sharply criticised rapper Kanye West and ramped up his efforts to distance himself from a recent meeting between the two as the fallout over Mr Trump’s association with Mr West’s campaign advisers continues.

Mr Trump issued a statement via Truth Social calling the rapper a “seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black” and once again denied knowing Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist and racist who latched on to Mr West amid his increasingly erratic spiral into hate speech and the utter destruction of his musical career.

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Trump calls Kanye West ‘seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black’

ICYMI: Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye West

11:00 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump is fending off critics on all sides after a deeply controversial meeting with rapper Kanye West, also known as Ye.

The former president is taking fire from all sides over the meeting, partly over Mr West’s recent anti-Jewish rhetoric but mostly due to the attendace of Nick Fuentes, a leader of America’s white nationalist “groyper” movement. Mr Fuentes is an avowed racist who has, among other caustic beliefs, expressed doubt about the Holocaust and supported the concept of segregation in the south, calling the civil rights movement a mistake.

Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye

Georgia Senate runoff campaign grows bitter in closing days

10:30 , Bill Barrow

Ads with the candidates’ ex-wives. Cries of “liar” flying in both directions. Stories of a squalid apartment building and abortions under pressure. Questioning an opponent’s independence. His intellect. His mental stability. His religious faith.

The extended Senate campaign in Georgia between the Democratic incumbent, Raphael Warnock, and his Republican challenger, football legend Herschel Walker, has grown increasingly bitter as their Dec. 6 runoff nears. With Democrats already assured a Senate majority, it’s a striking contrast from two years ago, when the state’s twin runoffs were mostly about which party would control the chamber in Washington.

Ga. Senate runoff between Warnock, Walker has bitter closing

E Jean Carroll files new rape lawsuit against Trump under New York’s Adult Survivors Act

10:00 , Andrew Naughtie

Author E Jean Carroll has filed a new lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping her in the late 1990s, availing herself of a new state law that allows sexual abuse survivors the chance to file a claim after the statute of limitations has expired.

Ms Carroll is already suing Mr Trump for defamation over his previous claims that she is lying about her allegation, but her new case points to subsequent accusations he levelled more recently in social media posts calling her a “con job”.

The former president has long denied all the allegations against him, and has fought for years to stop Ms Carroll’s case being heard in court.

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Trump prefers company of sycophants and has no friends, Mar-a-Lago member says

09:30 , Andrew Feinberg

A billionaire member of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club says the twice-impeached ex-president’s life in Florida is filled with sycophants and hangers-on but lacking in any actual friendships.

Mr Trump decamped to Florida after leaving the White House in January 2021 despite having spent nearly his entire life in New York City, where his family’s real estate and licensing business empire has been based for decades. He switched his primary residence to the Sunshine State in a fit of pique over investigations into his business practices by a series of New York law enforcement agencies and has made his home at Mar-a-Lago an integral part of his political life as he looks to return to the White House.

But one member of the ex-president’s club, Jeff Greene, told the Financial Times Mr Trump’s life there appears to consist mostly of encounters with people he keeps around to shower him with praise.

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Donald Trump prefers company of sycophants and has no friends, Mar-a-Lago member says

ICYMI: Trump adviser says Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes was a ‘f***ing nightmare’

09:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

A Donald Trump adviser has reportedly described his Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes as a “f***ing nightmare”.

Mr Trump has attempted to distance himself from Mr Fuentes after the controversial dinner was first reported by Axios, claiming he had no idea who the Holocaust-denying far-right extremist was.

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Trump adviser says dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes was a ‘f***ing nightmare’

‘Awful lack of judgment’: Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye West

08:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Donald Trump is fending off critics on all sides after a deeply controversial meeting with rapper Kanye West, also known as Ye.

The former president is taking fire from all sides over the meeting, partly over Mr West’s recent anti-Jewish rhetoric but mostly due to the attendace of Nick Fuentes, a leader of America’s white nationalist “groyper” movement. Mr Fuentes is an avowed racist who has, among other caustic beliefs, expressed doubt about the Holocaust and supported the concept of segregation in the south, calling the civil rights movement a mistake.

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Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye

Joe Biden gives blunt response when quizzed on Trump meeting Nick Fuentes

08:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Joe Biden made his stance clear when he was questioned on his thoughts about Nick Fuentes, following news of an intimate dinner between the white supremacist and Donald Trump.

He was walking to his car out on a shopping trip in Nantucket, when reporters ambushed him to make a comment about Trump apparently ‘not knowing’ anything about the far-right activist.

“You don’t want to hear what I think”, the president responded, with a smirk on his face.

Joe Biden gives blunt response when quizzed on Trump meeting Nick Fuentes

Eric Trump claims draft-dodging father ‘fought for this country’

07:30 , Andrew Feinberg

Donald Trump’s middle son Eric Trump has claimed that the ex-president, who escaped service in the Vietnam War after a doctor claimed he suffered from bone spurs, somehow “fought” for the US despite never spending a single day in uniform.

The Trump Organization executive made the outrageous claim in a video posted to social media by attorney Ron Fillipowski.

Eric Trump tells an interviewer who is shown speaking to him remotely: “My father fought for this country. Tom Brady always fought and played for his team.”

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Eric Trump claims draft-dodging father ‘fought for this country’

Another controversy for Donald Trump that voters will struggle to shrug off

07:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Recent polling suggests a significant number of Americans think the former president’s decision to make another run for the White House is a bad idea, writes Chris Stevenson

Analysis: Another controversy for Donald Trump that voters will struggle to shrug off

Joe Biden gives blunt response when quizzed on Trump meeting Nick Fuentes

06:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Joe Biden made his stance clear when he was questioned on his thoughts about Nick Fuentes, following news of an intimate dinner between the white supremacist and Donald Trump.

He was walking to his car out on a shopping trip in Nantucket, when reporters ambushed him to make a comment about Trump apparently ‘not knowing’ anything about the far-right activist.

Steve Bannon brands Kanye West and Nick Fuentes visiting Mar-a-Lago a ‘trolling operation’

06:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Steve Bannon has called out Kanye West and Nick Fuentes for meeting with Donald Trump to make him look “irrelevant” and “not focused” on his presidential campaign.

Trump was criticised for having dinner with West, who has been slammed for recent antisemitic comments, and white supremist Fuentes - but claims he knew ‘nothing about’ him.

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Steve Bannon brands Kanye West visiting Mar-a-Lago a ‘trolling operation’

Trump calls Kanye West ‘seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black’ amid fallout over dinner

05:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Donald Trump sharply criticised rapper Kanye West and ramped up his efforts to distance himself from a recent meeting between the two as the fallout over Mr Trump’s association with Mr West’s campaign advisers continues.

Mr Trump issued a statement via Truth Social calling the rapper a “seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black” and once again denied knowing Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist and racist who latched on to Mr West amid his increasingly erratic spiral into hate speech and the utter destruction of his musical career.

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Trump calls Kanye West ‘seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black’

John Bolton says Trump’s act is ‘old and tired’ while predicting GOP will turn to DeSantis in 2024

05:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton blistered Donald Trump as a has-been and political albatross around the neck of the GOP in a new interview about his former boss’s electoral prospects for 2024.

Mr Trump announced his campaign for president earlier this month, days after the bulk of the midterm elections concluded, and it was clear that a fixation on the 2020 election conspiracies that he espouses hurt GOP candidates in key elections around the country.

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Bolton says Trump’s act is ‘old and tired’ while predicting GOP will turn to DeSantis

‘Awful lack of judgment’: Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye West

04:38 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Donald Trump is fending off critics on all sides after a deeply controversial meeting with rapper Kanye West, also known as Ye.

The former president is taking fire from all sides over the meeting, partly over Mr West’s recent anti-Jewish rhetoric but mostly due to the attendace of Nick Fuentes, a leader of America’s white nationalist “groyper” movement. Mr Fuentes is an avowed racist who has, among other caustic beliefs, expressed doubt about the Holocaust and supported the concept of segregation in the south, calling the civil rights movement a mistake.

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Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye

Trump once again does his two-step with white supremacists

04:00 , Eric Garcia

On Friday, former president Donald Trump denied knowing who white supremacist and antisemite Nick Fuentes was after Axios reported that he dined with the noted racist and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.

“This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.”

Of course, Mr Fuentes has been a prominent figure for years. In the days after the 2020 presidential election, he led the “Million MAGA March,” calling it “MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE.”

The former president’s words were familiar to anyone who has paid attention to how he has denied any knowledge about white supremacist and extremist groups. His campaign announcement where he called immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border as drug dealers, criminals and rapists emboldened numerous white nationalists, antisemites and other extremist groups like the Proud Boys.

Trump once again does his two-step with white supremacists

Incoming Republican Oversight chairman vows dozens of investigations into Biden and his administration

03:50 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The incoming chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee promised a slew of investigations into Joe Biden, his family and his administration on Sunday.

Speaking with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Congressman James Comer predicted that his committee would launch “40 to 50” separate probes after Republicans take power and control of the House’s various committee’s in January.

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Incoming Republican Oversight chairman vows dozens of investigations into Biden

Trump adviser says Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes was a ‘f***ing nightmare’

02:00 , Bevan Hurley

A Donald Trump adviser has reportedly described his Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes as a “f***ing nightmare”.

Mr Trump has attempted to distance himself from Mr Fuentes after the controversial dinner was first reported by Axios, claiming he had no idea who the Holocaust-denying far-right extremist was.

In several posts to Truth Social describing the Tuesday night dinner, Mr Trump said West showed up with three friends “whom I knew nothing about”.

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Trump adviser says dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes was a ‘f***ing nightmare’

Steve Bannon brands Kanye West and Nick Fuentes visiting Mar-a-Lago a ‘trolling operation’

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Steve Bannon has called out Kanye West and Nick Fuentes for meeting with Donald Trump to make him look “irrelevant” and “not focused” on his presidential campaign.

‘Awful lack of judgment’: Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye West

Sunday 27 November 2022 20:42 , John Bowden

Donald Trump is fending off critics on all sides after a deeply controversial meeting with rapper Kanye West, also known as Ye.

The former president is taking fire from all sides over the meeting, partly over Mr West’s recent anti-Jewish rhetoric but mostly due to the attendace of Nick Fuentes, a leader of America’s white nationalist “groyper” movement. Mr Fuentes is an avowed racist who has, among other caustic beliefs, expressed doubt about the Holocaust and supported the concept of segregation in the south, calling the civil rights movement a mistake.

The meeting took place at Mr Trump’s residence in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, where he now spends much of his time. The residence was recently the site of his 2024 campaign launch, a muted affair that was avoided by his own daughter and former White House adviser, Ivanka Trump.

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Republicans hammer Trump over dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye

John Bolton says Trump’s act is ‘old and tired’ while predicting GOP will turn to DeSantis in 2024

Sunday 27 November 2022 17:08 , John Bowden

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton blistered Donald Trump as a has-been and political albatross around the neck of the GOP in a new interview about his former boss’s electoral prospects for 2024.

Mr Trump announced his campaign for president earlier this month, days after the bulk of the midterm elections concluded, and it was clear that a fixation on the 2020 election conspiracies that he espouses hurt GOP candidates in key elections around the country.

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Bolton says Trump’s act is ‘old and tired’ while predicting GOP will turn to DeSantis

Mike Pompeo decries antisemitism – but doesn’t call out Trump

Sunday 27 November 2022 16:03

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Trump calls Kanye West ‘seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black’ amid fallout over dinner

Sunday 27 November 2022 14:58 , John Bowden

Donald Trump sharply criticised rapper Kanye West and ramped up his efforts to distance himself from a recent meeting between the two as the fallout over Mr Trump’s association with Mr West’s campaign advisers continues.

Mr Trump issued a statement via Truth Social calling the rapper a “seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black” and once again denied knowing Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist and racist who latched on to Mr West amid his increasingly erratic spiral into hate speech and the utter destruction of his musical career.

“So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed “advice.” He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years,” claimed the former president.

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Trump calls Kanye West ‘seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black’

Trump’s ambassador to Israel on dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes: ‘Throw those bums out’

Sunday 27 November 2022 13:14 , David Taintor

David M Friedman, ambassador to Israel in the Trump administration, has urged the former president to “throw those bums out”, with regard to Mr Trump’s dinner with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.

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Trump adviser says Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes was a ‘f***ing nightmare’

Saturday 26 November 2022 20:44 , Bevan Hurley

A Donald Trump adviser has reportedly described his Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes as a “f***ing nightmare”.

Mr Trump has attempted to distance himself from Mr Fuentes after the controversial dinner was first reported by Axios, claiming he had no idea who the Holocaust-denying far-right extremist was.

In several posts to Truth Social describing the Tuesday night dinner, Mr Trump said West showed up with three friends “whom I knew nothing about”.

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Ivanka and Jared take in the World Cup

Saturday 26 November 2022 16:24

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Elon Musk reiterates support for Ron DeSantis

Saturday 26 November 2022 14:36 , David Taintor

Asked whether he would support Republican Ron DeSantis for president in 2024, Elon Musk replied: “Yes”.

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Mr Musk’s tweet reiterates the tech mogul’s support for the Florida governor, after Mr Musk said back in June that he would support Mr DeSantis if the Republican does run for president in the next cycle.

California governor Newsom says he won’t challenge Biden in 2024

Saturday 26 November 2022 13:56 , David Taintor

California governor Gavin Newsom, a potential 2024 Democratic contender, has told the White House that he would not challenge Joe Biden for the presidency if the sitting president runs for reelection.

“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” Mr Newsom told Politico of his signalling to the current administration.

Trump-backed Arizona candidate still won’t conceded

Saturday 26 November 2022 13:00 , Josh Marcus

Arizona’s outgoing Republican Governor Doug Ducey congratulated Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her victory despite the fact that Republican nominee Kari Lake refused to concede.

Mr Ducey, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, had endorsed Ms Lake’s opponent Karrin Taylor Robson in the gubernatorial primary, before later endorsing Ms Lake in the general election.

But he congratulated Ms Hobbs, the current secretary of state, on her victory.

“All of us have waited patiently for the democratic process to play out,” he said. “The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their decision.”

Eric Garcia has the details.

Outgoing Arizona governor congratulates Katie Hobbs– as Kari Lake refuses to concede

The most direct criminal lawsuit yet against Donald Trump

Saturday 26 November 2022 12:00 , Josh Marcus

Author E Jean Carroll has filed a new lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping her in the late 1990s, availing herself of a new state law that allows sexual abuse survivors the chance to file a claim after the statute of limitations has expired.

Ms Carroll is already suing Mr Trump for defamation over his previous claims that she is lying about her allegation, but her new case points to subsequent accusations he levelled more recently in social media posts calling her a “con job”.

The former president has long denied all the allegations against him, and has fought for years to stop Ms Carroll’s case being heard in court.

Ms Carroll claims Mr Trump raped her when the two met in Bergdorf Goodman on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, where she alleges he pushed her against a wall, pulled her tights down and forced himself on her.

Andrew Naughtie reporting.

Donald Trump has a very aggressive Thanksgiving message

Saturday 26 November 2022 11:00 , Josh Marcus

Former president Donald Trump launched a Thanksgiving rant on social media and lashed out at one of the prosecutors investigating allegations of misconduct, including tax fraud.

“The Manhattan DA Case should never have been brought,” the 45th president posted on Truth Social on Thursday, adding that it was a “total witch hunt”.

Mr Trump rued: “The DA’s ‘Star’ witness, who has been harassed and brutalised, and is scared beyond belief, has nevertheless totally confirmed our story and defence.”

“This case should be dismissed immediately, and the large, highly paid and ‘prestigious’ accounting firm that we relied on to do their job, but didn’t, should pay us a fortune in damages,” Mr Trump added, attacking the Mazars Group, which used to handle the accounting for his organisation.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has the details.

Trump posts angry Thanksgiving message: ‘Give me freedom or give me death’

Pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell begs Elon Musk to contact him as he remains banned from Twitter

Saturday 26 November 2022 10:00 , Josh Marcus

Pillow vendor and 2020 conspiracy mogul Mike Lindell publicly appealed to Elon Musk this week for his Twitter account to be reinstated.

The MyPillow CEO was banned from the platform earlier this year after he created a second account to evade a temporary ban handed down by the platform’s moderators, who had flagged his account for spreading misinformation about the 2020 election.

In a broadcast as part of his “Lindell TV” programme on a right-wing streaming site, he called on Mr Musk to make contact with him and claimed that the billionaire Tesla founder was ignoring him.

“Why don’t you call me up or get ahold of me? I’ve tried to get a hold of you many, many times now,” claims Mr Lindell in the clip. “I was banned from twitter because I had the evidence to save this country and overturn an election.”

Read John Bowden’s full story from Washington.

Conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell begs Elon Musk to call him and reverse Twitter ban

Trump was ‘impressed’ with Holocaust denier dinner guest, Kanye claims

Saturday 26 November 2022 09:00 , Josh Marcus

Kanye West has said Donald Trump is really impressed with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, following his visit to meet the one-time president at his Mar-a-Lago residence.

The rapper, who has legally changed his name to Ye, made the comments in a two-minute campaign-style teaser video on Twitter.

Ye began by saying the former president was perturbed about being asked to be his running mate in the 2024 presidential elections.

“The thing that Trump was most perturbed about [is] me asking him to be my vice president,” Ye said in the video, titled “Mar-a-Lago debrief”.

“I think that was, like, lower on the list of things that caught him off guard,” the rapper said.

Shweta Sharma has more.

Kanye West says Trump is ‘really impressed’ with white supremacist Nick Fuentes

Elon Musk is starting to sound like Donald Trump on Twitter

Saturday 26 November 2022 08:01 , Josh Marcus

Elon Musk revealed that he believes Twitter should release the chat logs regarding their decision to restrict sharing a story from The New York Post on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

On Wednesday, Mr Musk responded to a tweet from the account @alx asking for the new owner of Twitter to look into the company’s decision to not allow people to tweet The Post’s story.

“Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency,” @ALX tweeted.

Mr Musk responded shortly thereafer in kind: “This is necessary to restore public trust.”

Elon Musk says Twitter should release logs on censoring Hunter Biden laptop story

What really happened at Trump and Ye’s Mar-a-Lago dinner?

Saturday 26 November 2022 07:00 , Josh Marcus

Kanye West has claimed that Donald Trump flew into a rage over the rapper’s plans to run for president in 2024 as they had dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

West, who legally changed his name to Ye, described the chaotic exchange in a two-minute campaign-style teaser video posted to Twitter on Thursday evening, two days after his visit to Trump’s home in Florida.

The rapper had previously said that he’d used the occasion to ask Mr Trump to be his running mate in 2024. According to West’s video, Mr Trump unsurprisingly does not want him to run at all.

“When Trump started basically screaming at the table telling me I was gonna lose, I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history? I’m like, ‘wait, hold on Trump, you’re talking to Ye,’” he said laughing.

Shweta Sharma and Megan Sheets have the story.

Kanye West says Trump screamed at him over 2024 presidential run at Mar-a-Lago dinner

Trump keeps cozying up to white supremacists. Why?

Saturday 26 November 2022 06:00 , Josh Marcus

On Friday, former president Donald Trump denied knowing who white supremacist and antisemite Nick Fuentes was after Axios reported that he dined with the noted racist and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.

“This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.”

Of course, Mr Fuentes has been a prominent figure for years. In the days after the 2020 presidential election, he led the “Million MAGA March,” calling it “MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE.”

The former president’s words were familiar to anyone who has paid attention to how he has denied any knowledge about white supremacist and extremist groups. His campaign announcement where he called immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border as drug dealers, criminals and rapists emboldened numerous white nationalists, antisemites and other extremist groups like the Proud Boys.

Eric Garcia has this analysis.

Trump once again does his two-step with white supremacists

Is Trump only surrounded by yes men?

Saturday 26 November 2022 05:00 , Josh Marcus

A billionaire member of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club says the twice-impeached ex-president’s life in Florida is filled with sycophants and hangers-on but lacking in any actual friendships.

Mr Trump decamped to Florida after leaving the White House in January 2021 despite having spent nearly his entire life in New York City, where his family’s real estate and licensing business empire has been based for decades. He switched his primary residence to the Sunshine State in a fit of pique over investigations into his business practices by a series of New York law enforcement agencies and has made his home at Mar-a-Lago an integral part of his political life as he looks to return to the White House.

But one member of the ex-president’s club, Jeff Greene, told the Financial Times Mr Trump’s life there appears to consist mostly of encounters with people he keeps around to shower him with praise.

“It’s all transactional. They want to be around him because he’s the ex-president,” Mr Greene said. “He likes people to defer to him … and tell him how good he is.”

Read Andrew Feinberg’s full story.

Donald Trump prefers company of sycophants and has no friends, Mar-a-Lago member says

Eric Trump tries to skirt Donald Trump draft-dodging allegations

Saturday 26 November 2022 04:00 , Josh Marcus

Donald Trump’s middle son Eric Trump has claimed that the ex-president, who escaped service in the Vietnam War after a doctor claimed he suffered from bone spurs, somehow “fought” for the US despite never spending a single day in uniform.

The Trump Organization executive made the outrageous claim in a video posted to social media by attorney Ron Fillipowski.

Eric Trump tells an interviewer who is shown speaking to him remotely: “My father fought for this country. Tom Brady always fought and played for his team.”

Continuing, Mr Trump adds that his father is “playing for Team America”.

Andrew Feinberg reporting.

Eric Trump claims draft-dodging father ‘fought for this country’

Trump claims ignorance that he was meeting with Holocaust denier at Mar-a-Lago

Saturday 26 November 2022 03:00 , Josh Marcus

Former president Donald Trump said he “knew nothing” about white supremacist Nick Fuentes before he and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, dined together at Mar-a-Lago.

The former president made a statement on his networking platform Truth Social after Axios reported that Mr Fuentes and Ye dined with Mr Trump at his Palm Beach, Florida estate.

“This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.”

In a second statement on Friday, Mr Trump further described the meeting, writing on Truth Social that Ye approached him “for advice concerning some of his difficulties, in particular having to do with his business.”

Eric Garcia has the full story.

Trump says he ‘knew nothing about’ antisemite Nick Fuentes before Mar-a-Lago event

Republicans blast Trump meeting with antisemites

Saturday 26 November 2022 02:00 , Josh Marcus

Republican Jewish leaders are condemning the rapper Ye for working with white supremacist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes on a 2024 presidential campaign, but declined to call out Donald Trump, who met with both men on Tuesday at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

“We strongly condemn the virulent antisemitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and call on all political leaders to reject their messages of hate and refuse to meet with them,” the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) told Axios in a statement.

The Department of Justice has described Mr Fuentes as a “white supremacist,” and the right-wing media host has denied the Holocaust, urged the GOP to focus on “Jewish control” of society, and believes there’s a “white genocide” going on.

The former president said in a statement on Tuesday that he was unaware that Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, would bring Mr Fuentes to their meeting.

More details in our full report.

GOP Jewish Coalition slams Ye and Nick Fuentes for antisemitism but ignores Trump

Elon Musk says he’s ‘fine with Trump not tweeting'

Saturday 26 November 2022 01:40 , Josh Marcus

Elon Musk recently made the highly controversial decision to reinstate Donald Trump’s Twitter account, but the former president has kept off his previously favourite platform so far.

Trump reinstated to Twitter by Elon Musk after two-year ban

Instead, Mr Trump confined his posting to Truth Social, the Twitter-clone he funded himself after being pushed off mainstream social networks following the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Mr Musk says he doesn’t mind the radio silence.

“I’m fine with Trump not tweeting,” the Twitter owner wrote on Friday in a tweet. “The important thing is that Twitter correct a grave mistake in banning his account, despite no violation of the law or terms of service. Deplatforming a sitting President undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America.”

As Donald Trump eyes another White House run, a reminder of all the legal jeopardy he faces

Saturday 26 November 2022 01:20 , Josh Marcus

Donald Trump is facing an estimated 20 major lawsuits and investigations at the moment, leaving him more vulnerable than he has been in years, given that he no longer has the protection of being in the White House.

Here’s our roundup of the most important suits.

Here are all 20 major lawsuits and investigations Trump is facing

Most recently, writer E Jean Carroll filed an action accusing Mr Trump of raping her in the 1990s, which he denies.

E Jean Carroll files new rape lawsuit against Trump under NY’s Adult Survivors Act

Donald Trump rails against new special prosecutor and Hunter Biden in Truth Social post

Saturday 26 November 2022 01:00 , Josh Marcus

Donald Trump expressed his fury on Friday that another special prosecutor from the Justice Department is investigating him, this time for his potential crimes in trying to overturn the 2020 election results.

“Joe Biden said he is running for President, so why isn’t he appointing a Special Counsel to look into the criminal actions of him and his son, Hunter?” Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social.

“There has never been anything like it in the history of our Country, and amazingly, it is perfectly documented for all to see,” he added. “Maybe Trump Hater Jack Smith, who should never be allowed to work on anything having to do with me because of his and his family’s anger, hatred, and bias, should be looking into the Biden Crime Family instead? Great idea!”

Here’s more information on the new special counsel investigation.

Garland names war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith as special counsel for Trump probes

WATCH: Kanye West campaign video describes meeting with Trump

Saturday 26 November 2022 00:40 , Josh Marcus

Rapper and fashion designer Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, shared a campaign-style video on Thursday describing his 2024 aspirations, as well as his account of a meeting this week with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

In the clip, Mr West says Mr Trump unloaded on the hip-hop star, told him he would lose in 2024, and made insulting remarks about Kim Kardashian.

Mr Trump has denied this took place.

Watch the full video here.

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Another denial from Trump

Saturday 26 November 2022 00:20 , Josh Marcus

Donald Trump is in damage-control mode, after his Tuesday meeting with rapper Ye and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes has attracted controversy.

Earlier today, the former president denied knowing Mr Fuentes would be at the meeting.

It’s a line he continued with an afternoon post on Truth Social, his social network.

Here’s Mr Trump’s full (second) statement on the meeting:

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice concerning some of his difficulties, in particular having to do with his business. We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President, “any voters you may have should vote for TRUMP.” Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on “Tucker Carlson.” Why wouldn’t I agree to meet? Also, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes.