Russian Federation is employing "a range of measures" to undercut presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and aid US President Donald Trump ahead of November's elections, the country's counterintelligence chief said Friday.
Citing coronavirus health risks, the Biden campaign said he would make his speech - the high point of a candidate's race - from his DE home where he has spent most of the last months.
In an unusual public statement, William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said the three countries were using online disinformation and other means to try to influence voters, stir up disorder and undermine American voters' confidence in the democratic process.
Instead, he will now accept the party's presidential nomination from his home state of DE, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
Trump said a final decision on the speech location hadn't been made, but he seemed to be leaning toward a White House setting for what traditionally is the highlight of a national political convention. "I think all of us have to keep this in perspective", he said.
The business of the GOP convention is still set to take place in Charlotte, with the formal nomination occurring on August 24.
The speech and the rest of the convention were going to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, until Trump feuded with the state's Democratic governor over coronavirus health restrictions.
Williams saved the biggest punchline for the future president's distinctive hairstyle, suggesting that the man's entire "body is a maintenance system for the hair", alongside an impression of a sexually-aggressive toupee crawling off Trump's head at the end of the day.
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Other states with over 180,000 cases include Georgia, Illinois, Arizona and New Jersey, according to the CSSE. Brazil too surpassed a grim milestone - 100,000 deaths from Covid-19.
Foreign adversaries also may try to interfere with US election systems by trying to sabotage the voting process, stealing election data, or calling into question the validity of election results.
Katrina Pierson, a Trump senior campaign adviser, said in a statement, "There's a reason Joe Biden can't count on the support of black voters and it's because of his plantation owner mentality".
With optimism, he cited polls that have not been made public and insisted that "we're doing well".
"But that's locked down", Trump said on Fox Wednesday.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden faces new scrutiny over how he discusses race and ethnicity after drawing distinctions between black and Hispanic populations in the United States.
Trump was far more reluctant than Biden to alter his convention plans, as he sought to downplay the pandemic's significance and push the country to return to normal operations.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told CNBC that Lichtman shouldn't be believed. And Evanina noted that it would be hard, due to the disparate nature of America's election infrastructure, to affect vote tallying at scale.