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Trump tells NRA he is their ‘fearless champion’ despite recent mass shootings– live

Trump claims NYC courthouse staff were ‘crying’ when he was arrested

Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association conference that he would end Joe Biden’s “war” on guns and vowed to protect ownership rights “forever” despite a recent spate of mass shootings.

The former president said he would remain a “loyal friend and fearless champion” of the much-maligned group as he gave the keynote speech in Indiana on Friday.

Earlier, he claimed that he spent a seven-hour deposition “educating” New York Attorney General Letitia James about his “American success story”.

The former president appeared for a deposition in New York on Thursday in the civil case brought against him, his adult children and the Trump Organization claiming that they gave lenders false financial statements overvaluing assets over a decade of deals.

During seven hours of testimony, Mr Trump “spent nearly seven hours today describing in detail his extraordinary business success,” according to his lawyer Chris Kise.

“This is an American success story. Last I checked, capitalism is still legal in America.“

His willingness to answer questions comes after he pleaded the Fifth more than 400 times when he sat for his first deposition in the case in August.

His appearance marked his first return to New York since he was arraigned on a 34-count indictment in the hush money case last week.

Following his arraignment, Mr Trump has sued his former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen for $500m over his testimony before the New York grand jury. Now, Cohen said he is considering countersuing.


Capitol riot navy veteran sentenced to three years in jail

A former Navy reservist and Proud Boys member who stormed the US Capitol on 6 January 2021, and expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison on firearms charges.

Graeme Massie15 April 2023 06:12


In shadow of multiple mass shootings, GOP 2024 hopefuls to address NRA convention

Last year it was Uvalde. Now it’s Nashville and Louisville. For the second year in a row, the National Rifle Association is holding its annual convention within days of mass shootings that shook the nation.

The three-day gathering, beginning Friday, will include thousands of the organization’s most active members at Indianapolis’ convention center and is attracting a bevy of top Republican presidential candidates — enough that it could help shape the early part of next year’s GOP primary race.

Graeme Massie15 April 2023 05:03


New Yorkers love to hate Trump

Donald Trump’s motorcade was met with chants of “New York hates you” after he returned to the city for a deposition in a $250m civil lawsuit alleging fraud by his company and him.

Shweta Sharma has the story.

Graeme Massie15 April 2023 04:09


‘I can’t believe how stupid he was’: Cohen may file countersuit to Trump case

Michael Cohen has suggested he will file a countersuit against Donald Trump, who he said should have listened to lawyers who told him that doing so would be “a mistake”.

The former president had slapped a $500m lawsuit on Wednesday against his former lawyer Mr Cohen alleging a breach of his attorney-client relationship and unjust enrichment, among other claims.

On Thursday’s Political Breakdown podcast, Mr Cohen weighed in on the lawsuit against him.

Sebastian Miño-Bucheli reports on what he said:

Graeme Massie15 April 2023 03:04


Voices: Trump’s legal trouble could make or break his campaign

Trump’s team will want to make as much political hay as they can now, with the aim of trying to build up a momentum that would be difficult to stop once the voting for the Republican presidential nominees begins.

Graeme Massie15 April 2023 02:03


Mike Pompeo will not challenge Trump in 2024

“Susan and I have concluded, after much consideration and prayer, that I will not present myself as a candidate to become President of the United States in the 2024 election,” the Republican tweeted on Friday afternoon.

Graeme Massie15 April 2023 00:36


Trump attacks NY AG in NRA speech

Trump told NRA members that they share a common enemy in New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has filed a civil case against the one-term president.

“The very same raging radical left lunatic attorney general that is coming after me in New York state is also waging war on the NRA, shamefully trying to destroy this legendary organisation that’s been an American institution since 1871,” Mr Trump said.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. April 14, 2023


Graeme Massie14 April 2023 23:55


Pence says Trump not right for 2024 bid

“I really do believe no one could have defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 other than Donald Trump. But with all the challenges that we’re facing … I truly do believe that different times call for different leadership,” said Mr Trump’s former vice president.

Graeme Massie14 April 2023 23:14


Trump tells NRA conference he will end Biden’s ‘war’ on guns: ‘What they’re doing is crazy’

The former president said he would remain a ‘loyal friend and fearless champion’ of the much-maligned group.

Graeme Massie14 April 2023 22:46


Marjorie Taylor Greene should lose her security clearance after defending Pentagon leaker, Liz Cheney says

The far-right MAGA lawmaker from Georgia has been widely criticised for coming to the defence of Airman Jack Teixeira following his arrest by the FBI in Massachusetts.

Graeme Massie14 April 2023 22:34

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