WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - US President Donald Trump demanded that former Vice-President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden release e-mails and other documents detailing his son Hunter's international business interests in the wake of a New York Post story linking the Bidens to a Ukrainian energy company that figured in Trump's impeachment investigation. "Joe Biden must immediately release all emails, meetings, phone calls, transcripts, and records related to his involvement in his family's business dealings, influence peddlings around the world, including China and including Russia," Trump said at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday (Oct 14). The demand came even as Trump is still fighting New York investigators' efforts to get his tax filings and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation. On Tuesday, the president asked the US Supreme Court to block a federal appeals court decision that would permit the district attorney in Manhattan to get the records. Trump complained at length at the Iowa rally about Twitter and Facebook limiting links to the New York Post story. The article was based on an e-mail provided to the newspaper by Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, whose efforts last year
NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States is surging once again after growth slowed in late summer. While the geography of the pandemic is now shifting to the Midwest and to more rural areas, cases are trending upward in most states, many of which are setting weekly records for new cases. Taken alone, case counts are an imperfect measure of the pandemic's severity, and it is difficult to compare the current numbers with earlier points in the US outbreak when testing was less widespread. But other critical measures are showing a resurgence, too. And the continuing spread of cases to new areas of the country suggests the outbreak is far from over. "We are headed in the wrong direction, and that's reflected not only in the number of new cases but also in test positivity and the number of hospitalisations," said Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University. "Together, I think these three indicators give a very clear picture that we are seeing increased transmission in communities across the country." The rise since mid-September has been especially profound in the Midwest and Mountain West, where hospitals are
Hicks, who serves as counselor to Trump and traveled with him to a rally Wednesday, tested positive Thursday, according to an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private health information. She is the closest aide to Trump to test positive so far.