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Donald Trump challenged Joe Biden to another presidential debate “this week” and a golf match he said would be “bigger than the Ryder Cup or even the Masters” during his final campaign rally at his club.

The former president took the stage at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, Florida, which he described as “one of the best golf courses on the planet,” shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday in front of large, cheering crowds.

“Let’s have another debate this week, so sleepy Joe Biden can show everyone he has what it takes to be president,” he said.

His appearance came as speculation about his vice presidential pick is at a fever pitch, six days before the Republican National Convention. Trump has said he will likely make a decision on his 2024 running mate “a little bit before” or during the convention, which begins July 15.

Vice presidential hopeful Marco Rubio appeared on stage before the former president on Tuesday, though sadly for him, Trump made no announcement about his decision.

This comes after a new poll showed Vice President Kamala Harris has a better chance than Biden of defeating Trump in November.

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ICYMI: Rep. Adam Smith calls for Biden to drop out of presidential race

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 10, 2024 03:30

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Florida rally a Trump family affair

During his rally, Trump singled out several members of his family, including his sons, whom he described as “my boys.”

A special introduction was made to 18-year-old Barron Trump, who was making his political rally debut.

The youngest, imitating his father’s theatrical talent, stood up, waved to the crowd and clenched his fist, eliciting cheers from the crowd.

“This is his first time doing it… He could be more popular than Don and Eric,” Trump said.

“Welcome to the scene, Barron, I don’t know. He had a very nice and easy life. Now it’s changed a bit. He’s a special guy, isn’t he?”

Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 02:30

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Trump says it’s “a lot of fun” to be impeached

Donald Trump told cheering crowds at his Florida golf course that it was “a lot of fun” being impeached.

The former president was convicted of 34 felony counts of concealing hush money payments in May and faces several more legal battles.

“Every time radical left-wing democrats, Marxist communists and fascists accuse me, I consider it a great badge of honor, I do it, because they accuse me for you,” he said.

“Never forget that our enemies want to take away my freedom because I will never allow them to take away yours. It is that simple.”

He added: “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of fun to be accused.”

Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 02:15

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Watch: Trump challenges Biden to a second debate… and a round of golf

Trump challenges Biden to a second debate… and a round of golf

Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 02:00

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Trump provokes press over VP announcement

Commenting on the number of press at his Florida rally, Trump speculated it was due to the anticipation surrounding his vice presidential pick.

“I think they probably think I’m going to announce that Marco (Rubio) is going to be vice president, because that’s a lot of press. It’s a lot of press,” he said.

Florida Sen. Rubio appeared before Trump at the rally, which is being held at Trump National Doral Golf Club.

Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 01:45

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In pictures: Trump speaks at a rally on a Florida golf course

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Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 01:35

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Trump challenges Biden to another debate… already 18 holes of golf

Speaking on the 10th hole of Trump National Doral Golf Club, which he described as “one of the best golf courses on the planet,” Donald Trump challenged Joe Biden to another presidential debate later this week.

The former president harshly criticized Biden’s performance on June 27, saying he had delivered “even according to the fake news media, the most decisive and overwhelming defeat in the history of presidential debates.”

“Even CNN said when I walked off stage that it was one of the best performances they’d ever seen. But if you want to know the truth, it was pretty easy,” he told the cheering crowd.

“But don’t feel bad for him, because he’s a very bad guy. He used the government as a weapon. Remember, he’s a very bad guy. Don’t feel bad for him. So tonight, I’m officially offering Joe the chance to redeem himself in front of the entire world.

“Let’s have another debate this week so sleepy Joe Biden can show everyone he has what it takes to be president. But this time, it will be man-to-man, no moderators, no holds barred, just name the place, any time.”

Trump then challenged Biden to an 18-hole golf match, something the two men awkwardly clashed over during the debate.

“It will be one of the most watched sporting events in history, perhaps bigger than the Ryder Cup or even the Masters,” Trump said.

“I’ll even give Joe Biden 10 strokes a side. 10 strokes, that’s a lot. That means 20 strokes in case you don’t play golf. I’ll give him 10 strokes a side and if he wins, I’ll give the charity of his choice, any charity he wants, a million dollars.”

Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 01:12

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See: Who will be Trump’s running mate?

Who will be Trump’s running mate?

Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 00:20

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In pictures: Trump arrives in Doral for rally

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Mike BediganJuly 10, 2024 00:05

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What is Project 2025?

Project 2025 — a plan for Trump’s presidency spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation and more than a dozen former Trump administration officials — is essentially a wish list for his administration with plans to expand his executive authority, replace civil servants with ideologically aligned appointees, crush abortion rights and impose an anti-immigrant agenda, among other policies.

But the former president is trying to distance himself from the plan, saying he knows “nothing” about it or “who is behind it,” despite its authors coming from the Trump White House and the Republican Party’s close ties to the group that launched it.

Alex Woodward Look at the details.

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 9, 2024 11:50 PM