Trump live: Ex-president tells Piers Morgan he ‘threatened’ Putin, as court rules against him

By | April 25, 2022

‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump storms out of Piers Morgan interview

Donald Trump has found in the contempt of proceedings brought against him by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating fraud in the Trump Organization’s real estate dealings.

The ex-president and his associates have so far refused to comply with Ms James’s demands for documents, leading a judge to impose a $10,000 daily fine until the records are turned over.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s much-trailed interview with Piers Morgan has begun with the ex-president insisting he deterred an invasion of Ukraine during his administration by threatening Vladimir Putin “like he’s never been threatened before”.

In advance of their conversation’s screening, Mr Morgan described Mr Trump as “pathological” in his fixation on the supposed theft of the 2020 election, a conspiracy theory for which the journalist insisted there is no evidence.

In the interview, Mr Trump takes aim at Meghan Markle and alleges that she is leading Harry “by the nose” while asserting that the Queen should strip the couple of all royal titles.

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Trump says he won’t return to Twitter but calls Elon Musk ‘a good man’

Donald Trump has said he will not return to Twitter following the news that Elon Musk has bought the platform the former president was banned from.

Mr Trump made the announcement that he would not rejoin twitter despite the Tesla boss’s $44bn purchase, and instead said he wold use his own platform TRUTH Social.

Graeme Massie has the story.

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Will Donald Trump be allowed back on Twitter after Elon Musk takeover?

Twitter’s announcement that it has struck a $44bn sale agreement with billionaire Elon Musk has sent a jolt of positive energy through many Republicans. Members of Congress including Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan have celebrated the news as a potential breakthrough for “free speech” and hoped that some of them who’ve been “censored” might get their accounts back.

But looming largest of all, as ever, is Donald Trump, writes The Independent’s Andrew Naughtie.

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Trump tells Piers Morgan that Hunter Biden laptop story should have given him an extra 17 points

Former President Donald Trump insisted in an interview with Piers Morgan that the story about a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden falling into the hands of the media shouldn’t have been suppressed by social media outlets and cost him the 2020 election.

In part of their wide-ranging interview which was broadcast on Monday for the first episode of Piers Morgan UncensoredMorgan tells Mr Trump that the censoring of efforts to share the New York Post story detailing the contents of a laptop supposedly belonging to Hunter Biden before the election was unfair.

John Bowden has the story.

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McConnell called Trump ‘despicable’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said former president Donald Trump “totally, totally discredited himself” and “put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger” by his actions on the day a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol in hopes of preventing Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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What we learned from Piers Morgan’s interview with Trump

Ukraine, nuclear weapons and election “delusions”, writes The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg.

For nearly an hour, the two men — who first met when Morgan was a contestant on Mr Trump’s television show The Celebrity Apprentice – held forth on a variety of topics, including the war in Ukraine, Mr Trump’s relationship with ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and why UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson intervened to block a previously scheduled conversation between them.

Justin Vallejo25 April 2022 22:30

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Marjorie Taylor Greene wanted Trump to declare ‘Marshall law’ on January 6

Messages show full extent of the plot to overturn the 2020 election and how to act afterward, writes Eric Garcia.

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Watch: Trump claims Ukraine-Russia war wouldn’t have happened if 2020 election wasn’t ‘rigged’

Trump claims Ukraine-Russia war wouldn’t have happened if 2020 election wasn’t ‘rigged’

Justin Vallejo25 April 2022 21:24

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Trump comments on Musk Twitter takeover:

Donald Trump claims he won’t return to Twitter even if his account is reinstated following Elon Musk’s takeover.

“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”

Trump told added that he would begin “TRUTHing” over the next week, and remain there regardless of his follower count on Twitter.

“The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter,” he said, adding: “We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter”.

Justin Vallejo25 April 2022 21:13

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Morgan claims Boris Johnson intervened to cancel Trump interview

Piers Morgan claimed in the first part of his Trump interview that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had intervened in an attempt to cancel an interview between the two.

Further details, however, will have to wait until tomorrow’s episode.

Justin Vallejo25 April 2022 20:58

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Trump stormed out of interview in ‘a stinking temper’, says Morgan

Slow rolling the drama of his interview, Piers Morgan says he won’t show the so-called storm out of Donald Trump until tomorrow’s episode of “Uncensored”.

He did preview, however, that Trump was in “a stinking temper”.

Justin Vallejo25 April 2022 20:56

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