Donald Trump accused “angry mobs” of trying to erase US history by removing statues in a dark and divisive Independence Day speech on Friday evening from Mount Rushmore.
Painting himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism, the US president barely mentioned the coronavirus pandemic, despite the country that setting a new record for confirmed new cases, as he struggled to correctly pronounce a series of words.
One of those new Covid-19 cases included Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who tested positive just a week after attending a party in which guests were reportedly not wearing masks.
Mr Trump’s pre-4 July holiday event drew 7,500 people, packed into an outdoor amphitheatre. Many did not wear masks – including the president – defying the advice of health officials who have urged Americans to avoid large gatherings to slow the spread of Covid-19.