US elections: Trump to scold Biden on final night of Republican convention

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US President Donald Trump prepared to attack Democratic rival Joe Biden on the Republican National Convention’s final night on Thursday, as the United States struggles to address the coronavirus pandemic and a wave of anti-racism protests.

The Republican incumbent plans to take on his Democratic challenger, who is leading in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, in a speech on the White House South Lawn, a controversial location for a partisan event.

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“At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas,” Trump is expected to say.

“We have spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years,” he said, referring to Biden’s career as a senator and vice president.

Biden countered by saying Trump was to blame for the way the pandemic and racial strife have spread across the United States.

“These guys are rooting for violence. That’s what it’s all about,” Biden said on CNN. “To prove the issue ‘be scared of Joe Biden,’ they’re pointing to what’s happening in Donald Trump’s America.”

Excerpts from Trump’s speech were provided by a source on condition of anonymity.

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