In his upcoming interview with British presenter Piers Morgan, which is set to air on Monday night, Mr Trump said that the former royals’ marriage is a ticking time bomb, which will blow up when “Harry decides he’s had enough of being bossed around,” reported The Sun.
He will say that he is “not a fan of Meghan” and claim that Harry is “whipped”.
“I won’t use the full expression but Harry is whipped like no person I think I’ve ever seen,” he says.
Meanwhile a newly released audio recording from January 2021 features House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy telling Republican members that Donald Trump “bears responsibility for his words and actions” around the 6 January riot – and that the then-president told him “he does have some responsibility for what happened”.
Trump takes misogynistic swipe at Meghan Markle
Piers Morgan calls Trump ‘pathological’
Gaetz backs Trump supporter Jordan against McCarthy
Hunter Biden to be prime target if Republicans win Congress
Trump says Biden ‘taking orders from Easter Bunny’
Retiring GOP senator declines to condemn Trump’s election falsehoods
12:08 , Andrew Naughtie
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, who is retiring this year, was asked on CNN yesterday why he and other Washington Republicans are still not ruling out supporting Donald Trump in the 2024 election despite his role in trying to overturn his defeat in 2020.
The response was telling, with Mr Blunt insisting that the former president has the right to his “opinion” without acknowledging that the facts simply do not support that opinion – or that Mr Trump’s many critics take issue not just with his opinion, but with his actions.
Mr Blunt’s seat is host to a fractious GOP primary race in which the narrative has been dominated by Eric Greitens, a controversial former governor who has been accused of horrific domestic abuse. Despite the allegations, he refuses to drop out of the race. Donald Trump has yet to weigh in with an endorsement.
Gaetz keeps up mockery of McCarthy
11:35 , Andrew Naughtie
Far-right Congressman Matt Gaetz was one of the first in his party to pounce on Kevin McCarthy’s comments calling on Donald Trump to resign after the events of 6 January 2021 – as well as his denial that he had said exactly what he had in fact been recorded saying.
Now, as Mr McCarthy tries to contain the damage (and Mr Trump stays surprisingly calm), Mr Gaetz is keeping up his pressure on the would-be speaker…
Warren calls McCarthy “a liar and a traitor”
11:06 , Andrew Naughtie
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy found himself in a tight spot last week when recordings from after the 6 January insurrection revealed he had suggested Donald Trump resign the presidency and asked the then-commander-in-chief to take some responsibility for the riot. Worse, the audio was released just after Mr McCarthy had put out a written statement claiming reports of the contents were false.
Now, the rhetoric against him on the left is heating up – and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren took it to the next level yesterday, telling CNN that Mr McCarthy is “a liar and a traitor”.
That language echoes some of the more extreme terminology used by Republicans to condemn their own enemies, and Ms Warren has already been criticised for using it.
John Bowden reports:
Piers Morgan slams Trump as “pathological”
10:40 , Andrew Naughtie
Donald Trump was enraged last week by a trailer for his interview with Piers Morgan that was edited to show him flouncing out of the room. The edit turned out to be misleading, with Mr Trump’s team releasing an audio recording of the conversation that showed it ending far more amicably.
But in advance of the interview’s airing tonight, Mr Morgan is making no effort to mend fences with the ex-president, instead describing him as obsessed with the idea that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“He couldn’t accept that. He has a kind of blind, pathological belief that it was taken from him,” the presenter told Fox News.
Maroosha Muzaffar has the story.
Trump-backed Senate candidate drills down on 2020 election lie
10:00 , Andrew Naughtie
David Perdue, the former Georgia senator who’s launched a primary challenge to sitting Governor Brian Kemp, began this weekend’s debate with his opponent by hammering home Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was stolen – and that it was the governor’s fault that it was allowed to happen in their Georgia.
There is no evidence to support this. Mr Perdue also tried to contrast himself with Mr Kemp by accusing him of being a “career politician”, despite the fact that he himself was a sitting senator until he was defeated by Jon Ossoff in January last year.
Mr Perdue’s on-camera statement has been held up by many critics as an indicator of the state of the pro-Trump wing of the GOP. Yet despite his close affiliation with the former president, if polling is anything to go by, it looks like Mr Perdue is set to lose the race badly.
Watch former Trump endorsee’s latest bizarre Senate ad
09:30 , Andrew Naughtie
Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks was dealt a major setback in his Senate campaign when Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement, citing the otherwise loyal follower’s view that the Republicans should stop fixating on the 2020 election. There was plenty of speculation that given Mr Brooks was already fading in the polls, Mr Trump was actually more concerned that he could end up backing a loser.
Whatever the reality, Mr Brooks is still gunning for the open seat, which means getting through a hotly contested primary. And his latest TV spot is a truly bizarre effort to cut through…
ICYMI: Trump fires new misogynistic attack at Meghan Markle for ‘whipping’ Harry
09:00 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Former president Donald Trump has once again taken aim at Meghan Markle and alleged that she is leading Harry “by the nose”, arguing that the Queen should strip the couple of all royal titles.
Republicans running for Georgia Governor bicker over 2020 election loss
08:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta
The two top Republicans running for governor in Georgia– former Senator David Perdue and incumbent governor Brian Kemp squared off over the 2020 and 2021 Republican election losses in the first of three debates on Sunday.
Mr Perdue continued to claim that the Democrats fraudulently won the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 US Senate runoffs in Georgia.
He also blamed Mr Kemp for Democratic control in Washington while the incumbent governor hit back and said that Mr Perdue was trying to pass off the blame for his own loss to Democrat Jon Ossoff.
“The election in 2020 was rigged and stolen,” Mr Perdue was quoted as saying in the debate sponsored by Atlanta’s WSB-TV.
“All the madness we see today … all that started right here in Georgia when our governor caved and allowed out radical Democrats to steal our elections.”
According to state law Mr Kemp was required to certify the results and has repeatedly said any other course would have invited endless litigation.
“You have a candidate that is going to attack my record, unfortunately, all night tonight, because they didn’t have a record there to beat Jon Ossoff in 2020,” Mr Kemp said.
Piers Morgan calls Trump ‘pathological’
07:53 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Piers Morgan has revealed new details of what transpired during his interview with Donald Trump that apparently caused the former president to storm out.
“When we got around to the election results and to Jan 6, I just looked him straight in the eye and said I want to be clear with you, I do not agree that you had this election stolen or that it was rigged,” Morgan told Fox News on Sunday.
“And at that point, the fuse kind of went with him and he started insulting me. He called me a fool seven times.”
Morgan had then said that there was no hard evidence to point to the elections being rigged.
“He couldn’t accept that,” he said.“He has a kind of blind, pathological belief that it was taken from him.”
Matt Gaetz backs Trump supporter Jim Jordan against Kevin McCarthy
07:34 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Representative Matt Gaetz on Saturday appeared to show his support for his Republican colleague Jim Jordan to replace Kevin McCarthy as the House Minority Leader.
“Jim Jordan is the hardest working and most talented member of the Republican House Conference. And every member knows it,” Mr Gaetz said in reply to a tweet that urged him as well as Mr Jordan to take over from Mr McCarthy.
Mr Gaetz’s comment comes after the New York Times reported on an audio clip in which Mr McCarthy can be heard telling his fellow lawmakers that he planned to urge the former president to resign in the days following the Capitol riot in January last year.
Hunter Biden to be prime target if Republicans win Congress
07:17 , Sravasti Dasgupta
As Republicans hope to regain a majority in the Senate and the House in the November mid-term elections, they are looking to make the president’s son’s business dealings a key target.
Republican lawmakers and staff are looking to analyse specific messages and financial transactions found on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
They have also discussed issuing congressional subpoenas to foreign entities involved in paying Hunter Biden, people who are familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.
While the discussions are in the early stages, there have been talks of bringing on Republican lawyers and former Justice Department officials to help lead the investigations.
Meanwhile the White House is preparing to make a case of opportunism against the Republicans while denying any wrongdoing by the president.
Hunter Biden’s taxes and foreign businesses are already under federal investigation, with a grand jury in Delaware hearing testimony in recent months.
Trump-endorsed Michigan GOP candidates emerge victorious
06:28 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Two Donald Trump-endorsed candidates in Michigan — Kristina Karamo for secretary of state and Matt DePerno for attorney general — were endorsed by the state’s Republicans in two of the most closely watched political races of the weekend.
Mr DePerno, a lawyer, had previously filed a suit seeking to audit the 2020 election results in Antrim County which was dismissed by a Michigan court on Thursday.
Ms Karamo has said that she personally witnessed election fraud in 2020 and was also part of the Supreme Court lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2020 result that was eventually rejected.
“Michigan is one of the worst on Election Fraud and corruption, and they will put an end to it. At the same time, they’ll get to the bottom of the 2020 Election Fraud,” Mr Trump said in a statement.
Trump has endorsed 10 candidates for seats in the state legislature, reported ABC.
Biden taking orders from Easter Bunny, Trump says
06:10 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Donald Trump took aim at president Joe Biden during his rally in Ohio on Saturday and claimed that he has been “taking orders from the Easter Bunny”.
“We’ve never had anything like this and we have a president right now sadly, who has absolutely no idea what the hell is happening,” Mr Trump was quoted as saying by Business Insider.
“Our country’s going to hell,” Trump said. “He’s shaking hands with the air. He’s walking around somewhat bewildered — I’d say it’s no good — and taking orders from the Easter Bunny.”
The former president’s comments were in reference to a viral moment last week in which a person in an Easter Bunny costume was seen apparently directing Mr Biden as he greeted supporters.
Trump’s decisions based on emotions, former New Jersey governor says
06:01 , Sravasti Dasgupta
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie has said that Donald Trump’s decisions to endorse GOP candidates are not based on “political analysis” but on emotions.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Mr Christie said: “The idea that he makes these decisions based upon political analysis is sophistry.
“This is all emotional decisions and who speaks to him last.”
He also said that the former president’s endorsements had “landed all over the place”.
He was referring to his endorsement of JD Vance and controversial TV personality Dr Mehmet Oz.
Both endorsements have received backlash from Republicans.
“I do think, though, when we get to June, we’re going to look back and say that most of the big endorsements he made — not the ones in deep-red House districts but in the big endorsements he made — are going to turn out to not have been right,” Mr Christie said.