Entertainment Late night hosts debate if Trump is 'bored' of COVID-19, 'jealous' of its headlines, or simply surrendering
TOM LEONARD: Could this be Donald Trump's canniest deal of all?
TOM LEONARD Trump's pitch to voters has always been how rich he is and his mastery of finance makes him the perfect steward of the world's biggest economy.Now he's got a new set of financial figures to pore over – contained in an explosive new report that will certainly make many of those voters think long and hard about anything the President tries to tell them about business and the economy.
"The election is just a week away, but the White House is making news for all the wrong reasons," a COVID-19, Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday's Tonight Show. "Yeah, the only place the coronavirus is 'rounding the corner' is in the halls of the White House." And White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows the Trump administration is "not going to control the pandemic," he sighed. "They talk about COVID like it's a wild teen on Dr. Phil."
Yes, "Meadows went on CNN to reassure a worried nation that you're on your own," Stephen Colbert said at The Late Show. But while the virus is, "the most infectious part of the country is the Trump administration." He laughed at how the White House is on the campaign trail by and explained the administration's proposed COVID-19 vaccine "quid pro ho ho ho" with mall Santas.
Merkel applauds 'impressive' women protesters in Belarus
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised women in Belarus for staging peaceful protests in the wake of the country's disputed presidential election and said Wednesday that she plans to meet soon with the main opposition candidate. Merkel's comments came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron met with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Lithuania. Tsikhanouskaya went into exile there after the Aug. 9 election that Belarus officials claimed President Alexander Lukashenko won with 80% of the vote to her 10%.
"It's interesting how zen Trump's people are about this," Trevor Noah said at The Daily Show. With migrant children, "they're like: 'Zero tolerance! One is too many!!' But with a virus that's killing hundreds of thousands of Americans, they're like, 'Look, man, the virus is trying to make a better life in our lungs. Who are we to stop it?'" If you listen to Trump, though, he's just bored of the whole COVID thing. "I can safely say that I've never seen a world leader get bored of a crisis," Noah said. "But hey, shout-out to COVID for helping Trump understand what we've felt for the past five years every time we switch on the TV and heard his name. 'Trump, Trump, Trump, always Trump.'"
Jimmy Kimmel played a supercut of Trump's "COVID, COVD, COVID" rants. "I think I've figured it out: He's jealous of the virus," he said on Kimmel Live. "He's upset that COVID is getting more attention than he is."
Johnson expected to order pubs to shut in north of England
Boris Johnson is expected to order tough new COVID curbs next week on pubs in northern England, which could include closing them altogether in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. © Sky News Screen Grab Some Tory MPs say another lockdown will see more pubs shutting for good In an announcement that could come within days, the prime minister is expected to unveil a clampdown in response to alarming rises in coronavirus cases in the worst hit areas.
"Election Day is eight days away, which means we're just a few short weeks away from the Supreme Court," Seth Meyers joked, darkly, at Late Night. "At a campaign event in Maine yesterday, President Trump signed a pumpkin. So if someone could write a stimulus bill right above it, that would be great." Watch below.
MPs to vote on England's new lockdown - as PM faces Tory backlash .
Boris Johnson will today urge MPs to approve England's new lockdown - but the prime minister is continuing to face a backlash from his own Conservative MPs over the fresh shutdown. Following a 90-minute debate on the new national measures, the House of Commons will on Wednesday afternoon vote on whether to give a second lockdown the go-ahead.If approved, pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential shops will close across England on Thursday and stay shut until 2 December.And - for the next four weeks - people will be told to stay at home apart from when attending school, college, university, work or to go food shopping.