Trump is expected to announce that Bahrain is normalizing ties with Israel – report
trump is expected to announce today that Bahrain will join the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with Israel.
The Times of Israel reports:
Second [two] officials, Trump will make the announcement at the White House at 1pm. Eastern time. It was not immediately clear whether Bahrain will join the formal signing of the so-called Abraham Agreement between the UAE and Israel at the White House on September 15, or simply issue a statement on its intention to establish relations with Israel.
According to another report, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa will arrive in Washington on Monday.
Trump suggested yesterday that another country could join Israel and the UAE for the signing ceremony for the normalization of the two nations at the White House.
“Next week in the White House we will have a signature between the UAE and Israel, and we could add another country,” the president said during yesterday’s press conference. “And I’ll tell you that countries that want to join it are lining up.”
Some of Trump’s supporters who attended his event in Michigan last night said they believe the coronavirus was “fake.”
CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked multiple attendees why they weren’t wearing masks at the big event in Freeland, Michigan.
“Because there is no Covid,” said one attendee. “It’s a bogus pandemic, created to destroy the United States of America.”
Acosta said the president Bob Woodward in February that the coronavirus is “deadly”. The man replied: “This is his opinion.”
Another attendee was asked by Acosta if he was concerned about his safety, being at a big event without a mask. “The good Lord takes care of me,” the man said. “If I die, I die.”
As politicians commemorate the 19th anniversary of 9/11, fires continue to rage on the west coast.
At least 20 people have already died in the fires and hundreds of thousands have been ordered to evacuate.
Governor of Washington Jay Inslee, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination on a climate-centric platform, said: “We talk about it as fires, we have to start thinking of it as more than a climate fire.”
For the latest fire news, follow the Guardian’s live blog:
Vice-President Candidate Kamala Harris spoke at a memorial service in Fairfax, Virginia this morning.
The California Democrat told the morning of 9/11. He said he was in the gym when the images of the World Trade Center started appearing on the screens.
“We all stood around in disbelief,” Harris said. “Strangers were hugging.”
Trump concluded his remarks and placed a wreath at the memorial.
Then he took the hand of his wife, Melania, who was standing next to him, in a black belted trench coat. The two then moved solemnly and slowly towards the waiting vehicles.
The president wears a navy suit and a dark brown tie, a departure from his usual habit of wearing red or light blue ties.
The ceremony at the World Trade Center site in New York is still ongoing.
trump has just concluded his prepared remarks at the commemoration of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The president told those who gathered to honor the 40 passengers who died on 9/11: “Our sacred duty, our just duty and our solemn commitment, is to carry on the noble legacy of the brave souls who have gave his life for us 19 years ago. ”
The president and first lady then attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Wall of Names, which lists the people lost from Flight 93.
Donald Trump speaks in commemoration near Shanksville, Pennsylvania
The president is making a prepared speech now at the National Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the hijacked fourth jet crashed on 9/11, crashed when passengers rushed aboard the terrorists.
“The community has united arms and hearts in the face of the tragedy,” he said.
He spoke of rescuers that day approaching the rubble of the attacks in New York, the Pentagon just outside Washington and the Pennsylvania plane crash, “hell on earth.”
On the occasion of the 9/11 commemoration in Shanksville, the names of each of the 40 passengers on Flight 93 were read aloud as a bell rang to celebrate their death.
The audience then observed a moment of silence to honor those who died on Flight 93, 19 years ago today.
trump should provide comments on the site soon.
The president and first lady arrived at Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The Triumphs walked along the Wall of Names in honor of those who died 19 years ago today before taking their seats on the stage.
As I attended a 9/11 commemoration this morning, Joe Biden spoke to a 90-year-old woman who lost her son on that tragic day 19 years ago.
The Democratic candidate handed the woman the rose he was holding and said he also lost her son, Beau, to brain cancer in 2015.
“It never goes away, does it?” Biden said.
Biden is no stranger to the tragedy, having lost his first wife and young daughter in a car accident in 1972 before Beau’s death from brain cancer.
The Democrat has made understanding pain a central theme of his campaign, as the country’s coronavirus death toll approaches 200,000.
This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over from Martin Belam.
About 200 White House staff members gathered in South Lawn this morning to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 am, which is the time a plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center 19 years ago today.
Here are some pictures of the thrilling scenes as the nation recalled 9/11 this morning.
The ceremonies are taking place in New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden is Donald Trump both will attend the National Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville today, but their itineraries keep them separate. Biden, however, met with the vice president Mike Pence at the New York memorial this morning.
The former vice president was accompanied by his wife.
The remembrance scenes were echoed across the country.
The House also marked the moment with silence.
The president observed a moment of silence on Air Force One while it was in transit to Pennsylvania.
And that’s all from me this morning, now I pass it to my colleague Joan Greve. Stay safe, take care of yourself, and I’ll be back next week.