US elections live updates: Trump campaign's reported money woes

Trump goes to Florida and North Carolina amid reported money crunch, New Hampshire and Rhode Island hold primaires.

  • President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing giving up to $100m to his campaign as he heads to Florida and North Carolina on Monday, both battleground states. 

  • The US Congress returns to session on Tuesday, as House Democrats launch probe into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s past Republican fundraising. 

  • New Hampshire and Rhode Island are holding some of the last primaries of the election season to decide who will run for open House and Senate seats in the general election. 

  • The Biden campaign currently has no events scheduled Tuesday, 55 days until the November 3 vote.

Here are the latest updates: 

Tuesday, September 8

10:30 ET – Biden campaign takes over teens Instagram

The Biden campaign has taken over the Instagram account of a 15-year-old California supporter who amassed 85,000 followers during the summer break, according to the Verge news site. 

The @VoteJoe account will now become the campaign’s central point for outreach on Instagram. 

Campaign officials told the Verge that the account will be used to foster user-generated content from Biden supporters.

Kamala Harris is: ✅ Smart ✅ Tough ✅ Ready to lead ✅ The future Vice President of the United States of America This is a movement and we are building a team that works for all Americans. This is our time to take our country back from Trump. Join @votejoe, @joebiden, and @kamalaharris in the battle for the soul of our nation.

A post shared by Vote Joe (@votejoe) onSep 7, 2020 at 2:44pm PDT

10:00 ET – Former Obama health adviser says in-person voting ‘like shopping’

Former President Barack Obama’s health adviser has said that in-person voting is relatively safe, likening it to “shopping”.

Zeke Emanuel made the comment to the Atlantic magazine in a story published on Tuesday. Experts expect a surge in mail voting in November amid concerns about spreading the virus at polling stations. 

“There’s a legitimate concern, but I do think we can make it much safer by following the precautions,” he said. “You don’t want people to be disenfranchised by the pandemic, and you should encourage people that it’s safe. It’s like shopping.”

9:30 ET – Biden condemns Antifa in local news interview

Democratic candidate Joe Biden, when asked in an interview on Monday if he condemns Antifa, responded: “Yes, I do … violence no matter who it is”. 

The comment came during an interview with the local NBC affiliate WGAL, amid questioning about violence at racial justice protests that have swept the country since the police-killing of George Floyd in May. 

“I condemn it across the board,” Biden said of violence at the demonstrations. “The president still hasn’t condemned the far-right folks coming out and protesting and using violence.”

9:00 ET – Trump weighing contributing $100 mn to his campaign

On the heels of a report that the Trump’s campaign is facing a money crunch after taking a free-spending, and apparently ineffective, approach, a new report said the president is considering adding $100m of his own money to his war chest. 

Trump has discussed putting up the cash with multiple people, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg news, although he has not yet made a final decision. Trump spent $66m on his 2016 campaign.

To date, the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee has spent more than $800m on Trump’s re-election bid so far. Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee have spent about half of that, $414m, according to Bloomberg.

The New York Times first reported on the Trump campaign’s financial woes.

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the US elections. This is Joseph Stepansky.

Read all the updates from yesterday (September 7) here.

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