'Fauci is a disaster': Trump denigrates Covid expert in campaign staff call – live

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10.54pm BST

Trump told reporters he was unaware of polling numbers for Martha McSally, the Republican senator who is trailing Democrat Mark Kelly in Arizona.

The state has long been a Republican stronghold, but Democrats are making gains. Kelly, an astronaut, and husband of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords is leading by 5 to 10 points in recent polls.

Trump, who often distances himself from problems or losses, says he doesn’t personally know what McSally’s polling numbers are right now. (They’re not great.) pic.twitter.com/8wWgb8saxe

10.31pm BST

Donald Trump is on his way to Tucson, Arizona, where he’s holding his second campaign rally of the day.

Earlier on Monday, Trump spoke in Prescott, Arizona. The crowd at Prescott Regional Airport cheered as the president attacked his rival in the race, Joe Biden, and cable news network CNN. Trump called CNN a group of “dumb bastards” for focusing its coverage on the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of nearly 220,000 Americans.

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