‘Trump cheats at golf’: Bloomberg mocks president with billboard

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In this Feb. 19, 2020 photo, from left, Mike Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate on in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg talks with Senator Elizabeth Warren during a break at the ninth Democratic 2020 US Presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas Nevada, on Feb. 19, 2020. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo)
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Updated 22 February 2020

‘Trump cheats at golf’: Bloomberg mocks president with billboard

  • Bloomberg has focused his fire on Trump rather than candidates from his own party
  • “Worst debate performance in history!“ Trump hits back after Democratic Party debate in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS: Democratic White House hopeful Michael Bloomberg mocked Donald Trump with a giant billboard on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday, fueling their feud as the US president visits the city for a rally.
“Donald Trump lost the popular vote,” read one slogan on the world-famous street lined with casinos, while another read “Donald Trump’s wall fell over.”
The giant digital billboard is just three kilometers down the Strip from Trump’s own hotel, where the president is staying while in Las Vegas.
Bloomberg is vying for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump at November’s election, and has focused his fire on the president rather than candidates from his own party.




A billboard paid for by Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg, that is attacking President Trump, is displayed on the iconic Las Vegas Strip in Nevada on Feb. 21, 2020. (AFP / Mark Ralston)
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When Bloomberg did face fellow Democrats at a Las Vegas debate on Wednesday, Trump was quick to crow: “Worst debate performance in history!“
Perhaps inevitably in a row between billionaires, golf was also a theme of the billboards — “Donald Trump cheats at golf,” read a third sign.
“A lot of people cheat at golf, it’s probably true,” said Gerry Frenze, a transport company owner from Delaware who was in town for a convention Friday.
“But I don’t like the idea (Bloomberg) can buy his way into office.”
His wife, Kim Corrigan, had little sympathy for Trump.
“Trump makes you want to attack him,” she said. “I don’t like (Bloomberg) doing that. But Trump started it. The way he operates cheapens everyone.”
The attack comes on the eve of Nevada’s key vote in the race for the Democratic nomination, with media from around the world in town.
Another passerby who did not wanted to be named simply shrugged: “He’s got the money.”
But Mya Sepeda, a tarot card reader working on a pedestrian bridge beneath the sign, took the matter more seriously.
“Maybe it’s true but he is the president and he deserves a bit of respect,” said Sepeda — adding that he had foreseen Trump would win the last election.


Mali holds election despite coronavirus and insurgency

Updated 29 March 2020

Mali holds election despite coronavirus and insurgency

  • The coronavirus pandemic has posed a further threat to the vote but authorities in the West African nation have insisted it will go ahead
  • Polls opened on Sunday and turnout in the capital Bamako appeared low, a Reuters witness said

BAMAKO: Mali held its long-delayed parliamentary election on Sunday despite an insurgency in its central and northern regions, concerns about coronavirus and the recent kidnapping of the main opposition leader.

The election, originally scheduled for 2018, has been postponed twice because of intensifying violence in parts of Mali where the government struggles to suppress jihadist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

The coronavirus pandemic has posed a further threat to the vote but authorities in the West African nation have insisted it will go ahead, promising to enforce additional hygiene measures to protect Mali's 7.6 million voters.

"The government will do everything to make sure this is the case," President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said in the run-up to the election.
Mali had confirmed 20 cases of coronavirus as of Sunday morning.

Polls opened on Sunday at 0800 and turnout in the capital Bamako appeared low, a Reuters witness said.

There was no queue at one polling station, which allowed voters to cast their ballot while keeping the recommended distance from each other. Handwashing facilities were meant to be available, but the kits arrived too late for early voters.

"I voted without a problem, but the hygiene kit against coronavirus wasn't there," said 30-year-old driver Ibrahim Konare. "The priority for the new parliament should be the fight against insecurity and the eradication of coronavirus."

It was not clear how voting was going in the large areas of central and northern Mali that are effectively lawless and used by the jihadists as a base for attacks in Mali and into neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso.

Mali's main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse was ambushed last week while on the campaign trail in the northern region of Timbuktu. The attackers killed Cisse's bodyguard and took Cisse and six members of his delegation hostage. They have not been seen since.

The election will select 147 lawmakers for the national assembly, which has not had a mandate since 2018 because of the electoral delays.
Polling stations close at 1800 GMT with results due in the coming days. A second round is scheduled for April 19 in constituencies where no candidate wins a majority.

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