Trump Holds Rally, Biden Meets With NATO Leaders Amid Scrutiny: Live Updates (2024)

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What To Look For This Week Biden Rips Into Project 2025, Perhaps A Bit Late Democratic Mayors Endorse Biden After Video Call Pelosi: 'It’s Up To The President' Whether Biden Should Stay In 2024 Race Pelosi Gives Lukewarm Statement On Biden Whitmer Again Defends Biden Dem Sen. Michael Bennet Says Trump On Track To Win, Maybe ‘By A Landslide’ ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Has Regrets After TMZ Video On Biden Emerges Democrats Express More Concerns About Joe Biden Donald Trump Keeps Pointing To Marco Rubio Amid Veep Talk Trump Claims Tens Of Thousands Like Hannibal Lecter Coming Into The U.S. Donald Trump Blames Joe Biden For The Price Of Bacon Donald Trump Challenges Joe Biden To Another ‘No-Holds-Barred’ Debate… And A Golf Game Donald Trump Arrives An Hour Late To His Rally Donald Trump Holding Rally In Florida NATO Secretary General Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom Biden Addresses NATO Leaders At Closely Watched Event Harris Highlights Differences Between Biden And Trump Biden Takes Interview With Houston Chronicle After Hurricane Beryl Biden To Meet With Democratic Mayors N.J. Dem Rep Asks Biden To Stop Campaign Polls Show Other Democrats Outperforming Biden Against Trump Chuck Schumer: ‘I’m With Joe’ House Dems' Unusual Tactic Amid Biden Turmoil Biden's Doctors Know Best, White House Press Secretary Suggests Trump Isn't Being Quiet Haley Urges Delegates To Support Trump House Democratic Communications Committee Co-Chair Voices Doubts Biden’s NATO Tuesday Kamala Harris In Las Vegas Tuesday Dem. Rep. Expresses Concern After Caucus Meeting Nadler: 'We All Have To Support' Biden See Our Earlier Updates On The 2024 Presidential Race References

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Trump Holds Rally, Biden Meets With NATO Leaders Amid Scrutiny: Live Updates (1)

President Joe Biden is meeting with NATO leaders at the White House this week amid growing calls for him to either prove he is capable of running the country or step aside in the 2024 race.

Former President Donald Trump, who has yet to announce his running mate, has several public events this week, including a rally at his resort in Miami.

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Trump continues to lead in polls after Biden’s shaky debate performance. Biden and his team have attempted damage control by having Biden call into MSNBC and sit down with ABC News, but some Democrats are still urging him to reconsider his presidential run.

See our previous reporting on the 2024 race here.

Follow live updates below:

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Sara Boboltz

What To Look For This Week

  • Biden is tasked with firming up support for his presidential bid as the fallout from his debate performance stretches into its second week.
  • Democrats in the House met behind closed doors to discuss the situation after Biden sent a letter to congressional Democrats on Monday saying he has no intention of dropping out. A handful have called on Biden to step aside, with many more voicing concerns about his ability to beat Trump. Others have said they support Biden, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.), along with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • While zero Senate Democrats have publicly called on Biden to drop out, they are also expected to confer in private this week.
  • On Thursday, the president is expected to give a rare press conference. Some allies have been urging the president to give more off-the-cuff interviews to prove he has the necessary stamina.
  • The revelation that a top Parkinson's specialist has visited the White House several times sparked concern on Monday. But the White House firmly denies Biden has shown signs of the disease and pointed out that the White House medical unit sees patients aside from the president.
  • Trump is gearing up for the Republican National Convention next week. He's been posting frequently on Truth Social and called in to Fox News for an interview with Sean Hannity, but he has yet to announce his vice presidential pick.

Andy Campbell

Biden Rips Into Project 2025, Perhaps A Bit Late

Biden continued Wednesday morning on a multi-day campaign against Project 2025, the hard-right agenda that Trump’s inner circle has been touting alongside his election bid.

“Project 2025 will destroy America. Look it up,” Biden said in a video posted to X.

The president has been issuing warnings about the authoritarian agenda for days — though he’s been criticized for failing to bring it up at the debate.

“Millions might have [looked it up] if you had maybe mentioned it at the *90 minute* debate you had on primetime TV,” wrote former MSNBC anchor Mehdi Hasan on X Tuesday night.

Project 2025 will destroy America.
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Look it up. We made it easy for you: https://t.co/GFccEpzfUs pic.twitter.com/jNW94z0e0Y

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 10, 2024

Liza Hearon

Democratic Mayors Endorse Biden After Video Call

The Democratic Mayors Association issued a statement supporting Biden and Harris for re-election, writing, "As Mayors, we have seen firsthand what it is like to lead a city under a Trump presidency. We can't endure another four years of chaos and fear."

The statement comes after Biden held a video call with nearly 200 Democratic mayors on Tuesday night to seek their support. The call lasted about 40 minutes and Biden took three questions, The New York Times reported.

One of the mayors described it as somewhat of a "scripted pep rally." The participants couldn't see who else was on the call or use the chat function, but they could use emojis and there were reportedly lots of smiley face emojis when Biden spoke.

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Jonathan Nicholson

Pelosi: 'It’s Up To The President' Whether Biden Should Stay In 2024 Race

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) answered the question of whether she thought President Joe Biden should continue his troubled run for reelection with a firm declaration: It’s up to Biden to decide.

Read more here.

Liza Hearon

Pelosi Gives Lukewarm Statement On Biden

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared on "Morning Joe" on Wednesday but didn't offer her full support when asked whether Biden should run.

"It's up to the president to decide if he is going to run. We're all encouraging him to to make that decision. Because time is running short," she said.

When asked whether she wants him to run, she replied with: "I want him to do whatever he decides to do."

She offered praise for Biden throughout the interview and pivoted to his handling of the NATO meeting this week.

"And I say to everyone, let's just hold off, whatever you're thinking, either tell somebody privately but you don't have to put that out on the table until we see how we go this week. But I'm very proud of the president," she said.

Pelosi previously said after the debate that questions about Biden's ability to serve were "legitimate." A spokesperson for Pelosi told HuffPost that the speaker has "full confidence" in Biden.

.@SpeakerPelosi asked about Biden's candidacy:

"I want him to do whatever he decides to do. And that's the way it is. Whatever he decides we go with." pic.twitter.com/HqaRGtv2dP

— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) July 10, 2024

Liza Hearon

Whitmer Again Defends Biden

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) appeared on Morning Joe on Wednesday to defend Biden.

"I am a co-chair of the campaign; I've spent a lot of time with the president over the last week or so. I can tell you — that debate was a lousy performance," she said, when asked if Biden is up to the job.

"The fact of the matter is, the president is showing that he's up to this moment, up to the job, up to the rigors .. he's in it to win it," she said.

"The fact of the matter is, the president is showing that he's up to this moment, up to the job... He's in it to win it."

@GovWhitmer voices support for Biden pic.twitter.com/fFT4Gagabv

— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) July 10, 2024

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Nick Visser

Dem Sen. Michael Bennet Says Trump On Track To Win, Maybe ‘By A Landslide’

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) confirmed on CNN Tuesday that he doesn’t think Biden can win in November.

“I just think this race is on a trajectory that is very worrisome if you care about the future of this country,” Bennet said on CNN. “Donald Trump is on track I think to win this election, and maybe win it by a landslide and take with it the Senate and the House.

“I have not seen anything remotely approaching the kind of plan we need to see out of the White House that can demonstrate that he can actually beat Donald Trump, which is not going to be about the accomplishments that we all had three and four years ago.”

🚨Dem Senator Michael Bennet on CNN: “Donald Trump is on track I think to win this election, and maybe win it by a landslide and take with it the Senate and the House.” pic.twitter.com/5e5P4mmJe9

— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) July 10, 2024

Carla Herreria Russo

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Has Regrets After TMZ Video On Biden Emerges

George Stephanopoulos, who recently sat down with Biden in an exclusive ABC News interview, told Puck News that he shouldn't have responded to a question from a passerby after a TMZ video emerged showing the news host expressing doubt in Biden's presidency.

“Earlier today I responded to a question from a passerby. I shouldn’t have," told Puck News.

Earlier Tuesday, TMZ published a video of Stephanopoulos telling the cameraperson, “I don’t think he can serve four more years,” referring to Biden.

NEW @PuckNews: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who recently interviewed Biden and was today caught in TMZ video saying he doesn’t think Biden “can serve four more years,” tells me, via spokesperson: “Earlier today I responded to a question from a passerby. I shouldn’t have.”

In a…

— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) July 10, 2024

Lydia O'Connor
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Democrats Express More Concerns About Joe Biden

Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Jon Tester (Mont.) all reportedly told colleagues at today’s Democratic caucus lunch they don’t think Biden can beat Trump, according to CNN’s Dana Bash. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly indicated that he believed Biden’s nomination was already set in stone, but that if senators were concerned, they should call the president.

Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) also went public with his uneasiness over Biden, telling The New Jersey Globe that he does “have concerns.”

“If [Biden’s team] want to rebut some of what people are concerned about, that’s on them. But dismissing it would not be right,” he said. “People have concerns – I mean, this is the presidency of the United States. So I think it’s very important to be upfront and honest about where things are.”

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Nick Visser
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Donald Trump Keeps Pointing To Marco Rubio Amid Veep Talk

Trump has twice now pointed to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), alluding to his upcoming choice for vice president. At one point, he asked if Rubio would vote for a plan to make tips for service workers tax-free, before adding, “Well, you may or may not be there to vote for it.”

“I think they probably think that I will be announcing that Marco is vice president,” Trump said at another point, pointing at the media.

Nick Visser
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Trump Claims Tens Of Thousands Like Hannibal Lecter Coming Into The U.S.

Trump is repeating his false and misleading claims that the Biden administration has allowed tens of thousands of migrants from “insane asylums and mental institutions” into the country.

The former president said Biden was effectively allowing thousands like Hannibal Lecter, the infamous cannibal from the film “Silence of the Lambs,” to enter the U.S. Those are baseless claims Trump has repeatedly rolled out on the campaign trail to fearmonger to his base.
Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images

Lydia O'Connor
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Donald Trump Blames Joe Biden For The Price Of Bacon

Trump, who’s crafted a public image around his wealth, says he doesn’t buy bacon anymore because it’s gotten too expensive under inflation—something he blamed on Biden’s administration.

“People were destroyed with the inflation. I don't even order bacon anymore,” he said.

“Too expensive,” he continued. “I don't want it."

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Nick Visser

Donald Trump Challenges Joe Biden To Another ‘No-Holds-Barred’ Debate… And A Golf Game

Trump mocked Biden’s performance during the opening of his rally in Florida, challenging the president to another debate, “no-holds-barred,” sometime next week.

“But this time it will be man-to-man, no moderators,” Trump said.

Trump went on to say Biden should test his “skills and stamina” against his on the golf course, challenging him to an 18-hole game of golf at his Doral course.

Lydia O'Connor

Donald Trump Arrives An Hour Late To His Rally

Trump arrived nearly an hour late to his rally in Doral, Florida, where people have been waiting outside for him in 86 degree-heat

Mollie Reilly

Donald Trump Holding Rally In Florida

Trump is scheduled to speak soon at a rally at his golf club in Doral, Florida.

It's his first rally in 11 days — his last was held the day after the presidential debate. But as HuffPost's Ryan Grenoble pointed out, Trump has been very active on his social media platform, Truth Social.

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Sara Boboltz
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NATO Secretary General Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Biden ended his remarks by awarding NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the highest U.S. civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biden extolled Stoltenberg's decade of service at a time when the alliance is being tested by Russia's war in Ukraine. A statement read during the short ceremony referred to Stoltenberg as "a visionary statesman and ceaseless defender of democracy."

Sara Boboltz

Biden Addresses NATO Leaders At Closely Watched Event

Speaking from the same venue where NATO was signed into being in 1949, the president recalled the history of the defense pact and praised its longevity. Biden dubbed NATO “the single greatest, most effective alliance in the history of the world.”

He celebrated the “remarkable progress” the organization has made in holding its members to its financial goals, seemingly hitting back one of Trump’s favorite criticisms of the group. Biden said that 23 NATO countries will spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense and noted that “some will spend more than that.”

Sara Boboltz

Harris Highlights Differences Between Biden And Trump

Onstage in Las Vegas, the vice president echoed Biden campaign talking points by drawing sharp contrasts between Biden and Trump. On the topic of health care, she pointed to Trump’s attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act and Biden’s efforts to lower the prices of prescription drugs for people on Medicare. She also highlighted Project 2025, the extreme right-wing blueprint from which Trump has attempted to distance himself.

“The one thing we know about our president, Joe Biden, is that he is a fighter. He is a fighter. And he is the first to say when you get knocked down, you get back up,” Harris told the crowd, to cheers.

She also knocked the press for what she described as a lack of coverage of the Supreme Court's decision about presidential powers.

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Sara Boboltz

Biden Takes Interview With Houston Chronicle After Hurricane Beryl

Tuesday afternoon, The Houston Chronicle conducted an interview over the phone with the president as part of his media blitz. He talked about the impacts of Hurricane Beryl across Texas, which is currently experiencing mass power outages due to the extreme weather. It is not clear exactly when the newspaper will run the interview.

Sara Boboltz

Biden To Meet With Democratic Mayors

The president will hold a video conference with Democratic mayors of major U.S. cities to shore up support around 8 p.m. ET, after his NATO engagement, The New York Times reported. The attendees are expected to include New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and others.

Carla Herreria Russo

N.J. Dem Rep Asks Biden To Stop Campaign

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) asked Biden to stop his campaign, saying she's heard from people in her district who are concerned about another Trump presidency.

Sherrill made note of Biden's accomplishments but cast doubt on whether Biden would be the best opponent.

"Because I know President Biden cares deeply about the future of our country, I am asking that he declare that he won't run for reeleciton and will help lead us through a process toward a new nominee."

Notable — Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), says Biden should step aside.

“[B]ecause I know President Biden cares deeply about the future of our country, I am asking that he declare that he won’t run for reelection and will help lead us through a process toward a new nominee.” pic.twitter.com/s3jg0n3IP9

— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) July 9, 2024

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Lydia O'Connor

Polls Show Other Democrats Outperforming Biden Against Trump

New polls shared by Politico and AARP show Trump leading Biden, with one finding that Vice President Kamala Harris and 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton both have better shots at beating Trump than the current president.

Read more here.

Sara Boboltz

Chuck Schumer: ‘I’m With Joe’

Reporters asked the Senate majority leader about his confidence in the president, about the potential for a challenger to come forward at the party’s convention, and about a recent comment made by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) casting doubt on Biden’s candidacy.

Schumer responded identically to each question, reiterating his support for Biden.

Chuck Schumer asked three times in 90 seconds about President Biden.

Schumer's response each time:

"As I've said before, I'm with Joe." pic.twitter.com/hGXcLf7Q5b

— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) July 9, 2024

Jonathan Nicholson

House Dems' Unusual Tactic Amid Biden Turmoil

Leaving a weekly party meeting, most Democrats opted to keep quiet or simply say it had been a good meeting when asked how the discussion went, trying to leave little fuel for the narrative that they are in disarray.

The mum’s-the-word approach from the usually chatty Democrats, known for not adhering to party message discipline, was a sign of how riven the caucus is over how to proceed. A person briefed on the meeting afterward described the mood as “sad and frustrated.”

Read more here.

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Sara Boboltz

Biden's Doctors Know Best, White House Press Secretary Suggests

Facing another daily briefing packed with questions about Biden’s health, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre remained unruffled as she firmly defended her boss. She emphasized Biden’s policy record and how progressives and the congressional Black and Latino caucuses are still backing him.

Jean-Pierre said Biden’s doctors “don’t believe he needs anything more” than the physical he had four months ago. In a letter dated Feb. 28, Biden’s doctor wrote that “an extremely detailed neurologic exam" showed no signs of any disorder. The press secretary also pointed out how, as president of the United States, Biden has unique access to health care, with a medical room located just a short walk away from the Oval Office.

Ryan Grenoble

Trump Isn't Being Quiet

Amid ongoing debate about President Joe Biden’s cognition and what that means for his candidacy, it may seem like Donald Trump has embraced the decidedly non-Trump strategy of being quiet and avoiding attention.

He has not.

Read more here.

Paige Lavender

Haley Urges Delegates To Support Trump

Politico reports former GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley is urging her constituents to back Trump at next week's convention.

“The nominating convention is a time for Republican unity. Joe Biden is not competent to serve a second term and Kamala Harris would be a disaster for America,” Haley said in a statement. “We need a president who will hold our enemies to account, secure our border, cut our debt, and get our economy back on track. I encourage my delegates to support Donald Trump next week in Milwaukee.”

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Sara Boboltz

House Democratic Communications Committee Co-Chair Voices Doubts

Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), one of three co-chairs of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, said she shares concerns about Biden with Massachusetts voters. (The committee works to craft a unified message across the Democratic caucus.)

“While President Biden has made clear he feels he is the best candidate to win this election, nothing that has happened over the past twelve days suggests that voters see things the same way," Trahan said in a statement. "Over the next four months, I will do everything in my power to help Democrats retake the House and defeat Donald Trump.”

New statement from Rep. Lori Trahan, D-MA, a New Democrat and member of leadership, on Biden’s viability: pic.twitter.com/4bNFLXZ7RR

— Ben Siegel (@bensiegel) July 9, 2024

Sara Boboltz

Biden’s NATO Tuesday

The president has little on his public schedule until late afternoon, when he leaves the White House to head to the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, the site of the NATO treaty's 1949 signing, a few streets over.

Biden is expected to deliver remarks on the treaty's 75th anniversary at 5 p.m. ET, accompanied by the first lady.

Leaders of NATO countries, including the new British prime minister Keir Starmer, are joining the president for a show of support as he reassures them that he is up for the task of beating Trump, a longtime NATO skeptic, and serving another term.

Sara Boboltz
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Kamala Harris In Las Vegas Tuesday

The vice president is scheduled to fly to Las Vegas to speak at a campaign event at around 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET). She will then participate in a moderated discussion around 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET).

Many Nevada Democrats are still backing Biden as their party’s presidential nominee. One of them, Rep. Dina Titus, told The New York Times that she wanted to see the matter of Biden’s nomination wrapped up quickly, either by uniting behind Biden or behind Harris, for simplicity's sake.

“I don’t want to see an open convention — that drags it out longer, puts the Democrats in disarray,” Titus told the outlet. “Let’s get it resolved. And having her [Harris] step up would be the easiest way to go. But for now, I’m hoping that the ticket remains Biden-Harris.”

Harris will then fly to Texas in the evening.

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Paige Lavender

Dem. Rep. Expresses Concern After Caucus Meeting

“I’m concerned about him dragging the ticket down,” Rep. Quigley leaving today’s Democratic caucus meeting. “I don’t think he should stay in the race.”

He said he’a sworn to secrecy about who else shares the same sentiment and is “already off the Christmas card list”

— Kadia Goba (@kadiagoba) July 9, 2024

Paige Lavender

Nadler: 'We All Have To Support' Biden

Rep. Jerry Nadler, who said privately he thinks Biden should withdraw, tells reporters: “Whether or not I have concerns is besides the point. He is going to be our nominee and we all have to support him.”

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 9, 2024

Paige Lavender

See Our Earlier Updates On The 2024 Presidential Race

HuffPost has been live blogging about the race between Biden and Trump.

Read our earlier updates here.

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