The United States presidential election is in 46 days. Here at UKUFU, we cut through the noise and deliver the nonpartisan news you need to stay informed about this election. Here is a summary of the political issues making headlines today.
Trump Says His Affordable Care Act Replacement is Ready
During a town-hall election meeting, President Trump told attendees he has a health care plan ready to replace the Affordable Care Act. He explained, “We’re going to be doing a health care plan very strongly, and protect people with preexisting conditions. I have it all ready, and it’s a much better plan for you, and it’s a much better plan.”
According to CNN, Trump has promised the release of a health care plan for over 15 months, but has yet to reveal any details.
In response to Trump’s comments, Senator Minority Leader Charles Schumer wrote on Twitter, “He just keeps promising his magic healthcare plan is right around the corner. The truth: he has no plan.”
FBI Director Says Russia is Interfering in the Presidential Election
Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Russia has been actively trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential election to damage the Biden Campaign. Wray explained, Russia has been using social media “to bolster divide and discord among the public.” He also added that the F.B.I. is working with social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, to remove fake accounts spreading misinformation.
Former Trump Administration Official Supports Biden over Trump
According to the New York Times, Olivia Troye, a former top homeland security aide to Vice President Pence, endorsed former Vice President Biden for President and accused President Trump of mishandling the coronavirus pandemic. She also added that she “believes the nation is in a constitutional crisis and that at this point it’s country over party.”
In response to Troye’s comments, White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “Outside of generally watching the White House coronavirus task force from the overflow staff room, this disgruntled former detailee was never in private meetings with the president and her assertions have no basis in reality and are flat out inaccurate.”
Twitter Increases Efforts to Protect High-Profile Accounts
In preparation for the U.S. election, Twitter announced it will be “taking the additional step of proactively implementing account security measures for a designated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the US.” These protections extend to Congressional members, campaign officials, governors, major U.S. news outlets, among others.
The additional protections aim to improve the detection of hackers and prevent malicious account takeovers, such as the hacking of Biden’s Twitter account this past July.
Your Friday Political Poll: Presidential Polls by News Outlet
According four major news outlets, President Trump is polling by as much as ten percentage points behind the Biden campaign.