Trump denies sheltering in White House bunker Jun 04, 2020 0 1053 12345 WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied media reports that he was rushed for his safety to the White House bunker while protests raged in the streets outside.“It was a false report,” Trump told Fox News radio, before elaborating that he did go into the secure area but only for a “tiny, little, short period time.” According to The New York Times, quoting an unidentified source described as having direct knowledge, Secret Service bodyguards took Trump into the bunker on Friday night.Trump said he’d gone down but only during the day, not the night, as reported, and that he was partly doing so to carry out an “inspection.” “You go there, some day you may need it. You go there, I went down. I looked at it. It was during the day. It was not a problem,” he said.“I read about it, like a big thing. There was never a problem, we never had a problem, nobody ever came close to giving us a problem. The Secret Service does an unbelievable job of maintaining control of the White House,” he said.Reports of Trump taking shelter sparked a wave of online mockery, which is believed to have contributed to his decision on Monday to make a controversial walk across Lafayette Park to visit the partly damaged church of St John’s.Police violently dispersed mostly peaceful crowds of protesters to clear a path for Trump. To cap his show of strength, he stood outside the church for pictures of him holding up a Bible. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Spain’s doctors, nurses awarded Asturias prize for COVID-19 efforts Jun 04, 2020 0 687 UK PM condemns George Floyd killing as protesters take to London streets Jun 04, 2020 0 1455 Pentagon chief opposes Trump’s threat of military deployment to quell protests Jun 04, 2020 0 1092 US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in spat with Beijing AFP Washington The United States on Tuesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the country after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume services to China. “US carriers .. UN accuses Asian nations of censorship during pandemic AFP Geneva The UN rights chief warned on Wednesday that China and other Asian countries were using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to clamp down on free expression and tighten censorship. In a statement, Michelle .. China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will ‘backfire’ Beijing China warned Britain on Wednesday that interfering in Hong Kong will backfire, after the former colonial power vowed to give sanctuary to locals who may flee the city if a controversial security law is passed. The .. Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticised a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel after a massive diesel spill into a Siberian river. The spill of over 20,000 .. Bolsonaro appoints general interim health minister amid pandemic BOGOTA: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has appointed an army general the country’s interim health minister, after the two previous health ministers resigned over his handling of the country’s soaring COVID-19 .. Venezuela’s Maduro and Guaido agree to cooperate in virus fight CARACAS: The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido have reached an agreement to cooperate to raise funds for the fight against the coronavirus, they said on Tuesday. With .. WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials GENEVA: The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments. More than 3,500 patients have been .. Snapchat curbs Trump posts for inciting ‘racial violence’ SAN FRANCISCO: Snapchat on Wednesday stopped promoting posts by US President Donald Trump, saying they incite “racial violence.” “We are not currently promoting the president’s content on Snapchat’s Discover ..