Republican presidential candidates met in South Carolina for their sixth debate in the campaign. Billionaire Donald Trump continues to hold a commanding lead in the polls. As in previous debates, he was again at the centre of attention.
The former president took to the stage to criticize the trajectory of US politics under Trump. But the same day Chief of Staff John Kelly gave a passionate defense of Trump's outreach to grieving military families.
The US president has suggested the government consider revoking broadcast licenses for outlets running stories critical of his administration. Some warned that freedom of speech is under threat.
US President Trump triggered a stinging response from Puerto Rico's mayor after he cast doubts over his will to help the devastated territory. The war of words played out as lawmakers approved a relief package.
Republican Bob Corker, a former supporter of Trump, has voiced "concern" at the US president's actions, which he says could lead to war. The comment comes amid a growing spat between the two men.
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