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Lisa Curry and her son Jett Kenny have shared their pain a day after burying their daughter and sister Jaimi Kenny following a years-long battle with an eating disorder and alcoholism.

Jaimi died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital last Monday morning surrounded by her family, including both her Olympian mother and Ironman father Grant Kenny.

Poignant tributes shared on Instagram on Sunday morning were a final goodbye to the beloved 33-year-old from a family who still can’t believe she is gone.

‘Yesterday, as the sun was setting, we said goodbye to you, our Jaimi,’ Curry wrote of the 100-person funeral at Sunshine Coast Chapel on Saturday.

Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September

Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September

Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September

‘As the last sun rays filtered through the trees onto you, fairy lights flickering everywhere around, with the most divine flowers surrounding you, and a room full of unconditional love, we farewelled you… always our bubba.

‘It was just perfect… beautiful, quiet, pretty and sparkly… just the way you would have wanted it.’

Curry alluded to her daughter’s heartbreaking battle with the demons that led to her death – that at least now they would haunt her no more.

‘Our little angel, you can now rest peacefully. Free of pain, free to flourish and free to grow, free to just be,’ she wrote.

‘Jaimi, as dad and I lovingly held you when you took your first breath, we lovingly held you as you took your last. Goodnight sweet girl… we hope you have a nice long sleep.’

Jaimi’s brother Jett penned his own somber tribute within an hour of his mother’s, reflecting on the good times the close family with his ‘biggest sister’.

‘You were there whenever I needed you, you taught me how to cook gourmet food like roast potatoes, chicken and salad, and tacos – the essentials in our household,’ he wrote.

‘You gave me a slight insight into fashion by dressing me in up in dresses and putting makeup on me when I was young. You’d sit behind me while I ate dinner and would pick at anything pimple looking on my back – even if it was just a mole.

‘You were my second mother, you were my biggest sister, you were my friend, and you were a fighter until the very end. 

‘Jaimi, I will love you forever and you will always have a place in my heart. I will miss you dearly, but cherish the moments we had together greatly. I love you so much, and I will see you again at some point.’

Jett also reflected on the funeral, thanking the people who were able to attend and those who couldn’t due to Queensland’s gathering limit due to coronavirus.

‘Yesterday we said our final goodbyes to my beautiful sister and I would just like to thank everyone for your overwhelming love and support,’ he wrote.

‘The entire family was inundated with loving messages, flowers and thoughts for our beautiful Jaimi. I personally will never be able to thank everyone enough. But do know that it will never be forgotten.’

Dozens of devastated family and friends had gathered for the funeral on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon, after the tight-knit clan spent almost a week grieving the loss of the ‘bright, bubbly’ Jaimi.

After almost two hours, guests began filling out of the Sunshine Coast Chapel. Lisa could be seen bursting into tears as her husband Mark Tabone, family members and friends, all tried to comfort her.

Those in attendance congregated out the front of the church, tearfully exchanging hugs before Jaimi’s immediate family followed them out of the service.

Jett, sister Morgan and their devastated parents embraced as Jaimi’s white coffin, covered in pink and orange dahlias and baby’s breath, was placed in the back of the hearse and carried away. 

The heart-wrenching final goodbye was made all the more difficult with only 100 family and friends allowed to attend under Queensland coronavirus restrictions. 

Former Olympian Lisa Curry (pictured second from the right) is pictured with tears in her eyes as she emerges after from the emotional church service with her husband Mark Tabone (pictured right)

Former Olympian Lisa Curry (pictured second from the right) is pictured with tears in her eyes as she emerges after from the emotional church service with her husband Mark Tabone (pictured right)

Former Olympian Lisa Curry (pictured second from the right) is pictured with tears in her eyes as she emerges after from the emotional church service with her husband Mark Tabone (pictured right)

Family and friends of Jaimi Kenny are seen embracing each other at the conclusion of the heartbreaking funeral service

Family and friends of Jaimi Kenny are seen embracing each other at the conclusion of the heartbreaking funeral service

Family and friends of Jaimi Kenny are seen embracing each other at the conclusion of the heartbreaking funeral service

The heart-wrenching picture captures the emotion of Jaimi's family in the wake of her shocking and tragic death

The heart-wrenching picture captures the emotion of Jaimi's family in the wake of her shocking and tragic death

The heart-wrenching picture captures the emotion of Jaimi’s family in the wake of her shocking and tragic death

Jaimi Kenny's brother Jett (pictured front left) and father Grant Kenny (pictured front right) can be seen leading the pallbearers as they carrying her coffin out of the church

Jaimi Kenny's brother Jett (pictured front left) and father Grant Kenny (pictured front right) can be seen leading the pallbearers as they carrying her coffin out of the church

Jaimi Kenny’s brother Jett (pictured front left) and father Grant Kenny (pictured front right) can be seen leading the pallbearers as they carrying her coffin out of the church

Tribute: A bagpiper played a stirring tune as Jaimi's white coffin, covered in pink and orange dahlias and baby’s breath, was placed in the back of the hearse

Tribute: A bagpiper played a stirring tune as Jaimi's white coffin, covered in pink and orange dahlias and baby’s breath, was placed in the back of the hearse

Tribute: A bagpiper played a stirring tune as Jaimi’s white coffin, covered in pink and orange dahlias and baby’s breath, was placed in the back of the hearse

Jaimi's casket is placed in the back of a hearse as those in attendance at the memorial service fight back tears

Jaimi's casket is placed in the back of a hearse as those in attendance at the memorial service fight back tears

Jaimi’s casket is placed in the back of a hearse as those in attendance at the memorial service fight back tears

Dozens of mourners at Jaimi Kenny's funeral a pictured giving their final farewell to the beloved young woman

Dozens of mourners at Jaimi Kenny's funeral a pictured giving their final farewell to the beloved young woman

Dozens of mourners at Jaimi Kenny’s funeral a pictured giving their final farewell to the beloved young woman

Lisa Curry is pictured in tears next to her son Jett, as Jaimi's body is being prepared to be driven away in a hearse

Lisa Curry is pictured in tears next to her son Jett, as Jaimi's body is being prepared to be driven away in a hearse

Lisa Curry is pictured in tears next to her son Jett, as Jaimi’s body is being prepared to be driven away in a hearse

Earlier on Saturday, as the service got underway, swathes of brightly dressed mourners arrived at the Maroochydore funeral home wearing floral patterns.

They gathered out the front of the venue from about 3.30pm, chatting quietly among themselves until the Curry-Kenny clan arrived. 

Jett donned a slick, grey suit and dark tinted sunglasses when he stepped out of a car alongside his Ironman father about 4pm. 

The pair supported one another as they made their way through the crowd of friends and family. 

A lone man playing a somber melody on the bagpipes eventually greeted guests, instructing them to make their way into the church for the service to begin. 

Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny have farewelled their eldest daughter Jaimi Kenny (pictured left) on Saturday at a funeral service on the Sunshine Coast

Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny have farewelled their eldest daughter Jaimi Kenny (pictured left) on Saturday at a funeral service on the Sunshine Coast

Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny have farewelled their eldest daughter Jaimi Kenny (pictured left) on Saturday at a funeral service on the Sunshine Coast

Jaimi (pictured) has been described by those that knew her as 'bright and bubbly'

Jaimi (pictured) has been described by those that knew her as 'bright and bubbly'

Jaimi can be seen in this photograph with a big smile on her face snapping a picture

Jaimi can be seen in this photograph with a big smile on her face snapping a picture

Dozens of devastated family and friends spent almost a week grieving the loss of the ‘bright, bubbly’ Jaimi (pictured)

Jaimi Kenny, 33, had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic (Jaimi, left, is pictured with her family at her sister Morgan's 2016 wedding)

Jaimi Kenny, 33, had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic (Jaimi, left, is pictured with her family at her sister Morgan's 2016 wedding)

Jaimi Kenny, 33, had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic (Jaimi, left, is pictured with her family at her sister Morgan’s 2016 wedding)

Jaimi is the eldest daughter of Australian sporting champions Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny

Jaimi is the eldest daughter of Australian sporting champions Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny

Jaimi sits on her mother's shoulders as she returns from the 1990 Commonwealth Games with gold medals around her neck

Jaimi sits on her mother's shoulders as she returns from the 1990 Commonwealth Games with gold medals around her neck

Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny farewelled Jaimi on Saturday September 19 in a moving service on the Sunshine Coast

Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017

Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017

Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017

Jaimi’s immediate family had gathered at Grant’s waterfront home in the morning before the service. They spent the morning preparing for the funeral together and tidying up the house, before friends eventually came to help them transport bouquets of flowers which have been arriving since news of Jaimi’s tragic death spread. 

Jaimi’s younger sister Morgan, who is pregnant, arrived with her husband Ryan and their two-year-old son Flynn before other members of the family after they left the Kenny home earlier on Saturday to head to the church. 

Jaimi was particularly close with Flynn, and constantly doted on him. 

The proud aunt often commented on how much she adored the two-year-old – who shares an incredible likeness to her when she was a child, with her famous golden blonde tresses and big blue eyes. 

Just three weeks ago, Morgan shared a photograph of her and Flynn to Instagram, and Jaimi was quick to comment: ‘Just divine, both of you’, alongside several heart emojis.

Four weeks before that, she again commented on a photograph of Flynn, and commented that Morgan’s growing family was ‘just the cutest’.

‘Darling Flynn, oh you are beautiful,’ another comment left by Jaimi read.  

Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he 'may not have been the best brother' to Jaimi (right) they 'loved one another unconditionally'

Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he 'may not have been the best brother' to Jaimi (right) they 'loved one another unconditionally'

Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ to Jaimi (right) they ‘loved one another unconditionally’

Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)

Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)

Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)

Prior to her death, Jaimi had expressed her desire to one day have a family of her own, and absolutely doted on the children in her family.

After her parents’ marriage deteriorated, Ironman Grant Kenny went on to have a daughter Trixie Belle with radio star Fifi Box.   

‘Trixie’ was the centre of Jaimi’s universe, and the nanny even moved down to Melbourne to live with the duo.

‘Jaimi absolutely adored children and was especially close to Trixie,’ a family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily. The children gave her ‘a whole new lease on life’. 

But her struggles with her mental health brought her back to the Sunshine Coast and her parents shortly after making the move.

She worked closely with the End ED clinic which specialises in eating disorder treatment and recovery.  

Jaimi met and fell in love with local business owner Lachy Crossley on the Sunshine Coast. 

His mother Gail said ‘they had plans to be together forever… They were certainly in love’. 

‘You could just see the love in their eyes that they had for each other. People described them as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet,’ Dr Crossley added.

Condolences: Lisa's husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi

Condolences: Lisa's husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi

Condolences: Lisa’s husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi

Sad: 'Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,' Lisa said

Sad: 'Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,' Lisa said

Sad: ‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,’ Lisa said 

New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi - who had a close friendship with her ex's adult children, including Jaimi (left) - did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017

New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi - who had a close friendship with her ex's adult children, including Jaimi (left) - did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017

New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi – who had a close friendship with her ex’s adult children, including Jaimi (left) – did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017

But in 2017, Lachy died in circumstances ‘too heartbreaking’ for the family to discuss.

The happy couple had recently moved in together and had began discussing their future together. They both loved each other and loved children even more.

The tragedy plunged Jaimi further into a depression and she spent the years to follow in and out of hospital and the eating disorder clinic.

Her medical team tried everything, including blood transfusions, to extend her life.   

The Curry-Kenny clan have repeatedly expressed their fondness of her medical team, and thanked them for their hard work in maintaining Jaimi’s quality of life. 

On Friday night, Morgan’s husband Ryan thanked the local community for their support and outpouring of love in the days since Jaimi’s death.   

‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered kind words, gifts, support and love to Jaimi’s family and I. The condolences are so welcome and helpful,’ he wrote alongside a photo with bouquets of flowers.

‘We have been sharing the messages with each other and although we may not have been able to offer a response we have received the love from all of it and are very appreciative. 

‘Jaimi was so very loved and will be so very missed but the love we all share for her will keep her memory alive.’

Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Tragedy: Lisa's ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their 'caring and loving' daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14

Tragedy: Lisa's ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their 'caring and loving' daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14

Tragedy: Lisa’s ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their ‘caring and loving’ daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14

Jaimi was extremely tough on herself, growing up in a family surrounded by Olympians, Ironmen, models and professional dancers.  

Grant and her brother Jett are both Ironmen and revered within the local surf life saving community.

Jett still works as a life guard with Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, and is also a successful model.

Meanwhile her younger sister Morgan flourished when she moved to France for her dance career, scoring a prestigious role with the Moulin Rouge.  

‘She was incredibly hard on herself and her own harshest critic, but completely non-judgmental of others,’ a Curry-Kenny family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily.

‘Growing up on the beach on the Sunny Coast, she was – apart from being incredibly gorgeous – a genuinely kind soul, bubbly, loveable and outgoing. No-one knew until many years later about her silent struggles with depression and chronic eating disorders. She managed to keep on smiling despite so many very dark days.’

Despite her ongoing struggles, friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her.

Even retail assistants at her local shopping centre in Kawana told Daily Mail Australia she was always a ‘friendly face’ when she popped in. 

Her model brother Jett paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday, admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ they ‘loved one another unconditionally’.

‘I may not have been the best brother to you all the time, I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time, but I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time,’ he wrote.

‘I will love you forever. Rest In Peace my beautiful big sister, the world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one. You will be dearly missed by all whose lives you touched.’

The tight-knit family have been congregating at Kenny’s luxury home in the days since Jaimi’s passing.

They’ve kept a relatively low profile, instead opting to mourn privately.

But Jett has been spotted several times around town, turning to his closest friends during the difficult time.

Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought 'light and laughter' to the lives of those she around her

Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought 'light and laughter' to the lives of those she around her

Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her 

Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan

Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan

Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan

RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer

RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer

RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer

He has shared several photographs taken at the gym, enjoying cocktails and pizza at a Brisbane bar and at the surf club where he works in the days since Jaimi’s passing. 

Jaimi had been struggling for some time in the lead up to her tragic death, both with her eating disorder and a dependency on alcohol.

She first sought help for mental health ‘troubles’, including anxiety, when she was 14. 

But in 2014, she was charged with high range drink driving after she was caught swerving between lanes on the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

Police pulled her over, and she was required to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where the court heard she had consumed up to 16 bottles of Strongbow cider.

She recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.23 per cent at the scene – almost five times the legal limit.

Her lawyer at the time told the court she was getting help for her problems, and admitted that alcohol had become ‘a bit of a feature’ in her life since the deterioration of a romantic relationship in 2012.  

Jaimi had been supported by her parents and siblings through many years of treatment at private clinic End ED, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. 

Shattered staff at the clinic said they could not discuss Jaimi’s struggle, but told how she became part of the ‘family’ over the years.  

She was an avid swimmer at the time and hoped to follow in her Olympian mother’s footsteps.  

The family confirmed Jaimi’s death on Monday September 14 with a moving statement.  

‘It is with a very heavy heart that Lisa and I confirm that our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family,’ Grant first said on Monday.

‘Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,’ he continued.

‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.’ 

For free and confidential support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorder concerns on 1800 ED HOPE   

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Trump slams ‘terrible’ and ‘corrupt’ Biden family over email scandal during White House town hall

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President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden‘s campaign during a White House town hall, calling the Democrat’s family ‘corrupt’ and accusing Twitter and Facebook of engaging in ‘election interference’ by trying to censor the story.  

Trump launched his attack when he sat down with Eric Bolling in the Rose Garden for the Sinclair Broadcasting Network event which aired on Wednesday night.  

Bolling opened the discussion by asking Trump about his campaign strategy in the final days leading up to the election on November 3 – noting that the Biden camp paused events ahead of Thursday night’s debate.  

Trump referenced his busy campaign schedule before suggesting that Biden is backing away from the media to avoid questions about emails purportedly found on his son Hunter’s laptop, which could potentially implicate him in Hunter’s questionable international business dealings.  

‘I think he doesn’t want to be asked about his family because it’s corrupt. What they’ve done is corrupt. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it,’ Trump said.

President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden's campaign during a White House town hall event aired on Wednesday night

President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden's campaign during a White House town hall event aired on Wednesday night

President Donald Trump seized on the laptop scandal plaguing his rival Joe Biden’s campaign during a White House town hall event aired on Wednesday night 

Trump suggested that Joe Biden is shying away from the media because of the email scandal surrounding his son Hunter (pictured together)

Trump suggested that Joe Biden is shying away from the media because of the email scandal surrounding his son Hunter (pictured together)

Trump suggested that Joe Biden is shying away from the media because of the email scandal surrounding his son Hunter (pictured together)

‘When you look at the laptop – we call it the “laptop from hell” – and when you look at what they’ve done as a family, where the son follows the father into these countries and they walk away with tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars, it’s ridiculous.

‘And then the press doesn’t want to cover it, big tech doesn’t want to cover it.’ 

Bolling asked: ‘Is there anything you think has been done with the Bidens, Hunter, his father, that’s illegal?’

Trump pointed to a Fox News report claiming that Joe Biden was promised 10 percent equity in a deal with a Chinese energy firm that Hunter Biden allegedly helped broker 2017. 

That report was based on an email chain purportedly found on Hunter’s laptop which sources said referred to Joe as ‘the big guy’ receiving the equity. 

‘It’s terrible, it’s terrible,’ Trump said. He also pointed to the ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ Hunter received while serving on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, saying: ‘He knows nothing about energy.’

‘It’s a corrupt enterprise, there’s no question about it,’ Trump added. 

Bolling then shifted the conversation to focus on Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of a bombshell New York Post article describing the contents of Hunter’s laptop. 

‘Do you feel Twitter and Facebook are biased in this election?’ Bolling asked. 

‘Oh, 100 percent,’ Trump replied. ‘Frankly, that’s turning out to be as big a story as the corruption itself. 

‘They’re trying to protect [Biden] because that’s the way it is with the Democrats, that’s part of the Democratic Party.’

The president accused Twitter and Facebook of engaging in censorship and election interference ‘at a level nobody’s ever seen’.

Sinclair Broadcasting Network's Eric Bolling (right) hosted the town hall in the White House Rose Garden

Sinclair Broadcasting Network's Eric Bolling (right) hosted the town hall in the White House Rose Garden

Sinclair Broadcasting Network’s Eric Bolling (right) hosted the town hall in the White House Rose Garden

A significant portion of the hour-long discussion focused around the coronavirus pandemic, as Trump was asked to clarify his views on masks and whether he would change anything about America’s response to the crisis. 

Early on, Bolling asked: ‘Why has the mask become such a political football? Would it be that bad if we just said: “You know what, open the economy, open your businesses, go to restaurants, open your stores, open your schools just wear a mask?”‘

‘I have no problem with it, I have no problem with a mask,’ Trump replied.

‘Frankly some people don’t like it, some people don’t like it scientifically. You have a lot of different views on the masks. 

‘I mean look at [Dr Anthony] Fauci, where originally he said: “Don’t wear a mask,” and then he comes out and says: ‘Wear it.” That’s okay.’

Trump has made that claim about Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, on many occasions in the past – but it’s misleading. 

Fauci did suggest in a March interview that it was not necessary for people to wear masks – prior to when the CDC made a formal facial covering recommendation in early April. 

Fauci clarified those comments in July, telling the Washington Post: ‘Back then, the critical issue was to save the masks for the people who really needed them because it was felt that there was a shortage of masks.’   

Bolling also asked Trump about the media’s fixation on his mask habits, saying: ‘There are a couple channels that make a living off of what you say and what you do with masks. Why not just take that away from them?’

Trump replied: ‘Well, I have done that, I said, wear a mask, socially distance, and all of those things, and people are going to do what they want to do. 

‘You know, when you see my rallies, a lot of those people are actually wearing masks. And they’re outdoor rallies, which is very important. No, to me it’s not a big issue, I say wear it, it’s okay, I have no problem with it.’ 

Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus on October 5

Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus on October 5

Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus on October 5 

At another point in the town hall Bolling probed Trump more generally about the pandemic, asking: ‘Is there anything that you think you could have done differently, if you had a do-over on one aspect of the way you handled it, what would it be?’ 

‘Not much,’ Trump responded.

‘Look, it’s all over the world. You have a lot of great leaders, a lot of smart people. It’s all over the world. It came out of China. China should have stopped it,’ he added.  

Trump’s immediate response did not account for the rising coronavirus infections across the country, including in the Midwest and other reasons, or the nation continuing to lead in the death toll. 

Public health officials have pointed to a lack of social distancing, continued gatherings, reopenings despite high positivity test rates, and people’s refusal to embrace mask wearing and other steps. 

With more than eight million cases, the US continues to lead the world, and is far ahead of other wealthy countries with advanced health systems. India, population 1.3 billion, is in second place and on an upward trajectory.

Later in the town hall Trump asserted that the only reason the US has most cases out of any country is because of testing. 

Trump has often said that the US does more testing than any other country, contradicting public health data.  

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The president regularly touts a travel ban he instituted on flights from China, but his administration faced criticism in the spring for severe shortages of protective equipment and testing capacity. 

Trump himself was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but he told Bolling: ‘I feel great, I feel really good, I had it, I recovered.’ 

He added that his wife Melania and son Barron are also doing well after they tested positive the same time he did. 

He used 14-year-old Barron’s quick recovery as evidence that the virus doesn’t pose a major threat to young people. 

Asked by an audience member if educators and students will be prioritized for vaccines, Trump quickly pivoted to say that older people are at the highest risk and need extra protection.  

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Virgin Australia has launched a massive sale with tickets starting from as little as $69 ahead of the Christmas holidays.

The airline launched its Cheers to 20 Years Sale on Thursday with slashed prices for Australians to prepare their next getaway.

Those looking to take advantage of the cheap fares must hurry as tickets will be on sale until October 27, unless sold out prior.

The travelling dates on offer are between November 25 and March 31, 2021. 

Tickets from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) one way are on sale for only $75

Tickets from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) one way are on sale for only $75

Tickets from Sydney to Byron Bay (pictured) one way are on sale for only $75

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston (pictured) have also been slashed for just $79

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston (pictured) have also been slashed for just $79

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston (pictured) have also been slashed for just $79

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast for just $69 one way, or a bit further up north to Brisbane for $89.

Those wanting to stay within the state, can book tickets to Byron Bay one way for only $75. 

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide for $89, Canberra for $119 or Brisbane for $129. 

Flights to Alice Springs from Adelaide are listed for $169, but those wanting to head to Brisbane will play slightly less at $129. 

With Tasmania slowly opening up its borders, flights from Brisbane to Hobart have been slashed to $139.  

Tickets for Melburnians who want to travel to Launceston have also been slashed for just $79.  

The airline is also offering flights to Perth but travellers must quarantine for 14 days in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast (pictured) for just $69 one way

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast (pictured) for just $69 one way

Sydneysiders looking for a break elsewhere can head to the Gold Coast (pictured) for just $69 one way

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide (pictured) for $89

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide (pictured) for $89

Melburnains who want to escape the state for a much needed break following a strict lockdown can head to Adelaide (pictured) for $89

A Virgin Australia spokesperson said that it was exciting for them to offer cheaper flights as state borders and restrictions begin to ease. 

‘With borders slowly reopening and more Australians excited to explore their own backyard, we’re making it easy for them to get to wherever they need to go, with our 20th birthday sale fares from just $69 including baggage and seat selection,’ they said. 

‘The aviation and tourism industries rely on a connected nation and we hope that borders continue to safely reopen and more Australians return to the skies.’

The sale comes just a week after Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah stepped down from his role after the airline reported $349million in losses during a turbulent year. 

Mr Scurrah will remain in office until November when the airline is taken over by US private equity firm Bain Capital, with former Jetstar boss Jayne Hrdlicka set to then fill his position.

‘I have continued to be so proud of the way my team and our entire organisation has fought to save this airline and to keep competition alive and well in Australia,’ Mr Scurrah said in a statement on October 15.

‘We have succeeded in not just ensuring the future of the company, but also reset the business to ensure it is well placed to deliver for Bain Capital for many years to come.’

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Elderly woman is charged with murdering her autistic son more than 50 years ago

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An elderly woman has been charged with the murder of her autistic son five decades after his death. 

Maureen Anne Enright, 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane‘s south west, on Wednesday evening.   

Police will allege she murdered her son Peter John Enright who went missing sometime between 1968 and 1969 when he was aged three to four years old.

Homicide Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said Peter was born on June 17, 1965 and was one of 11 children to Maureen and Michael Enright, who passed away 2018.

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane's south west, on Wednesday evening

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane's south west, on Wednesday evening

Maureen Anne Enright (left), 76, was arrested by homicide detectives at her Inala home, in Brisbane’s south west, on Wednesday evening

He said Peter was never reported missing but a murder investigation was launched following a tip-off to police in August.

Number 35 Polaris Street has been declared a crime scene and detectives are using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter’s remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966. 

‘Today we’ve executed a crime scene warrant on the address here and we will be conducting a forensic examination on the dwelling and the yard,’ Det Insp Hansen said on Thursday.

‘There’s a number of scientific officers here, forensic scenes of crime officers and bone experts.

‘We’re optimistic at this stage but that will be dependant on a lot of environmental factors … time and acidity of soils.’

He said Maureen had given police ‘a number of versions’ of events and all family members were being questioned about the disappearance. 

Det Insp Hansen said police had obtained records of Peter’s existence and his siblings had heard stories about him.  

‘They were aware that Peter existed and they’ve given us versions for that,’ he said.

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter's remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter's remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

Number 35 Polaris Street (pictured) has been declared a crime scene and forensic teams are currently using ground penetrating radar to search for Peter’s remains. The family have lived at the residence since 1966

‘It’s just a shocking thing that these things can happen but processes back in the 60s were obviously very different to what they are today.

‘This is the first time I’ve come across something like this.’ 

Detectives have urged anyone who lived on Polaris Street in Inala in the 1960s and 70s to contact police if they have information.  

‘They were quite well known, some of the neighbours have been here for a long time too,’ Det Insp Hansen said. 

The grandmother appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning, where her case was adjourned for a committal mention on December 11, The Courier Mail reported. 

The frail elderly woman was accompanied by three women there to offer support and required the assistance of a corrections officer to step into the dock. 

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Ms Enright (pictured), 76,  appeared briefly before the Richlands Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

Police have until November 27 to tender their brief to the court and Ms Enright is not required to appear in court for the December hearing.  

Defence lawyer Jyoti Pant told reporters outside court her client would apply for bail in the Supreme Court.

‘She is frail, she is vulnerable and so understandably her family is very concerned, she’s concerned, we’re concerned,’ Ms Pant said.

‘Our primary concern at the moment is to get her out on bail and back home with her family.

‘We’ve just been provided material in relation to the charge and we’ll be going through that later today.’

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