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The government’s Covid modelling guru today warned pubs could have to shut altogether to keep schools open – as Boris Johnson faces a Tory revolt against the 10pm curfew.

Neil Ferguson – known as ‘Professor Lockdown’ – said the extra cases added to the UK’s tally after an Excel blunder painted a ‘sobering’ picture of the outbreak.

He said it was not clear that the government could contain the virus while keeping children in secondary schools – and suggested that the wider population will have to ‘give up more’ to maintain the education provision.

That could include shutting bars and restaurants altogether, as well as extending the October half-term for a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown to break transmission chains.  

However, the problems the PM would face in pushing through such restrictions was laid bare with Conservatives threatening a bid to strike out the existing measures, including the Rule of Six and the 10pm closing time for pubs.

Anger has been growing on the Tory benches over the government’s refusal to exempt younger children from the Rule of Six – as happens in Scotland – while many believe that the curfew is causing more harm than good by fueling revelry on the streets and house parties. 

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Neil Ferguson (right) – known as ‘Professor Lockdown’ – said pubs might need to close to keep schools open. Steve Baker (left) is leading a Tory revolt against the existing restrictions

The problems the PM (pictured in Downing Street today) faces in pushing through tougher coronavirus restrictions was laid bare with Conservatives threatening a bid to strike out the existing measures, including the Rule of Six and the 10pm closing time for pubs

The problems the PM (pictured in Downing Street today) faces in pushing through tougher coronavirus restrictions was laid bare with Conservatives threatening a bid to strike out the existing measures, including the Rule of Six and the 10pm closing time for pubs

A series of retrospective votes on the restrictions are expected in the coming days, with the Rule of Six up for approval as early as tonight – although the vote could be deferred until tomorrow.

The rebels do not believe they have the votes to overturn the government’s 80-strong majority. The motions will be a simple yes or no choice and cannot be amended, and Labour is unlikely to oppose the measures outright.

However, a significant rebellion could send a stark message to Mr Johnson that patience is wearing thin with the draconian restrictions on his own benches. 

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Prof Ferguson said the addition of 16,000 missed cases meant there was a ‘slightly more sobering sense of where the epidemic is in the UK than we had late last week’.

‘We think that infections are probably increasing, doubling over two weeks or so. In some areas faster than that, maybe every seven days in some areas slower,’ the Imperial College academic said.

He said the UK was in the ‘same situation as many other European countries’ and all policymakers were ‘struggling with what to do’.

Prof Ferguson said it was still too early to detect whether the Rule of Six and 10pm curfew were working. 

But he suggested that the key factor in the rising cases was education resuming. ‘The thing that is different across the whole of Europe is that schools are open and universities are open,’ he said.

‘While we don’t think primary schools are a major vector of transmission, older teenagers do transmit the virus.

‘We don’t yet know whether we can control the virus with high schools open.’

Prof Ferguson said that extending half term this month for a tough ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown of perhaps a fortnight in length ‘should be considered’.

He added: ‘I’m certainly not one to say we should close schools. It was highly disruptive for children’s education and social wellbeing.

‘But we just have to accept that in other areas we might have to give up more in order to keep them open.’

Asked if that could mean closing pubs altogether, he said: ‘Indeed.’

‘We see from data collected by the government that if you look at the risk factors for becoming a case in the last few weeks attending bars and hospitality venues is a risk,’ Prof Ferguson said.

‘Yes, we may need to, particularly in hotspot areas where case numbers are increasing fast, we may need to consider those measures.’

Prof Ferguson said it was clear the risk was ‘quite low’ if people were ‘sensible meeting outdoors’, and the main issue was in ‘meeting indoors and in closed environments’.

Tory rebel Steve Baker has organised a meeting with like-minded MPs this lunchtime to discuss tactics for the looming lockdown votes.

He said he does not expect to defeat the Government, but instead wants to pressure ministers to shift ground.

He said: ‘Consensus among Conservative MPs seems to be around two points – that children should be excluded from the rule of six and that the 10pm curfew is not justified by evidence.

‘I wouldn’t expect to win a vote on either issue. The reality is we need to persuade the Government on all these matters.

‘With Labour and the SNP missing in action we won’t be defeating the Government in any rebellions.’

Mr Baker said hard negotiations were happening in order to ‘keep the Conservative Party together’.

Many believe that the 10pm pubs curfew is causing more harm than good by fueling revelry on the streets and house parties (pictured, Soho on Saturday night)

Many believe that the 10pm pubs curfew is causing more harm than good by fueling revelry on the streets and house parties (pictured, Soho on Saturday night)

Rebels expect Health Secretary Matt Hancock will promise a review of the pub curfew and the Rule of Six in a bid to defuse the mutiny.

Mr Baker said: ‘The reality is now that we are in to a long hard business of negotiating with the Government trying to keep the Conservative Party together.

‘And trying to persuade the Government to have restrictions which don’t do more harm than good.’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, seen as the leading hawk on protecting the economy in Cabinet, has voiced ‘frustration’ with the 10pm pub curfew.

But in an interview with BBC Breakfast this morning he insisted it was ‘better than having places closed’. 

‘The curfew was something we were told by our advisers could well make a difference to the spread of the transmission. We know social contact is how the virus spreads,’ Mr Sunak said.

‘In common with many other countries around the world this is thought to be something that can help suppress the spread of the virus. We are not an outlier in having a curfew.

‘As a tool we have at our disposal to try and suppress the spread of the virus, it is one that is advised across the board can make a difference.

‘What I would say is it is better than having places closed.’

Mr Sunak also hinted at Cabinet tensions over lockdown measures, saying politicians were not just ‘robots’. 

‘A Cabinet is not a collection of robots. A cabinet is a collection of people who are going to come, debate the issues,’ he said. 

‘These are really difficult judgments. There is no precise way to come to a mathematically correct answer.’

The disquiet on Tory benches comes as the Government is embroiled in major controversy over the performance of the coronavirus test and trace system as thousands of positive coronavirus cases were initially not recorded in England due to a technical glitch.

Mr Johnson has acknowledged some people are ‘furious’ with his approach, but urged MPs to back the restrictions ahead of the Commons vote.

The PM’s official spokesman said the ban on more than six people mixing was a ‘sensible and helpful’ measure.

Mr Johnson suggested it would soon become apparent whether the tougher measures introduced in recent weeks were helping to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The PM told reporters: ‘The crucial thing is that in the next few days, week, we’ll see more clearly whether some of the restrictions that we put in – the extra enforcement of the rule of six, the extra enforcement of self-isolation, the rules on masks and so on – all the stuff that has come in, we’ll see whether that starts to work in driving down the virus.’ 

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Donald Trump mocks Obama’s return to campaign trail, noting he couldn’t help Hillary win in 2016

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President Donald Trump mocked Barack Obama‘s return to the campaign trail on Tuesday by reliving an old claim – that his inauguration had a larger audience than the former president’s – and pointing out that he won in 2016 despite Obama’s campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

Trump fired back at Obama at a campaign rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, taking the stage about an hour after his predecessor delivered a blistering attack on his presidency during a campaign rally for Joe Biden in Philadelphia.

‘You know Obama’s now campaigning,’ he said. ‘Oh, here we go.’

He attacked Obama for not originally supporting Biden, which could have been a reference to reports Obama favored Clinton in 2016 or that Obama refused to endorse in the 2020 Democratic primary until there was a clear winner, which is a standard practice for former presidents. 

‘He refused to support Biden,’ Trump said, blasting the former president as ‘Barack Hussein Obama.’

He pointed out Obama campaigned multiple times for Clinton during the 2016 campaign – a contest Trump won.

‘There was nobody that campaign harder for Crooked Hillary Clinton than Obama,’ Trump said. ‘He was all over the place.’

President Donald Trump mocked Barack Obama's return to the campaign trail

President Donald Trump mocked Barack Obama’s return to the campaign trail

President Trump also said he'd better win the critical state of North Carolina on November 3: 'I've been all over your state. You better let me win'

President Trump also said he’d better win the critical state of North Carolina on November 3: ‘I’ve been all over your state. You better let me win’

Former President Barack Obama, campaigning for Joe Biden in Philadelphia, delivered a blistering attack on Trump's presidency

Former President Barack Obama, campaigning for Joe Biden in Philadelphia, delivered a blistering attack on Trump’s presidency

He told a mocking story about how Obama predicted Trump wouldn’t get the Republican nomination and then wouldn’t win the White House. 

‘The only one more unhappy than Crooked Hillary that night was Barack Hussein Obama,’ Trump said in reference to election night in 2016. 

The president also brought up one of his first arguments with Obama, saying the audience for his inauguration was even bigger and that the photo showing fewer people at his was actually taken after he was done speaking.

President Trump referred to the former president with his middle name in his attack, complaining when photos of the two events were shown side-by-side ‘they show empty space and they show Barack Hussein Obama’s.’

He argued his audience was bigger when ‘new things’ were included, believed to be a reference to online and streaming audiences.  

‘I said, I think the word we used was audience that included all of the new things, you know, all of the different things,’ he said, adding: ‘I think we had the largest audience anywhere in the world.’

He said the photos shown of his event were taken five or six hours after his inaugural address.  

‘They took the pictures about five or six hours,’ he said. ‘When I was speaking it was packed.’ 

President Trump revived his argument he had a bigger inaugural audience - above is a combination of photos taken at the National Mall shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in President Donald Trump at 12:01 pm (left) on January 20, 2017 and President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 (right)

President Trump revived his argument he had a bigger inaugural audience – above is a combination of photos taken at the National Mall shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in President Donald Trump at 12:01 pm (left) on January 20, 2017 and President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 (right)

President Trump promised a 'surprise' for '60 Minutes' during his rally in North Carolina

President Trump promised a ‘surprise’ for ’60 Minutes’ during his rally in North Carolina

Abiding by social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, President Barack Obama's speech in Philly was drive-in-style with supporters standing near or sitting in their cars

Abiding by social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, President Barack Obama’s speech in Philly was drive-in-style with supporters standing near or sitting in their cars 

However, time stamps on the photos showed by were taken at 12:01 pm on the respective inauguration days – the moment a president takes the oath of office. 

Obama, making his first in-person campaign appearance for Biden on Wednesday, delivered a ferocious attack on Trump, calling him ‘crazy,’ accusing him of lying every day, and tweeting conspiracy theories.

It was Obama’s strongest critique yet of his successor in the Oval Office. He blasted Trump for both his policies and his rhetoric. 

‘That’s not normal presidential behavior,’ Obama said.   

Trump didn’t just attack Obama, however. He also promised a ‘surprise’ for ’60 Minutes’ after he walked out of an interview with Lesley Stahl that taped at the White House on Tuesday. 

 ‘We have a little surprise for 60 Minutes,’ he told the cheering crowd. 

President Trump pointed out Obama couldn't get Hillary Clinton elected in 2016 - above Obama and Clinton campaign in Philadelphia in November 2016

President Trump pointed out Obama couldn’t get Hillary Clinton elected in 2016 – above Obama and Clinton campaign in Philadelphia in November 2016

Then-President Obama with then Vice President Joe Biden, in November 2016 at the White House

Then-President Obama with then Vice President Joe Biden, in November 2016 at the White House

Earlier Wednesday Trump posted photos from his interview with CBS' Lesley Stahl and has threatened to post the entire interview online ahead of its Sunday air date

Earlier Wednesday Trump posted photos from his interview with CBS’ Lesley Stahl and has threatened to post the entire interview online ahead of its Sunday air date 

He didn’t give any hints but, on Tuesday evening, he threatened to post the entire interview online before CBS could air on Sunday night. 

Trump indicated one of the question that made him angry.  He said Stahl questioned him about comment he made at a rally earlier in October, when he asked suburban women, a critical voting bloc who he won in 2016 but is struggling to woo this year, to like him. 

‘She said, You are begging for women to love you. You said women Please love you,’ Trump claimed Stahl asked him.

At an October 14 rally in Pennsylvania, Trump said: ‘Suburban women, will you please like me? I saved your damn neighborhood.’

Trump vowed Tuesday that he would post portions of the program before its airtime on Sunday to show the ‘biased’ nature of Stahl’s interview, which the president abruptly ended after 45 minutes when faced with a tough line of questioning.

Instead of posting any clips Wednesday, the president shared several pictures, including one showing Stahl looking at a very large book of what Trump says are his accomplishments and work regarding healthcare since taking office.

Ivanka Trump campaigned for her father in North Carolina on Tuesday

Ivanka Trump campaigned for her father in North Carolina on Tuesday

Kamala Harris campaigned for Team Biden in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday

Kamala Harris campaigned for Team Biden in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday

Trump has made several stops in North Carolina – and daughter Ivanka was there Tuesday – as polls show him trailing Biden but just barely. The Democratic nominee leads by 2 points in the RealClearPolitics average of North Carolina polls, well within the margin of error.

North Carolina is a critical state in the election. Kamala Harris campaigned for Team Biden in the state earlier Wednesday.

‘I’ve been all over your state. You better let me win,’ Trump told his rally Wednesday night.

In his one hour and 20 minutes speech, Trump listed the enemies that Trump says he fights ‘all by myself.’ The litany includes the media, tech giants, ‘the really stupid dumb people — the never Trumpers,’ ‘the rhinos that’s Republican in name only -Rhino, I love that,’ and especially ‘the deep staters.’

Trump also blasted Biden, repeating several of his charges that are red meat to supporters: that Biden will close schools and churches will taking their guns and destroying the economy.

‘This election is a choice between a Trump super recovery, or a Biden steep, depression, and that’s what you’re going to have,’ he said. 

‘It’s between a Trump boom or a Biden lockdown,’ he added.

He again when after Biden’s son Hunter, bringing up the ‘laptop from hell’ as he called it. The laptop was found at a Wilmington repair shop and contained emails reportedly between Hunter Biden and Ukrainian officials and Chinese officials. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, gave a copy of the hard drive to the New York Post and the laptop is reported to be in the FBI’s hands. 

‘Explosive emails from Hunter Biden also show that Hunter was negotiating with a Chinese are tied to the Communist China party to receive $10 million a year for introductions well that sounds reasonable I think you do that. I think I’d even do it,’ he said.

The crowd roared back ‘Lock him up, lock him up, lock him up.’

President Trump also went after Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden

President Trump also went after Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden

Trump also attacked Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee who led the impeachment investigation into Trump, calling him a 'watermelon head'

Trump also attacked Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee who led the impeachment investigation into Trump, calling him a ‘watermelon head’

The ‘lock her up’ chant was one of Trump’s most popular in the 2016 campaign and was in reference to Hillary Clinton. Trump has brought in back in the past week to use it against the Bidens – both Joe and Hunter.  

‘This laptop is a disaster. How the hell do he ever let go of this sucker. He got to have it fixed I guess he forgot to pick it up. What the hell?’ Trump said.

He then referenced a report that there were intelligence concerns the laptop was actually planted by the Russians to influence the 2020 election.

‘Russia, ah Russia. They probably think we are the wackiest people,’ Trump said.

He also attacked Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, the head of the House Intelligence Committee who led the impeachment investigation into Trump, calling him a ‘watermelon head.’

Trump blasted Schiff for going on television to voice concern that Russia was behind the laptop. 

‘So Adam Schiff, this guy, the watermelon head,’ he said, going to say Schiff said ‘this was caused by Russia. Russia. Russia caused this, they created this.’

‘That guy should be locked up,’ Trump said of Schiff.

‘Lock him up, lock him up,’ the crowd shouted back.  

 

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Londoners could face £27.50 daily congestion charge under Government bailout of TfL

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London‘s drivers could soon be forced to stump up £27.50 each day as part of a Government bailout of TfL.

Sadiq Khan claims ministers are demanding he extends the £15 congestion zone to the North and South circulars as a condition for financial support.

Such a drastic expansion would cover four million more Londoners and may see some motorists charged twice if they also travel through the £12.50 Ultra Low Emission Zone. 

The mayor previously suggested he would not accept such conditions and branded the Government’s plans ‘ill-advised and draconian’.

But he is desperate to broker a £5.6billion funding deal to secure TfL’s future for the next 18 months, blaming the pandemic for the transport operator’s financial woes. 

However, Boris Johnson yesterday claimed the mayor had ‘effectively bankrupted’ TfL before coronavirus struck and that proposals to hike charges were ‘entirely his responsibility’. 

It is understood negotiations have stalled because of ministers' insistence that any such cash injection depends on the Mayor extending the congestion zone to the North and South circulars

It is understood negotiations have stalled because of ministers’ insistence that any such cash injection depends on the Mayor extending the congestion zone to the North and South circulars

Boris Johnson (speaking in the Commons chamber) yesterday claimed the mayor had 'effectively bankrupted' TfL before coronavirus struck and that proposals to hike charges were 'entirely his responsibility'

Boris Johnson (speaking in the Commons chamber) yesterday claimed the mayor had ‘effectively bankrupted’ TfL before coronavirus struck and that proposals to hike charges were ‘entirely his responsibility’

Sadiq Khan claims ministers are threatening to withhold the rescue package unless he extends the £15 congestion zone to the North and South circulars

Sadiq Khan claims ministers are threatening to withhold the rescue package unless he extends the £15 congestion zone to the North and South circulars

Mr Johnson told the Commons: ‘The current Mayor of London had effectively bankrupted TfL before coronavirus had even hit and left a massive black hole in its finances.

‘Any need to make up that deficit is entirely down to him, it is entirely his responsibility.

‘Any expansion of the congestion charge or any other measure taken to improve the finances of TfL are entirely the responsibility of the bankrupt current Labour Mayor of London.’

Mr Khan, who succeeded Mr Johnson in the position in May 2016, responded by declaring that the Prime Minister ‘has lied’.

The mayor said: ‘Before Covid I was fixing his mess at TfL- reducing the deficit by 71 per cent since 2016. Covid-19 is the sole cause of TfL’s challenges.’

Mr Khan earlier told a meeting of TfL’s board that he intends to ‘stand firm and fight for a fair deal for Londoners’.

During the peak of the crisis TfL's revenues dropped 95 per cent as people were instructed to work from home and footfall on carriages fell

During the peak of the crisis TfL’s revenues dropped 95 per cent as people were instructed to work from home and footfall on carriages fell

He went on: ‘TfL is being offered only another six months’ financial support, but with ill-advised and draconian conditions that are unfair to London, fall disproportionately on those least able to afford them, would undermine the economic recovery of our city, and contrast starkly with the support provided to the private train operating companies.

‘This global pandemic will be with us for some time. We requested an 18-month support package to see TfL through the immediate crisis and the aftermath, as it is uncertain how quickly fare revenue will recover.’

Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: ‘It’s extremely worrying that despite repeated requests, the Government is offering only a papering-over-the-cracks funding package for Transport for London, with such punitive conditions.’

Trade union Unite’s regional secretary for London, Pete Kavanagh, said the Government is ‘punishing the poorest Londoners for the Covid-19 pandemic’.

He commented: ‘Londoners are facing a triple whammy of increased fares, higher council tax and a massive increase in congestion zone charges.

‘The poorest Londoners, who are already struggling financially as a result of losing their jobs or coping with reduced earnings, are the ones who will be least able to afford the increases in fares, charges and council tax.’ 

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Melania Trump was ‘surprised’ that Vogue picked Beyoncé for its September 2018 issue

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Melania Trump was secretly recorded expressing surprise over Vogue magazine’s choice to feature Beyoncé on the cover of its coveted September issue in 2018, and that the singer was given ‘complete’ creative control.

The First Lady discussed the issue in a secretly recorded phone conversation from July 2018 with her former friend and aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. 

The September issue is traditionally Vogue’s biggest and most important issue of the year.

‘Anna [Wintour] gave the September issue of Vogue cover – complete, complete, complete everything – to Beyoncé,’ Melania said in the recording shared with NBC News.

‘So she will hire black photographer and it’s the first black photographer ever doing cover of Vogue,’ she added.

Melania has not appeared in Vogue since her husband Donald took office.  

Meanwhile Michelle Obama graced the cover of Vogue three times during her husband’s presidency. 

Melania Trump expressed surprise with Vogue magazine¿s choice to feature Beyoncé on the cover of the coveted September issue in 2018 where the star was given 'complete' editorial control, according to a new secret recording

Melania Trump expressed surprise with Vogue magazine’s choice to feature Beyoncé on the cover of the coveted September issue in 2018 where the star was given ‘complete’ editorial control, according to a new secret recording

Beyonce pictured on the cover of the September 2018 issue

Beyonce pictured on the cover of the September 2018 issue 

‘What? That is insane,’ Wolkoff is heard responding to Melania in the audio.

‘Well that’s what I read,’ Trump replies.

Wolkoff recorded six telephone conversations with the First Lady between February and July 2018.

She said she started to record her calls with Trump after she was asked to leave the White House amid scrutiny about overspending done by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which she worked on.

She went on to write a book entitled: ‘Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady’.

Melania’s spokeswoman condemned Wolkoff’s secret recordings.

‘Her narcissism knows no bounds, this woman is a fraud. These audio tapes are hand-picked about nonsense and presented with no context. Shame on her for this continued attempt at character assassination and shame on NBC for covering this gossip,’ Stephanie Grisham said.

Beyoncé’s spokesperson declined to comment on the remarks.   

The September issue of Vogue is considered the most important issue of the year. Beyoncé was chosen as the special cover star and she hired black photographer Tyler Mitchell for the issue, marking the first time a black photographer shot the magazine's cover

The September issue of Vogue is considered the most important issue of the year. Beyoncé was chosen as the special cover star and she hired black photographer Tyler Mitchell for the issue, marking the first time a black photographer shot the magazine’s cover

The September 2018 issue was a historic one as it was the first time a black photographer was selected to shoot its own cover star.

Beyoncé had agreed to feature photographer Tyler Mitchell for the special shoot, saying she saw the issue as an opportunity to provide other black artists with big opportunities.

Vogue said the cover for the issue was ‘truly a collaborative effort’.

‘When Vogue suggested photographer Tyler Mitchell to Beyoncé, the star immediately said yes to the opportunity to work with this young artist,’ the magazine said at the time.

Melania shared those comments with Wolkoff, who previously spent a decade at Vogue, after discussing the departure of top editors at the magazine.

The conversation is one of several secretly recorded by Melania's former friend and aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

She recently published a tell-all book about the Trumps entitled: 'Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady'

The conversation is one of several secretly recorded by Melania’s former friend and aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. She recently published a tell-all book about the Trumps entitled: ‘Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady’

The First Lady, who was formerly a model, has not been featured in Vogue since Donald Trump took office in 2016.

Her predecessor Michelle Obama was on the cover of Vogue three times while Barack Obama was in office. Former First Lady Hillary Clinton was also included in the magazine.

Trump had been featured in the magazine before. She graced the cover of Vogue in her wedding gown in March 2005 after marrying Donald Trump. 

In the July 2018 call Trump also described her astonishment at the magazine’s decision to feature Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet a sexual encounter she alleged to have with Trump in 2006.

Melania goes on to say she would never be selected to appear on the cover of the magazine’s coveted September issue.

‘They would never do it,’ she said to Wolkoff.

Trump went on to say that she had turned down an opportunity to be profiled in the magazine.

‘I don’t give a f*** about Vogue,’ she said brushing the magazine off.    

Last week it was revealed that Wolkoff is being sued by the US Department of Justice for allegedly breaking a nondisclosure agreement in publishing her book in early September where she recounted her nearly two-decade friendship with Melania Trump. 

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