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Donald Trump still headline act for Republicans, despite charges


Former US President Donald Trump appeared defiant at two Republican Party conventions on Saturday, a day after he was charged with mishandling classified documents.

Mr Trump - who is running to be the Republican candidate for president in 2024 - claimed that he was being pursued in federal court because of his re-election hopes.

But at the North Carolina Republican Party convention, he didn't look like a man under severe legal stress.

Hundreds of people stood up to welcome their former president as he walked onto the stage, happily soaking in the adulation. He was the main event, after a three-course meal.

There was salad to start, steak for the main and ice-cream with strawberries for dessert - washed down with jugs of coke.

It was just a day after an indictment was unsealed revealing federal charges against Mr Trump, accusing him of mishandling classified documents including nuclear secrets.

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