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Donald Trump on Tuesday downplayed concerns and confirmed reports that he may put his own personal funds into his reelection bid, following reports that his campaign coffers have been depleted thanks to lavish and undisciplined spending.

"Because of the China Virus, my Campaign, which has raised a lot of money, was forced to spend in order to counter the Fake News reporting about the way we handled it (China Ban, etc.)," Trump tweeted, referencing the coronavirus in racist terms.

Trump then claimed his campaign was doing "a GREAT job, and have a lot of money left over, much more than 2016."

"Like I did in the 2016 Primaries, if more money is needed, which I doubt it will be, I will put it up!" he added.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, Bloomberg News reported that Trump was considering spending as much as $100 million of his own money on his campaign — though it's unclear whether he even has that much cash in liquid assets.

That report came after the New York Times did a deep dive into Trump's campaign spending, finding that his campaign has already blown through more than $800 million of the $1.1 billion it raised since 2019. That money was spent on everything from legal bills for Trump and his aides, high salaries and perks for campaign staff, and other head-scratching purchases such as planes to fly Trump banners across areas of the country.

The typically Trump-friendly Fox News on Tuesday called the spending "jaw dropping," saying that the campaign had essentially taken hundreds of millions of dollars and put it "into a wood chipper."

With eight weeks to go until Election Day, GOP strategists fear Trump won't have enough money to run a winning campaign.

Over the past few weeks, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been outspending Trump on the television airwaves. And Biden set a fundraising record in August, bringing in $365 million — the most a politician has ever raised in a single month in history.

It comes as Biden holds a lead in the polls, both nationally and in enough critical swing states that would hand Biden a win if the election were held today.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)