Former US President Trump to face criminal trial next March amid primary season

A US court has set a criminal trial of former US President Donald Trump to start in March next year. Trump, who has announced his bid to enter next year's presidential election, will have to face trial while campaigning for the Republican nomination.

Trump has been indicted for falsifying business records related to hush money payments to a porn star made during the 2016 presidential campaign. He has pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal counts.

A New York state court judge told Trump on Tuesday that the trial will open on March 25.

Trump was attending Tuesday's hearing online. US media outlets said he expressed frustration and anger as the judge told him the trial date.

Later, Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social that the court decision is "very unfair" and "It's called ELECTION INTERFERENCE."

Trump became the first sitting or former US president to be indicted.