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Trump Deploys More US Troops To Mexican Border

Fox News reports: The Trump administration is sending more than 500 troops to the southern border, as part of the ongoing effort there to combat the coronavirus threat by preventing more infections coming into the U.S. interior. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made the request that the Defense Department provide 540 personnel to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) …

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Trump May Face Formal Probe Into Virus Response

NBC News reports: Informal discussions have begun on Capitol Hill about the possibility of creating a panel to scrutinize the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that would be modeled on the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to four people familiar with the discussions. A wholesale examination of the administration’s response could gain …

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Trump Rejects Special Obamacare Enrollment Period

Politico reports: The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Democrats to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis. President Donald Trump and administration officials recently said they were considering relaunching HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment site, and insurers said they privately received assurances from …

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Sale Of Trump’s DC Hotel On Hold As Market Reels

The Washington Post reports: The commercial real estate industry has ground nearly to a halt because of coronavirus shutdowns, forcing buyers and sellers of major properties, including President Trump’s company, to put their plans on hold. The Trump Organization, which he still owns, has had to press pause on the proposed sale of its D.C. hotel lease because of the …

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Trump Camp Worried Red State Deaths Will Hurt Him

Politico Wire reports: A former White House official told the Los Angeles Times that President Trump’s reelection campaign advisors “are terrified that the coronavirus outbreak, which so far has hit largely Democratic coastal cities hardest, will soon scythe across the rural areas that remain deeply loyal to Trump.” “The advisors have warned Trump that the political consequences at the ballot …

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Xi Flattered Trump Out Of Saying “Chinese Virus”

The Daily Beast reports: In a private conversation with President Donald Trump during the rapid acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic, China’s leader Xi Jinping went out of his way to deploy one of the most effective diplomatic maneuvers of the current American era: aggressive flattery. In a phone call to discuss the international health crisis last week, Xi stressed to …

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Pelosi: What’s To Be Learned By Talking To Trump?

Talking Points Memo reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday morning that she and President Donald Trump haven’t spoken with each other in nearly two months. Pelosi told MSNBC “Morning Joe” that Trump’s State of the Union Address on February 4 was the last time they had talked directly. Since then, the Democratic leader said, the two of …

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Trump Dropped Easter Plan After Seeing Opinion Polls

The New York Times reports: There was another set of numbers that also helped persuade Mr. Trump to shift gears on Sunday and abandon his goal of restoring normal life by Easter. Political advisers described for him polling that showed that voters overwhelmingly preferred to keep containment measures in place over sending people back to work prematurely. Those two realities …

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Trump Threatens Licenses Of Stations Over Critical Ad

Bloomberg News reports: The Trump re-election campaign told TV stations they could lose their operating licenses for airing an ad criticizing the president’s actions in the coronavirus crisis — a challenge that may be more bluster than actual threat. President Donald Trump’s campaign, in a letter on Wednesday, told stations in five battleground states to stop showing the ad from …

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Trump Admits Easier Voting Would Hurt Republicans

The Washington Post reports: President Trump on Monday morning became the latest in a procession of Republicans to say making it easier for more people to vote would hurt his party politically. In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump referenced proposals from Democrats in the coronavirus stimulus negotiations that would have vastly increased funding for absentee and vote-by-mail options. …

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Trump Calls Pelosi “A Sick Puppy” For Criticizing Him

Fox News reports: Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, President Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments “a disgrace,” referring to her claims that he had denied the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak and delayed ramping up the federal government’s response, which she called a “deadly” mistake. “It’s a sad thing,” Trump said on Monday. “She’s a sick puppy …

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Fauci “Argued Strongly” Against Trump’s Easter Plan

The Hill reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Monday that the White House coronavirus task force aggressively lobbied President Trump to extend social-distancing guidelines another month as the U.S. grapples with the fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “We felt that if we prematurely pulled back, we would only form an acceleration or rebound of …

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Trump Blames Hospitals For Shortages Of Supplies

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has been focused on shifting blame for whatever becomes of the coronavirus outbreak. And on Sunday, he set about blaming hospitals and states for the well-established shortages of equipment to deal with the situation. During the daily White House coronavirus briefing in the Rose Garden, Trump suggested that hospitals had squandered or done worse …

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Trump Backs Off “Aspirational” Plan To Open By Easter

The Washington Post reports: President Trump says federal guidance urging social distancing will stay in place through April 30. He backed off his hope that the country will be “opened up” by Easter Sunday, saying that deaths due to the coronavirus will likely peak in two weeks. ”Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” he …

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Cuomo: Trump’s Quarantine Threat “Panicked People”

“Last night we were fighting two things. You’re fighting the virus and you’re fighting the fear. I can’t tell you how many people called all night long about the mandatory quarantine comment that the president made as he was getting into a helicopter, which was inconclusive, by the way. But people are so on edge. I mean, it really panicked …

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Trump Boasts About His TV Ratings As Virus Rampages: My Numbers Are Better Than The Bachelor And The NFL

From the conservative Washington Examiner: President Trump castigated the media for its coverage of the coronavirus crisis. The commander in chief also touted the ratings of his near-daily appearances at White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings. In a third tweet, the president, who is a businessman and former reality TV star, heralded the ratings for the coronavirus task force briefings, …

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POLL: Majority Don’t Believe Trump’s Lies About Virus

The Daily Beast reports: A clear majority of the American public, including self-identified Republicans, do not believe the disinformation that President Donald Trump keeps pushing around the spread of coronavirus. A full 73 percent of respondents, including 75 percent of Republicans, said that it was not true that “anyone who wants to get tested can get tested.” Just 17 percent …

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Pelosi: “As The President Fiddles, People Are Dying”

The Washington Post reports: Nancy Pelosi today sharply criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that his actions have resulted in the loss of American lives and warning against the relaxing of social-distancing guidelines. “His denial at the beginning was deadly. His delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly. I think the best thing [to do …

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Trump Backs Off Threat To Quarantine NY, NJ, And CT

The New York Times reports: President Trump said Saturday night that he will not impose a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut but would instead issue a “strong” travel advisory to be implemented by the governors of the three states. Mr. Trump made the announcement on Twitter just hours after telling reporters that he was considering a quarantine …

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Senator: Trump Rejected Virus Funding On Feb. 5th

Yahoo News reports: Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, says that Trump administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made on Feb. 5 during a meeting to discuss the coronavirus. The officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, said they “didn’t need emergency funding, that they would be able to …

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