Donald Trump

ABC: Trump’s COVID Response Approval Hits New Low

ABC News reports: The latest survey, capping two months of polling on the coronavirus, shows Trump’s underwater approval hitting a new low, as the country is as uneasy as ever about contracting the disease. Only 39% of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the crisis – driven, largely, by waning support among independents – compared to 60% who disapprove. …

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Trump Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Mast For 3 Days

The Associated Press reports: President Trump has announced that flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments will be at half-staff in memory of Americans who have died from coronavirus. The President made the announcement on his Twitter page and says flags will stay at half-staff over the next three days. According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been over …

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Trump: US Will Not Close Again If Second Wave Hits

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday said “we are not closing our country” if the U.S. is hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections. “People say that’s a very distinct possibility, it’s standard,” Trump said when asked about a second wave during a tour of a Ford factory in Michigan. “We are going to put out the fires. …

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Trump Tours MI Ford Plant Without Mask: “I Didn’t Want To Give The Press The Pleasure Of Seeing It” [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune reports: Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday to highlight lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks. Trump visited Ypsilanti, outside Detroit, to tour a Ford Motor Co. factory that had been repurposed to manufacture ventilators, the medical …

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Trump: “I Tested Positively Toward Negative, I Tested Perfectly This Morning, Positively Toward The Negative”

Yahoo News reports: “I tested very positively in another sense,” Trump said on the South Lawn before departing for Michigan to visit a Ford plant that is assembling ventilators. “So this morning, yeah, I tested positively toward negative, right? So no, I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning, meaning I tested negative. But that’s a way of saying it, positively toward …

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US To Withdraw From 35-Nation Open Skies Treaty

Reuters reports: The United States announced its intention on Thursday to withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty. The administration said Russia has repeatedly violated the pact’s terms. Senior officials said the pullout will formally take place in …

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Trump Complains Fox Isn’t Helping Him Get Elected

Talking Points Memo reports: President Trump on Thursday complained that Fox News was not doing anything to help him and other Republicans get re-elected in November. “Sure, there are some truly GREAT people on Fox, but you also have some real ‘garbage’ littered all over the network,” Trump tweeted. He singled out contributors Chris Hahn, Richard Goodstein and Donna Brazille, …

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AFL-CIO Head: Trump Considers Workers “Expendable”

The Hill reports: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in an interview with The Hill’s Steve Clemons on Thursday that President Trump has “considered workers expendable” in efforts to reopen economies and workplaces. “In his bum’s rush to get everybody back to work, he’s considered workers expendable,” Trumka said during The Hill’s Advancing America’s Economy virtual event, adding that the president …

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Trump: Study Showing That Earlier Action Could Have Saved 36,000 Lives Is Just Another “Political Hit Job”

The New York Times reports: If the United States had begun imposing social distancing measures one week earlier than it did in March, about 36,000 fewer people would have died in the coronavirus outbreak, according to new estimates from Columbia University disease modelers. And if the country had begun locking down cities and limiting social contact on March 1, two …

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MI Gov Blasts Trump’s “Ridiculous” Threat To Defund

NBC News reports: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday slammed President Donald Trump’s threats to withhold federal funding from her state as “ridiculous,” a “distraction” and “scary.” In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Whitmer was asked about the president’s vow to withhold funding in response to Michigan’s pursuit of mass mail-in voting. She did not spare words. “You can …

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Trump Again Lies He Was “Michigan Man Of The Year”

The indefatigable Daniel Dale reports for CNN: President Donald Trump has a favorite way to illustrate what he says is the strength of his relationship with the critical swing state he is visiting on Thursday. He tells a story about how he was once named Michigan’s “Man of the Year,” though there is no evidence this ever happened. It’s worth …

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Dems To Trump: Fly Flags At Half-Mast At 100K Deaths

The Hill reports: The top Democrats in Congress are calling on President Trump to order that flags be flown at half staff at all public buildings on the day the U.S. reaches 100,000 deaths caused by the novel coronavirus. In a letter sent to the president on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) …

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Intel Agencies Have Hired Consultants To Learn How To Keep Trump’s Attention During Nat’l Security Briefings

The New York Times reports: Mr. Trump, who has mounted a yearslong attack on the intelligence agencies, is particularly difficult to brief on critical national security matters, according to interviews with 10 current and former intelligence officials familiar with his intelligence briefings. The president veers off on tangents and getting him back on topic is difficult, they said. He has …

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Trump Says He’ll Stop Taking Malaria Drug This Week

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump indicated late Wednesday that he will finish his preventative hydroxychloroquine regimen “in a day or two.” “I think it’s two days. Two days,” Trump said from the Cabinet Room at the White House. Trump, who said he has tested negative for COVID-19, stated Monday he had been taking the drug daily for about a …

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Michael Cohen To Be Released To Home Confinement

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison Thursday and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home. Cohen has been serving a federal prison sentence at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying …

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Lupus Patient Believed Trump About Drug, Has COVID

Detroit’s CBS News affiliate reports: A Wisconsin woman who has taken hydroxychloroquine for 19 years to treat lupus says the anti-malarial drug will not protect someone from COVID-19. Kim, who doesn’t want to show her face or give her full name, says after the pandemic began, she only left her Oconomowoc home to go the grocery store. But by mid-April, …

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski To Have Meeting With Twitter CEO On Deleting Trump’s Account For “Murder” Claims

Mediaite reports: For the past few weeks, Trump has attacked Morning Joe’s critical coverage on him by repeatedly dredging up a conspiracy theory accusation that Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski’s co-host and husband, murdered Lori Klausutis when she was his congressional intern. After blasting Trump as a “sick person” at the end of Morning Joe’s Wednesday program, Brzezinski told her social …

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Biden On Trump Taking Drug: Absolutely Irresponsible

Yahoo News reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking publicly for the first time about President Trump’s controversial announcement Monday that he was taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection, reacted, as many Americans did, with bafflement. “It’s like saying maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood it may cure you,” Biden said at a Yahoo News town hall on …

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Trump Orders Campaign Aides To Restart His Rallies

Politico reports: The Trump campaign has an order from the president: Find a way to get him back on the road and into mega-rallies to re-energize his base. In recent meetings with top campaign officials and White House aides, Trump has questioned why he’s avoiding campaign events if it‘s safe for him to travel in his official capacity. Some White …

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Trump Claims He Won’t Respond To Pelosi’s “Morbidly Obese” Comment: “I Think She’s A Waste Of My Time”

The Guardian reports: Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill after the Senate Republican lunch, Trump said of Pelosi, “I don’t respond to her. I think she’s a waste of my time.” Pelosi was asked yesterday about Trump using the anti-malaria drug, which he has touted as a potential coronavirus treatment despite little evidence to support that claim. “He’s our president, …

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