Tag Archives: White House

WH Orders Top Coronavirus Meetings To Be Classified

Reuters reports: The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response to the contagion, according to four Trump administration officials. The officials said that dozens of classified discussions about such topics as the scope of infections, quarantines and travel restrictions have …

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WH: Trump Hasn’t Been Tested For Coronavirus

Politico reports: “The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms. President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him,” said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. Trump made an appearance at a news briefing Monday …

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WH Shrugs Off Virus Risk To “Healthy” Trump [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Asked by co-host Ainsley Earhardt if Trump would continue to hold campaign rallies during the coronavirus outbreak despite warnings about older Americans avoiding crowds, Grishan said, “Yes, he plans on still holding rallies.” “And I’ll tell you what, with our president, this man who doesn’t sleep and who I have seen work 15, 16 hours a …

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White House Overruled CDC Advice On At-Risk Fliers

The Associated Press reports: The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the plan this week as a way of trying to control the …

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Melania Rages: Everyone Stop Being So Mean To Me!

The Associated Press reports: Melania Trump pushed back Saturday after photos she tweeted of herself overseeing a White House construction project generated an online backlash. On Thursday, the first lady tweeted a series of pics, including two of herself wearing a hard hat while reviewing blueprints for the construction of a tennis pavilion on the south grounds. Critics lashed out, …

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Trump Ousts Chief Of Staff Mulvaney For Mark Meadows

The Daily Beast reports: President Trump named Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) as chief of staff on Friday evening. “I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one.” He also said that ousted …

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LIVE VIDEO: Pence Leads WH Coronavirus Briefing

CBS News reports: Members of the Coronavirus Task Force, charged with leading the U.S. response to the global coronavirus outbreak, are scheduled to hold a press briefing at the White House Friday evening. At least 98,000 people in almost 90 countries have caught the COVID-19 disease, which is caused by the novel coronavirus. It has killed almost 3,300 people, and …

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WH Enacts Measures To Shield Trump From Coronavirus

The New York Post reports: The White House is holding meetings on how to reduce the threat of coronavirus infecting President Trump and his staff after quietly tightening visitor rules last month, The Post has learned. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the White House has mandated that guests disclose all countries visited in the past 30 days. And …

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WH Lied About Reason Trump Canceled CDC Visit

CNN reports: “We may go. They thought there was a problem at CDC, somebody that had the virus,” Trump said.  Trump added that the person in question at the CDC has tested negative for the virus. “They’ve tested the person very fully and it was a negative test,” Trump said. “I may be going. They’re going to see if they …

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Ex-Breitbart Writer Joins WH Rapid Response Team

Politico reports: Adam Kennedy, who led the White House’s rapid response efforts on impeachment and other crises, including Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle, is leaving the government later this month, according to two White House officials. Kennedy will be replaced by Julia Hahn, a former Breitbart writer who is currently director of rapid response and surrogate operations for the White House, …

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Trump Abruptly Cancels Visit To Atlanta CDC HQ

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: President Donald Trump’s planned trip to Atlanta on Friday to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been postponed because he didn’t want to get in the way of the agency’s work, White House officials said. The president was set to land at Dobbins Air Reserve Base around 3 p.m. after …

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Pompeo: Trump’s Leadership And Offers Of Virus Help Demonstrate The “Fundamental Goodness” Of America

Via press release from Sec. Mike Pompeo: The State Department continues to support President Trump’s strong leadership and whole-of-government approach to protect Americans. There’s no higher duty for us. I’m sure you’ve all seen the President’s briefings and updates from CDC and HHS, and the good news that Deborah Birx from our team here at the State Department is now …

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Pence Admits Shortage Of Coronavirus Testing Kits

CNN reports: Confusion and delays appear to persist in testing Americans for coronavirus even after an outcry from state and local health authorities that the United States was behind in determining the extent of the outbreak. Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, acknowledged Thursday there was a shortfall in the number of …

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HHS Sec Benched From WH Coronavirus Response

Politico reports: There was a notable omission as Vice President Mike Pence visited Seattle Thursday as part of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response: Health Secretary Alex Azar. The White House on Wednesday also benched Azar from a coronavirus task force press briefing, the latest sign of diminished standing for an official who was the face of the U.S. response just …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Coronavirus Briefing

Roll Call reports: Vice President Pence and health officials are set to hold a press briefing Wednesday afternoon to address the Trump administration’s work to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The briefing comes as 11 people have died of coronavirus in the U.S. Officials in California confirmed the state’s first fatality and the country’s first outside Washington state on Wednesday. The …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Gives Briefing On Virus Response

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump held a press briefing Saturday afternoon at the White House to discuss the latest updates surrounding the coronavirus. The president announced the planned briefing on Twitter just after 11 a.m. Trump held another press conference on the coronavirus earlier this week. As of Saturday, CNN reported there are at least four coronavirus cases …

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REPORT: Trump “Furious” About Stock Market Tumble

The Washington Post reports: Trump is highly concerned about the market and has encouraged aides not to give predictions that might cause further tremors. On Wednesday morning, he announced he would be holding a press conference at 6 p.m. about the coronavirus. In recent days, Trump has devoted the majority of his public statements to slamming Democrats or complaining about …

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Axios: WH Has Assembled “Deep State” Enemies List

Axios reports: The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios. Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body …

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White House Admits Trump’s Tariffs Hurt Economy

Bloomberg reports: The White House acknowledged what many economists considered obvious through much of last year: President Donald Trump’s trade stance depressed economic growth and business investment. “Uncertainty generated by trade negotiations dampened investment,” Trump chief economist Tomas Philipson told reporters in a briefing on the annual Economic Report of the President released on Thursday. The admission contrasted with Trump’s …

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WH Accuses DNC Of Fabricating Assange/Pardon Claim

The Washington Post reports: A day after President Trump issued executive clemency to 11 people including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, another potential Trump pardon is in the news. This one: For Julian Assange. Assange’s lawyers claimed in a London court Wednesday that they would provide evidence that then-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) promised Assange a pardon or some other favor …

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