Tag Archives: White House

WH To Sideline Health Experts, Hail “Success Stories”

They’ve been signaling this shift all week: The White House plans to shift its coronavirus messaging toward boosting the economy and highlighting “success stories” of businesses, reducing its public emphasis on health statistics, according to two officials familiar with the planning. Driving the news: The Coronavirus Task Force — and the doctors who’ve become household names, Deborah Birx and Anthony …

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WH Blocks Fauci From Testifying Before House Panel

The Washington Post reports: The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response, arguing that it would be “counterproductive” for him to appear next week while in the midst of participating in the government’s response to the pandemic. The White House issued a statement about Fauci’s testimony shortly after …

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Reporter Threatened With Retaliation For Mask Tweet

The Washington Post reports: Vice President Pence’s office has threatened to retaliate against a reporter who revealed that Pence’s office had told journalists they would need masks for Pence’s visit to the Mayo Clinic — a requirement Pence himself did not follow. Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday that he was unaware of …

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LOL: New WH Press Sec Vows “I Will Never Lie To You”

Deadline reports: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday did something her predecessor never did: She held an official press briefing. “I will never lie to you. You have my word on this,” she said in response to a question. She also told reporters that they do plan to continue the briefings and she will announce “timing forthcoming.” For …

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LIVE VIDEO: New Press Sec’s First White House Briefing

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s new spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, is to face reporters for the first time in the White House Briefing Room on Friday, something her predecessor never did during a nine-month stint as press secretary. During past administrations, a White House press secretary holding a formal briefing would hardly be news, but it’s an oddity in the current …

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Trump’s New Press Sec To Give First Briefing Today

The Hill reports: President Trump’s new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany will brief reporters for the first time in the White House briefing room on Friday. The White House issued an updated guidance late Thursday announcing a formal on-camera briefing with the press secretary in the James S. Brady Briefing Room on Friday at 2 p.m., marking the first such occurrence …

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US Senators Can’t Be Tested Due To “Lack Of Capacity”

Politico reports: The Capitol’s attending physician said Thursday that coronavirus tests will be available for staffers and senators that are ill, but not enough to proactively test all 100 senators as the chamber comes back in session, according to two people familiar with the matter. In a conference call with top GOP officials, Dr. Brian Monahan said that there is …

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CORRECTION: Outfit Selling $100 “Historic COVID-19 Coins” Is No Longer Formally Connected To The WH

From the official site of the White House gift shop: COVID-19 , WE FOUGHT THE UNSEEN ENEMY, Everyday Heroes, President Donald J, Trump, Vice President Michael R. Pence, Secretary S. Mnuuchin, Drs. Jerome Adams, Deborah Birx, Anthony Fauci. Pre-Order Special Price $100. 20% of Proceeds Donated Each Day to U.S. Hospitals including Johns Hopkins for its COVID-19 Coordination and Trackins. …

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Kushner: US Will Mostly Be “Back To Normal” By June

The Washington Examiner reports: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday expressed optimism that much of the country could be “back to normal” by June as several states prepare to lift restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “I think what you’ll see in May as the states are reopening now is May will be a transition …

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Pence Defends Flouting Mask Policy: I’ve Been Tested

The Hill reports: Vice President Pence on Tuesday defended his decision not to wear a face covering during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, despite the facility’s policy requiring all visitors to have one. The vice president said he was following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which say face coverings are intended to prevent those …

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Trump To Issue Order Forcing Meat Plants To Stay Open

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump plans to order meat-processing plants to remain open, declaring them critical infrastructure as the nation confronts growing disruptions to the food supply from the coronavirus outbreak, a person familiar with the matter said. Trump plans to use the Defense Production Act to order the companies to stay open during the pandemic, and the government …

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Trump Ignored Multiple COVID Warnings In Jan/Feb

The Washington Post reports: U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat, according to current and former U.S. officials. The repeated warnings were conveyed in issues of the President’s Daily Brief, a sensitive report …

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WH Out To Prove Trump Doesn’t Watch That Much TV

Mediaite reports: The White House is on a crusade this week to prove that President Donald Trump is way too busy to watch cable news all day after the New York Times reported that he’s been staying up until 5 a.m. watching the major networks. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told the New York Post on Sunday, “I …

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WH Reverses: Trump To Give Briefing Tonight After All

Axios reports: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted Monday that President Trump will hold a coronavirus press briefing, after announcing earlier in the day that the White House would cancel its scheduled briefing. The big picture: As Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported last week, the Trump administration has moved to limit the briefings, fearing President Trump is overexposed and hurting …

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White House Cancels Today’s COVID Press Briefing

The New York Times reports: The White House canceled the daily coronavirus briefing that it had listed on the schedule for Monday as Mr. Trump continued to complain about news coverage of his handling of the pandemic. Kayleigh McEnany, the newly appointed White House press secretary, told reporters that there would be no briefing even though it had been listed …

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Birx Rips “Slicey And Dicey” COVID Headlines [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said Saturday on Fox News that the media needs to be “responsible” about its headlines while covering the coronavirus crisis, noting that most people don’t read the full story. President Trump, while speaking at White House coronavirus briefings, has accused reporters of being “fake news” and asked for more favorable …

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Chicken Shit Trump Runs Out Of WH Briefing Room To Avoid Any Questions About Injecting Bleach [VIDEO]

Axios reports: President Trump plans to pare back his coronavirus press conferences, according to four sources familiar with the internal deliberations. He may stop appearing daily and make shorter appearances when he does, the sources said — a practice that may have started with Friday’s unusually short briefing. Why this matters: Trump’s daily press conferences — televised to a largely …

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White House Defends Trump On Injecting Disinfectant

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday defended President Trump for asking whether disinfectant could be used to treat the coronavirus and accused the media of taking the president’s remarks out of context. “President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s …

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WH Team Sought to “Flood” States With Malaria Drug

Vanity Fair reports: White House officials pushed ahead with a massive behind-the-scenes pressure campaign on the government’s top health officials to deliver huge amounts of chloroquine drugs to just about anyone who wanted them, according to documents reviewed by Vanity Fair. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, sent an email with …

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NYT: Trump Spends Half His Day Watching Cable News

The New York Times reports: President Trump arrives in the Oval Office these days as late as noon, when he is usually in a sour mood after his morning marathon of television. He has been up in the White House master bedroom as early as 5 a.m. watching Fox News, then CNN, with a dollop of MSNBC thrown in for …

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