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Post by annemarie on Tue 19 May 2020, 18:34

Thomas Smith​Fox News 13 in Tampa Bay reported at mid-day today that "cases in Florida increased by 502 in Tuesday [COVID-19 ]update."

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 19 May 2020, 21:53

Mm, and it looks like Trump is heading that way.....

Meanwhile, somebody's been fired by DeSantis for not massaging the official figues....

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/15/coronavirus-pangolins-protections-us-trading

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 19 May 2020, 23:26

I think you guys will appreciate this. I found it on Pastor John Pavlovitz' twitter page:

"If I find out the side effects of Hydroxychloroquine are compulsive lying, all-caps rage-tweeting, tiny hands, penis envy, fear of Joe Biden and obsession with Barack Obama - then I'll believe Trump is taking it."

I really like this man!
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Post by annemarie on Wed 20 May 2020, 00:37

Lol  so do I.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 20 May 2020, 17:55

[size=34]Donald Trump threatens to withhold federal funding from Michigan as it braces for devastating floods - in revenge for state sending absentee ballot applications to all registered voters[/size]


  • Trump threatened to withhold federal funds from Michigan in revenge for state sending absentee ballot applications to voters; 'This was done illegally,' he tweeted Wednesday morning 

  • 'I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path,' the president added 

  • The president's threat comes as Michigan officials deal with heavy flooding that caused two dams to break

  • Gov Whitmer has declared state of emergency in some counties and about 10,000 people have evacuated

  • Trump will be in Detroit area on Thursday to visit a Ford Motor factory that converted to making ventilators to combat coronavirus 

  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19


By EMILY GOODIN, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:06 EDT, 20 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:05 EDT, 20 May 2020

 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to with hold federal funds from Michigan as the state prepared for devastating floods after officials sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. 
'Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!,' the president tweeted.
His tweet was a threat to use his executive power against states that don't bend to his political will. Trump and other Republicans have argued - without proof - that mail-in voting favors Democrats and concerns about its use as a voting option have ratcheted up during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Trump was off in his criticism. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Tuesday all registered voters - there are 7.7 million of them - will receive applications for absentee ballots, meaning voters would still have to request an actual ballot to vote. 
'By mailing applications we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,' Benson, a Democrat, said. Her decision is expected to face legal challenges. 
And she tweeted a response to President Trump: 'Hi! I also have a name, it’s Jocelyn Benson. And we sent applications, not ballots. Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia.'
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President Donald Trump threatened to with hold federal funds from Michigan in revenge for the state sending absentee ballot applications to all voters
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, then responded: 'We sent applications, not ballots. Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia
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In the series of tweets, the president also called out Nevada for sending out 'illegal vote by mail ballots'
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'By mailing applications we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,' Benson (left) said. Her decision is expected to face legal challenges. Trump's threat to with hold federal funds comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (right) declared a state of emergency in parts of Michigan due to flooding
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Trump's tweet comes at a time when Michigan officials are dealing with two crises: the coronavirus pandemic and severe flooding due to the failure of two dams (Sanford Dam pictured) 
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Floodwaters are seen along a street in downtown Sanford, Michigan. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for locations along the Tittabawassee River after the breach at the Sanford Dam
President Trump popped back up on Twitter later Wednesday to promise Michigan help with its flooding.
'My team is closely monitoring the flooding in Central Michigan – Stay SAFE and listen to local officials. Our brave First Responders are once again stepping up to serve their fellow citizens, THANK YOU!,' he wrote.
He also argued Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, should ease up on the state's coronavirus lock down so people can help with the flooding.
'We have sent our best Military & @FEMA Teams, already there. Governor must now “set you free” to help. Will be with you soon!,' Trump added.
Whitmer issued a stay-at-home order for the state until May 28 but she announced this week she will start easing up on it in parts of Michigan on Friday. Protesters have stormed the state capitol in Lansing to protest Whitmer's stay-at-home order. 
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 President Trump popped back up on Twitter later Wednesday to promise Michigan help with its flooding
Michigan is crucial to the president's re-election efforts. He won the state by less than one point in 2016. 
Trump also threatened to with hold funding from Nevada, ccing the U.S. Treasury Department and acting OMB director Russell Vought in his tweet.
'State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections,' he wrote. 
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has declared its June 9 primary an all-mail primary, meaning absentee ballots will be mailed to every active voter in the state. 
Cegavske is a Republican and Democrats in the state have complained ballots are not being sent to all registered voters in Nevada. 
Many other states are sending out absentee ballots for the November election to avoid long lines and crowding at polling places during the pandemic, which has infected more than 1.56 million Americans and killed more than 92,000. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced all registered voters in his state will receive absentee ballots. 
Republicans have long complained about 'ballot harvesting' - their term for the process where someone (usually a party volunteer) collects absentee ballots from a group of people and mails them for them.  Democrats call it ballot collecting.
Republican Congressman Devin Nunes of California told Fox News this week that Republicans are 'forced to have to ballot harvest because it’s the only way to win.'
Trump's criticism comes ahead of his visit to Michigan this week and after Republican Party officials launched a $20 million fund to fight mail-in ballot initiatives, which they complain - without evidence - increases the odds of voter fraud.


But it also comes as Michigan is threatened by rising flood waters that caused two dams to burst, forced the evacuation of 10,000 people and had Whitmer warn that one county could be 'under approximately 9 feet of water' by Wednesday.
She has declared a state of emergency for Midland County and urged residents threatened by the flooding to evacuate the area. She said shelters have opened across the county and are available to those who need a place to go.
'This is unlike anything we've seen in Midland County,' she said. 'If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now.'
Whitmer said downtown Midland faced an especially serious flooding threat. 'In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet of water. We are anticipating an historic high water level.'
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Vehicles and signs are seen submerged in floodwaters in downtown Sanford on Tuesday after the dam burst 
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Residents in one Michigan county were forced to evacuate their homes. The driver of this red pickup truck was rescued in Saginaw County, Michigan on Tuesday 
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An aerial view of water from a broken Edenville Dam seen flooding the area as it flows towards Wixom Lake in Michigan
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The Edenville and Sanford dams burst on Tuesday after heavy rainfall battered the area for several days. A flood warning is in effect throughout Wednesday along the Tittabawassee River in Midland County. 
About 3,500 homes and 10,000 people have been affected by the flooding. No deaths or injuries have been reported. 
Whitmer said Wednesday: 'To go through this in the midst of a global pandemic is almost unthinkable. But we are here, and to the best of our ability we are going to navigate this together.'
The governor encouraged residents to wear face coverings while at shelters and if they go to stay with relatives.  
Many states, Michigan included, are feeling a budget crunch after the coronavirus shuttered businesses - causing a decline in state revenue while more money was needed to fight the disease.
Trump and Whitmer, a Democrat, have already feuded over the virus. Whitmer accused his administration of not doing enough to send medical supplies and protective equipment to states in need. 
President Trump will be in the Detroit area on Thursday to visit a Ford Motor factory.
He'll tour the Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, which is making ventilators that can be used to treat COVID-19 patients. The company plans to produce 100,000 ventilators by July 4, working with GE Healthcare on the project. 
Trump, meanwhile, has taken up the drumbeat against mail-in voting, complaining it hurts Republican candidates. He railed against a California special election using the method last week. The Republican candidate won that race. 

One recent case of voter fraud - and it was committed by a Republican 


In North Carolina, one political operative has been indicted for voting fraud: a Republican.
Political operative Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. and four others who worked for him were indicted over illegal ballot ‘harvesting’ in regards to a 2018 congressional election that was ultimately rerun last September.
Witnesses told state officials that Dowless gathered hundreds of absentee ballots from voters with the help of his assistants.
Those assistants testified they were directed to collect blank or incomplete ballots, forge signatures on them and even fill in votes when Dowless worked for Republican candidate Mark Harris in the 2018 congressional election.
Harris appeared to get the most votes in the November 2018 race, but the State Board of Elections ordered a new election. Harris didn't run that special election, which ultimately was won by the GOP nominee, Dan Bishop.





He wrote on Twitter on April 8, ahead of the California contest, that: 'Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, (it) doesn't work out well for Republicans.' 
Many governors have announced their states will increase the use of mail-in voting this year to avoid long lines at polling places while the coronavirus remains a threat. 
Republicans argue it increases chances for voter fraud.
'If voters want to vote by mail, absentee ballots should be requested by the voter and not automatically sent by the state to every voter on the registration rolls,' Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said on a call with reporters on Monday. 
She argued the lists used could be out of date, meaning ballots could be mailed to addresses where no registered voter lives. 
Five states conduct all their voting by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah. 
Republicans in Michigan could sue there to counter the ballot applications being sent out. Lawsuits are already underway in California against Newsom's decision. 
Multiple studies have shown there is little voter fraud in American elections. Democrats have argued Republicans oppose mail-in voting as it makes it easier for Democratic supporters - such as blue-collar workers who would have a tougher time taking off work to get a polling place - to vote.   
President Trump has voted absentee both when he lived in New York and when he switched his residency to Florida. 
Voters have indicated they support voting by mail, particularly this year.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in late April found that around two-thirds of registered voters supported voting by mail in this year's election.
In two-thirds of the states, any qualified voter may vote absentee without offering an excuse, and in one-third of the states, an excuse is required, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But many states - including West Virginia and Virginia - are adding fear of the coronavirus as a valid excuse to request an absentee ballot. 
House Democrats included $3.6 billion in election funding as part of the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package they unveiled last week. The money is intended to help states with programs like mail-in voting. 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi called voting by mail a 'health issue.'
'We cannot have people going to places that are predictably dangerous to their health,' she said Wednesday during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.  
Complications from the coronavirus has sparked fears, particularly among Democrats, that President Trump could use the coronavirus to delay or delegitimize November's contest.  
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrats' presumptive 2020 nominee, warned about the threat of a delayed election at a fundraiser last month.
'Mark my words, I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow — come up with some rationale why it can't be held,' he said of Trump.
The coronavirus pandemic - which led to the cancellation of schools, delayed sporting events, closed churches and put an end to any large scale gatherings like the annual SXSW conference - has already affected the Democratic primary process.
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President Trump also has complained about mail-in voting, which could be used more because of the coronavirus, claiming it helps Democrats even as Republicans won last week's special election in California; above, voters line up to vote in that California race
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Voters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, line up to vote during the April 7 primary
New York canceled its June primary because of the disease and 15 other states moved back or extended mail-in voting for their primaries.
Such moves have been controversial and lawsuits have been filed with the argument people have the right to vote.   
New York's case illustrates that. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang sued the state over the move. And the judicial branch showed its strong commitment to protecting the right to vote, ordering the election to go forward. State officials have appealed. 
Additionally, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lost his bid last month to delay his state's primary until June. The court ordered it to go forward amid criticism that in-person voting could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. Voters queued to vote on April 7 in long lines - many of them wearing face masks and practicing social distancing - due to the limited number of polling places open because of a shortage of workers to staff them.
The Wisconsin Department of Health traced 19 cases of the coronavirus to that election. 
Trump has long sounded the voter fraud drum beat. 
After the 2016 election, he launched a voting integrity commission, led by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to investigate Trump's unsubstantiated claim that between 3 million and 5 million ballots were illegally cast.
The commission found no evidence of wrong doing. Trump disbanded it in 2018.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 20 May 2020, 18:02

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[size=34]Donald Trump's socially-distanced cabinet back his use of hydroxy, insist it is safe even though none of them are using it and show him debit cards embossed with his name which will be used for stimulus payments in front of Ivanka, Jared and Hope Hicks[/size]


  • The president was backed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during the meeting Tuesday 

  • But not one member of the cabinet said they were taking the drug when probed

  • Trump said: 'Many of them would take it if they thought it was necessary'

  • The president was also shown stimulus debit cards embossed with his name

  • First Daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared and counselor to the president Hope Hicks watched on as he was handed a sample card by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin 

  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19


By LAUREN FRUEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 00:35 EDT, 20 May 2020 | UPDATED: 08:48 EDT, 20 May 2020

     



Donald Trump held a socially distanced cabinet meeting on Tuesday where he insisted his use of hydroxychloroquine is safe. 
The president was backed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during the meeting. 
But not one member of the cabinet said they were taking the controversial drug when probed. Trump said: 'Many of them would take it if they thought it was necessary.'
Trump was also shown debit cards embossed with his name which will be used for stimulus payments. 
First Daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared and counselor to the president Hope Hicks watched on as he was handed one by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.  
The stimulus debit cards will be sent out to Americans this month. 
Mnuchin said: 'We now have developed debit cards. In an effort to expedite money to people even quicker in a very safe way, I'm pleased to show you what a debit card looks like with your name on it, Mr. President.
'We think debit cards are a safe and secure way of delivering refunds.'    
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Trump smiles as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hands him a debit card that will be used to send payments by the Treasury Department to Americans
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Trump examines a sample coronavirus pandemic relief debit card he was handed at the cabinet meeting
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White House advisors Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Hope Hicks attend President Trumps cabinet in the East Room of the White House Tuesday
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Counselor to the President Hope Hicks listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday
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(L-R) White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump attend a meeting of President Donald Trump with his cabinet on Tuesday in the Cabinet Room of the White House 
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One cabinet official can be left out of large gatherings of government officials to ensure the continuity of government should a catastrophic event occur
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Tuesday's meeting saw all of Trump's advisers present and accounted for, meaning there was no designated survivor left out of the gathering during the time of a national pandemic. 
That doesn't mean the line of succession was not assured: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Pro Temp of the Senate Chuck Grassley follow Vice President Mike Pence to take over as commander-in-chief. 
Neither Pelosi nor Grassley were present at Tuesday's meeting.
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At Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, officials were seated apart in accordance with social distancing but none of them were wearing masks. 
Defending his use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine Trump said Tuesday that veterans who passed away from the coronavirus while taking it were sick people who were 'ready to die.' 
He blasted a study that used data from the veterans' administration and showed a higher rate of death among those who received the drug.
'There was a false study done, where they gave it to very sick people, extremely sick people, people that were ready to die,' President Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday. 
He added: 'It's got a bad reputation only because I'm promoting and so I'm obviously a very bad promoter. If anybody else we're promoting it, they'd say this is the greatest thing ever.'
Probed on getting the 35 million Americans out of jobs back to work, Trump said: 'I think we've announced a plan. We're opening up our country. Just a rude person, you are.' 
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President Donald Trump said that veterans who passed away from the coronavirus while taking hydroxychloroquine were sick people who were 'ready to die'
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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, argued medications are allowed to be used for 'off-label' purposes. Veterans Secretary Robert Wilkie, right, said the hydroxychloroquine study was not from the VA but used data from veterans' hospitals
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Ivanka Trump listens as her father, President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room 
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Mask on: Ivanka and husband Jared are seen waiting for the cabinet meeting to begin in the East Room of the White House
'It was given by, obviously not friends of the administration, and the study came out, people were ready to die. Everybody was old, had bad problems with hearts, diabetes and everything else you can imagine,' President Trump added, blasting what he called a phony study put out by the VA.
The president also denied the Food and Drug Administration put out a warning about hydroxychloroquine, which it did on April 30. The FDA warned the drug caused heart problems and said it should only be used to treat the coronavirus on patients already in the hospital.
'No that's not what I was told,' Trump said when asked about the warning.
Trump said he didn't feel any impact from taking a daily dose of hydroxychloroquine.  'I've had no impact from it. I feel the same. I haven't changed I don't think too much,' he noted during his Cabinet meeting. 
He got two of Cabinet secretaries to defend his use of hydroxychloroquine: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Veterans Secretary Robert Wilkie.  
Azar said any medical drug can be used for 'off-label' purposes or something it was not originally intended for but may have an effect on. 
'The doctor in consultation with the patient may use it for what we call off-label purposes, which are indications that are not yet proven and not yet in the label,' he noted
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Trump smiles as he holds a debit card handed to him by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that will be used to send payments to Americans
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US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin shows Trump a pre-paid debit card during a meeting with his cabinet Tuesday
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Mnuchin holds up a new debit card to be used to distribute COVID-19 relief funds to the public during a Cabinet meeting
Wilkie pointed out the study being quoted was not from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
'It was not a VA study,' he said. 'Researchers took VA numbers. And they did not clinically review them; they were not peer reviewed. They did not even look at what the President just mentioned, the various co-morbidities that the patients who were referenced in that study had.'
He added: 'We are doing everything we can to protect the lives of our veterans, and this is one of the means that we used.'
Earlier in the day, the president said the study using VA data was a 'Trump enemy statement.' 
'Well I've worked with doctors and if you look at the one survey - the only bad survey - they were giving it to people that were in very bad shape. They were very old, almost dead. It was a Trump enemy statement,' he said during a visit to Capitol Hill.
An April study of 368 male patients at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide found hydroxychloroquine was linked to higher rates of death for those hospitalized with the coronavirus. The data was gathered from the veterans hospital by outside academics who then analyzed it and presented their findings. 
More than 27 per cent of patients who received the drug died and 22 per cent of patients who were treated with a combination of hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin – known as z-pack - also died.
The death rate for those who did not receive the drugs was 11.4 per cent. 
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S. Scott Sutton, Joe Magagnoli, and Tammy Cummings were among the academics who studied the effects of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients
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Siddharth Narendran, Jayakrishna Ambati, and James W Hardin were also among the academics who studied the effects of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients
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President Trump claimed many of those working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are taking hydroxychloroquine.
'A lot of our front line workers take it because it possibly and  - I think it does but you know these people are going to have to make up their own mind. Plus, it doesn't hurt people. It's been out of the market for 60 or 65 years for malaria, lupus and other things,' he said during brief remarks after his lunch with senators on Tuesday.
'I think it gives you an additional level of safety, but you can ask many doctors are in favor of it. Many front line workers won't go there, unless they have the hydroxy. And so again this is an individual decision to make, but it's had a great reputation. And if it was somebody else other than me, people would say gee isn't that smart,' he added.
The president has come under heavy criticism from doctors, Democrats, media commentators and foreign countries after his shocking announcement on Monday he is taking a daily dose of hydroxychloroquine even as he test negative for the coronavirus.  
Trump blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a 'sick woman' with a lot of 'mental problems' after she called him 'morbidly obese' and he claimed academic research showing the dangers of hydroxychloroquine was done by his enemies.
'Pelosi is a sick woman she's got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems,' President Trump said during a visit to Capitol Hill where he had lunch with Senate Republicans.
Pelosi said the 'morbidly obese' president was putting his health at risk with his daily dose of hydroxychloroquine in an interview with CNN Monday night. 
Trump said his doctor did not recommend hydroxychloroquine to him, but that he requested it from the White House physician.
That physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in a statement that, after 'numerous discussions' with Trump, 'we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.' 
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President Trump was on Capitol Hill to have lunch with Republican senators - Senators John Barrasso and Mitch McConnell stand behind him wearing masks
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the 'morbidly obese' president was putting his health at risk with his daily dose of hydroxychloroquine in an interview with CNN Monday night
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Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News on Tuesday he is not taking hydroxychloroquine but he wouldn't 'begrudge' anyone who was
China claimed Trump was using 'witchcraft' to lead during the coronavirus pandemic after he admitted to taking hydroxychloroquine.
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China Communist Party's official publication, Global Times, blamed Trump for the high number of U.S. deaths from coronavirus, claiming the White House would be 'burned down' by the public if it were China.
'President Trump is leading the US's struggle against pandemic with witchcraft, and as a result, more than 90,000 people have died,' Hu wrote Tuesday in a now-deleted tweet. 'If it were in China, the White House would have been burned down by angry people.'
The editor of the governing publication is close with Chinese leadership. 
Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News on Tuesday he is not taking hydroxychloroquine but he wouldn't 'begrudge' anyone who was.
''I'm not. But I would never begrudge any American taking the advice of their physician. Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that's been around for more than 40 years for treatment of malaria. But, early in this process, the FDA approved what's called off-label use where physicians could prescribe hydroxychloroquine in terms they deemed appropriate. So my physician has not recommended that, but I wouldn't hesitate to take the counsel of my doctor. Any American should do likewise,' he said.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president shared his personal health information because he wants to be 'transparent' with Americans.
'The president just wanted to be transparent about his personal health decision that he made in consultation with his doctor,' McEnany told Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, adding others should only take the anti-malaria drug if they are prescribed it by their doctors. 
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At the White House: Donald Trump appeared at the White House with first daughter Ivanka Tuesday fresh from the revelation he is on hydroxychloroquine
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Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China Communist Party's official publication, Global Times wrote in a now-deleted tweet that Donald Trump is governing during the coronavirus pandemic by using 'witchcraft' after the president revealed Monday he is using hydroxycloroquine as a preventative measure to contracting the disase
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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox & Friends Tuesday morning that Trump shared his personal health information so he could be 'transparent' with the American people – she also warned people only take the drug if they are prescribed by their doctor
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The White House physician, released a memo Monday night, saying he and Trump discussed the matter and believed the gain from using hydroxychloroquine outweighed its risk factors – he did not say, however, if he had prescribed the drug to the president
Hope was sparked early on in the crisis when an early French study suggested the drug could have both antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects.
It triggered a flurry of research across the world, an endorsement from Trump and emergency authorization from US regulators.
But other research has dealt a blow to the drug, with one Chinese trial last month finding it did not speed up the recovery of COVID-19 patients.
And New York researchers last week said patients got no benefits whether they took just the drug or paired it with the antibiotic azithromycin.
Leading doctors have warned the drug can cause severe side effects, and can even throw off the process that makes the heart beat in time – and one trial in Brazil was stopped short because so many of the enrolled coronavirus patients given the drug developed these arrhythmias. 
The president has repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine - used to treat malaria, lupus and other diseases - and the antibiotic azithromycin, often referred to as 'Z-pack,' to be used to treat the coronavirus
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Medics around the nation have expressed concern at the news, warning Americans to not take the drug without at least consulting their doctor
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While studies are being carried out into hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness in treating coronavirus, early results have suggested it provides only marginal benefits with serious risks - something medics pointed out online
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At least two White House staffers tested positive for the coronavirus this month, both of whom had access to the president: his Navy valet who serves him meals and Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary Katie Miller, who speaks for the Coronavirus Task Force and is married to Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller.
After the outbreak, new safety protocols were put into effect at the White House, including daily testing of senior staff who get close to the president. 
Additionally, staff and Secret Service agents have started wearing face masks around the complex, where close working conditions make social distancing impossible.  

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Hydroxychloroquine - branded as Plaquenil - is a cheap drug that has been used as a prophylaxis against malaria for decades.
But no evidence currently exists to show the drug can prevent patients being struck down with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Scientists also warn there is no proof hydroxychloroquine, which was touted as a wonder drug by Donald Trump and can be given to arthritis and lupus patients, can even treat COVID-19.
Hope was sparked early on in the crisis when an early French study suggested the drug could have both antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects.
It caused a flurry of research across the world, including in Britain, an endorsement from Trump and emergency authorization from US regulators.
But other research has dealt a blow to the drug - one Chinese trial last month found it did not speed up the recovery of COVID-19 patients.
And New York researchers last week said patients got no benefits whether they took just the drug or paired it with the antibiotic azithromycin.
Leading doctors have warned the drug can cause severe side effects, and may even throw off the process that makes the heart beat in time.
One trial in Brazil was stopped early because so many of the enrolled coronavirus patients given the drug developed these arrhythmias.
SO, WHAT HAVE THE STUDIES SHOWN?
INFECTED PATIENTS 'GET NO BENEFIT FROM TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE'
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health looked at data from 1,438 COVID-19 patients across 25 hospitals in New York.
The study, published in JAMA last month, was observational and looked at the outcomes of patients given different drug combinations.
About 25 per cent of patients who received hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin - another promising coronavirus drug - died.
In comparison, the rate was 20 per cent for those only given hydroxychloroquine alone and was 10 per cent for those on azithromycin.
90% OF CRITICAL PATIENTS GIVEN THE DRUG DEVELOP ARRHYTHMIAS
Scientists in the US and France last month found 90 per cent of critically-ill COVID-19 patients given hydroxychloroquine developed heart arrhythmias.
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers monitored 90 patients in intensive care units, while University of Lyon academics analysed 40 patients.
Both uncovered similar results in JAMA Cardiology, after looking at the QT intervals - the time between the heart's ventricular muscles contracting and then relaxing.
When this interval becomes too long, the patient has developed a dangerous form of heart arrhythmia, called atrial fibrillation.
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE MAY IMPAIR ABILITY OF IMMUNE SYSTEMS
Hydroxychlorouquine may impair the ability of patients' immune systems to fight off the infection, a review suggested at the start of April.
Harvard scientists analyzed 10 studies as well as anecdotal reports from doctors that suggested the drug could help coronavirus patient.
The review found many of the clinical trials were poorly conducted and anecdotal reports carried little weight.
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE DOES NOT SPEED UP RECOVERY
The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine did not speed up coronavirus patients' recovery in a trial in China, scientists revealed in April.
In a disappointing blow for the promising drug, doctors said it did not work as a cure.
Patients who were taking it suffered fewer symptoms than others who were treated alongside them without the medication but their recovery time was the same.
They had tested hydroxychloroquine on 75 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and compared their illnesses to 75 patients who didn't receive the drug.
BRAZIL TRIAL STOPPED EARLY BECAUSE OF HEART PROBLEMS
A clinical trial in Brazil had to be stopped early, it was revealed last month, because patients developed heart problems.
The Brazilian study, taking place in the Amazonian city of Manaus, had planned to enroll 440 severely ill COVID-19 patients to test two doses of chloroquine.
But researchers reported their results and called a halt to the experiment after only 81 people had received the high-dose treatment which gave them 1,200mg per day.
One in four of the patients had developed heart rhythm problems and early data suggested death rates were higher among those patients.
MALARIA DRUG DOES IMPROVE SURVIVAL ODDS, PHYSICIANS CLAIM
Hydroxychloroquine has improved the survival and recovery odds for about 90 per cent of patients treated, a physicians group claimed.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) presented data on 2,333 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine.
Results showed 91.6 per cent of those who got the controversial drug fared better after treatment, it was reported at the end of April.
COMBINING DRUG WITH DIET SUPPLEMENT COULD WORK BETTER
Combining hydroxychloroquine with the dietary supplement zinc could create a more effective treatment for coronavirus patients, a study suggested last week.
Researchers found taking the drugs together, along with the antibiotic azithromycin, increased patient's chances of being discharged and decreased their risk of dying.
It did not, however, change the average time patients spent in hospital, how long they spent on a ventilator or the total amount of oxygen required.
The team, from New York University Grossman School of Medicine, says the findings are encouraging but that more studies are needed.
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE COULD HELP TREAT PATIENTS, STUDY SAYS
French researchers last month found hydroxychloroquine could treat coronavirus patients, sparking hope of a cure.
Thirty patients were treated with hydroxychloroquine for 10 days, combined with azithromycin, an antibiotic.
Although very small, the study 'showed a significant reduction of the viral carriage' after the six days.
And results showed patients had a 'much lower average carrying duration' compared to patients who received other treatments.
Several weeks later, the study's publisher said the paper 'did not meet its standards' because it excluded data on patients who did not respond well to the treatment.

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[size=48]Churches in Georgia and Texas Close Again After Members Test Positive for Coronavirus
Both churches reopened after the governors of Texas and Georgia relaxed stay-at-home orders
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Two Catholic churches, located in Georgia and Texas, have closed their doors for a second time after faith leaders and congregants tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, Georgia, and Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, have both suspended in-person services indefinitely due to positive COVID-19 cases.
Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle had restarted in-person services on April 26 after Georgia's stay-at-home order was loosened by Gov. Brian Kemp.
However, Church representative Joan Lewis told The Christian Post on Monday that they decided to suspend services for the "foreseeable future" on May 11 after learning several families had contracted the virus.
“Our hearts are heavy as some of our families are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 virus, and we ask for your prayers for each of them as they follow the prescribed protocol and recuperate at home,” the church said in a statement.

"Though we feel very confident of the safe environment we are able to offer in our facilities, the decision was made … that we would discontinue all in-person services again until further notice in an effort of extreme caution for the safety and well-being of our families," the statement said.
RELATED: Detroit Priest Uses Squirt Gun Filled with Holy Water to Bless Churchgoers amid Coronavirus Pandemic
About 25 percent of Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle's congregants had attended the in-person services once the church reopened, The Christian Post reported.
The church did not specify the number of members that tested positive for COVID-19.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Georgia has 37,214 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,650 deaths, according to The New York Times.
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In Texas, Holy Ghost reopened on May 2 after in-person services had been suspended at the Houston church for over a month. The May 2 mass was downsized from the parish's 900-seat building to just 179 churchgoers, the church said in a [url=https://d2y1pz2y630308.cloudfront.net/2329/documents/2020/5/Media Release Holy Ghost Church COVID-19 update.pdf]statement[/url].
However, two priests involved in the mass have since tested positive for COVID-19, as have three members of the church’s Redemptorists religious community.
The church also confirmed that Rev. Donnell Kirchner, a priest at the church, died on May 13 of what is believed to be COVID-19.
Kirchner was diagnosed with pneumonia at a urgent care clinic, but was not admitted to the hospital and was sent home with medication, the church said. He died at the residence he shares with seven other members of the Redemptorists religious order.
Harris County, where Holy Ghost is located, has the highest amount of positive coronavirus cases in the state, according to ABC News.

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Holy Ghost said that all masses have been canceled "until further notice," and both the parish and The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston have informed the City of Houston Health Department.
"If you have attended Masses in person at Holy Ghost Church since the reopening on May 2nd, you are strongly encouraged to monitor your health for any symptoms and be tested for COVID-19, as a precautionary measure," the church said.
Texas has over 51,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon, while over 1,400 people have died in the state from coronavirus-related illnesses.

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[size=34]At least 155 people have died from COVID-19 in one Bronx housing development - a rate of one in every 282 residents[/size]


  • At least 155 people in a housing development in the Bronx have been killed by the coronavirus, statistics released by city show

  • Stats also revealed the Bronx has suffered nearly twice as many deaths and infections than any other place in the New York City Metropolitan area

  • In the Bronx so far, nearly 4,300 of its 1.4 million have died from COVID-19 since the deadly virus began ravaging the county in March

  • And within the borough itself, no place has suffered more loss than the housing development known as Co-op City

  • Data revealed that the virus has killed at least 155 people living in the zip code that covers the complex – roughly 1 of every 282 residents 

  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19


By LUKE KENTON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:05 EDT, 20 May 2020 | UPDATED: 17:23 EDT, 20 May 2020

     


More than 150 people have been killed by the coronavirus in a single Bronx housing development, new statistics show, as it’s revealed the borough has suffered nearly twice as many deaths and infections than any other part of New York City.
So far in the Bronx, nearly 4,300 of its 1.4 million residents have died from COVID-19 since the deadly virus began ravaging the county in March - compared to around 2,800 of Manhattan’s 1.6 million inhabitants.
And within the borough itself, no place has suffered more devastation than the housing development known as Co-op City.
Data released by city health officials Monday revealed that the virus has killed at least 155 people living in the zip code that covers the complex – or roughly 1 in every 282 residents.
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Within the Bronx, no place has suffered more loss than the housing development known as Co-op City (shown above)
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Data released by city health officials Monday revealed that the virus has killed at least 155 people living in the zip code that covers the complex – or roughly 1 of every 282 residents (Pictured: Safety Director Tony Barzelatto sprays disinfectant in a hallway of a building in Co-op City)
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Cut off from much of the borough by Interstate 95, Co-op City is the largest single residential development in the US, housing 43,000 residents in 35 towers and seven townhouse clusters. It’s also home for one of the largest elderly communities in the nation, with a population that is 92 percent non-white.
During his Wednesday press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it’s minority communities such as those living within Co-op City who find themselves at the frontlines of the outbreak.
Cuomo said while coronavirus numbers city-wide are ‘headed in the right direction’, new data revealed that those living in neighborhoods with high or very high poverty are more than twice as likely to die of coronavirus than those in neighborhoods with low poverty.


In one community in the Bronx, the rate of infection exceeded 43 percent, more than twice the infection rate of New York City as a whole, at 20 percent.
Black and Latino New Yorkers are also being disproportionately affected, with members of those communities dying at twice the rate of white people in the city, according to the data.
‘The data shows not just a high positive … but the spread is continuing in those communities and that’s where the new spread is coming,’ the governor said. ‘We have the data we have the research and now we have to take the next step … We’re going to focus on public housing.’
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During his Wednesday press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it’s minorities communities such as those living within Co-op City who find themselves at the frontlines of the virus
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Cut off from much of the borough by Interstate 95, Co-op City is the largest single residential development in the US, housing 43,000 residents in 35 towers and seven townhouse clusters (pictured: Environmental Specialist Anthony Olivieri, right, and Safety Director Tony Barzelatto disinfect a lobby of a building in Co-op City)
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 Co-op City is also home for one of the largest elderly communities in the nation, with a population that is 92 percent non-white
Within the New York City Housing Association, more than 900 residents died of COVID-19 between March and May 11. An additional 298 are said to have likely died from the virus, but a cause of death hasn't been confirmed by a coroner.
In total, there have been about 7,818 cases of coronavirus among the approximately 400,000 NYCHA residents.
Cuomo theorized the high number of infections – and subsequent hospitalizations and deaths – in those communities is a consequence of less people wearing personal protective equipment, such as face coverings, in addition to the tight living quarters that public housing complexes provide.
‘How do you socially distance in an elevator in a public housing complex... in a small playground that is attached to public housing?’ he said. ‘So we understand the challenge.’
Recently retired postal worker, Tarhia Morton, who lives in Co-op City, says she knows at least six people who have died from the virus in the surrounding area.
‘That’s six people that I know,’ Morton, who is in her sixties, said. ‘Someone else could have passed on, or their family members or whatever that we don’t know about, but those six people I actually knew them.’
Despite its locale, Co-op City has a small-town feel and is the kind of place where people spend their working years, retire and never leave, according to those who live there.
True to Cuomo’s assessment, the tight-knit nature of Co-op City makes it difficult for some people to keep their distance from others, residents say, even after social distancing orders were announced by local government.
‘We show affection because this is one big community, but we all love each other and so forth and that’s just the way it is,’ said Eric Bowman, who works at Circle of Christ Church and hugged fellow resident Eugene Diaz — who wasn’t wearing a mask — when they bumped into each other, during an interview with AP.
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The tight-knit nature of Co-op City makes it difficult for some people to keep their distance from others, residents say, even after social distancing orders were announced (pictured: Bishop Angelo Rosario talks to reporters near his home in Co-op City)
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In total, there have been about 7,818 cases of coronavirus among the approximately 400,000 NYCHA residents, with around 900 deaths
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The percentage of infections in New York City's most afflicted neighborhoods is shown above
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Officials believe in total, about 1,500 residents of Co-op City have been infected. General manager of the building, Noel Ellison, however, acknowledged that the count is likely an underestimation.
Even though shareholders were requested to report a coronavirus-related illness or death in their building so sanitizing crews could be dispatched, he believes some didn't because of a stigma attached to the virus, comparing the situation to a resident embarrassed to report bed bugs.
Cuomo said the state will develop targeted strategies for communities such as Co-op City, which will include ramping up antibody testing across the borough.
‘I’m asking all local governments to do the same thing that we did in New York City. Focus on low income communities, do the testing, and do the outreach,’ the governor said.
‘That’s where the cases are coming from. That’s where the new hospitalizations are coming from. That’s what’s going into the hospital system, and that’s where you’re going to see the highest number of deaths. So that is our challenge,’ he continued.
The governor added New York will also making PPE and hand sanitizer more readily available in low income communities, as well as promoting the importance of social distancing.
Statewide, there were 112 reported deaths associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 30 in nursing homes.
New York City, which was deemed the US epicenter of the virus in March, has recorded 191,650 deaths and 16,059 confirmed deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.

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[size=34]Trump administration is 'considering first nuclear weapons test since 1992 citing threats from Russia and China' - but experts warn it could start an 'unprecedented arms race' and destabilize international relations[/size]


  • Trump administration officials allegedly discussed conducting a nuclear weapons test during a May 15 meeting with several national security agencies

  • They claimed Russia and China had been covertly conducting their own 'low-yield' nuclear weapons tests 

  • The discussions reportedly sparked 'serious disagreements' about whether the US should resume nuclear testing for the first time since 1992 

  • 184 countries signed the UN's Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in 1996, but eight nations - including the US - have not ratified the treaty


By ANDREW COURT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 00:16 EDT, 23 May 2020 | UPDATED: 09:00 EDT, 23 May 2020



The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct America's first nuclear weapons test in almost three decades, according to a report in The Washington Post. 
A senior administration official told the newspaper Friday that deliberations took place on Friday May 15, during a meeting with members from top national security agencies. 
At least one member of the Trump administration prefaced the discussions by claiming that 'both Russia and China are conducting low-yield, underground nuclear tests' of their own. Both of those countries have denied that they are doing so. 
Members at the May 15 meeting proposed that undertaking a 'rapid test' of U.S. nuclear weapons could help Washington to 'negotiate' with both Moscow and Beijing. 
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The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct America's first nuclear weapons test in almost three decades, according to a bombshell report in The Washington Post. It is unclear how involved President Trump was in discussions about the resumption of nuclear testing, which reportedly took place on May 15
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The United States has not conducted a nuclear weapons test since 1992, and any plans to do so could have dramatic geopolitical consequences. Pictured: The last full-scale underground test of a nuclear weapon was conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Nevada Test Site. The test, code named "Divider," was the last of 1,030 nuclear tests carried out by the U.S.
The United States has not conducted a nuclear weapons test since 1992, and any plans to do so could have dramatic geopolitical consequences. 
Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, told The Washington Post: 'It would be the starting gun to an unprecedented nuclear arms race. You would also disrupt the negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who may no longer feel compelled to honor his moratorium on nuclear testing.'  
'If this administration believes that a nuclear test explosion and nuclear brinkmanship is going to coerce negotiating partners to make unilateral concessions, that's a dangerous ploy,' he added. 


Such sentiments were reportedly echoed by some members of the national security agencies during the May 15 meeting. 
The Trump administration official told The Washington Post that there were 'serious disagreements' about whether the U.S. should resume nuclear weapons testing. Members of the National Nuclear Security Administration are said to have been particularly vocal.  
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One Trump administration official claimed Russia and China had been covertly conducting their own 'low-yield' nuclear weapons tests. Both countries have denied doing so 
The administration official claims that the proposal to resume U.S. weapons testing - whilst divisive - is 'very much an ongoing conversation.' 
However, another source familiar with the May 15 deliberations claimed it concluded with a decision to 'avoid a resumption of testing'. 
Marshall Billingslea, who currently serves in the Trump administration as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing - has previously warned that China may be 'intent on building up its nuclear forces and using those forces to try to intimidate the United States and our friends and allies.' 
The Trump administration is not currently 'pursuing new nuclear weapons designs  but reserves the right to do so if China and Russia refuse to negotiate on their programs.'
 Any U.S. nuclear testing that would be done would likely involve existing arsenal. 
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Around 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, with more than half of those conducted by the U.S. A 1940 nuclear test in the Nevada desert is pictured 
Around 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, with more than half of those carried out by the U.S. The U.S. is also the only country to have launched nuclear weapons during conflict. 
However, concerns about the health consequences of nuclear testing resulted in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty adopted by the U.N. in 1996.  
184 countries have signed the treaty, but it not currently in force as eight specific nations - including the U.S., China and Iran - have not ratified it. 
Last year, Forbes reported that the Trump administration could 'trash the treaty'  after the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr., claimed that the U.S. 'believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium.'
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The U.S. is also the only country to have launched nuclear weapons during conflict. , Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)
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Post by annemarie on Sat 23 May 2020, 15:33

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[size=34]Dr Birx asks the CDC to investigate ongoing coronavirus hotspots LA, Chicago and Washington D.C. as new daily cases fail to decrease[/size]


  • The White House coronavirus task force has asked the Centers for Disease Control to investigate new cases in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C.

  • New daily coronavirus cases in the the cities are not dropping, Dr. Deborah Birx revealed Friday 

  • Other hotspots such as Detroit have drastically cut their new daily cases 

  • Cases in Washington D.C, in particular, remain troublesome

  • It has one of the highest positive testing rates in the country

  • As a result, shutdowns are continuing in D.C. suburbs even as Virginia and Maryland begin to ease their restrictions

  • Los Angeles and Chicago were named by Dr. Birx as the Department of Justice issued warnings about shutdown orders in L.A. and Chicago

  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19


By FRANCES MULRANEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:01 EDT, 23 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:28 EDT, 23 May 2020

     


The Centers for Disease Control has been asked to investigate new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. by the White House coronavirus task force. 
New daily coronavirus cases are refusing to drop in the cities despite ongoing shutdowns causing concern, task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx revealed Friday.
'Even though Washington has remained closed, L.A. has remained closed, Chicago has remained closed, we still see these ongoing cases,' she told reporters during a White House news briefing.
'And I've asked the CDC and the CDC is working with the local area in Chicago and this area [D.C] and L.A .to really understand where all these new cases are coming from and what we need to do to prevent them in the future.'
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Dr. Deborah Birx said Friday that the White House coronavirus task force has asked the Centers for Disease Control to investigate cases in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C.
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Dr. Birx used graphs to portray how the three cities measured up to the likes of New York City where high numbers of new daily cases are still being reported but there has been a dramatic decline from the worst of the outbreak.
On the other end of the sale, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta and Miami have all cut down the number of new daily cases drastically.
'There are concerns about Chicago and the Washington D.C. area - two areas that went through the logarithmic stage and are now at a high plateau with an unchanging number of cases every day,' Dr. Birx said. 


'We have concern that cities have remained closed and metros have remained closed but have still persistent high number of cases,' she added.
Cases in Washington D.C, in particular, remain troublesome. As of Saturday morning, there had been 7,893 cases and 418 deaths. 
The capital city's coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The District also continues to have one of the highest positive testing rates in the country.
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Dr Birx highlighted how New York had managed to cut its positive testing rate from almost 40 percent six weeks ago to just under 20 percent, while 42 states are now less than 10 percent test positive on a rolling 7-day average.
'The number one metro with the highest positive rate is D.C. which includes Northern Virginia and Maryland Montgomery County and PG county,' Dr. Birx said. 
'That's followed by Baltimore, Chicago and Minneapolis and so these are the places where we have seen a stalling or an increase of cases, as in Minneapolis.
'You can see all the other metros are all almost exclusively under 10 percent, so we see that as great progress across the boards.' 
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Task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx showed data that revealed D.C. continues to have one of the highest positive testing rates in the country despite the ongoing shutdowns
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Dr. Deborah Birx highlighted how New York City, shown in the top gray line, had dramatically managed to cut new daily cases but Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. remained fairly stagnant
According to the Washington Post, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have claimed that most infections in their states are in the crowded suburbs closest to the District.
It comes after both states eased their lockdown restrictions last week but placed an exemption on the D.C. suburbs. 
'As Governor Northam has made clear, Northern Virginia and the greater Washington area face unique challenges — that's why Northern Virginia localities remain under a Stay at Home order,' a Northam spokeswoman told the Washington Post.
'Our administration continues to focus on expanding testing and tracing capacity in these hard-hit localities, including free community testing for underinsured or otherwise vulnerable communities.'
Leaders in the D.C. area including officials in the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George believe that reopening in the area may begin by late May or early June, however.
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D.C.'s cumulative positivity rate is at 18 percent and has been gradually declining since April, The Post reported.
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has also claimed that the city is making 'steady' progress as he announced that some restrictions would be lifted.
Dr. Birx's comment that the city remained a hotspot came on the same day that the Department of Justice sent a letter to L.A. officials saying that any extension of the stay-at-home order could be illegal. 
There have been 43,052 cases and a death toll of 2,049 in Los Angeles County. 
The county has 56 percent of the coronavirus-related deaths in the state, and nearly 50 percent of all the state’s cases but there was a 12 percent decrease in deaths over the last week and a 15 percent decrease in hospitalizations.
DOJ Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband wrote the letter saying that the DOJ is worried about the city pursuing 'an arbitrary and heavy-handed approach' to stay-at-home orders.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured) received a letter from the Department of Justice Friday arguing against the 'arbitrary and unlawful' extension of the county's lockdown  
'Reports of your recent public statements indicate that you suggested the possibility of long-term lockdown of the residents in the city and county of Los Angeles, regardless of the legal justification for such restrictions,' Dreiband wrote according to the Los Angeles Times.
'Any such approach may be both arbitrary and unlawful.'
The letter continued, stating that while the DOJ 'recognizes and appreciates the duty that you have to protect the health and safety of the residents of the Los Angeles area' it's true that 'Governmental authority, however, is not limitless, and must be exercised reasonably.'
'Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights,' the letter also noted.
Earlier in May, Ferrer had suggested that Los Angeles County's stay-at-home order would likely be extended for a few more months - potentially through the summer - although Garcetti has been slowly loosening restrictions, allowing curbside pickups at businesses and reopening beaches and hiking trails among other outdoors activities.
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On the same day that Dr. Birx named Chicago as a hotspot, the DOJ also questioned Illinois' stay-at-home order.
On Friday the DOH said it is supporting Illinois state Rep. Darren Bailey's lawsuit over state Governor J.B. Pritzker's shutdown.
'The DOJ filed a statement of interest supporting Republican Bailey's lawsuit, which challenges whether Illinois' Democratic governor can keep the state's lockdown order going past the 30 days allowed by state law,' it said according to Fox News.
'In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of Illinois has, over the past two months, sought to rely on authority under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act to impose sweeping limitations on nearly all aspects of life for citizens of Illinois, significantly impairing in some instances their ability to maintain their economic livelihoods,' the agency added.
Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said that Birx's assessment of the city as a hotspot is not backed up by the figures. 
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There were a total of 68,949 cases confirmed in Cook County as of Friday afternoon with 40,465 of the above-mentioned cases in the city of Chicago, according to NBC Chicago
Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, acknowledged Friday that Cook County has the most coronavirus cases of any county in the U.S. 
'Everything is trending cautiously in the right direction,' Arwady added.
Nationwide, Dr. Birx reported that there'd been a continued decrease in mortality rate, in numbers coming in hospital emergency rooms and in hospitalizations over time.
'We can see now that there's been over a 50 percent decline in new hospitalizations,' Birx said.
'Although every region of the country is different, we are encouraged to see these hospitalizations decline.'
'As a country we have a decreasing amount of illness,' she added.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 23 May 2020, 18:46

Interesting how different Dr Birx seems when she can get on with telling us the scientific facts....

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Post by annemarie Today at 11:35

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  • 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals to the UK is due to come into force on June 8 

  • Aviation chiefs and businesses have warned that the curbs will devastate travel

  • Tory MPs threatening to rebel when measures come before Commons this week 


By JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 03:40 EDT, 1 June 2020 | UPDATED: 05:30 EDT, 1 June 2020

     







Ministers are facing a growing revolt on 14-day quarantine plans amid warnings it will 'kill' the travel industry.
The 'blanket' proposals for arrivals to the UK are coming under increasing fire amid claims that are unnecessary and unenforceable.
Aviation chiefs have compared the requirement to hanging up a 'Britiain is closed' sign and suggested the wider easing of lockdown will do little to help restart travel if it comes into force. 
Meanwhile, more than 200 businesses have joined a campaign urging the Government to drop the idea. 
More Tory MPs have voiced opposition to the regime, unveiled by Priti Patel last month, amid signs of a big rebellion when they come before the Commons later this week.   
The system is due to take effect on June 8, with only very limited exemptions such as for lorry drivers. People arriving in or returning to the UK will have to give an address where they are intending to isolate for a fortnight, with the officials carrying out spot checks.
Failure to comply could be punished with £1,000 fines. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has mooted 'air bridges' to low-infection countries, but as yet there is no sign of that option coming to fruition.
Industry bosses told the Times the quarantine could cost thousands of jobs across the travel, tourism and hospitality industries and hamper the nation's economic recovery.
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The government's 'blanket' proposals for arrivals to the UK are coming under increasing fire amid claims that are unnecessary and unenforceable
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More Tory MPs have voiced opposition to the regime, unveiled by Priti Patel (pictured) last month, amid signs of a big rebellion when they come before the Commons later this week
Simon McNamara, of the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said: 'If the quarantine is still in place people are not going to travel. It is not a question of being prepared to go through quarantine because they want to travel. 
'All the evidence we have is that this will just kill travel. Governments seem to me to have a stark choice. 
'They cannot pretend that quarantine enables their international travel markets to open up, because the evidence is quite simply not there. 
'If they persist with quarantine it is effectively the same as locking down your country.' 
Mr McNamara pointed to research that found 48 per cent of Britons would be willing to travel within a 'month or two' of coronavirus being brought under control. 


Tim Alderslade of Airlines UK said the quarantine was 'just about the worst thing (the Government) could do ... to restart the economy and get aviation and tourism moving again.'
Meanwhile, senior MPs have stepped up their opposition to the plan in its current form.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Conservative chairman of the transport select committee Huw Merriman called for the blanket quarantine to be 'ditched' in favour of other measures such as 'air-bridges, compulsory PPE and temperature testing at airports'.
Former minister David Jones told MailOnline he believes the proposals will be dropped within weeks. 
'A lot of colleagues are very concerned about it. It will destroy tourism and it is bad for morale,' he said.
'I think when they have the first review in three weeks' time they will probably decide they should not continue with it. Airlines are taking bookings for July so quite clearly they are expecting it to be lifted too.'
Former Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour: 'I would very much prefer the quarantine rules ... be targeted on flights from Covid hotspots.
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People arriving in or returning to the UK will have to give an address where they are intending to isolate for a fortnight, with the officials carrying out spot checks. Pictured is Heathrow Airport
'I think we really do need to find ways to ease travel between this country and other countries like Italy and Spain and France where not only are there important business connections but people do desperately want to be able to take their summer holiday.
'So I appreciate why the Government is bringing in quarantine but I do think that applying it in a blanket way across the board is an over-reaction. 
'And my understanding is that the government is actively looking at air bridges and to try to target this requirement in a more focused way and I really hope they're able to do that rather than bringing it in across the board.'

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