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CDC Nixes 'Highly Unusual' Wording on Trump-Pushed Drugs

'Why would CDC be publishing anecdotes? That doesn't make sense.'

(Newser) - What Reuters calls "highly unusual guidance" on two drugs President Trump has been pushing to treat the coronavirus has been removed from the CDC site almost as quickly as it went up. The original guidance on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which showed up over the weekend under "Therapeutic Options,... More »

Trump: WHO 'Missed the Call' on Coronavirus Pandemic

President threatens to freeze US funding for the World Health Organization

(Newser) - President Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze US funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also played down the release of January memos from a senior adviser that represented an early warning of a possible coronavirus pandemic,... More »

Trump Order: US Should Mine Moon for Minerals

This 'order establishes US policy toward the recovery and use of space resources'

(Newser) - President Trump issued an executive order Monday urging the US to mine the moon, and possibly other celestial bodies, for minerals, the Guardian reports. "Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space," says the order, which notes that... More »

Trump Pulls Inspector General Who Was Overseeing That $2T

Glenn Fine was picked, but he's since been removed

(Newser) - President Trump has removed the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been... More »

Grisham Out as Press Chief, and Her Successor Is Named

Kayleigh McEnany, who has been spokesperson for Trump campaign, will replace her

(Newser) - Stephanie Grisham is leaving her post as White House press secretary as part of a West Wing communications shake-up, report Politico and CNN . Replacing her will be Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, reports the New York Times . Grisham will become first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff, per CNN,... More »

Trump: I Sent Help to Boris Johnson

Claims 2 'leading companies' could offer 'complex treatment'

(Newser) - President Trump said Monday that he'd offered "help" in treating British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care battling COVID-19. Trump said he'd asked two "leading companies" with experience treating "ebola, AIDS, others" to "contact London immediately," per Politico . As for... More »

HHS Found a Supply Shortage. 'It's Wrong,' Trump Says

Problems build on each other at hospitals, inspector general reports

(Newser) - The nonpartisan inspector general's office in the Department of Health and Human Services called 323 hospitals to see if they have enough supplies to care for their COVID-19 patients. They don't, says the report, which lists severe shortages. Asked about the report in his press briefing Monday, President... More »

As Trump Pushes Drug for Virus, Friction in White House

Outlets report argument between Fauci, trade adviser Navarro over hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - President Trump over the weekend continued his strong push for the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. "What do you have to lose?" Trump asked both Saturday and Sunday, per the New York Times . He cited "very strong, powerful signs" of its effectiveness, adding,... More »

Here's What Ousted Intelligence Official Has to Say About Trump

Michael Atkinson says he was fired for doing his job in reporting whistleblower complaint

(Newser) - The ousted inspector general of the intelligence community says he is “disappointed and saddened” that President Trump fired him, but he also encouraged other inspectors general to continue to speak out when they are aware of wrongdoing, the AP reports. Trump notified Congress late Friday that he intended to... More »

Navy Captain Relieved of Duty Has Coronavirus

Capt. Brett E. Crozier removed from command after asking for help with outbreak

(Newser) - The US Navy captain removed from command after he asked the Navy for help with the coronavirus outbreak on board his warship has now tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell the New York Times . Capt. Brett Crozier, who ended up getting assistance from Guam , came down with symptoms before he... More »

Report: Ignored Warnings, Infighting in Virus Response

Two-month head start before cases hit US was wasted

(Newser) - The US entered this health crisis with greater expertise and resources than scores of nations that are doing a better job of protecting lives from COVID-19. Much like the period before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, warnings were given to the president but ignored, the Washington Post reports. The result is... More »

Birx Warns of Spike in Deaths in 3 Hot Spots

New York, Louisiana, and Detroit; this coming week might be 'toughest' yet, says Trump

(Newser) - President Trump warned Saturday that the country could be headed into "one of the toughest weeks" yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, per the AP . "There will be a lot of death, unfortunately," Trump said in a somber start to his daily briefing on the pandemic.... More »

Dems, Trump Clash Over Pandemic Voting

And the Wisconsin primary is center stage

(Newser) - While Wisconsin struggles to hold its primary on Tuesday, President Donald Trump and Democrats are bickering over how to provide voters with safe and secure access to a ballot as the coronavirus pandemic rages in the US and threatens to extend into the fall, affecting the general election, the AP... More »

Germany Hurls Big Accusation at Trump Over N95 Masks

'Methods from the Wild West should not become prevalent,' a German official says

(Newser) - German officials are accusing the Trump administration of "modern piracy" after 200,000 high-quality masks were apparently seized before reaching Germany, the Wall Street Journal reports. Seems the N95 masks—sought after by medical professionals for protection against the coronavirus—were made by the US company 3M's factory... More »

He Defied Trump on Ukraine Complaint. Now, a Dismissal

President Trump has fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson

(Newser) - He alerted Congress to an intel official's complaint about Trump's July 25 phone call to the Ukrainian president, which jump-started the probe that led to the president's impeachment. Now, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the Intelligence Community, is out of a job. Politico , the AP , and... More »

CDC: Yes, You Should Wear a Cloth Mask

Trump says the guidance is voluntary, and he probably won't do so

(Newser) - The CDC is shifting course and recommending that everybody wear simple cloth masks while out in public. President Trump made the announcement at his Friday coronavirus briefing, reports the New York Times . Trump stressed that high-grade N95 masks should be reserved for health care workers. He also said the guidance... More »

Jared Kushner Is Now Under a Giant Spotlight

President's son-in-law seen as point person at White House, and not everyone is happy

(Newser) - At Thursday's White House press briefing on the coronavirus outbreak, presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner appeared at the podium for the first time during the crisis, notes Forbes . Among other things, Kushner said he was taking control of the White House effort to make sure states received masks,... More »

Trump: 3M Will Have 'Big Price to Pay' Over Masks

President used the Defense Production Act to order company to produce them

(Newser) - President Trump caused some confusion Thursday evening when he tweeted that 3M would "have a big price to pay" for its handling of its N95 masks. At a briefing earlier in the day, Trump said he was using the Defense Production Act to order 3M to produce the life-saving... More »

As Trump, Schumer Clash, a 'Nasty' Letter Is Sent

President said NY was unprepared for outbreak because of 'impeachment hoax'

(Newser) - President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spent Thursday clashing over the administration's coronavirus response, with Schumer criticizing the White House's "tardiness and inadequacy" and Trump firing back in more personal terms. Trump, who was impeached by the House in December, called the Democrat a "... More »

Navy Removes Captain Who Sought Help With Outbreak

Brett Crozier had asked to evacuate ill crew members in Guam

(Newser) - The captain of a US aircraft carrier has lost his command after asking the Navy to let him evacuate crew members who tested positive for the coronavirus. Thomas Modly, acting secretary of the Navy, said Thursday that he gave the order to relieve Capt. Brett Crozier of his command, the... More »

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