Latest Updates & U.S. Response

  1. white house

    Peter Navarro blasts Fauci in op-ed

    President Donald Trump’s trade adviser says the health expert has been “wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”

    Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump‘s top trade adviser, blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday, claiming that the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the public face of the White House‘s coronavirus response has been consistently wrong while advising on how to contain the disease.

    In a brief op-ed published in USA Today, Navarro said: “Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.“

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  2. white house

    Trump rails against Biden, China in Rose Garden stemwinder

    The president careened between topics at the news conference and laid out what appeared to be opposition research against his Democratic rival.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned a news conference about Hong Kong into an extended diatribe against his Democratic rival Joe Biden, attributing dozens of policy ideas to him that appeared drawn from opposition research.

    After announcing that he had signed legislation to allow for sanctions against those who enable a new Chinese security law governing Hong Kong and an executive order revoking Hong Kong’s special trade status, Trump spoke to reporters for close to an hour. He pinballed from topic to topic and unloaded on the former vice president and on China in what essentially amounted to a campaign speech from the White House grounds.

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  3. Health Care

    States look to Trump for a national plan to fight coronavirus

    Cash-strapped cities and states trying to create testing, tracing and public awareness campaigns from scratch are desperate for federal support.

    Leaving the nation's coronavirus fight to individual states has created gaping holes in the public health response that have allowed the infection rate to soar and death rates to rise once again.

    While countries like New Zealand and Germany have taken a unified national approach to fighting the virus — and are enjoying the fruits of a successful mitigation strategy — the Trump administration’s federalist philosophy has helped create chaos across the South and West.

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  4. White House

    Trump, in full reversal, urges Americans to wear masks

    The president long refused to don such protection against coronavirus, and just weeks ago mocked Joe Biden for doing so.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Americans to wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a full reversal of his initially dismissive attitude toward face coverings.

    During an interview, CBS News' Catherine Herridge asked the president whether there should be a federal mandate on wearing masks or if it should be left to governors to decide. Trump responded that governors go by guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and "that's good."

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  5. Vaccine Race

    Moderna coronavirus vaccine shows promising results in early clinical trial

    The vaccine is the first developed by a U.S. company to publish clinical trial results.

    An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Moderna provoked an immune response without major side effects in an early-stage clinical trial, scientists reported Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    The Phase I trial, conducted in partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, enrolled 45 people who were given two doses of the vaccine in March and April. More than half of participants developed mild side effects, including chills and body aches, and three did not receive the second vaccine dose.

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  6. Education

    Trump slams Los Angeles for ‘terrible decision’ to keep schools closed

    "It is a balancing act but we have to open the schools," the president said.

    President Donald Trump took aim at Los Angeles school officials for what he called a “terrible decision” this week to keep classrooms closed this fall amid the surge of coronavirus cases in Southern California.

    Trump said during an interview with CBS News on Tuesday that it was a “mistake” for Los Angeles schools to remain closed and called for new leadership of the nation’s second-largest school district.

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  7. Employment & Immigration

    $600 weekly jobless benefit will likely lapse before more aid is passed

    Laid off workers would see a lapse in the additional benefits — reducing their weekly income by more than two-thirds in many states.

    Congress will likely allow the $600-a-week boost in unemployment benefits to expire at the end of this month if lawmakers follow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed timeline for the next round of pandemic aid.

    When the Senate returns to Washington from recess next Monday, McConnell said he will begin "socializing" the GOP's next rescue package and start the legislative process with Democrats. He said during an event in Corbin, Ky., Monday he expects that a bill will come together "sometime within the next three weeks, beginning next week."

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  8. Congress

    Freedom Caucus member tests positive for coronavirus

    The conservative group did some contact tracing after Rep. Morgan Griffith was diagnosed several days after speaking at a press conference.

    Rep. Morgan Griffith, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has tested positive for coronavirus — a diagnosis that comes five days after the Virginia Republican attended a GOP press conference and which spurred an effort at contact tracing within the group.

    Griffith’s office announced in a brief statement that he received a positive diagnosis Tuesday, after developing mild symptoms and taking a coronavirus test “over the weekend.” He has been self-isolating since then and will continue to do so, his office said.

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  9. Health Care

    CDC chief: Trump should set example with mask

    Redfield said universal mask wearing over the next four to eight weeks could "bring the epidemic under control."


    CDC Director Robert Redfield on Tuesday said President Donald Trump should "set an example" by wearing a mask as he also warned the upcoming convergence of flu season and the coronavirus could be “one of the most difficult times that we have experienced in American public health."

    Redfield said he is worried about the potential of the two respiratory viruses hitting at the same time and overstressing the health care system, which is already starting to feel greater strain as coronavirus cases rise in much of the country.

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  10. Coronavirus

    Dunford withdraws as pick to lead coronavirus oversight commission

    It's the latest blow to a panel that has struggled to get up and running, and which is supposed to monitor a $500 billion relief fund.

    Retired Gen. Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, has withdrawn from consideration to lead a congressional commission tasked with overseeing the Trump administration's implementation of a $500 billion coronavirus relief fund, according to multiple Capitol Hill sources.

    The move leaves the five-member commission without a leader four months after President Donald Trump signed into law the $2 trillion CARES Act, which established the commission. The law tasked Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with agreeing on a chair, and Dunford was the leading candidate and the only name that has emerged so far.

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  11. Canada

    Reopen the Canada-U.S. border? Canadians say sorry, but no thanks

    Restrictions on travel across the border are about to be extended for a fourth time since the start of the pandemic. Most Canadians are fine with that.

    U.S. lawmakers are applying pressure on Ottawa and Washington to ease restrictions on the Canada-U.S. border, but few Canadians want to welcome their American neighbors any time soon.

    A growing chorus is agitating for Canada and the U.S. to loosen the rules around "essential" travelers, even as coronavirus cases skyrocket in the states and top government officials are poised to push the issue off for another month. The travel industry, border communities and members of Congress would like to see metrics that border officials could use to allow more travelers into each country while continuing to protect against the cross-border spread of Covid-19.

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  12. coronavirus

    Republicans are breaking from Trump’s coronavirus talking points

    A growing number of the president's allies are undercutting his attempts to minimize the pandemic's dangers.


    From masks to school reopenings to the testing abilities of the United States, some of President Donald Trump’s central political talking points are being undermined by a growing circle of usually reliable allies as the coronavirus roars back to alarming levels.

    The breaks with Trump come as the president’s poll numbers on handling the virus and his job approval in general continue to sink, while the administration tries to put the virus in the rearview despite record-breaking case numbers and straining health care systems.

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  13. coronavirus

    ‘None of us lie’: Coronavirus testing czar rejects Trump’s attacks on health officials

    The president has repeatedly questioned his own administration’s experts as the pandemic threatens his reelection effort.


    Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing czar, on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion that his own public health officials are liars.

    “Look, we may occasionally make mistakes based on the information we have, but none of us lie. We are completely transparent with the American people,” Giroir told NBC’s “Today” show.

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  14. coronavirus

    Austin mayor says Gov. Abbott made ‘big mistake’ with earlier refusal to mandate masks

    But Steve Adler also praised the governor for encouraging voluntary mask use more than his fellow Republicans.

    Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Tuesday criticized Gov. Greg Abbott for blocking municipalities across Texas from enforcing mandatory mask orders earlier in the coronavirus pandemic.

    But the mayor also praised the governor for showing a greater willingness to encourage the use of face coverings than his fellow Republican state executives.

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  15. health care

    Former CDC chiefs rebuke Trump for ‘undermining’ agency’s guidelines

    The condemnation comes after the president disavowed federal school reopening recommendations as “very tough & expensive.”

    Four former heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday implicitly rebuked President Donald Trump, arguing the “extraordinary” efforts by him and other administration officials to diminish the public health agency’s guidance were contributing to a resurgence of coronavirus cases across the United States.

    In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, former CDC Directors Tom Frieden, Jeffrey Koplan and David Satcher, as well as former acting CDC Director Richard Besser, fiercely criticized “political leaders and others attempting to undermine” the agency as it works to issue recommendations for schools seeking to reopen their doors for the fall semester.

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  16. Exclusive

    Warren, Pressley demand action from HHS on coronavirus' impact on minority communities

    In a letter to the agency Tuesday, the lawmakers asked for an updated report on how it plans to alleviate racial health inequities.

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley issued a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday requesting a report detailing the Trump administration's response to racial health disparities exacerbated by the Covid-19 outbreak.

    The letter, which highlights the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on communities of color, represents another push from Democrats for President Donald Trump to take action to alleviate the damage of the virus on minorities. Warren and Pressley assert missing reports on racial disparities, legally required under the Affordable Care Act, have contributed to a poor federal coronavirus response.

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