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Trump claims he did wear a face mask backstage at Arizona factory

Donald Trump claims he did wear a face mask backstage at Arizona factory but was told he didn’t need one for plant tour and it’s not his fault that the press didn’t see it

  • President Donald Trump claimed he did wear a mask backstage when he visited a factory in Arizona that makes the face coverings 
  • He said he was told he didn’t need one for the plant tour
  • ‘I had a mask on for a period of time. I had a mask but I didn’t need it,’ he said  
  • ‘I can’t help it if you didn’t see it,’ he told the press
  • Trump only wore safety goggles on his eyes during the tour Tuesday
  • ‘Attention, face mask is required in this area,’ read the sign in the portion of the Honeywell factory President Trump toured
  • The Honeywell factory he’s visiting was converted to make N95 masks
  •  A White House official said factory officials said mask was not necessary
  • President Trump said he ‘might’ wear one during his visit
  • ‘If it’s a mask facility I will, yeah,’ he said as he left the White House
  • Trump has never been pictured in public wearing a face mask
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed he did wear a mask behind the scenes when he visited a factory in Arizona that makes the face coverings, but asserted he was told he didn’t need to don one during the plant tour. 

He added it wasn’t his fault the press didn’t see him wear it but admitted it wasn’t on ‘too long.’

‘I had a mask on for a period of time. I had a mask but I didn’t need it,’ he said during an event in the Oval Office, adding that he was standing at such a distance that a mask was not required. 

‘I can’t help it if you didn’t see it,’ he told the press.

President Donald Trump claimed he did wear a mask backstage when he visited a factory in Arizona that makes the face coverings

‘I had a mask on for a period of time. I had a mask but I didn’t need it. I can’t help it if you didn’t see it,’ Trump said while holding an event in the Oval Office Wednesday with nurses for World Nurses Day, where no one wore masks or socially distanced

During a Tuesday tour of Arizona’s Honeywell factory, where they make N95 masks, Trump wore poorly-fitting safety goggles, but said he was told he did not have to wear a mask because he was far away from everyone else

Trump was seen and pictured wearing safety googles during his tour of the Honeywell factory on Tuesday but not a face mask, despite signs posted requiring people to wear the coverings. He said he asked a Honeywell official if he should wear one and was told no. 

‘He said, you don’t need one. We were far away from the people making the masks. They were making the mask,’ Trump said.

He said he wore a mask made in the Honeywell factory. 

‘But I did put a mask on and it was a Honeywell mask, actually,’ he added. ‘I don’t know if you saw it or not, but I had it on.’

He said he didn’t wear it long but ‘had it on backstage.’  

Factory workers did wear masks but the officials giving President Trump the tour did not wear one. President Trump said he saw the factory workers wearing the face coverings, but insisted ‘the workers had them because they are working next to each other.’ 

The president made his remarks during an event in the Oval Office with nurses to mark World Nurses Day. Neither he nor the nurses nor White House officials wore face masks during the event and they did not observe social distancing practices.

‘I can’t help that. Look, I’m trying to be nice and signing a bill and you criticize us,’ President Trump said when asked about it. He signed a proclamation in honor of World Nurses Day.

The nurses were tested for the coronavirus before their meeting with Trump – the White House requires anyone meeting with the president to be tested – and said their results were negative. 

‘We wouldn’t do anything to harm our president,’ one of the nurses said. ‘We are all tested and we are all negative and that’s why we are not socially distancing and why we are not wearing masks.’

Trump only wore safety goggles to protect his eyes on Tuesday’s Honeywell factory visit and not a face mask – despite signs saying such coverings should be worn and as he was surrounded by workers in face masks. 

‘Attention, face mask is required in this area,’ read the sign in the portion of the factory President Trump toured. ‘Please wear your mask at all times,’ was one of the safety guidelines on a sign near the factory’s entrance. 

But President Trump did not wear one as he observed workers. A White House official said that the facility said officials were not required to wear masks but to take all precautions.

The president was non-committal about wearing a mask before he left on his trip, telling reporters at the White House that he might ‘wear’ one.

But he did not.  

President Trump was surrounded by workers wearing masks during the tour

A sign in the portion of the factory President Trump toured required masks be worn, claiming ‘protective equipment is mandatory’

The Honeywall factory the president toured was converted to making N95 masks

The tour came before he sat down with ABC News’ David Muir for an interview in which the president said as states reopen: ‘There’ll be more death, than the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine’.

Over the course of the interview, the president suggested that there would be ‘more death’ due to the coronavirus pandemic, as states begin the process of allowing businesses to reopen. 

‘It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,’ the president said. ‘But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.’

The president, making his first trip out of Washington in three weeks, toured an Arizona factory that was expanded to make N95 masks in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

During the tour, given by Honeywell International Inc. CEO Darius Adamczyk and Honeywell International Inc. Vice President Tony Stallings, the president was surrounded by workers wearing face coverings as they produced masks to be sent to health care workers on the frontline of the pandemic. 

‘I just want to thank all the people at this incredible company, this incredible plant,’ Trump told workers after his tour. ‘This pandemic has underscored the vital importance of restoring our supply chains and constructing a powerful domestic manufacturing base.’

President Trump has never been photographed wearing a face mask and has shown reluctance to do so even as he acknowledges the recommendation of the CDC to wear one when proper social distancing cannot be enforced. 

Before he left for Arizona, he said he’d wear a mask if it was a ‘mask facility.’

‘If it’s a mask facility I will, yeah. I don’t know if it’s a mask facility,’ he added.  

A sign near the entrance of the Honeywell factory asks people to wear face masks

Arizona Senator Martha McSally (right) listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a tour of a Honeywell International plant; the senator and factory workers wore masks

President Trump praised factory workers after his tour and thanked them for their work

President Donald Trump said he ‘might’ wear a mask during his visit to an Arizona factory that expanded to make N95 masks in response to the coronavirus epidemic

A group of Arizona lawmakers traveling with Trump – Senator Martha McSally and Reps. Debbie Lesko and Paul Gosar – took a selfie before boarding Air Force One and did not social distance in photo

Honeywell started making masks at the end of April due to concerns about a shortage of facial coverings. The company said it can make 10 million of the masks per month. 

Arizona remains under a modified stay-at-home order until May 15.  Republican Gov. Doug Ducey allowed some stores to reopen Monday voluntarily as part of the administration’s push to get the country reopen. The state has seen almost 9,000 infections and more than 350 deaths. 

Trump’s trip had additional security concerns – how to stop anyone from getting infected from the coronavirus when the group travels together in the tight quarters of Air Force One and the cars in the presidential motorcade.

Three Arizona Republican lawmakers traveled to the state with Trump. Senator Martha McSally tweeted a photo of them in front of Air Force One preparing to board and ignoring social distancing guidelines.

‘Headed to Arizona on Air Force One soon,’ she wrote, adding a selfie that showed Rep. Paul Gosar and Rep. Debbie Lesko in tight approximation with her.

President Trump said everyone traveling with him on the plane was tested for the coronavirus. The White House has ordered anyone meeting with the president to undergo a coronavirus test first.  Factory workers at Honeywell were also reported to have been tested for the virus. 

‘Everybody traveling has been tested,’ Trump said at the White House before he departed. ‘Literally they have been tested over the last hour and the test results come back in 5 minutes. We have great testing or they wouldn’t be allowed to travel with me. It’s not my choice, it’s a very strong group of people that want to make sure that they are tested, including Secret Service. They’re all tested – everyone traveling on the plane.’ 

Gosar spent two weeks in March in self-quarantine out of concerns he came in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus while attending CPAC. 

The dentist-turned-congressman closed his offices and wrote he’d rather die ‘gloriously in battle’ than from the coronavirus.

‘Been thinking about life and mortality today,’ Gosar tweeted at the time. ‘I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does.’ 

Trump has been noncommittal about mask wearing after Vice President Mike Pence was criticized for not wearing one during a visit to the Mayo Clinic last week, flouting hospital policy to wear a face covering. Pence later said he should have worn one.

‘I will know when I get there. If it’s a masked environment I would have no problem,’ the president told reporters on Air Force One as they prepared to go to Arizona. 

The president’s last trip to Arizona was on February 19, when he held a campaign rally in Phoenix.  The state is crucial to his re-election.

A poll out last month showed Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden up nine points in Arizona, which tends to trend red. The poll was a troubling sign for Trump as Arizona hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. 

The president has shown his restlessness.

‘I’ve been at the White House now for many months, and I’d like to get out,’ Trump said last week.

As the coronavirus crisis was becoming more serious at the beginning of March, the president spent the weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago resort and then stopped in Orlando to host fundraisers before returning to the White House on March 9. 

President Trump has never been pictured in public wearing a face mask

Vice President Mike Pence was criticized for not wearing a face mask during his trip to the Mayo Clinic last week; he later said he should have worn a mask

He’s essentially been there since. 

The president took a day trip to Norfolk, Virginia on March 28 to see the USNS Comfort depart for New York City. 

This past weekend, Trump flew off the Camp David before returning Sunday. 

He then participated in a Fox News Channel town hall at the nearby Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

Trump admits there will be ‘more deaths’ as states start to reopen and US fatalities hit 70,000, believes coronavirus ‘will pass with or without a vaccine’ and predicts the economy will be ‘raging’ next year

President Trump had a message for the families of the 70,000-plus Americans who are now dead from COVID-19. 

‘I want to say I love you,’ he told ABC News’ David Muir in an interview that was broadcast Tuesday night. ‘And to the people that have lost somebody, there’s nobody – I don’t sleep at nights thinking about it – there’s nobody that’s taken it harder than me.’ 

Over the course of the interview, the president suggested that there would be ‘more death’ due to the coronavirus pandemic, as states begin the process of allowing businesses to reopen. 

President Donald Trump and ABC News’ David Muir practice social distancing during an interview on Tuesday night

Trump said in the ABC interview that ‘we can’t sit in the house for the next three years’

‘It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,’ the president said. ‘But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.’   

The president said the reality is, ‘We can’t sit in the house for the next three years.’ 

‘There’ll be more death, than the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine,’ he again suggested. 

There’s no evidence yet that the coronavirus will simply go away, or that it’s seasonal. 

‘And I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass and we’re going to be back to normal. But it’s been a rough process. There is no question about it,’ Trump said. 

Several weeks ago, on April 17, Trump said he expected ‘around 60,000, maybe 65,000’ Americans dead of the coronavirus. 

Ten days later he used 70,000 as the benchmark. 

The death toll surpassed 70,000 earlier Tuesday. 

On Friday, he said ‘hopefully’ the full tally would be below 100,000 lives lost. 

During Sunday night’s Fox News Channel town hall at the Lincoln Memorial, Trump  acknowledged he kept giving himself a higher ceiling.  

‘I used to say 65,000. Now I’m saying 80 or 90 and it goes up and it goes up rapidly,’ Trump told the anchors. ‘But it’s still going to be, no matter how you look at it, at the very lower end of the plane if we did the shutdown.’ 

The president had put the original ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’ in place when medical experts cited a death count in the millions if no social distancing was practiced. 

To the family members of victims Trump said, ‘I want to say that we’re doing everything that we can.’  

‘We love you, we’re with you, we’re working with you, we’re supplying vast amounts of money like never before, we want that money to get to the people and we want them to get better,’ Trump said. 

‘No matter how well we do next year – I think our economy is going to be raging, it’s going to be so good – no matter how well, those people can never ever replace somebody they love,’ the president continued. 

‘But we’re going to have something that they’re going to be very proud of,’ he added.  

Muir and his ABC News team interviewed Trump during his first big trip out of the White House since the coronavirus pandemic struck. 

Trump traveled to Phoenix, Arizona where he toured a Honeywell N95 mask plant – and didn’t wear a mask. 

Muir said during the ‘World News Tonight’ broadcast his temperature was taken before the sit-down and he sat at least 11 feet away from Trump.  

‘There were no handshakes with the president this time,’ Muir said.  

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Tara Reade sex assault claims against Joe Biden backed up by two more people – as one says she first spoke out in 1993 – The Sun

TWO more people have now come forward to back up Tara Reade’s sexual assault claim against presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The pair said that Reade told them about aspects of her allegations against Biden, which means four people are now backing some of the former Capitol Hill staff member's claims.


In recent weeks, Reade claimed that Biden sexually assaulted her, pushing her against a wall in the basement of a Capitol Hill office building in 1993, groping her and penetrating her with his fingers.

She says she was fired from Biden’s office after filing a complaint with the Senate alleging harassment.

The Associated Press says it has also spoken to two additional people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect their families' privacy.

One friend, who knew Reade in 1993, said Reade told them about the alleged assault when it happened.

The second friend met Reade more than a decade after the alleged incident and confirmed that Reade had a conversation with the friend in 2007 or 2008 about experiencing sexual harassment from Biden while working in his Senate office.

Last year, Reade publicly accused Biden of inappropriately touching her –  but did not allege sexual assault.

She filed a police report last month saying she was the victim of a sexual assault by an unnamed person in 1993.

She also revealed Saturday that the treatment of Anita Hill during the 1991 confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas influenced her to stay silent on her allegations against Biden.

In 1991, Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her during her time working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Hill's accusations surfaced amid Thomas' Senate confirmation, which was led by then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Biden.

Biden vehemently denied Reade's claims in a Friday morning appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, in which he said the alleged assault "never happened".

"It is not true. I am saying unequivocally it never, never happened, and it didn't. It never happened," Biden told host Mika Brzezinski during the 18-minute grilling.

New pictures have emerged of Reade showing her as a young dancer after she sent them to producer Oliver Stone in December last year.

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has dismissed calls for an independent investigation into the accusations levelled.

He compared the claims to “the Hillary emails” because “there was nothing there” and said Biden was vetted by Barack Obama in 2008 before he became Vice-President.

Biden, 76, has faced allegations from seven women of unwelcome physical contact.

One of his accusers was a former White House intern who said Biden got very close to her face and called her a "pretty girl".

Vail Kohnert-Yount told the Washington Post she met him in 2013 and he had "pressed his forehead to my forehead while he talked to me".

Donald Trump has also been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct and least 19 women came forward to share to make claims.

Their accounts describe a wide-range of inappropriate behaviour from groping, sexual assault and even rape.

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Rob Lowe claims Tom Cruise went ‘ballistic’ when they were told to share a hotel room during The Outsiders auditions – The Sun

TOM Cruise's apparent fiery temper came to the fore behind the scenes of Eighties movie The Outsiders when he "went ballistic" over his hotel room.

The American actor was told to share a room with co-star Rob Lowe when he headed to New York for the final selection for Francis Ford Coppola's flick.

Yet the instruction didn't go down too well, Rob revealed, during a candid chat on Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert.

Talking of the audition process for the 1983 teen gang flick, which also starred Patrick Swayze, Rob said: "All of the L.A. people survived the L.A. auditions, and then the hand-picked people had to go to New York to face the New York version.

”So it was me and Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez and C. Thomas Howell.

“[It was the] first time I ever stayed at The Plaza Hotel, and we check-in, and Tom finds out that we’re sharing a room and just goes ballistic."


Rob played Sodapop Curtis in the hit film while Tom took on the role of Steve Randle.

Perhaps the Top Gun star favoured a bit of privacy rather than a shared room while learning his lines, hence the outburst.

Yet Rob, 55, was quick to praise his former co-star and gushed of his presence on-screen: “I remember going, 'Wow, this guy is the real deal.'

“I mean it made me laugh, it was gnarly.


But in the end of it, you can't argue with the results. He’s had his eye on the ball since day one.”

Meanwhile, Tom's iconic Top Gun sequel release has been postponed until December because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In more news to be angry about, Tom wrote on Twitter: "I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer.

"Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone."

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Val Kilmer claims a 'dark angel tore out my heart'

Val Kilmer claims a ‘dark angel’ who looked like Darth Vader ‘tore out my heart’ in his new memoir I’m Your Huckleberry

Val Kilmer revealed that his actual, literal heart was stolen by a ‘dark angel’ who looked like Darth Vader, in his new memoir I’m Your Huckleberry.

The 60-year-old actor reveals the encounter with what he describes as an ‘amorphous black figure’ happened during a trip to New Mexico in his 20s.

‘It will ruin the absolute gravity of this moment but in truth this dark angel looked very like Darth Vader, though without the helmet,’ Kilmer said in his book (courtesy of The Times). 

Stolen heart: Val Kilmer revealed that his actual, literal heart was stolen by a ‘dark angel’ who looked like Darth Vader, in his new memoir I’m Your Huckleberry

The Top Gun star added that he watched the black figure rip out his heart, only to replace it with a ‘bigger one.’

‘At first, I thought it was the Angel of Death, before I realized it was the Angel of Life,’ Kilmer writes in the book, which was published on Tuesday by Simon & Schuster.

‘I wish I could elucidate the experience the experience more than I have ever done, but I can’t. It simply happened,’ he added.

Memoir: ‘At first, I thought it was the Angel of Death, before I realized it was the Angel of Life,’ Kilmer writes in the book, which was published on Tuesday by Simon & Schuster

‘I am grateful for the new heart. It has served me well. And I’ve only just begun to use it,’ Kilmer writes.’ 

Kilmer was born in Los Angeles and became the youngest student ever admitted to the prestigious Julliard School’s Drama Division.

He made his feature film debut by receiving top billing in the 1984 spy comedy Top Secret, which he followed up with 1985’s Real Genius and 1986’s Top Gun, which made him an international star. 

Star: He made his feature film debut by receiving top billing in the 1984 spy comedy Top Secret, which he followed up with 1985’s Real Genius and 1986’s Top Gun, which made him an international star

While Top Gun launched his career, Kilmer also stated in the book that he had no interest in playing Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.

”I didn’t want the part. I didn’t care about the film. The story didn’t interest me,’ he wrote in the memoir.

‘My agent, who also represented Tom Cruise, basically tortured me into at least meeting Tony Scott saying he was one of the hottest directors in town.’

No interest: While Top Gun launched his career, Kilmer also stated in the book that he had no interest in playing Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky

He also opened up about his romantic relationships with celebs such as Carly Simon, Cindy Crawford and Angelina Jolie, along with Daryl Hannah, who he dated in 2001.

He said that his love for her has, ‘lost none of its strength,’ though he added that it was ‘no great surprise’ that she married Neil Young in 2018.

‘Neil Young, I have always loved you, but I’m afraid I hate you now,’ Kilmer stated in the book. 

Romance: He also opened up about his romantic relationships with celebs such as Carly Simon, Cindy Crawford and Angelina Jolie, along with Daryl Hannah, who he dated in 2001

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New US unemployment claims reach record 6.6 million in a week

Coronavirus leaves at least 10% of the American workforce unemployed in three weeks: 6.6 million file new claims in a week bringing the total out of work to 16 million

At least 10 percent of American workers have lost their jobs in the past three weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic after a record 6.6 million new claims for unemployment benefits were filed last week.     

Weekly new claims topped 6 million for the second straight time last week as tough measures to control the coronavirus outbreak abruptly ground the country to halt.  

The Labor Department said on Thursday that first-time claims for unemployment benefits in the week ending April 4 totaled 6.6 million, down slightly from an upwardly revised 6.87 million the week before. 

In total, at least 16.6 million Americans have now filed for unemployment aid in the past three weeks as the coronavirus spread throughout the country and businesses closed.    

The number will likely keep increasing, in part, because many states are still clearing out backlogs of applications for unemployment aid.  

More than 20 million American may lose jobs this month. 

Hundreds of people in Miami spent hours on Wednesday waiting in line to fill out unemployment forms after the website they were posted on crashed

The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948.  

The viral outbreak is believed to have erased nearly one-third of the economy’s output in the current quarter. Forty-eight states have now closed non-essential businesses with restaurants, hotels, department stores and small businesses laying off millions as they struggle to pay bills at a time when their revenue has vanished. 

The surge of jobless claims has overwhelmed state unemployment offices around the country. 

It comes as hundreds of people in Miami spent hours on Wednesday waiting in line to fill out unemployment forms after the website they were posted on crashed. 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, which processes unemployment benefit applications, couldn’t  handle the surge on its website as panicked Floridians flocked to it amid the coronavirus-induced economic downturn.

People have been reporting issues with the page for two weeks, while  people calling the agency’s phone line have faced hours on hold. 

Authorities began distributing paper forms this week in the Cuban neighborhood of Hialeah where lines to pick up the documents wrapped around the block.  

Up to 50 million jobs are vulnerable to coronavirus-related layoffs, economists say – about one-third of all the jobs in the United States. 

That figure is based on a calculation of positions that are deemed non-essential by state and federal governments and that cannot be done from home. 

It’s unlikely all those workers will be laid off or file a jobless claim but it suggests the extraordinary magnitude of unemployment that could result from the pandemic. 

Authorities began distributing paper forms this week in the Miami neighborhood of Hialeah where lines to pick up the documents wrapped around the block.

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Piers Morgan claims government 'isn't telling us the truth' amid pandemic

Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan reckons that the government isn’t telling us the truth as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the UK.

The no-nonsense presenter slammed officials for not getting enough ventilators prepared as he continued to call for testing of Covid-19 in the country.

‘We are not getting the truth from the government,’ Piers said. ‘They’re not telling us the full story, they’re not being transparent.

‘That’s why journalists keep going after them. They keep talking about ramping things up, they’re not ramping it up. They don’t have the tests. We just don’t have it, we didn’t order it in time.’

Piers continued: ‘Germany is testing 10 times as many people every day as we are in this country.

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‘We’re the sixth biggest economy in the world. How did this happen? We’ve got 8,000 ventitlators, that’s going to be nowhere near enough for what is coming over the next two weeks.’

Elsewhere on today’s programme, Piers revealed his youngest son Albert lost his sense of taste and smell among his ‘mild symptoms’ connected to coronavirus. 

‘One of my sons had it in a much milder way. He lost his taste and smell – and still hasn’t got it back,’ he said.

It wasn’t all completely doom and gloom though as Piers admitted he might have ‘out-tangerined himself’ after he slapped on foundation a bit too thick and didn’t blend it out, leaving him with a noticeable line around his next and a slightly darker complexion than usual.

On Tuesday, it was reported the number of people hospitalised in the UK with coronavirus has passed 10,000.

Giving details at a press conference last night, Michael Gove said that 10,767 people had been admitted to hospital overall.

In London, he said there were 3,915 people needing hospital care while in the Midlands there were 1,918.

The Department Of Health also confirmed the number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK has reached 1,789.

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Trump claims he 'probably' was distracted by impeachment during virus

‘I’m a positive person. I want to give people hope.’ Donald Trump is challenged on why he took so long to sound alarm on coronavirus as he admits 100,000 will die – and says impeachment made NO difference to response

  • President Donald Trump said he wanted to be a ‘cheerleader for the country’ when asked about prior upbeat statements about the coronavirus 
  •  Also said ‘I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached’
  • Trump said it ‘probably’ diverted his attention somewhat 
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell said impeachment ‘diverted’ attention of the government 
  • Trump said Jan. 22 ‘we have it totally under control’ in reference to the virus
  • He was acquitted on Feb. 5 of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress
  • Dr. Tony Fauci warned Americans should be prepared for 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus 
  • ‘The answer is yes – as sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it’
  •  The White House projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. if current social distancing guidelines are maintained 
  • ‘This is going to be a very painful, a very, very painful two weeks,’ Trump said 
  • The U.S. death toll stands at 3,669 as of late Tuesday afternoon   
  • Worldwide, more than 800,000 people have been infected and 40,000 died  
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

President Donald Trump defended his earlier upbeat statements about the coronavirus as the outbreak began its march across the globe early this year, explaining during a sober briefing that he tries to be a ‘cheerleader’ for the country.

He also acknowledged that he was ‘probably’ distracted by the Democratic impeachment, which culminated in his Senate trial in early February when the virus was raging and governments may have missed a window to prepare hospitals and get needed equipment. 

But the president said he wouldn’t have done any better even if he hadn’t faced an impeachment he called a ‘hoax.’

‘I want to be positive. I don’t want to be negative. I’m a positive person,’ the president said at the briefing, where his team presented dire model under a worst-case scenarios and the president predicted 100,000 people may die even if Americans heed urgings to stay home and avoid spreading the disease. 

‘I don’t think I would have acted any differently or any faster,’ President Trump said when asked by DailyMail.com if impeachment diverted his attention

‘I’m a cheerleader for the country,’ Trump said, pressed on why he did not share more bad news.

Trump also acknowledged that impeachment distracted his attention during the build-up, after DailyMail.com asked him about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s comment that it diverted the attention of the government – and whether it diverted his own.

‘I don’t like to think I did. I like to think I handled it very well but I guess it probably did. I got impeached, you know. I devoted a little time thinking about it, right? But think of it. It was a hoax, a total hoax,’ the president said.

‘You look at the reports that came out, it’s disgraceful what went on. It’s a total disgrace. They got caught in the act but you know what? We won’t talk about that now,’ Trump continued. 

‘Did it divert my attention? I think I’m getting A-pluses for the way I handled myself during the phony impeachment, okay? It was a hoax, but certainly I guess I thought of it, and I think I probably acted – I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached.’  

‘Maybe it’s a tribute to me. I don’t think I would have acted any faster. But the Democrats … their whole life, their whole existence, their whole being was to try to get me out of office any way they can,’ Trump vented.

‘I don’t think I would have acted any differently or any faster,’ he said. 

Trump is trying to defend his prior statements on the coronavirus, even as his team tries to prepare the nation for a death toll and other impacts on the public and the nation’s medical system that are set to explode.  

‘They’re very sobering, yeah,’ Trump said of estimated deaths even amid preparations and stay-home orders by governors put in place to combat a virus scientists announced they had identified in China Dec. 31, 2019.

The administration released charts showing some of the possible outcomes, and re-branded their initial ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’ as ’30 Days to Slow the Spread,’ after the initial 15 ended Monday. 

‘When you see 100,000 people and that’s a minimum number … and they said it’s unlikely you’ll be able to attain that. Think of what would have happened if we didn’t do anything?’ Trump said.

‘I’m not about bad news. I want to give people hope,’ Trump said. He brought up people who he said were advocating ‘let it rip, let it ride’ and ‘do nothing’ that he says would have resulted in 2.2 million deaths.  

Most public health experts were urging action, not standing back, after the easily-transmitted coronavirus was discovered.  

Trump defended the administration’s response even as officials have acknowledged the U.S. does not have the equipment in place or hospital beds to deal with some of the worst-case scenarios being contemplated. Trump said close to 10,000 ventilators are in the U.S. stockpile. The feds have given out fewer than 7,000, and companies are rushing to produce more – while New York says it could need up to 40,000 of the life-saving machines. 

‘I think … our professionals, our military, our governors, our politicians have done an incredible job,’ he said of the coronavirus response. ‘But I don’t want to be a negative person,’ Trump said.

McConnell, who oversaw the Senate trial that did not include witnesses and resulted in Trump’s acquittal, raised the impeachment issue in an interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt.

‘And it came up while we were tied down on the impeachment trial. And I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything every day was all about impeachment,’ McConnell said.  

Trump was acquitted on Feb. 5 of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, after a trial without witnesses where House managers denounced his actions to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. The White House mounted a full defense, and impeachment became the subject of a series of tweets by the president. 

Trump said Jan. 22 in the midst of impeachment he was not worried about a pandemic. ‘No. Not at all. And we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s — going to be just fine,’ the president said. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says impeachment ‘diverted the attention’ of the government from the coronavirus. He was at the White House Friday when President Trump signed a $2.2 trillion bailout to help deal with the outbreak

The president also spoke about the growing toll of the virus in occasionally dark and personal terms. ‘Your friends are going to the hospital and you say how is he doing? Two days later and they say sir, he’s unconscious. Or he’s in a coma,’ Trump said.

Trump’s remarks on impeachment came as the nation’s top disease expert Dr. Tony Fauci warned on Tuesday that Americans should be prepared for 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

‘The answer is yes – as sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it,’ he said when asked about the six-figure mark during the daily White House press briefing. ‘Is it going to be that much? I hope not and I think the more we push on the mitigation the less likely to be that number but, being realistic, we need to prepare ourselves that is a possibility that that’s what we’ll see.’ 

The White House projected a range of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. if current social distancing guidelines are maintained, based on sophisticated disease modeling.

‘Whenever you’re having an effect, it’s not time to take your foot off the accelerator, and on the brake, but to just press it down on the accelerator,’ Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said of mitigation efforts. 

He said such efforts could also help damage any potential second wave of illness.

”We hope that doesn’t happen and that is why we are really pushing and why I was so emphatic about making sure we abide by those mitigation strategies,’ he said.

President Donald Trump said the prediction was ‘sobering’ and called efforts to spread the slow of the coronavirus ‘a matter of life and death.’

‘It’s absolutely critical for the American people to follow the guidelines for the next 30 days, it’s a matter of life and death, frankly,’ the president said.

‘I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We’re going through a very tough few weeks. And, hopefully, as the experts have predicted is a lot of us are predicting having studied it so hard, going to start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel and this is going to be a very painful, a very, very painful two weeks,’ he noted. 

It was a stark change in tone for President Trump who last week sounded a note of hope the crisis would be over in the next few weeks. Now his administration is preparing Americans for tougher times to come.  

Dr. Tony Fauci warned on Tuesday that Americans should be prepared for 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus

President Donald Trump said the prediction was ‘sobering’

The White House projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. if current social distancing guidelines are maintained

The original 15-day guidelines urged Americans to end social gatherings over the number of 10, work from home, suspend onsite learning at schools and order take out.

Trump’s announcement Sunday that those recommendations would be extended until April 30th was an abrupt reversal after he spent much of last week saying he’d like to see limitations lifted by Easter, which is April 12.  

Many states and local governments already have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings.

But there were some glimmers of hope.

‘If all of the other states and all the other metro areas are able to hold that case number down, then it’s a very different picture,’ said Dr. Deborah Birx, who is coordinating the administration’s day-to-day response to the disease. 

‘We’re going to do everything we can to get it significantly below that,’ she said. 

Fauci agreed.

‘We don’t accept that number, that that’s what it’s going to be. We’re going to do everything we can to get that number even below that,’ he said.  

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,600 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official count, as hard-hit New York City rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances and parked refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead.

At least 3,669 people in the US have died from the deadly virus, according to data collected by the John Hopkins University.

The global benchmark reports that 3,309 people have died from the virus in China, where the global pandemic originated. 

Fears that the U.S. is on track to become the new Italy, whose healthcare system has buckled under the weight of the pandemic, are fast becoming a reality.

Italy has recorded more deaths, with 12,428 as of Tuesday afternoon. However, the U.S. has far surpassed its number of confirmed cases, with the U.S. reaching 181,099 to Italy’s 105,792.

The mounting crisis hit close to home for New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, who reported teary-eyed that his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, had tested positive for the virus.

The U.S. death toll has reached 3,906 and more than 189,000 people have been infected as of late Wednesday

China’s cases stand at 82,278 and at least 3,309 deaths have been reported

The governor pronounced the disaster unlike any other the city has weathered: ‘This is ongoing and the duration itself is debilitating and exhausting and depressing.’ 

New York was the nation’s deadliest hot spot, with about 1,550 deaths statewide, most of them in New York City, which braced for things to get much worse in the coming weeks. 

A 1,000-bed emergency hospital set up at the mammoth Javits Convention Center began taking non-coronavirus patients to help relieve the city’s overwhelmed health system. 

The number of coronavirus cases around the globe now stands at more than 846,000, with more than 41,000 dead

A Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds that arrived on Monday was expected to begin accepting patients on Tuesday.

The indoor tennis center that is the site of the U.S. Open tournament is being turned into a hospital as well.

The city also worked to bring in 250 out-of-town ambulances and 500 paramedics to deal with a crush of emergency calls. 

The fire commissioner said ambulances are responding to double their normal daily total of 3,000 calls to 911. 

A five-day stretch last week was the busiest in the history of the city’s emergency services operation.

In addition, New York authorities sought to bring on more volunteer health care professionals and hoped to have them on board by Thursday. 

Nearly 80,000 former nurses, doctors and others are said to be stepping forward, and the governor said officials are doing background checks for disciplinary actions and otherwise making sure they are fit for duty.

As for Chris Cuomo, the 49-year-old TV newsman tweeted that he has suffered from fever, chills and shortness of breath and will be doing his shows from his basement, where he has quarantined himself.

He said he is worried about infecting his wife and children but added: ‘We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united!’

‘Luckily we caught it early enough,’ the governor said. ‘But it’s my family, it’s your family, it’s all of our families. But this virus is that insidious, and we must keep that all in mind.’ 

In the smoldering hot spot of Louisiana, the death toll climbed to 239. 

Louisiana and Michigan were running out of ventilators, despite promises by the White House of more equipment. 

Cuomo described the bidding for ventilators as like being ‘on eBay.’

Louisiana’s governor said the hard-hit New Orleans region is on track to run out of breathing machines by the weekend and hospital beds a week later. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks as the Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort arrives in Manhattan’s Pier 90

The hospital ship has been drafted in to help relieve the strain on local hospitals with its 1,000 beds and 1,200 personnel

The Trump administration has committed to sending 150 ventilators from the national stockpile, but the state hasn´t received an arrival date. 

Michigan said it needs 5,000 to 10,000 more.

Meanwhile, a senior military general said the Pentagon has not yet delivered any of the 2,000 ventilators it offered to the Department of Health and Human Services two weeks ago because HHS has asked it to wait while the agency determines where the devices should go.

In Florida, the Holland America cruise line pleaded with state officials to let two ships dock and carry off the sick and the dead. 

Dozens aboard have reported flu-like symptoms, and four people have died.

Customers stand on line outside Whole Foods Market located at the corner of West 125th Street and Malcom X Boulevard in Harlem, New York, on March 31 wearing masks

Health care workers test people at a coronavirus testing site setup by the Florida National Guard in the parking lot of the Hard Rock stadium on March 30

But Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Fox News: ‘We cannot afford to have people who are not even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources.’

As the crisis continues to hot up in the U.S., China reported just one new death from the coronavirus and 48 new cases, all of them from overseas.  

In Wuhan, people were ready to ‘revenge shop’ as the city that was once at the very center of the outbreak reopened for business.

However, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Western Pacific, cautioned that the risk in Asia and the Pacific is not gone.

‘This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard,’ Kasai said. 

Most of China’s 3,309 deaths were in Hubei province, in the outbreak epicenter Wuhan. 

A body wrapped in plastic is loaded onto a refrigerated container truck used as a temporary morgue at Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn

A hospital employee transfers a body on a forklift to a temporary mobile morgue, put in place due to lack of space at the hospital 

However, experts and politicians have cast doubt on the numbers coming out of China, and have even accused the country of lying and covering up key information during virtually every stage of its coronavirus response. 

Beijing initially tried to cover up the virus by punishing medics who discovered it, denying it could spread person-to-person and delaying a lockdown of affected regions – meaning early opportunities to control the spread were lost.

Then, once the virus began spreading, the Communist Party began censoring public information about it and spread disinformation overseas – including suggesting that US troops could have been the initial carriers.

Even now, prominent politicians have warned that infection and death totals being reported by the regime are likely to be wrong – with locals in the epicenter of Wuhan suggesting the true tolls could be ten times higher.

Chinese health officials admitted Tuesday that more than 1,500 cases of the virus involving asymptomatic people that had not been previously reported. 

Worldwide, more than 800,000 people have been infected and over 40,000 have died, according to the tally from Johns Hopkins University. 

Italy and Spain have been some of the hardest hit, accounting for half the deaths so far.

Italy reported that the infection rate appears to be leveling off and new cases could start declining, but that the crisis is far from over. 

Two cruise ships are anchored offshore past a lifeguard tower in Miami Beach

Neighbors line up for free food staples outside Santa Ana primary school in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, March 31, as people stay home from work amid the spread of the new coronavirus

Spain struggled to fend off the collapse of its hospital system. 

Vladimir Putin’s Russia moved to crack down on quarantine violations and ‘fake news’ about the outbreak. 

And China edged closer to normal as stores in the epicenter city of Wuhan began reopening. 

Figures on deaths and infections around the world are supplied by government health authorities and compiled by Johns Hopkins.

But the numbers are regarded with skepticism by public health experts because of different counting practices, a lack of testing in places, the numerous mild cases that have been missed, and perhaps government efforts to downplay the severity of the crisis.

For example, in Italy, where the death toll was put at about 12,400, the country’s emergency coordinator, Domenico Arcuri, acknowledged that officials don´t have a handle on how many people are dying at home or in nursing homes.

Still, there was a glimmer of hope there: Dr. Silvio Brusaferro, head of Italy’s institutes of health, said that three weeks into a nationwide lockdown, the hardest-hit country in Europe is seeing the rate of new infections level off.

‘The curve suggests we are at the plateau,’ he said. But ‘arriving at the plateau doesn’t mean we have conquered the peak and we´re done. It means now we should start to see the decline if we continue to place maximum attention on what we do every day.’

With the country’s health care system buckling under the pressure, a field hospital, built in just 10 days, was unveiled at the Milan fairgrounds.

‘We made a promise and we kept it,’ said the head of the project, former civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso, who ended up catching the virus while on the job and had to work from his hospital bed.

A woman takes a COVID-19 test at a quarantine hotel in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. China on Tuesday reported just one new death from the coronavirus and a few dozen new cases, claiming that all new cases came from overseas

In Russia, lawmakers approved harsher punishments, including prison sentences of several years, for violating quarantine rules and spreading misinformation. 

The chief doctor at Moscow´s top hospital for coronavirus patients said he tested positive, a week after shaking hands with Putin.

Spain reported more than 840 new deaths, pushing the toll above 8,000 and forcing Madrid to open a second temporary morgue after an ice rink pressed into service last week became overwhelmed.

Dozens of hotels across Spain have been turned into recovery rooms, and authorities are building field hospitals in sports centers, libraries and exhibition halls.

Israel´s Defense Ministry said it has converted a missile-production facility into an assembly line for ventilators.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause severe symptoms like pneumonia.

Among the few positive signs: In Britain, where the number of dead reached nearly 1,800, the medical director of the National Health Service’s operations in England said there is evidence that social distancing is working.

DO CHINA’S NUMBERS ADD UP? 

China has lied and covered up key information during virtually every stage of its coronavirus response – from the initial outbreak to the number of cases and deaths, and is still not telling the truth, observers, experts and politicians have warned.

Here, Mail Online analysis of Beijing’s actions lays bare the great cover-up of China’s numbers:

Infection total

China has reported a total of some 82,000 infections from coronavirus, claiming a domestic infection rate of zero for several days in a row recently – even as it eased lockdown restrictions in placed like Hubei.

But, by the country’s own admission, the virus is likely still spreading – via people who have few or no symptoms.

Beijing-based outlet Caixin reported that ‘a couple to over 10 cases of covert infections of the virus are being detected’ in China every day, despite not showing up in official data.

Meanwhile foreign governments have heaped scorn on China’s infection reporting cannot be trusted.

Marco Rubio, a prominent Republican senator and former presidential candidate from the US, tweeted that ‘we have NO IDEA how many cases China really has’ after the US infection total passed Beijing’s official figure.

‘Without any doubt it’s significantly more than what they admit to,’ he added.

Meanwhile the UK government has also cast doubt on China’s reporting, with Conservative minister and former Prime Ministerial candidate Michael Gove claiming the Communist Party could not be trusted.

‘Some of the reporting from China was not clear about the scale, the nature, the infectiousness of this [virus],’ he told the BBC.

Meanwhile sources told the Mail that China’s true infection total could be anything up to 40 times as high as reports had suggested. 

Death total

Doubt has also been cast on China’s reported death toll from the virus, which currently stands at around 3,300.

Locals in epicenter city Wuhan have been keeping an eye on funeral homes since lockdown restrictions were partly lifted, claiming they have been ‘working around the clock’ to dispose of bodies. 

Social media posts estimate that 3,500 urns are being handed out by crematoriums each day, while Caixin reports that one funeral home in the city placed an order for 5,000 urns.

Locals believe that efforts to dispose of the bodies began March 23 and city authorities have said the process will end on or around April 5.

That would mean roughly 42,000 urns handed out in that time frame, ten times the reported figure.

New York state coronavirus numbers soar by 9,298 to 75,795 and deaths rise by 332 to 1550 as Gov. Cuomo admits ‘no one knows’ when the crisis will be over 

New York state now has 75,795 cases of coronavirus – an increase of 9,298 since Monday – and 1550 have died, Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed on Tuesday as he admitted ‘no one knows’ when the pandemic will end and said the entire country ‘underestimated it’.

Overnight, 18,000 people were tested in the state of New York. To date, there have been 200,000 tests. 

The death toll across the state of New York rose by 332 overnight and is not yet showing signs of slowing down. The new numbers for how many new cases and new deaths there are in New York City have not yet been given. 

Speaking at a wide-ranging press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo told of how he was unifying the state’s private and public healthcare systems to operate as one before the pandemic ‘apex’ in the state hits.

He admitted he does not know when it will come and that data projections he looks at suggest it could happen anytime between seven and 21 days from now.  

Gov. Cuomo told people to settle in for a longer period of crisis than they were anticipating and said ‘we still have to come back down the other side of the mountain’ even after the peak happens. 

Cuomo said the data is uneven and ‘bouncing’ so where it appears the death rates may be slowing, they are not yet.

‘It’s an imperfect reporting mechanism but the basic line is still up. We’re still going up,’ he said, adding that he was speaking to every expert he could find to rely on their projections and not ‘opine’ over what may happen.

Gov. Cuomo told people to settle in for a longer period of crisis than they were anticipating and said ‘we still have to come back down the other side of the mountain’ even after the peak happens

He said he was ‘tired’ of being ‘behind’ the virus, adding: ‘We’ve been behind this virus from day one. The virus was in China. Unless we assume some immune system variation with Asian people, it was coming here. You don’t win playing catch up. We have to get ahead of it.’

He also said it was foolish to ‘underestimate your opponent’, continuing: ‘We underestimated this virus. It’s more powerful and dangerous than we anticipated.’

Cuomo said the ‘next battle’ will be the apex of cases and deaths but he does not know when it will hit. 

‘When is the apex? That is the $65,000 question. We have literally 5 models that we look at. It’s true to say almost no two are the same. The range on the apex is somewhere between seven to 21 days,’ he said.

Cuomo’s strategy to tackle the virus includes:

  • Centralizing the hospital system to force public and private hospitals to share resources including staff
  • First, staff from upstate hospitals that are not hard hit will be sent to New York City
  • New York City hospitals, both public and private, will redistribute patients to spread them evenly across the city until each hospital reaches its capacity (all have increased their capacities by at least 50 percent
  • Then, patients will be distributed from New York City to quieter hospitals upstate or further afield in the state
  • Field hospitals will be used to alleviate the strain on them
  • Healthcare workers from out of state will also be used to provide relief for ‘exhausted’ and ‘overwhelmed’ doctors and nurses
  • He has bought 17,000 ventilators from China for $25,000 each, a total of $425million

Central to Cuomo’s plan is to centralize the hospital systems to do away with the notion of public and private healthcare and make everyone share everything.

He said he had a tense meeting on Monday with the leaders of private hospitals which ordinarily profit from a surge in patients and that he nearly ‘didn’t make it out’ of it because they were so angry at what he was instructing.

‘I don’t care which link breaks in the chain – the chain is still broken. It doesn’t matter which hospital, which link – any link breaks, the chain breaks.

‘The healthcare system is a chain. It breaks anywhere, it breaks everywhere. That has to be our mentality,’ he said.

Since issuing a call to action for retired nurses and doctors to come back to work, 78,000 people have volunteered.

‘We have now, a few days ago we put out to ask retirees, we have now 78,000 people who said they would help; God bless the state of NY and god bless humanity,’ he said.

He is urging other states to help him now so that he can help them later.

‘It’s unity. Let’s help each other. New York needs help now. This is going to be a rolling wave across the country; New York then Detroit then New Orleans then California

‘If we were smart as a nation – come help us in New York, get the experience and the training here, then let’s all go help the next place then the next place then the next place.

‘That would be a smart national way of doing this.’

Cuomo also fumed over the ‘bidding war’ that has been created by the federal government for ventilators. He said that he had bought 17,000 ventilators from China for $25,000 each, a total of $425million, but that he was having to compete against every other state for them and the government.

‘Look at the bizarre situation we wound up in; every state does its own purchasing, trying to buy the same commodity.

‘The same exact item. So you have 50 states competing to buy the same item, bidding up each other, and competing against each other – it’s like being on eBay with 50 other states, bidding on a ventilator,’ he said.  

Several states complain of a shortage of tests with the Republican governor of Maryland slamming Trump’s denial of the problem 

The governor of Maryland has slammed President Donald Trump’s denial that there is any shortage of coronavirus test kits.

In a leaked recording of a conference call with several governors, Trump claimed that he hasn’t had a complaint about testing shortages in ‘weeks’.

Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who chairs the National Governors Association, responded to Trump’s remarks in an interview with NPR on Tuesday, saying: ‘Yeah, that’s just not true.’

‘I know that they’ve taken some steps to create new tests, but they’re not actually produced and distributed out to the states. So it’s an aspirational thing,’ Hogan continued. 

He added that the Trump administration has some new testing measures ‘in the works,’ but for now ‘no state has enough testing.’

Hogan said he believes others in the administration are ‘talking about the facts.’

‘We’re listening to the smart team,’ said Hogan, mentioning Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the White House coronavirus task force, including doctors Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci.

Trump’s controversial remarks came during an hour-long phone meeting where he was joined by Birx, Pence, Fauci, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor.

Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who chairs the National Governors Association, responded to Trump’s remarks on Tuesday, saying: ‘Yeah, that’s just not true’

In a leaked  he pushed back when asked by rural state governors for help.

‘I could give four or five examples over the last week where we have supply orders, and they’ve subsequently been cancelled, and they’re canceled in part because what our suppliers are saying is that federal resources are requesting it and trumping that,’ Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, a Democrat, said in the leaked call. 

‘So we’re trying to shift the supplies to really isolate that and do contact tracing, but we don’t even have enough supplies to do the testing.’ 

Trump replied boasting about how the US has done more testing than any other country. He then bragged about a new four-minute test being released. 

‘I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,’ Trump responded. ‘We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’ll come out with another one tomorrow that’s, you know, almost instantaneous testing. But I haven’t heard anything about testing being a problem.’

Speaking about the new kits, Admiral Brett Giroir, head of the Public Health Service, chimed in that each state would soon be getting at least 15 of them.

‘We’re going to get that to your state lab as soon as possible,’ Giroir added.

New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also communicated the need for more tests after ‘incredible spikes’ in infection rates that she warned could ‘wipe out tribal nations’. 

‘The rate of infection, at least on the New Mexico side — although we’ve got several Arizona residents in our hospitals — we’re seeing a much higher hospital rate, a much younger hospital rate, a much quicker go-right-to-the-vent rate for this population,’ Grisham told Trump. ‘And we’re seeing doubling in every day-and-a-half.’ 

Trump simply replied: Wow, that’s something.’

Several governors complained that if their state did not get the testing and personal protective equipment needed soon, their areas could be the next epicenters of the outbreak that has ravaged the US.

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'Doc' Antle Claims John Finlay Was Forced to Take His Teeth out for 'Tiger King'

The documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness had many people talk about their relationship with Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage also known as “Joe Exotic.” One of them was John Finlay, who used to be married to him.

Finlay was seen in the series being shirtless and missing teeth. There were a few reasons given for his appearance including Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle claiming Finlay was forced to film without teeth.

John Finlay used to be married to Joe Exotic of ‘Tiger King’

Maldonado-Passage has had four husbands. Finlay was one of them and started out working for the zoo owner on his roadshow and zoo. Their relationship then became romantic and eventually they got married in a three-way ceremony with Travis Maldonado.

Maldonado died in 2017 from accidentally shooting him with a gun. Finlay later left Maldonado-Passage for a secretary at the zoo named Stormey Sanders. He is now married to her.

Finlay was shirtless because he was proud of his tattoos

Finlay was shirtless throughout the documentary as he told his story. There was a reason for that according to co-director Rebecca Chaiklin.

“I think he was very proud of his tattoos,” she told Los Angeles Times. “That’s a big thing in that particular culture.” Finlay has over 50 tattoos, which cover most of his upper torso. His tattoos include a tiger on his right forearm, script that reads ‘For My Husband Joe’ on his upper arm, and several intricate tribal tattoos across his chest and stomach.”

Finlay also showed a tattoo on his chest that had Joe’s name along with a tiger. There was a scene of Finlay getting his “PRIVATELY OWNED BY JOE EXOTIC” tattoo on his lower stomach covered up with a new tattoo.

Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle claimed Finlay was forced to film without teeth

Carole Baskin isn’t the only one who isn’t happy about how she was portrayed in the series. Antle accused the filmmakers of wanting to show people in a certain light.

“John [Finlay] was forced to take his teeth out for the series,” Antle told Us Weekly. “He had bridgework done, I guess he did a lot of meth as a kid. But the show wanted him portrayed a certain way, so the teeth had to come out. He had a full set of teeth before taping.”

Finlay did post a picture with his wife on Facebook. He captioned it with “Yes I have my teeth fixed. The producers of the Netflix series had video and pictures of this, but chose not to show it.”

Antle went on to say he wasn’t happy about the documentary either. “It took off and just became this huge hit at the perfect time because people are stuck on their Covid couches. It gave bored people something to really sink their teeth into,” he said. “I wish that they would have portrayed it in more of a documentary fashion. My facility was only shown briefly if you notice, and that was for a reason. My facility is first class, much better than Joe or Carole [Baskin’s] backyard overgrown very small so-called sanctuary. Mine is the nicest in the world.”

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NBA star Jamal Murray claims he was hacked after sex tape leak as girlfriend Harper Hempel begs fans to delete video – The Sun

NBA star Jamal Murray claims he has been the victim of hacking after an explicit video was leaked on his Instagram account.

A leaked sex tape of the Denver Nuggets player and his girlfriend Harper Hempel was reportedly posted on his Instagram story.


Four random pictures were also posted on his account before they were eventually deleted.

Murray has 480,000 followers on the social media site while his girlfriend, who has deleted her account, has over 13,000.

The Canadian, 23, took to Twitter yesterday to immediately apologise while Harper begged those who had the video to delete it.

He wrote on Twitter: "First and foremost I would like to apologize to my fans. My account has been hacked, currently working on the issue. Thanks"

Harper added: "If you have the video please delete it."

Fans have taken to Twitter to show support after their privacy was exposed.

One said: "It's ok, you did nothing wrong. Stay strong."

Another added: "Always remember you did nothing wrong. Stay strong!"

Murray is one of the biggest stars in NBA after signing a five-year deal worth £147million in November.



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Stunned student nurse claims an 'oversized' ASOS dress left her looking like 'one of Jesus's 12 disciples'

A STUNNED student nurse claims an “awful over-sized” ASOS evening dress left her looking like “one of Jesus's 12 disciples”.

Abigail Ross bought the extreme kimono sleeve midi dress in a size 14 to wear for her 21st birthday next month.

The 20-year-old was stunned when she slipped the dress over her head on Monday to find it looked nothing like it did on the website's model.

Instead, Abigail claims the over-sized gown and its droopy arms left her looking like 'one of the 12 disciples'.

A hilarious snap shows Abigail sheepishly smiling at the camera with her arms outstretched as the sleeves of the pale pistachio gown dangle down to her waistline, swamping her 5ft 2' frame.

After dissolving into fits of laughter, Abigail shared the religious-inspired look with pals on her WhatsApp group chat who likened the £110 gown to something Jesus or his apostles would wear.



Abigail, from Whitehaven, Cumbria, said: “One of my friends mentioned that I looked like Jesus, then I realised, because of the drapes, I actually looked like one of the 12 disciples.

“I’d ordered a few dresses as it’s going to be my 21st in April. I panic ordered that one because the others didn’t look nice and then it came and it looked like a tablecloth.

“When I took it out of the bag, I thought maybe it was a dress that looked better on than off.”

She said when she put the dress on she thought they had sent her the wrong size as it looked huge. 


Abigail added: “It looked like I’d ordered it 10 sizes too big – it’s a 14 but looked like a 22.

“I realised it looked awful and then when I went to show my mam we both just burst out laughing.

“I felt ridiculous when I put it on, I thought I looked like I'd lost loads of weight and my mam said that the sleeves looked like loose skin.”

Abigail, who snapped up the dress for £77 after taking advantage of an online discount, has returned the dress and is waiting for a refund from the retailer.

Abigail said: "I’ve seen the funny side to it now – it's not put me off online shopping."

ASOS was approached for comment.

We shared how a shopper was left in hysterics after her PrettyLittleThing coat leaves her looking like she’s wearing a sleeping bag.

In other fashion fails, this mortified woman splashed out on a dress with splits but they were so high she was left flashing her knickers.

And this woman's PLT bodycon dress ended up looking more like a "bin bag."

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