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Woman reveals how she fixed her favourite sandals that had faded in the sun using a Sharpie

A WOMAN has revealed how she freshened up her favourite sandals after they had faded in the sun using a permanent marker.

Taking to the Facebook group Extreme Couponing & Bargains UK she showcased a snap of her fresh looking sliders.

She explained: “I just thought I would share in case it helped anyone!

“These are my fave summer shoes 😂. They’re so comfy and I just can’t get rid of them yet!

“I thought they were stained with the sand from the beach so I tried cleaning them. That didn’t work. So turns out they had faded In the sun. The sun has burnt the fabric 😩

“So I took a sharpie and coloured them in! They look brand new! I’m so impressed haha!”

She revealed that she had previously used the trick on handbags.

The DIY enthusiast added: “Sharpies are permanent. In fact any permanent marker would work. I’ve drawn on fabric with them before and washed it in the washing machine and it hasn’t moved!

“It’s a quick way to freshen things up! I’ve also covered marks on handbags and stuff with them before!”

Fellow group members were impressed with the results, thanking her for the tip in the comments.

“Clever you they look great!” wrote one, with a second adding, “Great idea x”

“It’s much easier than trying a bunch of stuff that doesn’t work,” said a third.

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Andrea Bocelli confirms he tested positive for coronavirus

Andrea Bocelli has revealed he secretly battled coronavirus two months ago, just weeks before he performed a historic live-streamed concert. 

The 61-year-old classical singer was diagnosed with Covid-19 in March along with several members of his family. 

However, Andrea chose not to publicly disclose his health battle and quietly made a ‘swift and full recovery by the end of March’. 

Opening up about his ordeal in a Facebook post this week, the Italian tenor said: ‘The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected — albeit mildly — me and certain members of my family. 

Explaining his decision to keep the news private, Andrea stated: ‘Out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences, I decided it would be best not to share the news. I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy.’ 

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Andrea will now donate his blood to antibodies testing seeking to find a vaccine for the deadly virus, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 350,000 people. 

‘Given the chance to donate blood to help find a cure for Covid, my response was an immediate “yes”,’ Andrea said. ‘A modest — but fundamental — gesture, through which I am playing my small part.’ 

Just weeks after his recovery, Andrea hosted the Music For Hope concert live from the deserted Duomo of Milan on 12 April. 

His emotional show was staged as a way of sending love and hope to the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

The concert has now broken world records as more than 40 million people watching the 30-minute concert on YouTube so far. 

At the time, Andrea’s moving performance amassed over 2.8 million peak concurrent viewers, making it one of the biggest musical live stream performances of all time and the largest audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history.

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Son, 2, asked if he 'could put hair back on' during cancer treatment

Mother recalls the heartbreaking moment her two-year-old son asked if he ‘could put his hair back on’ when it began falling out due to treatment for a rare tissue cancer

  • Jade Faulkner’s son, of Staffordshire, has been diagnosed  with a rare cancer
  • Condition is called rhabdomyosarcoma and shows up in the body’s soft tissues
  • Treatment has resulted in hair loss for the little boy, Todd, and he’s asked his mother if he ‘could put his locks back on’

A distraught mother has revealed how she broke down in tears when her toddler son asked if he could ‘put his hair back on’ after it started to fall out during cancer treatment.

Jade Faulkner, 25, and her partner Sam Cook, 26, both from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, first realised something was wrong when their two-year-old son Todd developed a lump under his chin.

At first doctors thought it was swollen lymph nodes – glands found in the neck – but when antibiotics didn’t help, they referred the youngster to hospital to undergo further tests.

Then, last month, medics pulled Todd’s parents aside and told them the devastating news that he had a rare type of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma that shows up in the body’s soft tissues.

Despite the gruelling treatment, Jade said Todd, who turns three in June, has been ‘so good’ at dealing with it – but has asked if his hair can be ‘put back on’ as the medicine he’s taking is making it fall out. 


Jade Faulkner (pictured left with her son before his cancer treatment), 25, and her partner Sam Cook, 26, both from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, first realised something was wrong when their two-year-old son Todd (pictured right while suffering with hair loss) developed a lump under his chin

Jade said: ‘I’ve been trying so hard to stay level-headed and make sure we get to all his appointments and do all the research, but he’s losing his hair now and that’s really hard.

‘When I was washing his hair it was all coming out in the bath. He’s always had lovely thick hair so that was horrible. My other half shaved his hair too so they can look the same but Todd said he wants to put his hair back on.

‘I just had to explain that it’s the medicine that’s making it fall out but it will come back when he is better. It was heartbreaking.’

Recalling the moment she spotted something was wrong, Jade said: ‘We first noticed the lump in January. It was just under his chin. Todd was fine in himself but I rang 111 and they said to get him to the doctors to get checked out.

‘It was a Sunday so we took him the next day and they said it’s probably a swollen lymph node. We took him back the week after and the week after that as it wasn’t going away; it was just getting bigger.

Last month medics pulled Todd’s parents aside and told them the devastating news that he had a rare type of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma that shows up in the body’s soft tissues. Todd pictured with his father Sam, who has shaved his head to help his son deal with his hair loss

‘Finally they sent us to the hospital where he was given antibiotics, but they didn’t touch it so we were referred to the oncology department at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

‘At that point I still didn’t think it was anything serious but I knew in my gut it wasn’t right. 

What is rhabdomyosarcoma? 

Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma. 

Sarcomas are rare types of cancer that develop in the supporting or connective tissues of the body.

Soft tissue sarcomas can develop in muscle, fat, blood vessels, or any of the other tissues that support, surround and protect the organs of the body.

About 3,300 new cases are diagnosed each year in the UK.

Rhabdomyosarcomas grow in the active muscles of the body.

The most common places for them to be found are the head, neck, bladder, vagina, arms, legs and trunk of the body.

It is usually treated with chemotherapy, along with surgery or radiotherapy – but it’s unknown what causes it.

Most rhabdomyosarcomas are diagnosed after a person develops symptoms. These may include:

  • a lump that can be seen or felt – it may or may not be painful
  • bleeding from the nose, vagina, rectum or throat, if the tumour is in these areas
  • tingling, numbness, pain and loss of movement, if the tumour presses on nerves in the area

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‘I didn’t even think of cancer to start with. It was only when someone I work with asked if I was worried it might be cancer that I started to panic.’

Jade, a chef, said she ‘knew it was bad news’ when doctors took her away from Todd and asked to have a chat with her and Sam.

She recalled: ‘That’s when I knew it was bad. Todd had a biopsy and on April 28 he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that forms in soft tissue and mainly affects children. 

‘The doctor said it’s like lightning, it just strikes. I just don’t understand why our little Todd, who doesn’t deserve this, has to go through it.’

Jade said she has tried to be honest with her little boy, but her heart breaks when he gets upset.

The mother explained: ‘Sometimes he’s fine and then other times he doesn’t want the doctors or nurses to touch him.

‘He got put to sleep for an MRI and he didn’t know what was going on, but when they tried to put the central line in he got upset. 

‘He’s very brave and he knows it’s to get his lump better but it does take its toll sometimes. It started to affect his speech a bit and when he was in the hospital we noticed he was snoring really badly, almost like he was fighting for breath.’

Jade said she has been trying very hard to stay positive but she broke down when the toddler started to lose his hair. 

Todd is currently at home with his family but is awaiting chemotherapy treatment.

Jade said: ‘We’re at home now but he’s got to have chemotherapy and he might need radiotherapy further down the line. He’s also got to have a full body MRI scan to see if the cancer’s spread.

Despite the gruelling treatment, Jade said Todd (pictured before his cancer treatment), who turns three in June, has been ‘so good’ dealing with it

‘The chemotherapy destroys the immune system as well as the cancer cells so he is classed as vulnerable with the virus going round. Every three weeks we have to go in and stay for a couple of nights. 

‘While we’re in hospital only one person can stay with Todd, which means we’ve been having video and phone calls with Sam and the doctors. It’s hard for me to sit there with Todd and deal with it on my own.’

Jade said brave Todd never fails to ‘brighten her day’, adding: ‘He’s been so good despite everything. He’s very on-the-go and very chatty, just like any boy his age. He brightens my day and he is my favourite person in the world.’

Friends of the family have set up a fundraising page to help them through this difficult time. 

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Why Brielle Biermann Wishes Her Friends Said Her Lip Fillers ‘Looked Crazy’

Brielle Biermann’s lips are a hot topic of conversation. The 23-year-old reality star is known for her plump pout, but she’s apparently reconsidering “big lips” entirely.

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The KAB Cosmetics cofounder made headlines when she decided to dissolve her lip filler with Board-Certified Physician Injector Thuy Doan, MD, back in January. “2020 new year new me!” she captioned a selfie after the procedure.

But Kim Zolciak’s daughter had them re-injected to subtly reshape her pout. “I had them pumped up just a little bit again at the end of January,” the Atlanta resident told Us Weekly in an exclusive video interview.

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She explained that the expert did just a little bit at a time because when she looks back at photos of her lips from last year, she feels like they were too plump.

Critics and Internet trolls told her they were excessively large, but she didn’t pay much attention to the comments.

These days, the Don’t Be Tardy star wonders why her pals didn’t say anything. “But my friends, I’m like, ‘You guys are terrible. Why did you not tell me that my lips looked crazy?’”

Earlier this month, the star paid a visit to Dr. Doan to get her lips dissolved again amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I’m over the big lips,” Biermann told Us. “I went through it. I’m done looking like that.”

That’s not to say that she intends on ditching the lip fillers completely. “ I love how Dr. Doan does the shape and I still want to go to L.A. and get it filled a little by my guy, but just a little bit, just so I get the pout and the plumpness that I want, but I don’t want to overdo anything.”

The makeup lover’s been getting lip fillers ever since she turned 18, noting that a her lips have been an insecurity of hers since she was “really young.”

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“I just didn’t know when to stop,” she said. “And I think that happens to a lot of people. You get this sense of dysmorphia. The second your lips look a little different, you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, I have to go back and get them filled.” And it’s like, actually you don’t.’ And once you realize that, everything will be, you’ll get to a good point, which is where I think I’m at right now.”

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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Tyson Fury proves he is a champion husband as well as fighter by guiding wife Paris through work-out – The Sun

TYSON FURY proved he is a champion husband as well as fighter by helping wife Paris though her work-out doubts.

The mother of the WBC king’s five young children has joined her giant hubby for his 9am Instagram workouts for over two months.



The blonde bombshell claims to have put on a stone in weight and has struggled for motivation in her two sessions at the start of this week.

But the Gypsy King showered her with sport science knowledge and heartfelt compliments, about her new firm body, to get her through her latest training session.

Addressing the 3,000 fans who regularly tune in, Paris said: “I felt like quitting yesterday and I feel the same today, I feel s***ty but don’t quit, even if you just do a little bit.

"I just feel s***ty and not like exercising because I have been doing this for eight weeks now and I have put on a stone.”

But Fury, who famously blew up to 28st and battled drink and drug addictions caused by depression, reminded her of well she had done to become a fitness inspiration for women all over the UK.

You are gaining muscle, you are more solid, your bum is all solid.

The 6ft 9in ace said: “I know it can feel s****y but you have to keep on with it and push through.

“How do you think I have felt, I have been doing this for 32 years.

“You are gaining muscle, you are more solid, your bum is all solid. Muscle weighs more than fat, you have been firming up, Paris.

“When things get hard and repetitive they get difficult but that is the time you preserve and need someone to push you along, like I did for Paris today."

Fury finished the session by addressing his followers and crediting his childhood sweetheart for helping him through his own demons.

The larger-than-life character admitted to still have daily battles with his demons and urged his fans to open up to anyone to ease their burden.

He said: “Communication is the biggest asset we have as humans, it’s a very important factor in our lives.

“Paris has been getting me though these days, without her even knowing and without her I don’t know if I would have got through it at 9am every day.

“I am still in and out of mental health, one day I am suicidal and the next day I am great.

“It is a rollercoaster but exercise helps me balance all that out and that is important.”

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Wembley groundsman admits he can’t wait to have people tearing up his pristine pitch once again – The Sun

KARL STANDLEY says he cannot wait for players to be back out on his precious pitch, messing it up.

But for Wembley’s grounds manager, life will be back to normal only when the national stadium is packed to the rafters with fans making memories to last a lifetime.


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Standley said: “We are excited that one day, whenever it may be, we will have the football back and have people using the pitch.

“There will be incredible goals scored on that pitch. The net will be bulging, whether it’s rain or shine.
“One day we can hopefully have people in the stadium again. There’s no better feeling than when youngsters come with their dad.

“I go back to me and the first time I went to Southampton. I walked out on to this wooden terrace and my dad said, ‘This is The Dell, this is where your dad comes to and where you are going to come with me now with your season ticket’. Wow.

“We will always give the players a good surface to play on. But the biggest thing for me is the fans and those smiles you see and the stories those youngsters will one day tell their kids.”

This week, Standley and his team should have been preparing for the biggest day in Wembley’s calendar — the FA Cup final, originally scheduled for next Saturday.

Instead they will continue working under new conditions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis.

How Standley does his job has not actually changed a huge amount. Sensors under and around the pitch measuring things like soil moisture and humidity allowed him to work from home some days even before the pandemic began.

He said: “I can dial into the pitch, see what it’s doing.

“It’s a bit like running a diagnostic programme on a car, as F1 teams do.”

The main change to the routine is that Standley and his three assistants now work in pairs rather than all together.

And their most important task right now is to replicate the punishment the pitch — which was completely replaced over winter — would usually have been taking in the busy period from May to August.

Standley explained: “There are 980million blades of grass out there.

“On each piece of grass there are five leaves. One of them is always deteriorating and we have to remove this damage.

“We almost have to put our own wear and tear on to the pitches just to ensure they keep ticking along.

“We would normally clear it out every month in a playing season, now we are doing it every week to ten days.”


But if you ever forget about the magic of football, just ask Standley to talk you through his build-up to the moment the referee blows the first whistle on FA Cup final day.

After six minutes of fascinating technical and personal detail, he said: “It’s spine- tingling to be on the pitch for those critical couple of minutes when the players go off down the tunnel and you hear the fans chanting from each side. It’s very emotional.”

That passion has driven Standley’s career.

The young football fan who grew vegetables in his parents’ garden combined the two loves of his life by taking a two-year course at Sparsholt College, near Winchester.

Standley, then just 18, thought all his dreams had come true when a work placement at his beloved Southampton turned into a permanent job.

But with the Saints’ backing, in 2006 he joined the team preparing for the grand reopening of Wembley.

Standley’s rise through the ranks was complete in 2017 when he became head groundsman, a title that changed to grounds manager earlier this year as his role evolved.

After growing up with the stadium, he has a good sense of perspective as he and his team cope with the lack of action on their pitch — do not forget Wembley was supposed to stage seven Euro 2020 games, including the semi- finals and final, this summer.

Standley said: “We have a little saying which is on one of the walls of the machine store, ‘Being challenged is inevitable — being defeated is optional’.

“We’re just making sure, No 1, that the team is healthy and happy. And this is a challenge that we will have to overcome.”

At the age of 35, Standley is young to be in arguably the most illustrious job in his profession.

And the child-like wonder he still feels when he is at work is infectious, bringing hope of better days to come.

Standley said: “This stadium is built out of concrete and steel, but even when it’s empty there’s history in every seat and every beam.

“Everything could tell a story.

“It’s a piece of grass that we are really proud and passionate about, that we want to be the best.

“I just want people to be using the pitch and enjoying themselves, to have people happy with smiles on their faces again.”

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Joe Biden denies he was involved in Michael Flynn probe

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has denied allegations he was part of an anti-Trump operation to frame former national security adviser Michael Flynn, playing down his presence at a key Oval Office meeting with then-president Barack Obama and the nation’s FBI chief.

Documents released last week after the Department of Justice dropped its case against Flynn revealed that Obama briefed FBI Director James Comey, Biden, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Flynn’s conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” Biden said in an interview on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Tuesday.

“This is all about diversion,” he continued when asked about President Trump’s belief that the case against the former national security adviser was “the biggest political crime in US history.”

“This is the game this guy plays all the time,” Biden said. “The country is in crisis. We’re in an economic crisis, we’re in a health crisis. We’re in real trouble. He should stop trying to always divert attention from the real concerns of the American people.”

Questions still remain however over the origins of the case against Flynn and the FBI’s Russia probe and how Obama knew about Flynn’s calls in December 2016 to Kislyak before FBI agents interviewed Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017.

The development surprised Yates and Comey who both testified that they did not know of Flynn’s phone calls until the Jan. 5 meeting with Obama.

When asked about the meeting by GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos, Biden said he was aware of the investigation but knew nothing else.

“I thought you asked me whether or not I had anything to do with him being prosecuted, I’m sorry,” he said.

“I was aware that they had asked for an investigation, but that’s all I know about it and I don’t think anything else,” he continued, without clarifying who “they” were.

Following the meeting, then-national security adviser Susan Rice wrote an unusual email to herself memorializing the fact that Obama directed top officials to keep information from the incoming Trump team.

“President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia,” Rice wrote.

On Sunday, Flynn’s attorney accused Obama, other top administration officials and the FBI of setting up her client.

“These agents specifically schemed and planned with each other how to not tip him off, that he was even the person being investigated,” Sidney Powell told Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures.’

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Keith Lemon reveals he calls Stacey Solomon ‘the most attractive weasel on the planet’ – The Sun

KEITH Lemon has joked he calls Stacey Solomon "the most attractive weasel on the planet".

The Celebrity Juice presenter told how he was reminded of Stacey by a mystery craft that appeared on his new series The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft.

He joked: "It looks like Stacey Solomon during lockdown.

"She knows I call her the most attractive weasel on the planet. If it was in Wind in the Willows those weasels would be all over her.

"She's said it too, she said, 'Someone said I look like a rat'. You do. But I said a really pretty rat though. She is really pretty."

The acid-tongued comedian also revealed how he was struggling not to be filmed crying at some of the talents on offer on the show.


He said: "It's good to do crafting and when someone comes along and says, 'Your crafting's amazing' it makes your chest get bigger, it's good for your soul.

"There was a girl on there who had never been told she was good and when we were all amazed by her craft she was in tears.

"I was in tears and I had to think of my tax bills because I could feel the camera coming around me and I thought 'You're not filming me crying'."

Presenter Anna Richardson added: "And then there was a girl who came on, a beautiful Asian woman called Ann, who the challenge was to create a mythical creature or legendary creature .

"She'd taken this old Chinese goddess who was half snake half woman and she created this porcelain head, hand painted it, hand sewed this snake body and it was a glove puppet.

"It was so exquisite that we dimmed the lights and she did this sort of shadow dance with the glove puppet and we were all moved to tears by it.

"We said to her you are not just a crafter, you are an artist and this woman cried and said no-one had ever told her she was any good."

* The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft starts Sunday May 10 at 8pm on Channel 4

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Ander Herrera reveals he quit Man Utd after dispute with board and tells of ‘sad’ PSG title tarnished due to coronavirus – The Sun

ANDER HERRERA has revealed that a disagreement with Manchester United's board led to his summer exit from the club.

With his contract expiring at the end of last season, the Spaniard agreed a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain despite wanting to stay at Old Trafford.

Herrera has not been afraid of criticising those who run his former team since departing – but insists he still has a lot of "respect" for Ed Woodward and Co.

The midfielder told ESPN: "When I look back a year ago, my intention was not to leave Manchester United.

"I had some different opinions with the board but I respect them. I respect them a lot.

"They do things for Manchester United and I disagree with the people who say they don't. They really suffer when things don't go well and they really fight to bring Manchester United back.

"I disagreed with some of the decisions they made but this happens in football. In happens in every company.

"Apart from that, I respect them. I had a great relationship with Ed Woodward and with the owners when they came so I have nothing to complain about with them."

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In November, the 30-year-old blamed the United board for prioritising business over football.

Although it was also reported that Herrera sought a wage of £350,000-a-week to remain in Manchester.

Upon signing for PSG, he described the Red Devils' offer to keep him at the club as "late" before adding: "There were differences regarding the project and my importance within it."

In his first season in France, Herrera claimed a Ligue 1 winners' medal after the campaign was cancelled early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And he has admitted that the circumstances behind his first league title triumph left a sour taste.

The midfielder continued: "To be honest, I didn't celebrate it. I love football but I love to play football and win trophies on the pitch.

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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
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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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