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‘I stand with the president’: Mike Pence backs Trump after Charlottesville remarks

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Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said he stands by Donald Trump after the president equated neo-Nazis who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia with the anti-fascist protestors standing against bigotry and hate.

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Pence is one of few Republican leaders who’ve backed the president after his controversial press conference Tuesday. The White House issued talking points late Tuesday night urging surrogates to say the president “was entirely correct” and both sides bear responsibility for a white supremacist attack that killed one and injured at least 19.


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Trump Org asks Deutsche Bank to delay loan payments as coronavirus shutters their properties

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On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the Trump Organization is in talks with a major creditor to delay loan payments, as the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered their properties and their profits have imploded.

"With some of its golf courses and hotels closed amid the economic lockdown, the Trump Organization has been exploring whether it can delay payments on some of its loans and other financial obligations, according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The New York Times," wrote David Enrich, Ben Protess, and Eric Lipton. "Representatives of Mr. Trump’s company have recently spoken with Deutsche Bank, the president’s largest creditor, about the possibility of postponing payments on at least some of its loans from the bank."

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Republicans stand in solidarity with arrested Florida pastor who ignored coronavirus warnings

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The Hillsborough Republican Party is standing beside Tampa, Florida Rodney Howard-Browne after he was arrested for violating the city's "stay at home" order, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The pastor claimed that he had the cure for coronavirus because he was able to cure the Zika virus a few years ago. It led people to pack into The River of Tampa Bay church one Sunday morning, something the Center for Disease Control explicitly cautions against.

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Trump congratulates businesses for helping fight coronavirus — but his own company has been absent

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As America’s coronavirus crisis has mushroomed, President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the efforts of businesses to meet a desperate nation’s needs. “It’s been really amazing to see these big, strong, powerful — in some cases, very small companies, family-owned companies — step up and make a lot of great product for what we’re going through and what we will continue to be going through for a while,” Trump declared on March 24.

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