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‘Get out of your golf course cocoon’: NYC lawmaker shreds Trump for ‘despicable’ attack on San Juan mayor

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Appearing on CNN with host Christi Paul, New York City lawmaker Melissa Mark-Viverito lambasted President Donald Trump for his meager response to the tragedy in Puerto Rico and called him out for his “despicable’ attack on the mayor of San Juan.

Mark-Viverito, the Speaker of the New York City Council, noted that she had just returned from Puerto Rico where she visited her mother, before detailing what she saw.

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“What I was struck with was the devastation, basically, though, the absence of any sort of federal authorities in the three days that I was there,” she recalled. “It is about life and death, this is about lack of preparation, lack of planning, lack of appropriate response.”

“What we need to do is save lives, to have more federal workers there and more troops on the ground,” she continued. “We only have about 10,000 between troops and relief workers when there were 40,000 in Florida with Irma. This is not an appropriate response and that has to be acknowledged.”

Mark-Viverito then turned to Trump.

“We need much more seriousness,” she said as her voice rose. ”We need President Trump to basically pull away from his fragile ego, to get out of his golf course cocoon and get to work. This is on his watch. People are dying, and he needs to respond appropriately and give proper direction.”

Asked later about Trump’s tweets attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, the New York City lawmaker was livid.

“He needs to be in charge,” she responded. “He needs to demonstrate some level of empathy over what has happened. The tweets this morning are despicable, deplorable, not statesman-like at all. We need an an understanding that there is a seriousness given to this crisis.”

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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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New York couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house

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A New York couple pointed guns at protesters marching past their house during a Black Lives Matter rally, and activists want them to be charged.

Protesters were nearing the end of their parade route when a white man came out of his home shouting obscenities in an apparent attempt to incite the group, and then yelled to his wife to get his gun, reported WNYT-TV.

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who took part in the march, said the woman came back outside and started waving the gun around.

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Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’

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A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."

Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.

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