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In an interview on Fox News late Friday night, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) dismissed the idea of mandating vaccinations for COVID-19, saying mandates should only used in the case of an "incredibly deadly disease."
Speaking on the "Ingraham Angle" with guest host Brian Kilmeade, Johnson was asked, "Could you ever get behind a vaccine mandate for everybody?" to which he replied, "No, not unless there's some incredibly deadly disease. I mean, much higher infection-fatality rates than we have with COVID."
Without noting the over 613,000 Americans who have already succumbed to the deadly disease in just over a year -- and the frightening increase in new infections due to a variant -- Johnson added, "We don't know the final infection-fatality rate but right now it's looking like it's not going to be much more than double a bad season of flu."
Those comments set off a furious backlash from critics of the Republican lawmaker with one person calling the senator a "loud idiot."
You can see some responses below:
@JEandJL @Acyn Even if it’s 1%… if every American gets it, that’s 3 MILLION people. That is “incredibly deadly” to me.— msdr (@msdr) 1627701832.0
@Acyn Maybe the families of some of the over 600,000 dead American COVID victims can show up at Ron’s door & have h… https://t.co/UbHCsVCyYX— Serenity Now! (@Serenity Now!) 1627704175.0
@Acyn Like say, a disease that had already killed over 600k Americans and over 4 million people worldwide? A deadly disease like that?— Israel Jablonski (@Israel Jablonski) 1627701297.0
@Acyn The fact over a million Americans will die in two years and they won’t consider it incredibly disgusting is fucking terrible.— National Champion School Graduate (@National Champion School Graduate) 1627701834.0
@Acyn Was he dropped on his head when he was a small child? I'm seriously asking.— David Eoll (@David Eoll) 1627702217.0
@Acyn I guess it has to be like measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus. chickenpox, whooping cough, Diphtheria, and the a… https://t.co/kfqSy7YBRZ— Jªℓª℘ℯƞℴℓⱭĐƔ (@Jªℓª℘ℯƞℴℓⱭĐƔ) 1627726772.0
@Acyn 5 bucks says that double talking dbag is vaccinated.— Bryan 💉x2 M (@Bryan 💉x2 M) 1627701872.0
@Acyn If Fox keeps putting Sen. Johnson on TV, will he become an even deadlier variant--like the disease he is willing to let spread?— NC Vates (@NC Vates) 1627702863.0
The wife of Haiti's murdered president, seriously wounded in the very attack that killed her husband, listened in terror as the gunmen ransacked their home, she said in her first interview since the assassination.
The killers eventually found what they were looking for in president Jovenel Moise's residence, and made cursory efforts on their way out to see if first lady Martine Moise was still alive.
"When they left, they thought I was dead," she told the New York Times in an interview published Friday, weeks after the July 7 assassination that heaped a fresh crisis on the fragile Caribbean nation.
She survived and was rushed for emergency treatment to the United States, where she spoke to the newspaper while flanked by security guards, diplomats and family.
Martine is left wondering what happened to the 30 to 50 men usually posted to guard her husband at the house. None of those guards were killed, or even wounded.
"Only the oligarchs and the system could kill him," she said.
Haitian police have arrested the head of Jovenel Moise's security, as well as some 20 Colombian mercenaries, over the plot they say was organized by a group of Haitians with foreign ties.
Jovenel Moise had been ruling the impoverished and disaster-plagued nation by decree, as gang violence spiked and Covid-19 spread.
His widow told the New York Times that the couple had been asleep when the sound of gunfire woke them.
He called his security team for help, but soon the killers were shooting in the bedroom. She was struck in the hand and elbow.
As she lay bleeding, her husband dead or dying in the same room, she felt like she was suffocating because her mouth was so full of blood.
The killers spoke only Spanish -- Haiti's languages are Creole and French -- and were communicating by phone with someone while they carried out the attack.
She said she doesn't know what the assassins took, but that it came from a shelf where her husband kept his files.
Martine Moise wants the killers to know she is not afraid and is seriously considering a run for the presidency once she is healthy.
"I would like people who did this to be caught, otherwise they will kill every single president who takes power," she said. "They did it once. They will do it again."
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The US State Department said Friday that Moscow is forcing it to lay off nearly 200 Russian employees in its Russia diplomatic missions, saying the move will constrict diplomatic efforts and embassy operations.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said 182 Russian employees and dozens of contractors in Moscow, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg would be let go after a Russian government order in April in retaliation for US actions against Russia.
"Starting in August, the Russian government is prohibiting the United States from retaining, hiring, or contracting Russian or third-country staff, except our guard force," Blinken said in a statement.
"These unfortunate measures will severely impact the US mission to Russia's operations, potentially including the safety of our personnel as well as our ability to engage in diplomacy with the Russian government," he said.
In April, Washington expelled 10 Russian diplomats, expanded restrictions on Russian banks and blacklisted 32 Russians over the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyberattack and other hostile activity.
In retaliation, Russia expelled 10 US diplomats and forbid the US mission from hiring non-US nationals, starting on August 1.
The moves intensified the chill between the two powers that was not improved after President Joe Biden's summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in June in Geneva.
"Although we regret the actions of the Russian government forcing a reduction in our services and operations, the United States will follow through on our commitments while continuing to pursue a predictable and stable relationship with Russia," Blinken said.
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