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WATCH: Ali Velshi mocks unintentionally hilarious White House photo of Trump ‘working’

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On Saturday afternoon, President Donald Trump’s White House released a photo of the president seated in the Oval Office in a white “Make America Great Again” hat and pretending to talk on the phone.

The picture was intended to be evidence that Trump is working on the shutdown and not just enjoying some unsupervised “executive time” to watch TV and tweet.

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Twitter users mocked the photo, writing, “I too conduct most of my most important work with a phone in my hand and nothing on my desk, while staring vacantly off into space.”

“These photos were not taken by independent photo journalists,” said MSNBC’s reporter Geoff Bennett, adding that White House reporters weren’t allowed to take or view the photos of the president.

“I wish my desk looked as clean as the president’s desk does right now,” said anchor Ali Velshi as the chyron said Trump was “working” in quotes.

“Don’t we all,” said Bennett.

Watch the video, embedded below:

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Trump ignored advice to tell country the coronavirus pandemic was ‘bad and could get very worse’ in early March: report

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According to a day-by-day examination of the White House efforts to get up to speed on dealing with the growing coronavirus pandemic that has now brought the country to an almost complete standstill, Politico reports that Donald Trump was advised in early March to warn the public things were about to get worse and chose to ignore that advice.

The report notes that the final realization about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 preceded the president's rare prime time address to the nation.

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Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

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The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable.

The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and conspiracy theories about the outbreak.

So far, AFP has debunked almost 200 rumors and myths about the virus, but experts say stronger action from tech companies is needed to stop misinformation and the scale at which it can be spread online.

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Hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload

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As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkeling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing.

The idea started in Italy, the European country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with hospitals in other nations taking note and adding their own specific medical parts to make it work.

One such is the Erasme Hospital on the outskirts of Belgium's capital Brussels. It is attached to the city's ULB university -- and through it to a private spin-off, Endo Tools Therapeutics, whose know-how in 3D printing for medical use has proved invaluable.

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