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‘Maybe he could serve navy bean soup’: Ex-CIA official says Jared Kushner can’t advise Trump anymore

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A former top official for both the Department of Defense and the CIA said Jared Kushner losing access to top-secret materials should end his time in the White House.

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser had his security clearance downgraded by White House chief of staff John Kelly, and that news broke as another report revealed Kushner’s flimsy government experience and financial troubles were possibly exploited by at least four countries.

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Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed Kushner’s tenure in the White House had been problematic from the start, and his current status was untenable.

“It means he can’t access any of the intelligence community’s products or analysis, and that effectively means he cannot do his job as the top diplomat overseeing the Israeli, Palestinian peace process,” said Jeremy Bash, a former chief of staff for Leon Panetta when he served as CIA director and secretary of defense.

Bash said there were few roles of importance available in the White House for a staffer who lacked security clearance.

“None of us can even remember a West Wing staffer working on national security affairs who stayed in that job with a secret clearance,” he said. “I mean, maybe in the West Wing you could, you know, deliver the mail or mow the White House lawn or serve navy bean soup as an enlisted sailor, but you cannot be involved in policy making.”

“You can’t go into the White House situation room, have conversations, you can’t prepare the president for engagements with foreign leaders,” Bash added. “Part of that is reading those reports and working on very sensitive matters. I can’t see a single way that Jared can engage with relationships with China, with Mexico, with any of these sophisticated players, without access to top-secret, sensitive information. I think this is fatal for him.”

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‘Detroit is burning right now’: Michigan doctor paints frightening picture of COVID-19 in her city on CNN

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A Michigan doctor on Wednesday painted a frightening picture of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on her home city of Detroit.

In an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, Dr. Teena Chopra said that Detroit's medical system was getting overwhelmed at the moment.

"The resources are poor," she said of her situation at the Detroit Medical Center. "36 percent of the population are below the poverty line. Lack of education, lack of access to clean water supply -- I think all of these factors are social determinants and play a big role. that's why we're becoming the next epicenter with the trends we are seeing."

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‘You deserve to lose!’ Lindsey Graham gets shredded for begging for campaign cash during pandemic

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Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a somber plea for campaign donations during the coronavirus outbreak -- and he was met with furious mockery.

The South Carolina Republican faces a strong Democratic challenger in Jaime Harrison, as well as criticism from fellow Republicans, and he asked supporters for campaign donations for himself and prayers for health care workers on the front lines of the global pandemic.

"We're trying to starve, kill this disease, and we need to follow the guidelines, but there is a campaign afoot," Graham said. "The liberals want to take back the Senate, they want the White House, and they haven't stopped at all here against me, so I need your help."

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Media outlets pulling reporters from Trump press conferences because they’re a waste of time and a health risk: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, major media outlets are choosing to take a pass on attending Donald Trump's daily press conferences because they have proven to be news-free and there is no sense exposing their reporters to the possibility of getting sick.

While the daily White House task force press conferences were intended to be a forum for members of the administration dealing with the pandemic to provide updates to an anxious public, they have now been taken over by the president where he makes off-hand -- and often incorrect -- statements when he is not battling with reporters.

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