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Sarah Sanders: ‘The vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans’ by boycotting Trump

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lashed out at the Eagles NFL team on Tuesday, accusing them of “abandoning their fans” after most of the members refused to show up for a White House Super Bowl celebration.

In a statement on Tuesday, Sanders said that the Eagles were to blame for the White House’s decision to cancel the event and replace it with another event celebrating America.

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“On Tuesday, May 31, the team notified the White House of 81 individuals, including players, coaches and management, and support personnel, who would attend the event,” Sanders said in the statement. “Late Friday, citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance, the team contacted the White House again, and attempted to reschedule the event.”

According to Sanders, Trump could not reschedule the event due to overseas travel.

“The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event [to a] format that could accommodate a smaller group of players,” she added. “Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that a great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today.”

“In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans,” Sanders said.

Read the statement below.

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French hospital halts trials of Trump-promoted COVID-19 drug due to worries about heart failure

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President Donald Trump's promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 has drawn criticism from medical experts who say much more work needs to be done before anyone can say it's effective at stopping the disease.

And now one hospital in France has stopped its testing of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients over worries that the drug poses a "toxic risk" to people's hearts when taken in combination with other drugs.

French newspaper Nice Matin reports that Nice University Hospital "immediately stopped" its use of hydroxychloroquine in patients who exhibit "major risks" of suffering heart failure due to the drug.

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Economist who hoped for ‘V-shaped’ recovery now predicting a prolonged downturn even worse than the Great Recession

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Tim Bartik is among the economists who has described the type of “V-shaped” economic recovery he would like to see in the United States following the coronavirus pandemic. Ideally, Bartik has asserted, all the businesses that have been shut down by the pandemic would reopen quickly when it’s safe to do so and put millions of Americans back to work. But journalist Andy Balaskovitz, in an article published in MiBiz on April 8, explains why Bartik (a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan) now believes that predictions of a “V-shaped recovery” are wishful thinking — and why Americans are in for a lot of economic pain in the months ahead.

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‘Recipe for disaster’: Officials in Florida city say they face ‘unimaginable’ potential death from COVID-19

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Officials in the Florida city of Hialeah are warning that they are uniquely vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic and face the possibility of "unimaginable" death from the disease.

In interviews with The Daily Beast, the officials explained how their large population of senior citizens is at grave risk if Hialeah erupts as a major COVID-19 hotspot.

"I think it is going to get a lot worse," Hialeah Councilman Jesus Tundidor tells The Daily Beast. “The experts have been telling us to expect a peak [in Florida] near the end of the month. As we get more testing sites up and running, the more positive cases we will see. And that will create more fear."

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