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Mike Pence: Only one flag should be flying at US embassies

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Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the controversy surrounding the U.S. State Dept.’s ban of the gay pride flag, which for nearly a decade has flown at U.S. embassies around the world during LGBTQ pride month.

The Trump administration this year banned the flag from flying on flagpoles at U.S. embassies. In years previous, since the Obama-era and even in the first years of the Trump administration, flying pride flags was allowed.

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Pence praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a right wing conservative Christian, for banning the LGBT flag. He told NBC News’ White House correspondent Kristen Welker, “it’s the right decision.”

“As the president said on the night we were elected, we’re proud to be able to serve every American,” the Vice President continued, after Welker pressed him on the issue.

“We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around the world, one American flag flies,” Pence said.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus says Secretary Pompeo “respects the dignity of every individual,” but he does not believe other flags should fly alongside the American flag at embassies.

Reports came in over the weekend of a “revolt” at several U.S. embassies, who have chosen to fly the LGBT pride flag in other areas of the U.S. compounds, including on walls.

Ortagus insisted that was not in violation of the ban.

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WHO urges virus unity after Trump attack

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The World Health Organization on Wednesday pleaded for global unity in fighting the coronavirus, following US President Donald Trump's stinging attack on its handling of the pandemic.

As the WHO prepares to mark 100 days on Thursday since it was first notified of the outbreak in China, director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hit back at accusations that it had been too close to Beijing.

The UN's health agency has faced criticism in the past both for overreacting and for moving too slowly in fighting epidemics, but it has rarely faced as much scrutiny as with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Trump could put lives at risk by firing government watchdogs: Conservative columnist

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On Wednesday, writing for the Washington Examiner, conservative columnist Quin Hillyer warned that President Donald Trump's attacks on inspectors general aren't just a threat to the rule of law — they are a threat to health and public safety.

"In the past five days alone, Trump has fired one inspector general, demoted another who was highly regarded, and publicly and rather viciously castigated a third who was reporting on hospital shortages," wrote Hillyer. "Trump has taken these actions without any apparent foundation. Reports Tuesday night say these moves are just the beginning of a planned purge of at least seven inspectors general (a number apparently confirmed unintentionally by Trump himself) with even 'more changes' possible 'later.'"

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Tabloid editor now regrets indulging Trump’s narcissism as he watches the president ‘ad lib his way through the coronavirus crisis’

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In an op-ed for The Guardian this Wednesday, the former editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News recounted his years covering Donald Trump before he was president, and marveled at how Trump's massive celebrity ego has transferred over to his presidency.

"He had no shame in using the media and we had no qualms about capitalizing on his headline-generating power," writes Martin Dunn. "For decades the competition centered on which tabloid could out-Trump the other. In a city where business leaders are hailed as celebrities, Trump became the undisputed master manipulator – the man who understood that the only thing worse than being written about was not being written about."

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