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Trump enlists Mike Pence in scheme to punish Justin Amash for impeachment talk: report

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President Donald Trump is moving against Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who broke ranks with other Republicans to accuse him of impeachable conduct.

The president has discussed backing a primary challenger with Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who co-founded the conservative House Freedom Caucus with Amash, and Trump also discussed that possibility with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, reported Politico.

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McDaniel, a former Michigan GOP leader who is prohibited under party rules from supporting primary candidates, declined to comment on her conversations with Trump but said it was “sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.”

The billionaire DeVos family, which has close ties to Trump and holds political power in Michigan, has cut off financial support to Amash, and there is growing speculation they might back primary challengers such as state Rep. Jim Lower, who has recently announced his candidacy.

The 30-year-old Lower has aligned himself with Trump, and a poll this week shows him already leading Amash by 16 points.

“If they were to get involved early I think it would help make sure that it was just me versus Amash in the August primary — and if that’s the case we’re definitely going to win,” Lower said.

Amash and his team haven’t announced his 2020 plans, but the 39-year-old conservative announced his departure Monday from the Freedom Caucus, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction, and some of Trump’s inner circle doubt he may run for re-election.

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Trump has called the congressman a “loser” and suggested his call for impeachment was a pretext for a run for some other office, and there has been speculation Amash could run for president as a Libertarian or possibly even mount a GOP primary challenge.


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#TrumpGenocide trends as Americans grow increasingly frustrated with president’s coronavirus failures

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As America crossed the grim milestone of 2,000 coronavirus deaths, President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Twitter for his handling of the health and economic crises.

Frustration with the president was prominent on Twitter, with the hashtag #TrumpGenocide trending nationwide.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/German_badgirl/status/1243969238903271424

“The result was a lost month, when the world’s richest country—armed with some of the most highly trained scientists and infectious disease specialists—squandered its best chance of containing the virus’s spread.”#TrumpVirus #TrumpGenocide #TrumpPandemic https://t.co/6OV9gJE6uw

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‘A quarantine will not be necessary’: Trump backtracks on plan to lockdown New York area

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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would not go forward with his plan to quarantine the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

"On the recommendation of the White House CoronaVirus Task Force, and upon consultation with the Governor’s of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, I have asked the CDC to issue a strong Travel Advisory, to be administered by the Governors, in consultation with the Federal Government," Trump announced on Twitter.

"A quarantine will not be necessary," he declared.

"Full details will be released by CDC tonight. Thank you!" he added.

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Scared New York medical workers decry lack of Personal Protective Equipment during coronavirus crisis

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Medical staff in America's coronavirus hotbed New York are struggling with long hours and a dire need for protective equipment -- and as infections surge, they increasingly fear for their own safety.

Doctors and nurses are working around the clock caring for patients hit by the fast-spreading infection, risking their lives on the front lines of the global crisis.

The same week the United States became the new epicenter of the pandemic -- with about 120,000 confirmed cases of infection and 2,000 deaths -- Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at a Manhattan hospital, succumbed to a fatal case of the COVID-19 illness.

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