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White House ignites a wave of doubt and confusion after insisting Pence’s mysteriously canceled event is ‘no cause for alarm’

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Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday abruptly canceled a planned event in New Hampshire after what was initially described as an emergency, but his office says it is “no cause for alarm.”

Contradicting some media reports, Pence’s press secretary said on Twitter that the vice president “never left Washington, DC.”

“There was no ’emergency callback.’ Something came up that required the VP to stay in DC. We’ll reschedule NH shortly,” said press secretary Alyssa Farah.

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It still remains unclear, however, why the event was suddenly canceled.

A senior White House official told CNN that the reason for Pence’s return was “not health related for the VP or President” and not “related to national security.”

But many reporters and others expressed confusion and skepticism at the White House’s statements.

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Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw

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The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.

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GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.

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As much of US marks a muted Independence Day, Trump encourages big parties

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While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted July 4 celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation's capital.

Trump is set hold his “Salute for America” celebration Saturday with a speech from the White House South Lawn that he says will celebrate American heritage, a military flyover over Washington, and an enormous fireworks display that is expected to draw thousands to the National Mall.

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