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Trump aides concede he’s ‘crossed a psychological line’ post-impeachment — and he’s got a blacklist to purge staff

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Since President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Republican Senate for his Ukraine scandal, he’s “crossed a psychological line,” aides confessed to Axios.

“I think it’s a very positive development,” said former Trump NSC staffer Rich Higgins.

Higgins was one of those fired by Trump’s former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster when he wrote a memo claiming there were threats on Trump’s presidency by Marxists, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans.

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“I would probably remove ‘bankers’ if I had to do it over, and I would play up the intel community role — which I neglected,” he told Axios.

According to their report Sunday, Axios revealed that the president has been compiling a dossier on federal employees he believes are disloyal to him.

While Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, what he’s turned that into is draining the swamp of anyone who disagrees with him.

“A well-connected network of conservative activists with close ties to Trump and top administration officials is quietly helping develop these “Never Trump”/pro-Trump lists, and some sent memos to Trump to shape his views, per sources with direct knowledge,” Axios reported. “Members of this network include Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Republican Senate staffer Barbara Ledeen.”

New York Times reporter Peter Baker wrote this weekend, “in some of the most critical corners of the Trump administration, officials show up for work now never entirely sure who will be there by the end of the evening — themselves included.”

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The memos about people to include in the Trump purge have created tension, Axios explained. People close to Trump constantly tell him that some people working his own White House were undermining him. For a president who often deals with intense bouts of paranoia, it’s only making things worse.

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New evidence shows Trump—who says he knew Covid-19 was ‘going to be horrible’—allowed exports of crucial supplies to continue

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While countries in Europe and Asia spent the first several weeks of the year preparing their healthcare systems and populations for the coronavirus outbreak by stockpiling crucial medical supplies, the Trump administration spent that same time sending dozens of medical shipments overseas as President Donald Trump denied the coronavirus would have much of an impact on the United States.

As The Intercept reported Wednesday, while the new coronavirus ravaged countries including China, Italy, and Iran in February and early March, U.S. manufacturers were sending large shipments of respirators, ventilators, and protective medical equipment to Germany, Belgium, and Japan.

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Trump ignored White House economists’ warning of devastating impact of pandemic months ago: report

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White House economists released a study last year that warned a pandemic could kill 500,000 people and devastate the economy months before the coronavirus outbreak, but top officials and the president appear to have ignored their warning.

A study by the Council of Economic Advisers ordered by the National Security Council predicted that a pandemic similar to the 1918 Spanish flu or the 2009 swine flu could lead to a half-million deaths and cost the economy as much as $3.8 trillion.

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Rural communities with few coronavirus cases will get rapid-test kits over larger areas — White House decides: report

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Large cities are exploding with coronavirus cases, but the White House has decided that the rapid testing machines should be sent somewhere else.

According to the Washington Post, "some White House officials want to ship many of the tests, which were approved Friday and can deliver results in five to 13 minutes, to areas where there are fewer cases, such as rural states and parts of the South."

But officials in hard-hit and more populated states need help now and are quickly running out of resources.

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