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‘We’re pretty soon only going to be 5 people’: Trump says he reduced risk of coronavirus by shutting down flights

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President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday afternoon, urging people to be calm as the coronavirus approached a global pandemic, and the stock market continued to drop.

After several missteps when speaking to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Trump attempted to repair the false information spread by his administration and his allies. He has also stoked conspiracy theoris about the virus and the Center for Disease Control.

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When speaking to the nation, Trump began by complimenting his “very smart people” who briefed him on the virus.

Trump said his solutions thus far is to block flights coming in from countries with the virus. He said that it’s reduced the risk as a result. He also said that more people die of the flu each year than this virus. He also confessed he didn’t know that people die from the flu. However, the fatality rate is much higher thus far for the coronavirus.

Trump also downplayed the number of people who have the disease, saying there are really only 15 people and “we’re pretty soon only going to be five people.” Thus far, there are 60 people with the disease, according to reports.

The president also trashed Democrats for asking for more money to respond to the crisis, saying that they’ve already done a great job and he’ll take more money, he said, but he doesn’t think that he will need it. The White House will also bring in a “specialist” to talk to them about it, he said.

He also gave props to Chinese President Xi Jinping for his response, saying that infections are going down there.

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As for the vaccine, Trump played coy, saying he thinks they can develop it rapidly. However, the National Institute of Health said that it would be well over a year before a vaccine is ready and tested.

He also bragged that the United States is charted as the best-rated countries prepared to attack the virus. Citing a report from Johns Hopkins, Trump claimed the U.S. was well prepared.

“The average score in 2019 was just 40. China scored 48. The US, UK, the Netherlands, Australia, and Canada top the ranking, with scores ranging from 84 to 75, but they too will struggle if the coronavirus becomes a pandemic and spreads globally, even if it isn’t especially deadly,” said Jennifer Nuzzo at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland.

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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