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Trump’s new chief of staff still serving in Congress and trying to learn new role as COVID-19 threatens millions

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President Donald Trump’s latest chief of staff hasn’t fully engaged in his new White House duties, as the coronavirus crisis claims hundreds of lives every day.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) hasn’t even resigned from Congress, and may have taken part in White House negotiations with senators over the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, reported NPR.

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“I’m still a member of Congress,” Meadows said. “Mick Mulvaney is still the acting chief, officially.”

The president is trying to deal with a massive public health crisis that threatens millions of Americans, but he’s got one acting chief of staff — Mick Mulvaney — with one foot out the door, and another transitioning into the job while still working as a lawmaker.

Both Meadows and Mulvaney have also briefly been in self-quarantine after possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Meadows hasn’t voted on any bills — including the coronavirus relief package — since Trump tapped him as chief of staff three weeks ago in a tweet, and an aide said he intends to resign around the end of March.

The Constitution prohibits individuals from serving in Congress and the executive branch at the same time, but Meadows has been in and out of meeting at the White House this month.

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Mulvaney is still on the job, but the three-week transition has seen coronavirus cases jump from several hundred to more than 60,000, and Trump has backed away from a social distancing campaign intended to halt the spread to signaling he wants the economy reopened soon.

There’s no indication either one of his part-time chiefs of staff have helped guide his decision-making, as would typically be the case in a White House.

Meadows would be Trump’s fourth chief of staff in three years.

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This Europe country is housing quarantined coronavirus patients in a five-star hotel

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An ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine.

"Good morning! How are you? My name is Enrique Aranda and I am probably the first non health care worker you see in several days," says the director of the five-star Melia Sarria hotel, peering into the ambulance.

It took just three days to convert the hotel, which features contemporary decor and bathrooms with marble finishing, into a clinic.

"Some patients arrive thinking that they were taken out of hospital to be left to die, many people are frightened. I try to make them forget all that," said Aranda, wearing mask and gloves.

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UK Labour to unveil new leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn

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Britain's main opposition Labour party on Saturday unveils a new leader who will take the helm of a defeated and divided party in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Keir Starmer, a former director of state prosecutions and Labour's Brexit spokesman, is the runaway favourite to win the ballot of around 500,000 party members and succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

The announcement will be a low-key affair, with a planned special conference cancelled due to restrictions on social gatherings imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Instead, the result will be put out in a press release mid-morning -- and candidates have been asked to pre-record their victory speeches.

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‘Trump fires people for telling the truth’: President blasted for ‘dead of night decision’ to fire intel watchdog

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President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Friday for firing intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senate Intel Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-VA) were among the lawmakers who took to Twitter to criticize Trump on his favorite social media platform.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's decision:

Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.

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