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Trump’s surgeon general grilled by CNN’s Tapper about persistent White House coronavirus lies

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Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” early Sunday morning, the Surgeon General of the U.S. was repeatedly put on the spot by host Jake Tapper over the bungled response to the coronavirus Donald Trump’s administration and the persistent lies being spouted by White House officials.

Speaking with Dr. Jerome Adams, the CNN host admitted that the public should not panic about the growing epidemic before sharing clips of Trump advisors Kellyanne Conway and Larry Kudlow telling reporters that the epidemic has been contained.

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“That’s not true,” Tapper said after the clips rolled. “It’s not contained, it’s not relatively contained. Have you expressed your desire for people in the White House to share the facts and be honest?”

“Well, this is a novel virus, it’s a new situation, and the messaging, quite frankly, is hard,” Adams parried. “But here’s what I want the American people to know; from a public health point of view, and I am a public health expert, the first thing you want to try to do is contain the virus. and some parts of the country have contained it, meaning their preventing spread in their communities in the first place. But –.”

“We don’t really know that, right?” the CNN host interrupted. “We know of one case in D.C. We don’t know that that means there’s only one person in D.C. there aren’t enough testing kits. ”

“We actually feel pretty good that some parts of the country have contained it, just like when you look at the flu, the flu tracker, some parts of the country are having much more severe flu seasons,” Adams attempted. “Some are having very mild flu seasons. Same thing for coronavirus; you want to keep it out of your community. Once you know it’s in your community you want to take the steps to prevent spread within the community and keep those most at risk safe.”

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How Rudy Giuliani went from ‘America’s mayor’ to self-serving Trump sycophant

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After the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Republican Rudy Giuliani was widely praised for the leadership he showed as New York City’s mayor during one of the darkest times in the city’s history. But these days, many of the people who were praising Giuliani as a take-charge leader after 9/11 have become blistering critics — for example, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. And journalist Seth Hettena, in Rolling Stone, takes an in-depth look at Giuliani’s journey from “America’s mayor” to self-serving Trump sycophant.

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Pompeo is helping Trump destroy US credibility around the world — according to a former assistant secretary of state

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President Donald Trump has made it abundantly clear that he prefers loyalists in his administration. And Trump has no greater loyalist than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whose unquestioning devotion to the president is the focus of a scathing op-ed by Michael H. Fuchs (former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs) for The Guardian.

“Donald Trump’s disdain for the people, country and values his office is supposed to represent is unmatched in recent memory,” Fuchs asserts. “And he has found in the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, a kindred spirit who has embraced his role as Trumpism’s number one proselytizer to the world.”

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Trump ‘completely blindsided party officials’ by threatening to pull GOP convention out of Charlotte

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This Memorial Day, President Trump took aim at North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, saying that Cooper couldn't guarantee that the venue would be filled to capacity.

In a series of tweets, Trump said that although he loves the state of North Carolina so much that he "insisted" on having the convention there.

"Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena," he wrote. "In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space."

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