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US Intel issued ‘ominous’ classified warnings on coronavirus — but Trump told the country the opposite: report

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New details about the “ominous” warnings about COVID-19 coronavirus were reported by The Washington Post reported Friday.

“U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while President Trump and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen,” the newspaper reported, citing “U.S. officials familiar with spy agency reporting.”

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“The intelligence reports didn’t predict when the virus might land on U.S. shores or recommend particular steps that public health officials should take, issues outside the purview of the intelligence agencies. But they did track the spread of the virus in China, and later in other countries, and warned that Chinese officials appeared to be minimizing the severity of the outbreak,” The Post reported.

“Taken together, the reports and warnings painted an early picture of a virus that showed the characteristics of a globe-encircling pandemic that could require governments to take swift actions to contain it. But despite that constant flow of reporting, Trump continued publicly and privately to play down the threat the virus posed to Americans,” the newspaper reported.

A new timeline on the warnings is coming into focus.

“Intelligence agencies ‘have been warning on this since January,’ said a U.S. official who had access to intelligence reporting that was disseminated to members of Congress and their staffs as well as to officials in the Trump administration, and who, along with others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive information,” the newspaper explained.

“Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were — they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” the official said. “The system was blinking red.”

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Trump rants about ‘Marxist’ Black Lives Matter group on Fox News: ‘If I’m wrong I’m going to lose’

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President Donald Trump made clear he's pinning his re-election chances on opposing Black Lives Matter.

The president attacked the movement as a "Marxist group" during a Wednesday morning appearance on "Fox & Friends," but insisted he's done more for Black Americans than almost anyone else in history.

"With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, it’s true," he said.

Trump then complained that the movement had gained "respectability" and bashed athletes for kneeling in silent protest during the national anthem.

“If I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election, okay?" Trump said. "And that’s okay with me."

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Pentagon officials bewildered by Trump’s claim Beirut explosion was an ‘attack’

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Defense Department officials were confused by President Donald Trump's claim that the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon was "a bomb of some kind," according to a report from CNN.

Trump claimed on Tuesday that military officials had told him the explosion was not an accident.

"According to them – they would know better than I would – but they seem to think it was an attack," Trump told reporters at the White House.

"CNN has reportedly spoken to U.S. defense officials who said there is absolutely no indication that it was an attack and, if there was, efforts would have already been made to protect U.S. troops and assets in the region. That hasn't happened," reported Jamie Ross of The Daily Beast.

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Mitch McConnell’s slavish devotion to Trump may finally prove his undoing: Columnist

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has enabled President Donald Trump at every turn, but his slavish devotion may cost his leadership.

The Kentucky Republican faces a tough election fight back home, and McConnell has signaled to GOP senators they could "distance from Trump if necessary" as previously safe seats suddenly come into play, according to a new column from The Daily Beast's Molly Jong-Fast.

"It’s hard to imagine him doing so out of anything but the most dire necessity," Jong-Fast wrote. "All it took was 158,000 deaths and countless others whose health may never be the same."

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