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WATCH: Trump silences reporter asking him if he’s sending ‘mixed messages’ with his coronavirus comments

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During a surprise appearance at a press conference that was supposed to be helmed by Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Trump cut off MSNBC’s Kelly O’Donnell as she tried to press him over sending ” mixed messages” to the public every time he publically addresses the nation.

After O’Donnell asked him about his Friday Rose Garden comments and shaking the hands of the CEOs in attendance — directly contradicting the CDC’s advice to avoid contact that could spread the virus — the president explained that he did it out of habit, while also defending manhandling the microphone for other speakers.

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After the White House correspondent asked, “Why are you shaking hands?” Trump responded, “It’s almost a habit. Frankly, I was a non-handshaker for the most part. I know it, too political people walk up. They want to shake my hand and I say, well –,” before the reporter tried to get a word in.

“Wait a minute, just take it nice and easy, just relax,” Trump cut her off. “People come up to me and somebody put their hand out and it’s a natural reflex and we’re all getting out of it — all of us have that problem.”

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WATCH: Video shows pack of police forcibly remove man from a city bus — for not wearing a mask

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Shocking video from Philadelphia shows multiple police officers forcibly removing a man from a city bus -- reportedly for not wearing a mask.

"A video that went viral Friday shows what appeared to be four police officers, backed by about six more, forcibly pulling a man not wearing a face covering off of a SEPTA bus. After the uniformed and masked Philadelphia Police Department officers lift the adult man off the bus and engage in a brief confrontation, he walks away. No arrest. No ticket," WHYY-TV reports.

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REVEALED: White House pushed FEMA to give its biggest coronavirus contract to a company that never had to bid

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Last month, as a deadly new virus swept over the globe, one Canadian defense contractor predicted on an earnings call that it would lead to a big business opportunity in the U.S. Thanks to the White House, that bet paid off just a few weeks later in a $96 million no-bid deal.

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Trump mocked as a ‘gibbering lunatic’ for continuing to lie about how tariffs work at latest coronavirus briefing

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At Friday's coronavirus task force press briefing, President Donald Trump repeated, for the umpteenth time, his false claim that the government of China is paying the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods in the United States, as opposed to American businesses and consumers — something that he has repeatedly been corrected on. This time, he even went out of his way to note that people have debunked this claim, but saying that he still believes it anyway.

Commenters on social media exploded in frustration at the president's refusal to understand basic concepts of world trade.

Trump is repeating his false claim that China is paying most of the tariffs, specifically noting that people say it's not true and then rejecting this true point.

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