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Career health officials ‘warned’ not to contradict Trump on his favorite unproven COVID-19 drug: report

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President Donald Trump keeps pushing the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, even though health experts have repeatedly warned him that there is not enough evidence to make a definitive call on its benefits for the disease.

Even though Dr. Anthony Fauci has been outspoken in his skepticism of using hydroxychloroquine, Politico reports that other career health officials behind the scenes have “been warned not to publicly speak out and potentially contradict Trump,” even as they’ve raised concerns about “the risk to some Americans’ heart health and other complications” from taking the drug.

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One career official tells Politico that Trump’s obsession with hydroxychloroquine was a “Hail Mary” intended to get the crisis over with as quickly as possible — and to reduce media focus on his administration’s lack of preparation for the pandemic.

“There’d be less focus on [hydroxychloroquine] now if we had planned better then,” the official said.

In the meantime, reports Politico, health officials like Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx have struggled to convince the president that it’s highly unlikely the drug will be some kind of miracle cure that will get the economy back up quickly.

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Trump wants to push America into a civil war because he knows he’s losing his re-election: conservative

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Writing for the Daily Beast, conservative -- and former Republican -- Matt Lewis accused Donald Trump of intentionally pushing the country towards a new civil war in order to save his political skin and salvage his chances of being re-elected. 

Pulling no punches, the conservative columnist called out the president for his church and Bible stunt late Monday, which led to the teargassing of peaceful protesters so the president could preen in a photo-op, and claimed it's just another sign of his authoritarian tendencies.

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‘I am George Floyd’: Air Force Chief Master Sergeant backs protests as Trump threatens military force

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Kaleth O. Wright, the Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, expressed his support for anti-police brutality protests across the country just as President Donald Trump threatened to use military force to put down violence.

"I am a Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force," Wright wrote on Twitter Monday night. "I am George Floyd... I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice. Just like most of the Black Airmen and so many others in our ranks... I am outraged at watching another Black man die on television before our very eyes."

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Trump wanted to send brutal message by gassing protesters on way to church: White House reporter

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Although at least one senior official was sickened by President Donald Trump's walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church, a White House reporter said most officials were pleased that it set a brutal example.

NBC News correspondent Shannon Pettypiece told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that White House officials liked the chaos and brutality displayed by U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops firing tear gas at peaceful protests to clear the area for Trump's walk to church.

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