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Trump hell-bent on purging administration of critics — and remaking government as Trump Organization: US official

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President Donald Trump remains fixated on purging the government of his perceived enemies, even as his administration struggles to meet the coronavirus crisis.

The president has fired the intelligence community’s inspector general, replaced an acting Pentagon inspector general was to oversee coronavirus relief spending and attacked a Health and Human Services inspector who reported severe shortages of COVID-19 testing supplies — and The Daily Beast reported that he’s leaning on a recently rehired loyalist to help do his dirty work.

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Trump and John McEntee, the 29-year-old head White House Presidential Personnel Office, have been plotting the replacement of inspectors general — some of whom require Senate approval — and other government officials with supportive partisans, according to four administration sources.

The president has made clear that he want to fill those posts with individuals he perceives as more loyal and submissive to him, a senior administration official told the website.

Trump views McEntee — who was fired two years ago by then-chief of staff John Kelly over a reported gambling problem — as one of his most trusted lieutenants, and has ordered him to purge the government of anyone they believe is disloyal.

“Bashing the press is fashionable in Trumpworld, but a lot of people are faking it,” said one former White House official. “Not Johnny. He genuinely believes your only agenda is taking down Trump.”

McEntee’s office gathers evidence of disloyalty from conservative operatives and even the offices of some Republican lawmakers, and the Groundswell network headed by Ginny Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has made recommendations for stuffing the federal government with Trump partisans.

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“IGs aren’t supposed to be employees of the Trump Organization,” said one U.S. official. “But it’s clear that the president thinks they should be … It’s grotesque.”

The president has reportedly quipped that things would be much better for him if those watchdogs were replaced by someone with the integrity of Tom Fitton, who leads the hyperconservative Judicial Watch organization.

Fitton, a frequent guest on Fox News shows the president watches, would not confirm or deny whether he’d had any conversations with the White House, but told The Daily Beast that Trump should fire any inspector general he did not appoint — although he had appointed Michael Atkinson, the recently fired intel watchdog who had triggered the impeachment saga.

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The president wants “fresh blood,” Fitton said, and deserved an administration with inspectors general who are “more in sync with him and who are as aggressive as he is.”


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Idaho’s Trump-loving lieutenant governor declares war on state’s GOP governor over COVID-19 shutdown

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Idaho's lieutenant governor has gone to war with her state's governor -- fellow Republican -- over coronavirus shutdown orders.

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has gone after Gov. Brad Little, who has ordered bars to stay closed until at least June 13, angering the lieutenant governor whose family owns The Celt Pub and Grill, reported The Daily Beast.

“As Lieutenant Governor, I am one heartbeat away from the governor’s chair,” McGeachin wrote. "[We were] sidelined and left to watch silently as the government closed Main Street by unilaterally deciding which businesses were ‘essential’ and which ones were not.”

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Major hospital chains reap billions in federal bailout money while sitting on piles of cash: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, a substantial amount of federal funds that were designated to support hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic ended up being shipped off to major hospital chains already flush with cash in the bank.

The report begins by noting that Providence Health System, one of the country’s largest and richest hospital chains, was the recipient of $509 million in government aide even though the company is loaded with so much money it invests its excess cash and reaps big rewards.

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WATCH: Staten Island grocery shoppers drive out woman who refuses to wear a mask in the store

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A group of angry shoppers at a Staten Island ShopRite were captured on video driving out a woman in the store who refused to wear a face mask.

The 20-second video clip shows masked shoppers swarming around a shopper who is pushing her cart around without any kind of face covering.

"Get out!" one of the shoppers yells at the woman.

"Get the f*ck out of here!" yells another.

While the woman is initially defiant, she eventually relents to peer pressure and leaves the store.

Staten Island has been hard hit by COVID-19 and has recorded more than 13,000 coronavirus infections and nearly 1,000 deaths from the disease.

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