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Trump’s press conferences reveal nothing more than his ‘relentless self-pity’: presidential historian

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Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” historian Jon Meacham expressed disgust with Donald Trump’s daily press conferences that are ostensibly about the COVID-19 crisis that is ravaging the country but have instead become a showcase for the president’s out of control narcissism.

Speaking with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski, Mecham got right to the point after host Scarborough noted that the president does nothing but lie when addressing the public.

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“Look, the briefings are now experimental theater in weaponized narcissism, right?” Meacham replied. “It”s just this relentless self-pity. He’s let the world see exactly what goes on in his head, he’s an open synapse of these things. He cannot, in fact, seem to learn from his mistakes.”

“What’s so interesting to me, because I’ve adopted your mantra of — that he is really a political day trader,” He continued. “I don’t fully understand why, because this is in his interest as well as the national interest — for once, they’re aligned — why there would not be a testing plan, right? We have plenty of time to argue about the initial phases of this. Did it come from Europe or Asia? How did it get to New York? Where was the PPE? Where were the respirators? That’s for the pandemic commission, right?”

“That doesn’t help anybody at this point,” he added. “This is a three-prong strategy: you have to take care of the sick people now. You have to keep people from getting sick now. And you have to, as you’ve been saying, get the testing in order to open, not just businesses, but schools. you have to restore some normalcy to American life.”

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World virus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

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The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday, with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic.

Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region, even as much of the world exits lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs.

In Brazil -- the epicenter of South America's outbreak with nearly 500,000 confirmed cases, lagging only behind the United States -- disagreement among leaders over lockdown measures has hampered efforts to slow the virus as the number of fatalities in the country nears 30,000.

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Curfews and clashes as police brutality protests escalate

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Curfews were imposed on major US cities as clashes over police brutality erupted across America with demonstrators ignoring warnings from President Donald Trump that his government would stop the violent protests "cold."

Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, was gripped by a fifth consecutive night of violence on Saturday with police in riot gear firing tear gas and stun grenades at protesters venting fury at the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest in the city on Monday.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta were among two dozen cities ordering people to stay indoors overnight as more states called in National Guard soldiers to help control the civil unrest not seen in the United States for years.

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‘Insanity outside the White House’: After Trump stokes tensions, fresh clashes between police and protesters

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As protests against police violence and the killing of George Floyd continued in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, a massive crowd gathered outside President Donald Trump's White House as demonstrators again turned their ire and demands for justice and healing towards the nation's most powerful elected official. After tensions built, clashes erupted between law enforcement and demonstrators.

Tensions flared near the White House. Not sure what triggered it, all I saw was a blast of pepper spray and a sudden sprint backward. There’s a lot more pressure on the police cordon and they’re pulling out gas masks. pic.twitter.com/X4uCQRzPkw

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