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Dr Birx ‘significantly more influential in the West Wing’ than Dr Fauci: White House officials

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Dr. Anthony Fauci enjoys the highest public profile among President Donald Trump’s coronavirus advisers, but Dr. Deborah Birx may wield more influence inside the White House.

Administration officials told Axios they’re amazed by Birx’s political skills, saying she has an uncanny ability to get what she wants while telling people what they want to hear.

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“The media is clearly enamored with Fauci, but Dr. Birx is significantly more influential in the West Wing,” said one senior White House official. “It’s influence not just because she’s an operator — she’s also a workhorse. She’s the person building the models and poring over the data every night to brief POTUS and the task force.”

Officials credited Birx with convincing the president in late March to ignore his instincts and extend social distancing guidelines for another 30 days, although Trump soon undermined his own advice by encouraging protesters to “liberate” themselves from their governors’ orders.

The president’s allies and supporters have turned on Fauci, but administration officials say the two get along just fine.

“They seem to have a great relationship, they joke around,” said one senior administration official.


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BLM activist details FBI visit to her home: ‘This is why this president is so dangerous’

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President Donald Trump's incitement of racism in his supporters was blasted by Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza on Friday.

"The FBI visited my house today," she revealed on Twitter.

"They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups. They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others," she explained.

"This is why this President is so dangerous," she continued. "He is stoking fires he has no intention of controlling."

"I’m ok y’all, but this sh*t is not ok. Vote this muthaf*cka out," she suggested. "For real."

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Did a maskless Trump supporter flash a ‘white power’ sign at his The Villages rally?

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Did a maskless supporter of President Donald J. Trump really just flash a "white power" sign at his rally at The Villages in Florida?

The sign, with the thumb and index finger’s tips touching while the other three fingers are extended was traditionally known as the okay symbol.

Southern Poverty Law Center said the hand signal is "used ironically by a number of Trump supporters at far-right rallies. It’s been particularly prominent among far-right street protesters such as the Proud Boys and the Northwest-based Patriot Prayer, whose members have prominently displayed the sign in group photos and during street protests."

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Marine One buzzes the crowd as Trump holds rally at the nation’s largest retirement community

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Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" played in the background as Marine One hovered over the crowd at The Villages in Florida before landing at the first of two rallies for President Donald J. Trump Friday afternoon.

As CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller wrote, it's Trump's "51st visit to Florida, his most frequent destination, and his 5th rally" in the state this year.

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