According to a report from the Daily Beast, one of Donald Trump’s former wives is talking with friends and associates about the coronavirus pandemic and passing along her findings to the White House.
The report notes that the White House set up a COVID-19 tip line and former Trump wife Marla Maples has been taking advantage of it.
“During the pandemic, Marla Maples, an actress and the president’s second wife, has stayed in touch with a coterie of friends and informal advisers, with whom she has traded tidbits and medical advice on how to combat the virus. In recent weeks, she has quietly transmitted some of those ideas to the Trump White House, in an effort to get them in front of the president—her ex-husband—and senior staffers, two Trump administration officials familiar with the outreach,” the Beast reports.
According to the report, it is not known if anything that Maples has shared has reached the President’s desk and, if so, whether he has acted upon her tips.
“One of the officials said they first became aware of Maples’s leads after realizing her name had popped up on the ‘Covid Mail’ tipline, an internal White House email account that is regularly accessed by a small group of Trump officials,” the reports states.
“The White House set up ‘Covid Mail’ to field suggestions and questions from ‘friends and family,’ as well as from American health professionals and private sector envoys, who are trying to get information on supplies and treatments to the West Wing and federal agencies,” the Beast reports. “According to The Washington Post, which first reported on the system last month, ‘some officials have privately worried that these [Covid Mail] missives receive priority and distract from more crucial scientific pursuits’ regarding the coronavirus.”
“A quick browse of Maples’s public social media accounts, including Twitter and Instagram, offers a glimpse into her clique of friendly doctors and health and spirituality consultants. Like many during the coronavirus crisis, she has regularly posted about her and her friends’ perspectives on the illness and has emphasized her own concerns, including the compounding effects that Lyme disease may have on those infected with the virus,” the report added.
In an email to the Beast, the former actress simply stated, “PPE is not an area I’m focused on, but the health and well-being of all people is of the highest importance to me. Thank you.”
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Trump’s campaign has plans to disrupt coverage of the Democratic convention: report
According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump will be hitting the road next week where he will visit battleground states in an effort to steal headlines while the Democrats hold their national convention to select former Vice President Joe Biden as their presidential nominee.
With the physical convention set aside due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrats will hold a virtual convention that will feature a host of high-profile Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama among others, and Trump's campaign wants to get the president out front of them and grab the limelight.
Trump losing ground among retirees in must-win Florida
Jim Farr is a staunch 77-year-old Republican in the sunny southern state of Florida, which lures retirees from all over America -- a powerful political bloc.
As the country's presidential election draws nearer, Farr dislikes the idea of voting for a Democrat. But the idea of giving President Donald Trump another term irks him even more.
Farr, who lives in Kissimmee in the central part of the state, is a devout Christian who considers abortion akin to "murdering babies" and believes in what he calls compassionate capitalism. He says it is not the Republican party that has lost a supporter -- the president has.
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