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White House sidelining medical experts for ‘too much focus on public health’: AP reporter

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President Donald Trump and other White House officials are reportedly tuning out public health experts — who they believe are “deep state Democrats” who are working against the president’s re-election.

The Washington Post reported that officials with the Centers for Disease Control are feeling pressure from the president to sign off on reopening schools and businesses despite dire coronavirus risks, and Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that’s what he’s hearing, as well.

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“That seems to be the new narrative,” Lemire said. “These are whispers that have grown louder throughout the West Wing to reporters in recent weeks, and in particular the last few days, there’s a sense of frustration from those in the building behind me.”

White House officials blame the CDC for early failures and delays in the coronavirus response, Lemire said, but now they’re angry at public health officials for focusing too much on public health.

“The White House believes and valuable time was lost in the early days in January, February as the coronavirus was just reaching American shores,” Lemire said, “and since then they feel like the CDC overcorrected and tried to, as hard as this is to believe, spend too much of a focus on the public health concern, that the CDC has put roadblocks up in terms of economic reopening, that just in the last week its guidelines for safely reopening schools were too strict, and the White House pushed them to re-evaluate and it’s developing some of its own guidelines.”

That fits the administration’s pattern of placing the president’s political and personal needs above public interest, Lemire said.

“This is an administration that from the Oval Office itself has always viewed anyone who gets in the president’s way, even in the course of doing their job — career officials, longtime political servants — are political enemies and should be pushed aside,” Lemire said. “We’re seeing that as the president’s poll numbers continue to slip as he bet so much on the return to normalcy, the reopening of the economy, which includes the reopening schools, and they feel the CDC has been getting in the way, and the president has been listening less and less to the people there.”

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That includes Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, who have helped lead the coronavirus task force since the beginning, Lemire said.

“Dr. Fauci fell out of favor with the president some time ago, and now there’s stories that Dr. Birx has irritated the inner circle and a sense that she’s also losing her influence inside the building,” he said.

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WATCH: Arizona man throws tantrum about masks — and his son has to pick him up and carry him out of the store

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Video posted online purports to show a man being carried out of a store in Tucson, Arizona after a loud rant against wearing masks.

"People won't learn, these people won't learn," a man in a blue shirt, shorts and sunglasses is heard saying, to nobody in particular.

"You're a bunch of idiots wearing masks, you know it's not real," he shouted.

"Look at you fools, you got a f*cking doily on your face. You ret*rd, you look like you f*cking got it off your mom's countertop," he continued.

At thq5 point, a much larger man with a mask over his beard approached the anti-mask activist.

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Trump campaign dispatches Pence to shore up Mormon support — after harsh criticism from Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake: report

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The president's 2020 election campaign continues to play defense in Arizona, a once reliably-Republican state.

"President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is looking to shore up support among a specific population of Arizonans: members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," the Arizona Republica reported Monday. "Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Mesa Tuesday to help launch a 'Latter-day Saints for Trump' coalition in what appears to be a late-in-the-game play to win over LDS voters, who tend to vote Republican but hold values that clash with some of the president's."

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Here’s how Trump created a ‘significant threat’ to his re-election by failing on coronavirus stimulus

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Politico on Monday reported on how Donald Trump may have imperiled his 2020 presidential campaign by failing to reach a deal with Congress on the next round of stimulus.

"After a spring and summer bolstered by cash infusions from the federal government of more than $3 trillion, the U.S. economy may have to sink or swim this fall with a relative trickle of support — presenting a significant threat to President Donald Trump’s standing as he heads into a compressed reelection campaign already trailing in the polls," Politico's Ben White reported.

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