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Trump has begun quarantine after exposure to COVID-positive Hope Hicks — and is off the campaign trail

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President Donald Trump is required to quarantine for 14 days after flying four times in the last 72 hours with Hope Hicks, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, explained the implications of Hicks’ test during an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnelll.

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“It is a real risk for the president,” Dr. Jha explained. “First of all, I still can’t believe that the White House staff don’t wear a mask around the president, that the president doesn’t wear a mask. I appreciate the fact that they’re getting tested all the time, that is not enough, masks are still essential.”

He explained why guidance from the Centers for Disease Control require Trump be quarantined for two weeks.

“And at this point, the CDC guidance on this is very clear: all of the people who have been around her over the last few days should self-quarantine, for 14 days, and that includes the president,” he noted.

The interview occurred shortly after Trump revealed on Fox News that he has been tested again, but appeared unfamiliar with the quarantine guidance from the CDC.

“So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,” Trump told Sean Hannity. “I just went out for a test — they just do it, it will come back later I guess — and the first lady also because we spend a lot of time with Hope, and others, so we’ll see what happens.”

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Shortly after the clip aired, Trump addressed the quarantine question on Twitter.

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Bombshell report outs Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for lying to people about COVID-19

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spent the majority of 2020 misleading his state on the facts around the COVID-19 crisis. A bombshell report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel detailed the ways in which DeSantis suppressed bad news, spread "dangerous misinformation," and ignored inconvenient facts about the virus.

"The DeSantis administration’s approach to managing COVID-19 information carries costs," the report said. "It supports a climate in which people proudly disdain masks, engage in dangerous group activities that could spread the disease, and brush aside information that conflicts with their political views. With partygoers packing Florida bars and holiday travelers filling hotels and guest rooms, the state faces a few difficult months before the possible relief of vaccines."

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Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department banned from the building: report

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The Associated Press reported Thursday that President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department was barred from entering the building.

The report revealed that Heidi Stirrup, "an ally of top Trump adviser Stephen Miller," was pressuring Justice Department staff to hand over sensitive documents and information about alleged "election fraud" and other issues that are important to Trump.

Attorney General Bill Barr told the AP on Tuesday that there was no widespread election fraud or voter fraud, as Trump has claimed for the past several weeks since losing the 2020 election. Trump alleged that Barr “hasn’t looked very hard."

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Obama says some Black men are persuaded by Trump’s ‘macho’ bravado bragging about women and money

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In part two of the SnapChat interview with President Barack Obama, Peter Hamby asked how President Donald Trump was able to persuade so many Black men to support him over President-elect Joe Biden.

When Obama was elected he got about 95 percent of the Black vote, where Biden got about 80 percent.

"Well, look, I think men, generally, are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, sort of the stereotypical macho style," Obama said, while videos of Trump showing off his flabby muscles appeared. "I don't think Black men are immune to that any more than White or Hispanic men are. A lot of the values of pop culture are extolling wealth, power, frankly, greed, not thinking about other people because you're so ruthless you're just looking out for yourself."

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