President Donald Trump won't be unveiling former President Barack Obama's portrait at the White House, breaking a 40-year tradition, NBC News reported on Tuesday. read more
President Donald Trump said during a press briefing Monday evening that his administration is aiming to shield corporations from legal responsibility for workers who contract the novel coronavirus on the job, a move that the Chamber of Commerce and right-wing advocacy groups are aggressively lobbying for as the White House pushes to reopen the U.S. economy against the warnings of public health experts. read more
Donald Trump made some big claims during Monday's daily coronavirus briefing including that he "cannot tell a lie," and that he hasn't left the White House "in months." PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor had originally asked Trump about what he believes some of his personal actions have said about how seriously he's taken the coronavirus pandemic. "You held rallies in February and March and there are some"" Alcindor said before Trump, 73, cut the reporter off. "I don't know about rallies. I really don't know about rallies," Trump said. "I know one thing: I haven't left the White House in months, except for a brief moment to give a wonderful ship, the [USNS] Comfort"" Alcindor jumped in to correct the president: "You held a rally in March," the reporter said. "I don't know. Did I hold a rally? I'm sorry, I hold a rally. Did I hold a rally?" Trump responded. read more
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WASHINGTON " Despite mounting pleas from California and other states, the Trump administration isn't allowing states to use Medicaid more freely to respond to the coronavirus crisis by expanding medical services. In previous emergencies, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the H1N1 flu outbreak, both Republican and Democratic administrations loosened Medicaid rules to empower states to meet surging needs. But months into the current global disease outbreak, the White House and senior federal health officials haven't taken the necessary steps to give states simple pathways to fully leverage the mammoth safety net program to prevent a wider epidemic.