Donald Trump announced in a flurry of tweets Tuesday that he would suspend talks with Democrats on a new coronavirus aid package until after the election, despite soaring cases across the country and in the immediate vicinity of the country. Oval Office.
The news came hours after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell warned that any failure by Washington to provide further support to those affected by the pandemic could have “tragic”
The president later appeared to take a step back, tweeting that he was “ready to sign right now” a bill that would approve a new round of $ 1,200 stimulus checks to be sent immediately.
The White House Covid cluster is still growing
Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior political advisor, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. America’s oldest military leaders are in quarantine after coming into contact with US Coast Guard Deputy Commander Admiral Charles Ray who has the virus. So I’m 13 staff at a Minneapolis restaurant, who threw a party attended by the president last week.
As the White House coronavirus outbreak continues to spread through the administration, the West Wing is said to be like a “ghost town,” amid complaints that little effort has been made to track and trace potential Trump contacts and of his infected helpers. The president himself proclaimed that he feels “GREAT!” and insisted that he will take part in the next presidential debate scheduled for October 15. “As an example of public health,” writes David Smith:
He has been described as irresponsible to the point of criminal, the exact opposite of what a medical professional would recommend.
Trump could suffer from “VIP syndrome”writes Jessica Glenza: a term for “the special treatment accorded by doctors to the rich, famous, powerful or politically connected”, which “does not always lead to the best medical outcomes”.
A vaccine is unlikely to arrive before the election, despite the president’s efforts to curtail the normal approval process, after the FDA told vaccine developers it wanted at least two months of safety data before authorizing any emergency use.
Mike Pence has his work cut out for the Vice President debate
As the nominal head of the White House coronavirus task force, Mike Pence must defend not only Trump’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also his own when he confronts Kamala Harris on stage in Salt Lake City during Wednesday’s vice president debate. evening.
Pence has tested negative for the disease multiple times in the past few days, leaving him safe to take the stage in Utah, where he will have to sue Harris, a former attorney whose career in the U.S. Senate has been punctuated by harsh cross-examinations of men. powerful. like Brett Kavanaugh, Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions.
Adam Gabbatt explains everything there is to know in advance about what could be the most significant debate among Vice Presidents to date.
In other election news …
Joe Biden chose to channel Abraham Lincoln in a speech at the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield, saying “once again we are a divided home,” while urging unity in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. A new national CNN poll released Tuesday put the Democrat by 16 points ahead of Trump.
Amy Coney Barrett lived in the home of a People of Praise founder while she was a law student, it was revealed, raising new questions about the Supreme Court candidate’s ties to the secret Christian group.
Governor Andrew Cuomo blames Donald Trump for thousands of deaths in New York at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, writing in his new book that the “negligent” federal response represented “the greatest failure to detect an enemy attack since Pearl Harbor.”
Stat of the day
There were Tuesdays 28 new cases of coronavirus registered throughout Washington DC, a city of over 700,000. Meanwhile, Julian Borger writes, more than a dozen workers at a single DC address – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – have tested positive for the disease in the past few days.
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An investigation by an internal Justice Department watchdog into Trump’s family separation policy on the southern border of the United States found that then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other senior DoJ officials were “a driving force” behind the separation of parents and their children, no matter how young.
Border prosecutors have warned the White House that they are “deeply concerned” for the welfare of children, the New York Times reports. But Sessions told them: “We have to take the children away.”
For anti-abortion voters, the vice president debate is crucial. Joe Biden, who was once an anti-abortion himself, avoided discussing the subject during the campaign, writes Jeanne Mancini in National Review. But it’s clear where Kamala Harris stands on the issue.
Unlike Biden, who changed his stance on abortion for political opportunity, Harris used his stances to promote the abortion industry.
Last thing: Michelle Obama’s final argument
The former first lady has launched a lengthy video appeal to Americans to vote for Joe Biden, criticizing Trump for sowing “fear, division and chaos,” and particularly criticizing the president’s failures on the coronavirus pandemic and his approach to the racial injustice.
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