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Ten minutes at the teleprompter: Inside Trump’s failed attempt to calm coronavirus fears

Ten minutes at the teleprompter: Inside Trump’s failed attempt to calm coronavirus fears

ADIn the most scripted of presidential settings, a to the nation, President Trump decided to ad-lib — and his errors triggered a market meltdown, panicked travelers overseas and crystallized for his critics just how dangerously he has fumbled his management of the coronavirus.Even Trump — a man practically allergic to admitting mistakes — knew he’d screwed up by declaring Wednesday night that his ban on travel from Europe would include cargo and trade, and acknowledged as much to aides in the Oval Office as soon as he’d finished speaking, according to one senior administration official and...

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March 12, 2020
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Trump is isolated and angry at aides for failing to defend him as he is impeached again

Trump is isolated and angry at aides for failing to defend him as he is impeached again

ADWhen Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president ever impeached twice, he did so as a leader increasingly isolated, sullen and vengeful.With less than seven days remaining in his presidency, Trump’s inner circle is shrinking, offices in his White House are emptying, and the president is lashing out at some of those who remain. He is angry that his allies have not mounted a more forceful defense of his incitement of the mob that stormed the Capitol last week, advisers and associates said.Though Trump has been , his relationship with lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of his most...

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January 14, 2021
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As Trump leaves office weakened, Republicans wonder if his wounds are fatal

As Trump leaves office weakened, Republicans wonder if his wounds are fatal

ADWhether President Trump is forced from office or serves out the remaining days of his term, he is now destined to slink out of the White House considerably diminished from the strapping, fearsome force he and his advisers imagined he would be in his post-presidency.In the wake of the mob attack on the Capitol that Trump incited, some allies have abandoned him, many in the business community have shunned him and Twitter took away his social media megaphone. Many Republicans also hold him responsible for losing their Senate majority with last week’s twin defeats in Georgia, not to mention...

January 10, 2021
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Trump escalates baseless attacks on election with 46-minute video rant

Trump escalates baseless attacks on election with 46-minute video rant

ADEscalating his attack on democracy from within the White House, President Trump on Wednesday distributed an astonishing 46-minute video rant filled with baseless allegations of voter fraud and outright falsehoods in which he declared the nation’s election system “under coordinated assault and siege” and argued that it was “statistically impossible” for him to have lost to President-elect Joe Biden.Standing behind the presidential lectern in the Diplomatic Reception Room and flanked by the flags of his office and of the country whose Constitution he swore an oath to uphold, Trump tried to...

December 3, 2020
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Trump wants to declare country open by May 1 — but the reality will be much slower

Trump wants to declare country open by May 1 — but the reality will be much slower

Desktop notifications are on   | Get breaking news alerts from Turn on desktop notifications? Add to list On my list President Trump has all but decided to begin declaring the country ready to get back to business on May 1, two current and two former senior administration officials said, but a scramble is underway inside the White House to determine how to stagger a reopening of the economy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic while also protecting Trump from any political fallout. Impatient with the economic devastation wrought by social distancing and other mitigation measures — and...

April 15, 2020
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