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Trump struggles to explain why he disbanded his global health team

Trump struggles to explain why he disbanded his global health team

Get the Msnbc newsletter.March 9, 2020, 3:20 PM UTCBy Steve BenenOne of Donald Trump's most important missteps in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak happened before anyone had even heard of COVID-19. In fact, the president's first error came back .It was two years ago when Trump of the White House National Security Council's entire global health security unit. NBC News had a on this recently, noting that the president's decision "to downsize the White House national security staff -- and eliminate jobs addressing global pandemics -- is likely to hamper the U.S. government's response to...

March 10, 2020
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Hoping to fill timeline gap, Team Trump produces underwhelming list

Hoping to fill timeline gap, Team Trump produces underwhelming list

Get the Msnbc newsletter.April 14, 2020, 4:48 PM UTCBy Steve BenenThe White House unveiled yesterday that, among other things, was intended as proof that Donald Trump acted quickly and responsibly to the coronavirus threat, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. There was, however, a noticeable problem.The video included a timeline of events -- what the White House called a "timeline of action" -- which . The implication was that the president and his team squandered this critical period, the consequences of which are now being felt nationwide. When CBS News' Paula Reid noticed the...

April 14, 2020
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NBC News / WSJ Poll: Biden leads Trump in general election

NBC News / WSJ Poll: Biden leads Trump in general election

According to a new NBC News / WSJ Poll, Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 49% to 42% in the general election.Read More

April 20, 2020
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Speaker Pelosi vows to virus-proof November election with vote-by-mail provisions

Speaker Pelosi vows to virus-proof November election with vote-by-mail provisions

In the next battle in Congress for additional coronavirus relief for state and local governments, Speaker Pelosi says she will be supporting vote-by-mail provisions to protect the "life of our democracy."Read More

April 27, 2020
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On state aid, Trump sees 'another opportunity for a shakedown'

On state aid, Trump sees 'another opportunity for a shakedown'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters yesterday she expects an upcoming economic aid package to include $1 trillion for state and local governments. While that's obviously a massive federal investment, it's hardly outlandish: we're already seeing "dramatic reductions" to public-sector workforces, pushing unemployment higher, weakening the economy, and reducing services countless families rely on. A reporter asked Donald Trump yesterday for his assessment of Pelosi's vision. The president responded by complaining for a while about "Democrat states" and his belief that...

May 1, 2020
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In Oval Office address, Trump flubs his own coronavirus policy

In Oval Office address, Trump flubs his own coronavirus policy

Get the Msnbc newsletter.March 12, 2020, 12:00 PM UTCBy Steve BenenFollowing Donald Trump's Oval Office address on the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Washington Post had with a striking sentence:Although he read from a prepared script as he delivered a rare prime-time televised address to the nation from the Oval Office, Trump incorrectly described his own policy.That, unfortunately, is an accurate description of what transpired. The president , for example, "To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for...

March 12, 2020
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Fearing revelations, Trump sends shot across Bolton's bow

Fearing revelations, Trump sends shot across Bolton's bow

Get the Msnbc newsletter.June 16, 2020, 12:45 PM UTCBy Steve BenenDuring Donald Trump's impeachment crisis, former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton appeared to about the allegations surrounding the president. He did not, however, testify.That said, the far-right hawk did write a book, which according to his publisher, will on a chaotic White House, led by a reckless president who's guilty of wrongdoing the public doesn't yet know about.It seems fair to say Bolton has gotten the attention of his former boss. As USA Today :Get the msnbc newsletter.President Donald Trump...

June 16, 2020
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Trump suggests flu of 1918 ended WWII in 1945

Trump suggests flu of 1918 ended WWII in 1945

During a Monday press conference, the president incorrectly said the 1918 flu 'probably ended' WWII, which happened two decades later. Joe Scarborough weighs in on the president's remarks.Read More

August 11, 2020
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White House staffers create 'Potemkin village' to satisfy Trump

White House staffers create 'Potemkin village' to satisfy Trump

Get the Msnbc newsletter.Aug. 10, 2020, 4:44 PM UTCBy Steve BenenThere was a memorable moment in Donald Trump's interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan in which the president a series of printouts that he said offered proof that the United States is "lower in the world" with regard to COVID-19 fatalities. The whole thing , as the reporter tried to explain reality to the confused president.But I found myself on those charts Trump was fumbling through during the interview. It's unlikely he printed them out himself, which meant aides prepared the materials for him.And as we , therein lies a...

August 10, 2020
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Maddow: Time for warnings is past as Trump openly abuses power

Maddow: Time for warnings is past as Trump openly abuses power

Rachel Maddow points out that it is no longer accurate to frame Donald Trump's corruption as imminent or potential as he is openly abusing his power to make it clear that the power of the U.S. government will be used to punish people who oppose him and help people who demonstrate fealty.Read More

February 22, 2020
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