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10:15 a.m.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is taking issue with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s criticism that the Trump administration has given up on trying to control the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden had seized on Meadows’ Sunday comments on CNN in which Meadows said “we’re not going to control the pandemic.

” Asked why, Meadows said it’s “because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.”

Those comments had produced criticism and at least one news headline saying: “White House gives up on trying to control virus spread.”

On Monday, Meadows tried to do some cleanup. He says, “The only person waving a white flag along with his white mask is Joe Biden."

Meadows says Trump won’t give up until all Americans are safe and the virus is defeated. He says, “We are going to defeat the virus. We are not going to control it. We will try to contain it as best we can.”

Meadows spoke to reporters at the White House on Monday before the Republican president travels to campaign events in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania.

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Brother of Marine killed in Afghanistan withdrawal commits suicide at memorial for fallen soldier

Townhall writer Julio Rosas shared a Facebook post from Shana Chappell – the mother of the two deceased men.

"The month of August has been very hard so far with the one year coming up," Chappell wrote. "I look at my kids as strong and like they can handle anything. That was my mistake."

"My son Dakota has been talking a lot lately about how he just wants to be with Kareem, how much he misses him, etc.... We all feel that way so I didn't see the signs," she continued.

"This morning my son Dakota went to be with His brother Kareem," Chappell announced.

\u201cHeartbreaking: Shana Chappell, who lost her son LCpl. Kareem Nikoui in the attack during the Afghanistan evacuation last year, announced her son Dakota died this morning. Link to the GoFundMe she set up: https://t.co/bLWPpFgHty \n\n#SuicideAwareness\u201d — Julio Rosas (@Julio Rosas) 1660098287

A GoFundMe campaign was launched for donations towards Halverson's funeral.

"Dakota Halverson was a loving son, brother, and friend," the description of the crowdfunding campaign read. "Losing his brother nearly one year ago has proven too difficult to bear."

"Any donations for his burial and services would be greatly appreciated as he wanted to be buried next to his brother Kareem, who was killed August 26th, 2021, while serving his country," the listing said.

Chappell has been an outspoken critic of President Joe Biden and the deadly U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan that took the life of her son.

Last August, Chappell bashed Biden after meeting with the president.

Chappell slammed Biden in a Facebook post, "MY SONS BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS!!! All 13 of them, their blood is on your hands!!!! If my President Trump was in his rightful seat then my son and the other [heroes] would still be alive!!!!"

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