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    (CNN) — Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump’s leadership — or lack thereof — during the deadly coronavirus pandemic as “a great human tragedy.” “Well, this hasn’t been the focus of his rhetoric, apparently, and I think it’s a great human tragedy, without question,” Romney told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” when asked where Trump’s leadership is as the President focuses on other issues amid the worsening pandemic. “The extraordinary loss of life is heartbreaking — and in some respects unnecessary. Not all respects, but we’ve relaxed our standards as individuals,” added Romney, who represents Utah. “Some states haven’t had mask mandates, and from Washington we have not had a constant, consistent plan and plea for people to wear masks, to social-distance, to take all the measures that would reduce the spread of this disease.” The comments from Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, come as Trump continues to push baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and focuses his attention on potential presidential pardons, while cases surge around the country and pandemic-related records are continuously broken. Wednesday was the pandemic’s...
    MITT Romney said that Donald Trump's leadership in the Covid pandemic has been a "great human tragedy" and that his fraud claims are "damaging America." The Republican senator slammed the president during an interview with CNN on Thursday. 8Romney has once again slammed the presidentCredit: EPA Anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Romney "where is the president's leadership" as he recalled the daily coronavirus figures. "Yesterday on the coronavirus, it was the single deadliest day of the pandemic. "More than 2,800 Americans were reported dead just yesterday alone, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized all across the country," Blitzer recalled. "So here is the question, Senator, where is the president’s leadership? He’s obsessed with everything else, not with this." 8The pair have had a heated relationshipCredit: AP:Associated Press Romney went on to say that the pandemic "hasn't been the focus of his [Trump's] rhetoric" before appearing to slam his leadership skills. "I think it's a great human tragedy, without question. The extraordinary loss of life is heartbreaking. And in some respects, unnecessary. Not in all respects, but we've relaxed our standards as...
    Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) said Thursday on CNN’s “Situation Room” that President Donald Trump’s leadership through the coronavirus pandemic had been “a great human tragedy.” Anchor Wolf Blitzer said, “Yesterday on the coronavirus, it was the single deadliest day of the pandemic. More than 2,800 Americans were reported dead just yesterday alone, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized all across the country. The CDC director says the next three months will be, in his words, the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation. So here is the question, Senator, where is the president’s leadership? He’s obsessed with everything else, not with this.” Romney said, “Well, this hasn’t been the focus of his rhetoric, apparently. And I think it’s a great human tragedy, without question. The extraordinary loss of life is heartbreaking. And in some respects, unnecessary. Not in all respects, but we’ve relaxed our standards as individuals. Some states haven’t had mask mandates, and from Washington, we’ve not had a constant, consistent plan and plea for people to wear masks, to social distance, to take all...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's political operation raised more than $207 million since Election Day, as the President inundates his supporters with fundraising appeals and refuses to concede his White House loss, according to figures released Thursday night by his campaign.The total includes money flowing to Trump's campaign coffers and to the Republican National Committee -- along with a new leadership PAC that Trump established after the election that could help fuel his political ambitions in the future and retain his influence over the Republican Party for years to come.CNN previously reported that Trump's post-election fundraising had exceeded $170 million."These tremendous fundraising numbers show President Trump remains the leader and source of energy for the Republican Party and that his supporters are dedicated to fighting for the rightful, legal outcome of the 2020 general election," Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement.Despite his loss to President-elect Joe Biden -- and dozens of failed attempts to challenge the election results in the courts -- Trump has refused to concede his defeat, instead opting to spread falsehoods about election fraud and bombard...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump's leadership -- or lack thereof -- during the deadly coronavirus pandemic as "a great human tragedy.""Well, this hasn't been the focus of his rhetoric, apparently, and I think it's a great human tragedy, without question," Romney told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" when asked where Trump's leadership is as the President focuses on other issues amid the worsening pandemic. "The extraordinary loss of life is heartbreaking -- and in some respects unnecessary. Not all respects, but we've relaxed our standards as individuals," added Romney, who represents Utah. "Some states haven't had mask mandates, and from Washington we have not had a constant, consistent plan and plea for people to wear masks, to social-distance, to take all the measures that would reduce the spread of this disease." The comments from Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, come as Trump continues to push baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and focuses his attention on potential presidential pardons, while cases surge around the country and pandemic-related records are continuously broken....
    “Government requires make-believe. Make believe that the king is divine, make believe that he can do no wrong or make believe that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Make believe that the people have a voice or make believe that the representatives of the people are the people. Make believe that governors are the servants of the people. Make believe that all men are equal or make believe that they are not.”— Edmund S. Morgan (1916-2013) What if the government’s true goal is to perpetuate its own power? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and by bureaucrats and central bankers behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which political party controls either house of Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between Republicans and Democrats are just a facade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if the leadership of both political parties believes that our rights are not...
    (CNN)One email asks for donations to "Stop the Left from trying to steal the Election." Another offers a "COUNT ALL LEGAL VOTES" T-shirt in exchange for a $30 contribution. A third, signed by Eric Trump, asks for $5 "IMMEDIATELY to support the official Election Defense Fund."All these missives from President Donald Trump's political operation landed in supporters' inboxes Monday morning claiming to solicit funds to help Trump fund recounts and legal challenges to overturn the election results. Trump White House Analysis: More Republicans are losing patience with Trump's legal absurdities Key GOP Michigan canvassing board member expected to vote against certifying results Here's where things stand as vote certification looms in key states MAP: Full election results But the legal fine print on each shows that a new Trump fundraising arm, Save America, actually will get the first cut of any money that comes in. And because spending rules for leadership PACs are so loose, campaign-finance experts warn that Save America could easily become a political slush fund for Trump and those close to him.Here's a closer look at...
    Donald Trump is preparing to announce a new leadership political action committee as early as this week, officials said Monday, in a potential attempt for the president to retain power within the Republican Party even after leaving office. 'The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud,' Trump campaign's Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh told The New York Times. Although Murtaugh says plans for the PAC have been in the works for some time now, the announcement will come just days after outlets have called the 2020 election for Joe Biden and Trump has refused to give into calls for him to concede to the former vice president. The formation of the new group is a sign that Trump realizes his legal attempts to overturn Biden's lead are unlikely to be successful and this action would certainly act as a way for him to hold onto control and influence within the GOP past his time in the White House. A so-called 'leadership PAC' is...
    (CNN) -- In an unprecedented move, the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published an editorial written by its editors condemning the Trump administration for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic -- and calling for the current leadership in the United States to be voted out of office."We rarely publish editorials signed by all the editors," said Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the medical journal and an author of the new editorial.The editorial, which Rubin said was drafted in August, details how the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths. So far, more than 7.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and more than 200,000 people have died of the disease."This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy," the editorial says.It does not endorse a candidate, but offers a...
    (CNN) — In an unprecedented move, the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published an editorial written by its editors condemning the Trump administration for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic — and calling for the current leadership in the United States to be voted out of office. “We rarely publish editorials signed by all the editors,” said Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the medical journal and an author of the new editorial. The editorial, which Rubin said was drafted in August, details how the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths. So far, more than 7.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and more than 200,000 people have died of the disease. “This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy,” the editorial says. It does not endorse a...
    (CNN)In an unprecedented move, the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published an editorial written by its editors condemning the Trump administration for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic -- and calling for the current leadership in the United States to be voted out of office. JUST WATCHEDPoll: Majority of Americans embarrassed by US pandemic responseReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHPoll: Majority of Americans embarrassed by US pandemic response 01:41"We rarely publish editorials signed by all the editors," said Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the medical journal and an author of the new editorial.The editorial, which Rubin said was drafted in August, details how the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths. So far, more than 7.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and more than 200,000 people have died of the disease."This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have...
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    President Donald Trump says he downplayed the severity of the coronavirus to avert a sense of panic Wednesday and argued that Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward’s recordings of him are a “political hit job.” Trump’s comments came hours after Woodward released recordings in which Trump can be heard saying in February in March that he both knew the virus was more severe than the flu and decided to downplay its severity. Trump’s response echoed White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who argued Trump did not lie to the American people, but tempered his language to avoid panic. “We don’t want to run around screaming and shouting ‘oh look at this, look at this.’ We have to show leadership and leadership is all about confidence,” Trump said. We don’t want to run around screaming and shouting oh look at this, look at this. We have to show leadership and leadership is all about confidence. – @realDonaldTrump responding to allegations that he mislead Americans on COVID19 to avoid creating panic. — Patsy Widakuswara (@pwidakuswara) September 9, 2020 Woodward told Trump in...
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)On Lebanon's centenary Tuesday, French jets whizzed over the mountains of its former mandate as a French president planted a cedar tree declaring the country's "rebirth." President Emmanuel Macron toured neighborhoods where Lebanese officials have been personae non gratae, embraced activists who have called for the downfall of the Lebanese establishment and even had dinner with the singer Fairuz, the single most popular Lebanese cultural icon who has for decades shunned the country's political leadership.It was beginning to feel a lot like 1920. Back then, General Henri Gouraud declared a new Lebanese state whose first Prime Minister would be Auguste Adib. Macron on Tuesday says he wants to usher in a new "political chapter" and has sponsored a political process that led to the naming of a new Prime Minister-designate named Mustapha Adib.The two Adibs appear not to be related. Still, the optics have been dizzying. Even for a country notorious for being subject to heavy external interference, Macron's tour of Lebanon has been extraordinary. In one fell swoop, he seemed to stand in for Lebanon's despised leadership,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis police union is responding after an overhaul of the police department’s use of force policy was announced by the police chief and mayor. During a Wednesday news conference, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the new policy requires that officers use the lowest level of force to safely engage a subject, and that officers must consider all reasonable alternatives before using deadly force. In a statement, the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said its officers only heard of the changes through the media. “Rank and file officers, who the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis represents, heard about this critical new policy just now through the media, as the administration has not yet discussed changes with the officers,” the union said. The union says it’s reviewing the new updated policy, but says it’s careless to announce a new policy without informing officers, or training them, on the changes. “This is another example of how the lack of training and poor political leadership hurts officers and the public,” the...
    Lebanese demonstrators gather to march towards the parliament building following the resignation of Lebanese government, during the fourth day of the demonstration after a fire at a warehouse with explosives at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts on 4th August in Beirut, Lebanon on August 11, 2020. Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Lebanon is struggling to create a new government to replace Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet, who resigned on Monday following the Beirut explosion.  President Michel Aoun has now asked Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet to stay in office until a new cabinet is formed, The Wall Street Journal reported.  A new government could take months to form. Last week, at least 150 people were killed and 5,000 more were wounded after a massive explosion at the Port of Beirut.  The country is also going through its worst economic collapse in decades.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After Lebanon's cabinet resigned on Monday following last week's explosion in Beirut, President Michel Aoun has now asked Prime Minister Hassan...
    The Black Lives Matter Global Network, founded by three women described as “radical Black organizers” — Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi — has branched out into a global network of around 40 chapters with significant organizational and community infrastructure.
    According to CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer, the Republican Party is looking at a possible landslide loss with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November that could change the national landscape for the party for years to come. and lead to a leadership shake-up. In an opinion piece for CNN, Zelizer said that the GO should be “terrified” by polling that shows the president may suffer a “historic” loss by Trump that may see the White House and the Senate go to the Democrats with more damage at the state level as Republican voters stay home and down-ticket Republican candidates suffer. According to the analyst, “President Donald Trump’s reelection prospects look increasingly grim, with polls showing that his ticket is vulnerable in states like North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. According to one recent Fox News poll, Joe Biden has a two-point lead over Trump in Georgia—where a Democratic presidential candidate has not won since 1992,” and that will only be exacerbated by the fact that the GOP is not drawing in much in the way of voters of color who are fast becoming the...
    Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said President Donald Trump only points out the rising shootings and murders in her city to use as a “political punching bag.” Mitchell said, “I want to also ask you about the violence this past weekend in Chicago, at least 60 shootings. The president jumped all over this, comparing it to — saying the city is worse than Afghanistan. your reaction as you’re trying to come to grips with all of this?” Lightfoot said, “Well, look, if you go back over many years, President Trump has said a lot of disparaging things about the city of Chicago. He likes to use us as a political punching bag. But if the president was really committed to helping us deal with our violence, he would do some easy things. One is, he would push for universal background checks. He would push for an assault weapons ban. He would push to make sure that people who were banned from getting on airplanes can’t get guns. This is the kind of thing that federal...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump headed into the hot zone of Miami-Dade County, Florida, on Friday intent on creating an alternate reality as the coronavirus ravages the United States. He wore no mask, showed no sense of remorse about the rushed reopening that has plunged the nation's health care system back into chaos, and barely mentioned the virus. By the time he returned to the White House that night, Trump had commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone, who'd been pleading for relief, arguing the coronavirus would be a death sentence if he had to report to prison (as he was scheduled to next week). In thumbing his nose at justice -- intervening on behalf of a former political adviser who was convicted of crimes that included lying to Congress in part, prosecutors said, to protect the President -- Trump continued turning a blind eye to the Americans for whom coronavirus has actually been a death sentence.At a time when his poll numbers are sinking, the President has refused to take on a greater leadership role to beat back the...
    Outkick.com contributor Jason Whitlock responded Monday to the NFL reportedly planning to play the Black national anthem before games, calling it a “lack of leadership” and a “failure of men to stand up and stand on the principles that they say they believe in.” “When I look at what the NFL is doing, this goes against every value that the NFL has built itself on. Professional sports have built themselves on the celebration of Americana, the ideas and values that best exemplify America,” Whitlock told “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” He said that professional sports built itself on unifying America. Furthermore, Whitlock raised a concern that NFL players will be standing for the Black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and then kneeling during "The Star-Spangled Banner." “The NFL will run off a nice fat chunk of its audience and will never be seen the same again because of the failure of leadership throughout the NFL,” Whitlock said. NFL WILL PLAY BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM PRIOR TO WEEK 1 GAMES, REPORT SAYS VideoThe reported decision to play the song comes following the death of Minneapolis man George...
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