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Trump honours fallen soldiers as nation battles against virus

May 26 2020 — Darlene Superville — BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump honoured America’s war dead in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield, against the coronavirus. Eager to demonstrate national revival from the pandemic, Trump doubled up on his public schedule Monday, while threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte in August unless […]

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

May 24 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases. Trump had already banned certain travellers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Iran. […]

Trump to attend Wednesday’s NASA astronaut launch in Florida

May 23 2020 — Darlene Superville — STERLING, Va. — President Donald Trump plans to be on the Florida coast Wednesday to watch American astronauts blast into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nearly a decade. It will be the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011 that U.S. astronauts will launch into space […]

Trump turns Memorial Day event into quasi campaign rally

May 22 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday turned an early Memorial Day remembrance of fallen U.S. service members into a quasi reelection campaign rally with bikers on the White House lawn. The Republican president lashed out at Democrats Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for disagreeing with his handling of China during the coronavirus […]

Trump congratulates daughter Tiffany on finishing law school

May 20 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is celebrating a new addition to his immediate family: a lawyer. His youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, recently graduated from Georgetown Law School. “Just what I need is a lawyer in the family. Proud of you Tiff!” Trump said Wednesday in a congratulatory tweet. Tiffany, 26, is Trump's daughter with his […]

Trump muses about hosting G-7 summit in US after all

May 20 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's considering holding a meeting in the U.S. with the leaders of the world's major economies after all because it would be a “great sign to all” of things returning to normal during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump had scheduled the Group of Seven summit for June 10-12 […]

Ivanka Trump tours launch of USDA’s family food box program

May 15 2020 — Darlene Superville — LAUREL, Md. — Billions of dollars worth of fruit, vegetables and other farm products that might have gone to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic will instead be delivered to food banks and non-profit organizations that help the needy under a new Agriculture Department program. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and White House adviser Ivanka Trump […]

Karen Pence: ‘It’s OK to not be OK’ during pandemic

May 14 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Karen Pence says it’s OK to not be OK during the coronavirus pandemic. While Vice-President Mike Pence runs the White House coronavirus task force, his wife is leading a parallel effort to help people deal with anxiety and other unsettling emotions brought on by the pandemic. Two months into the crisis, millions of […]

Aide to Vice-President Pence tests positive for coronavirus

May 8 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — An aide to Vice-President Mike Pence has the coronavirus, marking the second person in the White House complex known to test positive this week. The latest positive test was confirmed by a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. On Thursday, White House officials confirmed […]

At Lincoln Memorial, Trump to take public’s pandemic queries

May 3 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Anxious for an economic recovery, President Donald Trump prepared to field Americans' questions about decisions by some states to allow nonessential businesses to reopen while other states are on virtual lockdown due to the coronavirus. After more than a month of being cooped up at the White House, Trump returned from a weekend […]

Grim count: US virus toll passes Trump’s 60,000 marker

Apr 30 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump likes to talk about the most, the best, the thing that nobody has ever seen. Now he is trying to make a virtue of a lower number, arguing that the efforts of his administration have warded off a far greater death toll than otherwise would have been seen. But the […]

First lady sends gifts to hospitals dealing with coronavirus

Apr 24 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Melania Trump is sending blankets, caps and other gifts to hospitals in 10 states, including some hit hardest by the new coronavirus outbreak, for use by medical staff and children who are patients. The care packages were shipped Thursday to hospitals in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Delaware, Nevada […]

Michelle Obama’s star power could help Biden unite Democrats

Apr 22 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Seeking to unite Democrats, Joe Biden has raced to line up supporters ranging from progressive icon Bernie Sanders to former President Barack Obama, whose administration sometimes irked liberals. But the person with the most influence may be Michelle Obama. The former first lady is a unique figure in a deeply polarizing political environment, […]

Trump ends US aid to WHO, says not enough done to stop virus

Apr 15 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he was cutting off U.S. payments to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the organization of failing to do enough to stop the virus from spreading when it first surfaced in China. Trump, who had telegraphed his intentions last week, claimed the outbreak could have been […]

Michelle Obama group backs expanding voting options for 2020

Apr 13 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — A voter initiative led by Michelle Obama announced support Monday for making it easier for people to register to vote and cast ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voting initiative, says Americans should have greater access to voting by mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration. The […]