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President Trump ‘downplayed’ pandemic because he ‘did not want to create panic’

President Trump: ' I'm a cheerleader for this country, i love our country and i don't want people to be freightened'

(CNN) –President Donald Trump says he knew the virus was highly contagious but says on a recorded inyerview thay he downplayed the dangers to keep the public calm. That’s according to Journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, and recordings obtained by CNN. President Trump responded to the Woodward book Wednesday afternoon, defending his response to the pandemic and confirming he did…

President Trump calls Michelle Obama DNC speech ‘extremely divisive’

The president speaking out just ahead of night two of the DNC virtual celebration

(ABC News) –Reacting to former first lady Michelle Obama’s blistering condemnation of his presidency in her taped address aired Monday night as part of the virtual Democratic National Convention, President Donald Trump on Tuesday sarcastically thanked her in some early morning tweets. “Thanks for your very kind words Michelle!” the president responded. Making an at-times emotionally powerful 18-minute address, the…

Trump claims on Ukraine call may stem from foreign official’s year-old request

Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City speaks to the Organization of Iranian American Communities during a march outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, 2019. (ABC News)- At least some of the still-unfounded claims referenced by President Donald Trump on his controversial call with Ukraine’s president in July echoed a year-old effort by a Ukrainian government…

Trump administration to slash refugee program, capping number at 18K

President Donald Trump visits a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Otay Mesa, Calif., Sept. 18, 2019. (ABC News)- The Trump administration announced Thursday it planned to slash the number of refugees allowed in the U.S. in 2020 with a cap of 18,000, the lowest number in decades. The plan gives special consideration to people fleeing religious persecution and Iraqis who have helped the U.S….

Congress to question top intelligence official on handling of whistleblower complaint

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is expected to face questions before the House and Senate Intelligence committees on Thursday about his handling of a whistleblower complaint that prompted House Democrats to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Maguire did not transmit the complaint — centered on comments made by Trump to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy…

Trump skips UN climate summit that could be ‘slingshot’ toward global goals

Activists take part in a demonstration as part of the Global Climate Strike in lower Manhattan in New York, Sept. 20, 2019. (ABC News)- Leaders from around the world are set to discuss climate change on Monday at a United Nations summit in what one U.N. official said could be a “slingshot” to catalyze global action toward reducing emissions and limiting global…

According to a poll, Six in 10 say a recession is likely for the year 2020

(ABC News)- Six in 10 Americans say a recession is likely in the next year and as many are concerned about higher prices because of the trade war with China, helping to knock 6 points off Donald Trump’s job approval rating in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Trump fell from a career-high 44 percent approval in July to 38 percent now,…

Trump claims serious trade negotiations with China to begin

(ABC News)- President Donald Trump, under pressure to scale back a U.S.-China trade war partly blamed for a global economic slowdown, claimed Monday that the two sides will begin serious negotiations soon. Trump said his trade negotiators had received two “very good calls” from China Sunday. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said he didn’t know what Trump was talking about. Trump’s…

CBO projects higher deficits beginning in 2020 after bipartisan spending deal

(ABC News)- As the Trump administration dismisses concern from some economists that the U.S. economy is heading for a recession, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the federal deficit will grow to $960 billion this year before climbing above $1 trillion in 2020 — two years earlier than a projection earlier this year. The non-partisan agency periodically publishes reports that present projections of what federal deficits, debt, revenues…