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By Holly Thomas

 

TOP STORIES


Tuesday, May 19


TRUMP CLAIMS HE TAKES HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, FOX NEWS HOST WARNS 'IT COULD KILL YOU' President Donald Trump said he's been taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he’s been touting as a potential coronavirus cure, for a couple of weeks. Not only is there is no known evidence that the drug works against COVID-19, but it has potentially serious side effects, including the possibility that it may alter heartbeat in a way that could lead to sudden death. Fox News host Neil Cavuto warned viewers that the drug could "kill you," referencing research studies that concluded the drug shows no real benefit for treating the coronavirus and may be harmful. [HuffPost]


POMPEO ASKED TRUMP TO FIRE INSPECTOR GENERAL Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Trump to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, Trump acknowledged. Pompeo said he had made the request because Linick’s work was “undermining” the department’s mission. “I never even heard of him,” Trump said, adding that Pompeo should have fired Linick a long time ago, since “he’s an Obama appointment, and he had some difficulty.” [HuffPost]


HOUSE DEMS: OUSTED WATCHDOG WAS PROBING SAUDI ARMS SALE The State Department inspector general fired by Trump was reportedly investigating why Pompeo fast-tracked more than $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies and whether Pompeo made a staffer run personal errands for him. Steve Linick was reportedly probing the arms deal because of lawmakers’ frustration that it was carried out without normal congressional oversight. [HuffPost]

 

 

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PELOSI CONCERNED 'MORBIDLY OBESE' TRUMP TAKING UNPROVEN DRUG House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was concerned after Trump claimed he's been taking an unproven anti-malaria drug for weeks in the hopes of preventing COVID-19. “He’s our president, and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists,” Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, adding: “Especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group, that is morbidly obese, they say.” [HuffPost]


FBI FOUND LINKS BETWEEN PENSACOLA GUNMAN AND AL QAEDA The gunman who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida last year repeatedly communicated with al Qaida operatives about planning in the months leading up to the attack, U.S. officials said. Law enforcement officials discovered contacts between Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani and operatives of al Qaida after FBI technicians succeeded on their own in breaking into two cellphones that had previously been locked and that the shooter, a Saudi Air Force officer, had tried to destroy before he was killed by law enforcement. [AP]


TRUMP WANTS POMPEO TO WORK, NOT 'WASH DISHES' IF HIS WIFE ISN'T AROUND Trump apparently expects Mike Pompeo’s wife to wash the dishes in the Pompeo household. And when his family isn’t around, it’s apparently OK for Pompeo to use taxpayer-funded federal employees — including the Secret Service — to do his domestic chores, Trump said. “I’d rather have him [Pompeo] on the phone with some world leader than have him wash dishes because maybe his wife isn’t there or his kids aren’t there ... it’s so stupid,” Trump said. [HuffPost]

 

WHAT'S BREWING


RUBIO TO HEAD SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AMID PROBE INTO BURR Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will temporarily become chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican leaders announced, taking charge of the panel at a time of turnover and tension in the nation’s intelligence community. Rubio will replace North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, who said last week that he would step aside after federal agents examining his recent stock sales showed up at his home with a warrant to search his cellphone. Rubio will now have access to some of the highest-level secrets in Congress. [AP]


REPORTS TRUMP MAY EXTEND WHO FUNDING FREEZE Trump may extend a temporary freeze on payments to the World Health Organization amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Axios first reported the president was “leaning” toward keeping the freeze in place, and The Wall Street Journal noted Trump had grown skeptical of an internal plan to restore limited funding to the agency. Trump could make a decision as early as this week. [HuffPost]


LAWMAKERS CALL OUT HIGHER RISK TO PEOPLE OF COLOR AS STATES REOPEN Democratic Reps. Karen Bass (Calif.) and Ruben Gallego (Ariz.) are joining activists and journalists of color drawing attention to how states reopening businesses too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic are likely placing workers of color at disproportionate risk. During a virtual town hall on the need for more federal funding during the coronavirus crisis, Bass noted the disproportionately high death rates from COVID-19 among Black and Latinx people. [HuffPost]


GOVERNORS SAY THEY'RE OPEN TO LIVE SPORTS WITHOUT FANS As states continue to relax social distancing guidelines, governors have announced their openness to live sports events, with some offering their states as test sites. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he has pitched sports teams on broadcasting games without spectators from facilities in his state. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced professional sports in the state will be allowed to resume without spectators starting May 31. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said his state may be prepared to restart live sports without spectators in June. [HuffPost]


BARR SAYS BIDEN PROBE UNLIKELY Attorney General William Barr, who has intervened in criminal cases against allies of Trump and helped shield the president from the consequences of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, said “the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan political ends” as long as he is attorney general. “We live in a very divided country right now, and I think that it is critical that we have an election where the American people are allowed to make a decision, a choice, between President Trump and Vice President [Joe] Biden based on a robust debate of policy issues,” Barr said. [HuffPost]


CHINA ANNOUNCES $2 BILLION IN VIRUS AID AT WHO ASSEMBLY 

China will provide $2 billion over two years to fight the coronavirus pandemic, President Xi Jinping said, rallying around the World Health Organization and its efforts even as the Trump administration has slashed funding for the U.N. health agency. The European Union’s 27-member bloc and other countries, meanwhile, called for an independent evaluation of WHO’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic “to review experience gained and lessons learned.” [AP]

 

 

 

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