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President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump Test Positive For Coronavirus

On Thursday, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus, leading them to cancel events as they enter the final weeks of the presidential campaign. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” the president tweeted. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

According to the president’s doctor, Sean P. Conley, Trump and the first lady “are both well at this time” and will remain quarantined at the White House. Melania Trump also tweeted that “We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises anyone who tests positive for coronavirus to self-isolate for 10 days. Conley said his team would be watching the couple’s evolution and noted that Trump would continue to serve as president while quarantining.

Before disclosing the couple’s status, Trump confirmed that senior aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus and that they were awaiting test results. In an interview on Fox News, Trump told host Sean Hannity, “Whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know.”

Hicks had been with the president all week, including twice aboard Air Force One. After Tuesday’s presidential debate, Trump attended a rally in Minnesota. Hicks attended both events. He’s set to debate Biden again on October 15, which would fall after the 10-day isolation window recommended by the CDC.

During Tuesday’s debate, Trump was asked about masks. “I think masks are okay … I mean, I have a mask right here. I put a mask on when I think I need it,” Trump said. “I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from them and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

Joe Biden criticized Trump for holding large rallies, saying he was endangering the health of his supporters. “He’s been totally irresponsible the way in which he has handled the social distancing and people wearing masks, basically encouraged them not to. He’s a fool on this,” he said

Last Saturday, Trump held a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., which was attended by thousands of supporters, most of whom were not wearing masks or social distancing. A few hours before testing positive, Trump said during the 75th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

Experts have said that given Trump’s age and weight, he could be at higher risk of developing serious complications from the virus. It is unclear at this time if he and the first lady are asymptomatic.

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Biden Outpaces Trump in Twitter Engagements For First Time This Year

A new study by Conviva shows the Democratic nominee surpassed Trump in average engagements per post and per video, as well as new followers, in September

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden is beating President Donald Trump in one surprising area ahead of the November election: Twitter engagements.

Findings from media intelligence company Conviva first published Tuesday by Axios show that in September, Biden outpaced the president in both average engagements per post and average engagements per video, as well as new follower adds.

According to Conviva, Biden has steadily increased in all of those metrics since the beginning of the year, but September marked the first time all of 2020 that Biden has won all three.

As Axios also pointed out, across the platforms of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, the president has over 141 million followers. Across those same four platforms, Biden has just under 20 million. The Democratic nominee’s reach is significantly smaller, making the higher engagement rate more noteworthy.

Specifically, on Twitter, the president has over 87 million followers on his @realDonaldTrump account. (@POTUS, the government account given to the sitting president, has almost 32 million, but largely just retweets Trump.) Conversely, @JoeBiden has just over 11 million Twitter followers.

Democrats have been breaking Twitter records this year. Earlier in the summer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a House floor speech reprimanding GOP Rep. Ted Yoho and broke a C-SPAN Twitter record in the process. The clip of her speech posted by the official C-SPAN Twitter account quickly racked up over 12 million views in one day, which was even more than the previous record for a House member — 1.6 million — which was also set by Ocasio-Cortez in January. The clip also became C-SPAN’s most-retweeted ever, according to C-SPAN communications director Howard Mortman.

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Trump is angry about the next debate moderator. This is why

The final square-off between President Donald Trump and his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is set for Oct. 22, 2020. This debate will be moderated by NBC News‘ White House correspondent Kristen Welker. However, not everyone is thrilled about the decision. Specifically, President Trump has launched a personal attack on the Commission on Presidential Debates’ chosen moderator, alleging Welker is biased toward the Democratic party, Politico reported.

This comes after the president also deemed the new change to the debating format “very unfair.” According to CNN, the commission has decided that during the final debate the candidates’ microphones will be muted while they are not speaking to avoid interruptions — a decision that apparently irked the president.

Though hopefully less chaotic than the first debate, the third (or technically, the second) and final debate is shaping up to be another wild ride. Welker will definitely have her hands full moderating the event, especially with Trump already attacking her ability to moderate unbiasedly.

Read on to see why President Trump is upset that Welker will be moderating the debate.

President Trump thinks debate moderator Kristen Welker is 'extraordinarily unfair'

On Oct. 17, 2020, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., shared an article by the New York Post that claimed Kristen Welker has “deep democratic ties” and comes from “an established Democratic family — who have poured cash into party coffers, and to Trump opponents, for years.” Don Jr.’s tweet read, “Yikes! Here we go again,” accompanied with an eye-roll emoji.

President Trump then retweeted his son’s message and added, “She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game, The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” He went after Welker again during a rally in Janesville, Wis., sarcastically referring to “totally unbiased anchors,” saying, “I’ve known her for a long time, she’s extraordinarily unfair but that’s all right.”

Meanwhile, an NBC spokesperson told Politico that Welker has not had any party affiliation since registering to vote in Washington, D.C. in 2012 and pointed to comments made earlier this month by Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller calling the White House correspondent “very fair” and “a very good choice” as debate moderator.

Donald Trump has critiqued the previous debate moderators, too

In President Donald Trump’s tweet about Kristen Welker, he also mentioned Steve Scully. So, what does Scully have to do with this? Scully, a C-SPAN political editor, was set to moderate the second debate prior to its cancellation, the New York Post reported. However, Scully was suspended by C-SPAN and scrapped as the moderator after making false claims that his Twitter was hacked following an interaction with Trump’s former aide, per NBC News.

“I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked,” Trump tweeted on Oct. 15, 2020. “The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the ‘Commission’. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?” In other words, Trump doesn’t seem to trust the commission.

In addition to his attacks on Welker and Scully, Trump publicly questioned Today Show host Savannah Guthrie’s moderation of an NBC town hall that he participated in, Politico reported. Trump also jabbed at Fox News journalist Chris Wallace for his moderation of the first debate and claimed that Wallace sided with Joe Biden during it, as per Politico. 

The president’s attack on Welker is just the latest in a string of critiques of the debate moderators. The final 90-minute debate will be held at 9 p.m ET on Oct. 22, 2020 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

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Poll that predicted Trump win in 2016 finds him closing gap with Biden

A poll credited with being one of the only accurate national surveys in 2016 has found a sudden tightening in the race between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

The Investor’s Business Daily tracking poll results released Tuesday have Biden ahead nationally by just 2.3 percentage points, at 48.1 percent to Trump’s 45.8 percent among likely voters.

The daily poll, which includes Green and Libertarian candidates, launched on Oct. 12 and has found increasing support for Trump and decreasing support for Biden going into Nov. 3’s Election Day.

Just a week ago, on Oct. 13, the poll found Biden sailing with an 8.6 percentage-point lead.

IBD said Trump is closing a gap among independents and has benefited from stronger support among Republicans than Biden has among Democrats. Biden held 90 percent support among Democrats in the latest poll, compared to 94 percent of Republicans backing Trump.

But IBD said Trump is lagging among elderly voters and those in the suburbs, groups that helped him win in 2016.

Investor’s Business Daily is widely regarded as a credible pollster, given an “A/B” grade by polling-focused news site fivethirtyeight.com.

In 2016, IBD’s poll was one of the few to predict Trump’s win — a shocking upset that caught most media and politics professionals off-guard. Its final 2016 poll found Trump ahead by 1.6 points. Ultimately, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 2.1 points, but won the Electoral College 304-227 thanks to narrow wins in many states.

The RealClearPolitics average of recent national polls has Biden ahead by 7.6 percent, though in many swing states, the margin is tighter. Trump allies believe he has many “silent voters” who won’t publicly admit their support but will show up to vote.

The Biden campaign released a memo Saturday warning that Trump can “still win the race” and is “neck and neck” in several battleground states, where the incumbent is hosting daily mega-rallies and where Biden’s campaign got off to a late ground game amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Even the best polling can be wrong and that variables like turnout mean that in a number of critical swing states we are fundamentally tied,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in a three-page message.

“If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw his way back into contention in the final days of a campaign, through whatever smears or underhanded tactics he has at his disposal.”

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Trump didn’t react kindly to Fauci’s 60 Minutes interview

Shots fired. We repeat: Shots fired! Or at least that’s how President Donald Trump apparently perceived White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci’s comments during an interview with 60 Minutes that aired in October 2020.

During what appeared to be a very frustrated campaign phone call, President Trump reportedly referred to Dr. Fauci as a “disaster” and called other health officials “idiots,” as reported by CNN. Trump also reportedly went on to say that many Americans have simply grown tired of COVID-19, the deadly pandemic that has killed more than 215,000 citizens at the time of reporting. “People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump claimed. yikes.

But what could health expert Fauci have possibly said to garner this kind of frustration from the POTUS? Keep reading after the jump to find out what went down.

Dr. Fauci was not surprised President Trump contracted COVID-19

During an interview with 60 Minutes in October 2020, immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he was not surprised that President Donald Trump contracted COVID-19. “I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask,” Fauci said. “When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that’s gotta be a problem.’ And then sure enough, it turned out to be a super-spreader event.” That “super-spreader event” was the White House Rose Garden SCOTUS event that resulted in nearly a dozen attendees later testing positive for COVID-19 (via USA Today).

Fauci went on to seemingly apply salt in Trump’s proverbial wounds when he was asked about an ad put out by the Trump campaign that featured Fauci giving a seemingly positive review of Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Fauci was adamant that he hasn’t and will never publicly endorse any political candidate. “I was referring to something entirely different,” he explained. “I was referring to the grueling work of the task force that, God, we were knocking ourselves out seven days a week. I don’t think we could have possibly have done any more than that.”

Hmm, something tells us Fauci and Trump won’t be performing a duet of Toy Story‘s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” anytime soon.

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Trump says he wants ‘BIGGER stimulus than Democrats’ and blames Nancy Pelosi for holdup in help to Americans

DONALD Trump has said he wants a "bigger stimulus than Democrats" and blamed Nancy Pelosi for the holdup in held to Americans.

The comments came during a Tuesday morning interview with Fox and Friends.

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"We wanna do it but Nancy Pelosi doesn't wanna do it," Trump told viewers.

The president also confirmed that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell will "be on board if something comes.

"Not every Republican agrees with me, but they will," he confirmed.

He went on to insinuate that he would be willing to surpass a $2.2trillion stimulus package, saying "I would rather go bigger than that number."

"I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats."

Americans have been waiting for a second round of stimulus checks for over 90 days.

Republicans and Democrats have passed the blame either side as to why a deal has not yet been reached.

Pelosi has set the White House a 48-hour deadline to agree to a stimulus deal if they want to pass a relief bill before the election, meaning a decision should be made on Tuesday.

The House Speaker’s demand came after she spoke with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for over an hour in a bid to resolve the on-going deadlock over a package with a second round of $1,200 checks.

The Democrat dominated House of Representatives has approved a $2.2trillion coronavirus stimulus package, but a deal with the White House and Republican-held Senate is still yet to be reached.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on smaller coronavirus relief packages Tuesday and Wednesday.

The first bill will center on additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides assistance to small businesses during the pandemic.

The second vote on Wednesday will center on aid to schools and funding for testing. 

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Trump is target of 97 percent of late-night TV hosts’ political jokes

Late-night TV hosts show clear bias in making President Trump the target of almost all of their political jokes — while Joe Biden escapes virtually unscathed, according to a new study.

In September, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon made Trump the punchline of 97% of their jokes about the candidates, with 455 about the president compared to just 14 about his Democratic rival.

The bias is even greater if you counted the 64 jokes that month that the pair made about Trump’s family or administration, according to the study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

“When Trump’s onstage, everyone else is blacked out,” said Robert Lichter, a communication professor at George Mason.

Mason has been studying late-night humor and politics since 1992, and says that while the hosts usually target Republicans more than Democrats, the difference has never been this stark.

Even four years ago, Trump had a fairer shake, getting poked fun of 78% of the time compared to Hillary Clinton’s 22%, the center said.

The bias is so pronounced, in fact, Biden will probably continue to get off free even if he wins the election, the professor said.

“I think they will find a way to keep making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves office,” Lichter said.

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Trump rages against ‘mute button’ and ‘totally biased’ moderator Kristen Welker who ‘tipped off Hillary camp in 2016’

DONALD Trump has raged against the "mute button" and "totally biased" moderator Kristen Welker who allegedly tipped off Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016.

The presidential hopefuls will have their mics muted in Thursday's debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each topic.

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News of the rule change came three days before the final presidential debate, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Following the announcement, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien drew scrutiny on the change.

"President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate," Stepien read from a statement.

He also accused the commission of adding a broader selection of "pro-Biden antics" with the debate topic choice.

Thursday's debate will see the pair battle it out on topics such as Covid, American families, national security, leadership, climate change and race.

However, National Press Secretary TJ Ducklo told Fox that it was "agreed months ago" between the campaigns and Commission that the moderator would pick the topics.

"The Trump campaign is lying about that now because Donald Trump is afraid to face more questions about his disastrous COVID response. As usual, the president is more concerned with the rules of a debate than he is getting a nation in crisis the help it needs," Ducklo said.

But the Deputy Communications Director for the Trump campaign, Ali Pardo, insisted that it was previously "confirmed on multiple occasions that the third debate would have a foreign policy focus," according to the outlet.

This week's debate will be moderated by NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker and will be split into six 15-minute segments.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that "She's always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I'll still play the game."

Trump also slammed Welker as a "dyed-in-the-wool, radical left Democrat," however NBC told Politico that she has not had any party affiliation since she registered to vote in 2012.

The 44-year-old has been the White House correspondent at NBC News since 2011 and was caught on a live-camera “tipping off” a member of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign back in 2016.

Welker was reportedly caught on mic discussing “at least one question” that she was going to ask with a member of Clinton’s campaign.

President Trump and Vice President Biden will square off one last time at Belmont University on Thursday in a 90-minute debate starting at 9pm.

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Trump Once Praised Kristen Welker, Now He Think's She's 'Terrible'

Welker has come under heavy scrutiny as she prepares to moderate the third presidential debate, but Trump was a fan as recently as January

President Donald Trump criticized moderator Kristen Welker ahead of Thursday’s presidential debate, saying the NBC News reporter “has always been terrible and unfair.”

But as recently as January of this year, however, the president sang a different tune.

Early in 2020, when Welker was named co-anchor of “Weekend Today,” Trump congratulated her during a press conference in Davos, Switzerland.

As shown above, he said, “By the way, congratulations on your show. They made a very wise decision.”

Welker responded gamely by inviting Trump on for an interview, to which he replied, “Oh, good.”

Trump’s Saturday tweet slamming the reporter came in response to New York Post reporting on her parents’ past donations to Democratic candidates. Trump and his own family members have also donated to Democratic candidates throughout the years.

The Post reporting is just one example of the scrutiny aimed at debate moderators. Welker deactivated her Twitter account shortly after would-be moderator of the canceled second debate Steve Scully claimed his account was hacked amid widespread questioning of his potential bias. He was later suspended by C-SPAN for lying about the hack. He said in a statement he lied because he “was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets” ahead of the debate, and added that some of the attacks were even aimed at his family.

Monday morning, Fox News picked up the Post’s Welker story, prompting CNN’s Jake Tapper to tweet in her defense, “If any other outlet started covering the political donations of *the parents* of folks who work at Fox there would be widespread outrage and rightly so. This is hideous and unjournalistic. And another example of how bad actors use standards against those who uphold them.”

Welker will be moderating the final presidential debate on Thursday between Trump and former vice president Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She started covering the White House for NBC News in December of 2011, traveling with former president Barack Obama and former vice president Biden. She was named co-anchor of “Weekend Today” earlier this year, which, NBC News pointed out at the time, was a full-circle moment, given she started her career as a “Today” intern and researcher in 1997.

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Trump calls Dr Fauci ‘an IDIOT’ and says people are ‘tired of hearing about Covid’

DONALD Trump has called Dr Fauci "an idiot" and said that people are "tired of hearing about Covid."

The president made the comments during a call with his campaign staff on Monday morning that reporters got on.

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"People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots…" Trump said, according to Politico.

Despite slamming the coronavirus expert, the president went on to say "Fauci is a nice guy" before saying "he's been here for 500 years."

During the call, Trump also insisted that if he had listened to Fauci's advice there would be "700,000, 800,000 deaths."

America has suffered at least 220,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Trump also called Fauci a "disaster," who is a "bomb" when he goes on TV, but a "bigger bomb if you fire him."

"If there's a reporter on, you can have it just the way I said it. I couldn’t care less," the president said following the heated comments.

The president and the doctor have appeared to be feuding in recent weeks since Trump was diagnosed with Covid.

On Saturday, Fauci revealed that he was "absolutely not surprised" by the diagnosis.

Fauci said "oh my goodness," when he saw the lack of masks and social distancing during a "superspreader event" at the White House.

At least ten people in Trump's inner circle became infected with coronavirus following the event, which was held to officially nominate his Supreme Court pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

The doctor called the event "a completely precarious situation" and said he was "worried" that the president would become sick after seeing the event.

"Nothing good can come out of that," Fauci said. "That's got to be a problem — and then sure enough it turned out to be a super spreader event."

Now, 34 people in Trump's orbit are known to have become infected since the event, according to a leaked FEMA tally.

The disease ravaged the White House in just a matter of days and rocked campaigning for the election on November 3.

Just last week, Trump said that Dr Anthony Fauci's pitching as "more accurate than his prognostications."

Trump tweeted: "Actually, Tony's pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications. "No problem, no masks". WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!"

The president was referencing a viral video of the coronavirus doctor which circulated back in July of Fauci throwing a wayward first pitch at a Washington Nationals game.

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