Coronavirus US live: states ponder reopening as deaths pass 65,000

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…and welcome to another day of coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, and of course the politics around it. First the figures, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland:

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In her maiden White House press conference, @PressSec maintained Trump admin criticism of WHO, but in so doing gave a misleading and in some cases false, account of WHO's record.
Here's a fact check thread on that: 1/11

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Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin had a question: “Will you pledge to never lie to us from that podium?”

Without missing a beat, McEnany replied: “I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.”

Expect to hear replays of that line before this presidency is done. Even on what proved an assured debut, McEnany skated close to peddling dodgy information about Trump’s responses to the coronavirus pandemic (“This president has always sided on the side of data”) and to allegations of sexual misconduct (“He has always told the truth”).

But the good news for the White House is that McEnany, 32, benefits by comparison with the desperately low standards of both her boss and her predecessors.


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