[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is comfortable with his son, Barron, and grandchildren going back to school, arguing that schools should be open despite concerns from many that it could lead to more coronavirus infections.
REPORTER: "Mr. President, do you plan to do a national strategy to help schools reopen and reopen safely?
And regarding the children in your family, your son, your grandchildren, are you comfortable?
Do you plan to have them back in person in school?" TRUMP: "Yeah, I am comfortable with that." U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday adamantly pushed for reopening schools across the U.S., despite some pushback from teachers unions and local leaders, and said he wants to see even his son Barron and his grandchildren back in school.
Arguing that schools should be open despite concerns from many that it could lead to more coronavirus infections, Trump said he wants them open quote "100%" TRUMP: "I would like to see the schools open, open 100 percent and we'll do it safely.
We'll do it carefully...They (have) very strong immune systems." Trump's remarks come after even the Florida governor, a Trump ally, backed off his pledge to fully reopen schools.
Governor Ron DeSantis said schools should have the option to delay in-person instruction by a few weeks, and Florida's education department said local school districts and colleges should work directly with their county health departments to establish rules on reopening.
In Texas, deaths rose by 197 on Wednesday to 4,348 -- the highest single-day increase since pandemic started, and current hospitalizations rose to a record high for second day in a row.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed another daily record for number of new positive tests in a single day.
NEWSOM: "Yesterday, we had 12,807 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.
12,807 represents the highest reported number in our state." As the total number of cases in the U.S. quickly approaches 4 million, the country's three most populous states, Florida, Texas and California, top the list of 44 states where cases are increasing, based on a Reuters analysis.
Trump, who for a second day in a row exhibited his own personal mask in the White House Briefing room, encouraged mask wearing, avoiding bars, washing hands, and social distancing, but left mask ordinances to the local level.
To that end, some Midwest states, including Minnesota and Ohio, announced they would be implementing state-wide mask mandates.
[NFA] Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans not to vote on any candidate nominated to the Supreme Court as the November election approaches, calling his rival Donald Trump's plan an "exercise of raw political power." This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
[NFA] Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine broke ranks with President Donald Trump on his plan to swiftly hold a Senate vote on a potential successor to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
CNN reports Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo was fond of sending nasty emails to employees. A close ally of President Donald Trump, Caputo repeatedly sent complaints about how the CDC was handling a media request to the agency's director. According to emails shared with CNN, it was in an apparent attempt to intimidate an agency communications official.
[NFA] U.S. health officials tried to reassure the public Wednesday after AstraZeneca suspended global trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine due to an unexplained illness in a participant in Britain, casting doubt on prospects for an early rollout. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his office's intervention in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused President Donald Trump of raping her, when it moved the case to federal court and sought to install its own lawyers to replace Trump's private legal team. This report produced by Jonah Green.
[NFA] U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said he hoped to have something "firmed up" with Democrats by week's end over a continuing resolution measure that would keep U.S. government open through early December. Gavino Garay has more.
[NFA] Sally, which made landfall early Wednesday as a Category 2 storm, brought what the U.S. National Hurricane Center called "historic and catastrophic" flooding to the Alabama-Florida coast. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
The family was optimistic after Governor Ron Desantis lifted restrictions on nursing home visitations. But two weeks later, they say they still aren’t allowed inside to spend time with Minnie, who is 98 years old and has dementia.
A Florida man is facing felony charges after ramming a 13-year-old girl in the face with a flagpole. According to Newser, the 73-year-old did so while demonstrating his support of President Donald Trump. It began when Norbert Logsdon and his fellow demonstrators began flipping off passing cars.
[NFA] The White House on Friday announced nearly $13 billion in aid to Puerto Rico to help it recover from a hurricane that ravaged the island three years ago, leading President Trump's critics to question his timing as he looks to woo Hispanic voters ahead of the November 3rd election. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Gizmodo Earther reports thousands of migratory birds are now dropping dead across the Southwest. In late August, dozens of birds fell from the sky at the White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument, both in southern New Mexico. Since then, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and Nebraska residents have seen dead creatures scattered along hiking paths, golf courses, and even in driveways. Finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers, and bluebirds are among the species that have been reported.
The parents of a 12-year-old Guatemalan boy named Gustavo, who struggles to speak, has deformed limbs and suffered a machete attack, sent their son to the United States alone amid turmoil in Mexico. They hoped for a better future for him in the U.S., until he vanished and was deported to Guatemala, where he's targeted and bullied. Gavino Garay tells the story.
President Donald Trump has chipped away at Joe Biden's lead in the classically red state of Texas. A new poll from the Dallas Morning Star released Sunday has Trump leading Biden in Texas state 48 per cent to 46 per cent among likely voters. Among the larger group of registered voters, Biden beats Trump by 1 percentage point: 44 per cent to 43 per cent. The Daily Mail reports that both poll totals are within the margin of error.
A cabin getaway had been in Sandra Stone's family for 113 years but it was recently reduced to rubble during the historic wildfires sweeping across several western U.S. states. Conway G. Gittens has her story.
President Donald Trump questioned climate change science during a wildfires briefing in California.
The US president told an official he does not “think science knows, actually,” and claimed that “it will start getting cooler.”
He renewed his unfounded claim that management of forest floors and dead timber is mostly to blame.
Just hours after meeting with the president, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that “it's not a belief system, it's about acknowledging science.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also criticised Trump, calling him a “climate arsonist”. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
US President Donald Trump has ignored the scientific consensus that climatechange is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos during avisit to California. Mr Trump also renewed his unfounded claim that failure torake forest floors and clear dead timber is mostly to blame. He travelled tonorthern California to be briefed by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom andother state and federal officials. At one point, state Natural ResourcesAgency Secretary Wade Crowfoot urged the president to "recognise the changingclimate and what it means to our forests".
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White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Friday was asked if President Trump and the First Lady have decided whether their son Barron Trump will go back to school in the fall as the president pushes for..