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In the face of a pandemic that's led to thousands of deaths in the United States, President Donald Trump's daily press briefings regarding the virus have often resulted in fewer answers and greater uncertainty, with the President unable or unwilling to provide accurate information to the American people.

As a result, media outlets have found themselves scrambling to fact check the President and some of his associates in real time. One local NPR station stopped broadcasting the briefings all together, instead compiling the statements from medical experts on the White House virus task force, such as Nation Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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The pandemic that thrust the United States into a national health crisis was repeatedly dismissed by President Donald Trump during its early stages, when prevention was most feasible.

Trump ignored simulations and intelligence briefings that warned the United States was not prepared for a pandemic. Then, the first US cases began getting diagnosed.

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As the current global health crisis continues to worsen in the United States, a shortage of crucial ventilators to help treat the respiratory virus is growing more and more threatening.

President Donald Trump's administration has largely left states on their own in terms of obtaining them. Without the federal government to oversee their distribution, bidding wars have broken out between states. Trump has also expressed reluctance to invoke the Defense Production Act, which would allow him to mobilize private companies to begin manufacturing them.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, which has currently infected nearly 16,000 people and killed over 200, threatens to send millions of Americans into unemployment as restaurants, bars, churches, schools, and businesses shut down across the country to curb the virus's spread.

But even a national crisis wasn't enough to keep President Donald Trump from berating a reporter at a press conference on Friday.

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When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the Toronto Star's Washington bureau chief was tasked with fact checking the new President's public statements. That bureau chief, Daniel Dale, got so good at spotting the lies, false claims, alternative facts and half-truths that CNN eventually recruited him to do the job for them.

Since 2017, President Trump has kept Dale busy. Very busy. And Trump's Thursday Oval Office presser once again gave Dale plenty to wade through.

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With the growing threat of the novel coronavirus spreading throughout the United States, President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his response, with moves like dismissing the threat of the virus and appointing Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the response.

Now, CNN political analyst Peter Bergen says that Trump's lackluster response to the virus is a perfect example of his eight most notable shortcomings as a leader.

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Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg abruptly announced the end of his presidential bid on Sunday night after Saturday night's South Carolina primaries.

Mayor Pete's candidacy marked the first time in history an openly LGBTQ person had been a serious contender for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Sadly, that's not why President Donald Trump's eldest yet most childish son—Donald Trump Jr.—congratulated the mayor on Twitter.

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