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In a Fox News Town Hall on Tuesday, President Donald Trump revealed that he wanted to scale back social distancing efforts in the face of the pandemic and reopen businesses by Easter, which is just 18 days away on April 12.

This was just the latest signal that Trump and his top advisors are more concerned with the faltering economy than the current global health crisis at its root.

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A recent Vanity Fair report from Gabriel Sherman—compiled from sources in the White House—detailed President Donald Trump's frustration with public concern in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The piece reported that Trump told aides he feared that members of the media were trying to contract the virus themselves in order to give him the virus on Air Force One.

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It's well-established by now that President Donald Trump's administration is no fan of the free press.

Trump routinely blames the media for covering his missteps. He bashes journalists by name on Twitter and he describes the press as "the enemy of the people."

That's only gotten worse as COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to spread across the United States.

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Two months after it emerged in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has spread throughout Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, North America, and sub-Saharan Africa with nearly 84,000 cases worldwide.

The United States is scrambling to prepare for an outbreak that officials have deemed inevitable—but President Donald Trump and his staff are saying the concern is overblown.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel industry at the White House March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump announced planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum during the meeting, with details to be released at a later date. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

During the American Priority Conference at President Donald Trump's resort in Miami, a group of Trump supporters was shown a violent video depicting Trump shooting, stabbing, and otherwise murdering people and publications perceived to be his political enemies.

According to the officials at the conference, the video was in no way authorized or sanctioned by them, but was instead played by attendees in a side room.

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On the White House's orders, Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski stonewalled lawmakers' questions in a House Judiciary Committee hearing investigating one of President Donald Trump's attempts to obstruct the Mueller Investigation.

Despite parting ways with the campaign in 2016, Lewandowski continued to advise Trump behind the scenes as a private citizen. When former White House Counsel Don McGahn refused to carry out Trump's request to demand former Attorney General Jeff Sessions un-recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump turned to Lewandowski.

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Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro was thrilled to learn that she'd received the International Women of Courage Award. The award is granted annually by the U.S. Department of State to women who have demonstrated "exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment."

Aro hmade arrangements for travel to the United States and gave the State Department her social media information.

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