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Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) came under fire last month after news broke that she sold millions of dollars of stocks after a senators-only briefing on the virus that's caused a global pandemic. This was just before the stock market plummeted by thousands of points in the face of uncertainty in the national health crisis.

Loeffler also invested in Citrix, a telework software company, just before millions of Americans began working from home.

But she wasn't done yet.

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Fox News host Steve Hilton claimed that the "ruling class and their TV mouthpieces" were whipping up fear about the current health crisis that's closed businesses across the United States in efforts to slow the spread of the pandemic. The screed was a continuation of the network's repeated dismissals of the threat posed by the pandemic.

Hilton said that an ensuing recession due to these closures could be more deadly than the virus itself.

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If President Donald Trump really wants to "drain the swamp," he can start with his own party.

On January 24, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield and National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NAID) director Anthony Fauci briefed Senators on how the Trump administration would be responding to the imminent COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. The briefing was private.

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The COVID-19 strand of coronavirus now has over a thousand diagnosed cases in the United States and has claimed the lives of more than 30 people. Numerous events and celebrations around the world have been cancelled, talk shows and sports are being filmed without an audience, and entire countries are going on lockdown.

After numerous missteps and dismissals of the threat posed by the virus, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday night in a speech that was widely panned by viewers for seeming erratic and even fearful.

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The Dow Jones plummeted by over 2,000 points on Monday as cases of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, continue to spread across the United States and the rest of the world.

President Donald Trump has largely dismissed the highly contagious virus as little more than a mild case of the flu, in an attempt to stabilize the stock market, whose prosperity has been one of his largest talking points in favor of his reelection in November.

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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, concerns are growing that President Donald Trump's administration isn't doing enough to prepare for the virus coming to the United States.

Trump's Health and Human Services department was criticized this week for only requesting $2.5 billion in emergency aid—a sum that lawmakers feared wouldn't cover the supplies and services needed to contain the virus.

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The performance of the stock market has been a bragging point for President Donald Trump from the moment he took office in January 2017.

And in a presidency plagued by problems, it remained a bright spot.

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