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Coronavirus government response updates: Trump claims to have worn mask, but only off camera

By ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump travels to the election battleground state of Michigan to visit a Ford plant converted to make ventilators -- and it's an open question whether he'll wear a mask as everyone else who works or visits there is required to do by law.Michigan's Democratic…... Read More

Senate confirms Trump loyalist John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence

By ALLISON PECORIN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate has confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, to serve as Director of National Intelligence, a role President Donald Trump has been working to install him in since last summer as part of an effort to reshape the intelligence community he often characterizes as…... Read More

Michael Cohen has been sent home from prison amid coronavirus concerns

By VICTOR ORDONEZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, arrived at his midtown Manhattan apartment Thursday morning after being released from Otisville Correctional Facility. Cohen will spend the remainder of his three-year sentence in home confinement.Cohen was released as part of the Justice Department's…... Read More

On 'The View': Schumer slams Trump, McConnell for coronavirus response

By SARAH KOLINOVSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In an appearance on ABC's The View, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-NY, called President Trump "reckless" for announcing he is taking the drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent a coronavirus infection."If there were people watching, in particularly, people who might like him and listen…... Read More

Biden campaign focuses on diverse coalition building with new senior leadership

By MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With just over five months until the general election and facing a barrage of public advice on how to move forward with a campaign in the midst of a global pandemic, former Vice President Joe Biden’s team is pushing ahead…... Read More

Trump ramps up attacks on mail voting, targeting battlegrounds Michigan, Nevada

By KENDALL KARSON and BEN GITTLESON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on mail-in voting on Wednesday, targeting election officials in two battleground states over efforts to expand access to vote-by-mail ahead of November.The president, who has often railed against mail voting by alleging -- without evidence…... Read More

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says essential workers 'keep the lights on in our society'

By ALISA WIERSEMA, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- For Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is highlighting fault lines that she says many of her constituents were already experiencing before the virus manifested in their communities.Five of the nation’s hardest hit zip codes are in the New York congresswoman’s district which…... Read More

Pence, unmasked in photo op, eats lunch at Florida burger joint

By JORDYN PHELPS, ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Vice President Mike Pence did something Wednesday that most Americans haven’t done in many weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic: He sat down for lunch at a burger joint.The vice president held a photo op at Beth’s Burger Bar in Florida along with GOP…... Read More

Pelosi says she gave Trump 'dose of his own medicine' by calling him morbidly obese

By MARIAM KHAN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she was giving President Donald Trump a “dose of his own medicine” when she referred to him as “morbidly obese” during a television interview earlier this week.“I didn't say anything about the president. I gave him a dose…... Read More

Senate committee subpoenas firm with ties to Burisma as part of probe into Bidens

By ALLISON PECORIN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to issue a subpoena for documents to Blue Star Strategies, a public affairs firm that represented Burisma, a Ukrainian Gas company for which Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, once served on…... Read More

Trump, yet to wear mask in public, to visit Michigan ventilator facility that requires them

By JORDYN PHELPS and BEN GITTELSON(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has yet to publicly wear a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic but is set to tour a Ford plant manufacturing ventilators in Michigan Thursday where masks are required.The Ford policy at the plant couldn’t be any clearer: "Face masks…... Read More

Pompeo refuses to explain why he recommended inspector general's firing

By CONOR FINNEGAN and BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to be interviewed by the Office of the Inspector General about his push for "emergency" arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a congressional aide and a source with knowledge…... Read More

Coronavirus government response updates: Pelosi defends slamming Trump over taking unproven drug

By ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With all 50 states now at least partially reopened ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, President Donald Trump continues his drive to revive the economy amid the pandemic -- even with questions about whether doing so will bring new spikes in cases as the death…... Read More

More Americans back giving undocumented immigrants medical care than economic aid amid coronavirus: Poll

By QUINN SCANLAN and KENDALL KARSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than two-thirds of Americans say the federal government has a responsibility to provide medical care to undocumented immigrants infected with coronavirus, almost double the proportion who believe it is incumbent on the government to give economic help to undocumented…... Read More