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PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19!

The US presidential election has been plunged into disarray after Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, tested positive for coronavirus following weeks in which the US president sought to suggest that the worst of the pandemic was over.

Trump announced his positive test in a tweet at 1am, prompting US television networks to go to live coverage of the 74-year old president’s health, and his election campaign cancelled a planned event in the key battleground state of Florida.

Trump and his wife were tested after one of his closest aides, the White House counsellor Hope Hicks, began showing symptoms this week as she travelled to campaign events around the country with Trump’s entourage, including several other family members.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump tweeted, adding that they would begin to quarantine immediately.

Melania Trump tweeted that she and the president “are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements”.

Despite the reassuring messages, many have noted that Trump’s age and weight put him in a high-risk category for more severe forms of the disease.

Although Hicks was tested on Thursday after showing symptoms requiring isolation, Trump still travelled to New Jersey to meet supporters at his Bedminster golf club, and delivered remarks at a fundraiser despite the high risk that his aide may have been infected.

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IS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S OPERATION LEGEND ABOUT LAW AND ORDER OR POLITICS?

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Congress Continues Debate Over Additional Paycheck Protection Program Funding!

House and Senate leadership were unable to reach an agreement on a path forward for additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

Republicans have pushed for a straight funding increase of $250 billion for the program, while Democrats would like to also provide additional support to hospitals and municipalities.

Both the House and Senate are in recess until the first week of May, at the earliest.

As a result, any bill needs to be approved by unanimous consent, meaning agreement must be reached by all sides before additional PPP funds can be approved.

While recessed, the Senate will meet in pro forma session on Monday and Thursday of each week, at which time a bill can be moved by unanimous consent.

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President Trump Signs Your Stimulus Check!

Do you care or do you just want the damn check? The Washington Post’s Lisa Rein reports: The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name be printed on stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is rushing to send to tens of millions of Americans, a process that is expected to slow their delivery by several days, senior agency officials said.

The unprecedented decision, finalized late Monday, means that when recipients open the $1,200 paper checks the IRS is scheduled to begin sending to 70 million Americans in coming days, “President Donald J. Trump” will appear on the left side of the payment.

It will be the first time a president’s signature appears on an IRS disbursement, whether a routine refund or one of the handful of checks the government has issued to taxpayers in recent decades either to stimulate a down economy or share the dividends of a strong one.

While some people receiving the checks — the centerpiece of the U.S. government’s economic relief package to stave of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic — may not care, or observe, whose name appears on them, the decision is another sign of Trump’s effort to cast his response to the pandemic in political terms.

Trump had privately suggested to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who oversees the IRS, to allow the president to formally sign the checks, according to three administration officials who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Cindy M. AndradePublicist | The Washington Post