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Ravi Zacharias memorial: Pence, Tebow celebrate Christian apologist’s life and legacy

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Vice President Mike Pence, baseball player Tim Tebow and other leaders will take part in an online memorial service Friday for renowned Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias, who died on May 19 from a rare form of cancer. He was 74.

The popular author, speaker and founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) spent the greater part of his life defending Christianity. He revealed he discovered his faith while facing suicide at the age of 17.

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The celebration of Zacharias’ life and legacy will be held at Passion City Church in Atlanta and livestreamed at RZIM.org/RaviMemorial.

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Ravi Zacharias died May 19, from a rare form of cancer. (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)

In addition to Pence and Tebow, tributes from family and friends – including RZIM president Michael Ramsden, Brooklyn Tabernacle senior pastor Jim Cymbala and Passion Movement founder Louie Giglio – musical artists Matt Redman and Lecrae will perform.

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The service is set to begin at 11 a.m. EDT, with a special retrospective of his global influence beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Upon news of his death, Pence tweeted: “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ravi Zacharias, a Christian apologist whose ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ impacted millions around the world. Ravi was a man of faith who could ‘rightly handle the word of truth’ like few others in our time & he was my friend.”

The vice president visited the Zacharias family at RZIM’s headquarters in Alpharetta on May 22 as the two were longtime friends. Zacharias spoke at the Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast in 2014 at the request of then-governor Pence.

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Ravi Zacharias died on May 19 from a rare form of cancer. (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)

Zacharias was a frequent guest on Fox News Channel and grew RZIM, which he founded in 1984, into a global team of nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors who continue his legacy around the world today.

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He is survived by his wife, Margaret Reynolds Zacharias; two daughters, Sarah Zacharias Davis and Naomi Zacharias; a son, Nathan; and five grandchildren.

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Pence says upcoming SpaceX launch will show ‘America still moves forward’ during ‘the most challenging times’

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EXCLUSIVE: When the last space shuttle launched in 2011, few people at NASA believed it would be nearly a decade before American astronauts would launch into space again from U.S. soil. Even fewer people would have guessed that next launch would take place in the middle of a pandemic on Earth. Yet, Vice President Mike Pence believes the timing may actually be perfect.

“When that rocket goes off next week, it’ll remind the American people that even in the midst of the most challenging times, America still moves forward,” the vice president told Fox News during an interview at NASA’s Headquarters. “America continues to lead with courage and with bravery. Just like every American family has done, the NASA family did that throughout the coronavirus pandemic. They stayed on mission.”

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The Demo-2 mission is scheduled to begin May 27 at the Kennedy Space Center, where NASA Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. It will be the first time that NASA astronauts will be flying a spacecraft that’s owned and operated by a private company. It will also be only the fifth time in U.S. history that NASA astronauts will fly a new spacecraft for the first time.

“We think about Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and then the space shuttle: Those are the only four times in history where we have put humans on brand new spacecraft,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during a preflight news conference.

The launch will also signify one giant leap towards the Trump administration’s goal of securing American dominance in space.

“To think for the last 10 years we’ve had to hitch a ride on Russian rockets to get to the International Space Station, I think every American knew it was just wrong,” said Pence.

Yet, just last week, NASA agreed to pay the Russian space agency Roscosmos more than $90 million for one final seat on a Soyuz rocket. The vice president says he understands the need to have contingencies in place in case the Demo-2 mission is delayed, but that he will still be questioning NASA’s leadership about why such an expensive backup plan is necessary.

In recent years, countries like Russia and China have become increasingly aggressive actors in outer space, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated tensions on Earth. It’s part of the reason Trump established the Space Force and NASA’s new Artemis program.

“Not only are we returning to space from American soil, but we’re really beginning a new era of American leadership in human space exploration that will carry the next man and the first woman to the moon by 2024, and it’ll put American astronauts on Mars,” Pence said.

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The pandemic has forced NASA to pause work on critical components of the Artemis program, and the launch of Artemis-1 has recently been delayed until late 2021. At a meeting last week of the NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee, several members were skeptical about NASA’s ability to meet the timeline.

Tommy Holloway, a former NASA space shuttle program manager, called the goal “a pipe dream,” and Jim Voss, a former NASA Astronaut said, “I don’t think they have any chance of making 2024.”

The vice president says that kind of criticism, “sounds a lot like the way they talked about Apollo. We had another president, who said that he was going to send a man to the moon before the end of the decade and return safely to the earth, and an awful lot of people said it couldn’t be done.”

The Apollo missions drew massive crowds, and hundreds of thousands of people converged on the Kennedy Space Center to watch the final space shuttle launch. This time, due to social distancing restrictions, NASA is advising everyone to watch the Demo-2 launch from home. But Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says the Space Coast is open for business and he’s encouraging people to come watch the launch in person.

“Now might not be the time to travel to Florida to see a launch,” Pence said. “But I expect residents in the area will know how to social distance and practice in a responsible way. But to see a rocket go into the air, to know that it is carrying American astronauts, wherever you’re watching it from, it’s going to be a great, great source of inspiration for every American.”

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Trump hits the swing states, even with campaign battle in coronavirus limbo

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President Trump will head to Michigan on Thursday to tour a Ford Motor Company plant that’s producing ventilators for hospitals in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Ford repurposed its manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti and teamed up with General Electric to quickly manufacture ventilators as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) used by health care workers and first responders on the front lines in the fight against the outbreak.

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The trip will be the latest stop on a tour the president kicked off earlier this month to thank businesses producing PPE and important medical equipment. He made similar stops at a medical equipment distributor in Pennsylvania last week and two weeks ago at a facility in Arizona that is manufacturing surgical masks.

“I want to thank you, because you’re making America proud,” Trump told the workers at the medical distribution company in Allenstown, Pa., last week.

But the visits also help Trump spotlight his administration’s efforts steering the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, which could boost public confidence in the job he’s doing combating the crisis.  Further, the trips have allowed him to make stops – and grab plenty of local media attention – in some of the most crucial states in November’s presidential election.

While the White House emphasizes that the visits are official in nature and that there’s absolutely “no involvement or coordination” with Trump’s reelection team, they do have some of the trappings of the Trump campaign rallies that the president seeks to soon resume. And that’s led critics to accuse the president of “wasting taxpayer dollars” as he visits crucial states he needs to carry to win reelection — even as the general election battle between him and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still largely being waged in a series of virtual events.

“These are official events fully executed from beginning to end by the White House with no involvement or coordination with the campaign,” deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere told Fox News.

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And Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh emphasized that “Americans can see that President Trump is fighting to protect their safety and reopen the economy. He is doing his job as president and critics would complain if he didn’t go. They are the ones playing politics.”

At last week’s official event in Pennsylvania, the president walked to the stage as Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” blared, and departed to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones, two staples on the playlist at Trump campaign rallies.

During his speech, the president took aim at Biden and criticized the press covering the event, which further gave the feel of a campaign event. As the president drove from the airport to the event, hundreds of Trump supporters lined the streets of Allentown, waving flags and holding Trump 2020 signs.

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A crowd of people look on as the motorcade carrying President Trump passes on the way to a tour of Owens & Minor Inc., a medical supply company, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Allentown, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The campaign – while not coordinating with the White House – used top surrogates such Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to do local radio interviews ahead of the president’s trip.

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) argues that Trump is playing politics with the coronavirus.

“Throughout this pandemic, Trump has consistently put his political fortunes ahead of the lives and livelihoods of the American people. Wasting taxpayer dollars on swing state photo ops to boost his reelection as tens of thousands of small businesses still can’t get loans and he refuses to allocate federal aid for states to pay police officers, firefighters, teachers and front line workers is a cynical low that voters will not forget,” DNC deputy war room director Daniel Wessel told Fox News.

The DNC and the state parties have been bracketing the president’s trips with press calls with local political, health, business and labor leaders.

While Trump’s visits grab the lion’s share of attention, Vice President Pence has also become a frequent flyer again in recent weeks. Over the past month, Pence has made official White House trips Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, all swing states in the general election. On Tuesday the vice president will head to Florida, the largest of the key battleground states.

Trump is far from the first president running for reelection to be accused of using official White House trips for political purposes.

“There are many advantages that incumbent presidents enjoy during an election cycle. Among them is the taxpayer-funded travel. Historically, presidential travel perceived to be more for campaigning than state business has received criticism by the president’s opponents,” veteran political scientist Wayne Lesperance noted.

To that point, former President Barack Obama dealt with the same perceptions during his travel.

“This criticism is certainly not unique to President Trump; nor is it unique to one party or the other. In fact, criticizing a sitting president is a bipartisan practice leveled at whichever part is in the White House by whichever party seeks to retake the Office of the Presidency,” added Lesperance, vice president of academic affairs at New England College.

But Trump has faced criticism that he’s gone beyond what past presidents have done in blurring the lines between official and political events.

Lesperance pointed out that Trump’s travels come as many governors are still enforcing stay-at-home restrictions in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“What’s different with President Trump is his travel comes in a time of a global pandemic when governors and mayors across the country are trying to encourage stay home stay safe orders along with other protective measures,” he said.

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Doug Schoen: Flynn case – Wrongdoing on both sides. Here’s what judge should do now

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Michael Flynn’s brief yet controversial roles in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and as national security adviser at the beginning of the Trump presidency were disasters from the start.

Trump made a mistake hiring Flynn for his administration, and was right to subsequently fire Flynn for lying to Vice President Mike Pence. Trump would have been justified firing Flynn for other reasons as well.

On the 2016 campaign trail, the retired Army lieutenant general was extremely provocative, leading chants of “Lock her up!” in reference to Hillary Clinton. He was also quoted as saying that “if I did a tenth of what [Clinton] did I would be in jail today.”

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Flynn’s extreme partisan behavior was outrageous and highly detrimental to the national security apparatus he was appointed to lead. If Flynn served any longer, there would have been serious danger of politicizing national security.

That being said, I believe the Justice Department’s recent decision to drop its prosecution of Flynn on charges of lying to the FBI – charges Flynn pleaded guilty to – was justified, because of misconduct by the Obama administration, the Justice Department and the FBI in its handling of his case.

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In a highly unusual move, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan refused last week to approve the Justice Department’s request to close the case against Flynn. Instead, Sullivan appointed a retired federal judge to argue against the Justice Department motion to dismiss charges against Flynn.

But because the actions by Obama administration officials, the Justice Department and the FBI (part of the Justice Department) in 2016 and 2017 to build a case against Flynn are deeply concerning, the best way to rectify these missteps is to drop the case.

The case against Flynn is rooted in the decision by President Barack Obama’s administration to impose sanctions on Russia in December 2016 for that nation’s interference in our presidential election that year.

Flynn established a backchannel with the Russians, making calls to their ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Recordings secretly made by U.S. intelligence officials show that Flynn urged Kislyak that Russian should not retaliate for the U.S. sanctions.

But Flynn later denied making that request of Kislyak when he was interviewed by FBI agents.

Flynn then proceeded to falsely state to Vice President-elect Pence what he discussed with Kislyak and subsequently lied to the FBI as well on two occasions. Pence – apparently believing Flynn – then vouched for Flynn by repeating Flynn’s false statements during a TV interview.

In December 2017 Flynn pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the FBI.

However, in January this year, Flynn’s attorney claimed the prosecution breached the plea agreement by recommending prison time, and Flynn sought to withdraw his guilty plea.

From the latest developments we know now about the role of the Obama administration and the FBI and Justice Department in the Flynn case, it’s clear that there has been wrongdoing on both sides.

 Any unmasking of an American who is caught on surveillance of a foreign official for political purposes is not only wrong but extremely dangerous. 

The unmasking of Flynn by Obama administration officials, as evidenced by the memo that acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell gave to the Senate last week, was also wrong.

And it’s clear now that the FBI investigation of Flynn was clearly designed to set him up for prosecution. Any unmasking of an American who is caught on surveillance of a foreign official for political purposes is not only wrong but extremely dangerous.

As the Justice Department announced last week, the FBI did not have sufficient reason or basis to interview Flynn when he lied about the content of his discussion with Kislyak. The department said, for this reason, it wants to drop charges against Flynn.

In a court filing last week, U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea stated: “The Government is not persuaded that the Jan. 24, 2017 interview [with Flynn] was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore does not believe Mr. Flynn’s statements were material even if untrue. Moreover, we do not believe that the Government can prove either the relevant false statements or their materiality beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The move by the Justice Department to drop the charges against Flynn was necessary given that we now know the FBI effectively entrapped him. The FBI’s interview with Flynn should never have taken place.  Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy agrees with this Justice Department’s move to drop charges and says that “the government wouldn’t have a prayer of convicting Flynn at trial.”

Flynn was not exactly a model public servant, but in fairness to him, he has suffered a great deal – losing his job, being hit with big legal bills that forced him to sell his house, and defending himself against a possible prison sentence. That amounts to a lot of punishment he has already endured.

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With our nation struggling to deal with the worst pandemic to hit us since World War I and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, rehashing the conduct of Flynn, the Justice Department, the FBI and officials in other parts of the Obama administration in 2016 and 2017 has become a distraction from far more important matters.

Judge Sullivan shouldn’t force the Justice Department to prosecute Flynn. Let the case against him end.

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NY Times says reporter ‘went too far’ during TV appearance blasting Trump admin’s virus response

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The New York Times said that one of its reporters “went too far” with his blistering criticism of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak in a recent TV appearance.

Donald McNeil Jr., the paper’s science and health reporter, went on a tear against several members of the White House task force, including Vice President Mike Pence, who he suggested was a “sycophant” of President Trump, during a conversation with CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

A Times spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News, “In an interview with Christiane Amanpour today, Donald McNeil, Jr. went too far in expressing his personal views. His editors have discussed the issue with him to reiterate that his job is to report the facts and not to offer his own opinions. We are confident that his reporting on science and medicine for The Times has been scrupulously fair and accurate.”

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Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple highlighted McNeil Jr.’s fiery comments, pointing to the Times’ guidelines that say “Generally a staff member should not say anything on radio, television or the Internet that could not appear under his or her byline in The Times on its reporters expressing personal views.”

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McNeil Jr. went on a fiery rant, telling Amanpour that “we completely blew it” regarding the U.S. response within the first two months of the outbreak.

“We were in a headless-chicken phase, and yes, it’s the president’s fault, it is not China’s fault,” McNeil Jr. said. “You know, the head of the Chinese CDC was on the phone to Robert Redfield on Jan. 1, again on Jan. 8, and the two agencies were talking on Jan. 19. The Chinese had a test on Jan. 13; the Germans had a test on Jan. 16. We fiddled around for two months, we had a test on March 5 and it didn’t work. We didn’t have 10,000 people tested until March 15.”

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The Times reporter then blasted the “incompetent leadership” at the CDC and called for its director Dr. Robert Redfield to “resign.”

He then took aim at President Trump.

“And suppression from the top- I mean, the real coverup was the person in this country who was saying, you know, ‘This is not an important virus, the flu is worse, it’s all going to go away, it’s nothing,'” McNeil Jr. continued. “And that encouraged everybody around him to say, ‘It’s nothing, it’s nothing, it’s nothing.'”

McNeil Jr. then revealed he had butted heads with his editors, saying he was trying to convince them “This is really bad, this is a pandemic,”  and how it “took a while to get them… to believe this.”

“Getting rid of Alex Azar was a mistake- he was actually leading a dramatic response,” McNeil Jr. said about the HHS secretary. “And then,  in February he was replaced with Mike Pence, who’s a sycophant.”

That was in reference to Trump assigning Pence as the leader of the White House coronavirus task force.

McNeil Jr. went on to mock the president, saying he’s “the same guy who said inject yourself with disinfectant” and that his “grasp of the science” isn’t even “at a third-grade level.”

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Wemple referred to the Times’ statement on McNeil Jr.’s remarks as a “mild brushback” but suggested that the paper should have specifically addressed his call for Dr. Redfield’s resignation.

“Such activism, after all, is extreme even for a veteran newsman exercising his analytical muscles in a freewheeling cable-news interview,” Wemple noted, but later offered a slight defense for McNeil Jr. regarded the backdrop of the coronavirus, “unfathomable pronouncements of incompetence, indifference and cluelessness from the president in public appearance after public appearance. What’s an experienced health reporter to say?”

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Trump denies ‘system broke down’ after aides test positive for coronavirus: ‘I felt no vulnerability’

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President Trump pushed back on Monday on reports that the White House’s system for monitoring employees for the novel coronavirus broke down following news that the Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary had contracted the contagion.

“I don’t think the system broke down at all,” Trump said. “It can happen. It’s the hidden enemy.”

Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller, married to top White House adviser Stephen Miller, tested positive last Friday.

Six people who had been in contact with Miller were scheduled to fly with Pence on Friday to Des Moines, Iowa, on Air Force Two. They were removed from the flight just before it took off. All six later tested negative and Pence is not self-isolating, the White House said.

On March 20, another staffer tested positive for coronavirus, making that the first White House staffer known to have the virus. Though White House officials were not being tested regularly at that time, Pence said he had not had recent contact with the unidentified individual.

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Also last week a U.S. military member who works on the White House grounds as a valet for Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

A presidential valet is tasked with taking care of the president’s wardrobe, as well as performing other services. Typically, presidents have had one valet, but Trump has several.

The valet reportedly started exhibiting symptoms Wednesday before testing positive. The president said he had “very little personal contact” with the man and told reporters he would be tested daily.

Three members of the White House coronavirus task force — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration — are self-quarantining this week after having contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Fauci’s institute said he is at “relatively low risk” based on his degree of exposure and that he would be “taking appropriate precautions” to mitigate the risk to personal contacts while still carrying out his duties. While he will stay at home and telework, Fauci will go to the White House if called and take every precaution, the institute said.

The CDC said in a statement Saturday that Redfield would be teleworking for the next 2 weeks after he had a “low risk exposure” to someone who tested positive at the White House. The statement said he felt fine and has no symptoms. If he must go to the White House to fulfill any responsibilities as part of the coronavirus task force, he will follow CDC practices for critical infrastructure workers.

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The FDA confirmed earlier Saturday that Hahn had come in contact with someone who tested positive and was in self-quarantine for the next two weeks. He tested negative for the virus.

Despite the confirmed case inside the White House and the self-imposed isolation by three leaders of his coronavirus task force, Trump said that he was unconcerned about contracting the disease as he and “felt no vulnerability.”

“I felt no vulnerability whatsoever,” he said. “Three people were tested, and its negative, and they’ll probably be out of quarantine very quickly.”

Trump’s comments came just hours after the White House ordered staffers to wear masks while at work or on their way to work in order to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

Fox News’ John Roberts and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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White House staffers instructed to now wear masks after coronavirus cases

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Staffers at the White House were instructed on Monday to wear masks while at work or on their way to work in order to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus after several people working in the building were reported to have contracted the disease, Fox News is told.

The White House is now providing employees with masks and asking people to practice social distancing, sources said. Anecdotal reports from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Monday said that many more people were seen with facial coverings.

The mandate from the White House comes after a number of people close to both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have become infected with the contagion.

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Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller, married to top White House adviser Stephen Miller, tested positive last Friday.

Six people who had been in contact with Miller were scheduled to fly with Pence on Friday to Des Moines, Iowa, on Air Force Two. They were removed from the flight just before it took off. All six later tested negative and Pence is not self-isolating, the White House said.

On March 20, another staffer tested positive for coronavirus, making that the first White House staffer known to have the virus. Though White House officials were not being tested regularly at that time, Pence said he had not had recent contact with the unidentified individual.

Also last week a U.S. military member who works on the White House grounds as a valet for Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

A presidential valet is tasked with taking care of the president’s wardrobe, as well as performing other services. Typically, presidents have had one valet, but Trump has several.

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The valet reportedly started exhibiting symptoms Wednesday before testing positive. The president said he had “very little personal contact” with the man and told reporters he would be tested daily.

Three members of the White House coronavirus task force — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration — are self-quarantining this week after having contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Fauci’s institute said he is at “relatively low risk” based on his degree of exposure and that he would be “taking appropriate precautions” to mitigate the risk to personal contacts while still carrying out his duties. While he will stay at home and telework, Fauci will go to the White House if called and take every precaution, the institute said.

The CDC said in a statement Saturday that Redfield would be teleworking for the next 2 weeks after he had a “low risk exposure” to someone who tested positive at the White House. The statement said he felt fine and has no symptoms. If he must go to the White House to fulfill any responsibilities as part of the coronavirus task force, he will follow CDC practices for critical infrastructure workers.

The FDA confirmed earlier Saturday that Hahn had come in contact with someone who tested positive and was in self-quarantine for the next two weeks. He tested negative for the virus.

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All three health officials are scheduled to testify before a Senate committee on Tuesday.  Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the panel, said the White House will allow Redfield, Hahn and Fauci to testify by videoconference, a one-time exception to the administration’s policies on hearing testimony.

Despite the number of people working at the White House who have become ill with COVID-19 or who have been in contact with someone who has, Trump has refused to don a mask – even during a recent trip to a Honeywell facility in Arizona, although he did wear goggles. Pence has at times refused to wear a mask during trips outside of the White House, including during a trip to the Mayo Clinic. (He later expressed regret).

Trump announced federal guidelines last month recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus, but quickly followed it by saying he would not adhere to them.

“It’s a recommendation, they recommend it,” Trump said. “I just don’t want to wear one myself.”

Fox News’ John Roberts and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Pence spokesperson denies vice president is ‘in quarantine’ amid reports of self-isolating over coronavirus

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A spokesperson for Vice President Pence denied reports that he’s in “quarantine” just days after a member of his team tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” the spokesperson, Devin O’Malley, said in a statement.

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“Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow.”

Bloomberg and The Associated Press, citing sources, reported Sunday that Pence was “self-isolating” and limiting his exposure to other people.

Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, was one of two staffers to test positive for coronavirus in recent days.

As a precaution, all members of the White House press corps at the White House were offered free COVID-19 tests.

In addition, a person working as a valet for President Trump tested positive for the virus this past Thursday.

This weekend three top U.S. health officials who are task force members announced they would take isolation measures.

The heads of the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would self-quarantine, and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, said he would practice a “modified” quarantine.

Fox News’ Matt Leach and The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Dr. Fauci plans to attend Senate hearing Tuesday amid ‘modified’ coronavirus quarantine

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Dr. Anthony Fauci will testify at the Senate Health Committee Tuesday, Fox News has learned, while two other White House coronavirus task force members will attend the hearing via video conference after placing themselves in quarantine.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will continue to go to the White House for relevant meetings and will likely wear a mask, as he is entering a “modified” quarantine after having “limited” exposure to the virus at the White House, Fox News is told.

After the meetings, Fauci will return to his office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and work mostly by himself when few others are present, Fox News learned.

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Another member of the task force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield will be “teleworking for the next two weeks” following a “low-risk exposure” to a person at the White House, the CDC said Saturday, adding that Redfield said he feels fine and doesn’t have symptoms of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn — who tested negative Friday, also plans to self-quarantine for two weeks after coming into contact with a staff member who later tested positive, Politico reported.

The FDA and CDC have not disclosed the identity of the person who had tested positive and with whom the agency leaders came into contact.

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Fox News confirmed Friday that Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus.

Miller tweeted that night: “Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people,” she wrote.

In March, another staff member in Pence’s office tested positive for coronavirus, making that the first White House staffer known to have the virus. Miller is the second person who works at the White House complex to test positive for COVID-19 this week.

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This week, the White House revealed that a person working as a valet for President Trump also tested positive for the virus.

And, at least 11 members of the Secret Service — charged with protecting President Trump and other officials — had the virus as of Thursday evening, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tally reviewed by Yahoo News.

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The president and vice president, along with those in their close circle, are tested daily for coronavirus, an administration official has told Fox News. Pence and Trump have also been criticized for not wearing face masks or coverings when in public.

“We have put in place the guidelines our experts have put forward to keep this building safe,” White House press secretary Kaleigh McEnany said. “All of the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers were now putting in place here in the White House, so as America reopens safely the White House is continuing to operate safely.”

Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant, who has been working from home for the last few weeks, tested positive this week, according to CNN, which also first reported on Fauci entering a “modified quarantine” on Friday night.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson, John Roberts, Brooke Singman and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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Jimmy Kimmel issues backhanded apology after misleading clip of Mike Pence carrying ’empty’ PPE boxes

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Jimmy Kimmel issued a backhanded apology on Friday after airing an edited clip of Vice President Mike Pence delivering empty boxes of PPE to a hospital.

The ABC late-night host mocked Pence during his Thursday night monologue after showing a clip of a maskless Pence pretending to “carry empty boxes of PPE.”

Kimmel drew viewers’ attention to audio from the clip, where Pence asks his team if he can carry the boxes “just for the camera.”

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Jimmy Kimmel is under fire for airing a misleading clip of Mike Pence delivering ’empty boxes of PPE’ to a hospital. (AP)

“Here he is with no mask on, wheeling boxes of PPEs into a health care center, and doing his best to lift them, what a hero… since it was going so well, and also because he didn’t realize he had a mic on, Magic Mike decided to keep it going, listen in closely here,” Kimmel said before playing audio from the C-SPAN footage.

Kimmell called it a “perfect metaphor for who [Pence] is and what he’s doing.” The clip was shared on Twitter and attracted over 2.7 million views.

But Buzzfeed News deputy director David Mack pointed out that Kimmel did not air the full video, which shows Pence was simply teasing staffers about the boxes being empty.

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“This isn’t true. The clip cuts out at a selective point. When you watch the CSPAN footage (9 min in), Pence makes the crack about carrying the empty ones and the guy says ‘Absolutely. They’re a lot easier!’ Pence laughs then immediately shuts the van door,” Mack wrote, adding a link to the CSPAN footage.

“Pence and the other officials lift boxes that clearly weigh something (i.e. contain things). Pence returns to the car, makes the empty box comment with a smirk, guy responds with crack of his own, they laugh, Pence closes door,” Mack added.

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The BuzzFeed director said Kimmel removed the clip from Twitter once he was called out for the error.

He addressed the gaffe on Friday in a half-hearted apology.

“It would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth,” Kimmel sarcastically wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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Meanwhile, Pence’s Communications Director, Jon Thompson, criticized Kimmel, calling the edited clip “absolute garbage” and insisted Pence was “clearly joking.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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