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Doctor who raised alarm about health effects of shutdown says ‘rest of the story’ must be heard

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Dr. Simone Gold, an emergency medicine specialist based in Los Angeles, told “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday that “there are thousands and thousands of stories of patient harm” due to stay-at-home orders issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are frustrated,” Gold, the head organizer of the letter, told host Ed Henry.

Gold is the head organizer of an open letter signed by more than 600 doctors who pushed President Trump to end what they called a “national shutdown”. The letter described widespread state orders keeping businesses closed and children home from school as a “mass casualty incident” with “exponentially growing health consequences.”

The letter said that as a result of the shutdowns, doctors have seen increases in the number of patients missing routine checkups that could detect issues like heart problems or cancer, increased substance and alcohol abuse, and greater financial instability that could lead to “[p]overty and financial uncertainty,” which “is closely linked to poor health.”

“I could read you heartbreaking story after heartbreaking story sent to me by physicians of patients that have died or suffered severe harm because they were afraid to go to the hospital and their own doctor’s offices were shut,” Gold told Henry, adding that some of those stories involve nursing home patients who were not allowed to have visitors and whose “mental health is deteriorated” as a result.

“I had a lady who had [a] terribly arthritic hip, she was due for a hip replacement, as you know, she couldn’t get it because it was deemed elective,” Gold added. “She ended up waiting on that and becoming very sedentary because of the pain.”

“About a month later she developed a blood clot in her lungs,” Gold continued. “She’s teetering right now.”

Gold said stroke patients could be at particular risk during the pandemic.

A new study from the Washington University School of Medicine has found that stroke evaluations have dropped by nearly 40 percent, suggesting that many stroke patients are not getting potentially life-saving medical treatment, according to Science Daily.

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“We just want America to hear the story,” Gold said, explaining why doctors sent the latter. “We feel that there is one narrative out there and that’s OK, but you need to hear the whole picture, the rest of the story.

“We feel that one opinion is not sufficient and that the second opinion of all these thousands of doctors needs to be heard.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Sen. Scott blasts Gov. Cuomo, says ‘media wants to attack Republicans and support Democrats

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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., reacted on Thursday to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasting the media for its hostile coverage of his handling of the coronaviurs pandemic in his state, saying that “the media wants to attack Republicans and support Democrats.”

“But you know what? Floridians, we’re smart, we’ve been through disasters, we listen, we social distanced, and that’s why our numbers are way lower,” Scott told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, Florida had reported 47,471 coronavirus cases and 2,096 deaths, according to data compiled by Fox News.

Scott made the comments one day after DeSantis touted Florida’s improving data, citing Dr. Deborah Birx, of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, who called it the “absolutely best data” among every state in the country.

“So any insinuation otherwise is just typical, partisan narrative trying to be spun and part of the reason is that you’ve got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York,” DeSantis scolded reporters on Wednesday. “‘Wait two weeks, Florida is going to be next. Just like Italy, wait two weeks.’ Well hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened!”

He went on to say that Florida “succeeded and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption, so they’ve got to try and find a boogeyman.”

New York reported 354,370 COVID-19 cases and 28,636 deaths as of Thursday morning, according to the data compiled by Fox News.

Scott also blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his decision to keep the state mostly shutdown saying, “Quit telling us how to lead our lives, that’s what Andrew Cuomo and these governors are trying to do.”

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“I mean, it doesn’t make any sense. We’re smarter than that. Americans know what to do,” he continued, also criticizing New York’s high taxes and poor fiscal policies for driving people away to places like Florida for years.

“Now he says all those people who moved to Florida, we still want them to pay off New York’s budget problems. We’re not doing it. I’m going to fight this. It is wrong for Floridians. Floridians have to pay for California, Illinois or New York excesses; that’s wrong,” he argued.

Scott made the comments reacting to a New York Post op-ed titled, “End New York City’s lockdown now!”

“By prolonging the coronavirus shutdown long after its core mission was accomplished, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have plunged tens of thousands of New Yorkers into poverty,” the op-ed said. “It needs to end. Now.”

When host Brian Kilmeade asked Scott if he thinks it’s time for the shutdown in New York to end he said, “Yes, absolutely.”

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“Let’s get back to a job, let’s get back to a normal life the way we wanted to do it,” he added.

Fox News Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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New Jersey salon owner joins lawsuit against Gov. Murphy over ‘arbitrary’ shutdown: We’re being ‘completely ignored’

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A New Jersey salon owner told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that she joined a class-action lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy because she doesn’t think it is fair that salons are closed amid the coronavirus pandemic while other businesses in the state begin to reopen.

“I feel like it’s arbitrary,” said Kelly Anello, the owner of Razberri Hair & Nail Design in Toms River, N.J.

She explained that “when this all started, I was more than happy to close the doors of my business” to “do what’s best for the health” of the community and her family.

“And now I’m starting to see him [Gov. Murphy] pick and choose [which] businesses [can] open,” Anello, a mother of four children, said.

“You can go to Lowe’s, you can get your dog groomed, now, more recently, you can go to the boardwalk to a public bathroom, you can go to a garden center, but you can’t get your hair cut,” she noted.

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On Monday, Murphy unveiled what he called a three-stage blueprint to reopen the economy from the COVID-19 shutdown, but gave no timeline on when stages would advance. He did, however, say moving from more restrictive practices in stage one to stage two would be a “matter of weeks.”

He has begun relaxing restrictions across the state, with nonessential construction able to resume and nonessential retail businesses to reopen for curbside pickup beginning this week. He also announced last week that beaches across the state will reopen in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Anello questions why salons are not yet allowed to resume business, especially since “salons are under a license” and “are extremely clean.”

“We get surprise visits by the Division of Consumer Affairs,” she noted.

“It’s safer than a boardwalk bathroom, I can tell you that,” said Anello, who employs 36 people.

Anello said that two of her children are in college, which makes the situation even more challenging especially since her salon has been closed for two months with “no income coming in.”

“You save for a rainy day, you save for a rainy month, you don’t save for a rainy two months and now, who knows, going on three,” she said.

“I feel like the salon industry has been ignored, completely ignored,” Anello added.

She went on to say that by keeping salons closed as “the numbers are flattening,” the “governor has created kitchen beauticians and garage barbers.”

“People are desperate for services, they’re getting them done anyway. It’s safer in the salon, period,” Anello said.

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Gov. Murphy did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joe Concha: What the coverage of Florida and New York is revealing about the media

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The Hill’s Joe Concha reacted on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday to Florida Gov. Ron Desantis blasting the media for its hostile coverage of his handling of the coronavirus in his state.

Concha said he can’t understand why DeSantis doesn’t get more positive coverage given Florida’s handling of the pandemic.

“I have no idea, except to say there’s an ‘R’ next to his name,” he said.

Speaking to reporters alongside Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, DeSantis touted Florida’s improving data, citing Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force, who called it the “absolutely best data” among every state in the country.

“So any insinuation otherwise is just typical, partisan narrative trying to be spun and part of the reason is that you’ve got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York,” DeSantis scolded the reporters. “‘Wait two weeks, Florida is going to be next. Just like Italy, wait two weeks.’ Well hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened!”

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He went on to say that Florida “succeeded and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption, so they’ve got to try and find a boogeyman.”

As of Thursday morning, Florida reported 47,471 coronavirus cases and 2,096 deaths compared to New York which reported 354,370 COVID-19 cases and 28,636 deaths, according to data compiled by Fox News.

On Thursday, Concha noted the dramatic difference in the number of deaths in Florida compared to New York despite the fact that Florida has “four major cities,” including, Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.

He went on to say that, “Florida along with Georgia, along with Texas, along with Colorado, should be seen as road maps on how to strike this delicate balance between health concerns and reopening the economy with 36 million people filing for unemployment just over the last six weeks.”

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Concha then noted that “the national outlets swarmed to Jacksonville, you may recall, when that mayor opened up that city’s beaches, saying that ‘Oh my God, look at all these people out here. This is obviously going to be a spike in cases, spikes in deaths.’”

“Do you know how many deaths Jacksonville, Duval County, has had since cases started being recorded in March? 36. That’s all,” Concha said, going on to call out CNN anchor Chris Cuomo for showing “complete hypocrisy” in his coverage of the virus.

He said Cuomo hosts his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on a nightly basis yet declines to ask about the nursing home order that has been a “death sentence” for many residents of the state.

“We prize rhetoric far too much over results and Andrew Cuomo is exhibit A,” he concluded.

Fox News Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Mollie Hemingway: Obama becoming ‘chattier’ as more is learned about Flynn investigation

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The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway told “The Brian Kilmeade Show” Wednesday that former President Barack Obama is “a little bit chattier” as more information regarding the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is revealed.

“[Obama’s] becoming more public as we learn more about how he went after him and undermined the peaceful transfer of government from his administration to the Trump administration and I think that’s why he’s a little bit chattier,” Hemingway, a Fox News contributor, told host Brian Kilmeade.

On Saturday, former President Obama, while speaking at an event for students graduating from historically black colleges and universities that was broadcast on social media, took a shot at government officials in charge of responding to the coronavirus, arguing that the pandemic showed they were incompetent.

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Although Obama didn’t directly name President Trump, he has previously criticized the administration’s response as plagued by selfishness.

Obama’s comments came following the Justice Department’s move earlier this month to drop its case against Flynn after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI.

The statements also came after a list of names was made public last week revealing that top Obama administration officials purportedly requested to “unmask” the identity of Flynn during the presidential transition period.

Hemingway noted Obama “is becoming more public,” during a conversation with host Brian Kilmeade regarding the traditional reluctance among presidents to criticize a successor.

Kilmeade noted on Wednesday that “things have certainly changed” and asked Hemingway, “what happened to that presidents club?”

“This is a norm that we’ve had for a really long time, this idea that presidents should not undermine their successors or attack each other,” Hemingway said in response. “This hasn’t really been kept to as perfectly as some people think. I mean there are plenty of examples of people privately or publicly disparaging their successors.”

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She added that Obama has “done far more than verbally go after Trump.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman, Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Sen. Barrasso rips Pelosi’s ‘fantasyland bill’ for prioritizing jobs for illegal immigrants over Americans

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Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso called the $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill the House of Representatives passed last week a “fantasyland bill” that he said helps illegal immigrants more than American citizens.

Barrasso told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is “actually making it easier for illegal immigrants to work in her three trillion dollar bill, that fantasyland bill, than she is making it easier for the 36 million Americans out of work to get back on the job.”

“Those are the perverse incentives that she’s included in this liberal wish list,” he continued.

The relief package the House passed Friday includes protections for illegal immigrants who work in jobs declared “essential” — a move that Republicans are blasting as an attempt at “amnesty.” It also expands direct payment eligibility to undocumented immigrants who pay taxes, which Barrasso said he disagrees with “100 percent.”

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The 1,815-page bill was drafted by Democrats alone and earned a veto threat from the White House and condemnation from the GOP as a “liberal wish list” that’s dead on arrival in the Senate.

“For the third week in a row, the Republican majority in the Senate has no COVID related business on the agenda,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Monday as he spoke from the Senate floor.

He then cited the more than 36 million Americans who filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March, when businesses were forced to temporarily close their doors in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Schumer also mentioned the more than 90,000 Americans who died as a result of COVID-19 pointing out that despite all that, “Senate Republicans have decided to take the month off from the coronavirus.

In response, Barrasso noted on Wednesday that “only about half of the money that we’ve already approved [in the prior relief packages] has gone out.”

“There’s another hundred billion for hospitals. There’s another hundred billion available in the Paycheck Protection Plan. There’s 150 billion that has gone to the states that has not yet been spent,” he said.

He acknowledged that “we may need another bill,” however, to account for liability protections for small businesses so that “the mom-and-pop businesses around the country have some protection against the sue and settle lawyers who are already sharpening their knives to go after them.”

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Barrasso also pointed out that The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which he chairs, “has passed a highway infrastructure bill and now, just in the last weeks, a water infrastructure bill for our dams [and] our ports.”

“That gets people back to work,” he continued. “That puts dollars in the states and people on the job.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Joshua Nelson contributed to this report.

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KT McFarland: Why ‘nothing makes sense’ about the Susan Rice email to herself

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Former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland reacted on Tuesday to a newly declassified email that President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice sent to herself on Inauguration Day in 2017, saying that “on its face” nothing about the email makes sense.

“There are a lot of pieces in this puzzle and they’re all starting to come together and more will be declassified this week and next week and you’ll have an even bigger picture of what it is,” McFarland told “Fox News @Night.

“But on its face, none of these things really jive or make sense.”

Rice’s note sent to herself on Jan. 20, 2017, which was declassified in its entirety by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and transmitted to the Justice Department, showed that former FBI Director James Comey suggested to Obama in a January 2017 meeting that the National Security Council [NSC] might not want to pass “sensitive information related to Russia” to then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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“Susan Rice wrote to herself and she’s saying, ‘Comey said that there’s nothing that Flynn has done yet to pass classified information to the Russians, but maybe he might in the future,’” she explained.

“Well, they know he wasn’t doing it because they were listening in on all of his phone calls. That is what all the unmaskings were about,” she told host Shannon Bream.

McFarland also noted that the fact that Rice sent an email to herself was an “odd thing to do.”

“Why would you write a memorandum to the record for yourself unless you assumed that somebody was going to come and look for those clues, that somebody was potentially going to come after the fact and see that they’ve done something wrong,” McFarland said.

“So she was trying to make sure everything was done by the books.”

McFarland also pointed out that during the meeting, which was documented in the email, “She [Rice] says that President Obama said, ‘Is there any reason why we shouldn’t bring the new team in on what we’re doing with Russia?’ As if that decision was being made then.”

McFarland said that three weeks before, she and Flynn were in Rice’s office for handover briefings and “every other topic was mentioned” including North Korea, China and ISIS, “but they didn’t mention anything about Russia and yet they knew, at that point, that they were about to sanction Russia for election interference.”

“So none of it really jives unless you look at it from the perspective of they knew they had done something wrong and now they were trying to cover their tracks,” McFarland told Bream.

In a statement Tuesday evening about the email’s release, a representative for Rice insisted the Obama administration did not change the way it briefed Flynn.

Bream asked McFarland if she thinks the Obama administration changed the way it briefed her or Flynn.

“Absolutely,” McFarland said in response, explaining that during the transition period Flynn met with Rice three times, two of which she was also present “and in none of those meetings did they discuss Russia.”

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“I think they had decided early on, for whatever their reasons were, they were not going to share any information about the Russians,” McFarland said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Restaurant exec who met with Trump calls for ‘unique, specific’ relief fund for the industry

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Will Guidara of the Independent Restaurant Coalition told “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday that the industry needs “a unique, specific fund” that is available just to restaurants.

“Last month alone, more than one out of four people that filed for unemployment were restaurant workers,” Guidara said. “We are in a really tough spot and we need support to get back on track.”

Guidara made the comments one day after he and other restaurant executives pushed President Trump to make fixes in the $660 billion small-business aid program that was enacted amid the coronavirus pandemic to allow them to get their businesses running again and rehire workers.

Executives from fast food eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants pressed Trump during a roundtable meeting to move to change the rules of the Paycheck Protection Program so that they have more time to spend the money from their loans in rehiring employees.

“We’re asking to have 24 weeks to spend the money, not eight weeks,” Guidara said, stressing that “restaurants are different than a lot of other businesses that are participating in that program.”

Guidara, whose group represents 11 million restaurant workers across the country, noted that most restaurants are not currently open “and so we don’t have the ability to hire everyone back.”

The PPP promises a business owner loan forgiveness if they retain or rehire workers they let go when the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to temporarily close their doors in an effort to slow the spread.

For the loans to be forgiven, companies must spend 75 percent on payroll within eight weeks of receiving the money. The other 25 percent can go to rent, utilities and mortgage payments.

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“Taking those funds without knowing for sure that they are going to be forgiven is not a good thing for restaurants,” Guidara said. “We can’t afford more debt on our balance sheets.”

Guidara, the co-founder of some of New York City’s top restaurants, participated in the roundtable at the White House on Monday and said that he thinks the president “seemed extraordinarily receptive” to his ideas.

“PPP was available to small businesses across America, and for many it was an extraordinary program, but the reality is restaurants are more uniquely affected by this than most other industries,” Guidara said.

He then explained that a “unique, specific fund of money” for restaurants is needed because that industry is “predicated entirely on social gathering” and most independent restaurants across America don’t have access to capital.

“The way I think about it is that the PPP is like the first half of the bridge and we need funds put into either a stabilization plan or some sort of grant program so that we can build the second half of that bridge,” Guidara said. He explained that it could be similar to the funding approved for U.S. airlines as part of the massive $2 trillion recovery package Congress passed in March.

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Trump has been calling for Congress to approve tax deductibility for corporations spending money at restaurants and for a break in payroll taxes as ways to save ailing restaurants, but executives jointly agreed on Monday that the fixes in the PPP were more important than deductibility and doing away with payroll taxes.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kayleigh McEnany on Trump’s threat to freeze WHO funds: They must prove they don’t have a ‘China bias’

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that “at the moment” it is definite that President Trump will withhold funding from the World Health Organization for another 30 days.

“U.S. taxpayer dollars will not go to an organization that slow-walks information, has a China bias and puts American lives at risk,” McEnany said on Tuesday.

McEnany referenced a blistering letter President Trump released the night before to the head of the World Health Organization, stating that his administration conducted an investigation that confirmed the health body’s multiple failures in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. In the letter the president also warned that his current funding freeze will become permanent if the organization does not make “substantive” improvements within 30 days.

“The president’s letter was very revealing,” McEnany said.

She went on say that “one of the most disturbing things” in the letter constituted “one of many pieces of evidence we have of the WHO and China slow-walking” information related to the novel coronavirus.

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“On January 21, you had the Chinese President Xi Jinping telling the WHO, pressuring the WHO to not call this a health emergency and the very next day you had the WHO saying, ‘this [COVID-19] is not a public health emergency of international concern,’” McEnany noted.

The White House has insisted that Beijing downplayed the virus’ threat in December, which led to the subsequent outbreak. China has denied the charge and accused Trump of shirking responsibility to the organization, according to the Agence France-Presse, an international news agency.

“The onus is on the WHO here to prove that they don’t have a China bias,” McEnany said on Tuesday.

She added, “They need to assure the United States that taxpayer dollars are used well, particularly when you consider the fact that they were all for China’s onerous restrictions of travel into their country, but when the president said ‘I’m stopping travel at our border from Wuhan,’ we were told by the WHO that that was a bad decision.”

She went on to note that “interesting facts like that really highlight the problems there.”

In a statement, the WHO said it was “considering the contents” of Trump’s letter.

Previously, the agency pointed out that it declared a global health emergency on Jan. 30, when there were fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases outside of China. At the time, the WHO chief said the world owed China gratitude for the way it bought other nations time to plan, with the extraordinary measures it was taking to contain the virus.

In April, Trump first announced that he was cutting off U.S. payments to the WHO during the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. is the WHO’s biggest donor, giving about $450 million a year.

Host Ainsley Earhardt asked McEnany, “Why is the WHO so supportive of China and not us when we bankroll them?”

“That is the million-dollar question,” McEnany said in response.

“And what do we get for that 400 million-odd dollars we give and China giving a fraction of that? We get the fact that they hide information given to them from Taiwanese officials that this virus had human to human transmission,” McEnany continued.

“The information about this potentially having asymptomatic spread, that also was information not given to us,” she went on to say.

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She then added, “We finally have a president who says, ‘That’s enough of funding these global organizations where we get very little in return.’”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ken Starr on FBI’s mishandling of Flynn case: Some are ‘defending the indefensible’

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Former Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr said Monday that the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is “a travesty to our justice system.”

Starr, a Fox News contributor, made the comment following the Justice Department’s move earlier this month to drop its case against Flynn, in a stunning development that comes after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI.

DOJ officials said they concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”

Starr noted on “The Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Radio that “there were all kinds of issues and problems” with the way the FBI went about conducting an interview with Flynn in 2017.

Explosive new internal FBI documents unsealed late last month show that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in January 2017 — and openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

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“We now know the interview should never have taken place,” Starr told host Brian Kilmeade on Monday, adding that the investigation may have been “legitimate” when it began in 2016, but the FBI recommended the case be closed just weeks before.

Starr was referencing internal FBI documents unsealed late last month that indicated that Peter Strzok – the now-disgraced anti-Trump former head of FBI counterintelligence — ordered the investigation of Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called “derogatory” information.

Starr noted that the investigation should have been over and called it a “setup.”

“It’s dead, but it hasn’t been formally closed and then it’s kept alive and so life is pumped back into it,” Starr said.

“And then [former FBI Director] Jim Comey and [former acting FBI Director] Andrew McCabe handle the situation in a very unprofessional, I think, unethical fashion–namely, not going through [the] proper process and sending the agents over, not giving Gen. Flynn warning that this really is an investigation as opposed to ‘Hey, we’re all friends. We’re just trying to get to the bottom of a few things. Welcome to your role as national security adviser’ and so forth.”

He went on to point out that “even then the agents did not think that Gen. Flynn was lying.”

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“So the whole thing, it’s tragic for General Flynn, but it’s also a travesty to our justice system,” Starr said on Monday. “It should not be defended and yet it is. This is defending, in my judgment, it’s defending the indefensible.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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