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Ex-Sanders campaign official: Why won’t Bernie speak up about Joe Biden sexual assault allegation?

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Former Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign director Tezlyn Figaro reacted on Monday to some calls for former Vice President Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race over sexual assault allegations asking why Sanders has remained quiet about the issue.

Figaro, a political analyst, asked the question on “Fox & Friends” one day after two prominent, potential female Democratic vice presidential front-runners – former candidate for governor in Georgia Stacey Abrams and Sen. Amy Klobuchar – appeared on three national political shows and neither were asked about the explosive allegations against their potential running mate.

Tara Reade, who has accused Biden of past sexual assault while in the Senate, said in a statement sent to Fox News, “…It’s shocking that this much time has passed and that he is an actual nominee for president and they’re not asking the questions… If this were Donald Trump, would they treat it the same way? If this were Brett Kavanaugh did they treat it the same way? In other words, it’s politics and political agenda playing a role in objective reporting and asking the question.”

Host Ainsley Earhardt pointed out that the hashtag #DropOutBiden has been trending on Twitter, even among progressives.

Peter Daou, a former Hillary Clinton adviser, tweeted on Saturday that Biden should withdraw “to avoid potential catastrophe in Nov.” and wrote that Sanders “can restart his campaign.”

Figaro, Sanders’ former 2016 social justice director, noted on Monday the stark difference between how the media is handling the sexual assault allegations against Biden compared to Trump.

Figaro pointed out that Trump “had been questioned many, many times on his past accusers.”

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Earhardt noted that Biden has recently been interviewed by the mainstream media nearly a dozen times and was not asked about the allegations.

“As far as folks tweeting ‘drop out Biden,’ my question is what is the point of him dropping out if Bernie Sanders has already dropped to his knees?” Figaro asked. “If he is not speaking up for the progressives that support him, I really don’t know what good it would do other than creating more Twitter political theater.”

She went on to say that “at the end of the day, the only person that was standing between Joe Biden and the nomination was Senator Bernie Sanders.”

Figaro pointed out that Sanders suspended his campaign then “immediately endorsed Joe Biden and so he hasn’t said anything as well.”

“When I look at Joe Biden and who’s holding him accountable, it’s his voters,” she said. “So if his voters are not concerned, obviously they’re not concerned about the issues, the glaring issues that would become a problem with Joe Biden, he only owes them an answer.”

“But the question really is what about Bernie Sanders and the millions of millions of people that support him? Why is Bernie Sanders also quiet on this issue?” she went on to ask.

Figaro said that “if President Trump can be asked for his past issues then so can Joe Biden,” adding that her “main concern” is that Sanders hasn’t been holding true to his talking points, “which is start a revolution.”

“Apparently that’s something that he just doesn’t want to do,” Figaro said.

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Biden’s campaign has adamantly denied the allegations, calling the claim concerning the purported incident decades ago “false.”

Fox News Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Nunes: House Intel Committee’s concerns about China have stretched back years, long before coronavirus

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House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., discussed during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” what he has learned from his panel investigating China over the past decade.

“The concern that we had back in the beginning of 2011, 2012m was that China was trying to take over the global communications architecture, so we looked into companies like Huawei that were somehow underbidding every company in the world,” Nunes told host Maria Bartiromo. “They were giving things away for free and as we know the Chinese don’t do anything for free.” 

He said China then “moved in from communications architecture, which I do believe now that’s given them a global footprint to listen in and grab communications across the globe and to spy on not only people within the United States, but also our allies.”

Nunes continued, “We warned way before anybody else. We warned about those challenges.”

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Huawei, a multi-billion dollar Chinese conglomerate and one of the biggest cell-phone manufacturers in the world, has been accused by multiple U.S. intelligence agencies of leaving back doors in its mobile phone equipment, which allegedly could be used to spy on users.

China has been making headlines during the new coronavirus outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan. Fox News reported earlier this month that the U.S. has been conducting a full-scale investigation into whether the coronavirus, which went on to morph into a global pandemic, escaped from a lab in that city.

“You also look at what they’ve done in giving money out to other countries where they’ve now owned their financial infrastructure and they own their energy structure,” Nunes noted.

“The next big challenge here is going to be 5G,” he added. “Our companies here in the United States are so far behind. China is giving out free 5G products.”

Nunes pointed out that Americans have been getting “lapped by the Chinese over and over and over again.”  He continued, “We’re going to have to make some changes if we want to deploy 5G across this country and beat the Chinese.”

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China’s role in the global coronavirus pandemic will likely force countries to rethink their telecommunications infrastructure, including the adoption of China-based Huawei’s 5G networks.

Asked about the use of Huawei and 5G, Pompeo told Fox Business in an interview: “I am very confident that this moment — this moment where the Chinese Communist Party failed to be transparent and open and handle data in an appropriate way — will cause many, many countries rethink what they were doing with respect to their telecom architecture.”

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He went on, “When Huawei comes knocking to sell them equipment and hardware… they will have a different prism through which to view that decision.”

Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and Fox News’ Dave Nath and Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Kevin McCarthy: WHO acting like ‘Wuhan Health Organization’ during coronavirus

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” that the World Health Organization is acting “more like the Wuhan Health Organization” — a reason, he said, for Congress to return to work to conduct oversight.

McCarthy, R-Calif., made the comment while discussing a letter he had sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., last week asking to release a plan to reopen Congress safely. In the letter, he argued lawmakers were “essential” workers who needed to be on the job during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I fully appreciate the unprecedented nature of this challenge before us. But now, more than ever, our constituents expect us to rise to the occasion and overcome these trying circumstances,” McCarthy wrote.

The House had been under a prolonged recess as Americans remained under stay-home and social-distancing orders to stop the spread of COVID-19. This past Thursday, the House resumed session for the first time since March 27, when lawmakers passed the massive $2 trillion CARES Act by a voice vote. President Trump later signed it into law.

On Thursday, the House overwhelmingly passed a $484 billion relief package aimed at rescuing small businesses, helping hospitals and expanding testing. Trump signed the fourth bipartisan coronavirus bill the following day.

Lawmakers and staff wore masks in the House chamber. Members wiped down microphones and lecterns after they spoke. Voting took place in alphabetical waves to limit the number of people on the floor.

Some lawmakers expressed frustration that leadership worked out the spending bill while others in Congress remained at home.

On Sunday, McCarthy told host Maria Bartiromo that Pelosi “wanted to change 200 years of history.”

He explained, “[What] Nancy Pelosi wanted to do with Congress was to be able to hold 200 proxies, 200 different votes for members of Congress to make her more powerful.”

McCarthy went on to say, “Fortunately, after my letter and our discussion with her, she has pulled back on that, but Congress is essential.”

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“You have appropriators making sure government is funded,” he continued.  “You could bring oversight back to look at the WHO and this current administration, the WHO, is acting not like the World Health organization, but more like the Wuhan Health Organization.”

McCarthy had referenced the fact that the WHO increasingly has come under the spotlight in recent weeks for its role in the coronavirus outbreak, which culminated in the Trump administration temporarily halting funding.

The U.S. has been conducting a full-scale investigation into whether the coronavirus, which went on to morph into a global pandemic, escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, Fox News reported earlier this month.

Sources said they believed the WHO, a United Nations body, either was complicit in a cover-up or looked the other way. Publicly, the WHO has insisted there was no evidence it originated in the laboratory.

“We should actually get the facts and the answers, and those committees could come back… not the entire Congress, to show that we are working for the American public just as we watch these states phase in, in a safe, healthy manner,” McCarthy told Bartiromo, referencing how some states have started to reopen businesses in phases based on data.

Pelosi, for her part, has signaled shed be open to changing the rules for House voting, under the right conditions. “In order to have proxy voting, you also have to have a vote to change the rules of the House to do that, and we’d rather do that in a bipartisan way,” she told ABC News earlier this month.

McCarthy went on to note the current plan, for members of Congress to come back next month.

“After my conversation with the speaker, she put together three Republicans and three Democrats, myself and the majority leader and others, to start working on planning on how we can do this,” he said.

“I don’t think you should change the history of how Congress votes to empower one side,” McCarthy continued. “Congress can work, we just proved it. We have passed some of the biggest bills in the history of Congress during this pandemic.”

He went on to say that committees could work in larger buildings to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

When asked whether Congress will approve another stimulus package, McCarthy said, “Let’s first look at the results before we want to go back and try to rework another bill.”

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He continued, “I’d listen to the Democrats, but this is where their socialism comes out. They pick the dollar amount before they even know what needs to be done.”

Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Former FDA commissioner on use of hydroxychloroquine and Georgia reopening

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Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb weighed in Sunday on the use of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus and reacted to several businesses in Georgia reopening during the pandemic.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Gottlieb said that he doesn’t think doctors should be using hydroxychloroquine “outside of protocols at this point, given the fact that we’ve had now accruing evidence demonstrating really no benefit and some indication that it could be causing harm.”

Gottlieb made the comments two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against the use of two antimalarial drugs that have been touted as possible treatments for the new coronavirus following reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in COVID-19 patients treated with the medications.

The drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine should not be used outside of a hospital or clinical setting, the agency said, especially when used alongside the antibiotic azithromycin, also known as a Z-Pak.

“The FDA is aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with azithromycin,” the FDA wrote on its website.

The medications, which have been long prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, have made headlines in recent weeks after President Trump called the drugs a potential “game-changer” for the treatment of COVID-19 after a French study suggested that hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin, could shorten the duration of illness for coronavirus patients.

In late March, the FDA put in place an emergency-use authorization to try these drugs in severe cases of the virus.

“I think it’s still reasonable to conduct clinical studies with it to see if it could be effective as a treatment, but we’ve done a lot of clinical studies to date and we haven’t turned over a card that’s really shown that the drug is affective,” Gottlieb said on Sunday.

He went on to note that “this [hydroxychloroquine] was being used very widely in New York City and other cities as well, it’s being used very widely in Italy also, off-label as a treatment initially in the setting of this outbreak here in the United States.”

“I think a lot of doctors that I talked to in New York City are starting to pull back from using it right now, given the fact that they really haven’t seen an indication that it’s having a robust treatment effect,” he continued.

Gottlieb also reacted to the fact that on Friday businesses in Georgia started to reopen,  saying he thinks it was the wrong move.

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While he extended Georgia’s state of emergency until May 13, which enforces “shelter in place” orders, Gov. Brian Kemp also allowed for businesses such as bowling alleys, gyms, tattoo parlors, spas, nail salons and movie theaters to start operating.

The order allowed restaurants to reopen April 27, with a restriction on gatherings to 10 people per 500 square feet.

“It does up the risk of infection,” Gottlieb said. “Georgia is certainly not out of the woods.”

He noted that only about one percent of the state’s population has been tested and that the state has reported more than 23,000 coronavirus cases.

“They may have plateaued in their epidemic, maybe, but they’re still accruing a lot of new cases,” Gottlieb said. “And they certainly aren’t coming down in the terms of the number of new cases each day.”

He added that “it’s going to take some time until we see sustained declines in new cases and get to the point where there’s a low enough level of spread in the country that we can feel comfortable about opening up parts of the country.”

“It’s going to be probably mid-May, maybe late May in parts of this nation,” he explained. “Georgia is certainly jumping the gun I think here, getting started too early relative to where they are in the epidemic.”

Kemp has also faced criticism for his decision from President Trump who said he thinks “it’s too soon.”

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According to models and projections used by the White House from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Georgia should not consider reopening until mid-June at the earliest.

Fox News’ Peter Aitken and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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Gov. Hogan on Trump’s comments on disinfectant and sunlight to cure coronavirus

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, reacted on Sunday to President Trump’s comments on disinfectant and sunlight as a potential cure to coronavirus saying “some of the messaging” during White House news briefings “has not been great.”

Hogan made the comments on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday responding to Trump, in his White House coronavirus task force briefing Thursday, appearing to suggest that light and disinfectants might have the potential to treat the coronavirus.

“We had hundreds of calls in our hotline here in Maryland about people asking about injecting or ingesting these disinfectants, which is hard to imagine that people thought that that was serious, but people actually were thinking about this,” Hogan said on Sunday. “Was this something you could do to protect yourself?”

Trump’s comments prompted a number of stories condemning the statements, others seeking to defend the president and a scathing tweet from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The comments even prompted a statement from Reckitt Benckiser Group, the makers of Lysol, warning against improper use of disinfectant products.

The president’s comments came after administration officials presented findings of a study that suggested increased heat, light and humidity in the summer could decrease the time it takes for the coronavirus to disperse on surfaces and in the air, and potentially slow the spread of the disease during the warmer months. They also said that isopropyl alcohol and bleach were highly effective in tests at killing the virus on surfaces — with bleach killing it in as few as five minutes and isopropyl alcohol doing so in just 30 seconds.

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On Friday, the White House hit back at the media’s coverage, with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany saying in a statement: “President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing. Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”

Also on Friday, Trump insisted he was being “sarcastic” when he seemingly suggested that household disinfectants could be used as a treatment for the new coronavirus.

“I think it is always critically important … for a leader to put out the facts and to be as open and honest and transparent as possible and that’s what I tried to do as the governor of my state, particularly in the middle of this crisis,” Hogan said on Sunday. “I think it’s critical that the president of the United States, when people are really scared and in the middle of this worldwide pandemic, that in these press conferences that we really get the facts out there.”

“Unfortunately, some of the messaging has not been great,” he continued. “I mean, the mixed messaging, I’ve raised concerns multiple times about conflicting messages.”

When asked if the president should stop holding the news briefings Hogan said, “I think having briefings to inform the public of what’s going on is important and I think his coronavirus team has really been doing a good job and there are some really smart folks on there that are providing valuable information.”

“I would hate to see that stop,” he continued, adding that he noticed the last briefing was “different.” He also noted that President Trump didn’t take any questions from reporters.

Friday’s record short coronavirus briefing lasted a little over 21 minutes.

“We didn’t have a two-hour long press conference that went off into different topics,” Hogan noted on Sunday. “Perhaps that’s indicating a different strategy, and I think maybe some of his advisers are suggesting that maybe a different communication policy might be more helpful.”

A White House coronavirus news briefing was not held on Saturday.

There have been discussions within the White House about changing the format of the briefings to reduce the president’s role, the Associated Press reported, citing four White House officials and Republicans close to the White House who spoke on condition of anonymity given they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

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Trump, who is known for changing his mind, has not committed to any permanent change in the format of the news briefings, the officials reportedly said.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson, Marisa Schultz, Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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America First spokesperson: Illinois Senate Dems’ request for $41.6B federal bailout ‘shameless’

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America First national spokesperson Steve Cortes reacted on “Fox & Friends Weekend” to Illinois Senate Democrats asking for a whopping $41.6 billion from the federal government in the next coronavirus relief plan, including $10 billion for a pension fund bailout, calling the request “shameless.”

“The politicians that are ruining this city of Chicago and the state of Illinois, they believe in this moment of crisis they found a beard, a way to mask what has been a financial disaster in the state, included in that 40 billion,” Cortes said on Sunday. “They asked for $10 billion just to bail out our unfunded pension obligations. Those existed, of course, well before the virus ever hit in the United States, including Illinois.”

Cortes called attention to the fact that Illinois has one of the nation’s worst-funded pension systems.

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In a letter to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Illinois’ congressional delegation, Senate President Don Harmon requested the help, which included more than $9 billion for local governments and $15 billion in block grant funding to fill budget gaps over three years.

Harmon’s request was not endorsed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The Illinois Republican Party blasted the effort on social media as “brazenly using a global pandemic as an excuse” to fix longtime financial issues.

On Sunday, Cortes explained the “the real issue,” which he said is “the spending by the state of Illinois, particularly when it comes to employees and pension obligations.”

He went on to say that “reckless spending” in the state is “what has made Illinois into America’s Greece with all of the debt and all the financial woes, but without the sunshine and the islands, unfortunately.”

Cortes also reacted to the fact that the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune has repeatedly slammed the Illinois Senate’s request for the federal bailout.

“What is beyond galling is using the coronavirus as an excuse,” the board wrote last Sunday.

“I think it’s clear that these Democrat-led states, they are banking on, they are hoping for, a federal bailout,” Cortes said on Sunday. “They believe that if Donald Trump were to lose in November, which is not going to happen, but they believe that if that were to happen, if they could potentially flip the Senate, that the federal government would effectively federalize all of these problems from the profligate blue states.”

“None of that is going to happen,” he continued. “What will happen and should happen, is what leader McConnell said when he articulated that we really need to change federal laws and federal policies to allow bankruptcy for states like Illinois. That’s the only reasonable solution.”

Cortes was referencing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion last week that states like Illinois could file for bankruptcy to get out from under heavy public employee pension debt. That suggestion was rejected by Pritzker.

According to the U.S. Constitution, states are prevented from filing bankruptcy.

McConnell, R-Ky., brought up the idea on Hugh Hewitt’s syndicated radio show while discussing his restraint about additional aid to state and local governments to deal with reduced revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re going to push the pause button here because I think this whole business of additional assistance for state and local governments needs to be thoroughly evaluated,” McConnell said. ”There’s not going to be any desire on the Republican side to bail out state pensions by borrowing money from future generations.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said federal dollars for state and local governments should be part of a coronavirus relief package. Republicans resisted the Democratic effort to have the aid in the last relief package.

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Pritzker said during a news conference last week that he is hopeful senators realize state and local governments “deserve and need additional support.”

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gen. Jack Keane blasts Iran as ‘all talk’ after harassment of US ships in Persian Gulf

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Fox News senior strategic analyst and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane told “Outnumbered Overtime” Thursday that Iran believes “the United States has turned inward.”

On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that he had instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian gunboats harassing American ships. That tweet followed a report by the Navy last week that 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels harassed American ships in the Persian Gulf.

“We don’t want their gunboats surrounding our boats and traveling around our boats and having a good time,” Trump said during a news briefing. “We don’t want them anywhere near our boat … If they do that, that’s putting our ships in danger and our great crews and sailors in danger. I’m not going to let that happen and we will shoot them out of the water.”

Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Javad Zarif tweeted on Thursday in response to Trump: “The US military is hit by over 5000 #covid19 infections. @realdonaldtrump should attend to their needs, not engage in threats cheered on by Saddam’s terrorists. Also, US forces have no business 7,000 miles away from home, provoking our sailors off our OWN Persian Gulf shores.”

“How much of a threat do you see from Iran at this point in terms of taking advantage of a pandemic in the background?” host Harris Faulkner asked Keane.

“I think the Iranians initially felt that, because of the size of the [coronavirus] infection in the United States and what it’s doing to the economy, because they never note that we have one of the lowest death rates in the world, that they believe the United States has turned inward,” Keane said in response. “That’s a miscalculation, because the United States military is not turned inward.

“In fact, what provoked the harassment of our ships was that we were practicing some drills with a number of our ships in the Persian Gulf, a little north of where this incident took place, and landing Apaches [U.S. Army Apache attack helicopters] on aircraft carriers, something we don’t do all the time,” Keane continued.

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He added that the Navy was “likely practicing drills, as we always do, in preparation for future attacks in Iraq by the Iranians’ proxies or possibly incidents at sea, dealing with the small boats that we all saw on the Internet and on television, in terms of their harassment.”

According to a statement from the U.S. 5th Fleet, the Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front of and behind the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of one ship, the USS Lewis B. Puller, with a 50-yard closest point of approach. The Iranian ships also came within 10 yards of another ship, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui.

The U.S. crews responded by issuing multiple warnings via radio — including five short blasts from the ships’ horns and long-range acoustic noise maker devices. After about an hour, the Iranian vessels responded to the radio queries, before maneuvering away from the U.S. ships and increasing the distance between them, according to the Navy.

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“The bluster that comes out of the Iranians is all talk because they know full well that [if] they got in any kind of engagement with the United States, the United States would take down all of their maritime bases, which are on the Iranian coast, rather quickly,” Keane said on Thursday.

“They don’t have much of a navy. They have a considerable amount of small boats. We could do some other things to them,” Keane continued. “They’re very much aware of the price that they would pay for using lethal force against the United States Navy.”

Keane also noted that President Trump is “not taking away the rules of engagement that the Navy is using, in terms of when would they use lethal force.”

“When does something turn from harassment to something that is presenting itself as an absolute threat to a ship?” he added. “Running around in circles around a ship, while that’s of concern to the Navy, they don’t interpret that as lethal force and if it was lethal force, believe me, they would act accordingly.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Chris Wallace on AOC’s ‘say no’ to work call: Not the time for ‘economic revolution’

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Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” reacted on Thursday to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s argument that many Americans should protest economic insecurity by refusing to work after coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted, saying “good luck with that.”

Wallace made the comment on the “Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Radio, adding that he thinks the freshman congresswoman’s statement came at the wrong time given the nation is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and its impacts.

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“When we talk about this idea of reopening society, you know, only in America does the president — when the president tweets about liberation — does he mean go back to work. When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no’ — we’re not going back to that,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said during an interview with Vice TV host Anand Giridharadas on Wednesday.

“We’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we could put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”

In response, Wallace noted that “we’re in the middle of the pandemic” and said it is not the “right time” to talk about an “economic revolution” when millions of people are unemployed as businesses are temporarily closed and people are forced to stay home in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Wallace made the point shortly after the Labor Department reported another 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment claims last week, bringing total job losses since the virus outbreak triggered widespread stay-at-home measures five weeks ago to more than 26 million.

“You can argue about how early we should get back to work from a safety point of view, but I think to start talking about an economic revolution … when businesses are going bankrupt and now 26 million people have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks, that people should hold out and not go back to work who don’t have any money because they want to get better work conditions and they say have a complete restructuring of the economy, good luck with that,” Wallace said.

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He went on to say that he thinks that “some of the points she makes about the economy are legitimate, but I don’t know that this is the right time to be making them and we just need to get ourselves back on our feet.”

“We don’t need to be starting to rediscover how this economy works,” Wallace continued.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Maria Bartiromo: US economy faces potential of ‘severe’ recession in coming quarters

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Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo said on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday that there is the potential for a “severe” recession in the coming quarters.

Bartiromo made the statement shortly after the Labor Department reported another 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment claims last week, as massive job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic continued to grow.

The new report, which covers the week ending April 18, brings total job losses since the virus outbreak triggered widespread stay-at-home measures five weeks ago to more than 26 million, erasing the entirety of the 22.78 million labor market gains since the Great Recession more than a decade ago.

On Thursday, Bartiromo addressed why U.S. equity markets are rallying even with all the people filing unemployment claims saying, “It’s all about expectations.”

“We are expecting the second quarter to be dreadful and that’s exactly what we’re seeing week by week,” Bartiromo noted. “Right now we’re up to 26 million Americans having filed for unemployment benefits in the last five weeks, with this latest report this week of 4.4.”

She pointed out that the number of people filing unemployment claims for the week ending April 18 “is not that much more than the expectations.”

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Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected the number of initial claims for state unemployment benefits to hit 4.2 million.

“There were some estimates out there that were even more dreadful, above 5 million, so there is one argument to be made that this is not as bad as some people thought,” Bartiromo explained.

“Having said that, we are expecting a very tough quarter, a very tough month and certainly a recession, perhaps a severe one in the next couple of quarters,” she continued.

Bartiromo noted that “we’re not expecting a snap back per se in the fourth quarter,” referencing the fact that a V-shaped recovery is not likely.

“But we will start coming back little by little,” she continued, explaining that has a lot to do with policymakers’ moves to shore up the economy.

“You’ve got money thrown at this economy in a huge way, flooding the economy,” Bartiromo said, referencing the central bank’s emergency moves, which included slashing interest rates to near zero and buying an unlimited amount of Treasury securities.

She also noted the federal government’s moves to help the economy and brought up the fact that the Senate on Tuesday passed a nearly $500 billion coronavirus “Phase 3.5” relief bill that would replenish the small business rescue program known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The new deal would provide more than $300 billion for the PPP.

Bartiromo said the “new money that is about to go to the smaller banks and to the paycheck program” is also going “to be helpful.”

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She went on to say that “at this point, you are going to see more numbers like this [the large number of unemployment claims filed] so that’s why I don’t think you’re going to see much of a reaction from stock investors.”

Fox Business’ Megan Henney contributed to this report.

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Iowa woman sets up ‘giving tree’ of face masks on family farm amid pandemic

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Iowa quilter Deb Siggins discussed on “Fox & Friends First” on Thursday how the idea of creating a “giving tree” with handmade face masks for health care workers came about.

Siggins, of Lisbon, said she began making the masks as a way to help out a local hospital during the coronavirus pandemic and wanted to provide a way for people to safely pick them up. Several states have reported a shortage of personal protective equipment, including face masks, amid the outbreak.

Siggins said she works for UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine in Mount Vernon, Iowa and “UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids sent out a request” for people to make and donate cloth masks, called Olson masks.

“What the masks do is protect your filters and the N95 [respirator] masks so that those masks and filters can be reused and you wash your cloth masks,” Siggins explained.

The 55-year-old pays out of her own pocket for all the materials, according to the New York Post. Some of the masks were reportedly for the hospital in Cedar Rapids, as well as some for patients and co-workers at the doctor’s office where she works in Mount Vernon, and others for workers on the front lines, including firefighters and grocery store workers.

Now Siggins hangs them on a tree nearby, which has since been dubbed the “giving tree,” so people can get the masks while still maintaining social distancing.

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“I thought since we weren’t having Easter and we weren’t having an Easter egg hunt that I would put masks out on a tree that my husband decorates every year at Christmas with lights, so I just put like about 30 out and I put on Facebook that if anybody was interested in a mask they could just could come and get it off of the tree,” Siggins said.

Since Siggins shared the post about the tree on Facebook, it has taken off and as of Thursday, she has made more than 600 masks.

When asked what the response from the community has been, Siggins said, “Really good.”

“I think some people are afraid to ask or don’t know where to go,” Siggins added.

She went on to say that the experience has been “fun.”

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“We live on a farm and it was just kind of fun watching people coming in and take the masks and then leave and honk and wave,” Siggins said.

Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report.

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