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'It would help if from time to time the President would wear one'

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Forget the new Cold War with China, the old one between the United States and Moscow isn't finished with us yet.

According to the New York Times, citing unnamed officials, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were briefed about the affair, but did nothing about it.

Trump denied that he was briefed about the bounty scheme, but given past behavior, it's hard to take this White House's word on anything.

"Under the leadership of President Trump, we have made truly remarkable progress in moving our nation forward," Pence said Friday, in the latest "Mission Accomplished" moment of the pandemic.

He then retweeted, and later deleted, a video in which one of his supporters chanted "white power. " It was an apt metaphor for a presidency that refuses to take obvious steps to slow the disease -- like model the wearing of masks or encourage business closures -- as thousands more Americans fall ill and die.

Within three hours, his tweet was deleted -- but not before South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black senator in the Republican conference, described it as "indefensible. " According to White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere, Trump just didn't hear the part about white power.

"It would help if from time to time the President would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you do," said Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander over the weekend.

Meanwhile producer Shelby Rose has found a few examples to underline Alexander's point -- from fellow Republicans wearing masks, to heads of state that Trump admires wearing masks, to leaders on both the global left and right wearing masks.

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