This 12 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
Trump denies America’s need for vaccines. John Iadarola and Francesca Fiorentini break it down on The Damage Report.
“I feel about vaccines like I feel about tests. This is going to go away without a vaccine. It’s gonna go away, and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time,” Trump said at the White House after meeting with Republican members of Congress.
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Trump accused of racism after clash with Asian American reporter. President appears to continue confrontation on Twitter seemingly in response to incident involving CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang: here.
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