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Trump in Florida but not to discuss Covid crisis
Florida has been thrust into the midst of the latest peak of the coronavirus and people may have thought that would have been the main reason for the president to visit today.
But so far he has not discussed it much and has got on with his agenda of visiting the military to talk about counter-narcotics operations, talking to the Venezuelan diaspora and meeting supporters.
The White House pool report notes that Trump said of the coronavirus earlier: “We are still fighting it and we are going to do very well”.
He was recently often talking about the pandemic in the past tense, so that comment is notable today.
The front page of today’s Miami Herald shows Trump arriving at the airport without wearing a mask, noting that he “stepped off Air Force One in Miami, into one of the worst coronavirus hot spots in the country” and even though Miami-Dade County has a mask-wearing mandate in public and mayor Carlos Gimenez last week said he expected Trump to don one.
The Herald notes that Florida’s Department of Health today confirmed 11,433 new cases of Covid-19 in the state, making it the second highest single-day total recorded in Florida since the pandemic began in March.
Some of those working in close proximity to the president can also be seen not wearing masks.
A clutch of Mike Pence’s Secret Service detail tested positive for coronavirus last week.
The Herald notes that there have been 2.4 million coronavirus tests performed in Florida so far, there are 244,000 cases and there have been just over 4,000 deaths.
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