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First lady Melania Trump will not travel to Pa. rally due to ‘lingering cough’ after COVID battle

First lady Melania Trump will not accompany President Donald Trump to a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening due to a “lingering cough” despite having recovered from the novel coronavirus.

Mrs. Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham said the first lady “continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19.”

Barron Trump, right, stands with his parents, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in Washington. (Associated Press)

Barron Trump, right, stands with his parents, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in Washington. (Associated Press)

“But with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” Grisham said in a statement.

The statement comes ahead of President Trump’s scheduled “Make America Great Again!” rally in Erie, Pa., later Tuesday – just two days before the candidates will face off for the second and final presidential debate on Thursday night.


Mrs. Trump’s last public appearance was during the Sept. 29 presidential debate in Ohio. She and President Trump announced in early October that they had both tested positive for the virus. Their results came after close aide Hope Hicks also tested positive.  


The first lady announced last week that she had tested negative.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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COVID-19 complicates Trump plans for election night party at his DC hotel

President Trump wants to hold an election night party at his Washington hotel, but strict COVID-19 regulations could see the event switched to Virginia or Florida at the last moment, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning.

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It could mean other GOP events are likely to be held elsewhere in the city to thin numbers across multiple venues.


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So while the Trump campaign is planning to use the Trump International Hotel, close to the White House, the Republican National Committee will hold a party at the Four Seasons in Georgetown.

But all that could change.

One high-profile supporter said he was ready to come to Washington, D.C., but was also prepared for an eleventh-hour switch.

Doug Deason, a Dallas-based donor, said: “We have booked our room, that’s the plan, and we are kind of waiting to see what happens.

“I was at the party four years ago, and I’m not planning to miss it this time.”

The Trump campaign was headquartered in Manhattan’s Trump Tower in 2016. Although Trump owns multiple hotels in the city, he plumped for the New York Hilton for his election night party.

This time around, he wanted to hold it on his own property. But like the rest of the country, which has been forced to forgo birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and even wakes, the president is finding that the pandemic is getting in the way of organizing mass gatherings.

In Washington, that means numbers are limited to 50, disappointing supporters.

“Plenty of donors can’t get in,” said a member of the Trump inner circle, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss planning. “People have been calling me for help to get into the hotel, but I don’t think I’ll get a ticket either.”

While the district remains in phase two of the administration’s coronavirus guidelines, Virginia and Florida have both moved into the more permissive phase three.

Gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed in Virginia, while Florida places a limit of 250 merely as a recommendation.

Trump owns a winery and a golf club in Virginia. He also owns properties in Florida, including the Trump National Doral, where he wanted to hold this year’s G-7 summit before backing down amid public opposition, and Mar-a-Lago, which he likes to call his winter White House.

Another donor said: “We are just trying to play it by ear to see what’s planned, what the president wants to do: Does he want to be in Florida, does he want to be in Virginia? We are leaving it flexible.”

Zach Everson, who runs the 1100 Pennsylvania newsletter detailing comings and goings at the hotel, said: “It would have been surprising if he didn’t go to a Trump property. The campaign and RNC have been the biggest spenders during COVID-19 with so many other events canceled.”

The RNC and the Trump campaign declined to comment.

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When Did President Trump Ban Travel From China? And Can You Travel To China Now?

When 2020 began, you probably didn’t think there would be a ban on travel to China or the rest of the world. President Trump’s travel ban from China might seem like ancient history almost a year later.

When Did The Travel Restrictions To China Start?

The U.S. government first issued a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” advisory on travel to the Hubei province where the city of Wuhan is. You might recall that Wuhan is the original epicenter of the coronavirus.

A nationwide travel ban from China took effect on January 31, 2020, with a few confirmed cases in the United States. This ban was only for non-U.S. citizens who had been in China within the last 14 days and were not the immediate family member of U.S. citizens or/and permanent residents.

This ban on foreign nationals entering the United States is still in effect if you have been in China, Iran, Europe Schengen area, United Kingdom, Ireland and Brazil during the last 14 days (as of September 18, 2020).

American citizens and permanent residents can still travel to China and back to the United States. If they felt symptoms, the travelers are to stay home and contact a doctor. Some states also have a mandatory quarantine if arriving from abroad.

Earlier this year, all people arriving in the United States had to pass through a screening process to verify their body temperature and check for COVID-19 symptoms. This restriction went into effect before the World Health Organization (WHO) named the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Flights To China Stopped In February

The domestic carriers were already beginning to reduce their service to mainland China before the January 31, 2020, presidential proclamation barring foreign nationals from entering the United States via China.

On January 29, 2020, American Airlines announced flight suspensions from February 9, 2020, to March 27, 2020, between Los Angeles and Shanghai plus Los Angeles and Beijing. On January 31, 2020, American extended the suspension to all flights for mainland China. Flight service to Hong Kong from Dallas and Los Angeles ended on February 6, 2020.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines followed suit and kept extending the service suspensions due to the global lockdowns.

While the U.S. airlines halted all commercial air travel to China and the U.S., some Chinese airlines could still make a reduced number of flights during the pandemic.

USA Today reports these four Chinese airlines (Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Xiamen) had 325 combined scheduled weekly flights between both countries pre-pandemic. The weekly flight numbers dropped to as low as 20 in February and 35 in March.

U.S. Airlines Start Flying To China

On June 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation made a bilateral agreement with China giving U.S. airlines permission to fly to China on a limited basis. Each carrier could operate up to four flights per week.

Delta was the first airline to resume service on June 25,

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Evangelical leaders are a reliable clientele for the Trump hotel in Washington

It’s unclear how much evangelical leaders have spent at the hotel in total in the past four years, but they are a reliable clientele for the hotel, which has been struggling financially and was running about half empty even before the coronavirus pandemic began. Asked how they came to stay there, they offered a variety of answers, ranging from convenience to social comfort.

Jerry Falwell Jr., former president of Liberty University, said he stayed there for a gala for the opening of the Museum of the Bible in 2017 and has eaten in the lobby’s restaurant several times because he is fond of seafood as well as the establishment’s owner. “It’s like supporting a friend,” said Falwell, who was one of Trump’s earliest supporters. When he was president of Liberty, the university would pay for his travel, he said. “It’s not like they’re giving us better rates. We pay full price.”

Robert Jeffress, who is pastor of First Baptist Church, a prominent Southern Baptist Church in Dallas, said he has stayed at the hotel about a dozen times since it opened and gets a discount because he is a regular customer. He said his choice of hotel, which his church pays for, has nothing to do with his support for the president and comes down to one factor: Its proximity to the White House. “It’s ridiculous to think that the president could be swayed … by where guests stay,” he said.

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, stayed in the hotel for one night in August 2018 when he was in town for a White House dinner for religious leaders, a trip that was paid for by his North Carolina church The Summit. Greear’s spokesman Todd Unzicker said Greear had booked an Airbnb but decided to switch to the Trump hotel because he could meet with other pastors staying there, and because he thought it had a good space to record a video for his ministry. “It’s like the convention hotel,” Unzicker said. “It’s convenient.”

Tennessee megachurch pastor Steve Gaines, who was serving as president of the SBC at the time when his wife stayed there for two nights in May 2018, said they received a discounted rate around the National Day of Prayer. “I just saw it as a hotel,” he said. “I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last week. I don’t have to have a fancy hotel. My dad was a railroader, my mom was janitor. I’m cool anywhere. If there was a Clinton hotel, I wouldn’t have cared.” Gaines said that his church Bellevue Baptist Church paid for the hotel.

Bill Dallas, who runs a nonprofit called United for Purpose, said that he picks between four or five hotels in the city simply based on the price for what he’s getting. “We take pride in scoring a great hotel room at a discounted price,” said Dallas, who organized a high-profile gathering of nearly 1,000 evangelical leaders with Trump before his election in 2016. “It’s

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Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, other hotels ask Trump for funding

Few industries have been as hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic than the hospitality business, and now hotel executives are asking President Donald Trump for help.

In a new letter—signed by everyone from leaders at Hyatt, Marriott, Best Western, and Hilton to small, local hotel owners to trade groups—industry representatives request that he direct the U.S. Treasury Department to modify the rules of Main Street Lending Program, which the Federal Reserve created to help small and medium-size businesses that were in good financial shape before the coronavirus pandemic.

“To date, only a small fraction of $600 billion in available loans have been utilized while the remaining funds—which are so desperately needed by industries like ours—sit idle and go unused,” the letter reads.

Eighty-eight people signed the letter, which says the hotel industry supported 8.3 million jobs before the pandemic and contributed $660 billion-plus to the country’s GDP.

It also points out that 60% of hotels are small businesses and close to 50% are minority-owned. Because of the pandemic, 30% of hotel workers have been furloughed or laid off and according to American Hotel & Lodging Association research, more than two-thirds say that if the situation continues as is, they’ll be unable to last more than another six months.

“Mr. President, we believe you have the power to call for immediate modifications to the MSLP to increase participation and help thousands of businesses that have been crippled by the pandemic through no fault of their own,” the letter says.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed chairman Jerome Powell are CCed.

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Trump, Biden to Have Dueling Town Halls, as Harris Cancels Campaign Travel

President Trump and Joe Biden were set to face off in dueling town halls Thursday, and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris canceled campaign travel after an aide tested positive for coronavirus.

As the pandemic continues to rattle the campaign, Ms. Harris suspended all campaign travel through Sunday “out of an abundance of caution,” said Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon. The decision was made after Ms. Harris’s communications director and a non-staff flight crew member tested positive for the virus.

Mr. Biden’s campaign said Ms. Harris was not in close contact with either individual during the two days prior to the positive tests. Ms. O’Malley Dillon said Ms. Harris had twice tested negative for coronavirus since Oct. 8, with her most recent negative test on Wednesday, and was scheduled to be tested again Thursday.

Sen. Kamala Harris arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday,.


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Earlier this month, Mr. Trump was hospitalized after he and several White House and campaign aides tested positive for the virus. Mr. Trump’s physician said in a memo released Monday that he had tested negative on consecutive days.

Mr. Trump’s diagnosis prompted the organizers of the second presidential debate, initially scheduled for Thursday, to change the format to a virtual event. The debate was canceled after the president said he would not participate unless it was held in person.

Mr. Biden instead signed up for a town hall on Thursday evening hosted by ABC News. Days later, NBC News announced it had scheduled a competing town hall with Mr. Trump.

A recent WSJ/NBC News poll shows women voters favor Democratic nominee Joe Biden over President Trump by a large margin. WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib explains why we’re likely headed into an election with a gender gap of historic proportions. Photo: Lori King/Associated Press

An NBC News spokesman said it programmed Mr. Trump’s town hall opposite Mr. Biden’s because it had given the same slot to the Democratic nominee in a previous town hall and wanted to keep all things equal. But the network has faced both public and internal backlash over its decision, with critics saying the move forced viewers to choose between the two candidates.

Mr. Biden will field questions from voters in Philadelphia, while Mr. Trump will do the same in Miami. Both ABC and NBC said their town halls will follow local public-health guidelines.

A final debate between the two candidates is still expected to take place on Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

With less than three weeks remaining until the election, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of registered voters found Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump by 11 points nationally. Recent surveys also show Mr. Biden ahead in several battleground states.

Mr. Trump returned to the campaign trail this week with rallies in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Iowa, while Mr. Biden traveled to Ohio and Florida. The final sprint comes as millions of Americans have already cast their ballots in early voting.

Ms. Harris had been scheduled to

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NYT: Trump family seeks rent break for DC hotel from Trump administration

The Trump Organization has looked into changing the Trump International Hotel’s lease payments to the General Services Administration in recent weeks, according to The Times, which cited people familiar with the matter.

The DC hotel is housed in the Old Post Office building, a federally-owned property on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Capitol building. The hotel is currently paying a monthly rent of $267,653 to the GSA, according to the GSA website.

CNN reached out to the Trump family and a spokesperson for the organization for comment but has not received a response. Eric Trump, one of the President’s sons who oversees the family business, confirmed the request to the Times and said they were asking the GSA about relief the agency may be giving other federal tenants.

“Just treat us the same,” Eric Trump told the Times. “Whatever that may be is fine.”

The GSA did not respond to requests for comment.

CNN has reported that Trump properties have collectively furloughed nearly 2,000 employees across several states as businesses are forced to close to stop the spread of the virus.

Trump International hotel workers were furloughed in Washington (237). Chicago (294 employees) and Las Vegas (552 employees). Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York furloughed 70 employees and Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, another 102 employees.

The coronavirus pandemic is costing Trump Organization properties over a million dollars in lost revenue daily, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post reported earlier this month the company has laid off or furloughed nearly 1,500 employees at its hotels in the United States and Canada.

Trump and his family have been barred from seeking relief from a Treasury Department $500 billion lending program included in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package he signed last month.

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Trump Administration Expands Travel Bans Over the Wuhan Virus Outbreak

During a press conference on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Trump administration plans to expand travel bans to include the United Kingdom and Ireland. The ban goes into effect Monday night at midnight eastern standard time.

“As the president just suggested, all of our health experts presented information. Dr. Fauci will reflect on those numbers. [They] made a unanimous recommendation to the president that we suspend all travel from the U.K. and Ireland that will be effect midnight Monday night eastern standard time,” Pence said during the press conference. “Again, Americans in the U.K. or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home… they will be funneled through specific airports in the process.”

Last week, President Trump suspended all travel from the European Union. When the initial Wuhan Virus broke out in China, President Trump announced a ban on all travel from China. Not long after that announcement, the administration extended the ban to include Iran and any foreign national who has visited the country in the previous 14 days.

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Trump urges Pelosi, Schumer to end ‘endless vacation’ as layoffs mount

President Trump called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Friday to cease their “endless vacation” and approve legislation that would help small businesses to keep paying their employees.

“Today people started losing their jobs because of Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, who should immediately come back to Washington and approve legislation to help families in America,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “End your Endless Vacation!”

The $350 billion emergency Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money on Thursday, after the Small Business Administration approved loans for more than 1.6 million companies with fewer than 500 employees.

The average loan size was about $240,000.

Democratic leaders have blocked the administration’s request to add $250 billion to the PPP, demanding hundreds of billions more for hospitals and states.

The Democratic-led House left town on March 27, while the Republican-controlled Senate has been holding only “pro forma” sessions with few lawmakers in attendance. Congress is due back in Washington on May 4.

About 800,000 loan applications are “in limbo” because the money ran out, said Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. He said more than 70% of the loans were for less than $150,000, meaning the money went to companies with payrolls of less than $60,000 per month.

“I’m not telling you this is a perfect program,” Mr. Rubio said Friday in a video message. “What I am telling you is, there are millions of small businesses with less than 25 or 30 employees that have benefitted from the program, and there are 800,000 of them stuck in limbo because [Democrats] are playing games with the PPP money and that needs to stop. Stop playing games with people’s lives.”

In the past month, nearly 22 million Americans have lost their jobs and filed claims for unemployment benefits.

Staffers for Democratic leaders are holding talks with Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin over the impasse.

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