WHO chief and Trump at odds over ‘politicizing’ of coronavirus | AFP

US president Donald Trump and WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disagree over alleged ‘politicizing’ of the COVID-19 pandemic: the World Health Organisation is pleading for global unity in the face of accusations from Trump that the UN health agency is ‘very China-centric’.

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Trump says he’ll look into ‘Tiger King’ case

President Donald Trump says he’ll “take a look” at the legal case of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” who is the central figure of the new Netflix series “Tiger King.” (April 8)

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Trump says he’ll look into ‘Tiger King’ case

President Donald Trump says “he’ll take a look” at the legal case of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” who is the central figure of the new Netflix series “Tiger King.” (April 8)

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Trump: WHO needs to ‘get their priorities right’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday doubled down on his claims that the United States was going to investigate the World Health Organization. “I think they have to get their priorities right,” Trump said during a White House briefing. (April 8)

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Sanders drops 2020 bid, Biden now likely nominee

Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in a general election campaign being waged against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. (April 8)

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Trump: Aggressive measures slowing spread of virus

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday social distancing and other measures aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus were having an impact.
At the daily White House briefing, Trump told reporters Americans were heading into the “final stretch” and that there was “light at the end of the tunnel.” (April 8)

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Coronavirus: Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown, measures tighten in Europe β€” 8th April | AFP

After 76 days of lockdown people are finally leaving Wuhan. In the city where the coronavirus first emerged, thousands flocked to train stations, as a strict travel ban was lifted. But elsewhere, rules are tightening as Europe’s death toll continues to soar. Meanwhile, African countries are preparing for the weeks ahead, Donald Trump accuses the World Health Organisation of a bias towards China and around the world zoos struggle for survival under lockdown.

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WHO: Don’t waste time ‘pointing fingers’

The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus. (April 8)

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Don’t politicise virus, WHO chief says after Trump criticism | AFP

“Please don’t politicise this virus,” says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus following stinging criticism of the WHO from US President Donald Trump. SOUNDBITE

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Sanders ends bid: Path toward victory ‘impossible’

Progressive standard-bearer Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday he is ending his 2020 presidential bid. The announcement leaves former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November. (April 8)

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Trump lashes out at critics over flu comparison

US President Donald Trump lashed at out critics on Tuesday for his comments comparing the coronavirus to the flu. Speaking at the White House daily briefing, the President said the US had taken the lead in practising social distancing which was having a positive impact in the fight against the pandemic. (April 7)

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Trump: Modly resigning an ‘unselfish thing to do’

President Donald Trump called Tuesday’s resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who stepped down after upbraiding of the captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt, an β€œunselfish thing to do.” (April 7)

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Trump criticizes World Health Organization

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned he would β€œput a hold” on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization, before backtracking and claiming, β€œI’m not saying I’m going to do it.” (April 7)

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Coronavirus: Trump threatens putting ‘hold’ on funding to World Health Organization | AFP

US President Donald Trump threatens to put a “hold” on funds to the World Health Organization, accusing it of bias toward China and performing badly in the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see,” says Trump. SOUNDBITE

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Trump seeking $250B more for small businesses

President Donald Trump says his administration is asking congressional leaders to swiftly commit another $250 billion to replenish a new $349 billion small-business coronavirus program that is being overwhelmed by surging demand. (April 7)

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Japan viral comedy song swaps ‘Pineapple-pen’ for handwashing advice | AFP

The Japanese comedian who stormed the world with his nonsense ‘Pineapple-pen’ hit and even entertained President Donald Trump is back with a new message: wash your hands! The entertainer known as Pikotaro grabbed a Guinness World Record in 2016 for his 45-second “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” or “PPAP” hit, which became the shortest song to break into the Billboard Hot 100.

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Trump says he had ‘warm’ conversation with Biden

President Donald Trump said he had a “really wonderful, warm” conversation with former Vice President Joe Biden that lasted approximately 15 minutes. (April 6)

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Trump wishes ‘friend’ Johnson well, says US ‘praying for his recovery’ | AFP

US President Donald Trump sends his best wishes British Prime Minister and “friend” Boris Johnson, says Americans are “all praying for his recovery.” SOUNDBITE

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Biden: Trump ‘awful slow’ to use power of office

Former vice president Joe Biden said President Donald Trump had been “awful slow” to use the powers of his office in the fight against the new coronavirus. The Democratic presidential candidate held an online town hall on Sunday. (April 6)

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Trump: US praying for Johnson amid hospitalization

President Donald Trump is sending well wishes to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after news broke earlier Sunday that he had been admitted to a hospital with the new coronavirus. (April 5)

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Trump ‘hopeful and sure’ British PM will recover from virus | AFP

US President Donald Trump says he is “hopeful and sure” Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized for further coronavirus tests after testing positive, would recover from COVID-19. SOUNDBITE

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Trump says ‘a lot of death’ ahead in virus fight

President Donald Trump said Saturday the United States was heading into what could be its “toughest” weeks as cases of the new coronavirus swell nationwide. (April 4)

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Trump says NY should have ordered more ventilators

President Donald Trump says his administration is β€œdoing our best” for New York, and the state should have ordered more ventilators years ago on a day when Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to seize unused ventilators in the state to fight the coronavirus pandemic. (April 3)

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Trump: Energy markets impacted by virus threat

President Donald Trump said on Friday the US oil and energy sector had seen an impact from the coronavirus leaving a “massive overabundance” of fuels. Speaking at a White House briefing, Trump offered assurances of better times ahead. (April 3).

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