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@VOANews White House bureau chief. Member: @aaja, @afsatweets, @opcofamerica, @pressclubdc, @sajahq, @spj_tweets, @whca. Past president: @fccjapan, @SeoulFCC.
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19 Sep
"I have given the deal my blessing. If they get it done, that’s great, if they don’t, that’s okay too. It’s a great deal for America,” says @POTUS of @tiktok_us. “They’ll report the full scope of the deal very soon, but it will be totally controlled by Oracle and Walmart."
Ban on @tiktok_us delayed by one week, announces @SecretaryRoss.
"Oracle will be responsible for key technology and security responsibilities to protect all U.S. user data. Approval of the transaction is subject to a closing with Oracle and Walmart and necessary documentation and conditions to be approved by CFIUS," says @TreasurySpox.
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19 Sep
“I totally disagree with her. We won,” responds @POTUS to this tweet from a vulnerable @GOP senator.
“We want to respect the process. I think it’s going to go very quickly, actually,” @POTUS tells reporters, adding he expects his #SCOTUS nominee to be announced “next week” and it will “most likely” be a woman.
On the 2016 blocking of Garland nomination for #SCOTUS, @POTUS replies: “That’s the consequence of losing an election.”
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18 Sep
#SCOTUS Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Justice Ginsburg wrote in a statement to be released upon her death.
Official announcement from #SCOTUS of the death of Justice Ginsburg.
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18 Sep
At an airport political rally in Mosinee, #Wisconsin, @realDonaldTrump says a #COVID19 vaccine is coming "very, very soon" and "we'll defeat the virus." #Election2020 #CoronavirusUSA Image
More than 1,000 people are outside attending the @realDonaldTrump rally and ~60% are wearing masks, according to my @VOANews colleague @pwidakuswara on the scene as the traveling @WhiteHouse radio pool reporter tonight.
Sometimes he has to turn off the politics on TV because "I can't watch me," says @POTUS.
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17 Sep
I asked @POTUS why the @WhiteHouse killed a plan to mail 5 reusable face masks to every American household.

“I don’t understand,” he replied and turned away to take another question. Image
"I don't know her. She worked for the vice president," says @POTUS of @OliviaTroye. "I have no idea who she is. She doesn't know me."
"She was terminated. She has nothing to do with me," adds @POTUS. "They let her go with cause...and then she wrote a beautiful letter...praising the administration."
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17 Sep
A homeland security, counterterrorism and #coronavirus adviser to @VP for 2 years says the @realDonaldTrump administration’s response to #COVID19 cost lives. As a result, @OliviaTroye tells @washingtonpost, she'll be voting for @JoeBiden.
washingtonpost.com/politics/olivi…
"I haven't read her comments in any detail. But, it reads to me like one more disgruntled employee that has decided to play politics during election year," says @VP, responding to a shouted question about @OliviaTroye.
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17 Sep
“On this very day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was the fulfillment of thousands of years of Western Civilization,” says @POTUS at @USNatArchives. Image
"Yet as we gather this afternoon, radical movement is attempting to demolish this treasured and precious inheritance," adds @POTUS.
"We are here today to declare we will never submit to tyranny," says @POTUS.
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17 Sep
Today, @USTreasury #OFAC sanctioned two Lebanon-based companies for being owned, controlled, or directed by #Hizballah. Also designated is Sultan Khalifah As’ad, a Hizballah Executive Council official, said to be closely associated with both companies. home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/…
Also, @USTreasury #OFAC is imposing sanctions on #Iran cyber threat group APT39, one front company and 45 associated individuals. home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/…
Statement from @SecPompeo on the #Hizballah sanctions. Image
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16 Sep
"They know we have it or will soon have it," says @POTUS of @JoeBiden campaign's cautious comments on a #COVID19 vaccine.
"If we do a good job" US #COVID19 deaths will be under 250,000, according to @POTUS. Image
Congratulation to @bigten football, says @POTUS. "It's back."
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16 Sep
Last night @realDonaldTrump made clear he doesn’t have a plan to combat #COVID19, says @JoeBiden. Image
"He still won't accept any responsibility," adds @JoeBiden. "It won't go away like a miracle."
"We're heading into a very dangerous autumn" with #COVID19 cases and deaths predicted to spike in November and by the first of the year 250,000 will be dead in America, says @JoeBiden.
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16 Sep
Today, @TheJusticeDept, @DHSgov and @USTreasury #OFAC sanctioned two nationals of #Russia "for their involvement in a sophisticated phishing campaign in 2017 and 2018 that targeted customers of two U.S.-based and one foreign-based virtual asset service providers."
US citizens and businesses were among the victims, which resulted in combined losses of at least $16.8 million.
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16 Sep
A post-midnight return to #Delaware for @JoeBiden after a pair of socially distanced campaign events in Tampa and Kissimmee, #Florida. Image
Just as a doctored video of one of the @JoeBiden events is retweeted by @POTUS:
The video replaces the @LuisFonsi song @JoeBiden actually played on his phone with one from #NWA. How do I know this? I was in the room for the Hispanic event in Osceola County, #Florida.
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15 Sep
Small clusters of flag-waving @realDonaldTrump Trump supporters spotted at entrance to college where @JoeBiden is about to speak. Image
The view inside as we await @JoeBiden for remarks and a roundtable with veterans. Image
"Every one of these fallen angels left behind a family" and a community, says @JoeBiden of those US service members who have died overseas. He's also repeating his comments about @realDonaldTrump being unfit for office because of the alleged disparaging remarks he's made. Image
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14 Sep
“I’m deeply concerned by press reports of an Iranian plot to attack the United States’ ambassador to South Africa," says @ChrisCoons in statement.
"While I have not been officially briefed on this alleged Iranian plot, I consider this threat credible based on previous attempts by Iran to target diplomats in other countries," adds @ChrisCoons.
“I will be in direct contact with both South African and U.S. officials about this threat, and I urge the South African government to work with American officials to prevent any attack or assassination attempt and to keep all U.S. personnel safe," says @ChrisCoons statement.
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14 Sep
What's needed in the West is "good strong forest management," @POTUS tells reporters on arrival in #California. "Hopefully they'll start doing that." Image
"When tree falls down after a short period of time, like 18 months, they become really dry" and become explosive matchsticks, adds @POTUS. Leaves are also a problem.
"The hots are getting hotter, the drys are getting drier. ... Something's happened to the plumbing of the world," @GavinNewsom tells @realDonaldTrump.

Climate change is "exacerbating this," adds the #California governor. Image
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14 Sep
Crowd behind @realDonaldTrump (in view of the TV cameras) primarily masked but those facing him primarily not wearing face coverings. Image
"Look at all that fake news," says @realDonaldTrump inside @Xtreme_MFG in Henderson, #Nevada. "When I say that their heads explode."
"The radical left in America is waging open war on law enforcement," says @realDonaldTrump at latest campaign rally.
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13 Sep
Statement about @tiktok_us from @Microsoft. Image
Update: @Oracle selected by @tiktok_us owner as winning bidder, reports @Reuters.
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13 Sep
"I received the Bay of Pigs Award from the Cubans in Miami," says @POTUS at roundtable with Hispanics in Las Vegas. Image
There was an endorsement from a 'Bay of Pigs' group, but there's no such award. nbcnews.com/video/trump-ac…
"He's not a strong person," says @realDonaldTrump of @JoeBiden.
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13 Sep
This appears to be a reference to one of the executive orders @POTUS actually signed on July 24th.
On July 24, @POTUS signed 4 exec orders on lowering drug prices. The MFN order was delayed for a month to give the pharmaceutical industry time to make a deal. The deadline passed with any deal announced and the @WhiteHouse hadn't moved forward with the order.
Text of the executive order just released by the @WhiteHouse shows it dated July 24.
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13 Sep
Reporter for @KPCC covering protest was pinned to the ground by at least 5 @LASDHQ deputies.
According to police, @josie_huang ignored commands to stay back while they arrested a second protester who violated dispersal orders.
Demonstrators, according to @LASDHQ, were blocking the entrance and exit of a hospital emergency room, yelling "We hope they die" — referring to 2 deputies ambushed in Compton.
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13 Sep
In Minden, #Nevada, @realDonaldTrump takes the stage at his latest campaign rally.
"What a crowd this one is. And you got thousands and thousands of people outside," begins @realDonaldTrump in northern #Nevada.
"And 52 days from now we're going to win Nevada and four more years in the White House," says @POTUS, adding after that "we can negotiate" for another four years because of "the way we've been treated."
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