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Donald Trump Says U.S. Won’t Close Economy Again, Even If There’s A Second Wave Of Coronavirus

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President Donald Trump on Thursday said “we are not closing our country” if the U.S. is hit by a second wave of COVID-19.

In reference to states like California which have not reopened as quickly as others Trump said, “I don’t think the people are going to stand for it.” Texas, North Carolina and Arizona have reported spiking numbers of cases as they’ve moved into reopening.

“People say that’s a very distinct possibility, it’s standard,” Trump said when asked about a second wave.

In a worst-case scenario, the infection curve of COVID-19 could mimic the most deadly epidemic in American history, the Spanish Flu. In 1918, the second wave of The Spanish Flu killed far more than the first wave.

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The president made his comments during a tour of a Ford factory in Michigan which has been converted to produce ventilators.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anothony Fauci testified last week before Congress about a second wave.

“I hope that if we do have the threat of a second wave we will be able to deal with it very effectively to prevent it from becoming an outbreak not only worse than now but much, much less,” Fauci said.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said in April that battling the virus in the fall would be “more difficult and potentially more complicated because we would have flu and coronavirus circulating at the same time.”

But Trump remained confident in the country’s ability to deal with a resurgence.

“We are going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country,” Trump said. “We can put out the fires. Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out. But we are not closing our country.”

Trump appeared at the Ford factory without a mask on Thursday, despite requirements there that everyone wear a mask. The president said he took his off to speak with the media.

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Three Childhood Friends Reunite to Protest for Black Lives Matter

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When Kiitan Amao, Moyo Badun and Sean Hill went to a protest in the small Irish town of Dundalk, they never expected to become the focus of a viral moment. 

However, the three men are now being celebrated after two photos from their childhood and current day circulated online. As of June 4, the tweet has garnered over one million likes and over 200,000 retweets, in addition to thousands of comments.

Kiitan, who is on the left in the above photo, tells E! News that the response to their pictures “has been crazy.” But he says he’s happy because he and his childhood friends are able to show the world that “the support from [their] town was overwhelming.”

“We as a small town called Dundalk managed to send such a strong message to everyone around the world. As such a small community we combined our talents to push a message out to the world,” he explains. “This town is a hidden treasure full of talent and strength.” 

As for what he hopes his friendship with Sean and Moyo represents, Kiitan wants people to know “that if you just unite and love one another you can achieve so much.”

“Dundalk and this friendship did nothing but prove that the human race is stronger together than we are divided into subcategories,” he adds.

Kiitan, Moyo and Sean are three of many thousands of individuals who’ve participated in global Black Lives Matter protests.

These mass marches began over a week ago when George Floyd died on Monday, May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly 9-minutes, with the assistance of three other officers. This incident was captured on video by a witness and has led to the indictment of all four men involved. 

Though charges were brought against all the former officers, people, including celebrities like HalseyJamie Foxx and Jonah Hill, continue to demand justice and call for racial equality. To learn how to take action and get involved, please click here. 

 – Additional reporting by Spencer Lubitz

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‘I Cannot Speak to My People the Way They Need to Be Spoken To’

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Amanda Seales is exiting “The Real.”

In an Instagram Live video this week, the co-host said she has decided not to renew her contract with the daytime talk show. “It doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I can not speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to,” she said. “And where the people who are speaking to me in disparaging ways, are not being handled.”

The announcement came six months after Seales first joined the roundtable show as a permanent co-host, joining Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry and Adrienne Bailon. A spokesperson for the show declined to comment except to confirm Seales’ exit.

“I’m not in a space where I can, as a full black woman, have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for black voices to be at the top too,” Seales told actor and producer Brandon Victor Dixon, who joined her for the conversation.

Seales later clarified in a follow-up post that her decision to leave the show did not stem from her relationship with her co-hosts.

“Y’all so f–ing corny,” she said. “There is a whole pandemic and an uprising going on, and you still can’t find s– else to do but try and create some kind of conflict that doesn’t exist? … What I gotta do with my business ain’t got nothing to do with them sisters.”

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Trevor Noah Addresses George Floyd Death, Decries Police ‘Looting Black Bodies’

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In an emotional video message, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah addressed the systemic racism in the U.S. and the explosion of protests in response to the death of George Floyd.

“Daily Show” is in reruns this week. On Monday, Noah released an 18-minute video discussing the domino effect that the news cycle has had on shining visibility on the deaths and altercations between police and unarmed African Americans.

“I saw so many people online saying, ‘These riots are disgusting, this is not how a society should be run, you do not loot and you do not burn, this is not how our society is built,’” Noah said. “But what is society? When you boil it down, society is a contract we sign as human beings amongst each other. ‘Amongst this group of us, we agree in common rules, common ideals, and common practices that are going to define us as a group.’”

Noah started by highlighting Christian Cooper, a black man in Central Park who asked Amy Cooper, a white woman, to leash her dog, resulting in an altercation in which Cooper threatened to call the police on him to say that an African American man was threatening her life. He then discussed the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia as another domino that shone a light on the racism present in our country. And then, he said, the video of Floyd’s death on May 25 from asphyxiation — after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes — was the final spark that incited protests held across the country and around the world.

“The video of George Floyd comes out, and I don’t know what made the video more painful for people to watch, the fact that that man was having his life taken in front of our eyes, the fact that we were watching someone being murdered by someone who’s job is to protect and serve, or the fact that he seemed so calm doing it,” said Noah.

“One ray of sunshine for me was seeing how many people instantly condemned [the Floyd video],” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that. Especially not in America. I haven’t seen a police video come out and just see across the board. I mean, even Fox News commentators and police chiefs from around the country immediately condemning what they saw. No questions, not, ‘What was he doing?’ Just going, ‘No, what happened here was wrong.’”

He then began speaking about the subsequent riots, saying that some people are condemning the looting and fires. He pointed to the reality of our society as being the culprit and epitome of the frustration. The real looting is the police “looting black bodies,” he said.

“We need people at the top to be the most accountable because they are the ones who are basically setting the tone and the tenure for everything we do in society,” said Noah. “The reason that [we lead by example] is because we understand that in society, that if we lead by example, there is a good chance that people will follow that example that you have set. And so if the example law enforcement is setting is that they do not adhere to the laws, then why should the citizens of that society adhere to the laws when in fact the law enforcers the law enforcers themselves don’t.”

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