Inside an eerily quiet White House Friday morning, a barebones staff scrambled to contain the fallout from a nightmare scenario: President Donald Trump and his wife Melania hobbled by the coronavirus in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.
Trump spent the morning quarantined in the residence with his wife, calling key senators and consulting in-house doctors about his symptoms, which included fatigue and cold-like congestion, according to a senior administration official. But he remained silent publicly throughout the morning and afternoon, causing some concern. And by Friday evening, he was being transferred to Walter Reed hospital for the coming days “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the White House.
As the president’s diagnosis ricocheted through the West Wing, daily meetings were converted to conference calls and White House officials were advised not to come in. Among those who arrived at work anyway, many wore masks as they moved around the executive complex — adopting a preventative measure they previously dismissed. Vice President Mike Pence, who would take over for the president if he becomes incapacitated, remained at home but soon announced he would resume his campaign schedule after testing negative.
At the Trump campaign’s headquarters in the Washington suburbs, a morning meeting was canceled and aides were advised by Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien to stay home if they felt they may have been exposed to the virus themselves. Some staffers who were in close proximity to the first family at the presidential debate earlier this week nevertheless reported for work, while others left the office shortly after receiving Stepien’s memo.
“There’s a pretty good number of people here,” said one senior campaign official working from the Arlington, Va., campaign office Friday morning.
Campaign officials and Trump aides who were contacted by the White House Medical Unit as part of contact tracing measures were asked to report for testing early Friday afternoon, while others who believed they may have been at risk of exposure were left to procure coronavirus tests on their own.
The Friday confusion was largely reflective of the haphazard protocols White House officials have grown accustomed to in the last few months, as the president has crisscrossed the U.S. to rally with thousands of maskless supporters and used the executive complex to host large ceremonies flaunting social distancing guidelines. Some officials expressed concern about the startling lack of contingency planning, particularly after witnessing the scramble that ensued earlier this summer when Pence spokesperson Katie Miller, who is married to the president’s top policy adviser, tested positive immediately after traveling with the vice president and interacting with other staffers.
“I wish I could tell you they have this good protocol that’s been in play for months, but it seems to ramp up and down
She recently announced her shock split from boyfriend Tom Brazier.
But Laura Anderson showed she could more than hold her own going solo, as she stepped out for dinner at popular celebrity eatery The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden on Saturday.
Having travelled back down from Scotland for the night, the 2018 Love Island star, 31, looked effortlessly chic in a pale violet trench coat.
Always one with an eye for an ensemble, Laura matched her coat with an oversized cream cricket jumper with an orange and burgundy trim.
She marched along the pavement in heeled cream boots, while her loose caramel tresses flowed along in the breeze.
The reality star accessorised with an elegant gold chain, while she kept her makeup to a minimum with just a slick of gloss and a dash of bronzer to highlight her summer glow.
Laura’s latest elegant appearance comes just a couple of weeks after her split from her fitness coach boyfriend Tom, which happened soon after she moved back to Scotland.
The split appears to have been sudden, as Laura last posted a picture with the trainer just days before she announced they had separated.
Stirling born Laura, 31, told fans on an Instagram story: ”Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out between us. In respect of Tom’s privacy I won’t be discussing this further. All my love to him and you all for continued support.’
Although the pair never revealed exactly when they met, the couple went public with their romance in May and spent lockdown together at Laura’s London flat.
The two even went on holiday to Dubai together and hit the headlines when they were mugged in Barcelona, before Laura also introduced Tom to her family in Scotland.
Back in April, Laura revealed she would be moving back to Scotland permanently after lockdown is over, due to feeling lonely in the English capital.
Speaking to Vas J Morgan for his I AM ENOUGH podcast in August, Laura said
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Sep 24, 2020 (Baystreet.ca via COMTEX) —
Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) on Thursday reported that its revenue fell by more than 28% in its fiscal first quarter as the company’s business slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Olive Garden parent reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $36.1 million, or 28 cents per share, down from $170.6 million, or $1.37 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts were expecting earnings of five cents per share.
Excluding losses from discontinued operations, Darden earned $37.3 million in the latest period, compared with $171.8 million a year ago.
Net sales dropped 28.4% to $1.53 billion, missing expectations of $1.56 billion. Same-store sales across all of its restaurant brands plunged 29% during the quarter.
The company’s fine dining business is under the most pressure, with same-store sales shrinking by 39%. Olive Garden, which accounts for roughly half of Darden’s revenue, saw its same-store sales decline by 28%. LongHorn Steakhouse’s same-store sales fell by just 18%.
Darden expects its fiscal second-quarter sales to fall 18% compared with the same time last year. The company is also forecasting diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations in a range of 65 cents to 75 cents.
Darden also said that it fully repaid its $270-million term loan on Aug. 10, citing its “steadily improving cash flows” in the quarter and greater confidence in its cash flow projections. It is also reinstating its dividend and will pay out 30 cents per share for this quarter’s results. The company has $655 million of cash on hand.
DRI shares gained $6.30, or 7%, to $96.30.
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Deb Haaland, Representative from New Mexico, delivers a message about inclusion and indigenous peoples to the Democratic National Convention.
A bipartisan bill aimed at addressing the “tragic issue” of missing and murdered Native Americans passed the U.S. House on Monday and is headed to the desk of President Donald Trump.
Savanna’s Act, named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind of Fargo, North Dakota, a pregnant 22-year-old Spirit Lake tribal member who was killed in 2017, would establish national law enforcement guidelines between the federal government and American Indian tribes.
Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, introduced the bill in 2019 with 20 bipartisan lawmakers.
“Passage of Savanna’s Act brings us one step closer to ending this epidemic by upgrading critical data and improving communication among law enforcement. I look forward to President Trump signing our bipartisan bill into law,” Gianforte said in an email to Great Falls Tribune, part of the USA TODAY Network.
A makeshift memorial to Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, featuring a painting, flowers, candle and a stuffed animal, is seen outside her family’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., on Aug. 28, 2017. (Photo: Dave Kolpack, AP)
The bill unanimously passed the U.S. Senate in March after Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reintroduced the bill after former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, had proposed it in 2017.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, co-sponsored the bill.
“Savanna’s Act addresses a tragic issue in Indian Country and helps establish better law enforcement practices to track, solve and prevent these crimes against Native Americans,” Hoeven said in a statement on Monday. “We appreciate our House colleagues for passing the bill today and sending it on to the president to become law. At the same time, we continue working to advance more legislation like this to strengthen public safety in tribal communities and ensure victims of crime receive support and justice.”
The bill requires federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies to update and create protocols to address missing or murdered Native Americans. The U.S. Department of Justice must provide training to law enforcement agencies on data entry, educate the public on the database, help tribes and Indigenous communities enter information in the database, develop guidelines for response to missing or murdered Indigenous people, provide technical assistance to tribes and law enforcement agencies and report data on missing or murdered Native Americans.
Murder is the third-leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Native women, according to the Urban Indian Health Institute. In 2016, there were 5,712 cases reported of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the UIHI’s reports. But only 116 cases were logged in the DOJ database.
In 2018, Brooke Crews of North Dakota was sentenced to life in prison for killing Greywind and cutting the baby out of her womb.
Contributing: Nora Mabie, Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune
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