Trump faces backlash for removing mask on return to White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump faced a fresh backlash on Tuesday for removing his mask when he returned to the White House and urging Americans not to fear the COVID-19 disease that has killed more than 209,000 people in the country and put him in hospital.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses on the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from being hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, in Washington, U.S. October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

Trump arrived at the White House on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle in which he descended from his Marine One helicopter wearing a white surgical mask only to remove it as he posed, saluting and waving, on the mansion’s South Portico.

“Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it,” Trump said in a video after his return from the Walter Reed Medical Center military hospital outside Washington where he was treated for the disease caused by the coronavirus.

“I’m better, and maybe I’m immune – I don’t know,” he added, flanked by American flags and with the Washington Monument in the background. “Get out there. Be careful.”

Trump, who was treated by an army of doctors and received experimental treatment, has repeatedly played down a disease that has killed more than 1 million people worldwide and left his own country with the highest death toll in the world.

The Republican president, running for re-election against Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election, was admitted to hospital on Friday after being diagnosed with the disease.

Trump has repeatedly flouted social-distancing guidelines meant to curb the virus’ spread and ignored his own medical advisers. He also mocked Biden at last Tuesday’s presidential debate for wearing a mask at events, even when he is far from others.

His decision to remove his mask after climbing the staircase to the White House South Portico – a perch that put him at some distance from others – and his insistence that Americans should not fear the disease horrified some physicians.

“I was aghast when he said COVID should not be feared,” said William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

“This is a disease that is killing around a thousand people a day, has torpedoed the economy, put people out of work. This is a virus that should be both respected and feared,” he added.

Democrats also weighed in. “This is a tragic failure of leadership,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons tweeted.

But Trump depicted himself as a man who vanquished the disease and emerged stronger.

“If the President bounces back onto the campaign trail, he will be an invincible hero, who not only survived every dirty trick the Democrats threw at him, but the Chinese virus as well,” he wrote on Twitter.

Biden quickly hit back on Twitter with side-by-side images of himself donning a mask and Trump removing his. A caption said, “Masks

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Interior secretary vows ‘no one will be removing or renaming the Washington Monument’

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt fired back at Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on “The Story” Wednesday after a commission sanctioned by her office targeted several federal monuments to “remove, relocate, or contextualize.”

“My first thought is that no one — no one — will be removing or renaming the Washington Monument or the Jefferson Memorial,” Bernhardt told host Martha MacCallum. “None of that is going to happen. It’s just simply nutty.”

The list includes monuments and buildings named after historic figures like former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. The list also includes Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin and George Mason, inventor Alexander Graham Bell and “Star-Spangled Banner” composer Francis Scott Key.

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Taking the example of the Jefferson Memorial, Bernhardt told MacCallum that no one is calling Jefferson or anyone else a “perfect human being,” but “the Jefferson Memorial specifically was advocated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and he was really the primary driver behind the creation of that wonderful memorial.

“And as you walk into it and you see the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and other great things, I think that gives you a great sense of what American exceptionalism is about,” he added.

Bernhardt also took issue Wednesday with Bowser’s claim that the federal prosecutor’s office in the District is not being tough enough when it comes to bringing charges against left-wing activists who have been arrested for allegedly committing violence during protests.

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“They [the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office] responded to that letter with a pretty strong letter of their own, which lays out that they’ve been prosecuting folks pretty religiously,” he said. “And I will tell you this, we have our own officers [at the Interior Department] that have dealt with these matters and the U.S. Department of Justice is giving us a lot of support.

“So the bottom line is, if you commit a crime at Interior-managed properties, we’re going to investigate that crime, we are going to prosecute that crime, and if you are convicted, you’re going to go away for a long time for that crime.”

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Best Way of Removing Bathroom Wall Paneling

A restroom's interior decoration can both make and at the same time break an individual's home. However, if it done with perfection, it can proof to be an oasis as well as a tranquil place that you can easily use as a reflection of your own lifestyle. However, remodeling your restroom as well as the bathroom wall panels to reach to that point can be quite daunting as it simply means that you need to remove your wall paneling.

This process is deemed to be easy and at the same time difficult depending on the type of adhesive used on the paneling as well as how tightly it is attached to the wall. The best thing about it is that, the tools and mechanism is readily available. However, even with this assurance, the removal procedure may be a bit messy and even take a plethora of hours before completion especially if your bathroom wall panels are wide and if the boarding is stuck closely together. Having said this, here is the best way to achieve this removal process.

• Firstly, makes sure you have all the things required to make the process easier and time saving for you. Once you have everything, use a drop cloth on the floor to collect all the fragments. As you do this, ensure that you have worn protective gadgets such as gloves, dust mask as well as safety mask.

• Start off by molding especially if your paneling is made up of molds. Use a sharp chisel on the edge of the molding and hit it using a hammer to loosen it. Once the molding is loosened, pull its edge out. Do this until it is completely removed from the restroom's wall.

• In most cases, the edge of a panel usually meets the restroom's wall. While this is the case, it is worthwhile to place the chisel at this point and tap it using the hammer until it slides under the boarding. Once you are done, simply move the chisel around with an objective of loosening the edge.

• Beneath the edge that has been loosened, you will locate a crow bar that you will be prompted to push using leverage. However, as you do this, be very careful not to cause some gouging on the wall surface found underneath.

• Once done, simply take hold of the loosened boarding and pull it to your side in a gentle manner. Keep on pulling ensuring that the materials are not pulled in the process. If you discover that the wall paneling is kind of stubborn, utilize the chisel to do some loosening on the adhesion between the boarding and the wall step by step.

• Lastly, open the doors as well as windows to bring some ventilation in the restroom. Spread some adhesive remover and let it settle for sometime. Later on remove it and rinse the wall thoroughly using clean water and a damp towel.

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