Trump Says He Didn’t Want to Stay Locked in White House But Will Spend Next Few Days In Military Hospital Suite

President Donald Trump said he didn’t want to be locked up in the White House following his COVID-19 diagnosis, but will now spend the next few days in a special suite at a military hospital.



a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C.


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U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

The president arrived at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday just a day after news emerged that he had tested positive for the disease.

On Saturday, Trump released a video message from his suite, saying he had “no choice” but to leave the White House.

“I just didn’t want to stay in the White House, I was given that alternative. Stay in the White House, lock yourself in, don’t ever leave. Don’t even go to the Oval Office, just stay upstairs and enjoy it. Don’t see people, don’t talk to people and just be done with it. And i can’t do that, I had to be out front,” he said.

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“This is America, this is the greatest country in the world, this is the most powerful country in the world. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs and totally safe, and just say, ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens. I can’t do that. As a leader you have to confront problems.”

Trump will now work out of his suite for the next “few days” out of an “abundance of caution,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

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In the video, Trump said he was “doing well” while adding that the “real test” would come in the next few days.

“I came here, wasn’t feeling so well, I feel much better now. We’re working hard to get me all the way back. I’ll be back, I think I’ll be back soon, and I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started and the way we’ve been doing and the kind of numbers that we’ve been doing.”

Due to his age and weight, the 74-year-old president is in one of the highest risk categories for COVID-19. In the video message, he said his wife Melania Trump—who is 24 years his junior—was “doing very well” after she also tested positive for COVID-19.

“Melania is really handling it very nicely. As you’ve probably read, she’s slightly younger than me—just a little tiny bit—and therefore, just, we know the disease, we know the situation with age versus younger people, and Melania is handling it statistically like it’s supposed to be handled. And that makes me very happy, and it makes the country very happy,” he said.

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The Block’s Jade Joyce reveals she fell ill and was forced to spend a day in bed during kitchen week

The Block’s Jade Joyce reveals she fell ill and was forced to spend a day in bed during kitchen week

It was another tough week on the work site for The Block’s Jade and Daniel Joyce.

And on Friday, Jade, 34, revealed to 9Now that amid the drama of kitchen week, she was suffering from a food allergy.

The mother-of-three said: ‘You don’t have time to be sick when you’re a mum, and you don’t have time to be sick on The Block, that’s for sure.’

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'You don't have time to be sick that's for sure': The Block's Jade Joyce revealed she was ill and forced to spend a day in bed after suffering from a food allergy during kitchen week

‘You don’t have time to be sick that’s for sure’: The Block’s Jade Joyce revealed she was ill and forced to spend a day in bed after suffering from a food allergy during kitchen week 

She was left with swollen, red hands and feet, itching, vomiting and diarrhoea.   

The Block’s on site nurse confirmed her food allergy symptoms, but Jade said wasn’t sure what food caused her to feel ill.

She was so unwell she spent a day in bed and missed out on an important visit from their real estate agent. 

Symptoms: She told 9Now she wasn't sure what food caused her to feel ill and that she was left with swollen, red hands (pictured) and feet, itching, vomiting and diarrhoea

Symptoms: She told 9Now she wasn’t sure what food caused her to feel ill and that she was left with swollen, red hands (pictured) and feet, itching, vomiting and diarrhoea 

Feeling unwell: She even shared a video diary on Instagram in which she said she was 'tired, sleep deprived and sick' in the caption. Jade added: 'This is not uncommon for me but it did suck spending most of Saturday in bed'

Feeling unwell: She even shared a video diary on Instagram in which she said she was ‘tired, sleep deprived and sick’ in the caption. Jade added: ‘This is not uncommon for me but it did suck spending most of Saturday in bed’

She even shared a video diary on Instagram in which she said she was ‘tired, sleep deprived and sick’ in the caption.

‘A food allergy this week caused vomiting, diarrhoea, swollen red hands and feet and itching all over!

‘This is not uncommon for me but it did suck spending most of Saturday in bed,’ she added.

Despite feeling unwell, Jade was optimistic about her circumstances during kitchen week. 

Health first: After the experience, she said: 'Anaphylaxis and allergies — that sort of stuff is quite serious, you do have to be careful and mindful of it'. Pictured is Jade with her husband Daniel

Health first: After the experience, she said: ‘Anaphylaxis and allergies — that sort of stuff is quite serious, you do have to be careful and mindful of it’. Pictured is Jade with her husband Daniel

She told 9Now: ‘I suppose I probably picked the best week to be sick to be honest, because it was kitchen week, so Kinsman were in there a lot of the time putting in the kitchen [cabinetry], and we had Christian Cole who delivered his island bench.’

After the experience, she said: ‘Anaphylaxis and allergies — that sort of stuff is quite serious, you do have to be careful and mindful of it.’

This week, Jade and her husband Daniel had a handcrafted island bench by Christian Cole installed in their kitchen as the ‘game changing’ idea for their house.

The Block continues on Sunday from 7pm on Channel Nine 

Big week: This week, Jade and her husband Daniel had a handcrafted island bench by Christian Cole installed in their kitchen as the 'game changing' idea for their house. Pictured is Daniel (right) with one of their workers

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The Block stars Jimmy and Tam defend decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE during kitchen week

The Block stars Jimmy and Tam defend decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE during kitchen week

The Block’s Jimmy and Tam spent a whopping $5000 on high-end wine to hopefully tempt prospective buyers come auction day.

On Wednesday’s episode, bar manager Tam, 31, shocked foreman Dan by announcing that she’d splashed the large amount of cash on the luxury booze.

Speaking to 9Entertainment, Tam explained why the wine will only add further value to their $200,000 kitchen.

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The Block stars Jimmy and Tam (pictured) have defended their decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE to hopefully tempt prospective buyers come auction day

The Block stars Jimmy and Tam (pictured) have defended their decision to spend $5000 on high-end WINE to hopefully tempt prospective buyers come auction day

Judge Shaynna Blake initially suggested Tam invest in a rare art piece for their house as a ‘game changer’ for auction day, but Tam instead spent $5000 on rare wines for their state-of-the-art bar fridge.

‘I knew we had this amazing Gaggenau wine fridge and I wanted something that was pretty high end to go in the fridge to meet the standards,’ she said.

‘The wine that has been selected, it’s actually from the most prestigious real estate areas around the world,’ explained Tam, adding: ‘Anyone who knows wine, when they see what’s in the wine selection, they’re blown away.’ 

'Anyone who knows wine will be blown away': Speaking to 9Entertainment , Tam claimed the wine will only add further value to their $200,000 kitchen

‘Anyone who knows wine will be blown away’: Speaking to 9Entertainment , Tam claimed the wine will only add further value to their $200,000 kitchen

Bold move: Judge Shaynna Blake (pictured) suggested Tam invest in a rare art piece for their house as a 'game changer' for auction day, but Tam instead spent $5000 on rare wines

Bold move: Judge Shaynna Blake (pictured) suggested Tam invest in a rare art piece for their house as a ‘game changer’ for auction day, but Tam instead spent $5000 on rare wines

Tam claims the wine is both a luxury good and an investment for whoever decided to purchase the finished Block property at auction.

She believes the curated wine that was purchased during filming will appreciate by 10 per cent each year.  

There are 55 bottles of wine in the collection, with the most expensive in the assortment being a $278 Massolino Barolo MAGNUM 2015.

‘It’s [the bar fridge] actually got three different sections in it. There’s a white wine, a red wine and a champagne. So each section can run at different temperatures and the temperature is perfect for that sort of wine, which is next level,’ said Tam.   

INSIDE JIMMY AND TAM’S $5000 WINE FRIDGE ON THE BLOCK

Henschke Mt Edelston Shiraz 2010* ($180.00 ea.) x 2 | $360.00

Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc 2018* ($56.00 ea.) x 6 | $336.00

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 1996* ($150.00 ea.) x 2 | $300.00

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 1998* ($145.00 ea.) x 2 | $290.00

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2005* ($105.00 ea) x 2 | $210.00

Massolino Barolo 2015* ($80.00 ea.) x 7 | $560.00

Mount Mary Chardonnay* ($88.00 ea.) x 6 | $528.00

Duplessis AC Chablis 2018* ($50.00 ea.) x 6 | $300.00

Donhoff GG Riesling* ($110.00 ea.) x 3 | $330.00

Donnhoff Tonschiefer Reisling 2016* ($40.00

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Credit union group to spend $7 million on Senate, House races

A major trade group representing credit unions launched a multimillion-dollar spending campaign on Thursday in support of congressional candidates on both sides of the aisle.

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and its PAC, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, said they plan to spend $7 million this cycle, with PAC donations supporting over 350 House and Senate candidates who have been credit union supporters.

In the 2018 midterms, CUNA and its PAC spent $6.8 million and in 2016 the groups spent $5.8 million.

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“All of our messaging for these candidates is entirely positive in nature,” Trey Hawkins, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer for political action, told The Hill. “A lot of these close races for the House and Senate are turning really nasty and negative. Credit unions are typically held in really high regard by their members, and they have a high degree of credibility with their members and with the public as well.”

Hawkins noted that CUNA and its PAC are leaning into emerging technology platforms to run ads, including digital advertising on Hulu and Facebook. They also launched their ads to be ahead of early voting in most states.

“The other component of this is the timing of all of this and the fact that we’re highly cognizant that more people are voting earlier and in different ways than they have, because of the pandemic,” he said. “We’re really conscience of making sure that our communications in various races are timed to be ahead of early voting starting, or to coincide.” 

While CUNA has endorsed and spent on Senate and House candidates, the trade group’s policy is to not endorse or spend in presidential elections and it does not plan to get involved in this year’s race.

CUNA also launched Credit Unions Vote this cycle, which is an initiative focused on getting credit union members to vote. One in three

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Democrats to spend $6.2 million in effort to flip the Texas House

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A national Democratic super PAC is pumping over $6 million in to the fight for the Texas House majority.

The group, Forward Majority, plans to spend $6.2 million across 18 races that will likely determine who controls the lower chamber in January, according to an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune. The money will go toward TV ads, digital ads and mail in each district.

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to establish a Democratic majority ahead of redistricting and cement Texas’ status as the biggest battleground state in the country,” Forward Majority spokesperson Ben Wexler-Waite said in a statement.

Democrats are currently nine seats away from the House majority — and growing confident in their chances of capturing the chamber. They have a released a slew of internal polls in recent weeks showing close races in many of their targeted districts, with the Democratic nominees clearly ahead in some.

The 18 districts are a familiar battlefield to those following the majority battle. They are all open or GOP-held seats, largely in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas, where the incumbent won by less than 10 percentage points in 2018.

Forward Majority has already been a significant player in Texas House races. It made a late push in the 2018 election, injecting $2.2 million into 32 lower-tier contests as Democrats went on to flip 12 seats. Forward Majority was also among the groups that went all in on the January special election for House District 28, which ended in disappointment for Democrats when Republican Gary Gates won by 16 points.

But many state and national Democratic groups were undeterred and still see a ripe opportunity this fall in Texas, especially with poll after poll auguring a tight presidential race at the top of the ticket. The GOP is on alert: The Republican State Leadership Committee has called Texas a “top priority” and promised to spend “several million dollars” to keep the state House red.

Here are the 18 districts that Forward Majority is targeting with its $6.2 million investment:

  • HD-26 (open): retiring Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land

  • HD-28: Gates

  • HD-29: Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland

  • HD-54: Rep. Brad Buckley, R-Killeen

  • HD-64: Rep. Lynn Stucky, R-Denton

  • HD-66: Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano

  • HD-67: Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano

  • HD-92 (open): retiring Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford

  • HD-93: Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth

  • HD-94: Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington

  • HD-96 (open): retiring Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington

  • HD-97: Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth

  • HD-108: Rep. Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas

  • HD-112: Rep. Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson

  • HD-121: Rep. Steve Allison, R-San Antonio

  • HD-126: Rep. Sam Harless, R-Spring

  • HD-134: Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place

  • HD-138 (open): retiring Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. 

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Democratic super PAC to spend $6.2M on Texas House races



a man holding a sign: Voter Ed Martinez makes his way to Pflugerville school district’s Rock Gym to vote in the primary runoff on July 14. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


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Voter Ed Martinez makes his way to Pflugerville school district’s Rock Gym to vote in the primary runoff on July 14. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

A national Democratic super PAC, Forward Majority, plans to spend $6.2 million in 18 Texas House races, the group announced Tuesday.

Democrats need to pick up nine seats to gain a majority in the Texas House. In 2018, Republicans lost 12 House seats, including four GOP-held seats in the Austin area.

Forward Majority’s spending plan mostly targets GOP seats in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a Democratic majority ahead of redistricting and cement Texas’ status as the biggest battleground state in the country,” Forward Majority spokesman Ben Wexler-Waite said in a statement Tuesday.

There are no Austin-area seats being targeted by the super PAC, but Republicans are eyeing some seats that Democrats flipped in 2018.

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Both parties are sinking large sums of money into Texas.

Forward Majority estimated that it has spent nearly $10 million to boost Democratic candidates for the Texas House, far more than the $2.2 million the group spent in 2018 to help 32 Democratic candidates days before the election.

In July, the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee said it raised more than $1.3 million from January to June, already surpassing its 2018 fundraising efforts.

GOP groups also have ramped up fundraising this year. The Republican State Leadership Committee partnered with the State Government Leadership Foundation to raise $10.5 million in the second quarter.

“Democrats are salivating over turning Texas blue and are spending alarming sums of money to make it happen. Every Texan – and Republicans everywhere – should be deeply concerned by the left’s investments. We’re going to fight like hell to keep Texas, Texas, but we make no bones about it: This will be a political fight unlike any other,” Austin Chambers, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said in a statement.

State Democratic officials praised Forward Majority’s Tuesday announcement.

“So much is at stake in November and national groups like Forward Majority understand that importance,” Abhi Rahman, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement. “Together, we will take back the Texas House.”

Forward Majority also targeted races in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona in hopes of flipping GOP-controlled chambers in those state legislatures, CNN reported Tuesday. The group will spend $15 million in the four states ahead of the November election.

The group launched in 2017 to help Democrats win control of state legislatures ahead of the 2021 redistricting process.

“Flipping the state House will stop Republicans from being able to gerrymander dozens of congressional seats and put an end to the right’s dangerous voter suppression agenda that has systematically sought to turn millions of Texans away from the polls,” Wexler-Waite said.

Forward Majority will spend the $6.2 million in Texas on television, mail and digital ads, according to

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Holiday Decor: Spend Less & Enjoy More

Have you noticed that retailers start displaying their holiday decorations and merchandise earlier and earlier each year? Some people welcome the early holiday cheer, while others like myself; feel there is too much Christmas to soon. A scientific poll of 1,000 American adults, 73 percent agree with the statement that "it is annoying that the holiday shopping season has gotten earlier." Forty-eight percent strongly agree. Just 21 percent disagreed. But, if you are a gung ho ho shopper and into the themed holiday decorating then this time of year is definitely your best bet for great deals on all things "holiday".

What To Buy and When

Remember when the best deals came after the holiday? Obviously this is still true for items like Christmas cards and holiday wrapping paper. But now, retailers are introducing their holiday discounts early to ensure their stock is sold out by Christmas and, you don't have to wait and purchase after the holidays only to pack them away for the next 11 months before you can use them.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

The holiday season with its purchasing, wrapping and celebrating substantially increases the amount of waste we generate. However, there are many opportunities for the consumer to reduce, reuse and recycle their remnants of holiday cheer.

Before you buy anything new, take stock of what you already have, what you can still use and discard the rest. Social media sites such as Pinterest can give you great ideas on how to repurpose your current decorations.

Save your holiday decorations for reuse next year. Donate your old decorations to local schools, churches or other non-profit organizations.

Don't shy away from Do It Yourself holiday faire. YouTube videos are all you need to execute professional-looking centerpieces, bows, table décor, etc. Use natural ornaments such as pinecones, shells, dried flowers or berries to transform your old ornaments and adorn your home or office with refurbished centerpieces and wreaths.

What are the new trends in holiday decor?

One of the hottest trends in holiday decorations is black and white. Not only is black and white timeless, it is also the perfect backdrop to add any color, especially red and green. Use black and white and highlight your Christmas wreath, your table runner or your Christmas tree. Everything will look classic and elegant with a touch of black and white.

LED lights are overtaking incandescent bulbs on trees and homes. Remember, if you decide to upgrade your lights, LED also come in a bluish and yellow white.

How about using a winter theme instead of traditional Christmas decorations. If you use this more generic theme you can leave your decorations up much longer without your neighbors wondering why Santa is still on your roof in Feb.

Lastly, instead of scattering small decorations throughout your home why not decorate one or two areas of your home with larger pieces. Your fireplace mantel and your entryway can be used to show off your personal style.

Where to Shop for Holiday Décor …

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