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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump attends Senate GOP lunch | Trump taking controversial hydroxychloroquine | Pelosi says it’s ‘not a good idea’ for ‘morbidly obese’ Trump to take the drug | Texas, N.C., Ariz. See COVID-19 cases rise as they reopen | Mich. Gov. says she had ‘opening conversation’ about VP | Powell, Mnuchin testify on coronavirus relief bill | Memorial Day sales

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Multivitamins are so 2019.:

 

 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE announced yesterday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug that Trump has controversially touted as a potential treatment for the coronavirus, despite limited evidence. https://bit.ly/3gad9mD   

Trump asked the White House doctor for it: "I asked him what do you think? He said, 'Well if you’d like it.' I said, 'Yeah, I’d like it. I’d like to take it.'"  

How long he has been taking it: About a week and a half

How it’s going so far for him: "So far, I seem to be OK.” 

Why the drug can be dangerous: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that hydroxychloroquine can cause severe heart problems and should not be taken outside of a hospital or clinical trial.

REACTION FROM SPEAKER Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO MORE — OH, THIS SHOULD GO OVER SWIMMINGLY:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said it’s “not a good idea” for the president, whom she called “morbidly obese” to take the unapproved drug. https://bit.ly/3dY2CsD   

Pelosi said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360": "I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think that it's not a good idea."

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY KAYLEIGH MCENANY URGED AMERICANS TO CONSULT THEIR DOCTORS:

McEnany said on “Fox & Friends”: "Any use of hydroxychloroquine has to be in consultation with your doctor. You have to have a prescription. That’s the way it must be done.” https://bit.ly/2LF4kmr

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THE HILL EVENTS

Join The Hill at our virtual economy summit this week!

 

On Thursday, May 21 The Hill hosts Advancing the American Economy, a national virtual summit to discuss a responsible reopening of the US economy. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues On The Money: Senate Dems pump brakes on new stimulus checks | Trump officials sued over tax refunds | Fed to soon open small-business lending program Schumer slams Trump's Rose Garden briefing on China as 'pathetic' MORE joins Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead On The Money: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of needing another COVID-19 relief bill | 2.4 million more Americans file new jobless claims | Top bank regulator abruptly announces resignation Overnight Health Care: Trump says US won't close over second COVID-19 wave | Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of needing another COVID-19 relief bill | Why the US has the most reported coronavirus cases in the world MORE for a headline interview followed by an afternoon of discussions with leading CEOs and national health experts. Additional speakers to be announced. Register Now

HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL

Wait, did you say …. buffet …?:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Alexander Bolton, President Trump is attending today’s Republican Senate policy lunch, two sources confirmed to The Hill. https://bit.ly/3g658yY 

I repeat, a buffet?: “The notice that went out to Senate Republican offices about the lunch with Trump notes that the ‘buffet will open early at noon.’ ” (From Politico’s Jake Shermanhttps://bit.ly/2Xf1sST

Meaning, the Senate’s morning’s hearing has a hard stop at 12:15 p.m.: “The Senate banking committee will not go past 12:15 (EST) Chairman says President Trump is coming to Capitol Hill to have lunch with GOP senators.” (Via Cox Media Group’s Jacqueline Fellhttps://bit.ly/2ABoMCu 

Timing: The Senate is expected to leave town at the end of the week for Memorial Day recess.

KEEP IN MIND ABOUT TRUMP’S MEETING:

Senate Republicans are demanding answers from President Trump over his firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linickhttps://bit.ly/2zTbZee

I CARE, you CARE, we CARE:

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are testifying on Capitol Hill today about the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, the CARES Act.  

Livestream of the virtual hearinghttps://cs.pn/2WLGfB6

FROM THE HEARING:

Powell on the economic downturn: "The scope and speed of this downturn are without modern precedent, significantly worse than any recession since World War II." Watch Powell’s full explanationhttps://bit.ly/2ylszmU

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Democratic senators urge regulators to investigate Instacart over 'tip baiting' Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-Ohio) blasted Mnuchin: “How many workers should give their lives to increase the [gross domestic product], or the Dow Jones by 1000 points,” Brown asked. 

^ Mnuchin’s response: “No workers should give their lives to do that, Mr. Senator, and I think your characterization is unfair.” Mnuchin also said the Trump administration has “provided enormous amounts of equipment.” Watch the back and forthhttps://bit.ly/36fqHbN 

Here’s another back and forth between Mnuchin and Brown: Brown asked Mnuchin, “Is it fair that our economy pays the essential workers so little in such work conditions?” Watchhttps://bit.ly/2LJ2ely

This is unbelievably relatable

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3bLUxFY

WHERE THINGS STAND

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,510,988 

Deaths in the U.S.: 90,432

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

For context: This time last week, 1,351,200 Americans tested positive for the virus and 80,897 had died.

NEW STUDY ON THE USE OF SURGICAL MASKS:

Via CNBC’s Natasha Turak, “Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.” https://cnb.cx/2WIayZb

How’s it going in the states that are reopening?:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, Texas, North Carolina and Arizona are seeing rising coronavirus cases as the states reopen their economies. https://bit.ly/2WK063v 

The numbers: “Texas saw its largest one-day increase in cases on Saturday, with 1,801 new cases. North Carolina also saw its largest single-day jump on Saturday with 853 new cases. And Arizona reported 462 new cases that day, close to a record high. The seven-day average in new cases in all three states has also been rising, according to data compiled by The New York Times.”  

Where we go from herehttps://bit.ly/2WK063v

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

That’s sure not a ‘hell no, I don’t want to be Biden’s VP’:

NBC’s Craig Melvin asked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) this morning whether she is being vetted as a possible running mate to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MOREhttps://on.today.com/2TjpF9x 

In Whitmer’s words: “You know what, I've had a conversation with some folks,” but went on to describe her priority of dealing with her state’s coronavirus outbreak.  

And when she was asked about this conversation, Whitmer responded: “it was just an opening conversation and it's not something that I would call a professional, you know, formalized vetting.” 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2AJ5JX8

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Raygun is killing it, as per usual:

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2LDfqIK 

Raygun also has a few other very funny face masks: My favorite: “snack prevention device.”  https://bit.ly/2zTe21W

Well plaaaayed:

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3bKo6HS

ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. 

9 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate Rep. Banks launches bid for RSC chairman MORE (R-Calif.) meet in the Capitol. 

11:45 a.m. EDT: A roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2zSZKOQ 

2:30 p.m. EDT A cloture vote in the Senate.  

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a Cabinet meeting.

Wednesday, May 20: The Hill Virtually Live is hosting an event on our new digital reality. Accommodating the new normal means an increased reliance on telecommunication networks and an accelerated digitalization of industries. Yet, digital literacy is uneven, as is basic access to the internet. How should policymakers approach the goals of coverage, access, affordability and capacity? Featured speakers: Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneHouse Democrats press Treasury on debit cards used for coronavirus relief payments Hillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve MORE (D-Wash.), FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly and others. Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3dLgfeB 

Thursday, May 21: The Hill hosts Advancing the American Economy, a national virtual summit to discuss a responsible reopening of the US economy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joins Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack for a headline interview followed by an afternoon of discussions with leading CEOs and national health experts. Additional speakers to be announced. Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/2X61LiS

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified before the Senate Banking Committee about the coronavirus relief bill. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2yjF9D6

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence chaired the 7th meeting of the National Space Council at NASA Headquarters. https://bit.ly/3bMDmEj

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump delivered remarks on the food supply chain. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2WMdxzT 

Noon: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus Cuomo: New York City on track to start reopening week of June 8 MORE (D) gives an update on his state’s coronavirus response. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2WL0Jdd

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Devil’s Food Cake Day.

We may not be able to do much for Memorial Day Weekend, but hey, the holiday shopping sales are great:

Via NBC’s Megan Foster, here’s a list of some of the best Memorial Day Weekend shopping sales: https://nbcnews.to/3cMtxHK

And because you made it to the end, here’s a dog who is especially fun to boop: https://bit.ly/2z0T1CF