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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Photo surfaces of Trump wearing face mask | Says country won’t close for a second wave | Oxford moves to next phase of vaccine trials | TSA traffic highest since March 21, down 88% from last year | Pakistani airliner crashes | Biden vets Klobuchar | Shaheen declines vetting offer | Tensions flare with China | Virtual Memorial Day plans |  

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Ah ha!:

 

 

A photo surfaced of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE wearing a face mask during his tour of the Ford ventilator production facility yesterday. https://bit.ly/2yoxuDq

Keep in mind: Ford’s company policy requires everyone to wear masks on the factory floor. Trump did not wear one on his tour, though. 

Why this is newsy: A reporter asked Trump why he did not wear a mask and Trump responded, "I had one on before. I wore one in this back area — but I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it." 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2WTtSTv 

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NEWS THIS MORNING

A Pakistani airliner crashed:

Via The New York Times’s Salman Masood, “A Pakistan International Airlines plane with at least 91 people aboard crashed on Friday in a residential area near the airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, officials said.” 

What we know: “The pilot told the control tower that he was having technical difficulties, according to Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik, the chief executive of Pakistan International Airlines, the national carrier. He said the airline was trying to determine what those difficulties were.”

At the scene: “Initial news reports said the plane had skidded off the rooftops of several houses before bursting into flame…thick plumes of smoke billowed up from the crash site.”

Photo of the scenehttps://bit.ly/2ZvhomC

WHERE THINGS STAND

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,577,758

Deaths in the U.S.: 94,729

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

For context: This time last week, 1,419,998 Americans had tested positive for the virus and 85,974 people died in the U.S. https://bit.ly/3egeeYh 

OXFORD MOVES TO NEW PHASES IN VACCINE TRIALS:
Oxford University researchers are starting the next phases of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. https://bit.ly/3bUkAeb

What’s next: “The Phase II trial will test the vaccine in different age groups that were not tested in the first phase, and the Phase III trial will measure how well the vaccine works in preventing infection in a large number of participants.”

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAVELERS:

“TSA counted 318,449 people through U.S. airport checkpoints [yesterday] as Memorial Day weekend kicked off. Highest since March 21, but down 88% from last year.” (Via CNBC’s Leslie Josephshttps://bit.ly/36tg2dB

What happens if there is a second wave?:

President Trump said yesterday that he would not shut down the country if there is a second wave of coronavirus cases.  https://bit.ly/2zX0fHY

In Trump’s words: “People say that’s a very distinct possibility. It's standard. And we're going to put out the fires. We're not going to close the country. We’re going to put out the fires.” 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/3bYTQch

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Joe and Amy —Jamy 4 Prez!:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Max Greenwood, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE has asked Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharTrump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members Start focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-Minn.) to undergo vetting as a potential running mate. https://bit.ly/2ZqtuNM

Did Klobuchar agree to being vetted?: That’s not clear yet.  

Who does the actual vetting?: “The vetting process will be handled by a select committee led by former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) and longtime Biden adviser Cynthia Hogan.” 

The pro and con of choosing Klobuchar: “If Biden were to choose Klobuchar as his running mate, he would add a fellow moderate to the Democratic ticket — a move that may help win over some independents and centrists, but one that would almost certainly anger liberals, who are pushing Biden to choose a progressive as his running mate.” 

Who else is being consideredhttps://bit.ly/2ZqtuNM

You know what that ticket needs? A lil’ New Hampshire:

Via WMUR’s John DiStaso, Both of New Hampshire’s senators, Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTrump makes rare campaign stops in New England in closing stretch GOP coronavirus bill blocked as deal remains elusive Justice indicts two members of ISIS 'Beatles' cell MORE (D) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand screening of foreign visitors GOP coronavirus bill blocked as deal remains elusive MORE (D) have been asked by former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign to be vetted as possible running mates. https://bit.ly/2TrFwTd 

Sen. Hassan agreed. 

Sen. Shaheen declined. 

Hassan's reasoning: “I'm flattered that Vice President Biden publicly mentioned my name as someone whom he would consider. I am not going to comment about his process, whatever that may be. My focus each and every day continues to be serving the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

IN CONGRESS

What happens to the enhanced unemployment benefits?:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “A debate over whether to extend enhanced unemployment benefits is emerging as a significant obstacle to getting a deal on another round of coronavirus relief legislation.” https://bit.ly/2A4XzYw

How so: “With the national unemployment rate expected to creep toward 20 percent in the months ahead, the fight over whether to boost benefits for Americans who lose their jobs or to keep benefits lean to motivate laid-off employees to rejoin the workforce is set to become a defining issue ahead of the election.”

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, things are definitely tense with China:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “Increased tensions between President Trump and China over the coronavirus pandemic are threatening to complicate a recovery from the worst global economic downturn in decades.” https://bit.ly/2ZqsKs8 

How so: “Trump and members of his administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have repeatedly attacked China, accusing it of hiding early information about the coronavirus. Tensions have flared further as U.S. states and hospitals continue to seek personal protective equipment (PPE) from China and the global race for a coronavirus vaccine raises the prospects that some countries will be left behind.” 

From Matthew P. Funaiole, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ China Power Project: “There’s always a worry when tensions hit these heightened levels that there’s a possibility of there being a spillover effect ... I would certainly say that the danger is higher now than in recent history that there will be a spillover effect into the economy or another avenue.” 

How this could play out:  https://bit.ly/2ZqsKs8

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Lol:

So many social distancing sign jokes.

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2yt4IBK

 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out.

9:25 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Marietta, Ga. 

11:40 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R).

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

1:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable discussion at the Waffle House corporate headquarters.  

6:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

WHAT TO WATCH:

11 a.m. EDT: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisPolice called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Officials: Florida man changed Gov. DeSantis's address, delaying him from voting Voting rights groups warn of problems in Florida MORE (R) held a news conference on his state’s coronavirus response. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2zdt3vT

11 a.m. EDT: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) gave an update on New Jersey’s coronavirus outbreak. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3bWEGV7   

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in a ceremony to honor veterans and POW/MIA. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3e54OhS 

2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing.  

2 p.m. EDT: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (R) held a news conference on his state’s coronavirus response. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2zlAL71

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Vanilla Pudding Day. And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Taffy Day and Sunday is National Escargot Day

Virtual Memorial Day plans:

Via The New York Times, here’s a list of livestreaming events to watch throughout the weekend. For exampleJohn Legend is performing on Amazon live today at 1 p.m. The listhttps://nyti.ms/2LOZOSq

And to kick off your holiday weekend, here’s a dog who is SO excited at the prospect of a new friend: https://bit.ly/3gfG08Q

 

 

This post was updated at 1:17 p.m. EDT.