Sunday shows - FDA commissioner declines to confirm Trump claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless'

Sunday shows - FDA commissioner declines to confirm Trump claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless'
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn appeared on multiple Sunday morning political talk shows to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

On CNN's "State of the Union," he declined to confirm President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are "harmless." On ABC's "This Week," he said he couldn't predict when a vaccine would be ready despite Trump's timeline claims.

Multiple local officials also discussed coronavirus, which is making a resurgence in the U.S.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below:

 

FDA commissioner declines to confirm Trump claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
"I’m not gonna get into who’s right and who’s wrong,” Food and Drug Administration  Commissioner Stephen Hahn said. “What I’m gonna say ... is what I’ve said before which is that it’s a serious problem that we have. We’ve seen this surge in cases. We must do something to stem the tide.”
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Hahn says he can't predict when vaccine will be ready after Trump's timeline claims
By JUSTIN WISE 
 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said Sunday that he would not make a prediction about when a coronavirus vaccine would be available after President Trump claimed that a vaccine or therapeutic would be ready "long before the end of the year."
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Miami mayor says city 'breaking record after record after record' of coronavirus cases
By REGINA ZILBERMINTS 
 
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) said Sunday he's hopeful measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus will prevent city officials from needing to enact even more dramatic restrictions in the coming weeks.
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Miami-Dade mayor: Residents 'kind of let their guard down' during reopening
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) blamed county residents “let[ting] their guard down” since the state began to reopen for Florida becoming a recent hotspot for the coronavirus.
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Phoenix mayor: 'We opened way too early in Arizona'
By REGINA ZILBERMINTS
 
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (D) said Sunday that the pace of Arizona's reopening indicated to some residents that the coronavirus crisis was over and, in turn, spurred a record number of new cases.
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Austin mayor: Trump's 'ambiguous' messaging 'makes me angry'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“When they start hearing that kind of ambiguous message coming out of Washington, there are more and more people that won’t wear masks, that won’t social distance, that won’t do what it takes to keep a community safe,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler (D) said.
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Public health expert: 'Mixed messaging' on masks, social distancing contributed to 'perilous moment' for US
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
“I think we opened up a little too early in some places, a lot of states didn’t meet the White House’s own guidelines for when to open up safely,” Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute said on “Fox News Sunday." “We didn’t have the kind of testing and tracing infrastructure that we needed [and] last but not least there’s been a lot of mixed messaging on masks and social distancing and so all of that has contributed to what I think is a perilous moment for our country.” 
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Houston mayor: Hospitals will be overwhelmed 'if we don't get our hands around this virus quickly'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) pushed back on President Trump’s characterization of the coronavirus as “harmless” in 99 percent of cases, saying on Sunday the city’s hospitals could be overwhelmed “if we don’t get our hands around this virus quickly.”
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Top Houston-area official: 'We've got to fundamentally rethink strategy' in dealing with coronavirus
By REGINA ZILBERMINTS
 
Harris County, Texas, Judge Lina Hidalgo (D) said Sunday that the state needs to "fundamentally rethink" its strategy for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and must return to a stay-at-home order.
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Labor secretary: 'I believe we can continue to reopen our workplaces safely'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaEugene ScaliaHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Making a difference in the age of COVID-19 GOP rolls out trillion coronavirus relief package MORE echoed the White House on Sunday, saying that despite the increasing coronavirus cases, workplaces could be reopened safely if proper precautions are followed.
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Republican governor on Mt. Rushmore event: 'There should have been face coverings'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“Obviously, I would have liked to see more face coverings there in order to set an example,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said.
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Duckworth says Trump's Mt. Rushmore speech showed 'his priorities are all wrong'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report MORE (D-Ill.) said Sunday that President Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore’s Fourth of July celebration demonstrated that “his priorities are all wrong.”
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Senate Democrat: Russian bounties intel 'the type of information that has to be seized by the president'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Overnight Defense: Embattled Pentagon policy nominee withdraws, gets appointment to deputy policy job | Marines, sailor killed in California training accident identified | Governors call for extension of funding for Guard's coronavirus response Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Sunday criticized President Trump’s response to intelligence alleging Russian officials offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. service members, saying the president should have “seized” on those reports.
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Former NYPD commissioner: De Blasio has 'sapped the strength of the department'
By J. EDWARD MORENO 
 
Former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly said in an interview broadcast Sunday that New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal Overnight Health Care: Fauci says family has faced threats | Moderna to charge to a dose for its vaccine | NYC adding checkpoints to enforce quarantine New York City adding 'key entry point' checkpoints to enforce quarantine MORE (D) has done significant damage to the department during his tenure.
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