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Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response

Multiple supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE appeared on the Sunday morning political talk shows to defend his response to the coronavirus, after audio of interviews with journalist Bob Woodward sparked controversy last week.

Guests also discussed the November general election matchup between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE as well as the raging wildfires on the west coast.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

White House adviser says Trump was 'straightforward' on coronavirus when pressed on Woodward interview
By REBECCA KLAR
 
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro dismissed concerns on Sunday that President Trump was purposely downplaying the threat of the coronavirus earlier this year in light of recently released recordings that show Trump privately acknowledged the threat to journalist Bob Woodward in February. 
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Trump campaign senior adviser says president is 'not at all' downplaying the severity of the pandemic
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Jason Miller, the senior adviser to President Trump’s campaign, said Sunday that Trump is “not at all” currently downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic after the president told journalist Bob Woodward he was in February.
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GOP chair defends Trump messaging on masks: 'To say that he should have known then what we know now isn't really fair'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
“I think 20/20 vision in hindsight is always perfect, but as a new pandemic hit our shores we were all being told by Dr. Fauci, the scientists that we shouldn’t wear masks,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielNew York Post deletes story alleging Kamala Harris book given to migrant children Virginia GOP reverses course, will let those with religious obligations cast absentee votes for Saturday convention The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill MORE  said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It’s a new virus … to say that he should have known then what we know now isn’t really fair.”
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Almost 2 in 3 Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of pandemic: poll
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
An ABC News/Ipsos poll determined that 65 percent of respondents said they disapprove of the president’s management of the COVID-19 crisis, almost eight months after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Washington state.
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Biden adviser defends campaign rallies in early March: 'He didn't have access to the kind of information that Donald Trump had'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
"He wasn’t the president, and he didn’t get the information from government experts telling him this was deadly and airborne the way President Trump did,” Jake Sullivan said.
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Demings slams GOP coronavirus relief bill: Americans 'deserve more than the crumbs from the table'
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Democrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Florida Democrats' midterm fantasy faceoff: DeSantis vs. Demings MORE (D-Fla.) criticized a Republican-backed coronavirus stimulus bill on Sunday after Senate Democrats blocked the GOP legislation amid a stalemate between the parties. 
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Economist Stephen Moore calls on Pelosi, Schumer to 'get a deal done' amid stimulus stalemate
By KAELAN DEESE 
 
Economist and economic adviser to President Trump Stephen MooreStephen Moore Why isn't Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults? Former Trump economic adviser praises 'blowout' jobs report As nation freezes, fossil fuels are keeping the lights and heat on MORE called on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report On The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture How to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs MORE (D-N.Y.) to "get a deal done" amid a stalemate to pass a fifth coronavirus relief package.
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Biden leads by 5 points nationally in Fox News poll
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters in a national Fox News poll released Sunday.
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Biden senior adviser: 'We know that we have work to do' to gain Latino support
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s senior adviser, Symone SandersSymone SandersHarris to speak with Mexican president about tree-planting initiative, poverty, migration Harris puts DC condo up for sale Harris in difficult starring role on border MORE, said Sunday that the campaign is aware it has “work to do” to gain support from Latino voters. 
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Strzok: 'I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Former FBI agent Peter Strzok told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSanders knocks James Carville: 'I don't think he's terribly relevant to what happens in Congress right now' Portman: Pre-K, community college not 'typically' a government responsibility Yellen: 'Safest' thing to do is make sure infrastructure plan is paid for MORE Sunday that he still believes President Trump to be “compromised by the Russians.” 
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Los Angeles mayor slams Trump over response to California fires
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiBiden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Hillicon Valley: DOJ to review cyber challenges | Gaetz, House Republicans want to end funding for postal service surveillance | TikTok gets new CEO Mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium to shut down by May MORE (D) slammed President Trump on Sunday over his response to the wildfires blazing across California and his dismissal of climate change as their cause. 
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Oregon senator says Trump's blame on 'forest management' for wildfires is 'just a big and devastating lie'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySenate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Bipartisan Senate group calls for Biden to impose more sanctions on Myanmar junta A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US MORE (D-Ore.) said Sunday that President Trump blaming “forest management” for wildfires is “just a bid and devastating lie.”
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Oregon governor calls wildfires a 'bellwether for climate change': 'This is a wake up call for all of us'
By REBECCA KLAR
 
“We saw incredible winds, we saw very cold hot temperatures, and of course we have a landscape that has seen 30 years of drought,” Oregon Gov. Kate BrownKate Brown74 people linked to COVID-19 outbreak at Oregon church Businesses sue Oregon governor over COVID-19 restrictions White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states MORE (D)  said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the west coast and this is a wakeup call for all of us that we have to do everything in our power to tackle climate change.”
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