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Jim Mattis says he's "angry and appalled" by Trump's action
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with 	President Donald J. Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2017
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with President Donald J. Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2017 Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States / Public domain

Jim Mattis, former US Defence Secretary who left the Trump administration in 2018, condemns President Trump's recent actions. In a statement published by The Atlantic, Mattis wrote: "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us." Mattis calls to hold those in office accountable for making a mockery of the Constitution and further states "we are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership".

Trump responded to Mattis' statement on Twitter, writing: "[...] had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. [...] I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom “brought home the bacon”. I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!"

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Australian embassy contacts US government over attacked journalists
A screen-capture shows Network Seven cameraman Tim Myers and reporter Amelia Brace as they were assaulted by police officers while covering protests outside the White House
A screen-capture shows Network Seven cameraman Tim Myers and reporter Amelia Brace as they were assaulted by police officers while covering protests outside the White House Credit: Video Reproduction

After Tim Myers and Amelia Brace, journalists of the Australian Channel 7, were beaten by police outside the White House while covering the ongoing protests the Australian embassy has contacted the US State Department to shed light on the situation.

One of the journalists has stated that "It was an absolutely terrifying experience but we came through it together" when they were beaten with a truncheon, hit with a riot shield and punched in the face by the police.

Channel 7 is yet to make a formal police complaint.

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Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral
Joe Biden in Munich, 2019
Joe Biden in Munich, 2019 Credit: Kuhlmann/ MSC / CC BY 3.0 DE (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is said to attend George Floyd's funeral next week, according to the family's lawyer Ben Crump. The funeral will be held in Houston, Texas on June 9. The White House didn't comment on whether Trump would attend the funeral as well.

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Justin Trudeau: Canadians watching U.S. in 'horror and consternation,'
Justin Trudeau during press conference
Justin Trudeau during press conference Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was speechless when asked to respond to the use of force and tear gas against peaceful protesters outside the White House.

After a 21 second pause, Trudeau said: "We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States,".

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Peaceful protesters tear-gassed to clear path for Donald Trump photo-op

Police used tear gas and sound grenades to clear peaceful protesters in front of the White House to make way for Trump to visit the St. John's Episcopal Church.

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde,  condemned President Donald Trump on a interview with CNN: "Let me be clear: The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for,"

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NYT criticized for extenuated headline regarding White House attack on peaceful protestors
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020
The A1 page of the New York Times, June 2, 2020 Credit: New York Times via Tom Jolly on Twitter

Shortly after Tom Jolly, Print Editor of the New York Times, posted an image of the paper's A1 page with the title "As chaos spreads, Trump vows to 'end it now'", many took to Twitter to criticize the paper for its trivialization of the event. Neither the headline nor the sub-header mentioned the attack on peaceful protestors at the foot of the White House to make room for a photo-op of President Trump. Though the story itself painted a harsh and accurate picture of the event, the headline was heavily criticized on Twitter.

Matt Pearce of the LA Times wrote: "They brutalized peaceful protesters for a photo op." Andrew Beatty of AFP News replied with "This one will be taught in journalism schools." Parker Molloy tweeted: "Tom, this is embarrassing. I’d be ashamed to work for a place that put this out." 

In the CNN Business newsletter "Reliable Sources", Oliver Darcy says that "NYT's A1 falls short" and "If you were expecting The New York Times A1 to — in a bold and unflinching way — call out the attack on a peaceful demonstration so President Trump could have a photo-op, prepare to be disappointed."

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Trump taken to White House bunker amid protests on Friday

Donald Trump has been taken to the White House's underground bunker on Friday night, as protestors gathered outside the gates, according to reports of the New York Times. “The president and his family were rattled by their experience on Friday night, according to several advisers,” so the Times. Trump was rushed to the bunker by secret service agents on Friday night where he spent about an hour.

The White House underground bunker, or Presidential Emergency Operations Center, was built during World War II and is said to withstand aerial attacks.

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Fires near White House in third night of D.C. protests
George Floyd protests in Washington DC, Lafayette Square on May 30
George Floyd protests in Washington DC, Lafayette Square on May 30 Credit: Rosa Pineda / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As the protests in Washington, D.C. entered into the third night, multiple fires were set near the White House. A fire was started in the lobby of the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, and on two locations at Lafayette Square. Police have also responded to further fires across the city. Earlier D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced a citywide curfew. Protestors have also damaged buildings and cars. 

In response to the ongoing nearby protests, the White House turned off its external lights. 

Health
Brazil to receive 2m Hydroxychloroquine doses from U.S.

According to a statement by the White House, the U.S. has sent two million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil. Both Brazil and the U.S. are testing whether the drug is safe and effective for Covid-19 treatment.

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White House announces travel ban with Brazil
Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro
Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Alan Santos/PR

The White House announced a travel ban with Brazil that will block anyone from entering the United States who has been in the South American country for the previous 14 days.

The ban has several exemptions, including U.S. residents and spouses, siblings, children of U.S. citizens and flight crews.

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Trump is said to skip White House portrait unveiling
Two days after the election on November 10th 2016, the President meets with President-elect Donald Trump
Two days after the election on November 10th 2016, the President meets with President-elect Donald Trump Credit: Peter J. Souza (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

Donald Trump is said to skip the unveiling of former President Barack Obama's portrait at the White House. For the past 40 years, each first-time president would hold a ceremony for the unveiling of the official portrait of his predecessor at the White House. According to NBC News, Obama would not participate in the event "so long as Trump is in office, the people familiar with the matter said".

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Trump accuses Obama of "biggest crime in American history" without any details or sources

In a tweet on Mother's Day, Trump accuses Barack Obama of the "biggest crime in American history by far" and saying that "OBAMAGATE makes Watergate look small time!" When asked by reporter Philp Rucker of the Washington Post to clarify his accusation, Trump said "It's been going on for a long time. It's been going on even before I was elected and it's a disgrace that it happened and if you look into what's going on and the misinformation that is being released and from what I understand that's only the beginning," and that "the crime is very obvious to everybody," except for readers of the Washington Post. As of now, it's unclear what crime Trump is referring to or whether it happened.

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Mike Pence won't self-quarantine and go back to White House this week

The spokesperson of the vice president, Devin O'Malley has announced that Mike Pence won't go into self-quarantine after his press secretary has been tested positive for the coronavirus. While the vice president plans on coming to the White House on Monday, his schedule will most likely not contain as many appointments as normal.

Health
Anthony Fauci to self-quarantine

After multiple people in the Trump White House tested positive for Covid-19, Anthony Fauci alongside two other Covid-19 taskforce members have gone into self-quarantine. So far, they have been tested negative for Covid-19 and will continue to work remotely.

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White House overruled Center for Disease Control and Prevention's advice that old people should not fly

While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to recommend that people of higher age and people that are physically fragile should not fly, the White House overturned the plans. The air travel recommendation was removed following an inside source of the Associated Press.