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Senator Erica D. Smith Dispels Rumor About Endorsing Republican

The Political Agitator’s response: I reached out to Senator Smith today when I got the message and this is what she had to say, “I am getting ready to put out a statement. I NEVER ENDORSE candidates. The following is Senator Erica D. Smith response.

In the middle of my professional development webinar today, I was bombarded by text messages, phone calls and emails about a tweet released by a reporter who did NOT FACT CHECK. I have set the record straight and happy to do a podcast for any reporter who has the integrity to get the real story, in full!

I just completed my work day, serving teachers and student learners and prepared this response. Please read, and feel free to ask me any questions.

I would join the dozens of trigger-happy negative pat/patty posters and express my own disappointment and administer much deserved tongue lashings for some of the most disrespectful and hypocritical signifiers, but I have to maintain the Four Agreements and respond in the love, dignity and honor in which I was raised.

As Always, One of US for All of US,


Alert: From the Office of Representative James D. Gailliard – The Myth of Police Department Defunding

Alert: From the Office of Representative James D. Gailliard








Advocating for inclusive policies for Constituents in Nash County-Rocky Mount

The Myth of Police Department Defunding


It has come to my attention that the Speaker of the House, Tim Moore, released misinformation regarding Future Nows’ goals and pledge to defund police departments.

What you are hearing or reading is simply not true. I never signed a pledge to defund the police. I do not support defunding police departments. As a matter of fact, I have been endorsed by the state’s largest law enforcement organization – The North Carolina Police Benevolence Association.

For the many of you who are not aware, I have a 24 year old son who will graduate in October from Nash County Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET). Therefore, defunding the police is far from my intention. It breaks my heart that when partisan talking points are released most often, people don’t ask or fact check before jumping to conclusions, but again that’s what it’s designed to do – further divide us. 

My support of law enforcement has been unquestionable as has been my support to our community. For the record, I signed the “America’s Goals” pledge to commit to work towards shared goals for good jobs, affordable quality healthcare, investing in children, people over special interest, equal opportunity, and infrastructure investment. These goals have measurable outcomes such as better schools, higher life expectancy and equal pay. America’s Goals is about results to improve lives and does not include any rhetoric to defund the police. The America’s Goals pledge is not an endorsement of any policy position. Apparently, saving tax payer dollars and investing in proven strategies to make people safer and law enforcement more supported is not embraced by everyone.

I caution all of you to not be surprised by partisan tactics as this was prevalent in the 2018 elections. We should always fact check and not get distracted by partisan failures to acknowledge or endorse policies that support basic human needs such as healthcare for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians and equal opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle.

I do hope we can all learn to work together to create an equitable community for everyone. That has certainly been what I have worked daily on since being sent to Raleigh by the residents of Nash County. I thank you all for your continued support and recommendations as we strive together to make Nash County, the city of Rocky Mount and Eastern North Carolina a better place to live!

Representative James D. Gailliard

committed to:

The People of Nash County-Rocky Mount

Progressive solutions for Rural Issues

Principles that foster Common Sense Legislation

Rocky Mount NC – The Mayor and Rocky Mount City Council continue to consider appointments to City boards, committees and commissions and welcome interested parties to apply

Release Date: September 16, 2020

Contact Person: Pamela O. Casey, City Clerk


P.O. DRAWER 1180, ROCKY MOUNT, NC 27802-1180 (252) 972-1319

The Mayor and Rocky Mount City Council continue to consider appointments to City boards,

committees and commissions and welcome interested parties to apply.

The following appointments/reappointments have been approved:

• Animal Care and Control Advisory Board (three-year term expires June 30, 2023):

o Tosha Aldridge (Ward 4)

• Board of Adjustment (three-year term expires June 30, 2023):

o Robert Davis (Ward 1; reappointed)

o William Jones (Ward 7; reappointed)

• Business Development Authority (three-year terms expire June 30, 2023):

o Blake Tharin (reappointed)

o Steven Larry Cederberg (reappointed)

• Community Appeals Board (three-year terms expire June 30, 2023)

o Troy Davis (Ward 1; reappointed)

o Mark Frohman (Ward 7; reappointed)

• Historic Preservation Commission (four-year terms expire June 30, 2024)

o David Michael Latham (reappointed)

o Bianca Davis

o John Mebane (reappointed)

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (three-year terms expire June 30, 2023)

o Terry M. Williams (reappointed)

o Michael Anthony Parker (reappointed)

o Gloria Whitley-Williams (reappointed)

o Polly Jones

• Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities (two-year terms expire June 30, 2022)

o Mary J. Mann (reappointed)

o Priscilla Whitaker (reappointed)

o Cynthia Steele (reappointed)

o Ardelia Burrison (reappointed)

o Ruth A. Bowens (reappointed)

o Robert E. Cordell, Sr. (reappointed)

o Tilmon M. Little (reappointed)

• Planning Board (three-year terms expire June 30, 2023)

o James Robert Davis (reappointed)

• Redevelopment Commission (five-year terms expire June 30, 2025)

o Steve Deloatch

o Elaine Courcelles

o Gloria R. Downing (reappointed)

o Andrew Votipka


• Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport Authority (three-year terms expire June 30, 2023)

o Dan E. Herring, Jr. (reappointed)

• Utility Service Review Board (four-year terms)

o Travis Fredrick Ellis (unexpired term expires 06/2022)


o Braswell Memorial Library (four-year terms expire December 31)

– Reid J. Rhodes (unexpired term expires 12/2022)

– Terry Anderson

The following vacancies remain:

• Animal Care and Control Advisory Board – 3 vacancies (Wards 1, 3, 6)

• Board of Adjustment – 4 vacancies (Wards 4 and 6 and 2 Alternates)

• Central City Revitalization Panel – 7 vacancies (4 members and 3 ex-officios)

• Community Appeals Board – 2 vacancies (Wards 4 and 5)

• Human Relations Commission – 1 vacancy (Mayoral appointment)

• Mayor’s Commission – 2 vacancies

• Planning Board – 2 vacancies (Wards 4 and 6)

• Redevelopment Commission – 2 vacancies

• Tree Advisory Board – 3 vacancies (Wards 2, 3 and 4)

• Utility Service Review Board – 2 vacancies (Wards 4 and 6)

• Workforce Housing Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy (Ward 6)

• Braswell Memorial Library – 1 vacancy

Those interested in being appointed to any of the City’s boards, commissions or committees should submit the nomination in writing to the City Clerk’s office, P.O. Box 1180, Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1180. A resume’ of each nominee should accompany the nomination as well as a Personal History Form signed by the nominee indicating their willingness to serve should they be appointed.

Please see: for Personal History forms. For more information please call 252 972-1319.

NC lieutenant governor: Reopen schools without mask mandate

The Political Agitator’s response: They say when you see a fool let them be a fool. Now Dan Forest is a fool when it comes to lifting the mask mandate. Anyone who support that mess is just a ignant as he is. See that is that Trump S…! These folk are dangerous!

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said on Wednesday that he would immediately reopen all K-12 public schools without requiring students or teachers to wear masks if he were governor.

The comment came during a Wednesday morning news conference in which the gubernatorial candidate and other top Republicans pushed for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to move to Plan A with fully in-person classes.

“I don’t think so,” Forest said when asked whether he’d mandate masks in schools. “No. I don’t think there’s any science that backs that up. That’s my personal opinion.”

But Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, has called for schools to reopen with clear safety guidelines in place that encourage mask wearing and physical distancing.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a committee of U.S. senators on Wednesday that a mask could be more effective than a vaccine in protecting people from the coronavirus.

Despite overwhelming evidence that mask wearing reduces COVID-19 transmission, Forest said he’d undo the statewide mask mandate ordered by Cooper and would instead allow individual districts to dictate their own plans for keeping students safe.

“When I’m governor, I would lift the mask mandate for the state and allow individual freedom to decide whether they wear a mask,” Forest said. (Read more)

Video catches Los Angeles sheriffs in lie about events outside hospital where ambushed cops were recovering

imageSee this is what I am talking about the LEOs has got to stay in character they are already catching hell. See when you do ignant mess then it takes the focus off of the incident and put the focus on the LEOs acting unprofessional.

In this season LEOs must be held to a Zero Tolerance by their bosses when they show unprofessionalism. LEOs can not keep giving folk ammunition to use against them especially while Defunding Police is a hot topic.

I support Law Enforcement but I don’t support the unprofessionalism.

The Los Angeles Police Department has been caught in a series of lies about their arrest of KPCC Josie Huang, who was reporting outside of St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where the two police officers shot in an ambush were taken.

Two LA County deputies were shot and are in critical condition after their patrol car was fired on by an individual captured on video. While sitting outside of a metro station in Compton, an individual can be seen in the video approaching the car and firing shots. One deputy got out of the vehicle to pursue the suspect, then the video ends. (Read more)

Should Trump And The GOP Be Charged With Malfeasance In Connection With The Almost 200,000 Deaths


Someone recently said that Trump and the GOP should only be charged with malfeasance in connection with the almost 200,000 DEATHS of our family members and friends in the COVID-19 virus pandemic in America.

I think it goes quite a bit further than merely “malfeasance” (i.e., wrongdoing by a public official), don’t you?

The entire GOP has been complicit in almost 200,000 mass murders by depraved indifference committed by Trump, all of which the GOP was fully aware. Trump and the entire GOP sat in silence and did NOTHING whatsoever to either prevent those DEATHS or lessen them in severity.

How can you describe either Trump’s or the GOP’s horrific, ongoing inaction regarding the almost 200,000 DEATHS caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic in our country as anything other than MASS MURDER?

Trump KNEW the extent of the deadly danger that the COVID-19 virus posed to our society, as he has recently ADMITTED and which has been widely publicized but, despite his admitted knowledge, Trump allowed the COVID-19 virus to ravage and continue that ravaging of our entire population without taking ANY action whatsoever to prevent it or at least lessen its deadly effect upon us.

Trump has allowed these DEATHS to go on and on for the pathetic reason that he wanted to protect his own chance of being reelected. And that, of course, sprung out of fear that he would have to answer to the SDNY for the many crimes he has committed in the State of New York.

Therefore, Trump committed the MASS MURDERS of hundreds of thousands of our family members and friends merely to protect his own profoundly worthless self.

“Intent” is a well-known requisite element of a MURDER charge. Intent was, and STILL IS, present in Trump’s actions and inactions. In addition, the entire GOP has been and STILL IS complicit in Trump’s ongoing murderous behavior. Both Trump and the GOP should be charged with MASS MURDER and put in prison for the rest of their natural lives.

First-degree murderers must have the specific intent to end a human life, which does not necessarily have to correspond to the actual victim. A murder in which the killer intends to kill but kills either the wrong person or random people would still constitute first-degree murder.

Furthermore, under many state laws, killing through action showing a “depraved indifference” to human life can qualify as murder in the first degree.

To constitute “depraved indifference,” the defendant’s conduct must be ‘so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime.’ Depraved indifference focuses on the risk created by the defendant’s conduct, not the injuries actually resulting.”

Therefore, given the above facts, how else can you describe the horrific behavior of Trump and the entire GOP other than as mass murder by depraved indifference?

President Donald Trump Vs Bob Woodward Book About COVID-19 Being Downplayed

I don’t like to get into the assumption thing something that can’t be proven.

With Trump record out of all of the things he been called out on and folk still supported what he said, I would think that they would have supported him downplaying it then and now.

Since he is still downplaying it even after we have heard the recording, so I wonder what difference would it have made?

He has told and continue to tell folk to do Absentee Voting and go to the Polls here in NC too.

So unless it was a crime what he did, what difference does it make?

My thing is he lied and that he continues to prove he is a liar.

Now for Woodward is what he did a crime?

I see what he did as what normal folk would do that have a complaint be it on their job, a rape case and other, some folk don’t come out then but come out later.

Again the only thing that bothers me is the President is a liar and it has been proven.

This have not made me look at him any different than I have since he became President.

And in my closing, the President is the one that is running the country so to compare Woodward holding information to the President’s standards ain’t for me.

Now as bad as the COVID is and folk have lost their lives, I find it hard to believe that the President have not said this stuff in front of others that too could have informed us.

I have a problem with Dr. Fauci’s response when he said he don’t think the President intentionally downplayed the COVID. But then again he report to who?

I don’t like talking about some things that is based on opinion, I like to base my opinions on facts. So therefore I don’t know if Woodward telling it earlier would have saved lives or not.

Colts Statement On National Anthem Demonstration

Today our football team made a statement on behalf of the Black communities in our state of Indiana; but also on behalf of all Black communities from where our players and coaches call home. Our intent is to bring attention to the issue of systemic racism and the injustice inherit therein. We also wanted to demonstrate a symbolic gesture of how we believe meaningful change happens.

TO BE CLEAR – we were not protesting the flag, the anthem, or the men and women who wear the uniform. The timing of this action is meant to highlight that the presence, power, and oppression of racism remains inconsistent with the unity and freedoms of what it means to be an American.

Our Black communities feel the weight of this issue and they are hurting. Our statement today and going forward expresses that we will not merely speak out against racism, but we will demonstrate our convictions with consistent action to support and uplift our Black communities.

Our statement included the two-fold symbolic gesture of stepping forward and kneeling: (Read more)

Deshaun Watson is ready to speak out against racism in the NFL

Deshaun Watson has found his voice and is using it to speak out against racism in the NFL. The Houston Texans quarterback says he was conditioned to believe he wasn’t smart enough and lacked the education needed to speak out.

According to a recent interview with ESPN, the football player gets vulnerable and opens up about how he thinks the world perceives him as a Black quarterback.

“To keep it real with you, I feel like whenever a Black quarterback speaks up, the outside world sometimes doesn’t think they’re educated enough to know what’s going on. So in reality, they’re like, ‘Hey, y’all Black quarterbacks — shut up. Y’all don’t know what y’all talking about.’ “

The 24-year-old says he feels the pressure that comes with being the head of a team. Waston says especially as a Black quarterback he is aware that folks are judging his every move, from what he wears to how he speaks. He goes on to say his insecurities stem from the racism he experienced as a child growing up in Georgia and how these issues shaped his world view.

“But the way I grew up, and the way I saw it, it was kind of normal. So as a young boy, it was kind of like, ‘I guess this is the way it should be.’ And this is the way it has been for a long time.” (Read more)

WATCH: CNN’s Tapper shuts down Navarro interview over insults and lies about Trump’s COVID-19 response

On Sunday morning “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper cut short an interview with White House trade advisor Peter Navarro after the Donald Trump appointee insulted CNN’s coverage of the COVID-19 health crisis and refused to answer questions about why the president lied to the public about it.

Over a combative nine minutes, the CNN host repeatedly asked Navarro about the taped comments the president made about the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with Bob Woodward and how they conflicted with his public statements.

With Navarro continually calling citing the president’s comments “cherry-picking” and refusing to address direct questions, Tapper finally called an end to the interview and then fact-checked the White House adviser after he was taken off the screen.

“He knew it was deadlier than the flu and he was lying to the American public two weeks later,” Tapper accused.

“Jake, you’re cherry-picking,” Navarro shot back.

“I’m not cherry-picking. He was not honest with the American people. you’re not answering the question,” the CNN host pressed.

“You’re not honest with the American people. CNN is not honest with the American people. You want to go there?” Navarro replied which led Tapper to call the interview off. (Read more)

‘I’m going to interrupt you’: Chris Wallace destroys Trump adviser’s ‘fog of war’ talking points on COVID

Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes on Sunday downplayed the revelations that President Donald Trump misled the American people about the severity of novel coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with Fox News, Cortes argued that Trump made the admission to journalist Bob Woodward in the “fog of war.”

“Why not level with the American people, Steve?” Fox News host Chris Wallace asked.

“This was the fog of war, biological war,” Cortes insisted.

“I’m going to interrupt you right there,” Wallace interjected. “It wasn’t the fog of war. On January 28, the president got his presidential daily brief, the top intelligence in the Oval Office. And at that point, his national security adviser, Robert O’Brien said that this is the biggest challenge you’re going to face in your entire presidency.” (Read more)

“Healing Wholeness & Repatriation Reconciliation Sought By The Surviving Damaged Families of Victims of the COVI-19 Pandemic” {Speculative}

“The Crucial & Essential Challenge for Valid-Repatriation” as certified, United States American Citizens!  Now is the time to seriously, invoke-adamantly in the spiritual subconsciousness of our moral-existence; of everybody here in North America who was directly or indirectly damaged by the pre-meditated negligence (as it relates to the current Pandemic-COVID-19 Virus). The time is here to gather all abled minded (as many as earthly possible) to form a ‘Team  of Legal Professionals’ representing the projected ‘400,000+ Deaths’  increasing certain-surety (with) specificity upon the ‘Children/Youth’, our primary future.  The poor impoverished, middle class and a few wealthy families (regardless of their racial ethnicity or economic status) who have lost ‘uselessly’ their loved ones.  These surviving victims of their dearly beloved (400,000+ Coronavirus Genocidal Deaths); due to deliberate-inferior, impaired, inapt planning by the ‘United States Government and The Donald J. Trump Administration.’  Resulting in ‘Incongruous  Behavior’ that would/has presented us to the entire World as; less creditable than we’d like to have been perceived.  Obviously, the non remorseful, non-empathetic,  self-proclaimed-irresponsible and apparently unaccountable, inappropriate, demagoguery conduct as a Leader of one of the ‘Free-World Countries,’ has inadvertently effected our original aristocratic-position, ‘comparatively-less favorably’ on a global scale.

The alleged-data has been prepared via published books, documents, tapes, newsletters, magazines, legal notes and even ‘verbal admission/testimonies’ by some of the ‘eccentric-actors/perpetrators’ of this grave and horrendous injustice to humanity, here on the land of the so-called ‘Equal-Free and Liberated’.  FYI.  It is time to initiate a Nation-wide petition for a special, coalesive  Team of Legal Professionals to be launched especially to guarantee that [those deceased and those projected to encounter the same fate].  That their survivors shall have more than adequate/normal legal-representation to be repaired, reconciled and healed by the systemic-heinous act of barbarism perpetuated by this governing body of failed leadership!  [America is comprised of 4 geographical regions]; and it is being highly-recommended that 4 separate Legal Teams of The United Coalition Professional Lawyers from each region, should come together united as one “COVID-19 Legal Defense Coalition/Umbrella.” “Go Fund Me Fundraiser Social Media Network Services“ -for this project; could be the primary and ultimate, financial source to fund (Legal Attorney fees and court cost expenses etc.) to secure successfully such a Health Humanitarian Project.

As a cost incentive; the ‘Circumstantial Evidence’ has already been compiled in the legal forms of ‘Books’ by ‘non fictional’ authenticated authors already published with perhaps more vital facts to come forth.  I highly recommend that Author, “Bob Woodward’s Book” (among other Literary-Contributors) be included in the compiling and profiling the data to build the case.  The time is now to initiate bringing closure to this nightmarish episode of America’s Scariest Journey in our ‘Modern-Life’s Time’.  Hopefully, through collective-Prayers, God shall use this episode to wake up (once more) the entire world as in ‘Ancient Ages’THAT, when He’s had enough, He has very many-peculiar ways (many at His volition to ‘Humble His Subjects) in order that He may be able to use ‘them’ (the Chosen pure in Heart, Spirit and Soul) in the completion and in accordance to His Master Plan.  “What more evidence do we/you need to be able to recognize; What Time It Is?”  Please; in your leisure

Visit the “BOOK OF REVELATION”—this isn’t new stuff, it’s been demonstrated quite  few times when God Looses His Patience- I’m in awe of what took Him so long;…then again (it ain’t my call) He has His Own Time Frame.  I would’ve cleaned up thisDemonic Shit House’ long, long time ago!

Milton Bullock / Author

Contributor, Columnist/Journalist

Activist for Civil & Human Righteousness

Dr. Fauci Comes To Trump’s Defense: I ‘Didn’t Get Any Sense’ President Was ‘Distorting’ Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Dr. Anthony Fauci (R), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, participates in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, has said that a potential second wave of coronavirus later this year could flare up again and coincide with flu season. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Political Agitator’s response: This does not change the fact that Trump lied. When Fauci prove that the audio I heard was not Factual then I don’t want to hear a damn thing he has to say about that part. Now he need to stick with the science part and not the journalist part. Trump lied and it has been documented so move forward.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House’s coronavirus response team, came to President Donald Trump’s defense late Wednesday, telling Fox News that he does not believe Trump intentionally “distorted” information about the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier Wednesday, veteran journalist Bob Woodward released excerpts of his forthcoming book on the president — excerpts that came from nearly 20 hours of conversation with Trump — including a passage that suggests Trump deliberately downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic in order to tamp down Americans’ panic. (Read more)

Tarboro NC – Listen To Audio Of This Police Stop, Should Law Enforcement Officers Call Black Folk And Other Folk By Their Names And Not Refer To Them As MFs?

Mzz Mello Hinton shared the following Videos on her Facebook page about a traffic stop in Tarboro NC last night Friday September 12, 2020.

I do not support criminal activity at any level so don’t get it twisted because I promote Black Lives Matter. I do not promote bad Law Enforcement Officers but I support Law Enforcement. I ain’t even entertaining that Blue Lives Matter B.S. because I support Good Law Enforcement so if you say Law Enforcement Officers Lives matter then I can say that. But Blue Lives Matter ain’t for me because wearing a Blue Uniform versus my being a Black Man is not comparable. Plus Blue Lives Matter is not a damn body. All LEO’s do not wear Blue. What LEO’s wear Blue Uniforms? I’ll wait!

I don’t know what happened on this traffic stop and only speaking to what I heard in the audio. This type of mentality should not be allowed and any LEO who act out of their profession need to be reprimanded. Hell he called him a MF but I bet he wanted to call him a Nigger.

I am already having an issue with the Tarboro Police Chief crossing the line with his Facebook post, “Tarboro NC – Police Chief Jesse Webb Crossed The Line Comparing His Police Work With Entertainment of NBA Players Who Boycotted On Wednesday.” Read it for yourself.

I don’t have a relationship with Tarboro Police Chief however I do have one with Pinetops and the Edgecombe County Sheriff. They know I will hold them accountable for their actions so this ain’t just about Tarboro. Also I hold all folk accountable for their actions being that I am a Community and Political Activist.

This how TPD talk/treat black young boys WHO ARE NOT under arrest.
Click On Photo To Listen to Audio
Click On Photo To Listen To Audio

Trump says he minimized coronavirus, didn’t want to create panic: Woodward book


The Political Agitator’s response: Now let’s see how you Trump supporters attempt to twist this. So if you are Trump supporters and you don’t acknowledge this then you are part of the problem. I understand that you like the man but you have got to stop supporting the lies and deceit. You talk about Black Lives Matter Movement because some of the protests were not peaceful but they have not done as much damage as this President because you can’t put value on the individual lives that have been lost due to his selfishness and his political agenda. And folk talking about Black Lives Matter dividing folk what in the hell has this President done?

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds Regional Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S., September 8, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump acknowledged in February he knew how deadly and contagious the novel coronavirus was but played it down because he did not want to create a panic, according to recordings of interviews done for a new book.

The recordings, obtained by CNN and based on a new book titled “Rage” by journalist Bob Woodward, come weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election and as Trump’s efforts to battle COVID-19 have come under intense criticism as being too little too late.

The Republican president, who has been hammered by Democratic opponent Joe Biden over the slow U.S. government response to the coronavirus, played down the virus for months as it took hold and spread quickly across the country. (Read more)