The highest-ranking black member of Congress is urging President Donald Trump to stop challenging the results of the 2020 election and start finding ways to work with the incoming administration. (Nov. 9)

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US TODAY’s coverage of the 2020 election continues this week as states prepare to complete the certification of their votes following the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the hard-fought presidential race. President Donald Trump has not yet admitted the race as Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris prepare to take office in January.

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Michigan GOP House speaker Chatfield enjoys drinks at the Trump Hotel

Public skepticism that Michigan’s Republican legislators focused on COVID-19 assistance when they met with President Donald Trump was heightened Saturday when State House President Lee Chatfield was seen socially at the Trump Hotel in Washington and the president sent tweets suggesting the election, too, was the subject of discussion.

Chatfield and Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey met with Trump Friday afternoon in the White House. After the meeting, the couple issued a statement saying the meeting focused on COVID-19 assistance and that “we have not yet been made aware of any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan election.”

But critics of the meeting were already skeptical that the president did not try to persuade lawmakers in his ongoing efforts to undermine the election results before photographs emerged of Chatfield drinking and sitting, unmasked, with others at the Trump International Hotel. Their concerns were heightened when lawmakers did not elaborate on what the president, if anything, asked about the Michigan election result.

Trump hopes the state’s Republican-controlled state legislature will turn Michigan’s 16 constituencies into a vote for him, even though President-elect Joe Biden earned about 154,000 more votes in the state than Trump.

Trump tweeted twice Saturday, responding to both lawmakers with more unfounded allegations of fraud and misconduct in Michigan.

“We are showing massive and unprecedented fraud!” Trump tweeted in response to Shirkey tweeting his statement.

In response to a Chatfield tweet, Trump tweeted: “Massive voter fraud is on the rise!”

– Dave BoucherClara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

Ben Carson says he is ‘out of the woods’ after being ‘desperately ill’ from COVID

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, was “extremely ill” and “desperately ill,” according to a post on his Facebook page Friday morning.

“Thank you all for your support and prayers as Candy and I struggled with COVID-19. I was extremely ill and originally took Oleander 4X with dramatic improvement. However, I have more comorbidities and after a short period where I only experienced minor discomfort ., the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately ill, ”Carson wrote.

Oleander 4x uses an extract from the oleander plant, which is an untested treatment recommended by My Pillow founder Mike Lindell, who has made unsubstantiated claims about its effectiveness in treating COVID-19. In September, the Food and Drug Administration rejected a request to label the oleander extract as a dietary ingredient, citing “significant concerns.”

Lindell is the one who brought this untested treatment of COVID-19 to Carlon’s attention. Carson later called the drug “the right trade” despite not being an expert in infectious diseases.

Carson also shared that the president was following his condition and cleared him of the antibody treatment Trump received when he had COVID. Carson also wrote that he is convinced the treatment “saved my life.”

Carson believes he is “out of the woods at this point” and is recovering from the virus.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Trump Jr. to use COVID isolation to watch Netflix and clean guns

After the news broke that he was testing positive for COVID-19, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. shared. a video on Instagram asking for movie and book recommendations

“If you have any book-Netflix recommendations, anything related to movies or other good e-books then I can not go out and buy a book but give me your thoughts because you know I may have a few days with solo time and there are only so many cannons I can clean before it gets boring, ”Trump shared in the video.

He also shared with supporters that he is asymptomatic but follows the protocol.

“You may have seen it now, but apparently I got ‘rona. “You would not know it based on anything I have felt or seen – I guess I have been completely asymptomatic,” Trump said. “But out of an abundance of caution, I want to quarantine. I follow the protocols, you know, take it seriously, there is no reason to take it otherwise. ”

The president also tweeted about son Saturday amid a stream of baseless tweets of voter fraud, saying, “My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!”

Trump, like his father, has continually downplayed the virus, even though cases and deaths have risen to record numbers across the country.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Blackburn staff say the senator spoke incorrectly when she called the elected Biden president

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., A staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, on Friday referred to Joe Biden as the country’s “elected president,” a comment her staff later said was a mistake.

Blackburn made the comments Friday night live on ABC News, where she was interviewed by Juju Chang. The remark placed her among just a handful of Republican senators signaling recognition of Biden’s expected victory.

“I have not spoken to the president-elect,” Blackburn told Chang. “We got the vice president to speak, the elected vice president came to speak this week to vote. I presided at the time. Did not get to speak to her.”

But Blackburn went back with his remark later in the interview, insisting without proof that “if every legitimate vote is counted, Donald Trump would get four more years.”

When asked about the referral to President-elect Biden, Abigail Sigler, a spokeswoman for the Blackburn campaign, said, “She spoke incorrectly – it is no more.”

– Natalie Allison, Nashville, Tennessean

Gov. Cuomo is to pick up Emmy for coronavirus briefings

ALBANY – And the International Emmy goes to: New York Government Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo, a Democrat whose daily briefings at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic received extensive airplay across the country, will receive the International Emmy Founders Award on Monday.

The governor is being partially recognized for his use of television to inform people about the latest coronavirus updates on the height of the state’s outbreaks in March and April, according to The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which awarded him the prize.

Cuomo held more than 100 consecutive days of COVID-19 briefings, many of which were broadcast on cable news networks internationally.

The governor will receive the international Emmy during a virtual awards ceremony on Monday. It is a separate ceremony from the better known Primetime and Daytime Emmys that focuses on American television.

– Jon Campbell, New York State Team

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