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April 8, 2020

A reporter at Tuesday's White House coronavirus press briefing raised the question many, many parents want answered: How soon will the kids be going back to school? This school year is probably out in most of the country, but what about summer school? In the fall?

Vice President Mike Pence, who was at the lectern, thanked America's teachers for adjusting to remote learning. The coronavirus task force will work on "guidance going forward, whether it be summer school or whether it be returning to school next fall," he said, "but the most important thing we can do is put this epidemic behind us as quickly as possible."

Pence turned the stage over to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "Well, my daughter is a school teacher, so she asked me the same question," Fauci said. "I fully expect — though I'm humble enough to know that I can't accurately predict — that by the time we get to the fall, that we will have this under control enough that it certainly will not be the way it is now, where people are shutting schools. My optimistic side tells me that we'll be able to renew, to a certain extent — but it's going to be different, remember now, because this is not going to disappear."

Assuming the U.S. has the ability to widely test for the disease, determine how many people have built up antibodies after surviving the virus, and trace the contacts of newly infected people, U.S. health officials will have a much better grasp of the situation in the fall, Fauci said. "All of these things are going to go into the decision of just how much back to the original way we'd like it to be in the fall. Bottom line is no absolute prediction, but I think we're going to be in good shape." Peter Weber

July 5, 2019

Before leaving Washington on Friday to spend the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Trump was asked by reporters if it still employs any undocumented immigrants — a question he said he wasn't able to answer.

"Well that, I don't know, because I don't run it," Trump said. "But I would say this: Probably every club in the United States has that because it seems to be, from what I understand, a way that people did business. But we've ended whatever they did, we have a very strict rule and those rules are very strict. But it seems that every club practically in the United States, that's the way they do business."

Trump ran his campaign on the promise of building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which he said would stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the country. In February, The Washington Post reported that at his Bedminster club, managers knew they were hiring workers who did not have legal status, migrants who came from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. "Many of us helped him get what he has today," former employee Dario Angulo told the Post. "This golf course was built by illegals."

Trump's son, Eric Trump, confirmed to the Post in February that the Trump Organization had fired at least 18 undocumented workers employed at golf courses in New Jersey and New York. Catherine Garcia

April 16, 2018

Shortly after it was revealed on Monday that President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, counts Sean Hannity as a client, the Fox News host's colleague, Juan Williams, asked why this connection was never disclosed on his show.

"Why, when Sean was on the air strongly an advocate for President Trump, [was he] not saying, 'Hey, I've got a relationship with the lawyer,'" Williams said on The Five. "I think that's a question." Cohen has paid off two women who say they had sexual relationships with his clients — Trump and Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy — and Williams said, "I don't think there's any evidence of that with Sean Hannity."

On Twitter, Hannity said Cohen "has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees." Hannity added that the pair did have "brief discussions" about legal questions and he "assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party." Catherine Garcia

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