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The United States confirmed 42,663 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 5.2 percent of the 815,610 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 697 deaths were attributed to the virus on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 210,852.
In a series of tweets, President Trump instructed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to break off coronavirus relief package negotiations with Democrats, arguing that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “not negotiating in good faith.” Stocks tumbled following the tweets. “Immediately after I win,” Trump claimed, “we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”
Most members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray—who attended several meetings at the Pentagon late last week—tested positive for COVID-19. Top White House aide Stephen Miller also tested positive for the virus yesterday and is quarantining.