So far, Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Susan Collins of Maine are expected to skip the August 24 gathering, and there could be more. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who voted for Trump’s removal during the Senate impeachment trial, also won’t be there, according to an aide.
Grassley, 86, said on a call with local reporters on Monday he’ll miss the convention as a result of pandemic fears. He also noted it will mark the first time he won’t attend in 40 years.”I’m not going to go. And I’m not going to go because of the virus situation,” Grassley told the Des Moines Register and others.
This year’s Republican convention has faced a turbulent path. It was originally slated for Charlotte, N.C., but the bulk of it was moved last month to Jacksonville following Trump’s demands for fewer safety precautions from COVID-19. Official convention business will still be conducted in Charlotte.
The Trump administration has sent a letter to the United Nations withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic move that could reshape public health diplomacy.
The notice of withdrawal was delivered to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the letter has not been made public. Under the terms of a joint resolution passed by Congress in 1948, the United States must give a year’s notice in writing and pay its debts to the agency in order to leave.
It is not clear whether the president can pull the United States out of the organization and withdraw funding without Congress. When Trump first threatened to withdraw, Democratic lawmakers argued that doing so would be illegal and vowed to push back.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) tweeted Tuesday that Congress had received notification of the withdrawal.
RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro, suffering symptoms of Covid-19, disclosed Tuesday that he has the coronavirus but doubled down on his assertion that the pandemic that has killed more than 65,000 Brazilians poses little risk to healthy people.
Mr. Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the virus and undermined lockdown and social distancing measures, urging Brazilians to continue working and encouraging mass rallies of his supporters.
At one point he dismissed the virus as “a measly cold,” and when asked in late April about the rising death toll, he replied: “So what? Sorry, but what do you want me to do?”
Washington State Patrol said Saturday that the driver of the white Jaguar sedan, a 27-year-old man, is in custody. At this point, officers have not offered a motive, though Capt. Ron Mead said officers believe the suspect was not impaired.
At a news conference early Saturday, Mead did not offer further details on how authorities believe the man bypassed a police closure to reach the victims. But he warned that the incident offers a stark lesson for protesters.”My hope is, as a result of this tragedy, protesters will reconsider their desire to be on the interstate,” he said, “because I cannot guarantee their safety, plain and simple.”