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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tore into President Donald Trump Wednesday evening for the president’s comments dismissing coronavirus deaths in the “blue states,” and for his dismissal of CDC Director Robert Redfield‘s Senate testimony concerning the timeline for a vaccine and urging Americans to continue to wear face masks.

The All In With Chris Hayes host played a video clip from Redfield’s comments to the Senate Appropriations Committee, showing Redfield calling face masks “the most important, powerful public health tool we have.”

“I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings,” said Redfield, adding that a vaccine would most likely not be widely available until mid- to late-2021 and would not have a 100 percent efficacy.

Hayes remarked that Redfield looked like he was “fighting himself there telling the truth,” knowing “it’ll not be popular with his boss” — and predictably Trump contradicted Redfield a few hours later, dismissing his comments as being “confused” or a result of misunderstanding the question.

Redfield ended up responding indirectly to the president on Twitter, posting two tweets saying that he “100% believe[d] in the importance of vaccines” and again encouraging Americans to adopt “mitigation efforts” like wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing.

Hayes slammed Trump for having “downplayed the importance of masks, ridiculing them and showing thinly veiled contempt for those in his presence who have the gall to wear them” — even as his own CDC director was pushing “masks, masks, masks.”

“This is what happens when you do not follow the advice of public health experts,” said Hayes, mentioning a group of pro-Trump anti-maskers who stormed  Target in Florida. “This is at happens when you put politics before science. And this is why this has been just a grinding nightmare.”

But it was the president’s attempt to reframe America’s staggering coronavirus death rates as not so bad “if you take the blue states out” that really drew Hayes’ ire.

Hayes was incredulous that Trump would even attempt to boast about the administration’s pandemic response as America is “fast approaching 200,000 deaths,” and calling out his attempt to characterize the pandemic as a blue state problem.

“If you take out the blue states, well then, we’re at a very low level,” Hayes mocked Trump. “If you don’t count the deaths of Americans, then we’re at fewer American deaths. If you’re in a state that voted for Hillary Clinton, well then, it’s your fault, I guess. Your aunt’s death, it doesn’t actually count, you see? It’s a message from the President of the United States.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

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MWC has again been postponed until June 2021 due to the pandemic

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President Trump To Address Bay Of Pigs Veterans

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Trump will deliver remarks in honor of Bay of Pigs veterans on Wednesday morning.

In April 1961, under the leadership of the new Kennedy administration, the CIA directed and funded Cuban exiles’ to invade Cuba, in an effort to topple the communist regime lead by Fidel Castro.

At the time, there was a strong fear of the Soviet Union. 

The training camps were set up in Guatemala and the leader of the group would be Jose Miro Cardona. If the invasion had succeeded, Cardona was set to take over the provisional presidency of Cuba, according to the JFK Library.

But, the mission’s secrecy was blown early on and the landing point at the Bay of Pigs became problematic due to the swampy area and the distance from any refuge if the invasion failed.

The plan was to launch two airstrikes against Cuba then let the 1,400 person force invade and launch their attack. But, problems early on saw the U.S. launch only one airstrike.

The mission went horribly wrong and became a black eye for both the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

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President Trump will address about 20 Bay of Pigs veterans in the White House East Room.

“Today, we reaffirm our ironclad solidarity with the Cuban People, and our eternal conviction that freedom will prevail over the sinister forces of communism,” the president will tell the veterans according to prepared remarks released by the White House. “My Administration stands with every citizen of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela in their fight for liberty.”

According to the remarks, Trump will give thanks for the countless ways that veterans and Hispanic Americans uplift and inspire our nation.

“The veterans we honor today are a powerful testament to all that a free people can achieve. In the past six decades, you have built strong families, thriving businesses, and vibrant communities.”

The president is also expected to announce further restrictions on the Cuban regime.

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