Episode: Tuesday, May 19, 2020


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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
President Trump and his health secretary say the World Health Organization failed in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and threatened to permanently end U.S. funding. Also, the president says he has been taking hydroxychloroquine and zinc to protect against the coronavirus. And, a Senate committee will question Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the first wave of coronavirus aid.

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