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In a sombre address to the Republican National Convention (RNC), Melania Trump told Americans that youre not alone, as she struck a sympathetic tone on the pandemic that has seen almost 180,000 lives lost.
The US first ladys speech on Tuesday came somewhat controversially from the Rose Garden of the White House, where some attendees were reported to have not been tested for coronavirus prior to entering, according to CNN.
That came despite Ms Trump stressing that her husband, president Donald Trump, will not rest until he has done all he can to combat the Covid-19 virus on the second night of the Republican convention.
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  • Melania makes RNC speech at White House
  • Says Americans deserve ‘total honesty’
  • Shares sympathy with Americans on Covid
  • Some attendees not tested for virus  

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Report says some Rose Garden attendees not tested
Melania Trump on Tuesday night addressed around 70 people at the White House Rose Garden, some of whom had not been tested for the conronavirus prior to their arrival, reported CNN.
According to a source, some attendees at the speech did not have a temperature or coronavirus test upon arrival at the White House, whilst many people were seen without masks.
That came as she delivered a largely sympathetic speech on the impact of the pandemic on Americans, as the death toll nears 180,000.

  • Gino Spocchia
  • 26 August 2020 08:50

Testing, testing…
Melania Trump used her Tuesday night address to the Republican National Convention to share sympathy with Americans, who she said were “not alone” amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 
That sombre tone – which was delivered somewhat controversially from the bipartisan setting of the White House Rose Garden – was meant to drum-up Republican support among those who have disagreed with president Donald Trump’s earlier denials about the threat from from coronavirus, and his administration’s handling since. 
“My husband’s administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone,” said Ms Trump on Tuesday night,  as she spoke in front of an audience that included the president, the vice president and his wife, and her parents.
“Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic”.

  • Gino Spocchia
  • 26 August 2020 08:41

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  • Gino Spocchia
  • 26 August 2020 08:25