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Trump to return to public events with ‘law and order’ address at White House

Defiant in the face of slipping opinion polls, and determined to justify his implausible claim of a full recovery from his encounter with Covid-19, Donald Trump will return to public events on Saturday with a “law and order” address to 2,000 invited guests from the White House balcony.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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Questions about the president’s health are still swirling following the refusal of doctors or aides to reveal when Trump last tested negative for coronavirus, and today’s lunchtime in-person event – just six days after he left Walter Reed medical center following a three-night stay – appears to counter his own government’s health guidelines over large gatherings and social distancing.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC, on 1 October.

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Donald Trump walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC, on 1 October.

But after another tumultuous week in which Trump lost further ground to his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, and with the 3 November general election little more than three weeks away, the president is seizing an opportunity to try to reposition himself in the race, despite the apparent health risk to attendees from a man likely to still be contagious.

In a Friday night interview on Fox News, Trump, who was given a cocktail of antiviral drugs and strong steroids during his hospital stay, insisted he was “medication-free”.

“We pretty much finished, and now we’ll see how things go. But pretty much nothing,” Trump said when Fox medical analyst Dr Marc Siegel asked the president what medications he was still taking.

Earlier in the day, Dr Sean Conley, Trump’s personal physician, issued a letter clearing the president to return to in-person campaign events, but omitting any medical justification, including crucial information about any negative coronavirus tests.

In the Friday interview, Trump said he had been tested, but gave a vague answer about it. “I haven’t even found out numbers or anything yet,” he said. “But I’ve been retested and I know I’m at either the bottom of the scale or free.”

Trump’s speech today at the White House South Lawn will address “law and order” and protests around the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd and racial issues, sources revealed on Friday.

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We Need More Entrepreneurs Building Companies That Address Society’s Biggest Needs

2020 is the year the world’s attention turned to the deep fractures of our economic, political, educational, and healthcare systems. The year when status quo solutions were no longer good enough. For all the declarations of being “in this together,” the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and systemic racism have revealed how low-income communities and people of color are disproportionately left out, let down, and punished by our systems.

The death of George Floyd, representing too many Black lives lost, has reignited the movement for racial justice around the world, demonstrating that we urgently need to build a society that is not only inclusive, but also just. The immediate call to reform police and criminal-justice systems in America is a significant step, but the change must go further. We must upend how capital flows, how hospitals care for patients, how institutions lend, how employers hire and care for workers, and how all of us see and care for each other.

To do this, we need to activate all parts of society—public, private, and nonprofit—to rebuild. We need to develop bold new solutions that address our most pressing problems at the systemic level, and then mobilize our resources to help those solutions achieve maximum impact.

A New Category of Entrepreneurs

Many of these new solutions are coming from a new category of entrepreneurs who apply their creative and innovative energy to solve problems of poverty. These entrepreneurs, who run for-profit businesses, have been the difference makers in countless communities across America. They bring crucial products and services to the people who need them most, while at the same time addressing the factors that contribute to them being the most in need.

The leaders of these companies are role models for our future because they share a new mindset that puts the wellbeing of all people and the planet at the heart of their businesses. And this new mindset reflects a moral revolution that’s happening across the country.

Restaurant chain Everytable serves healthy grab-and-go meals at fast-food prices in eight locations in underserved communities across Los Angeles. When Covid-19 shut the city down, Everytable CEO Sam Polk not only shifted to delivering food, but also provided free meals to anyone who couldn’t afford them. He also called on his community to help by asking customers who could afford more to “pay it forward.” This approach increased Everytable’s volume seven-fold and helped the chain provide over 3 million meals into the food deserts in L.A., including to the homeless, the recently unemployed, employers looking to feed their staff, and parents struggling to feed their children.

MindRight Health, based in Newark, New Jersey, provides culturally responsive and trauma-informed preventative mental health coaching by text message, to help youth in under-resourced communities manage daily stresses and navigate adversity. CEO Ashley Edwards aims to reimagine mental health services and advance health equity by making mental health care accessible and inclusive. The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the challenges that lead to stress and anxiety for low-income youth, including

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