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AP FACT CHECK: Trump Trashing Virus Science He Doesn’t Like

This Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher, File)

When President Donald Trump doesn’t like the message, he shoots the messenger. A look at recent rhetoric and reality as the pandemic’s death toll approached 100,000 in the U.S.

Memorial Day Tempts Americans Outdoors, Raising Virus Fears

Beachgoers relax on the shore at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., Friday, May 22, 2020. Beaches in Gloucester reopened with restrictions on Friday after being closed two months ago due to the pandemic. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)

Medical experts warn that the virus won’t take a holiday for the unofficial start of summer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people stay home, avoid crowds and connect with family and friends by phone or video chat.

Trump Deems Churches ‘Essential,’ Calls for Them to Reopen

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

Trump Turns Memorial Day Event into Quasi Campaign Rally

President Donald Trump speaks during a “Rolling to Remember Ceremony,” to honor the nation’s veterans and POW/MIA, from the Truman Balcony of the White House, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump on Friday turned an early Memorial Day remembrance of fallen U.S. service members into a quasi reelection campaign rally with bikers on the White House lawn.

Cubs Institute Pay Cuts, Pirates Announce Furloughs

In this April 16, 2020 file photo, Wrigley Field’s marquee displays Lakeview Pantry volunteer information in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus crisis, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season.

Oprah Winfrey Gives Grants to ‘Home’ Cities During Pandemic

This Feb. 8, 2020 file photo shows Oprah Winfrey during “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” tour in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket / Invision / AP, File)

Oprah Winfrey is giving grants to the cities she’s called home through her $12 million coronavirus relief fund. After speaking with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other leaders, Winfrey decided to give $5 million to Live Healthy Chicago.

Mnuchin and Powell Push Differing Priorities to Aid Economy

In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, file)

Facing the gravest U.S. economic crisis in decades, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell offered Congress contrasting views Tuesday of what the government’s most urgent priority should be.

Fed’s Powell Says New Lending Programs to Launch by June 1

In this March 3, 2020 file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, file)

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Fed’s lending programs for medium-sized businesses and state and local governments would begin operating by the end of this month.

Legal Battles Loom as Businesses Hit by Virus Sue Insurers

In this Sept. 23, 2005 file photo, a customer enters the Billy Goat Tavern under Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Millions of shuttered businesses nationwide have turned to their insurers to help recoup their losses following state-mandated closures, which combined may exceed $300 billion a month. But insurers have widely rejected the claims.

Trump Says He’s Taking Malaria Drug in Case He Gets Virus

President Donald Trump tells reporters that he is taking zinc and hydroxychloroquine during a meeting with restaurant industry executives about the coronavirus response, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday he has been taking hydroxychloroquine and a zinc supplement daily “for about a week and a half now.” The drug not been shown to combat the new coronavirus.

Illinois Supreme Court Disbars Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media on Feb. 19, 2020, a day after his 14-year sentence was cut short by President Donald Trump. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

The Illinois Supreme Court officially disbarred former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday, two months after a state panel recommended that the disgraced politician lose his law license. 

‘COVID Toes,’ Other Rashes Latest Possible Rare Virus Signs

This April 3, 2020 photo provided by Northwestern University shows discoloration on a teenage patient’s toes at the onset of the condition informally called “COVID toes.” (Courtesy of Dr. Amy Paller / Northwestern University via AP)

Skin doctors suddenly are looking at a lot of toes — whether by emailed picture or video visit — as concern grows that for some people, a sign of COVID-19 may pop up in an unusual spot.

Obama Criticizes Virus Response in Online Graduation Speech

In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York. (AP Photo / Jason DeCrow, File)

In an online commencement address Saturday, former President Barack Obama told college graduates that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

Michael McCaskey, Who Succeeded Halas as Bears’ Leader, Dies

In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey is seen on the field before the Super Bowl XLI football game between the Bears and Indianapolis Colts in Miami. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

Michael McCaskey, who led the Chicago Bears for nearly three decades following the death of his grandfather George Halas, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer, the team said. He was 76.

‘Everyone Has a Story’: How Will World Remember Pandemic?

In this Tuesday, April 21, 2020 photo, Obi Uwakwe poses with his painting in Chicago. Uwakwe is an artist/photographer and submitted his art work to the the Illinois State Museum, which is documenting what daily life is like for Illinois families during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

In Chicago and around the world, people are creating photographs, paintings, emails, journals and social media posts that will shape how the world remembers the coronavirus pandemic for years and centuries to come. 

Coronavirus Masks a Boon for Crooks Who Hide Their Faces

This March 26, 2020 image from surveillance video shows a man, believed to be William Rosario Lopez wearing a surgical mask, with a gun in a Connecticut convenience store. Reports are starting to pop up across the country, as well as in other parts of the world of crimes that were pulled off in no small part because so many of us are wearing masks. (U.S. District Court of Connecticut via AP)

Across the United States, masks have become more and more prevalent. And people with masks – as well as latex gloves – have found their way into more and more crime reports.

Oprah Winfrey to Launch Live Virtual Experience on Wellness

In a photo provided by The Call to Unite, Oprah Winfrey speaks during the 24-hour live event, which was transmitted Friday, May 1, 2020. (The Call to Unite via AP)

“In early 2020, I spent nine weeks traveling the country, talking to people about being well and staying focused. It was exhilarating. Then the pandemic hit and shook us all,” Oprah Winfrey said in a statement. “Now, it’s more important than ever to be and stay well and strong.”

Poll: Virus, Econ Crisis Drive Fears of Having Enough to Eat

In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, photo, residents from all walks of life line up for a food giveaway sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

The number of people seeking help from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and affiliated food pantries has surged 60% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down the nation's economy and thrown tens of millions of people out of work. 

Virus Whistleblower Tells Lawmakers US Lacks Vaccine Plan

Dr. Richard Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, arrives for a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing to discuss protecting scientific integrity in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday, May 14, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash / Pool via AP)

Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright warned on Thursday that the U.S. lacks a plan to produce and fairly distribute a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available.

AP Exclusive: CDC Guidance More Restrictive Than White House

In this April 22, 2020, file photo Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon, File)

Advice from the top U.S. disease control experts on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions during the coronavirus pandemic was more detailed and restrictive than the plan released by the White House last month.

Fauci Warns: More Death, Economic Damage if US Reopens Too Fast

Senators listen as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks remotely during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

The U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert issued a blunt warning Tuesday that cities and states could “turn back the clock” if they lift coronavirus stay-at-home orders too fast. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin weighs in.

New Coronavirus Test is Imperfect Step Toward Mass Screening

This file image provided by The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange) the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)

A new type of coronavirus test offers a cheaper, quicker way to screen for infections, moving the U.S. toward the kind of mass screening that experts say is essential to returning millions of Americans to school and work.

US Census Stirs Uncertainty for Those Displaced by Virus

College student Jake Mershon poses in front of his parents home Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Roswell Ga. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)

It’s not meant to be a trick question, but many filling out their 2020 U.S. census form struggle to answer: How many people were staying at your home on April 1?

Mother’s Day This Year Means Getting Creative From Afar

This undated photo shows Melissa Mueller-Douglas and her 7-year-old daughter, Nurah, at their home in Rochester, N.Y. with some of the items they plan to use for a Mother’s Day sleepover. (Yakub Shabazz via AP)

As the pandemic persists in keeping families indoors or a safe social distance apart, online searches have increased for creative ways to still make moms feel special. 

Coronavirus Complicates Safety for Families Living Together

Anthony Travis, who has recovered from COVID-19 and lives with his sister, Jacqueline K. Johnson, background, and an adult daughter, poses for a portrait outside his Riverdale, Ill., home on Thursday, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Tens of millions of Americans live in multigenerational homes where one of the main strategies for avoiding infection — following social distancing protocols — can be near impossible. The problem reverberates deepest in communities of color.