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Trump tells son Barron ‘don’t vape’ after moving to ban flavored e-cigarette products
When asked about what he’s told his son Barron, 13, about vaping, the president told reporters on the South Lawn, “We haven’t told him anything but ‘don’t vape, don’t vape.’”
Trump traveled on Thursday evening to Baltimore, where he was due to deliver remarks at a three-day retreat for GOP members of the House of Representatives.
On Wednesday Trump said he will seek to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in an effort to get young people to give up the potential dangers of e-cigarettes.
„It’s causing a lot of problems and we’re going to have to do something about it,” Trump said after a White House meeting with health policy advisers on Wednesday. „There have been deaths and there have been a lot of other problems.”
The Food and Drug Administration will soon issue guidance on how to take flavored vaping products off the market, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, a process that could take weeks or months.
The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that it would soon release details on a policy that aims to remove unauthorized, flavored e-cigarette products from the market.
Products are currently sold under an FDA waiver.
It’s unclear whether vaping companies could take legal action to block a ban.
Members of Congress have also discussed taking action amid concern about the physical effects of e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating more than 450 cases of lung disease that some officials believe were triggered by vaping.At least six deaths have been attributed to the mysterious lung disease.This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump tells son ‘don’t vape’ after moving to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Vietnam vet found covered with ants in nursing home bed dies after being bitten more than 100 times•Vietnam vet found covered with ants in nursing home bed dies after being bitten more than 100 times Vietnam vet found covered with ants in nursing home bed dies after being bitten more than 100 times originally appeared on abcnews.go.comA Vietnam War veteran was bitten more than 100 times all over his body by ants while he lay in poor health in his bed on the campus of an Atlanta Veteran Affairs hospital just days before he passed away.Laquna Ross, the daughter of Air Force veteran Joel Marrable, was visiting her father at the Eagle’s Nest Community Living Center, a nursing home for veterans on the Atlanta VA Medical Center campus, where he was being treated for cancer, when she noticed her father’s hands were swollen and his body was covered with red bumps.Ross said she alerted a medical center staffer to her father’s new ailments and was „worried and confused because that wasn’t how he looked when I saw him the last time,” she told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TVThe response she got from the employee shocked her.(MORE: Ants turn carnivorous when salt is scarce, study says)PHOTO: An American flag flies in front of the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta, May 24, 2013. (David Goldman/AP, FILE)”[The staff member] said, ‘You know, the ants,'” Ross said. „The staff member says to me, ‘When we walked in here, we thought Mr. Marrable was dead. We thought he wasn’t even alive, because the ants were all over him.'”Marrable died just days later.”Yes, he had cancer. Yes, he was going to die,” Ross said. „If it didn’t promote his body to die quicker, what is the protocol within the VA just to manage when something like this happens?”The Atlanta VA Hospital released a statement in response to Marrable’s case describing the actions they had taken including stripping all the bedrooms and inspecting them for ants, removing all open food containers, hiring a pest control company to do an inspection and purchasing plastic containers for the resident’s snacks.”The Atlanta VA Health Care System leadership team has been notified that ants were found in our Community Living Center and impacting patients. CLC staff immediately cared for the Veterans and took action to ensure no other CLC residents were impacted. We would like to express our heartfelt remorse and apology to the Veterans’ families and have reached out to them to offer appropriate assistance,” the statement read.(MORE: When small bugs cause big problems: This insect’s bite can lead to heart disease)
Democratic debate live updates: Candidates assail Trump on immigration•Democratic debate live updates: Candidates assail Trump on immigrationDemocratic debate live updates: Candidates assail Trump on immigration originally appeared on abcnews.go.comThe 10 highest-polling candidates are appearing for a single night of debate in Houston hosted by ABC News and Univision — the smallest roster yet in the third matchup of Democratic National Committee-sanctioned primary debates, with a field that still counts 20.Here’s how the day is unfolding. Please refresh for live updates.9:19 p.m.: Buttigieg: ‘Anyone who supports this president is supporting racism’Fielding a question from Univision’s Jorge Ramos, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave a stark answer on President Trump’s supporters when it comes to the issue of immigration.”Anyone who supports this is supporting racism…The only people, though, who actually buy into this president’s hateful rhetoric around immigrants are people who don’t know any,” Buttigieg said.
He also said as president he will get comprehensive immigration reform done.
„We have an opportunity to actually get something done. But we cannot allow this continue to be the same debate with the same arguments and the same clever lines often among the same people since the last real reform happened in the 1980s,” he warned.
9:16 p.m.: Yang fields question on legal immigration
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang invokes his ancestry when talking about legal immigration, „My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor and now his son is running for president. That is the immigration story.”
Yang continued: „We have to say to the American people, immigrants are positive for our economic and social dynamism, and I would return immigration to the total it was in the Obama administration.”
He also took aim at the current president, telling the crowd: „I am the opposite of Donald Trump in many ways. He says, ‘build a wall.’ I’m going to say to immigrants, ‘come to America, because if you come here, your son our daughter can run for president.'”
9:13 p.m.: Castro again expresses frustration over Obama administration’s lack of action on immigration reform, lashes Biden over invoking his former boss
After Biden defended the Obama administration’s record on immigration, Castro criticized the former Vice President for invoking his former boss only when it’s convenient.
„My problem with Vice President Biden, and [Senator Booker] pointed this out last time is, every time something good about Barack Obama comes up, he says, oh, I was there, I was there, I was there, that’s me, too, and then every time somebody questions part of the administration that we were both part of, he says, well, that was the president,” Castro said.
„I stand with Barack Obama all eight years. Good, bad and indifferent. That’s where I stand. I did not say I did not stand with him,” Biden said in defense.
9:10 p.m.: Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos questions Biden on immigration
When tasked with defending former President Barack Obama’s record on deportations, former Vice President Joe Biden said, „What Latinos should look at, comparing this president to the president we have is outrageous, number one. We didn’t lock people up in cages. We didn’t separate families.”
You didn’t answer the question,” Ramos said.
„Well, I did answer the question,” Biden responded.
„Did you make a mistake with those deportations,” Ramos posed.
„The president did the best thing that was able to be done,” Biden said.
Ramos replied, „How about you?”
Biden said: „I’m the vice president of the United States.”
9:07 p.m. Fact-checking Democratic candidates on the issues at the ABC News debate in Houston
ABC News is fact checking the Democratic Debate in Houston between Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
9:06 p.m.: Warren reaffirms support for eliminating the filibuster for gun control
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren pivoted from mass shootings to talk about the gun violence epidemic happening everyday in the country.
„People die from violence from suicide and domestic abuse. We have a gun violence problem in this country,” she said before reiterating her support for eliminating the filibuster to take action on gun reform. „I was in the United States Senate when 54 Senators said, ‘let’s do background checks, let’s get rid of assault weapons’ and with 54 Senators, it failed because of the filibuster. Until we attack the systemic problems, we can’t get gun reform in this country.”
9:04 p.m. Booker says action on gun control can’t wait until tragedy reaches more communities
Sen. Booker pushed an urgent response to the recent mass shootings, saying that action cannot only come after those tragic events, but also in response to violence in the communities like his (Booker resides in Newark, New Jersey).
„I’m happy that people like Beto O’Rourke are showing such courage now and coming forward and also now supporting licensing. But this is — what I’m sorry about, I’m sorry that it had to take issues coming to my neighborhood or personally affecting Beto to suddenly make us demand change,” Booker said.
„We have had more people die due to gun violence in my lifetime than every single war in this country combined from the revolutionary war until now. This is not a side issue to me. It is a central issue to me,” Booker said in response to a follow up question from World News Tonight Anchor David Muir.
8:59 p.m.: O’Rourke maps out his plan for mandatory buybacks
When asked if he would implement mandatory buybacks for assault-style weapons, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke says, „I am, if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield.”
O’Rourke grew more passionate, as he continued: „So many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa, there weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time. Hell yes, we’re going to take away your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore.”ABC News@ABCThe #DemDebate is focusing on response to gun violence.Six in 10 people worry about a mass shooting in their community, with 58% expressing confidence that stricter gun control laws would reduce such incidents, this week’s @ABC News/WaPo poll found. https://abcn.ws/2UPmANM 6 in 10 fear a mass shooting; most think gun laws can help: POLL Americans by a 17-point margin express confidence that stricter gun control laws would reduce mass shooting incidents, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.6 in 10 fear a mass shooting; most think gun laws can help: POLL 8:57 p.m. Harris again calls back to Obama, also praises O’Rourke’s response to the El Paso shooting Harris, as multiple candidates on stage have already done, invoked former President Barack Obama and his signature campaign slogan when discussing her ability to carry out gun control via executive order.”Yes, we can, because I’ll tell you something. The way that I think about this is, I’ve seen more autopsy photographs than I care to tell you. I have attended more police officer funerals than I care to tell you. I have hugged more mothers of homicide victims than I care to tell you,” Harris said.She also praised Congressman O’Rourke’s response to the mass shooting last month in El Paso, Texas.”Beto, god love you for standing so courageously in the midst of that tragedy. You know, people asked me in El Paso, they said, you know, because I have a long-standing record on this issue,” Harris said. 8:54 p.m.: Gun control takes center stage at the third Democratic debate, with El Paso survivors in the audienceFormer Vice President Joe Biden says that since Sandy Hook, gun control „went from a cause to a movement.”He then praised former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke for his response to the El Paso shooting:”By the way Beto — forgive me for saying Beto,” Biden said.O’Rourke responded: „That’s okay. Beto’s good.”Biden continued: „The way he handled what happened in his hometown is meaningful. To look into the eyes of those people, to see those kids, to understand those parents, you understand the heartache. But this is the problem. This is the problem.”8:49 p.m.: Klobuchar defends her record as a prosecutor in Minnesota When Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was pressed on her eight-year tenure as a prosecutor in Minnesota, in which dozens of incidents where black men were killed by police, she responded, „That’s not my record … when I was there, the way we handled these police shootings, I actually took a stand to make sure outside investigators handled them.”
She added: „I will make sure we don’t just do the First Step Act when it comes to criminal sentencing, that we move to the Second Step Act.”
8:47 p.m.: Conversation turns to criminal justice reform, and Harris’ prosecutorial record comes under scrutiny
The conversation around racism then turned towards criminal justice reform, and Sen. Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor came under direct scrutiny, a record she defended.
„I’m glad you asked me this question, and there have been many distortions of my record. Let me be very clear. I made a decision to become a prosecutor for two reasons. One, I’ve always wanted to protect people and keep them safe and second, I was born knowing about how this criminal justice system in America has worked in a way that has been informed by racial bias,” Harris said.
„My plan is about making sure that in America’s criminal justice system, we de-incarcerate women and children, that we end solitary confinement and that we work on keeping families intact. And as President of the United States, knowing the system from the inside, I will have the ability to be an effective leader and get this job complete,” Harris added.