President Trump: Admin. has had tremendous success in keep coronavirus contained

President Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence, and other members of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 5:50 PM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

On Wednesday, President Trump delivered an update on the handling of the coronavirus in the U.S. He emphasized that the administration’s number one priority is to keep the American people safe.

During a rare address from the White House briefing room, the president touted the tremendous success his administration has had with containing the disease, including the screening of people from regions with infections.

He added the U.S. is working on a number of potential vaccines, one of which is ready for trials.

The president went on to cite a recent report, which named the U.S. as the country most prepared to handle the coronavirus.

“We have the greatest experts in the world right here, people that are called upon by other countries when things like this happen,” he said. “We’re ready to adapt, and we’re ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads, if it spreads.”

Moving forward, he announced that Vice President Mike Pence will head the coronavirus task force. Pence is expected to reach out to state governors to ensure they have the resources they need to combat the virus.

“I know full well the importance of presidential leadership…and the vital role of partnerships of state and local governments, (as well as) health authorities, in responding to the potential threat of dangerous, infectious diseases,” stated the vice president.

President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference about coronavirus in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

During the press conference, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar thanked the president for his strong leadership. He said he “could not be more delighted that you’ve asked the vice president…to lead this whole government approach with us.”

“The president’s early and decisive actions, including travel restrictions, have succeeded in buying us incredibly valuable time,” stated Azar. “This has helped us contain the spread of the virus, handle the cases we have, and prepare for the possibility that we will need to mitigate broader spread of infections within the United States.”

The secretary went on to say that the threat of the coronavirus in the U.S. remains low.

“We’re grateful for hard work that healthcare workers, first responders, communities, state and local leaders have put into the response so far,” he added. “Because of this hard work and the president’s leadership, the immediate risk to the American public continues to be low.”

RELATED: President Trump Says CNN, NBC ‘Panicking Markets’ With Their Coronavirus Coverage

President Donald Trump, with members of the president’s coronavirus task force, speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Nikki Haley: Socialism failed everywhere

FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2018 file photo, then-U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during the Hudson Institute’s 2018 Award Gala in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has said “we must promise each other and future generations” that America will never become a socialist country. On Wednesday, Haley stated an entire generation of Americans has grown up without knowing the suffering caused by socialism in the 20th century.

She also claimed Democrat presidential candidates are embracing socialism and has called apparent front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) an “avowed socialist.”

“Right now, the Democratic presidential front-runner is an avowed socialist named Bernie Sanders,” stated Haley. “Only in a prosperous country like America can people be so flippant about capitalism and so naive about socialism.”

Haley added that socialism is the polar opposite of capitalism. She stressed that socialism has had a harmful impact wherever it was implemented.

“Socialism has failed everywhere it’s ever been tried. Instead of prosperity, it leads to poverty. Instead of opportunity, it creates dependency. Instead of liberty, it means oppression at home and often means aggression abroad. Instead of hope for a better tomorrow, socialism means a living nightmare every single day.” – Nikki Haley, Former Governor of South Carolina

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Wis. FBI anti-drug raids result in 17 arrests

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UPDATED 3:20 PM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

FBI agents in Wisconsin broke up an alleged drug trafficking ring after a series of raids this week. Officials have said Tuesday’s operations led to the arrests of 17 people throughout the north side of Milwaukee.

The suspects were part of a violent drug trafficking syndicate that operated in the area.

“This proves that our operation was truly a success and has removed bad actors from our community,” stated FBI Special Agent Robert Hughes. “The FBI is committed to reducing violent crime and assisting in making Milwaukee a safer place to live.”

Photo via FBI Milwaukee Twitter.

More than 50 firearms, 900 grams of heroin and nearly $300,000 in cash were also confiscated in the raids. Milwaukee police, the FBI and the DEA shared details about the operation during a news conference on Wednesday.

“Milwaukee can only be a safe, prosperous city if we also have vigorous law enforcement,” said attorney Matthew Krueger. “This is because there is a relatively small group of violent individuals, who engage in organized criminal activity.”

Police reported a total of 24 people are facing charges for their involvement in the organization. The FBI is still looking for seven others, who have ties to the group.

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Putin defends police violence, political repressions

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended political repressions in his country. On Wednesday, the leader accused the Russian opposition of provocations against what he called “public order.”

He claimed anti-government protesters have rallied in the streets to gain a moral high ground over corrupt officials. He added they blocked traffic to “provoke security forces to swing their batons.”

Human rights groups have raised concerns over the excessive use of violence by Russian police against their own citizens, as well as the harsh prison sentences given to some protesters.

Putin made it clear that regime protection remains his main priority.

“Nobody resorts to swinging a baton without a reason. If people are acting within the existing rules and laws, who’s going to swing the baton? On the contrary, (the police) would protect them. It is not enough to just blame the authorities, in order to convince the electorate that those who do the blaming are exactly those people needed. It is necessary to provide a positive program.”

– Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

Riot police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against constitutional reforms carried out by the leadership of Russia near the Constitutional Court building in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Russians continue to rally across the country to denounce rampant corruption, the stagnant economy and the faltering regime.

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Report: 7 dead, including gunman, after rampage at Molson Coors

Police work outside the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, after reports of a possible shooting. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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UPDATED 2:55 PM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wisconsin police are investigating a shooting that took place at the Molson Coors headquarters in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The shooting rampage reportedly left at least seven dead, including the gunman.

Local reports have said the gunman was an ex-employee, who had been fired earlier in the day and returned later with a gun. Authorities have described it as an active and critical situation, but emphasized there is no active threat to the public.

The building, nearby schools and local businesses were initially put on lockdown. School lockdowns have since been lifted.

The FBI and ATF are on the scene assisting local law enforcement. A press briefing on the situation was expected sometime later on Wednesday.

Milwaukee police are responding to what they are calling a “critical incident” on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus amid reports of a possible shooting.;

In a statement, Molson Coors confirmed the shooting and reassured the public that employee safety is their top priority.

“There is an active situation at our Milwaukee facility and we are working closely with the Milwaukee Police Department,” read the statement. “Our top priority is our employees, and we’ll provide updates in conjunction with the police as we are able.”

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also gave an update on the incident and added, “It is a horrible, horrible day for the employees (and) it’s a very rough day for anybody who is close to this situation.”

This is developing news. Please check back later for updates.

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Fmr. Rep. Katie Hill to release memoir on sex scandal, House resignation

FILE – In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Former Rep. Katie Hill isn’t done telling her side of story regarding the sex scandal that drove her out of office. She is reportedly writing a memoir titled “She Will Rise,” which will share more details about the circumstances that led to her resignation last year.

Hill stepped down after 10 months in office when nude photos of her were leaked, without consent, by her estranged husband. The California Democrat also faced an ethics probe over allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a House staffer.

She has defended herself against her critics in recent interviews.

“Why did I decide to step down? I realized the impact I was having on my colleagues. I didn’t want to be a distraction during the time we were coming up on the impeachment inquiry vote. I didn’t want to be used as a tool against my fellow freshman, who were coming from swing districts.” – Katie Hill, Former U.S. Representative

The former lawmaker has said she wants her new book to show that women can learn from their mistakes and come back from them. It will reportedly be published over the summer.

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NYPD video condemning media leaks is leaked to press

Police officers stand in front of the 47th precinct on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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UPDATED 1:35 PM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The New York Police Department apparently has a leak. An internal video memo circulating around the NYPD has warned officers of the dangers of leaking confidential information to the media during an ongoing investigation.

That video memo was promptly leaked to the media this week. It began with Chief of Department Terence Monahan describing how he felt when video of the NYPD assassination attempts was leaked to the press.

“I was at Lincoln Hospital, just over a week ago, because of two assassination attempts on our fellow officers. While I was there, before the suspect was even caught, I saw videos of the violent attacks circulating on social media. It is unbelievable to me that someone in our department would leak these videos.” – Terrence Monahan, NYPD

The video was made available to officers on Friday. By Monday, it had been obtained by New York Daily News.

Officer Monahan ended the clip with a stern warning to those who leaked the videos.

“Sharing this with your friends…dozens and dozens of times is not helpful as we search for a would-be cop killer,” he said.

Emergency personnel stand near the scene of a fatal shooting of a police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Two officers have been suspended for leaking “graphic” crime scene videos of the targeted shootings to reporters. However, the incidents were not limited to the assassination attempt.

“This is not the first time we’ve had leaks,” added Officer Monahan. “Photos of crime scenes have made it to the media when investigations were only hours old.”

He was referring to an incident in October, when someone within the department leaked crime scene photos to New York Post reporter Tina Moore.

The NYPD subpoenaed Moore, who formerly wrote for the organization that published Monahan’s memo, to try and identify her source. When she refused to cooperate with the demand, the subpoena was revoked and the leaks persisted.

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Calif. housing crisis forces residents onto the streets

FILE – In this July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street near Los Angeles City Hall, background, as crews prepared to clean the area. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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It’s called the Golden State because it doesn’t come cheap. California’s high cost of living has been forcing people to either live on the streets or in vehicles. According to new reports, more than 16,000 Los Angeles residents reported living in their cars in 2019.

“This is an unprecedented crisis in LA,” stated Los Angeles Mission President Herb Smith. “We have seen a 12 to 16 percent increase (in housing costs) in Skid Row, while we’ve seen an increase across the state, some 20 to 35 percent.”

In San Francisco, the cost of living is even higher.

“In Los Angeles, its $2,200 a month for a place to yourself. It’s $3,600 a month in San Francisco, and 40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency expense. 35 percent of millennials are living with their parents. I mean, what do all these stats tell you? It tells you that housing is unaffordable.” – Elvina Beck, CEO of PodShare

1,800 people reported living in their cars in San Francisco last year, which was a 45 percent jump from 2017. According to the latest city census, an additional 9,700 reported living on the streets.

State officials have said more people are turning to recreational vehicles rather than renting an apartment or buying a home. Trailers line the streets of Silicon Valley, which is home to the nation’s most powerful tech companies.

Those who have lived in RVs included employees of companies like Google and Facebook.

Children from two homeless families relocated at the Safe Landing for Families, play at the property yard in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

While the rising cost of housing has been talked about among lawmakers, residents have said they are not seeing change.

“It’s an ongoing and growing crisis until we can sustain the fundamentals of housing, mental health treatment, drug addiction and the economic empowerment of individuals through employment,” added Smith.

President Trump has held the issue against his opponents during the duration of his presidency.

“You see what’s happening in California,” he said. “They just announced a plan to give free healthcare to illegal immigrants when it could very well be used, all of that money, to provide housing, hospitalization and medical for the rising number of homeless people.”

A homeless man occupies part of a sidewalk in a Johannesburg suburb, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

In the meantime, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided grants to hard-hit areas to contribute to relief efforts. Los Angeles County was granted about $139 million in 2018.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has sponsored a bill to boost federal spending on homelessness by $13 billion over the next 10 years. State leaders are also working on a package of eight proposals, which they have said will lower home construction fees and the cost of homes.

MORE NEWS: Gov. Newsom Proposes Prescriptions For Housing During State Of State Address

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WATCH: Vanessa Bryant files wrongful death lawsuit

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Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, is suing the helicopter company involved in last month’s crash that killed her husband, daughter and 7 others. It all came on the same day thousands of people paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant in a Celebration of Life service.

One America’s Chloe Salsameda has the latest developments.

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President Trump says CNN, NBC ‘panicking markets’ with their coronavirus coverage

President Donald Trump turns while speaking to the media as he leaves the White House, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Washington, en route to India. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 11:03 AM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

President Trump recently blasted the mainstream media for causing unnecessary alarm about the coronavirus. He took to Twitter Wednesday to state that NBC and CNN are “doing everything possible” to make the coronavirus outbreak seem “as bad as possible.”

The president also added that their Democrat comrades are “all talk and no action” when it comes to the issue.

President Trump went on to stress the U.S. is in “great shape.” On Tuesday, he said his administration is doing everything they can to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

“We’re working very hard, we’re spending a tremendous amount of money also,” he stated during a recent business roundtable. “We just asked for $2.5 billions on getting everything ready just in case something should happen and also helping other nations who really aren’t equipped to do it.”

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar testified before a House panel Wednesday on the administrations response to the virus. Lawmakers pressed him on questions regarding the president’s 2021 budget request, along with concerns related to the spread of the infectious disease.

Democrats have claimed the president’s budget would eliminate “groundbreaking funding” for the safety and wellness of Americans. However, Azar assured Americans will not be in harms way anytime soon.

“We have three cases among Americans from Wuhan and 42 cases from the Diamond Princess (cruise ship),”explained the HHS secretary. “The immediate risk to the American public remains low, but there is now community transmission in a number of countries, including outside of Asia, which is deeply concerning.”

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the urgent $2.5 billion plan for coronavirus he sent to lawmakers will prepare the nation in case of an outbreak in the U.S. and help other nations unprepared to handle the threat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Azar ended the hearing by saying the Trump administration will continue to be aggressively transparent as the outbreak and the country’s response evolves.

President Trump will be having a news conference to further discuss the coronavirus with CDC representatives and others on Wednesday. One America News will provide full coverage of the entire briefing at 6 p.m. EST / 3 p.m. PST.

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De Blasio slams Bloomberg over stop-and-frisk policy

Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, walks off stage during a commercial break in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Bill De Blasio has claimed the only reason Mike Bloomberg has apologized for stop-and-frisk is because he’s running for president. The New York City mayor issued his latest attack against Bloomberg in a tweet on Tuesday.

During the South Carolina debates, Bloomberg said he was embarrassed for supporting stop-and-frisk while he was the mayor of New York City.

“We started it…we adopted a policy which had been in place; the policy that all big police departments use of stop-and-frisk,” said Bloomberg. “What happened, however, was it got out of control.”

De Blasio noted that Bloomberg stood by stop-and-frisk until last year, adding that if he weren’t running for president then there would have never been an apology.

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DNC expands investment to 6 battleground states in program designed to flip as many states as possible

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Democrat strategists are attempting to drum up more supporters as their new battle plan aims to hit more states early on in the 2020 election cycle. On Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced they are adding six states, including Georgia and Texas, to their list of targets in hopes of flipping seats blue.

The DNC is looking to build off of the successes seen since the 2016 general elections. Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post touted those previous results with the unveiling of the organization’s latest efforts.

“In the 2018 cycle, we started our effort to flip everything and we flipped 10 chambers red to blue,” she stated. “And we’ll talk a little bit about that today and we’ve done since Donald Trump’s election, and will tell you who we are and how we’ll flip another 10 chambers this year.”

This came as part of Democrats’ multi-million dollar investment plan, titled ‘Battleground Build-Up 2020,’ to mobilize resources and register new voters to grow their base. The strategy focuses on three things: expanding pathways for the presidential nominee to win the electoral college, build support for democratic candidates at every level of the ballot, and invest in communities of color.

“So, our targets largely align with the presidential battlegrounds, which is another key point here,” Post explained. “We’re building early infrastructure in these states by building out strong legislative campaigns; these campaigns will ultimately benefit the nominee.”

‘Battleground Build-Up 2020’ was officially announced in January and put the spotlight on key states like Florida and Pennsylvania. The plan establishes what it describes as a strong network of offices in each state by hiring staff and enlisting on-the-ground data teams. The first set of bodies were deployed over the weekend.

The DNC believes Super Tuesday, which is set to take place on March 3, will show where areas of the plan need improvement and where efforts are working.

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First woman expected to join Green Berets

A U.S. special forces soldier stands in front of Chadian soldiers during Flintlock 2015, an American-led military exercise, in Mao, February 22, 2015. (REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun)

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UPDATED 9:14 AM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

It’s against U.S. Army policy to release the names of service members expected to graduate from the Special Forces program, but one anonymous soldier is making history.

According to the New York Times, an enlisted solider is expected to become the first woman to join the Green Berets within weeks. The unidentified woman, an enlisted member of the National Guard, is now in her final stages of training before graduating to the rank of Special Forces engineer sergeant.

The Pentagon officially allowed women to serve in combat in 2016. At the time, women across America celebrated their newfound sense of equality in military roles.

“I always worked in the national security environment, which was heavily male. I never really thought about the difference between men and women in the workplace, although we are different. So, I didn’t really think of the maleness of the company. So much in life is about finding your place, whether it’s within your family, community, nation or your company and there was a place for me.”

— Phebe Novakovic, CEO- General Dynamics

Since lifting the policy, several women have attempted to complete what the military describes as a difficult ‘Qualification Course’ known as the ‘Q Course.’ Only one other woman passed the intense year-long program back in the 1980’s, but was not allowed into the unit due to her gender.

In order to qualify for the training program, aspiring soldiers must be at least 20-years old, meet fitness requirements, earn a secret security clearance and be eligible for airborne training.

Due to security concerns, officials from the Army Special Operations Command did not confirm when the unidentified woman will officially earn her Green Beret. However, they said she’s expected to graduate from the Special Forces program soon.

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First clinical trial for drug to treat coronavirus underway at University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Andre Kalil, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, speaks in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Dr. Kalil, Kalil, who will oversee a clinical trial of the coronavirus at the medical center, said the study developed quickly in response to the virus outbreak that is centered in China. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Clinical trials are officially underway in Nebraska for a drug designed to combat the deadly coronavirus. The trials began on Tuesday and are being conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.

In a recent statement, the medical center said the tests will evaluate the safety and efficiency of the drug in hospitalized adults who have already been diagnosed with the virus.

The first trial participant is an American volunteer who was repatriated after being quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked in Japan earlier this month.

Meanwhile, health officials have said they expect to conduct the tests on hundreds of individuals across the globe.

“The plan for the trial is to test in close to 400 patients, that’s going to be the total amount of patients enrolled in the trial,” explained Dr. Andre Kalil, an infectious diseases specialist at UNMC. “…studies in animals have shown it cleared off the medication, but we don’t know if the medication will have the same effect in human beings and that’s why we we need to test in this randomized trial.”

This marks the first trial in the U.S. to evaluate possible treatment for the virus.

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Bloomberg almost says he ‘bought’ Congress in debate stage gaffe

Democratic presidential candidates former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 8:17 AM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made a gaffe on the debate stage by almost saying he “bought” congressional candidates.

During the Democrat presidential debate in South Carolina Tuesday, he appeared to fumble his words when expressing his influence in getting Democrats into the House. Bloomberg boasted spending more than $100 million to get 21 Democrats elected in the 2018 midterm elections. The blunder seemed to come near the end of his remarks.

Many of Bloomberg’s opponents have slammed the former New York City mayor by alleging he’s trying to buy his way through the election.

The Bloomberg campaign is waiting to see how the gaffe bodes going into the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

RELATED: Highlights from 10th Democrat primary debate in S.C.

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Vice President Pence shows support for Michigan Farm Bureau while speaking in Lansing

Vice President Mike Pence addresses a campaign event, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Troy, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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UPDATED 7:05 AM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence recently touted the White House’s effort to help American farmers across the heartland.

On Tuesday in Lansing, he spoke to the Michigan Farm Bureau and discussed policies the president has implemented to help the nation’s agriculture industry. Pence also praised the bureau for employing nearly 1 million Michigan residents.

Pence also took a shot at Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg for claiming “anyone can be a farmer.” He made the following statement regarding the former New York mayor’s comments:

“Major national candidates are denigrating America’s farmers. I mean, one candidate – I’m sure you all saw it – one of the other side’s candidates for president said, ‘I can teach anybody to be a farmer.’ He said, ‘it’s a process – you dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, you add water – up comes corn.’ I have never heard a more uninformed, ignorant statement about agriculture in my life.”

Pence continued by saying, “it’s remarkable to think that for more than 100 years, the Michigan Farmer’s Bureau has stood up for farmers.”

RELATED: President Trump signs executive order delivering water to parched farmers in Calif.’s Central Valley

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Highlights from 10th Democrat primary debate in S.C.

From left, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on stage as they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 7:42 AM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Seven Democrat White House hopefuls took the stage in Charleston, South Carolina for the 10th debate in a heated presidential race.

The candidates sparred over key issues Tuesday night, including health care costs, gun control and foreign affairs. However, a repeating theme throughout the night seemed to be the targeted attacks against Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).

“Bernie and I agree on a lot of things, but I think I would make a better president than Bernie,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “And the reason for that is that getting a progressive agenda enacted is going to be really hard and it’s going to take someone to dig into the details to make it happen.”

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg also took a jab at Sanders.

Sanders appeared to take those attacks in stride as he still remains a front-runner in the race, following his victories in New Hampshire and Nevada.

“I’m hearing my name mentioned a little bit tonight,” he stated. “I wonder why.”

Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who was appearing on the debate stage for the second time, attempted to redeem himself after the last debate. He touched on recent reports, which have claimed Russia is helping Sanders’ campaign win the nomination to ensure President Trump’s reelection come November.

“Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be President of the United States and that’s why Russia is helping you (Sanders) get elected, so that you’ll lose to him,” Bloomberg told Sanders on the debate stage.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, once again, faced questions on his electability, specifically when it came to his support among African Americans in South Carolina. This is a state in which he said would have a defining primary in the 2020 election.

“I intend to win South Carolina and I will win the African American vote here in South Carolina,” he claimed.

The Democrat presidential candidates are expected to return to the debate stage on March 15 in Arizona.

RELATED: Buttigieg met with protesters at S.C. rally to increase federal minimum wage, unionize workers

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White House seeks $2.5B to fight coronavirus

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The White House is seeking $2.5 billion in funding from Congress to fight the spread of the virus. One America’s Stephanie Myers caught up Senior Policy Director for America First Policies and former Trump administration official Curtis Ellis to discuss the outbreak.

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President Trump signs executive order delivering water to parched farmers in Calif.’s Central Valley

President Donald Trump signs a memorandum on California water accessibility, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Bakersfield, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 2:06 PM PT — Tuesday, February 25, 2020

President Trump is coming to the rescue of farmers in California’s Central Valley after signing an executive order delivering much needed water to their farms. However, state Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom is fighting back to keep the farmers from getting the water they need.

One America’s Pearson Sharp explains.

RELATED: Calif. Gov. Newsom discusses homelessness, mental health in State of State address

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President Trump: Coronavirus ‘under control’ in U.S.

President Donald Trump speaks with business leaders at a roundtable event at Roosevelt House, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 11:42 AM PT — Tuesday, February 25, 2020

President Trump recently assured the coronavirus is “under control” in the U.S. During a press conference Tuesday, he said he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Beijing is working “very hard” to deal with the outbreak.

The president also said China had a rough patch, but is getting the epidemic “more and more under control.” He vowed to help other nations that are unprepared to handle an outbreak and revealed the administration has requested $2.5 billion from Congress to help fight the disease.

“We’re working very hard, we’re spending a tremendous amount of money also,” he stated. “We just asked for two and a half billion dollars on getting everything ready, just in case something should happen and also helping other nations that really aren’t equipped to do it.”

According to CDC data, 14 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. so far.

A worker wearing protective gears sprays disinfectant as a precaution on a train against the new coronavirus at Suseo Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia, but is causing global worry as clusters grow in the Middle East and Europe. (Lee Ji-eun/Yonhap via AP)

Meanwhile, President Trump took time to slam Senate Minority Chuck Schumer as “incompetent” after the senator criticized his request for funding to help stem the coronavirus. In a tweet Tuesday, the president taunted Schumer after the he claimed the administration should be asking for more money.

President Trump said Schumer is complaining for “publicity purposes only.” This comes after the minority leader claimed the funding request was “too little too late” on Monday.

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