Over the summer, as racial justice demonstrations swept through American cities, President Donald Trump warned he would wield the powers of government to suppress violence. Embracing a “law and order” mantle, Trump himself announced from the East Room a surge of federal agents and castigated groups such as Black Lives Matter as cultivating “hate.”
“My first duty as President is to protect the American people, and today I’m taking action to fulfill that sacred obligation,” he declared.
A few months later, Trump’s only acknowledgment of
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Watch: Minister defends COVID-19 IT glitch
A government minister has defended a technical glitch that caused almost 16,000 coronavirus cases to go unreported by saying: “We can’t change history.”
Public Health England (PHE) said 15,841 daily COVID-19 cases between 25 September and 2 October were left out of UK tallies.
It has caused a delay in tracking the contacts of people who tested positive.
But on Monday, work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey insisted: “Largely, test and trace is working very well.”
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m conscious something has gone wrong – we can’t change history, we can only change the future.”