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President Trump said Friday that he had a “very good” conversation with President Xi of China after reports emerged that the two have not spoken since the early stages of the outbreak.

Trump took to Twitter to announce that the two countries are working closely together to find a solution to the coronavirus outbreak that killed about 25,000 globally and shattered the global economy.

Trump’s call with Xi came the same day the U.S. saw its current COVID-19 cases surpass China. Beijing recently announced that it will relax the quarantine orders in Wuhan and said it expected the region to regain its footing.

“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect,” Trump tweeted.

The call could be a step in the right direction after reports of a serious strain in the relationship between Washington and Beijing. Both countries have blamed the other as playing a role in its spread.

Trump has been criticized for calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.”

Trump began calling COVID-19 “Chinese virus” soon after rumors began circulating among Chinese officials that coronavirus found its origin in the U.S. Army. It is widely believed that the virus originated at a wet market in Wuhan, China. Trump has maintained that the name is not racist but said he would stop using the name if the Chinese community found it offensive.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the last time the two leaders spoke was in early February. Since then, Xi has contacted countries in the European Union with offers of support to fight the virus, including equipment.

One Beijing government adviser told the Journal, “How do you cooperate when you hear the president of the United States referring to the epidemic as the ‘Chinese virus’ all day long.”

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report

Author: Edmund DeMarche

Source: Fox News: Trump says US working closely with China on coronavirus after call with Xi

LOS ANGELES – Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic Party donor, was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house after a third man reportedly suffered an overdose inside his West Hollywood home last week and survived.

Buck has faced public scrutiny after two black men died from overdoses 18 months apart inside his home. He was not charged in those cases.

Buck is due in court Wednesday to respond to three counts of battery and injecting the alleged third victim with methamphetamine on Sept. 11, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Prosecutors wrote in court papers obtained by the Times that Buck used his position of power to manipulate his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes.

“These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims,” the prosecutors wrote, according to the Times.

Seymour Amster, Buck’s attorney, told Fox News that he would not comment on the arrest and said he is dealing with the issue. Amster has in the past defended his client and insisted that he did nothing wrong.

In July 2017, a young black man, Gemmel Moore, was found dead of a drug overdose in Buck’s apartment.

An autopsy report said Moore, 26, died of a methamphetamine overdose. He was found naked on a mattress in the living room, which was littered with drug paraphernalia.

Eighteen months later, 55-year-old Timothy Dean also suffered a methamphetamine overdose. Prosecutors didn’t file criminal charges, citing insufficient evidence. Activists, however, called for his arrest.

In the most recent incident, Buck allegedly brought the man to his home earlier this month and injected him with methamphetamine. About a week later, the man returned to Buck’s home and was injected again and suffered an overdose, according to court documents obtained by KTLA.

Buck is accused of thwarting the man’s attempt to get help. The man fled the apartment and reportedly called for help from a nearby gas station. He survived but was treated at a hospital.

Prosecutors are reportedly seeking bail of $4 million. KABC-TV of Los Angeles reported that he faces up to five years and eight months in state prison if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Author: Edmund DeMarche

Source: Fox News: Ed Buck, Democrat donor, arrested, charged with running drug den after latest guest overdose

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