Feb 3, 2019

Trump says he'd have a "hard time" if his son Barron played football

Barron Trump and President Trump. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

President Trump told CBS' "Face the Nation" in an interview taped ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl that he "would have a hard time" if his 12-year-old son, Barron, decided to play football, which he called a "dangerous sport."

Details: Trump said that while he wouldn't steer Barron, a noted soccer fan, away from football if he wanted to play, he doesn't "like the reports that I see coming out having to do" with the sport. President Obama, the father of two daughters, told the New Republic in a 2013 interview that if he had a hypothetical son, "I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football" due to the risk of head injuries.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 6,289,259 — Total deaths: 375,987 — Total recoveries — 2,706,820Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 1,811,277 — Total deaths: 105,147 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been reported to federal health officials —Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Federal government: Trump lashes out at governors, calls for National Guard to "dominate" streets.
  5. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: The virus didn't go away.

What it was like when police used tear gas to clear a path for Trump

President Trump walking back to the White House. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Moments before President Trump began his Rose Garden address, a mass of law enforcement suddenly marched forward in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

Why it matters: It was a jarring scene as police in the nation's capital forcefully cleared young men and women gathered legally in a public park on a sunny evening, all of it on live television.

Trump goes full law-and-order

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President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.

Why it matters: Trump’s ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were: blunt, brutal law and order, with extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and blustery threats.