The Donald Trump administration is refusing to let the members of its coronavirus task force like Dr Deborah Birx and Dr Anthony Fauci testify before Congress, prompting House speaker Nancy Pelosi to speculate that the White House “might be afraid of the truth”.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has meanwhile told the president to “take a rest” following an “extraordinarily cruel” tweet he directed at the presenter on Monday digging up a past tragedy and effectively insinuating he was guilty of murder.

Showing no sign of remorse, Trump has since taken to Twitter again to lash out at lawyer and pundit George Conway, married to his adviser Kellyanne Conway, after taking exception to an attack ad he was involved with, writing: “I don’t know what Kellyanne did to her deranged loser of a husband, Moonface, but it must have been really bad.”

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