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U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he is ready to take executive action after congressional lawmakers failed again to reach agreement on a relief package for the tens of millions of Americans who have lost their jobs following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump told a news conference that executive orders are being prepared to enhance unemployment benefits until the end of the year, defer student loan payments and forgive interest on the loans, and extend a moratorium on evictions. He said an executive order is also being prepared to defer payroll taxes until the end of the year.

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President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Aug. 7, 2020.

White House officials and top congressional Democrats plan to meet again Tuesday after both sides cited some progress in their effort to find agreement on a new coronavirus aid package. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday staff members would meet overnight, and that she and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer would hold another round of talks Tuesday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. 

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, speaks as he stands next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 3, 2020.

Microsoft Corp said Sunday it would continue talks to acquire popular short-video app TikTok from Chinese internet giant ByteDance. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to give ByteDance 45 days to negotiate the sale, two people familiar with the matter said Sunday.

Microsoft, which is aiming to conclude talks by Sept. 15, released a statement following a conversation between CEO Satya Nadella and Trump. It said it would ensure that all of the private data of TikTok's American users is transferred to and remains in the United States.

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FILE - The icon for the TikTok app is seen on a phone.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump's proposed ban of social media phenomenon TikTok, explaining to Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" just how use of the app exposes Americans to having their personal information sent straight to the Chinese government.

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“The good news is we’re getting nearly every member of Congress aligned along the administration’s policies on China,” Pompeo said, adding that “the tide is turning … not only here in the United States, but all across the world” in recognizing the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party. Source: Fox News

For the first time, U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting delaying this year’s election.  

Trump, on Twitter on Thursday morning, alleged, without evidence, that mail-in balloting would be make the 2020 presidential balloting the “most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.”

The president added: “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

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FILE - President Donald Trump checks his phone during a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington, June 18, 2020.

WHITE HOUSE - Citing safety concerns, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced he is pulling the plug on next month’s Republican Party convention in Jacksonville, Florida—a coronavirus hot spot. 

Due to the flare-up in Florida “it is not the right time” to have a big convention, Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room on Thursday. “I have to protect the American people. That’s what I’ve always done. That’s what I always will do. That’s what I’m about.” 

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President Donald Trump calls for questions during a news conference at the White House, July 23, 2020.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted his support Wednesday for the shuttering of a Chinese consulate in Houston, claiming that spying activity was carried out through the facility.

The U.S. directed the closure of the consulate on Tuesday. The Chinese government said Wednesday morning that they had been instructed to do so without warning, but Rubio claims the move was "long overdue."

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Senator Marco Rubio: #China’s Houston consulate is a massive spy center, forcing it to close is long overdue.

The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on 11 Chinese firms over their use of forced labor and other forms of repression against the Uighur Muslims, an ethnic minority in China, including some with documented relationships with American companies.

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"@SecPompeo: We are watching the world unite to come to understand the threat from the Chinese Communist Party," one ominous Sunday night tweet from the State Department's official account read. Source: Fox News

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that it's "time for people to go to jail" as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham's probe into FBI misconduct -- prompting ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos to sound a celebratory note on Twitter.

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FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on "oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) - Source: Fox News

The Trump administration is seeking to block congressional plans to provide additional billions of dollars to states for coronavirus testing and tracing, and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health agencies.

Senate Republicans are attempting to craft another coronavirus relief bill to fight the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States, aid individual citizens whose unemployment funds may be running out, and reverse some of the most damaging impacts on the nation’s economy.

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People walk along King Street on July 18, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.