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Former President Donald Trump is taking a dig at politicians like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who refuse to say if they got the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

Calling those who evade the booster question “gutless,” Trump suggested that they are trying to avoid offending anti-vaxxer supporters even though they know the booster shot saves lives.

“They don’t want to say it. Because they’re gutless,” Trump said in a new interview with the conservative One America Network. “You got to say it. Whether you had it or not. Say it.”

Trump didn’t name DeSantis in the interview that revealed a rare rift between the two. But there is little doubt he was referring to the rising GOP star, who awkwardly dodged questions about whether he had received a COVID-19 vaccine booster in a recent interview.

DeSantis instead said that he had “done whatever I did, the normal shot” in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network.

DeSantis asserted that people should not be pressured to disclose their vaccination status, a common refrain among conservatives and anti-vaxxers.

That didn’t cut it with Trump.

“I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ Because they got the vaccine,” he said, a description that applies to DeSantis, as opposed to some other leaders who refuse to say if they got vaccinated at all.

“And they’re: ‘Oh. oh,’” he said with a dismissive smirk. “The answer is: yes.”

“President Trump did not mention Governor DeSantis in that interview, so I wouldn’t want to make assumptions,” said DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw in an email Wednesday. “In Florida, COVID-19 vaccination (including boosters) is a private medical decision for each individual to make.”

Trump reportedly views DeSantis as a potential rival for control of the GOP, even though the governor has repeatedly proclaimed his loyalty to the former president.

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Trump takes credit for spearheading the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and even political opponents call the program a bright spot in his otherwise chaotic management of the killer pandemic.

He has recently become more outspoken about supporting the vaccination effort, even as a big chunk of his political base has refused to get the shot.

“The vaccine has saved tens of millions of people throughout the world,” Trump added.

Trump also pooh-pooheed anti-vaxxer disinformation about the supposed dangers of the lifesaving vaccines and boosters.

“I’ve had absolutely no side effects,” he said. “Nothing special.”

Politics editor Steven Lemongello contributed to this report.

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Homestead Police release picture of person of interest in fatal hit-and-run

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HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Homestead Police released a picture of a man they consider to be a person of interest in a hit-and-run that left an elderly man dead.

Police on Friday said they would like to question 20-year-old Edgar Mendez about Sunday’s crash in the area of Northwest Eighth Street and Campbell Drive.

Investigators said 71-year-old Carlos Diaz was walking was hit by a driver who took off before police responded.

If you have any information on this hit-and-run or Mendez’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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Armed Robbery In Medley Leads Investigators To Human Trafficking Arrests

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MEDLEY (CBSMiami) – An armed robbery in Medley leads investigators to make two arrests in human trafficking.  

“Medley Police Department responded to South River Suites located at 12484 Northwest South River Drive, in regards to an armed robbery, when officers arrived they encountered three victims that stated they have been victims of an armed robbery,” Medley Police Sgt. Louis Ponce said.  

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Officers responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victims said the two men knocked on their door, and apparently had on masks.  

“And when the victims went to open the door, they were armed with firearms and robbed the victims,” Ponce said.  

According to State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundel’s office, one of the victims, one of those victims was at the location awaiting a pre-arranged prostitution encounter.  

“Our officers were able to identify specific things during their conversation that they were able to pry at which point the victim came forward and advised that yes she was in fact a victim of human trafficking.”

Through the investigation, the two other people were arrested. 40-year-old Raul Antonio Jimenez-Rodriguez and 30-year-old Grettel Caceres-Grego are facing charges that include, human trafficking and directing another to a place of prostitution.

“Broward was one of the places that she was trafficked in, as well as Tampa,” Roger Dehart said. 

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This case hits close to Roger Dehart, a Broward Sheriff’s Office Court Bailiff.

He has not only witnessed hearings on human trafficking, but he says people he’s known to have been people affected. 

“Violence towards her kids at the time were 8 and 11 so they had pictures of her kids, they knew what school they went to they did their research,” Dehart explained. 

Too often people don’t know it is happening, that’s why Dehart is speaking out, and in the past has walked from Fort Lauderdale to Washington DC to raise awareness. It took 51 days he told CBS 4.  

“I would encourage people to educate themselves.”  

The US Department of State has a list of potential indicators: 

  • Living with employer
  • Poor living conditions
  • Multiple people in cramped space
  • Inability to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution

“You know this isn’t just about Miami-Dade County or Florida as a whole this is an issue that’s going on throughout the nation, throughout the world, and we need the public’s assistance to put a stop to it,” Ponce said.

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There is a human trafficking hotline for anyone who needs help. It’s 1 (888) 373-7888. Police are also still looking for any information on the robbery suspects.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy ‘Servant’ returns to Apple TV+ for Season 3

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M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant” is a series full of twists and turns. Season 3 of the show returned Friday night. We talk with M and the cast about what creepy cult craziness viewers can expect.

Lauren Ambrose (as Dorothy Turner): “What is going on?”

You’re about to find out what’s going on in the new season of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant.”

The Apple TV+ show follows Dorothy and Sean turner and their nanny Leanne, who used to be in a cult.

In Season 3, the Turners attempt to live a normal life with their son Jericho.

But that’s not possible, thanks to Leanne and her craziness.

Nell Tiger Free: “This is a very new Leanne. There’s a lot of paranoia that comes with it.”

Lauren Ambrose: “They’re fighting over the the soul and the love of this child. It’s pretty intense.”

Just like prior seasons, M. asks up-and-coming directors to join his vision.

M. Night Shyamalan: “I guess, in some little mini way, this is like a little mini-studio, “Servant,” where I get to see something anywhere in the world at a film festival, if something is sent to me, or I get to see a movie, and if I feel that kind of deep connection to it, I’ll call up the filmmaker, talk with him or her. And if I feel like, ‘Wow, they’re in a great place,’ I say, ‘Hey, will you come to Philly and direct one episode?’”

Now, with so much going on in the show, the cast members have questions from time to time.

Toby Kebbell: “I had quite a lot this season ’cause, you know, we had the break, because the pandemic hit us in Season 2, and then we started off doing Season 3 pretty quickly after that. And I was like, ‘So wait, so I don’t – I’m suddenly going to church every day? What is happening?’”

Well, hopefully, all will be answered when “Servant’s” fourth and final season airs in the future.

Rupert Grint: “Where we’re heading, I have no idea, for Season 4, is kind of anything can happen, and there’s something quite exciting about that.”

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