Live Blog below — it likely won’t start on time, pretty much the symbol of the WH.
Today had 45 minutes of what likely will be peak Trumpiness, as Trump showed a campaign propaganda video that attempted to refute the reporting on Trump’s 70 days of delay.
Trump chose the usual path, attacking the press to divert attention to his incompetence. Ultimately there was nothing new aside from updates in the death toll and the contrast of Trump happy talk with Trump trying to assert that he’s absolutely in charge (he isn’t), as governors start to organize their own regional consortia to address the COVID crisis.
5:00 5:45 PM EDT
The White House
0.9% of Americans have been tested for COVID-19
Zero doctors— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 13, 2020
Zero public health experts
Zero women who aren't related to Trump
Five white men 57 or older
One Jared Kushner https://t.co/LGfqaCsJQR
But now that Trump is pushing to reopen America for business at the expense of human life, Trump is declaring that he and he alone has the authority to tell states when to relax their social distancing orders. On Monday, Trump complained in a tweet that “the Fake News Media” was saying it was the “Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government.”
“Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect. It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons,” Trump added.
70 days of denial, delay, dysfunction
Meanwhile, two alliances of governors, one on the West Coast, one on the East, are moving ahead with plans to determine when it would be safe to loosen restrictions. https://t.co/mjOtkySGbO pic.twitter.com/6laog4mj1r— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 13, 2020
Question:— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) April 12, 2020
As difficult as it is to believe, is @realDonaldTrump trying to kill the US Postal Service because he wants to prevent voting by mail?
US #COVID19 maps: less stark differences between Counties when considering Confirmed Cases per population. #coronavirus has spread far & wide.#CoronavirusOutbreak #coronavirus— 𝙲𝙾𝚅𝙸𝙳-𝟷𝟿 𝙳𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚜𝚝 (@Covid19Digest) April 13, 2020
JHU CSSE: https://t.co/uGGeYEJEwD pic.twitter.com/2vDtB5j7sj
The @NYBloodCenter is looking for New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to help by donating lifesaving blood plasma. Plasma is desperately needed and will help sick patients recover while decreasing the strain on ICU beds and ventilators. Sign up at https://t.co/VdaxZPfUCv— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 13, 2020