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Live Blog: COVID Taskforce “When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total”

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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

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing

The White House

0.9% of Americans have been tested for COVID-19

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


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