Live Blog below — Today was about IMPOTUS’s folk beliefs


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Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing


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— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 23, 2020

Philip Bump addresses Trump’s confabulating demand for ventilators with PPEs.

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— Philip Bump (@pbump) April 23, 2020

During the White House briefing on the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, President Trump expressed frustration with the media.
“We’re making hundreds of thousands of ventilators right now,” Trump said, referring to the devices used to aid patients suffering from covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. “Nobody writes about that. You know, at the one time, all they talked about was ventilators, right? Because you didn’t think it was possible for me to solve that problem. And I solved it, and nobody can believe it.”
“Nobody thought this could be done,” he added later. “The fake news was very unhappy that it was done. But you guys don't ask me about ventilators anymore.”
“Who's unhappy that ventilators are being made, Mr. President?” a reporter asked.
“Everybody. Everybody,” Trump replied. “Because you never mention it. You never mention it. There’s no story that what a great job we’ve done with ventilators. We’re now supplying ventilators all over the world.”

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The thing about this argument, though, is that the country avoided the worst-case scenario with ventilator demand despite Trump’s actions, not because of it. His administration was, in fact, slow to engage on the issue, and it is due to a number of factors unrelated to the White House that more Americans didn’t die of a lack of ventilator availability.

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It wasn't until late March that Trump used his authority to force General Motors to build ventilators. Ford had already announced that it was partnering with General Electric to build the machines, of their own volition. Those devices, though, wouldn't be available until early June.
“Ford’s timeline suggested,” the New York Times reported, “that if the administration had reacted to the acute shortage of ventilators in February, the joint effort between Ford and General Electric might have produced lifesaving equipment sometime in mid- to late April.”

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— Rhonda Harbison (@rhonda_harbison) April 23, 2020

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— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) April 23, 2020

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