Trump Presser: aside from all the American deaths, there have been fewer American deaths

Today’s takeaway from another presser that this time was an hour late: Trump thinks the massive fertilizer explosion in Beirut was an attack, Trump gathered new data to try to divert attention from the current economic recession. And for some reason the state of Florida has superior mail-in voting ability than other states.


Goofy Gaslight does another presser to do a pandemic update. More likely he's trying to offset the disastrous HBO/Axios interview shown in its entirety last night.
The usual pattern is remarks and a few press questions and he calls on OANN close to end of questions. The last few have lasted about 30 minutes.

Lebanon thoughts and prayers believes that the explosion in Lebanon was an attack (did he get a military brief or is he just making it up?)

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— Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) August 5, 2020



Hurricane reports, usual federal boilerplate
ISM production order numbers Trump searches for good news, like in auto sales, home sales, home construction, which will have 

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 4, 2020

Now on to COVID, another China inference.

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 4, 2020

Cites “test positivity” rate.Usual boilerplate. death rate half of what it was in April. Another “blame China” inference.
Trump getting bored with reading again.

Usual “embers” utterance

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 4, 2020

Trump jabbers about telehealth via Medicare

Therapies and vaccines – claims about final phases. The usual “very soon” hype. confabulates pharma prices.

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 4, 2020

Still can't pronounce “plasma” Does usual remdesivir treatment mention.

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Trump blah-blah about testing, reels off numbers about PPEs

Trump gets bored with numbers, goes sing-songy.


Questions

Q: Kodak? SEC questions
Trump goes blah-blah “I wasn't involved”

Q: Lebanon “attack”? (explosion of fertilizer storage 1,000s of tons)
Trump thinks it was a bomb

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Q: COVID cases? % deaths of US population
Trump goes bafflegab “we're at the bottom of the list”
Q: follow-up using the JHU data
Trump goes bafflegab NY, FL, “we have among the lowest numbers”

Q: reinstatement of unemployment benefits?
Trump attacks Democrats (bad management) payroll tax suspensions Trump veers to Portland DHS cites WSJ story)
WSWH “We'll see what happens” On evictions: “It's not their fault, it's China's fault” talks about shelters being bad for COVID

Q: unprecedented TikTok actions?
Trump does usual blah-blah, tries to rationalize benefit to the Treasury, goes to stupid landlord analogy (September 15) mentions Huawei.

Q: what would be the down side to testing too many Americans (Alcindor)
Trump goes blah-blah “we're looking at it strongly” “media gold”

Q: You mentioned Florida mail-in ballots, what's different?
Trump doesn't know how to answer it – still clueless about the difference between absentee and mail-in ballots uses NY Carolyn Maloney example “I think they'll have to do the election over”

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— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 4, 2020

Trump sees his argument getting flimsy, Flees at 640pm ET

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