Trump continues to push his disinformation, aside from not knowing how big Seoul is.
And still there’s no national stay-at-home order
160,000+ US cases, 3,000+ deaths with aggregated testing claims versus tests per capita. For several days Trump touted meaningless statistical blather saying “US testing was more in eight days than South Korea did in eight weeks”. WRONG.
The first US service member has died from COVID-19.
A few new graphs on US #COVID19 testing:— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) March 28, 2020
1. I've annotated @JoeHasel's important @OurWorldInData graph https://t.co/MVPcblyZCD that compared S Korea vs US. Both countries had 1st patient Dx w/in 24 hrs in Jan. For ~50 days there was very little US testing, the spread phase 1/3 pic.twitter.com/0P5wZgmoCF
If withholding essential aid from Ukraine until it did Trump’s bidding was impeachable — and it was — why isn’t doing that to NY, Michigan, Washington, or other blue states equally impeachable? Asking for a friend . . .— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 31, 2020
Exclusive: Kushner Firm Built the Coronavirus Website Trump Promised: The extent of Oscar Health’s work on coronavirus testing hasn’t been previously reported. https://t.co/sJwBx6teWn— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) March 31, 2020
Access to testing in the United States has emerged as an even more contentious issue that South Korea sidestepped through its ambitious and comprehensive rollout of COVID-19 testing. Widespread availability of COVID-19 testing in South Korea has worked in combination with social distancing measures to isolate community spread clusters and possibly shorten the duration of restrictions on economic activity. But limitations on test availability have hampered U.S. efforts to combat the disease and resulted in less targeted and increasingly draconian public appeals from state officials to restrict social movement. Trump also appears to have missed an opportunity to make a deal with President Moon to provide millions of COVID-19 test kits to the United States in exchange for dropping outrageous military burden-sharing demands in Special Measures Agreement (SMA) negotiations.
In response, Trump is casting the battle against an unseen enemy in wartime terms in his first major crisis as president. Trump has sought an unprecedentedly large financial stimulus for affected sectors and individuals and has called on the private sector to ramp up production of medical gear in response to the crisis. Despite these efforts, there is palpable anxiety that the system will be overwhelmed with sick people in need of critical equipment such as ventilators and protective gear, and there is frustration at the state level that competition among the states is driving up prices.
Politically, the COVID-19 crisis has unmasked failures of preparedness for a health crisis of potentially unprecedented magnitude that have suddenly become points of vulnerability in an election year. The political ground under U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s feet is rapidly shifting. The Trump administration’s removal of a Center for Disease Control representative in Beijing and disbanding of a National Security Council office in charge of global health and security and bio-defense have become political liabilities. The pandemic has erased economic gains experienced under the Trump administration that would normally have provided a political advantage to the incumbent. The U.S. unemployment rate could jump from 3% to 30% in the coming months.
There was talk of pillows— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) March 31, 2020
There was talk of faith
There was talk of wind & hair
But no one mentioned that @realDonaldTrump showcased the @AbbottNews #coronavirus testing machine upside down
Trump disinforms us with claims that there’s blackmarketeering of medical equipment and supplies to distract us from the shortages.
Stephen Colbert unloads on Trump for accusing medical workers of stealing masks https://t.co/pQ0er1uLZW— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 31, 2020
For all those arguing impeachment negatively influenced our response to the pandemic I’d point out the President played more golf during that period than working on impeachment or the pandemic— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) March 31, 2020
Maddow: If Trump is going to keep lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should, all of us, stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it's going to cost lives. pic.twitter.com/tMvyrE3YTK— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) March 21, 2020
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