By his own admission, Trump is always fighting someone on behalf of Americans — Congress, scientists, courts, foreign countries, Democrats, even his own government. But never has he engaged in a prolonged dispute with nearly all of the nation’s governors. https://t.co/rpdHxLyCpe— Anita Kumar (@anitakumar01) April 15, 2020
Pelosi: Trump coronavirus missteps ’caused unnecessary death and economic disaster’
Trump refused to acknowledge the highest death toll so far yesterday in the COVID presser. He’s desperate to restart the economy which will be difficult because interstate commerce is essential. He thinks he can be selective about it. In this presser, one of the few actual facts was that RWNJs want to restart up to 29 states regardless of the death toll.
He chose to blame the WHO for his errors in judgement and in usual Trump
Is Trump deflecting the blame from his own failures? Yes.
Does Trump want Dems to offer a full throated defense of the WHO? Also yes. It’s part of his re-election strategy.
“It would have been so easy to be truthful” Trump dissing the World Health Organization’s pandemic response as he cut their funding. Look who is talking! The gaslighting is turned up to 11.— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) April 15, 2020
Trump blows up and threatens to leave his own press conference when he was asked about people not being able to get tested. pic.twitter.com/wo0yWK9xBX— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 14, 2020
Feb: He didn’t request testing kits from WHO. Trump is responsible for the CDC.
The U.S. did not use COVID-19 diagnostic tests produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in favor of producing its own.
The U.S. did not turn down an offer to use those tests (as no such offer was extended), nor was it unusual for the United States to design and produce its own diagnostic tests in lieu of those made elsewhere.
[DR. SANJAY] GUPTA: And, Dr. Fauci, I want to echo what Anderson said as well. Thank you very much for your service. People may not know this, Dr. Fauci is 79 years old and, I mean, you have the energy I think many of us emulate. Let me ask one more question though about this testing. I know you’ve talked a lot about it, but I think, you know, Dr. Fauci, there was a test.
It was being distributed around the world. WHO was using this test, I believe it was created in Germany, in Berlin, and it was being used, and yet we did not use it in this country even as a stopgap measure, even as we prepared to make our own test. And as a result, we got behind. That’s a problem. And I’m just wondering, was that a mistake? Should we have used that test? Why didn’t we?
FAUCI: Well, you know, Sanjay, I’m not sure that it was a mistake. But certainly, you know, if you look back and Monday morning quarterback, it would have been nice to have had a backup. But what the CDC has done over many, many years when we have things like this is to develop their own test, which is always really a good test, and to roll it out in a way that we call a public health-directed, where they give it to departments of public health.
You have a physician-patient relationship. They come in. They order the test. They get the test. It was not designed for the kind of mass distribution that we need now that we’ve seen in other countries. That’s behind us. Looking forward, we’re going very much in that direction, Sanjay, very much so.
Feb 7: He sent 17.8 tons of supplies including ventilators & masks to China (later blamed Obama for PPE shortage)
Feb 10: Trump: “Now the virus that we’re talking about, a lot of people think that goes away in April, with the heat.”
BREAKING: The Treasury Department ordered the IRS to add President Trump’s name to the paper stimulus checks, likely to cause a delay in their delivery. https://t.co/kT7hIDeuZA— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 15, 2020
"They told me I had to come back to work."— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) April 9, 2020
That was what Annie Grant texted her children before returning to a Tyson plant despite having a fever.
She died this morning, one of three workers to die in recent days, @mirjordan @itscaitlinhd report. https://t.co/tUG3gPAjPY
Having trouble with the “absent an emergency.” https://t.co/hyAmKN2t8E— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) April 15, 2020