Trump administration isn’t organized for the coronavirus

Donald Trump said he wants everyone on the Grand Princess, the latest ship that have tested positive for the coronavirus, to stay on the ship. Not surprising, he contradicted Vice President Mike Pence who said that he wants those on the ship to leave the ship at a port that doesn’t have other cruise ships to be tested. 21 of 3500 people are the ship have tested positive.

Trump said “…we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work – some of them go to work but they get better.” So he’s implying that even if you have the virus, you can go to work. Later, a crony said he never said that but said that when they are better. And I don’t think there are that may people who have the virus.

Who said this on February 26th? “When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” There are 210 cases and 12 deaths as of March 6th in the US.

Trump dismissed Democratic complaints about his handling of the crisis as “their new hoax.” Last week Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, said that the media is paying so much attention to coronavirus “because they think this is what’s going to be what brings down the president.”

In a reply to a Trump tweet: “I hope you have enough rolls of paper towels to fix the pandemic” and another said “As bad as the Coronavirus is we have a much worse virus in our country called Trump. We need to eradicate that very soon.”

“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing,” Trump said during on a meeting addressing the coronavirus outbreak. “And we undid that decision a few days ago so that the testing can take place in a much more rapid and accurate fashion.” An aide to a Republican senator said the Obama administration made no such rule change. If it was supposedly wrong, why did it take the Trump administration over 3 years to “fix” it?

As the government recommends to businesses that some employees should consider working from home amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration is reducing the reasons for working at home forcing them to work at the office. Teleworking is a key request of their labor unions and a recommendation from other government officials to protect the federal workforce from the outbreak.

Not even 48 hours after Joe Biden’s dramatic wins on Super Tuesday that major Trump supporters are ramping up their efforts in what [if anything] Joe Biden’s son Hunter had anything to do with Ukrainian energy company Burisma – where Hunter Biden was an executive.

The Supreme Court announced it will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act sometime next term [begins in October], presumably after the presidential election. The dispute pits Democratic-led states led by California against the Trump administration and red states led by Texas.

The Trump administration and Taliban signed a historic agreement which sets into motion the potential of a full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and could pave the way to ending America’s longest-fought war. An initial drawdown to 8,600 troops would occur within the first 135 days, according to the agreement.

The agreement lays out a 14-month timetable for the withdrawal of “all military forces of the United States, its allies, and Coalition partners, including all non-diplomatic civilian personnel, private security contractors, trainers, advisors, and supporting services personnel.” The four-page agreement states that the Taliban will take steps “to prevent any group or individual, including al-Qa’ida, from using the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its allies.”

So if after 14 months, the Taliban goes against the agreement and say Trump is not President, will his administration be blamed for letting the Taliban take over? Will Trump counter and blame the next administration even though it was his administration’s deal and what could Trump blame them for? 14 months will be just a few months into the next administration. The US has spent $750 billion since entering the country in 2001.

Trump tweeted “People are disgusted and embarrassed by the Fake News Media, as headed by the @nytimes, @washingtonpost, @comcast & MSDNC, @ABC, @CBSNews and more. They no longer believe what they see and read, and for good reason. Fake News is, indeed, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” Poll probably taken by Fox but more likely no poll or anything. Surprising no CNN. It’s a conspiracy! All the real media is against him!

The White House is withdrawing the nomination of Elaine McCusker to be the Pentagon’s comptroller. McCusker was the Pentagon’s acting comptroller who raised concerns about the legality of Ukraine military aid being held by the Trump administration.

The Trump administration has tapped Marshall Billingslea, the current undersecretary for terrorism financing at the Treasury Department, as special envoy for nuclear talks. Democrats and advocacy groups previously raised concerns about his views on torture while working for President George W. Bush’s administration.

Trump is still going on about being impeached. So what does he do? He shows a map of all the counties that voted for him in the 2016 election. Problem is that more than half of all residents live in just 143 big counties (in terms of the number of residents) and most of those were won by Hillary Clinton. 14 states don’t have a single “big” county, defined as having 926 people (or more) for every square mile.

Facebook said it will remove some ads run by Trump’s re-election campaign that it says ran afoul of its policies to “prevent confusion around the official US census.” The questions on the survey include asking users about their views of Trump, what news outlets they read most, as well as their age, name, and contact information. It also ask if they “think Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left are putting their personal anti-Trump agenda ahead of what’s best for the American people.”

Trump was on Fox [where else!] with the usual [and some repeated] false claims such as:

  • “The largest tax cuts in history.” – Already it isn’t. Presidents Reagan and Obama had larger tax cuts according to experts.
  • “Nobody has done more in three years, the first three years, than we have.” – How do you calculate that?
  • “We have the cleanest air. We have the cleanest water. Our — our air is as clean or cleaner than it’s ever been.” – Not according to scientists.
  • “And against the advice of a lot of great professionals, … — they worked for the administration and outside — I — I closed the borders to China.” – Which professionals?
  • “I hated to do it statistically. I hated to do it from the standpoint of having people coming in. It’s going to be — is it going to look bad?” – Basically he almost didn’t want Americans to enter the country if they had the virus.
  • “So, if we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work…” – He’s claiming that if people with the virus go to work, they’ll feel better.
  • “Now, with the regular flu, we average from 27,000 to 77,000 deaths a year. Who would think that? I never knew that, until six or eight weeks ago.” – He didn’t know how many deaths? According to statistics, it never went over 61,000 a year in the last 10 years.