And now COVID-19 hits the White Shack

Donald Trump’s personal valet [an aide picked from the military] tested positive for COVID-19. Now all along the “rule” is that if you come in contact with someone who tests positive, that person should self-quarantine for 14 days from the last contact. Trump is expected to be tested. Will he self-quarantine?

[If he doesn’t, what’s to stop his followers to ignore the 14 day rule if he does?]

The day after, the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence’s group tested positive as well. But the day before, the staffer, who is married to Stephen Miller (and known racist), was tested negatively. His plane to Iowa was delayed as 6 people did leave the plane. Unsure if for testing or otherwise.

Trump is whining that China didn’t notify him sooner about COVID-19, even though it was on the news late last year. He was notified by his intelligence services early January. Didn’t his top intelligence agency – FOX News – had it in a report? There are thoughts of punishing China now although he praised China and President Xi 24 times in January and February for transparency. A recent trade deal was finalized. So he can’t change that part.

Trump said Dr. Anthony Fauci [as well as others in the pandemic task force] will be allowed to testify in the Senate if asked but not in the House. Wonder why? Which party controls what part of congress. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will decide if someone can testify. This could clear Trump of any possibly future charges of obstruction.

Trump then went off track by saying he doesn’t trust the Democratic controlled House and repeated that the Democratic Party wants him to fail during this pandemic – no matter how many American deaths it causes.

Trump may hold back any further stimulus bills unless there is a payroll tax cut. The current bill is one to help out state and local governments that was left out of the last bill but was supposedly promised after it was excluded from the last bill.

Trump claiming didn’t know about COVD-19 until just before he banned the Chinese from entering the US.

  • It was first brought up by intelligence services on January 3rd – at least his preferred intelligence agency, FOX News.
  • Did he even bother to read the briefings [that he generally doesn’t read anyways according to many people]?
  • How could he not know of the virus? You couldn’t miss it if you watched the news [in his case – FOX News – unless they ignored it then].

Seems Trump continues to try to rewrite history while ignoring the various news footage that contradicts his version of history.

The Justice Department’s decision to drop the criminal case against Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, whose lies about his contacts with Russia prompted Trump to fire him three years ago and special counsel Robert Mueller to flip him to cooperate in the Russia investigation. Seems Trump is happy with the news even though he then went after Flynn.

Trump appeared to reverse course on the decision to wind down the coronavirus task force, instead rebranding it. He tweeted that the task force will “continue on indefinitely” and shift its focus to “SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN.” Just days prior, Pence said the task force could disband by Memorial Day [May 25th].

Trump touted his administration’s success in procuring personal protective equipment and testing, even though many experts say there is not nearly enough testing available. He also said that task force members may be added or subtracted “as appropriate” and will “also be very focused on Vaccines & Therapeutics.”

“It’s possible there will be some [deaths] because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” Trump said in an interview. “But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.” I doubt it. Seeing already plenty of people ignoring social distancing, wearing gloves, etc.

I’m very shocked: Trump actually said he wasn’t thrilled about massage parlors opening up [in Georgia?]

The administration also has not released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] that have been in the works for weeks and offered advice on how to reopen certain businesses and facilities. In a sharply worded statement, the White House blasted the guidelines. But the CDC is a de facto regulator in a public health crisis and a lot of business literally can’t reopen without it.

Trump continues to insist that Americans are having no issues getting tested if needed also contrasts with complaints from governors and public health officials around the country that they sometimes lack the supplies needed to conduct the tests.

They are having so much problems with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that a person trying to submit an online loan application under the PPP ended up accessing the application of someone who lived 1,200 miles away. The PPP is one of the core provisions of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package Trump signed into law March 27.

Trump announced that he was firing the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, Christi Grimm, and nominating a handpicked replacement. Meanwhile, Rick Bright was in the process of filing what promises to be a damning whistleblower complaint to the Inspector. A ruling came in saying Bright’s job should be re-instated as the firing was politically motivated.

In his first visit outside of Washington since the start of the pandemic, Trump traveled to Arizona to visit a Honeywell mask-making plant. Guess what? He wasn’t wearing a mask in public. “I had it on back — backstage. But they said you didn’t need it, so, I didn’t need it. And by the way, if you noticed, nobody else had it on that was in the group.” Is it a coincidence that he only wore a mask “backstage” or did he ever wear one?

Trump is very, very focused on how he is portrayed and perceived. And he wants the image that the public gets of him to be that of a strong and fearless leader. He wants to be seen as manly, just like his buddy Russian President/Dictator Vladimir Poutine.

Trump announced the new CDC guidelines on mask-wearing in mid-April: “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it. … Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — I just don’t see it.” He forgot tyrants, dictators, etc. And exactly how many foreign leaders have arrived at the White Shack since mid-March?

Trump attended a World War II event with veterans in their 90s. He did not wear a mask. White House press secretary Kayleigh “The Parrot II” McEnany said “I can tell you those veterans are protected… It was their choice to come here.” Neither Trump, Melania Trump or the veterans and others wore masks and gloves.

Trump continues to blame the Obama administration for not replenishing stockpile of gloves, masks and other required medical items after the swine flu in 2009. However it was the Republican controlled Congress that stopped President Obama from passing the funding to do so.

Former President George W. Bush released a short, heartfelt video offering words of support for a nation rocked by a staggering loss of lives and livelihoods during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, of course whined. Trump tweeted “Oh bye [sic] the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside… He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!” Petty.

Way back in 2015, McEnany was a harsh critic of then-candidate Trump before she became a fierce advocate for him, including calling comments he made about Mexican immigrants in 2015 “racist”. Before the 2016 campaign, McEnany said it was “unfortunate” and “inauthentic” to call him a Republican. Within a couple of months, her tune changed. She changed her mind and became a big supporter of Trump. Or maybe a big fat paycheck changed her mind.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the initial reports on the shots fired from North Korea into South Korea indicate they were “accidental.” Accidental? A single shot is accidental. Not multiple.

An administration executive order declares “a national emergency with respect to the threat to the United States bulk-power system” and takes steps to ban the US power grid from acquiring or installing using equipment “in which any foreign country or a national thereof has any interest.” This actually protects the grid – however, the cost of installing and maintaining goes up. It even shuts our friendly countries such as Canada or the UK.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said during an interview [on Fox Business] it was “too hard to tell at this point” when asked if he thought international travel would resume this year, but added “this is a great time for people to explore America.” What?

Joke time: Because of his huge ego, if Trump contracted COVID-19, he would say it wasn’t COVID-19 but the all improved COVID-20.

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