Trump moves to re-opening even as deaths continue

Three top public health officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, are all entering either full or partial quarantine. Their decisions follow the diagnosis of Donald Trump’s personal valet and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller last week. Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior adviser and Katie Miller’s husband, is also staying away from the White House for the immediate future.

Trump asked why his valets weren’t ordered to wear masks before this week even though that’s the example he himself has set. Trump has told people he doesn’t want to be near anyone who hasn’t been tested. [Maybe they will wear a sticker saying when they were last tested. Maybe on their forehead signed by the tester.]

Officials like Dr. Deborah Birx and Fauci have become far less visible. The coronavirus task force briefings have been replaced by media trolling sessions by White House press secretary Kayleigh “The Parrot II” McEnany. Seems like they want no medical experts at the briefings now. The must be giving too much bad news.

Dr. Fauci warned senators that states and cities face serious consequences if they open up too quickly amid the pandemic. Fauci also told a Senate committee it was a “bridge too far” for schools to expect a vaccine or widely available treatment for COVID-19 by the time students return to campuses in the fall, though he expressed optimism a vaccine would be developed in the next year or two.

“I was surprised by his answer, actually,” Trump said. “It’s just — to me it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools.”

Fauci was asked whether the overall coronavirus death toll was accurate. “The number is likely higher,” Fauci responded. “I don’t know exactly what percent higher — but almost certainly it’s higher.” Trump, on the other hand, says the death toll is way inflated and – you guessed it – is a plot by his political enemies to reduce his chances of winning in November.

Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who tested positive for coronavirus in March, challenged Fauci and other public health experts, arguing that the virus has been on a “relatively benign course” outside of high infection rates in New England. He warned that there would be an even greater damage to the country if schools did not re-open in the fall. “”I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision.” But he isn’t.

If you didn’t notice, all the medical officials who have been in the news have mostly disappeared recently from any conferences, TV appearances, etc.

Trump, at a news conference, claims there could be a vaccine by the end of the year [his defense secretary Mark Esper – a medical expert – said so… not]even though real experts said 12 months would may not be long enough. Even 18 months. They are claiming a fully approved vaccine by year end.

At the same news conference, Trump claims truckers honking near the White Shack at Constitution Avenue weren’t protesting against him but for him. In fact, the truckers were protesting about their plight.

Trump announced “Operation Warp Speed,” a program to develop a coronavirus vaccine as fast as possible. But for him, he will still push to re-open the country with or without a vaccine.

Trump slammed efforts to make in-person voting easier in advance of this week’s special election for California’s 25th congressional district as a “SCAM!”, demanding that “These votes must not count.” Trump had previously tweeted he opposes voting by mail since it “doesn’t work out well for Republicans.” Not true. He has previously said that mail-in ballots are “corrupt” and “they’re forgeries in many cases.” Also [duh] not true.

Trump’s claim that Democrats “are trying to steal another election” was that Los Angeles County election officials recently added a new in-person voting location in the city of Lancaster — described by Trump as “the most Democrat area in the State.” So now Trump dislike mail-in and in person voting? And the mayor of Lancaster is a Republican. Most Democratic?

A CBS reporter [who is Asian] asked Trump a question. Right away Trump blabbers away regarding the number of deaths in the world and says “Ask China”. When she tries to follow up and she gets cut off. He then asks a CNN reporter who has 2 questions but I think as soon as he figured who she was and from what network he told her something like “you took too long to ask”. He then looked if there were others asking questions [other than these two] and then just left.

Trump claims that the USA is leading the world in testing. Maybe by actual tests but not by percentage. The US is at 2.8%, Canada is at 3.0% and a few countries in Europe are way higher.

Rick Bright, who filed a whistleblower complaint after being removed from his position as head of the agency in charge of pandemic response, testified for just under four hours before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s health subcommittee. He said:

  • There was a lack of plans from federal agencies and the administration.
  • His warnings about supply shortages were ignored multiple times.
  • “There were some attempts to bypass” a vetting process for hydroxychloroquine.
  • He doubts whether there will be a vaccine in 12 to 18 months.

Some GOP members question need for hearing and its timing. Should be focused on the pandemic instead. Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina claimed that the hearing was not about the whistleblower complaint but “undermining the administration during a national and global crisis.”

“I never even thought of changing the date of the election. Why would I do that? November 3rd. It’s a good number. No, I look forward to that election,” Trump said during an April 27 press conference when asked about the election date. Of course, we know Trump. Anything he has said is meaningless within 15 minutes of saying it.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is telling members the club will partially reopen shortly, and guests will need to maintain social distancing guidelines.

In case you are not keeping score, Trump is at 152 executive orders. Obama did 147 in his first term. He did 121 at this time in his third year. Only “advantage” Obama had was that he did more in his first 2 weeks.

In a new poll, 84% of Republicans say they trust Trump to give them information on the virus. Only 61% of the same slice of the electorate say they trust Fauci, who has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Trump has no medical qualifications.

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One Response to Trump moves to re-opening even as deaths continue

  1. rawgod says:

    Trump is a natural-born genius who knows “everything” innately, without having to learn. His followers accept that as “written-in-stone” truth. Hopefully that stone will soon be a grave monument. “He died knowing Covid-19 was a hoax.”

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