Busy week of false statements for Trump

As if naming it the “Chinese Virus” isn’t enough, Donald Trump said during a news conference “I wish they could have told us earlier about what was going on inside…. We didn’t know about it until it started coming out publicly.” Trump added that China “was very secretive and that’s unfortunate.” Was China supposed to notify the US after the first person with the symptoms?

But on January 24, Trump praised China and President Xi Jinping for the country’s “efforts and transparency” in dealing with the coronavirus. It seems like Trump is starting the blame game again. Trump knew about the virus on January 8th after a CDC advisory but did not close any borders or travel ban until February.

Trump said he wants the nation “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci instead said they need to look at the data. Some areas are getting hit harder than others. Some epidemiologist experts are saying the peak in the US will be in three weeks,

Trump’s family businesses are included in a category of companies barred from receiving certain kinds of aid from the Treasury Department to ease the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The $2 trillion stimulus deal the Senate agreed to will prohibit loans or investments from Treasury programs to be used to benefit businesses controlled by Trump, the vice president, the heads of executive departments and members of Congress, according to a draft of the legislation.

Trump had predicted that the Senate will approve the stimulus deal. I sure hope so as the Republicans control the senate and all they need to do is pass it by one vote. Those who won’t be getting anything will be undocumented immigrants.

When signing the historic coronavirus stimulus bill into law, Trump was surrounded by fellow Republicans and expert members of the coronavirus task force. Who were missing were Democrats. He is so petty.

“We have very good liquids for doing this, sanitizing the masks, and that that’s something they’re starting to do more and more. They’re sanitizing the masks,” Trump said during a White House coronavirus briefing. If it is the N95 mask, US Food and Drug Administration guidelines for the common N95 respirator masks state they “should not be shared or reused.”

Trump tweeted “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. At the end of the 15 day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go!” [Note: He had the tweet in all capital letters.] No. He didn’t get this from himself but from someone on Fox News. Surprised? Not surprised is others in the administration who agreed with what he said.

Would you believe that Trump believes the “Fake Media” and the Democrats want things to get worse with the coronavirus and the economy so Trump has less chances of winning the November election. Trump wants the virus to be over with and gone. It is hurting the economy which is hurting his chances of winning in November because his primary excuse that he did well in his 4 years is the economy. Conspiracy Nut in Chief.

Trump says he’s trying to push some manufacturers to ramp up production to build ventilators and then goes onto Fox News and says many governors are over estimating how many they need. Of course Trump says the “negative” side on Fox News to please his base.

In a news conference Trump claims that the US army engineers are building mobile hospitals in just a few days. Well if it is portable [think of the TV show M*A*S*H], a mobile hospital should be able to be brought down and moved with very little notice. [“Bug out!”]

Asked how he responds to falsehoods from Trump during press conferences, Fauci said, “I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down,” according to an interview. Some people wish he did. This is how the Trump administration is handling things: According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a mask that use to cost 85 cents not goes for $7.

Cuomo is suggesting that the administration should nationalize certain areas of the medical equipment. So you know how Trump likes to boast how the US is the best in everything. So he is claiming that the US has the best tests in the world. I’m sure the tests were used in other countries first.

White House officials are actively discussing putting soldiers near the Canadian border in light of U.S. border security concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic — raising diplomatic anxiety on both sides of the border. White House is looking at placing 1,000 troops about 25 kilometers from the border and using remote sensors to look out for irregular border-crossers. In the end, the Trump administration backed down under pressure from the Canadian government and those in Congress.

Phoenix-area man is dead and his wife is under critical care after the two took chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus. Can you guess where I am going with this? The wife said they learned of chloroquine’s connection to coronavirus during a Trump news conference. It does not appear they took the pharmaceutical version of the drug, but rather an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks.

Trump has touted chloroquine as a possible treatment for Covid-19. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but the FDA has not approved it to treat the coronavirus.

NBC network’s White House correspondent, Peter Alexander, at a coronavirus briefing, if you didn’t see, asked Trump what he would say to Americans who are frightened amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of answering, Trump responded by rejecting the question (“nasty”), attacking Alexander (“terrible”), and assailing NBC News’ parent company Comcast (“Con-Cast”).

No shocker, Fox News’ Brit Hume defended Trump. “Legitimate question my a,… It was the kind of bullsh_t gotcha question which hack WH reporters have been asking for decades.” What news conference was he watching?

The Holland America cruise ship is heading to Florida. Four dead on the ship and many sick. They interviewed on the ship who said they “felt safe taking a cruise because the governor of Florida said it was safe and The President of the United States said they had low risk”.

Trump said it’s “too bad” [sarcastically] that Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is in self-isolation due to exposure to a fellow Senate Republican Rand Paul who tested positive for the coronavirus. Romney is one of the few Republicans that don’t back Trump that much.

A leading super PAC affiliated with Democratic politics unveiled a new ad this week, hitting Trump on his response to the coronavirus crisis. The ad is pretty straightforward: it features direct quotes from the president about the pandemic, as viewers see a chart showing the number of American coronavirus cases steadily climbing.

But Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening legal action against television stations in key battleground states if they continue airing an ad cut by the liberal super PAC Priorities USA alleging that Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax.” Team Trump’s argument is that, in context, when the Republican used the word “hoax” at a campaign rally, he wasn’t explicitly referring to the virus itself.

Trump sent Kim Jong Un a personal letter in which he expressed his willingness to help with “anti-epidemic work” according to a statement from Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister.

Trump he postponed a phone call with the Chinese President Xi so he could appear on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News. Meanwhile in the interview….

  • When Trump banned travel from China he claimed that “A lot of the [Chinese] people decided to go to Italy instead. They went to Spain instead.” No proof of course.
  • “I had Biden calling me xenophobic. And yet he can’t define the word.” No comment.
  • “But a lot of people are saying this could be a big answer.” Trump claims anti-malarial drugs may work – without any hard facts – of course.
  • “But for the vaccine, you need about a year, at least a year of testing…” Yet he said a couple of months at the beginning of March.
  • “Now, I think that we inherited a broken system from the previous administrations, not just one. And it was very broken.” Blaming previous administrations [usually the Obama administration] for current problems that he has had 3 years to fix.
  • “Gov. (Jay) Inslee, that’s the state of Washington. He was a failed presidential candidate. And you know, he’s always complaining.” What relevance does the fact that the governor of Washington ran unsuccessfully for president have when it comes to how he is handling the coronavirus outbreak in his state?
  • “And you know a lot — a lot of equipment’s being asked for that I don’t think they’ll need but I’m building.” Trump is suggesting that governors are being greedy.
  • “In the case of Rand Paul, a good guy, by the way, he actually has this problem. And I’m sure he’ll be all right.” He’s not so good. Paul spent almost a week around his Senate colleagues while awaiting the results of a coronavirus test.
  • “But I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be.” No facts of course.
  • “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you’re going to major hospitals sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, can we order 30,000 ventilators?” Medical experts are saying that infected patients could be on ventilators for weeks. Most of the time, a patient is on just for a few days.
  • “We’re — we’re testing — we’ve tested now more than anybody.” He was comparing against South Korea which has a sixth the population of the US.
  • “… it got out there and I started calling it the Chinese virus. And everybody picked it up.” Like whom besides maybe the right wing media and crackpots?

It's all about SARS-CoV-2 this week

I’m hoping everyone is staying safe and only go out for what you need. Essentials only

During the various news conferences [itself not good as reporters are so close to each other] why are the people on the stage saying to keep a distance from others but aren’t doing so themselves?

Did Donald Trump [and Vice President Mike Pence] get tested? He claims he was tested Friday night [March 13th] but a few from the White House said he doesn’t need to be tested. Meanwhile everyone including Trump, staff and reporters had their temperature taken before entering a press briefing on Saturday [March 14th] and one was told not to enter the briefing. He has tested and was negative.

The new test gives results in 4 hours. If Trump supposedly took the test at night then he should have had the results in the middle of the night. Over 12 hours later, no results.

Google will not be publishing a national-scale website for coronavirus testing anytime soon, contrary to claims made by Trump during a press conference.

Instead, a health-focused subsidiary owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, intends to launch a small-scale website next week to begin to triage California-based patients. “What we’re building is a triage tool that will live on ProjectBaseline.com, and we plan to pilot it in California next week,” said Carolyn Wang, a spokesperson for the Alphabet subsidiary, Verily.

With the Trump Administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended the Senate Republicans coming up with a proposed $1 trillion economic stimulus plan to battle the coronavirus without any input from Democrats, saying bipartisan negotiations were skipped in favor of speed.

“Actually, it’s speeding it up. We just passed yesterday a bill, it was written in the Democratic House of Representatives,” McConnell said. What does one bill got to do with the other? One is $1 trillion and the other one I’m sure is way less.

“We are beginning to review Senator McConnell’s proposal and on first reading, it is not at all pro-worker and instead puts corporations way ahead of workers,” in a joint statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

He is an idiot. Trump tweeted “[New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo wants ‘all states to be treated the same.’ But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big ‘hotspot’, West Virginia has, thus far, zero cases….” Ummm “Chinese Virus”?

At one point in a press conference, West Virginia had no infection cases. This prompt Trump to say that they are doing something that states like New York aren’t doing. Well, New York has a few big cities and has many times the population as West Virginia. West Virginia has since had their first case.

“This has never been done before” Trump says in the same press conference regarding what some states are doing. Damn. I hope so! But he is saying it for different reasons.

“Fastest development in history” is what Trump said at another press conference in regards to testing a new vaccine. I’m not sure if I’d want it that fast with limited testing. I don’t want a second nose.

And at another press conference, Trump is such a classy guy. He claimed that at least one reporter’s network called him a racist early in the pre-epidemic period when Trump commented then about blocking Chinese people from entering the US. Later on he rambled about what he calls fake news.

And he repeated the same thing on another day. He went further by saying a network is dumping fake news even though the network has multiple sources. But when he says “many experts” in his comments, we know that is fake.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) closed at 19,732.40 on Trump’s Inauguration Day. Within the past 2 weeks [as of Wednesday] all the gains were wiped out plus about 600 points.

Trump says he has a 100% approval rating for handling the coronavirus epidemic [according to him – no actual poll of course] and [as usual] more than 50% in overall approval [would love to see which – if any – poll had this result other than Rasmussen]. When a reporter asked him about these polls, Trump replied that the pollsters were “respectable” and ignored the remainder of the reporter’s question.

Right-wing personalities — such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh — told their audiences that news coverage of the virus was hysterical and aimed at hurting Trump politically. The often-dismissive messaging from Fox News hosts was notable, given that the viewers who make up the network’s audience skew older and are, thus, more vulnerable to the disease.

Limbaugh, among others, floated a conspiracy theory that the virus was created in a Chinese lab — despite having no real evidence to support the allegation. According to Pew Research, 37% of Republicans or those who leaned toward the GOP responded that they believed the virus was created in a lab, compared to 21% of Democrats or those who leaned Democratic.

Gallup’s poll, conducted between March 3 and 13, found that only 42% of Republicans were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the virus. In comparison, 73% of Democrats expressed that level of concern. Pew Research found that 79% of people who said they turned to Fox News for their news believed the media had exaggerated the risks of the virus.

In case you were wondering, Trump doesn’t have the ability to change federal law created by Congress. Not by executive order. Not in any way. Only Congress can change federal law. And if you think Congress, where Democrats control the House, is going to cancel (or even change) the date of the election, well, that is not going to happen. That includes during a national emergency or even in the extreme situation in which Trump proclaims martial law.

So if conspiracy theories start coming out of the woodwork – primarily by the right wing [media] who feel that Trump may lose – sometime this summer or early fall, they can forget it. As from a 150+ year old Supreme Court case, martial law does not supersede or suspends the constitution.

Trump’s re-election is in trouble

So as of today, Donald Trump’s claim that the US economy is doing great just went out the window.

His primary evidence of a great economy was that the stock markets were breaking “records”. And of course his buddies and cronies were getting wealthy at the same time.

Sure the unemployment rate has dropped but that is not a true indicator since many of the jobs could be low wages, part time or that some unemployed are left off because they stopped hunting.

Other indicators such as the GDP were strong [at least until the coronavirus came along].

But the economy is now in a mess because of the coronavirus.

Trump’s stock market talk was his primary evidence of a good [or great] economy that he would of used this fall when he is on the campaign trail to add a second term to his presidency.

Without a good stock market, what will he use?

He could blame the coronavirus for the downswing in the economy – although some critics will say that he didn’t do enough.

He’s already blamed the Democrats – don’t ask me how.

He could claim that he did a great job in trying the stop the coronavirus. He already has claimed his own approval would be 10 on 10. Of course he says that about anything that supposedly helps his ego.

I guess depends on how things turn out [when the epidemic stops] we will know what his plan will be to defend himself to get a second term.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) closed at 19,732.40 on Trump’s Inauguration Day. At one point today all the gains in the past roughly 39 weeks were wiped out plus about 400 points.

Trump administration is “failing” in testing during epidemic

“The virus will not have a chance against us. No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States,” Donald Trump said. But to add some confusion, he decided on a 30-day ban to all European nations except the UK. He also said the economy will emerge from the crisis unscathed but the Dow Futures dropped 1000 points after his speech. His speech also failed to mention the shortage in testing kits.

He had to later clarify on Twitter that he was stopping travel and not trans-Atlantic trade in goods. His plan did not apply to Americans or US permanent residents though such travelers would face mandatory quarantines.

The European Union disapproves of the decision as they were not consulted.

Trump also said he had convinced health insurance providers to waive all co payments for coronavirus treatments. But later a White House official later said Trump had meant to say that the co payments would be waived for coronavirus tests — but would still apply to treatments for the disease.

Who exactly is writing his speech that is on the teleprompter?

Trump said he was declaring a national emergency — “two very big words” — to free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus even as he refused to take personal responsibility for administration failures early in the outbreak. A week prior, the companies indicated they had few details on how many tests they could offer or when the test kits would be available.

“I don’t take responsibility at all,” he said, insisting problems that led to slow test-kit distribution were the fault of previous administrations. “We were given a set of circumstances and we were given rules, regulations and specifications from a different time.” So he was basically blaming the previous administrations [I’m sure President Obama was high on his list].

He had previously blamed Democrats for not bending enough in negotiations over a legislative package to combat coronavirus and he accused past administrations — misleadingly — of hampering his ability to confront the virus. But it was the Democrats that negotiated for an $8+ billion package when Trump was asking just the $2.5 billion range.

The delays in testing, however, have come under Trump’s watch. Trump also claimed to lack any knowledge that a pandemic control group within his own National Security Council was disbanded under his watch in 2018, calling a question on the topic “nasty” and added “I don’t know anything about it.”

Vice President Mike Pence call it “another historic step to suspend all travel from Europe…” Historic?

Director of the National Institute of Health Dr. Anthony Fauci, the man who was at the news conference with Trump, told Congress that the US is “failing” when it comes to coronavirus testing.

Trump claimed that coronavirus patients could have treatment — which could run into thousands of dollars for those seriously ill — at no charge. Many insurers have said they will pick up the cost of coronavirus testing for some policyholders, but not the treatment.

In a speech, former Vice-President Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration for cuts to funding for science and research and detailed his own set of proposals to combat the spread of coronavirus, calling it a roadmap for what could happen now and saying Trump is “welcome to adopt all of it today.” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director responded with “In times like this, America needs leadership and Biden has shown none.” Then Trump has less than none.

The White House insists Trump doesn’t need a coronavirus test, despite GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz rode in the limousine with Trump before climbing up the steps of Air Force One behind Trump. Gaetz learned about his contact with an infected coronavirus person at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Incoming White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is also staying home for a few days despite his test coming back negative.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie “Parrot” Grisham said in a statement that Trump was not tested because “he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms.” You don’t need prolonged contact – shaking a hand is enough.

But two Brazilian government officials, who attended a meeting at Trump’s resort in Florida and one posted a photo of himself shaking Trump’s hand, has tested positive for coronavirus. So why wouldn’t Trump? Trump claims he doesn’t remember even taking a picture with the Brazilian communications secretary.

At a news conference, Trump said that he may take the coronavirus test. He didn’t say definitely. If Trump took the coronavirus test, will the results be covered up? After all some suspect his annual physicals seem to quite sketchy. The 25th amendment would not kick in unless he is incapacitated.

At the same news conference, Trump talked about the government ordering breathing machines. Interesting. Some behind him and other experts said it was the first time this was mentioned. Not shocking, he managed to brag about all the big deals that have taken place recently. What do they have to do with the coronavirus? Your guess is as good as mine.

Trump has suggested that the coronavirus was far less problematic than seasonal flu, accused Democrats of weaponizing the crisis and media of inflaming it. Trump as already prefer that the passengers remained on the ship to avoid inflating the numbers of coronavirus sufferers in official figures on US soil.

Trump told reporters he was “not concerned at all” about being exposed to coronavirus after an attendee at CPAC, an event attendee tested positive for the virus. Maybe he doesn’t know how serious it is. Nah. He thinks he’s immune to anything.

When asked about whether Trump will attend rallies at 73 and is more at risk than others, “Parrot” Grisham said “…this man who doesn’t sleep and who I have seen work 15-16 hours a day every day — I have no problem thinking that he’s going to be just fine and just healthy.” If Trump works a lot and doesn’t sleep, these are just the sort of things that make you more vulnerable to illness. Lack of sleep is VERY clearly linked to lowered immune health.

Trump has seen stock markets sink, a development that could undermine a central plank of his re-election campaign: that his presidency has delivered a thriving economy. It’s not like he can claim “Oh the economy has done well except that pesky coronavirus issue.”

After the stock market took a plunge recently, Trump tweeted “Good for the consumer, gasoline prices coming down!”

The Trump administration is considering a delay in the April 15 tax filing deadline as a response to the coronavirus for maybe up to a couple of months. Extending the deadline could be a way to reduce the economic fallout from coronavirus.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was preparing to ask Trump to issue a national emergency declaration for the coronavirus. A declaration would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to use the more than $40 billion available in the Disaster Relief Fund to assist state and local governments in their efforts to mitigate spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.

“Saudi Arabia and Russia are arguing over the price and flow of oil,” Trump tweeted. “That, and the Fake News, is the reason for the market drop!” He doesn’t explain how the “fake news” caused the market to drop. Unlike him, the “fake news” uses actual data to back up any claim.

Trump said at a Fox News town hall forum that he intended to cut entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare and then added “We’re also going to have growth like you’ve never seen before.” Huh? Right after White House press secretary Stephanie “Parrot” Grisham said Trump was speaking “about cutting deficits, NOT entitlements.”

But within hours he said “I will protect your Social Security and Medicare, just as I have for the past 3 years.” Social Security and Medicare represent a major chunk of government spending, and they constituted almost 40% of the federal budget in 2018.

The Trump administration are fighting with the airline industry have clashed over the administration’s demand that airlines collect new kinds of data from passengers to help officials track potential virus carriers. Airlines say they can’t meet that demand right away — a claim some administration officials say they don’t believe and the airlines say that agency officials have issued threats, spat expletives and accused airline executives of lying.

It took the US aviation industry two years to meet post-9/11 requirements, which also involved data collection. Airlines are concerned that the new requirements gives no clear end date on the data collection and worry that the US government could continue forcing them to collect it “for other purposes.” An administration official pointed to potential fines if the airlines didn’t comply, fines as high as $500,000 as well as jail time of up to a year could result.

Trump announced that he was replacing his acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, with Meadows. Meadows, who had previously announced he was leaving Congress, will become Trump’s fourth chief of staff in a little more than three years in office. In a tweet, Trump did not denote him “acting,” a designation Mulvaney never graduated from in the turbulent 14 months he spent in the job.

Mulvaney would become special envoy for Northern Ireland. Sounds a bit like a demotion. Mulvaney was on a personal trip and not at work Friday. A bit while the administration is dealing with the coronavirus crisis. He also did not attend some recent trips but the same was said for his predecessors before they were dumped. On more than one occasion Mulvaney contradicted Trump.

The Trump campaign took a video of Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s speech and edited out portion to sound as if Biden has given up. In the version of the video shared by White House director of social media Dan Scavino, Biden can be heard saying, “We can only re-elect Donald Trump,” before cutting off. But in fact there was more.

Both Twitter and Facebook have blocked the doctored video. Scavino stood by the decision to share the video tweeting, “The video was NOT manipulated.” You sure Dan? Watch the full video. For a “director social media”, you are amateurish.

Businesses owned or branded by Trump have charged the federal government at least $1.2 million in taxpayer money for various services since 2016, records show. “We provide the rooms at cost and could make far more money renting them to members or guests,” Eric Trump, the Trump Organization’s executive vice president, said in a statement. “To infer that we are profiting is not only inaccurate but an outright lie.”

“They say Trump is getting rich off our nation. I lose billions being President, I don’t care. It’s nice to be rich, I guess. But I lose billions,” Trump said at a campaign rally in October. That’s plural for billions and yet his Forbes with is an estimated [some say inflated] $3.1 billion. He’s going to maybe double it 3 years – especially with his history of bankruptcy?

Trump sent a note to supporters that included a chart showing the Dow Jones Industrial Average dramatically rising roughly at the time he began a news conference declaring a national emergency over coronavirus. Trump signed the chart. Is he equating that the markets rose because he just declared a national emergency or was it just a coincidence? The image was sent out to supporters and some [Republican] members of Congress.

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.

Seems we are moving towards a dictatorship

Donald Trump has told aides he wants fewer people working for him in the White House and only loyalists installed in key administration positions. Trump’s allies have provided him lists of people they’ve identified as disloyal and of names they say would work better toward advancing his agenda.

They plans to first focus efforts on personnel at the State Department and Defense Department. Promotions and significant staff changes should not occur without prior approval from the presidential personnel office.

The bench of competent people who have also never criticized Trump is virtually nonexistent. Some jobs simply won’t be filled or will be filled only temporarily until after the President wins reelection, as high-level hires will likely be reluctant to take posts that at this point may not last longer than eight months.

The Roger Stone team did not object when the forewoman in Stones trial was allowed to be on the jury but yet Trump and his cronies continue to say that she was tainted as an anti-Trumper. What’s the point of having a trial if they were all pro-Trumpers? They want a new trial. There has been no evidence of this. You think Trump would of said anything if Stone got off easy say with probation or a short prison term?

After US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson praised the integrity who served on the jury, Trump also is suggesting that a new trial should be allowed. Good luck there Donnie. Stop trying to rescue your cronies who land in prison. You should be happy Stone got less than 3.5 years. He’ll be out anyways soon when you pardon him.

Trump called for two liberal Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from cases involving him following a scathing dissent issued by one of them, blasting the justices as the court considers a number of cases critical to his presidency. “I just don’t know how they can’t recuse themselves for anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related,” Trump said of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Trump claims that though administration efforts to contain the virus, claiming the US had “essentially closed the borders.” Trump has also confidently predicted that warming spring weather could snuff out coronavirus, despite no evidence that is the case. He is equating the virus with a cold or flu. “Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” Trump tweeted even after it tumbled 1,000 points on Wall Street two days in a row.

During a news conference to discuss the coronavirus threat to the US, Trump criticized Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi “incompetent”. “She lifted my poll numbers up ten points… I’m leading everybody… I’ve been beating her routinely at everything… Go back to her district and clean it up.” Don’t want to ask who’s polls. Rasmussen? Leading everyone in what? Incompetence?

Just before the conference, only then he was told that the coronavirus has a higher mortality rate than the regular flu. He didn’t seem to know that the flu actually kills people [0.1% for the flu or up to 49,000 Americans a year].

Donald Trump Jr comments on Fox [where else?]: “But for them to try to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here, and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump’s streak of winning, is a new level of sickness. You know, I don’t know if this is coronavirus or Trump derangement syndrome, but these people are infected badly.”

He is suggesting that Democrats are rooting for coronavirus to come to the United States and kill “millions of people” solely so that they might have a better chance of winning in November. Unsure if he actually believes this is just stoking fearmongering. If he believes [I’m sure he does] that his father will win, these comments aren’t necessary. “Streak”?

Trump is nominating Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe to be the next Director of National Intelligence. Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration for the same job last year amid bipartisan concerns about his qualifications but Trump now appears open to the idea of tapping him for the DNI job a second time. The US Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has also been spoken to.

While on a trip to India, Trump said, “They are going to take it away from Crazy Bernie, they are not going to let him win…I actually think he would be tougher than most of the other candidates because he is like me but I have a much bigger base.” Everything with him is a competition where he is always the winner.

Before he arrived Ahmedabad, Trump placed his expected crowd count for his “Namaste Trump” rally in the range of 6 to 10 million, but given the city’s population of 8 million and the stadium’s capacity of 110,000, those figures seemed high.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in September that he would block any consideration of a bill to lower prescription drug costs. By the end of December, he had raked in more than $50,000 in contributions from political action committees and individuals tied to the pharmaceutical industry. Yes. This is Trump’s way of cleaning the swamp.

“Socialist price controls will do a lot of left-wing damage to the healthcare system” is what he said in September when the Democrats leaded a bill to lower prescription costs. So he prefers Americans to spend more money on drugs which would help his buddies in the pharmaceutical industry.

The US Department of Defense confirmed that computer systems controlled by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) had been hacked, exposing the personal data of about 200,000 people. The US agency in charge of secure communication for the White House. The agency oversees military communications including calls for Donald Trump. The data exposed included names and social security numbers.

Read and sign [if you wish]: https://www.change.org/p/donald-j-trump-justice-for-harry-dunn-extradite-anne-sacoolas?lang=en-US It is how the Trump administration doesn’t do the right thing.

The ever revolving White House employment door

Is Attorney General William Barr the next to be given a pink slip by the ever revolving White Houses human resources department? More than 2,000 former Justice Department officials who served in Republican as well as Democratic administrations posted a statement calling on Barr to resign.

“Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign. But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice,” the officials wrote in a statement.

Even with all the hot water Barr has endured, he is ordering a re-examination of several high-profile cases, including that of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Barr had also been pressing for a sentence for Flynn that would spare him from prison.

In recent months, Flynn changed lawyers and has waged a campaign to portray himself as a victim of malicious prosecutors. He is asking a judge to dismiss his case or allow him to change his plea to not guilty. Flynn’s new counsel, has included unfounded conspiracy theories in the counsel’s filings and accused Robert Mueller of suppressing exculpatory evidence and scheming against Flynn for political purposes. Flynn has said under oath that he was guilty of lying to the FBI.

Prosecutors with the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York are considering whether to charge Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and at least one of his business partners with misleading potential investors for Fraud Guarantee, the Florida-based company that paid Giuliani $500,000. That payment to Giuliani for work with Fraud Guarantee came just as Parnas and an associate began helping Giuliani arrange meetings in Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens.

In the case of Fraud Guarantee, investigators have focused on the marketing pitch, specifically examining whether the men duped investors about the value of the company and how they intended to use the proceeds, the people familiar with the investigation say.

US intelligence officials told lawmakers last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign by aiming to cast doubt on the integrity of the vote and boost Trump’s re-election. But Donald Trump’s Republican allies on the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee questioned the assessment presented by officials of the Office of National Intelligence.

Trump rebuked acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire for allowing his staff to appear before the committee and he was replacing Maguire on an acting basis with Richard Grenell, a strong Trump loyalist who has served as ambassador to Germany since 2018. Grenell has no experience in the intelligence community.

So here we go again. Over 3 years of Trump thinking [or otherwise] that the country thinks he won the election because of election interference from Russia and it is starting again before the elections. And again, Trump prefers not to believe his own intelligence agencies or maybe he thinks friend [or master] Russia President Vladimir Poutine would never do this or maybe he wants Russia to help him.

And yet, the US, UK, and Georgia [the country] accused the Russian military of being behind a major 2019 cyber-attack on Georgia that disrupted “several thousand Georgian government and privately-run websites and interrupted the broadcast of at least two major television stations.”

Trump’s acting [aren’t they really all?] chief of staff Mick Mulvaney railed against the so-called “deep state” during an appearance at the Oxford Union in the UK recently. Federal workers are not in their jobs to “make decisions” and should quit if they disagree with Trump’s agenda. Damn, if workers followed that, there would be huge government openings.

US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has sentenced Roger Stone, an adviser and friend to Trump, to three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress and threatening a witness regarding his efforts for the President’s 2016 campaign. Stone also receive two-years probation on each count, running concurrently.

“Roger has a very good case for exoneration in my opinion” said Trump after the sentence was handed down. Of course, he will decide who gets pardoned!

“He was treated unfairly.” Trump says that for any friend of his who was arrested and/or sentenced.

Trump claims that the forewoman of the juror had a heavy bias during Stones trial. Now he mentions it? The judge will look into it. But you know how Trump is – no proof.

Unsure why now [is there ever a reason with him?] but Trump gave clemency to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich [corruption] and financier Michael Milken [securities laws] as well as pardoning former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik [tax fraud and lying to DoHS] and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. [gambling fraud]. Seven others, some Republican supporters, were also given clemency or pardons.

“I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country,” Trump said after the pardons and clemencies. Though the President is the head of the executive branch, America’s real chief law enforcement official is Barr. But he can believe what he wants. He can be the chief toilet bowl cleaner as well.

Not surprisingly, Barr had considered resigning over Trump’s interference in his department, including Trump’s tweets that he said recently made it impossible for him to do his job. Barr probably would deny this.

Hackers are taking advantage of tweets from Giuliani that contain typos in domain names. Hackers buy the mistype domain names and redirect visitors to fake pages to spread malware. One would lead users to a website prompting visitors to download a Google Chrome extension, which would read people’s browsing history and change their default search engine.

“How bad were the Academy Awards this year, did you see? ‘And the winner is … a movie from South Korea,’…. What the hell was that all about? We’ve got enough problems with South Korea with trade, on top of it they give them the best movie of the year?” Trump said. The distributor responded with “Understandable, he can’t read,” as the movie has subtitles.

Trump will headline the most expensive fundraiser of his presidency at the Palm Beach, Florida, home of billionaire Nelson Peltz where each couple donates the $580,600 price of entry. Odd number. Over $10 million will go to his campaign, the Republican National Committee and 11 state Republican parties.

A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that a former US congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, offered him a pardon on behalf of Trump, in exchange for denying Russian involvement in the Democratic National Committee email leak. The White House and the congressman have strongly denied Trump’s involvement in the matter. Rohrabacher said he had never spoken to Trump about Assange and that the visit was “my own fact finding mission.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie “Parrot” Grisham dismissed Fitzgerald’s claim as “a total lie…. The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman. He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject. It is a complete fabrication and a total lie. This is probably another never ending hoax and total lie from the DNC.” Sounds like her boss. Hence the Parrot name.

Senate Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats to unanimously pass three election security-related bills, marking the latest attempt to clear legislation ahead of the November elections. The Democrats tried to get consent to pass two bills that require campaigns to alert the FBI and Federal Election Commission (FEC) about foreign offers of assistance, as well as legislation to provide more election funding and ban voting machines from being connected to the internet.

Previous attempts by a bipartisan group’s hopes were dashed in December when a GOP senator insisted the bipartisan legislation had been “designed” to be bad for Donald Trump, and must, therefore, be defeated. Various rejected bills included voting systems to use backup paper ballots and mandate tech safeguards, require candidates to notify law enforcement authorities in the event of a foreign power offering campaign assistance, etc. Seems the GOP do want election interference.

Democratic presidential nominee Michael Bloomberg has been accused of allegations of profane, sexist comments against women. When White House counselor Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway was asked if that was worse than Trump’s “Grab them by the p***y” comments, she said of course it is way worse. But just remember that there has been no proof of the allegations against him.

In the ever revolving door, John Rood, the Pentagon’s top policy official, is leaving his post. Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, had lost support among senior national security leadership and was asked to resign. He has differed with the administration on a number of issues including Afghanistan and Ukraine. Rood was against withholding Ukraine aid.

As well, Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates is leaving the National Security Council and going to the Energy Department. Rumors have been circulating that Coates was the anonymous administration official who wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in 2018 and published a book last November titled: “A Warning” by Anonymous. A senior administration official said that Coates’ move has been in the works for some time and she’s not involved in the authoring.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky strongly rejected Trump’s claim that Ukraine is corrupt. Trump claimed that Ukraine is known as the third-most corrupt country in the world.

Trump has said that he will look to block the release of John Bolton’s upcoming book over claims that their discussions were classified, adding that his former national security adviser is a “traitor.” He insisted that Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” shouldn’t be published before the November election.

After President Barack Obama tweeted “Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history”, Trump tweeted “Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration.”

Seriously? If Trump thinking that he is taking sole credit for the economic upswing… Trump didn’t kill the Recovery Act Annualized GDP growth averaged about 2% after it bottomed out in 2009 through the end of Obama’s term but 2.4% average growth rate during the last three years of Obama’s last term. Under Trump, it is slightly better at 2.5% but Trump promised 4%. Another broken promise. I’m sure he will blame someone else for not getting to 4%.

Trump claimed the US now has the “best jobs numbers ever” except in the last 36 months of Obama’s second term there were 8.1 million jobs created. Under Trump’s first 36 months there were 6.6 million jobs created.

Trump can’t claim the economy is doing well when in 2019, US retailers announced 9,302 store closings, a 59% jump from 2018 and the highest number since Coresight Research began tracking the data in 2012.

Remember when Trump bullied 16-year old Greta Thunberg on Twitter telling the teenager she needed to “chill out” and “work on her anger management”? White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham implied that social media attacks on a minor are fair game as long as that child is a public figure. Say if a 7 year old who has parents as public figures said something that Trump didn’t like, it would be OK for Trump to bully a 7 year old?

Trump is nothing but a big bully, picking on a 16 year old that is less than a quarter of his age. He is an adult and [we assume] has some common sense and some experience. But this is Trump who will fight back hard if any negative comments [no matter how small] are directed at him.

Trump takes lap around track to open Daytona 500 as the Grand Marshal, commanding: “Gentlemen, start your engines.” He is the second American president to do so, behind George W. Bush who attended the Daytona 500 in 2004. Speaking of which, an image was posted by a Trump doofus showing the presidential jet near the race track. It was pulled after it was discovered that the jet was from 2004, when Bush attended the race.

Trump, always like to inflate his already inflated ego, decided to take a full lap around the track prior to the race with “The Beat” [his limousine] as well as other vehicles. But in the end the race was postponed for 214 hours because of bad weather.

Pigeons with tiny Make American Great Again hats glued to their heads were released in downtown Las Vegas this week in what appears to be a sarcastic statement of loyalty to Trump and a mock protest of Nevada’s coming Democratic presidential caucuses. A group calling itself P.U.T.I.N., Pigeons United To Interfere Now, claimed responsibility for the stunt.