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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

During a conference call with governors on Monday, President Trump expressed surprise that there were shortages of coronavirus test kits in the United States. The New York Times obtained an audio recording of the phone call, in which Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) is heard saying his state doesn't have an adequate number of tests.

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When you punish anyone who disagrees with you you tend to not get questions that question your leadership. This man is a liar and a crook but our U.S. Senate likes it that way. [...]

#1 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-31 07:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

More lies from the lying liar who lies:

Fact check: Trump falsely denies saying two things he said last week

www.cnn.com

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-31 07:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I heard him talking about test kits, and then I heard this - and I thought this man is losing his mind! You don't even have to go to the phone call tape to hear him talking about test kits.

March 19, 2020 www.whitehouse.gov
Q Well, what I'm asking is about the lack of testing.
THE PRESIDENT: They know it's true, but they don't want to write about it.

March 30, 2020 www.whitehouse.gov
Q "...based on whether they were hotspots or what not. And I wanted to know if you have enough tests, currently, to be able to accurately rank those counties.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. We're ranking counties and we're ranking states. And a lot of people put out false information because they don't know what they're talking about.

...Now we have the best tests in the world. And nobody has " now they're all calling: "Can we get the quick test?" We call it the "quick test," where, by the way, probably more accurate and it takes a few minutes. I mean, it's pretty amazing what we've done.

It goes on and on - the transcripts for the past 2 weeks are replete with questions about testing, enough test kits, etc.

#3 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-31 07:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"When you punish anyone who disagrees with you you tend to not get questions that question your leadership."

I think that's part of it. The other part of it is that testing isn't as important as quarantining yourself when you present symptoms, whether those symptoms are caused by Coronavirus or not. Testing is important from the macro level to see where the country is with respect to the pandemic, but when there aren't enough tests available to test everybody then testing does nothing at the micro/patient level because testing positive does not change the prescription for any given patient's recovery. So given Trump's short attention span and his inability to grasp complex issues that aren't expressed in graph form most of the people who go to him for authorization to do things probably skip the lack of testing part of the conversation because it's not the most pressing thing they have to bring to the President.

That said, he could totally be FOS too. Trump views his Presidential statements as managing the panic of the people, I mean investors and consumers, and keeping the economy going, so claiming he hasn't heard anything about a testing shortage may be intended to calm people. Of course, his ability to be successful toward that end is debatable.

#4 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-03-31 08:24 AM | Reply

Trump views his Presidential statements as managing the panic of the people

#4 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-03-31

I'm told that every firearm for sale in every pawn shop where I live has been purchased.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-31 08:29 AM | Reply

"Trump views his Presidential statements as managing the panic of the people"

The president then dropped an odd claim: "I don't want panic in the country. I could cause panic much better than even you. I would make you look like a minor league player. But you know what? I don't want to do that. I want to have our country be calm and strong and fight and win and it will go away."

www.mediaite.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-31 08:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"That said, he could totally be FOS too."

I hope the hell he isn't still trying to keep the number of cases down in order to make himself look good.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-31 08:35 AM | Reply

The president then dropped an odd claim: "I don't want panic in the country. I could cause panic much better than even you. I would make you look like a minor league player"

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

Nothing odd about it. Trump feels at his best when he's jerking chains. It's part of his need for attention and power and part of his MENTAL ILLNESS.

He's already done big things to create panic, like suddenly threatening New York with quarantine. Then just as suddenly there was no quarantine.

Did you notice Trump jerking chains there? Twenty-seven million people did.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-31 08:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

That was a very creepy sociopathic thing to say on Trump's part.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-31 08:43 AM | Reply

testing is important because half the people tested in Vo, Italy and Iceland, the only two places to test all the population, tested positive and showed no symptoms.

Everyone, every last person, needs to behave as though they are contagious when out in public. This needs to be done until a test can be implemented that will clear you, indicate if you've had it already (antigen), and are now immune.

The goal in the above case is to get immune and non-communicable persons back to work ASAP.

It just feels like Trump isn't quite getting the big picture. Not to mention he's a liar.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-31 08:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Everyone, every last person, needs to behave as though they are contagious when out in public."

And I would think that should include New Yorkers who are dealing with this crisis.

But unfortunately not.....

nypost.com

"It just feels like Trump isn't quite getting the big picture."

I didn't realize so many New Yorkers listened to him.....

Bunch of ------- -------

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2020-03-31 09:04 AM | Reply

"It goes on and on - the transcripts for the past 2 weeks are replete with questions about testing, enough test kits, etc."

This is one of those times where Trump answers a question that wasn't asked, or interprets an ambiguously worded part of that question in a way that serves his purposes. Has anybody asked him about testing? Of course they have, you are right to point out the transcripts that prove it. But I think the way he was answering had nothing to do with journalists asking him anything, but with his staff/team asking him about it, because we're so far beyond where discussions about tests are most helpful. Now we're in crisis management mode, where isolation is the number one concern of the day.

#12 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-03-31 09:08 AM | Reply

"testing is important because half the people tested in Vo, Italy and Iceland, the only two places to test all the population, tested positive and showed no symptoms."

Sure, but until we have the capability to test everyone and actually do test everyone, isolation and social distancing is the only course of action.

#13 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-03-31 09:12 AM | Reply

"I didn't realize so many New Yorkers listened to him..... Bunch of ------- -------"

Last weekend a guy two floors above me threw a party. But the streets really are a ghost town. Unless you institue marshall law there's going to be people wherever you go who are too ignorant, too stupid, or too in denial that they think it's okay to congregate. They probably think that as long as everybody else shelters in place it's okay that they don't.

#14 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-03-31 09:22 AM | Reply

#14 - exactly right, Hagbard.

Like pastors that hold church services and funerals, the latter who shook everyone's hands at the funeral and then promptly died taking others with him and infecting half those at the funeral.

Stupid does' have a political party - though arrogant, in your face defiance yelling "hoax!" does. And they have a "news" network to support them with Hannity and Dr. Oz (though Trish Reagan's gone, at least).

And there are the oblivious and the invincibles. The morons that walk right up to you in a grocery store to get an item.

#16 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-31 09:30 AM | Reply

-They probably think that as long as everybody else shelters in place it's okay that they don't.

Exactly.

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2020-03-31 09:32 AM | Reply

Trump's Administration said, weeks ago now, that there would be 27,000,000 tests available by the end of March. Flat out.
The number of tests available 956,000 people have been tested, if you can believe that number, as of today, March 31st, from the COVID-19 site.

Nothing but lies from this Administration.

#19 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-31 10:15 AM | Reply

Testing is the most important thing we could do to get a handle on this epidemic. We have been defending ourselves with all the radars off. Turn the virus radar on (testing) so we can know where the damn enemy is.

Trumpy is not a very good war President. I want to help fight the enemy but don't know where to shoot. So we have to hide in our homes.

Trumpy sucks at Presidenting.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-31 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

vure, but until we have the capability to test everyone and actually do test everyone, isolation and social distancing is the only course of action.

Given. My main point was you can't rule out those that are asymptomatic.

#21 | Posted by YAV at 2020-03-31 12:28 PM | Reply

'That's just not true.' GOP Gov. Hogan contradicts Trump claim that testing problems are fixed

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Tuesday on NPR's Morning Edition that President Donald Trump was incorrect in saying coronavirus testing problems had been resolved.

"Yeah, that's just not true. I mean I know that they've taken some steps to create new tests, but they're not actually produced and distributed out to the states." Hogan said, when host Rachel Martin asked him about Trump's assertions. "No state has enough testing."

www.msn.com

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-31 03:07 PM | Reply

"Trump: No One Has Asked Me About Test Kits in Weeks"

He has
The Best People
to insulate him from those meaningless distractions.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 05:49 PM | Reply

Besides, Trump has more important thing to do, like gutting the EPA clean air and clean water standards, as he continues to remove that last vestiges of the Obama years.

However, the current situation with COVID-19 will soon be exposing, as more and more people end-up having to be treated for the virus, even if it doesn't lead to hospitalization, the gaps that America has in the insurance coverage of the general population, particularly in those states which are NOT participating in the Medicaid expansion program, which was part of the ACA (AKA, Obamacare), most of which are states controlled by Republican legislatures and/or Governors. This is where the consequences, in terms of the aftermath of this virus, will be felt the most and where in the end, the most tax dollars will have to be spent to repair the damage, not just medical, but financial as well. Now if we had had a 100% implementation of the ACA programs for the states, or worse yet, if the ACA had actually provided for some sort of universal healthcare system, the future might have been very different.

OCU

#24 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-31 06:12 PM | Reply

You voted thus!

Smile.

#25 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-03-31 07:45 PM | Reply

So long as our workforce are encountering people that are not local we will be continually become potentially re-exposed. It might be wise to limit your workforce to a certain mile radius, otherwise testing must be continual, imo.

Surely Trump must realize we will require this type of ongoing testing?! How could he not expect this from every person he encounters in every meeting every time!? Who isn't approaching him with this information and how can you claim that no one has? Unless, he is of course lying.

#26 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-04-02 08:59 AM | Reply

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