Rasmussen Reports, the GOP-friendly pollster frequently cited by President Donald Trump, is showing that the president's approval rating fell by five points just one day after his widely panned press conference outlining his response to the coronavirus crisis. According to its latest poll, approval of Trump's job performance dropped from 52 percent to 47 percent in just one day, and the pollster tells the Washington Examiner that continuing bad news about coronavirus is to blame. Rasmussen Reports tweeted out the Examiner's coverage of its poll and quoted the headline: "Trump approval rating catches the flu, crashes overnight."
Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov asserted on Thursday that Vice President Mike Pence is the wrong person to be in charge of fighting the coronavirus. "There are deep concerns about putting Mike Pence at least quasi-in charge," Tarlov told a Fox News panel. "He oversaw an HIV outbreak in Indiana. Instead of going with science and dealing with needle exchanges, he went after Planned Parenthood and people got sick there because of it." "Mike Pence is not a scientist, he's not a doctor, he's not someone who believes really in science," she continued. "And I don't believe that he should be in charge of this of anywhere near the forefront and that is a big concern."
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney criticized the news media for refusing to cover what he described as Donald Trump's loving relationship with his 13-year-old son, Barron, the New York Times reports. "He said Mr. Trump is in frequent contact with his youngest son, calling to check in on him and let him know of his whereabouts. But, Mr. Mulvaney said, the press would never show you that because it doesn't fit that image of him, the press wants him to be this terrible monster.'"
Fox News talking head and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) speculated Thursday that Democrats' hatred of President Donald Trump was so extreme they would hold it against him even if Trump ... sucked coronavirus out of the lungs of everyone with the virus. On Fox News' "Ingraham Angle" Thursday, Huckabee got pretty intimate. "He could personally suck the virus out of every one of the 60,000 people in the world and suck it out of their lungs, swim to the bottom of the ocean and spit it out, and he would be accused of pollution for messing up the ocean, if he did that," Huckabee said. "There is nothing this President can do that will ever satisfy the people who hate him more than they hate the coronavirus."
Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear, according to a whistleblower complaint. read more