NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. " During a raucous rally here Friday on the eve of the state's Democratic primary, President Trump brushed off the nation's rising concerns about the coronavirus, declaring that "confidence is surging" in the economy, despite the stock market having just suffered its worst week of losses since 2008. He accused Democrats of "politicizing" the growing public health crisis " but even as he outlined his administration's response, including the creation this week of a new coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump suggested that the crisis over the outbreak is just the latest attempt by Democrats, frustrated that he's withstood the special counsel probe and impeachment, to take him down. "This is their new hoax," Trump said. read more
Vice President Mike Pence will take charge of the US response to the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump announced today. "Mike is not a czar," Trump said. "I don't view Mike as a czar." Pence is not a public health expert, either. Instead, as governor of Indiana, he slashed public health spending and delayed the introduction of needle exchanges, which led to the state's worst outbreak of HIV. He takes over from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar who has been heading the White House coronavirus task force since the beginning of January. Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves, who conducted the research linking the Indiana HIV outbreak to Pence's policies, tweeted that the decision "speaks to a lack of seriousness by the White House."
Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over coronavirus fears just months ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, as the Middle East recorded more than 220 confirmed cases. The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia prevents foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world's 1.8 billion Muslims pray towards five times a day. It also said travel was suspended to Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina. read more
If this field remains splintered, the Democrats will soon find it's Sanders or nobody: Either Sanders wins the nomination outright or comes close enough that his angry supporters torpedo the nominee, assuring Trump's victory. If Tuesday night's dynamic holds, Democrats are on their way to opposing Trump with a 78-year-old socialist who recently suffered a heart attack, who has had nice things to say about nasty regimes around the word, and who has a $60 trillion spending plan without the means to pay for it.
You might think it's not too big of an ask to see comprehensive medical records from Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 78-year-old potential president who suffered from a heart attack just months ago, especially as he promised "full disclosure" of his medical history in an interview last year. read more