A video created by Priorities USA Action, a PAC that has supported Democratic presidential candidates, showed a chart of coronavirus cases that rose as Trump's past comments downplaying the virus played in the background. read more
As America became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump downplayed the escalating national crisis.
His comments at Thursday's afternoon briefing underscored the growing duality of the fight: While the President is telling a tale of great successes, of a government powerfully mobilizing, front-line health care workers are facing gruesome scenes in hospitals in a growing number of hot spots.
April 15-First US case of H1N1 detected April 25-WHO declares public health emergency April 26-US declares public health emergency and releases antiviral drugs from national stockpile April 28-FDA approves CDC test for H1N1; CDC releases guidelines recommending school closures May 1-CDC H1N1 tests ship June 11-WHO declares H1N1 a pandemic; CDC holds press conference July 22-clinical testing of H1N1 vaccine begins September 15-FDA approves vaccine October 5-first doses of H1N1 vaccine administered in US Late December-vaccination open to anybody who wants it You can continue reading the further response in 2010 if you'd like, but I think the point is clear. Obama did not did f--- up the H1N1 response. Trump is not doing a better job. Ten days went by from first case to emergency declaration and mobilization of US agencies. In less than a month tests were approved, produced and shipped for disease monitoring and public health experts. It took 2 months for Trump do some part of that.
The COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.
"This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Eight countries " including the U.S. " are now each reporting more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19, caused by the virus that has infected more than 120,000 people worldwide.
During his Fox News town hall on Thursday night, President Donald Trump said he planned to propose cuts to government benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security in his second term. The White House spent the hours that followed trying to walk those comments back.
Trump's remarks came in the context of a discussion about the national debt, which has ballooned to historic levels under his presidency despite his 2016 campaign promise to eliminate it entirely. After Trump claimed that cutting the debt would be a focus of his second term, host Martha MacCallum pointed out that "if you don't cut something in entitlements, you'll never really deal with the debt."
But before "you'll never really deal with the debt" even escaped MacCallum's lips, Trump interjected to agree with the first part of her statement " that cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare will be necessary to get the debt under control. read more