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Dr. Fauci: Please Physically Distance Yourself, "We Are Struggling To Get Virus Under Control"

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:56
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the president's coronavirus task force, told CBS's "Face the Nation" that the mitigation quarantine strategy is working, the death toll will continue to rise for a short period of time. "I will not say we have it under control, we are struggling to get it under control," Fauci said. He said the data in the next few weeks would be "shocking to some," but asked Americans to "continue to do the physical separation because we've got to get through this week that's coming up." "Every time I get to that podium in the White House briefing room, I plead with people to take a look at those very simple guidelines of physical separation," he said. "Physically separate. Six feet away. Ten people in a crowd. Avoid movies, theaters, sports events, even in areas where you're not having a big explosion of cases, to the best of your ability, do that."

She Reported She Was Raped By Her Step-Son’s Kidnapper. It Turns Out She Actually Killed The Boy.

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:41

It was January 27 when 11-year-old Gannon Stauch disappeared from his Colorado Springs home. He missed school that day, and his stepmother, Letecia Stauch, reported him missing shortly before 7 p.m. that night

Letecia’s story about what happened the day Gannon disappeared kept changing, and despite her interviews with the media where she denied she had anything to do with the little boy’s disappearance, she was arrested a month after she reported him missing and charged with his murder.

Letecia initially said that Gannon left their home around 3:15 p.m. on the day he disappeared to walk to his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come home for two hours, she reported him missing, The Daily Beast reported. A neighbor would later tell police his home-security video showed Letecia and Gannon leaving their family home that morning and Letecia returning home alone hours later.

Two days after she reported Gannon missing, Letecia told investigators that a man named Eguardo held her at gunpoint, raped her, and apparently hit her on the head so she blacked out the day Gannon disappeared, according to an arrest affidavit first reported by CBS Denver. She suggested this same man abducted Gannon. On the day Leticia made this new claim, she was two hours late to meet with investigators and brought written notes. Investigators asked Leticia to take a sexual assault forensic exam, but she refused. Surveillance video from a neighbor also showed no one entering the Stauch home at the time she claimed to have been attacked. More from CBS Denver:

Between Jan. 25-28, investigators determined Letecia viewed websites associated with searching for a job in Florida and California. Letecia’s Google search history on Jan. 25 includes, “I’m over doing all the work for my step kids and their mom doesn’t help,” and “one day people will wish they treated you differently.”

On her cell phone, investigators said Letecia searched, “are there any free money to move away from bad situation.” On the morning of Jan. 27, investigators said Letecia searched on Google, “my son burned the carpet how do I fix it?”

In her discussion with Al [Gannon’s father], Letecia, without prompt, provided explanations for why blood would be found on Gannon’s bedroom wall along with an alibi for why she was in the area where the particleboard was recovered. Investigators said information about blood evidence in the home and on the particleboard had not been released publicly at that time.

A search of court records in North Carolina reveals Letecia has a criminal past. Investigators said she was convicted after a trial for communicating threats, a misdemeanor. She was also sentenced to 45 days confinement and 18 months of probation for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Al Stauch is a member of the National Guard and was deployed between January 25 and 28.

Leticia also gave investigators reasons why Gannon’s blood would be found in the home and garage, saying he cut his foot in the garage on Al’s woodworking tools.

In reality, police wrote in their affidavit, it is believed that hours before she reported him missing, Leticia killed Gannon in his bedroom, stuffed his body into her car, and then waited until the next morning to dump his body off the side of a highway. His remains were found on March 18 – after Leticia was arrested and charged with his murder – under an overpass in Florida, though police are unsure how he ended up there.

At a press conference announcing the charges against Leticia, Al and Gannon’s biological mother, Landen Hiott, expressed a desire for justice to be served.

“Justice will be served because my boy does not deserve this,” Hiott said, according to The Daily Beast. “She will pay 100 percent for this thing that she did,” Hiott added, “because I want to live on this Earth knowing that justice will be served for my little boy.”

Al read a statement during the press conference that said:  “The person who committed this heinous, horrible crime is one that I gave more to anyone else on this planet, and that is a burden that I will carry with me for a very long time.”

Biden: We Need Data On How Coronavirus Is Hurting African Americans And Minority Communities

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:31
During an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Joe Biden suggested that President Trump needs to do more to combat the coronavirus pandemic, including opening enrollment for Obamacare early and doing research to find out why the virus is impacting African-Americans disproportionately. STEPHANOPOULOS: And your campaign videos have been quite tough on the president. You say his failures, his incompetence are going to cost lives. Is that what's happening now? BIDEN: Well, look, what I have been saying is that he's moving too slow. The virus is not his fault, but the response is his responsibility. Look, there are a few things he can do -- he can immediately fully implement the Defense Production Act, which I and many others called for a long time ago. And he's just getting underway with it. There's still no Defense supply -- Production Act for gloves, masks, all the things first responders need. We should create a bank defense production act. We have got to get those small business loans out. You saw what American Express did -- I mean, excuse me, Bank of America did. They came out and said unless you already have loans with us, unless you already have worked with us, unless you have a credit card with us we're not going to -- even though they're government-guaranteed loans, we're not going to process those loans. We have got to save jobs. We've got to save people's businesses. And they have to exponentially ramp up testing. We have been talking about 4 million tests are going to be available. Look where is all this -- where is it? What's being done? You've got to open up enrollment for Obamacare. A lot of people don't have insurance. This president is trying to take away Obamacare across the board, which will leave people naked to this problem that we're facing. And we have to finally get some data how this Coronavirus is really hurting African-Americans and minority communities. These are things that should be done now, but you need a supply commander in charge of it all. And right out of the White House, right out -- in direct response to the president so we know where to get what we have to get and get it quickly.

Pandemic in Belgium: Government incinerated 63 million masks in order to make room for Muslim migrants

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:30

Sick. Leftism is deadly.

Pandemic preparations in Belgium: Government incinerated 63 million masks in order to make room for Muslim migrants

What could possibly have gone wrong? We have not yet seen anything close to the full extent of the damage, and not just from the coronavirus.

“Incinerate 63 million masks to ‘make room’?!,” translated from “Incinérer 63 millions de masques pour ‘faire de la place’?!,” by Drieu Godefridi, Dreuz Info, April 5, 2020 (thanks to David):

“To govern is to foresee”: never since 1945, the news had reminded us so well of the truth of this apothegm.

Since the beginning of the Wuhan virus crisis, the Belgian federal government has struggled in the worst difficulties to obtain protective masks, not only for ordinary people, but for those doctors, nurses, staff hospitals and law enforcement officials who are, every day, and in a fairly heroic way we dare say, on the front line.

The virulence of the pandemic surprised the best experts. However, in principle, the resurgence of pandemics of this type, since the dawn of time, is as certain as the movement of the planets. This pandemic was therefore predictable in a strict and literal sense, and this is the reason that normally prudent governments stockpiled masks – often in insufficient number, but which had the merit of their precious existence at the beginning of this crisis.

How to explain the total absence of masks in Belgium at the start of the crisis? Why have our “rulers” proved to be much less far-sighted than the others?

In fact, until 2015, the Belgian federal government had proved remarkably forward-looking, because Belgium had built up a strategic stock of 63 million masks – 1,200 pallets carefully stored and guarded by the army in the Belgrade barracks (Namur).

63 million masks! Enough to equip the entire population within 48 hours of the occurrence of the problem, with direct, immediate and drastic effects on the spread of the disease in Belgium. With these 63 million masks, even “outdated” for some – the elastic sometimes loosens after a few years, nothing irremediable – Belgium could have given itself the “lead” in Europe and supply our less well-equipped neighbors.

The problem is that in 2015, Charles Michel’s federal government decided to incinerate these 63 million masks. Why? According to information published yesterday by Het Nieuwsblad, La Meuse, La Capitale, Sudinfo and La Nouvelle Gazette, 63 million masks were incinerated – the entire strategic stock of Belgium – to “make room” (sic) and house refugees.

Let’s not mix it all up: there is no question of mixing up the questions of masks and refugees here and stirring up the slightest hostility towards candidates for refugee status. It’s not these asylum seekers who burned a single mask.

Full responsibility lies with the head of the federal government and the ministers concerned. If the facts are proven – they seem to be, the Red Cross is quoted by the press organs – the responsibility of the ministers involved and of the State is engaged on the moral level and on the political level, but first and above all on the criminal level.

Not content with incinerating the strategic stock, the federal government decided not to replace it: from 63 million masks, Belgium thus went to zero. The last masks were burned at the end of 2018, exactly one year before the Wuhan virus was born.

To govern is to plan. When we exercise responsibilities, we must assume them.

Each member of the nursing staff poisoned by this virus, by default of the most basic protection – the mask – is justified in seeking the civil and criminal responsibility of the ministers involved and of the State before the courts.

China Appointed To UN Human Rights Panel To Help Identify Threats To Free Speech

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:21

Even as questions persist as to how China handled its own coronavirus pandemic — including whether the Chinese government effectively silenced doctors and nurses who spoke out in the early days of the virus’ spread — the United Nations has reportedly appointed China to serve on a UN Human Rights panel designed to help identify threats to the freedom of speech, and governments who are carrying out “enforced disappearances” and “arbitrary detention.”

International news reports that China’s appointment came Wednesday, just as countries like the United States began to probe deeper into how the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was allowed to spread so quickly inside mainland China, and whether China’s reported death count — just over 2,500 — from the virus was, indeed, accurate.

It now seems, according to reports cataloging the return of thousands of cremated remaisn to families in and around Wuhan, China, the coronavirus epicenter, that more than 40,000 likely died from the virus in the Wuhan area alone.

The UN, always on the cutting edge of global matters will allow China to “have a say in selecting at least 17 UN human rights ‘mandate-holders’ over the next year. China will also assist in screening candidates for UN human rights positions.”

“It’s absurd and immoral for the UN to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide,” the executive director of UN Watch, which first reported China’s appointment to the panel, told media in a statement. “Allowing China’s oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief.”

The appointment seems particularly egregious in light of China’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic and reports that the Chinese government, already well known for curbing the freedom of speech of its constituents as well as their access to vital information, silenced doctors who raised the alarm on coronavirus.

The New York Times reported in early February that “Chinese officials’ initial handling of the coronavirus epidemic allowed it to spread.”

“Back in December, weeks before China admitted the outbreak, Dr. Li Wenliang sent a warning about seven people with a ‘mysterious illness’ to an online chat group that included medical students,” per the NYT. “‘Quarantined in the emergency department,’ the doctor wrote to the group. Hours later, officials from the health department summoned the doctor and sanctioned him for sharing information. He was then compelled to sign a statement of secrecy and told his warning constituted ‘illegal behavior.'”

“In those weeks, the authorities silenced doctors and others for raising red flags,” the NYT adds. “They played down the dangers to the public, leaving the city’s 11 million residents unaware they should protect themselves.”

As for “arbitrary detention,” in the weeks and months before China suffered the first coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese government was being investigated for a series of “concentration camps,” where millions of ethnically-Chinese Muslims, known as Uigurs, were reportedly being kept in cramped, unsafe conditions and forced to work as slaves in Chinese factories.

Jake Tapper To Trump: This Requires A Plan, Do You Have One?

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:19
CNN's Jake Tapper poses the question to President Donald Trump - what is the plan to handle the coronavirus pandemic? TAPPER: If I can take a moment I would like to speak directly to one person known to watch this show or at least clips of this show President Trump. Mr. President I know you, like millions of Americans, are eager to have the nation go back to some semblance of normal. One of the questions the American people need answered for that to happen responsibly, what's the plan? Is there a plan for wide spread testing of every American so as to isolate the virus, the way other countries have done? When will there be enough tests for that to happen? How will they be administered? Who will pay for the tests and the results? Who will notify us as to whether we've tested positive or not? And what to do then? Is there a plan to make sure doctors and nurses and healthcare professionals finally are able to get the personal protective equipment, or PPE, that they need? Those healthcare workers are quite literally dying while they try to protect our society and save lives and they're begging for PPE. They don't need to be told that their governors or their hospital directors are doing anything wrong by trying to get those supplies to protect their lives while they to save our lives. They need to know that there's a plan to get them the supplies they need. Governors and mayors right now are literally bidding against each other and against the Federal Government to try to get these supplies. This is escalating the prices and causing confusion and unnecessary bidding competition. Is there a plan to stop that? What is it? What about ventilators? New York City Mayor de Blasio said today would be the day his city could run out. Governor Edwards said his city -- or state could run out on Thursday. Is there a plan to expedite the manufacturer of ventilators? It's still not clear whether you have fully utilized the Defense Production Act. Have you? Are any companies being compelled by the U.S. Government to make ventilators? And when will they be made? When can hospitals get them? What about the cotton masks that the CDC is now suggesting that we all wear when we leave our homes? Is someone manufacturing them? How can we get them? Is there a plan? Please Mr. President the American people they need answers to these questions. They are less interested in your popularity on Facebook. Thousands of Americans are in mourning. They're horrified when you make leering illusions to your history with models while discussing projection models of mass American deaths. Attacking governors and mayors and journalists for asking questions, that might please your fans, it doesn't save one life. This is not about winning a news cycle on Fox. Please. The American people right now need someone to explain what is going to be done to get us out of this. It's a moment that requires leadership, it requires honest information, it requires empathy, and it requires a plan. Do you have one?

New York Woman Arrested for Not Socially Distancing — Then Thrown into Jail Holding Cell with Two Dozen Women

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:05

A woman was jailed in Brooklyn over the weekend for violating the social distancing rules.

The woman and her boyfriend were arrested and she spent the next 36 hours in jail with two dozen women.

A woman was arrested for failing to socially distance. She spent the next 36 hours packed in a cell with two dozen other women. https://t.co/JoaOBRoRFZ

— Alice Speri (@alicesperi) April 3, 2020

Diana West weighed in.

In the dumb, brute #CoronaWorldOrder, the rights of free people are nullified to keep us "safe" (but not really). Brilliant. https://t.co/GctSj2idWy

— Diana West (@diana_west_) April 5, 2020

A fellow New Yorker snitched on them.

Via The Intercept.

NEW YORK CITY police officers arrested three people in Brooklyn over the weekend after they allegedly “failed to maintain social distancing,” court documents reviewed by The Intercept show. The three individuals appear to be among the first in the city to be arrested over the Covid-19 mitigation measures — despite city officials promising that those disregarding the lockdown would face fines at most. Violating social distancing is not a crime per se, but each of the individuals arrested was charged with obstructing governmental administration, unlawful assembly, and disorderly conduct.

In a criminal complaint, police claim an informant observed a group of about 25 people “hanging out” in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood last Friday night and that the defendants “refused to leave the location and disperse” despite the informant repeatedly asking them to do so. But one of those arrested, a 37-year-old woman, disputed the facts described in the complaint, telling The Intercept that she had been in a parking lot with her boyfriend, who was also arrested, when she saw a group of people nearby dispersing into the street apparently after police ordered them to do so.

The woman, who asked not to be named because the charges against her remain pending, told The Intercept that a large group of officers, wearing no masks, approached her and her boyfriend and told them it was “time to leave,” then proceeded to grab her boyfriend before they could do so. The interaction quickly escalated and officers pepper-sprayed two people as a crowd gathered to watch what was happening. “They actually brought the crowd inside that parking lot once they started bothering me,” she said.

The woman was taken to the local precinct and then to central booking, where she shared a cell with two dozen other women for the next 36 hours. Only women who already had masks when they were arrested were allowed to keep them. There was no soap and the cell was dirty, but at one point an officer went around distributing drops of hand sanitizer to the women held there.

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Israel to Help Christians Share ‘Holy Fire’ Rituals amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:00

On Palm Sunday, Christians commence Holy Week, to culminate on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. To our Christian readers, we wish you a safe and holy holiday. The corona crisis heightens the significance of the message these holy days bring.

Christians around the world are celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (which we usually call “Palm Sunday,” because the crowd welcomed Him by spreading palm branches in His path). Those who greeted Him were convinced He was the Messiah (or “anointed one”), sent by God to establish His Kingdom on earth. (more from Billy Graham here.)

Israel to Help Christians Share Holy Rituals amid Coronavirus Pandemic

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.

Each year, thousands of worshippers flock to Jerusalem’s Old City and pack into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher — built on the site where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected — for the pre-Easter ceremony.

Top Eastern Orthodox clerics enter the Edicule, the small chamber marking the site of Jesus’ tomb, and exit with candles said to be miraculously lit with “holy fire” as a message to the faithful. The flame is normally shared with candle-holding pilgrims and even sent in special containers to Orthodox Christian communities around the world.

Details of the flame’s source are a closely guarded secret.

Due to a ban on large public gatherings this year because of the virus pandemic, Israeli officials say the April 18 ceremony will be limited to about 10 religious leaders from various Orthodox denominations. They have also developed a creative way to deliver the flame to overseas communities.

Palestinian Christians take part in the Holy Fire ceremony a day before Orthodox Easter in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, April 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Because anyone entering Israel must go into quarantine, foreign dignitaries coming to pick up the flame will receive it on their plane and immediately return home.

The coronavirus causes mild to moderate symptoms in most patients, who recover within a few weeks. But it is highly contagious and can be spread by people showing no symptoms. It can cause serious illness and death in some patients, particularly the elderly and those with underlying health issues.

Israel has reported more than 7,000 confirmed cases and at least 36 deaths.

Akiva Tor, who heads the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s department for world religions, said the arrangement has been discussed with local church leaders and coordinated with several foreign countries with large Orthodox populations, including Greece, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Tor said church officials have been understanding. “We have the same goal in mind, which is to enable the continuation of this miraculous event while being respectful of the medical emergency which is taking place,” he said.

Trump: Next Few Weeks Will Be "Horrendous," "Like We Haven't Seen In This Country"

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:59
President Trump issued a warning Saturday that the next few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic will be "horrendous," with death toll numbers "like we haven't seen in this country." "What can you say? I mean, I don't think we've seen a time like this in the country." "We're coming to a time that's going to be very horrendous, probably a time like we haven't seen in this country," he said. "We're getting to that point where it's going to be really some very bad numbers." "But unfortunately, we're getting to that time when the numbers are going to peek at it's not going to be a good-looking situation. I really believe we probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers. Maybe during the war during a world war, a World War One or Two or something, but this is a war all unto itself and it's a terrible thing." PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I'm sure that, you know, that all of us are going to be working very hard. We're working very hard. We are really coming up into a time that's going to be very horrendous. Probably a time like we haven't seen in this country. When you say? I mean, I don't think we've seen a time like this in the country. And we're getting to that point where it's going to really be some very bad numbers. We want to keep those numbers a lot lower than they would've been and we will do that. We have tremendous talent working. We have tremendous people, and that includes governors, that includes everybody. Everybody's working. But unfortunately, we're getting to that time when the numbers are going to peek at it's not going to be a good-looking situation. I really believe we probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers. Maybe during the war during a world war, a World War One or Two or something, but this is a war all unto itself and it's a terrible thing. We will be seeing you soon, will keep you totally abreast. We're also going to be releasing new ventilator numbers because we have a lot of them coming and a lot of them going to different locations and we appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Trump: Joe Biden Doesn't Write His Own Tweets, "Done By A Democrat Operative"

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:55
President Trump responds to Joe Biden saying that he has failed to prepare America for the coronavirus outbreak: QUESTION: Joe Biden actually just attacked you in a tweet. I don't know if you have seen it. TRUMP: He just what? QUESTION: Attacked you. He just said--make TRUMP: He didn't write anything. Look he has people, he has professionals from the Democrats riding. QUESTION: Mr. President let me just read what he said. He said, "Donald Trump is not responsible for the coronavirus, but he is responsible for failing to prepare our nation to respond to it." How do you respond to that, sir? TRUMP: He didn't write that. That was done by a Democrat operative. He doesn't write--make a doesn't--he is probably not even watching right now and if he is he doesn't understand what he is watching. Just so you understand it was very nice what they wrote and I don't know you know they released it is a strange time, sort of a strange time to release something like that but he admitted I was right and if you read the Federalist story which most of you won't because you don't want to but you would learn something because it goes to a chart, times. I was early. Dr. Fauci I think--I don't think he's changed his mind but he said it was a very important step when we stopped China from coming in from the specific area that was heavily infected. We would have a whole different thing right now. So I don't really know what Joe Biden said. I don't really care and again I see every once in a while, I will say something I will make a speech and then it will be critiqued, and I will get this beautiful brilliant critique. Joe Biden didn't write that. Joe Biden didn't write that. He wished he did but he didn't. Go ahead please in the back.

President Trump Tweets Support For Second Coronavirus Task Force To Reopen Economy

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:44

President Donald Trump tweeted his support Saturday for a second coronavirus team, this one charged with laying out a plan for the country to ease out of the coronavirus-related shutdown and return to full economic power.

Fox News’ Dana Perino suggested the second task force on Twitter on Friday.

‘I think we need a 2nd task force assembled at direction of POTUS to look ahead to reopening of the economy,” the host said. “Made up of a nonpartisan/bipartisan mix of experts across industry sectors, so that we have their recommendations & plan – let 1st taskforce focus on crisis at the moment.”

Trump added, approvingly, “Good idea Dana!”

At a press conference Saturday, Trump expanded on his possible support for the project.

“Thinking about it, getting a group of people and we have to open our country,” he told reporters, per CNN. “You know, I had an expression, the cure can’t be worse than the problem itself. Right? I started by saying that and I continue to say it. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. We got to get our country open.”

The president, aware of how deeply the state-mandated shutdowns and “social distancing” guidelines have impacted the American economy, has said repeatedly that he believes Americans should return to work sooner than later, and that some difficult decisions may have to be made, weighing the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections against long-term economic damage.

Already, a record 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment and that number is expected to grow as the coronavirus shutdowns wear on. Millions more Americans are facing slowdowns, pay cuts, and business closures. The jobless rate has climbed an incredible 3,000% since the start of April. Restaurants and entertainment establishments are at a particular risk, with nearly 25% expected to shut their doors permanently because of “shelter in place” orders.

The White House hasn’t laid out any specifics of how they plan to help Americans return to work, but CNN reports that officials are considering a “phased system based on age or geographic location,” as well as a system “that targets specific types of workers to return to work, including people who drive themselves and don’t work in large groups.”

President Trump has, of course, ruled out any official policy on reopening the country, preferring to allow the current stay-at-home order, which runs through April 30th, near its end before making any further decisions.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been adamant that the White House remain flexible on even the current end date, telling a press conference Saturday that social distancing is so beneficial to slowing the spread of coronavirus that it needs to continue.

“Viruses transmit from people to people. When people are separated from each other the virus does not transmit — it doesn’t go anywhere and that’s the reason why something as simple as the physical separation … that’s our most important tool,” Fauci said. “But this is what we have to do. As sobering and as difficult as this is, what we are doing is making a difference so we really need to continue to do that.”

Biden to Trump on Coronavirus: "Follow The Science, Listen To The Experts, Do What They Tell You"

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:41
During an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week," presidential candidate Joe Biden said that he would follow the CDC's new recommendation to wear a mask when in public and urged President Trump to do the same. "I think it's important to follow the science. Listen to the experts. Do what they tell you," Biden said. "I don't think I'm going to be doing it," President Trump said Friday. "Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens; I just don't see it." "He may not like how he looks in a mask, but the truth of the matter is that, follow the science. That's what they're telling us," Biden said Sunday. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And what we've seen also these new guidelines from the CDC saying that they believe the public now should wear masks in public. President Trump said he doesn't want to do it. He's not going to do it, but several other leading politicians are. When you go in public going forward, will you be wearing a mask? JOE BIDEN: Yes. Look, I think it's important to follow the science, listen to the experts, do what they tell you. It's, you know, you may not look -- he may not like how he looks in a mask, but the truth of the matter is that follow the science, that's what they're telling us. So, if I go out in public, and I have not gone to commercial places of late. I haven't gone to my local church, et cetera, there are no services actually, but my generic point is that you should follow the science. STEPHANOPOULOS: And your campaign videos have been quite tough on the president. You say his failures, his incompetence are going to cost lives. Is that what's happening now? BIDEN: Well, look, what I have been saying is that he's moving too slow. The virus is not his fault, but the response is his responsibility. Look, there are a few things he can do -- he can immediately fully implement the Defense Production Act, which I and many others called for a long time ago. And he's just getting underway with it. There's still no Defense supply -- Production Act for gloves, masks, all the things first responders need. We should create a bank defense production act. We have got to get those small business loans out. You saw what American Express did -- I mean, excuse me, Bank of America did. They came out and said unless you already have loans with us, unless you already have worked with us, unless you have a credit card with us we're not going to -- even though they're government-guaranteed loans, we're not going to process those loans. We have got to save jobs. We've got to save people's businesses. And they have to exponentially ramp up testing. We have been talking about 4 million tests are going to be available. Look where is all this -- where is it? What's being done? You've got to open up enrollment for Obamacare. A lot of people don't have insurance. This president is trying to take away Obamacare across the board, which will leave people naked to this problem that we're facing. And we have to finally get some data how this Coronavirus is really hurting African-Americans and minority communities. These are things that should be done now, but you need a supply commander in charge of it all. And right out of the White House, right out -- in direct response to the president so we know where to get what we have to get and get it quickly.

President Trump’s Greatest Challenge: Humanely Move Country from Mortality Mindset to Economic Thinking

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:38

How will the President get out of this one?  The same way he got out of the other scandalous events to upend his presidency – he will be patient and outsmart everyone in the room.

President Trump is again in a position that no one would envy.  Many thought he was done with the sham Mueller investigation.  Due to his patience and not falling into an ‘obstruction trap‘, the President outsmarted and out lasted the Mueller gang.  Now the pendulum has swung and it is believed that the instigators of the Trump-Russia lie are being investigated by US Attorney John Durham.

The Ukraine scandal was next with the most dishonest Congressmen in US history, Adam Schiff, leading the charge.  Working with the Intel Community’s Inspector General (ICIG), Michael Atkinson, and his former boss, Mary McCord, Schiff’s impeachment saw basement closed door hearings, selective leaks, lies, an updated government form by the ICIG, and a hidden testimony still unreleased from the ICIG.  The impeachment went through but the result was a damning rebuke in the Senate of the dishonest, anti-Trump and anti-American driven Democrat majority in the House.  President Trump’s numbers went up as a result.

The President survived two corrupt attempts to see him unseated. Something had to be done especially with the economy on fire.  Again, nobody saw this coming.  This event came out of the Far East, China, and it is as dangerous politically as the prior efforts to de-throne President Trump.

Like the other events this one was built on lies.  China covered up the coronavirus for weeks and withheld information that might have helped curtail the virus before it became a pandemic.  The estimates of the extent of the coronavirus have been grossly exaggerated, with initial estimates of mortality rates many times that of the flu.  Actual results are turning out much less.

We reported how WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was connected to a terrorist group in Ethiopia and is considered a Chinese Puppet, claimed the China coronavirus was exponentially greater than the flu using fraudulent math:

The Director General of the WHO spoke on March 3, 2020 and shared this related to the coronavirus:

While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.

The problem is his statement was false.  It was not accurate!  The Gateway Pundit reported that the coronavirus fatality rate reported by the media was completely inaccurate and the comparative rate was less than the current seasonal flu – the media was lying again:

N/A – not available

The rate used for the China coronavirus didn’t include any estimate for the number of individuals who have had the virus but who are not counted.  For the seasonal flu, this number is 39 million.  For the coronavirus the number is zero – 0.  This results in the China coronavirus death rate to being multiple times that of the flu, but this is fraudulent.  Clearly, not everyone with the coronavirus has been counted in current reports.  Millions have likely contracted the coronavirus just like the seasonal flu.

Like the prior scandals, the Mainstream media is all in, pushing radical stories of death and hospitals overwhelmed with cases of sick Americans with the virus. 

But citizen journalists are fortunately there to point out the questionable reporting:

For the President to get the economy back on track, he has to move the country from fear of death from the China coronavirus to the desire to get the economy back on track.  Fortunately, most Americans may be already there.  The President can do this by using facts over fiction.

1. Ensure all data related to the coronavirus is available

The CDC is recommending reporting all deaths related to the coronavirus be counted no matter if it is assumed to be the cause of the death or not.  This needs to be reported.

Nearly all (99%) of the deaths to date are with individuals with at least one more pre-exisiting condition.  A material amount of deaths are related to the elderly, those over age 65.  These numbers are similar to the flu.

2. Move Medical Doctors who promote hysteria to lesser roles in daily briefings

Doctors Birx and Fauci both have ties to the Obama Administration and the Clintons.  Birx’s husband worked for Bill Clinton in his White House.  Both individuals have been deeply involved in HIV work and this involves PEPFAR and the Clinton Foundation.  Based on these loyalties, it is prudent to suspect their loyalties.

3. Use data to promote health and recovery

Point out real results of efforts to curb the pandemic.  Compare original estimates to actual results and take pride and credit for lower fatality counts.  Show real numbers related to hospital visits related to the coronavirus.  Compare results to the flu.  All these will indicate its time to get Americans back to work.

Of course the media and the Democrats won’t make things easy for the President but to date he has handled the coronavirus very well. 

The sooner he gets America working again, while ensuring lower fatalities, the better his image in containing the China coronavirus pandemic and chances for a landslide November victory as a result.

 

 

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Washington Post Now Admits Maybe Tom Cotton Was Right To Suspect Coronavirus Outbreak Originated in Chinese Lab

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:26

Way back in January, when Democrats only cared about removing President Donald Trump from office, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was sounding the alarm on the coronavirus, which at that time appeared contained to China.

Cotton kept asking questions about whether China was telling the truth about how the coronavirus outbreak originated.

“We don’t know where it originated, and we have to get to the bottom of that,” Cotton said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” back in mid-February “We also know that just a few miles away from that food market is China’s only biosafety level 4 super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.”

Cotton went on to acknowledge that the U.S. needs more information about how the disease originated in China.

“Now, we don’t have evidence that this disease originated there, but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says,” Cotton said. “And China right now is not giving any evidence on that question at all.”

The Washington Post and other media outlets “fact checked” Cotton’s statements, except they fact checked something Cotton never said. The Post’s fact check consisted of talking to a chemical biology professor at Rutgers University who said, “There’s absolutely nothing in the genome sequence of this virus that indicates the virus was engineered.”

Another professor said it was “highly unlikely” the virus infected the general population due to an accident at China’s super lab, but then also said it was wrong to suggest China intentionally released the disease – again, something Cotton didn’t say.

Cotton responded to the “fact checkers” by saying he didn’t say the coronavirus was bioengineered. He then listed four hypotheses – not theories – about how the virus originated and again said China needed to provide more information. The four hypotheses were: 1) The virus came from natural causes, 2) it was accidentally released from the lab, 3) it was bio-engineered and accidentally released, and 4) it was bio-engineered and deliberately released. He said the third and fourth hypotheses were the least likely. He also listed these after so-called fact checkers claimed he suggested China deliberately released a bioweapon into the world.

Now, in early April, Post columnist David Ignatius begrudgingly accepts that maybe Cotton was right to suggest the coronavirus was accidentally released from the lab that studies the coronavirus. Of course, Ignatius couldn’t say Cotton was right, and instead downplayed Cotton’s early talk of an accidental release by claiming “Cotton’s earlier loose talk about bioweapons set off a furor, back when he first raised it in late January and called the outbreak ‘worse than Chernobyl.’”

Ignatius also worked in a dig at President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan virus,” even though major media outlets – including the Post – were using those terms until the Chinese Communist Party said it was racist to use them.

Ignatius then said “China dished wild, irresponsible allegations of its own,” even though he provided no evidence the U.S. also dished “wild, irresponsible allegations.”

Still, Ignatius finally admitted that “the initial ‘origin story’ — that the virus was spread by people who ate contaminated animals at the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan — is shaky.” He then spoke to the same Rutgers professor from the Post’s earlier fact check who now acknowledged that “the first human infection could have occurred as a natural accident.”

More from Ignatius:

Ebright described a December video from the Wuhan CDC that shows staffers “collecting bat coronaviruses with inadequate [personal protective equipment] and unsafe operational practices.” Separately, I reviewed two Chinese articles, from 2017 and 2019, describing the heroics of Wuhan CDC researcher Tian Junhua, who while capturing bats in a cave “forgot to take protective measures” so that “bat urine dripped from the top of his head like raindrops.”

And then there’s the Chinese study that was curiously withdrawn. In February, a site called ResearchGate published a brief article by Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao from Guangzhou’s South China University of Technology. “In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan. Safety level may need to be reinforced in high risk biohazardous laboratories,” the article concluded. Botao Xiao told the Wall Street Journal in February that he had withdrawn the paper because it “was not supported by direct proofs.”

Yet the Post refused to accept Cotton may have been right to suggest the virus came from that lab that was just down the street from the epicenter of the virus. Instead it used the opportunity to paint the Arkansas senator as a conspiracy theorist.

Bill Gates: "Things Won't Get Back To Normal Until We Have Gotten A Vaccine Out To The Entire World"

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:21
Bill Gates joined "FOX News Sunday" host Chris Wallace today to discuss his accurate prediction five years ago that the most deadly thing in our future would be a virus. Gates said the coronavirus is "a nightmare scenario because human-to-human transmittal respiratory viruses can grow exponentially." "If we had kept on going to work, traveling like we were, you know, that curve would never bend until you had the majority of the people infected and then a massive number seeking hospital care and lots of lots of deaths." "So, you know, we've got to use quarantine, which is an old thing back from the days of the plague as our primary tool," he said. "Fortunately, if we use that well enough, we should, towards the end of this month, start to see those numbers level off. And then if we continue country-wide, and we're testing the right people to understand what's going on, which is not the case yet, those numbers will start to go down. And then we can look at some degree of opening back up." "It is fair to say things won't go back to truly normal until we have a vaccine that we've gotten out to basically the entire world," he added.

'FOX News Sunday' Panel: Inside The Power Struggle In Congress Over Coronavirus Cash

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:16
Chris Wallace hosts Jason Chaffetz, Guy Benson, and Jane Harmon to discuss the wrangling on Capitol Hill about oversight for the trillions in funding Congress has ordered for a coronavirus "rescue program."

NYC Corona Cases: Number of Deaths Dropping, Discharged Patients Up

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:15

Discharge rate is way up.

Cuomo just announced that daily intubations/ICU patients are down by percentage, and discharge rates are up overall.

4,159 deaths so far in NYS.

122,031 postive cases in New York State.

16,479 hospitalized

4,376 ICU patients

4,159 deaths

The @IHME_UW model vs reality for New York State, April 5. The model is less accurate than ever. 69K beds projected, 16.5K actually needed; 12,346 ICU beds projected, 4376 needed. Even better (tho not for the model), overall bed count rose less than 600 statewide – less than 4%. pic.twitter.com/TfjtOQNUtq

— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 5, 2020

UPDATE:

Cuomo: New York may be hitting coronavirus apex as state deaths dip slightly

By Aaron Feis, NY Post, April 5, 2020:

An additional 594 New Yorkers have died from the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday — a still staggering toll, but actually the first daily decline in some time, as hospitalizations also dropped.

By comparison, 630 fatalities were reported Saturday in the worst day yet.

A total of 4,159 New Yorkers have now been lost to the contagion out of 122,031 confirmed cases, said Cuomo, who advised more caution than optimism.

“The coronavirus is truly vicious and effective,” he said in his now-daily Albany press briefing. “It’s an effective killer.”

Speculating as to what could account for the statistical “blip,” Cuomo suggested that New York may now be hitting the disease’s apex, which could be taking the form of a leveling out more than a sharp peak.

“The apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now,” he said, adding the trajectory would be more clear in a few days.

In another possible glimmer of hope, the number of new hospitalizations nearly halved on Sunday, to a level not seen in over a week.

A total of 574 new hospitalizations were reported Sunday, as compared to 1,095 on Saturday — itself a dip from the 1,427 tallied Friday.

The last time that fewer than 600 new hospitalizations were reported was March 22, with 586.

“That’s partially a function of more people being discharged,” he said. “And that’s great news.”

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte: "America And President Trump Once More Have Proven To Be Italy's True And Loyal Friends"

RealClear - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:10
Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte joined Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he spoke about how the coronavirus has impacted his country. Conte said Italy's "response has not been perfect" to the outbreak and now people "are suffering." He also said the pandemic is a "watershed" moment for the future of the European Union, which has largely left member countries to handle the crisis on their own. "We are not writing a handbook of economics. We are writing a book of history," Conte said he told leaders of other E.U. countries. "We also need a sustained economy recovery at a global level because COVID-19 is a global enemy and we will defeat it only through coordinated, bold, united political global response by all world countries," Conte said. CHUCK TODD: Let me simply start by asking how you and your citizens and your own loved ones are handling all this? This has been a very trying time. I know you just lost a bodyguard to this deadly virus. PM GIUSEPPE CONTE: Unfortunately, unfortunately, it was terrible news. But let me say one thing first. We are suffering very much. More than 15,000 Italian lives lost to their dear ones, to our society, to our nation. It's a devastating pain, and in these difficult times I can openly say that American President Trump once more has proven to be Italy's true and loyal friend. I want to thank President Trump who immediately made us feel his support, his presence, and I am very grateful to American people for this. About, about what today is known today as the Italian model, I can say, first of all, since the very beginning of the Italian pandemic, Italy has put public health first and for this reason, we have adopted very strict measures, that you mentioned, and adjusted them to the evolution of the infection. Second, the political choices must be based on scientific evidence. Third, third, it is crucial to implement decisions with full transparency. Our liberal democracy are built on the contract that we have with our own people. And we owe to them truth and transparency in the same way we are to provide them with safety and security. This is the Italian model... CHUCK TODD: It sounds like -- there was a story in the New York Times today that if -- with testing that you're hoping in your country that in order to reopen parts of the economy and reopening parts of the country, that you might be able to have, "Okay, if you have the antibody to the virus, you can work. And if you don't, you have to stay home." Do you think that is in Italy's future? PRIME MINISTER GIUSEPPE CONTE: We will work for that. But in this moment, we are all in the same battle. We are fighting the same powerful and invisible enemy. All countries in the world are hit, and we are all in front line. If an outburst withdraws, the virus will spread again and our efforts and sacrifice would be in vain. For this reason, it's crucial the cohesion and cooperation of our democracies and strategic international collaboration. And it's strategic also that all countries around the world should stop -- Italy strongly supports the appeal made by the secretary general of United Nations for a global ceasefire. It is time for all the parties in conflict, stop fighting each other and unite against an enemy which won't make a difference and will kill them all. CHUCK TODD: Before this pandemic, you had expressed concerns about the future of the European Union. A lot of rise of nationalistic leaders within Europe. In the midst of this pandemic, there are people even more concerned about the future of the EU. Are you worried that more borders are going to go up and more -- every country looking out for themselves, more so than Europe? Are you worried about a future for Europe like that? PRIME MINISTER GIUSEPPE CONTE: We are facing an unprecedented challenge. This year will be a watershed for the future of the European Union. We are not writing -- I said to my colleagues, the other leaders of the European Union, "We are not writing a handbook of economics. We are writing a book of history." We have to be grateful, of course, to all our doctors. We have to share information to our staff in hospitals. We have to work with them and to be grateful for their own efforts. As the Italian government, I invite all its European partners to approve a European recovery and reinvestment plan. It's an ambitious common plan to rebuild the European economy to be financed through European recovery bonds. And we also need a sustained economy recovery at a global level because COVID-19 is a global enemy and we will defeat it only through coordinated bold, united political global response by all world countries.

CNN’s Acosta Blasted For ‘Mansplaining’ To Coronavirus Expert Dr. Birx

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:07

On Friday, when Dr. Deborah Birx, an immunologist who serves as the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, was detailing the federal effort to battle the deadly disease, CNN reporter Jim Acosta interrupted her in what some are calling a “mansplaining” episode.

Dr. Birx was asked what percentage of the population are asymptomatic at this point, and in her answer she segued into “who knew what when.”

“We can talk about why didn’t Italy do something or Spain do something or Germany do something, or we can really say right now — we all can do something,” Dr. Birx siad. “We can do the social distancing and all of the pieces that we know is starting to work around the globe in country after country. And then when we get through all of this, we can ask the questions about could we have done some piece of this better as a global community.”

“And then, when we get through all of this, we can ask the questions about, ‘Could we have done some piece of this better as a global community? I will remind you that on February 3rd, the head of the [World Health Organization] said there was no reason to ever do a travel ban. You know, it wasn’t until January 14th that we knew that there was human-to-human transmission. Remember —

That’s when “expert” Acosta interrupted.

“Dr. Birx, the President was saying this was going to go away. It’s April.”

President Trump said: “It is going to go away. It is going away.”

Acosta persisted: “The President — But, Mr. President, you said it was going to go away in April.”

“It’s going — I didn’t say a date,” Trump said.

Acosta: “You said, ‘When it warmed up in April.’

Trump: ‘I said it’s going away and it is going away.’

Some accused Acosta of attempting to “mansplain” to the female medical expert.

“‘Dear Diary: While I’m no expert, I tried #Mansplaining to an expert medical expert named Dr. Birx. @Acosta,'” former CNN commentator Paris Dennard wrote.

Dear Diary:
While I’m no expert, I tried #Mansplaining to an expert medical expert named Dr. Birx.” @Acosta https://t.co/fLuOLOF7LZ

— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) April 3, 2020

“@Acosta just tried to mansplain to Dr. Birx,” GOP national spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington tweeted.

.@Acosta just tried to mansplain to Dr. Birx

— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 3, 2020

George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley also hit the grandstanding CNN reporter. “Jim Acosta’s interruption of Dr. Birx is an example of how CNN’s echo-journalism model is destroying the media’s credibility. Every question from Acosta is an effort to score points rather than elicit information. It is a press pandemic that continues to rage without relief.”

Jim Acosta's interruption of Dr. Birx is an example of how CNN's echo-journalism model is destroying the media's credibility. Every question from Acosta is an effort to score points rather than elicit information. It is a press pandemic that continues to rage without relief.

— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 3, 2020

Journalist Erielle Davidson wrote, “Acosta asking why this pandemic wasn’t predicted is probably the most foolish ‘gotcha’ question I’ve seen. This situation is extraordinary. And these questions are massively unhelpful. My Lord.”

Acosta asking why this pandemic wasn’t predicted is probably the most foolish “gotcha” question I’ve seen. This situation is extraordinary. And these questions are massively unhelpful. My Lord.

— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) April 3, 2020

Said radio host Mark Simone: “Has everyone noticed that CNN’s fake news idiot Jim Acosta has asked the exact same dumb gotcha question every day at the press briefing. Lazy and irresponsible. No wonder even the White House Correspondents Association President called him a clown.”

Has everyone noticed that CNN's fake news idiot Jim Acosta has asked the exact same dumb gotcha question every day at the press briefing. Lazy and irresponsible. No wonder even the White House Correspondents Association President called him a clown.

— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) April 3, 2020

Acosta is well known for “peacocking” during Trump briefings, but even his liberal colleagues find it annoying. In his new book, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl criticized Acosta, accusing him of “playing into the explicit Trump strategy of portraying the press as the opposition party.”

“The surest way to undermine the credibility of the White House press corps is to behave like the political opposition,” Karl wrote. “Don’t give speeches from the White House briefing room.”

White House Warns Against Grocery Shopping, Leaving Home As Coronavirus Hits Peak

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 15:04

In a Saturday afternoon press conference, the White House coronavirus task force warned that Americans should consider avoiding leaving their homes this week as the deadly outbreak, which has so far infected more than 300,000 and killed nearly 9,000, is expected to reach its peak.

“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said Saturday. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe.”

Although the White House coronavirus team was reticent to put a timeline on the virus itself, at least three regions of the United States — the midwest, the northeast, and the areas surrounding New Orleans, Louisiana — are projected to reach peak infections within the next seven days, according to the New York Post. Other areas of the United States, like the south and west, are expected to see their numbers rise until they hit a peak within the next fourteen days.

“Asked when the worst day of the outbreak will be, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, talked about the three hotspots being watched most closely: Detroit, Louisiana and New York. She said each are on the upside of their curve of mortality, and that officials anticipate them hitting their peaks in the next six to seven days,” per NPR.

“This will probably be the toughest week – between this week and next week,” President Donald Trump told the press conference, grimly. “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately…there will be death.”

“We are coming up to a time that is going to be very horrendous,” Trump added. “We probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers. Maybe during the war, during a World War One or Two or something.”

New York governor Andrew Cuomo expressed similar sentiments during his own press conference Saturday, noting that the peak appears to be approaching in his state: “We’re not yet at the apex, we’re getting closer … Our reading of the projections is we’re somewhere in the seven-day range.”

Sunday morning, administration officials were no more rosy. The Surgeon General, appearing on Fox News Sunday, compared the coming seven days to a terrorist attack.

“This is going to be hardest and the saddest week of most American’s lives, quite frankly. This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment,” Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said.

The president was, at least, bullish on the idea of the country reopening within the foreseeable future, suggesting on Saturday that he is pursuing the possibility of bringing together a second coronavirus team, this one tasked with laying the groundwork for an economic recovery, and plotting how to slowly return Americans to the workforce, while balancing the threat of a second outbreak.

“At a certain point,” the president said, “some hard decisions are going to have to be made,” referencing the idea that risk management efforts, designed to contain the virus, are having an unprecedented impact on American businesses. “Social distancing” policies and state-mandated lockdowns have created an unemployment crisis; millions of Americans have now applied for unemployment and millions more are facing slowdowns and pay reductions.

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