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Coronavirus & Actions

Watch Trump’s evolution on Covid-19 response – CNN Video

Watch Trump’s evolution on Covid-19 response

“President Trump’s comments about the coronavirus have evolved since the first confirmed US case on January 22. CNN’s tally of cases is based on records from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. Source: CNN”

Source: Watch Trump’s evolution on Covid-19 response – CNN Video

Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic – The Washington Post

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) faces a difficult reelection contest this year. (Amanda Voisard/for The Washington Post)

“Republicans are increasingly nervous they could lose control of the Senate this fall as a potent combination of a cratering economy, President Trump’s handling of the pandemic and rising enthusiasm among Democratic voters dims their electoral prospects.”

“In recent weeks, GOP senators have been forced into a difficult political dance as polling shifts in favor of Democrats: touting their own response to the coronavirus outbreak without overtly distancing themselves from a president whose management of the crisis is under intense scrutiny but who still holds significant sway with Republican voters.”

Source: Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic – The Washington Post

Obama in leaked call slams move to drop charges against Michael Flynn, coronavirus response – The Washington Post

Former president Barack Obama speaks in Munich in 2019. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

“By Hannah Knowles and Meryl Kornfield May 9, 2020 at 4:27 p.m. PDT”

“Former president Barack Obama shared deep worries Friday about the Justice Department’s decision to drop its prosecution of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, telling old aides on a call that “our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk,” according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News and confirmed by an Obama spokesperson.”

“Obama also appeared to slam the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster,” offering the sort of blistering criticisms he has rarely aired in public. Obama said shortly before President Trump took office that he would only weigh in on his successor’s actions when he believes “our core values may be at stake.” “

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/09/obama-michael-flynn-call/

Why Weren’t We Ready for the Coronavirus? | The New Yorker

“This is about lack of imagination,” Ali Khan, formerly of the C.D.C., said.Photograph by Walker Pickering for The New Yorker
“This is about lack of imagination,” Ali Khan, formerly of the C.D.C., said.Photograph by Walker Pickering for The New Yorker

The U.S. has fared worse than other countries not because it lacked information or funding but because it failed to learn the lessons of the last outbreaks.

“In 2006, the idea that an unknown virus might spill out of some wild animal into humans, achieving person-to-person transmission and causing a global pandemic, seemed a distant prospect to most people. As an engaging science-fiction scare, it ranked somewhere beneath “Alien: Resurrection.” But Ali S. Khan, of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases, was tasked with dreaming that nightmare by daylight.”

Source: Why Weren’t We Ready for the Coronavirus? | The New Yorker

This Time, Americans Are Doing Nothing – The Atlantic

Nick Levesque | Screenshot

“It looks, at first, like one of a zillion unfunny video clips that now circulate on the internet: “Once Upon a Virus” features cheap animation, cheesy music, and sarcastic dialogue between China—represented by a Lego terra-cotta warrior with a low, masculine voice—and the United States, represented by a Lego Statue of Liberty with a high, squeaky voice.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/time-americans-are-doing-nothing/611056/

Trump’s unhinged rant about Lincoln Project ad shows his weakness – The Washington Post

(Mandel Ngan/AFP)

“President Trump’s relentless focus on the most dire public health and economic crises in modern U.S. history must be excruciatingly stressful to him, which is surely why he took a short break Monday night to unleash an insane rant about a digital ad.”

“That rant comes as new reporting indicates that Trump is rebooting his reelection strategy, to move past the coronavirus and on to his plans to rebuild our economy in spectacular fashion.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/05/trumps-unhinged-rant-about-new-attack-ad-shows-his-weakness/

Here’s the real reason Donald Trump didn’t wear a mask in public in Arizona – CNNPolitics

“But he insisted Wednesday that he did, in fact, wear a mask during his Arizona visit — but not when the cameras were around.”

” “I had a mask on for a period of time,” Trump said in the Oval Office on Wednesday. “I had it on back — backstage. But they said you didn’t need it, so, I didn’t need it. And by the way, if you noticed, nobody else had it on that was in the group.” “

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/06/politics/donald-trump-mask-arizona/index.html

How Trump Gutted Obama’s Pandemic-Preparedness Systems | Vanity Fair



Caption: By Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Former officials: Trump’s reshuffling of positions and departments, focus on business solutions, downgrading of science, left the country dangerously unprepared for an unprecedented pandemic.

“When the first reported cases of Ebola in Guinea came to light in March 2014, it set off a mad scramble inside the Obama White House to track and contain the spread of the virus, which killed around 50% of the people it infected. Though not nearly as contagious as the current coronavirus, an epidemic, or even a pandemic, seemed possible if the disease weren’t confined to its West African redoubts. The Obama White House had clear protocols and chains of command for these kinds of threats. “The way to stop the forest fire is to isolate the embers,” Beth Cameron, a former civil servant who ran the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, told me. Cameron and her colleagues quickly drew up a memo to Susan Rice, the national-security adviser, and Lisa Monaco, the homeland-security adviser, outlining what was known about the outbreak, setting off a chain of action that went up through the Oval Office, then spread through the government.”

Source: How Trump Gutted Obama’s Pandemic-Preparedness Systems | Vanity Fair

Bill Gates has emerged as a champion of science-backed solutions to addressing the coronavirus pandemic – The Washington Post

“How Bill Gates emerged as a champion of science-based solutions to the coronavirus outbreak”

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“SEATTLE — As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spread across the United States in March, Bill Gates peppered his longtime friend Jeff Raikes with the science behind testing for the disease during dinner at his home in Medina, Wash.”

Source: Bill Gates has emerged as a champion of science-backed solutions to addressing the coronavirus pandemic – The Washington Post

White House Blocks Fauci from testifying before House, but Senate appears to be OK.

 Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks next to Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images
Caption: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks next to Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images

“The White House doesn’t want Anthony Fauci to testify before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response, arguing it would not be the right way for the key official to use his time in the middle of a pandemic. But apparently appearing before the GOP-controlled Senate is a completely different matter.”

Source: White House Blocks Fauci from testifying before House, but Senate appears to be OK.