Trump's solution for the coronavirus? Don't talk about it
Category: News & PoliticsVia: cb • one month ago • 103 comments
This is crazy. We are a nation caught in the teeth of a pandemic, an invisible microscopic foe and people are so 'dense' as to not address it? Just to appease an air-headed foolish man named Donald Trump? How small a great people can become in a short period of time.
Some of us are being lulled to sleep on this virus! Wake up! Shake yourselves from this mental slumber!
President Trump drew a few laughs and hollers of approval Thursday when he railed against "the plague coming in from China" to supporters packed into a Dallas church.
But he didn't dwell on public health concerns. The coronavirus, "or whatever you want to call it," as he told the crowd, is now just another throw-away line in Trump's political patter, meant to jab a foreign adversary and energize his base.
Nearly six weeks after Trump stopped daily televised briefings at the White House that drew sharp criticism for his false claims and dangerous advice -- such as injecting household disinfectant to kill the virus -- he has a new tactic: ignoring the threat.
He rarely speaks of COVID-19, which has killed more than 114,000 people in the United States and more than 300,000 others elsewhere in the world. When he does mention it, he usually claims imminent victory -- pledging on June 5, for example, to "stomp out" any "embers" of the disease.
Nor does he remind Americans to stay vigilant although confirmed cases increased in nearly two dozen states since they began reopening beaches, restaurants and other businesses and facilities. Oregon on Friday put a pause on its reopening to regain control as cases began to multiply.
Doctors have diagnosed more than 2 million U.S. infections so far, more than double the number of any other nation, even as public health experts warn that a second wave is likely in August or September, long before a potential vaccine appears possible.
The once-ubiquitous White House coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, now meets only once or twice a week behind closed doors and arranges one or two calls a week with state and local officials, according to a task force official. They hold no public briefings.
"Suddenly, the screen went blank," said Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If "they think that the risks are over, that’s dead wrong."
The administration apparently has decided "politically it's better for them not to engage in this pandemic," he added.
“I'm concerned that we're going to see some of the things that we’re already seeing," said Dr. David Satcher, a former CDC director and U.S. surgeon general. "When people stop the social distancing and sheltering at home, we’re going to see a spike again in cases. There are already examples of it, and the fear is there are going to be more.”
That see-no-evil approach put the White House at odds with federal health officials Friday when the CDC urged organizers of large gatherings that involve shouting, chanting or singing to “strongly encourage” the use of cloth face coverings to lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
The CDC issued the guidelines two days after Trump said he would hold a reelection rally next Friday, his first since early March. He'll address supporters in a 19,000-seat indoor arena in Tulsa, Okla., with other campaign rallies to follow in Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina -- four states where cases have spiked.
Trump's aides have not said what, if any, protections they will provide the crowd. But to get a ticket, attendees must sign a waiver pledging not to sue the Trump campaign if they catch the virus at the rally, suggesting their confidence has limits.
Trump, who has refused to wear a mask in public, has made clear he's ready to move on. On Thursday, he flew to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., for his first long weekend at one of his resorts since March.For More Go To the Seed!
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