Trump Falsely Claims Much of U.S. ‘Corona Free’ as 21 States Face ‘Red Zone’ Outbreaks
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • one week ago • 97 comments
President Trump arriving at his coronavirus news conference on Tuesday.Credit...Doug Mills/The New York Times
Here’s what you need to know:
- Trump defends sharing video on discredited drug and falsely claims much of U.S. is ‘corona free.’
- As Trump called on states to reopen, a federal report urged 21 ‘red zone’ states to impose more restrictions.
- A national teachers’ union says its members can strike to ensure schools reopen safely.
- Baseball’s new schedule is upended by more cases among the Marlins.
- A front-line doctor in Baltimore died of the enemy he was battling against.
President Trump returned to defending a discredited drug at a White House briefing Tuesday evening in which he also made claims about the trajectory of the virus that clash with his own administration’s assessments and bemoaned his low approval ratings.
The president defended sharing a version of a video promoting the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine that was deleted Monday night by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which all said that the video had violated their policies on sharing misinformation about the virus.
And he lamented that health officials in his administration, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, were more popular than he is. “He’s got this high approval rating,” Mr. Trump said. “Why don’t I have a high approval rating — and the administration — with respect to the virus?”
Mr. Trump was asked about one of the speakers in the video, who identified herself as Dr. Stella Immanuel. She claimed “you don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of the virus and spoke of treating hundreds of virus patients with hydroxychloroquine. He called her “impressive.”
Dr. Immanuel has drawn scrutiny for a series of religious sermons posted on her YouTube channel, in which she linked medical conditions to sex with demons and witches, as well as making references to alien DNA.