Donald Trump begins to water down commitment to Easter opening

Donald Trump begins to water down commitment to open the country up by Easter saying some areas will NOT qualify – and promising to ask Tony Fauci for advice

  • Trump talked about opening ‘big sections of our country’ that he said were little affected
  • There are spiraling outbreaks in New York, California, Washington and Louisiana
  • Other states have far fewer cases and death, but the numbers are rising
  • Trump exploded at reporter who asked about experts who challenge the Easter opening idea 
  • Trump said people who go back to work are ‘not going to go walk around hugging and kissing each other’ 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

President Donald Trump made comments appearing to back away from his push for bringing an Easter end social distancing directions as the coronavirus proliferates and hospitals begin to be jammed with patients. 

‘So we’re going to be talking, and it could be we’ll do sections of our country,’ Trump said Wednesday at the White House. ‘There’s big sections of our country that are very, you know, little affected by what’s taking place, then there are other sections that are very heavily affected,’ the president said.

‘Then there are other sections that are very heavily affected, so there’s a big difference,’ Trump said.  

‘I would say by Easter we’ll have a recommendation,’ he said – indicating he would be guided by health experts and other advisors.

‘I would say by Easter we’ll have a recommendation,’ President Trump said Wednesday, when asked about a timeline for reopening the economy amid lockdowns across the country

Trump’s push for an Easter reopening of the economy worried some public experts and the idea also drew alarm from some lawmakers in both parties, who fear it could cause the death toll to spike and would not spare the economy if the harshest periods of the coronavirus outbreak had not yet passed. 

Although there are dramatic regional differences within the country, public officials worry that without a continued clamp-down, the disease will spread unabated bringing a deadly crush on hospitals. The coordinator of his coronavirus task force warned Tuesday that New Yorkers who leave the state should self-quarantine for 14 days so as not to spread the disease, amid prevalence there. 

Trump also suggested those against a quick reopening might be trying to harm him politically, after being asked a question about experts ‘on both sides of the aisle have said that reopening the country by Easter is not a good idea.’ 

‘I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly,’ he said. ‘I think there are certain people that would like it to do financially poorly, because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls.’ 

Trump continued to attack the CBS reporter who asked the question, saying: ‘I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news. You do.”

Then he attacked her and claimed without his team there wouldn’t be a country. ‘You’re lucky that you have this group here right now for this problem, or you wouldn’t even have a country left,’ he said. 

 Trump described a scenario where parts of the company would be allowed to reopen, with people observing strict hand-washing and other prevention they learned from the outbreak.

‘They’re not going to go walk around hugging and kissing each other in the office when they come back, even though they may feel like it.’

His statements came as officials in hart-hit areas like New York and California were ratcheting up their own clampdown. Washington, D.C., the city from where Trump spoke, is closing non-essential businesses until late April, the city announced in an emergency alert. 

‘I’m not going to do anything rash or hastily — I don’t do that. But the country wants to get back to work,’ Trump said, speaking on the second day when the markets rose after the senators reached agreement on a $2 trillion bailout. 

On Tuesday, Trump repeatedly spoke about the goal of an Easter opening, which he indicated would have special significance. 

‘I just thought it was a beautiful time,’ Trump said. ‘It was based on a certain level of weeks from the time we started.’

Fauci, a respected government expert in disease outbreaks, has called for weighing the evidence on a day-by-day basis not not committing to a timeline. 

 

 

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Hillary Clinton attacks Donald Trump and ALL Senate Republicans over ‘#SelfDeal’ coronavirus response – The Sun

HILLARY Clinton bashed Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers for their "selfish" response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The outspoken New York senator slammed the president and Senate Republicans Monday afternoon on Twitter for what she called the "#SelfDeal", or responses to the COVID-19 pandemic that benefit politicians instead of Americans.


"In the face of crisis, FDR had the New Deal to help suffering Americans," she tweeted.

"Now, @realdonaldtrump, you and your fellow Republicans are pushing the #SelfDeal.

"See the difference?"

The hashtag is a play on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, a series of public programs and financial reforms enacted between 1933 and 1939 as a response to the Great Depression.

Clinton has unabashedly attacked the Trump administration for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 582 people and sickened 46,168 in the US as of Tuesday morning.

Last week, she accused Trump of intentionally ignoring several international health warnings, which helped hasten the spread of the virus throughout the US.

She insinuated on Twitter Saturday that the administration's delayed response was influenced by "fear of spooking the markets."

Clinton also called out Trump for repeatedly referring to the coronavirus as the 'China Virus' or 'Chinese Virus', slamming her former political rival over his "racist words".

On Monday, she retweeted an article from the New York Times about the xenophobic attacks Chinese-Americans have faced amid the outbreak, saying: "Racist words can do real harm to people, especially when they're spoken by the president of the United States."

Chinese Ambassador Lin Songtian backed up Clinton's comments and asserted that Trump is attempting to distract Americans from his administration's poor response by creating a debate over whether the term 'Chinese Virus' is a racist description.


Clinton's outspokenness directly contrasts the near-radio silence of the Democratic Party's presumable nominee Joe Biden, who has been criticized by fellow Democrats for all but disappearing from the spotlight.

Biden hadn't been on camera for nearly a week before he broadcast a live video from his Delaware home on Monday to condemn Trump's "planning and preparation" for the pandemic, The Hill reported.

His campaign told the news outlet Americans should expect to see more of the 2020 candidate in home broadcasts and television interviews.

However, health decisions may have forced the former vice president to stay gome – the 78-year-old is part of the "at risk" group the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have advised to remain inside.


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Donald Trump insists calling coronavirus 'kung flu' is not racist

Donald Trump insisted that calling the coronavirus the ‘kung flu’ was not wrong a press conference Wednesday.

The comment came after a reporter asked Trump about a White House staffer who reportedly used the term then asked Trump about his use of the term ‘China virus.’

‘I wonder who said that (kung flu)…I think they probably would agree with it 100%. It comes from China,’ Trump said.

And just moments earlier, the president insisted that calling the coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’ was racist ‘at all.’

When asked about whether he considers his terminology offensive, Trump responded : ‘It’s not racist at all. It comes from China. It’s accurate.’

‘…As you know, China tried to say, at one point, that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen, it’s not gonna happen as long as I’m president. It comes from China.’

Wednesday’s comment was the second time in two days Trump defended his use of the phrase ‘China virus,’ which some fear may cause animosity and instances of racism against Asian Americans.

This racial tension has been mounting in the US as the pandemic worsens. In New York, a man assaulted a woman wearing a face mask and called her a ‘diseased bitch,’ according to CNN. Another man was filmed spraying a man down with Febreeze on a train.

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A witness later said, ‘I believe that this incident has immense potential in opening up the discussion of Asian American-directed racial tension that has been caused by the (coronavirus).’

In Los Angeles, a reportedly loudly began screaming that Chinese people are filthy and ‘every disease ever came from China.’

Two Hmong travelers faced intense scrutiny when they tried to rent a motel room in Plymouth, Indiana by an employee who told them ‘If you’re from China, I need to know…And anyone from China, I am told, has to be picked up and quarantined for two weeks.’

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Donald Trump fan at Bernie Sanders rally ‘tackled to ground by security guard for walking too slowly’ – The Sun

A SUPPORTER of President Donald Trump claims a security guard tackled him outside of a campaign rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday for carrying a Trump 2020 flag.

Markus Gohring shared a video on Facebook and claims he was “attacked by a security guard” at the event in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and “tackled to the ground.”

 



Sanders hosted a campaign rally on Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan University, just days before the state votes in the presidential primary on Super Tuesday.

Gohring identifies himself as the man in the video who is seen waving a Trump 2020 flag while apparently walking in a parking lot.

Today at a Bernie Sanders rally I was attacked by a security guard and tackled to the ground. I would have expected this from a Bernie supporter but not from a guard. I was walking off ground and walking for that guy too slow. This is how your first amendment rights are violated at todays universities. After I step out of the video I run because the officer pulls his club.

A person behind the camera shouts at the security guard, “Sir, you don’t have to touch him!” before the security guard grabs the flag pole and knocks it to the ground.

A struggle ensues between Gohring and the guard, and Gohring seems to lose his balance before they both ultimately fall to the ground.

 


 


In the clip, Gohring manages to get up and walk away. The security guard seemingly gets up with what appears to be a police baton or stick in his hand.

“I was attacked by a security guard and tackled to the ground,” he wrote on Facebook Saturday. “I would have expected this from a Bernie supporter but not from a guard.”

“I was walking off ground and walking for that guy too slow. This is how your first amendment rights are violated at todays universities.”

Gohring added: “After I step out of the video I run because the officer pulls his club.”

The Sun has reached out to the Sanders campaign for confirmation and comment on the video.

According to local news reports, thousands of people were expected to attend the rally at Virginia Wesleyan University, which began around 6.30pm Saturday.

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Donald Trump says Taliban peace deal to be signed tomorrow by Mike Pompeo – clearing way for troop exit – The Sun

PRESIDENT Trump said today that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of an agreement with the Afghan Taliban.

The signing is expected to set the stage for the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan.


It has been reported that the historic deal would be signed tomorrow in Doha, Qatar.

The signing comes a week after both sides committed to a reduction in violence.

“If the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan live up to these commitments, we will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home,” Trump said in a statement.

“These commitments represent an important step to a lasting peace in a new Afghanistan, free from al-Qaeda, ISIS, and any other terrorist group that would seek to bring us harm. ”

The number of US troops is expected to be reduced from 13,000 to 8,600.

Taliban leaders told The Associated Press that all US soldiers would be out of Afghanistan in 14 months if everything goes well.

Trump added that "nearly 19 years ago, American service members went to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks."

"In that time, we have made great progress in Afghanistan, but at great cost to our brave service members, to the American taxpayers, and to the people of Afghanistan.”

The agreement also stipulates the release of 5,000 Taliban from Afghan-run jails, but it's not clear if the Afghan government will go along.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for more details.

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