In Latest Briefing, Trump Focused On Everything But The Coronavirus
April 15, 2020
In his latest briefing, Trump continued to spread falsehoods and pass blame onto others for his own failures, but he spent the bulk of the time not focused on the coronavirus pandemic and instead ranting about judicial nominations, stomping all over the Constitution, and who even knows what else.
Trump continued to pass blame onto governors for his testing failures and refused to answer how he’ll ramp up testing, which even his new council says is necessary before reopening the economy.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins: “President Trump doesn’t answer how he’ll address concerns voiced by business leaders today that testing needs to be ramped up before they can reopen.”
NBC News’s Kelly O’Donnell: “The president who hailed the parking lot drive through option for testing now says states should run those programs which have been very limited in number.”
Wall Street Journal: “The people involved in the first call, which included executives from banking, financial services, food and beverage, hospitality and retail industries, described current testing levels in the U.S. as inadequate to effectively reopen the economy.”
Trump continued to try to rewrite his history of ignoring the severity of the coronavirus early on and attacked Nancy Pelosi for going out in San Francisco in February while he was still hosting parties at Mar-a-Lago where many people got infected into March.
CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Trump criticizes the WHO for opposing travel restrictions on China, then mocks Nancy Pelosi for encouraging people to go out in San Francisco’s Chinatown in late February.”
Politico: “Now, it could take a place in history as an international transfer point for a deadly virus spreading across the globe. At least three people who visited Mar-a-Lago in the past 10 days have tested positive for the deadly virus, and were spotted in photographs with the president and other club members.”
USA Today: “Trump spent the [second week of March] treating COVID-19 in much the same way that he had over the previous two months: he hosted large gatherings at Mar-a-Lago, went golfing, attended fundraisers, dispensed misinformation about the virus and flouted social distancing guidelines known to stem its spread.”
Instead of providing vital updates to the American people, Trump used the bulk of his time to complain about judicial nominations, falsely blame Democrats for leaving key administration positions unstaffed, and continued his efforts to stomp on the Constitution.
Washington Post’s James Hohmann: “Trumps is seriously threatening to ‘adjourn’ both chambers of Congress. He notes that it’s never been done before. Because we have separation of powers in America and are a nation of laws, not men.”
New York Times’s Peter Baker: “Trump says ‘hundreds’ of nominees have been waiting for Senate confirmation for three years. In fact, 82 nominations are currently pending. Another 150 positions are vacant with no one nominated by Trump.”
Popular Information’s Judd Legum: “Trump asserts his constitutional right to ignore the constitution”