Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)
And there it is: In Tuesday’s Coronavirus Task Force update, President Donald Trump told the nation that some state economies can begin to open by May 1. He further stated that details on his plan to reopen the largest economy in global history will be coming as the week goes on, but the affirmation that he is looking at starting the process in the next two weeks is a godsend to millions of Americans pining to get back on the job.
***UPDATE: Here is a TRANSCRIPT of the President’s relevant remarks related to states reopening:
The plans to reopen the country are close to being finalized and we will soon be sharing details and new guidelines with everybody. I will be speaking to all 50 governors very shortly and I will then be authorizing each individual governor of each individual state to implement a reopening and a very powerful reopening plan of their state at a time and in a manner as most appropriate. The day will be very close because certain states, as you know, are in much different condition and in a much different place than other states.
It’s going to be very, very close, maybe even before the date of May 1st. So that will be for some states. Actually, there are over 20 that are in extremely good shape and we think we’re going to be able to get them open fairly quickly and then others will follow.
The federal government will be watching them very closely and we’ll be there to help. We’ll be there to help in many different ways as we’ve been where we built hospital beds at a number that nobody’s ever seen before, where we did the ventilators that we just discussed at a level that nobody’s ever seen before.
Nobody can even believe, other foreign countries, even powerful countries can’t believe what we were able to do with ventilators. Big powerful countries, big producing countries can’t believe what we were able to do. We will hold the governors accountable. But again, we’re going to be working with them to make sure it works really well.
The President also laid a big ol’ MOAB on the World Health Organization (WHO), telling reporters that he is putting a hold on any further funding for that corrupt globalist den of thieves while his administration investigates the group’s behavior related to the Wuhan Virus, which has centered on the dissemination of propaganda provided by the Communist Chinese government.
Here is a clip of the President’s remarks related to the WHO:
President Trump explains why he is halting funding to the @WHO:
-They failed to obtain & share accurate information
-Failed to investigate credible reports of human-to-human transmission and parroted CCP Propaganda instead
-They were silent on the disappearance of Whistleblowers pic.twitter.com/MToSDQbcRn
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 14, 2020
***UPDATE: Below is a TRANSCRIPT of the President’s remarks on the WHO:
American taxpayers provide between 400 million and $500 million per year to the WHO. In contrast, China contributes roughly $40 million a year. And even less as the organization’s leading sponsor, the United States has a duty to insist on full accountability, one of the most dangerous and costly decisions from the WHO was its disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations. They were very much opposed to what we did.
Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China, saving untold numbers of lives. Thousands and thousands of people would have died. Had other nations likewise suspended travel from China, countless more lives would have been saved. Instead, look at the rest of the world. Look at parts of Europe. Other nations and regions who followed WHO guidelines and kept their borders open to China, accelerated the pandemic all around the world. Many countries said, “We’re going to listen to the WHO.” And they have problems the likes of which they cannot believe.
Nobody can believe it. The decision of other major countries to keep travel open was one of the great tragedies and missed opportunities from the early days. The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above lifesaving measures.
Travel bans work for the same reason that quarantines work. Pandemics depend on human-to-human transmission. Border control is fundamental to virus control.
Since its establishment in 1948, the American people have generously supported the World Health Organization to provide better health outcomes for the world, and most importantly to help prevent global health crises. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible.
The reality is that the WHO fail to adequately obtain, vet and share information in a timely and transparent fashion. The world depends on the WHO to work with countries to ensure that accurate information about international health threats is shared in a timely manner, and if it’s not to independently tell the world the truth about what is happening.
The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable. It’s time after all of these decades. The WHO failed to investigate credible reports from sources in Wuhan, that conflicted directly with the Chinese government’s official accounts. There was credible information to suspect human-to-human transmission in December, 2019, which should have speared the WHO to investigate and investigate immediately. Through the middle of January, it parroted and publicly endorsed the idea that there was not human-to-human transmission happening despite reports and clear evidence to the contrary.
The delays the WHO experienced in declaring a public health emergency cost valuable time, tremendous amounts of time. More time was lost in the delay it took to get a team of international experts into examine the outbreak, which we wanted to do, which they should have done. The inability of the WHO to obtain virus samples to this date has deprived the scientific community of essential data. New data that emerges across the world on a daily basis, points to the unreliability of the initial reports. And the world received all sorts of false information about transmission and mortality.
The silence of the WHO on the disappearance of scientific researchers and doctors, and our new restrictions on the sharing of research into the origins of COVID- 19, and the country of origin, is deeply concerning. Especially when we put up by far the largest amount of money. Not even close.
Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death, very little death, and certainly very little death by comparison. This would have saved thousands of lives and avoided worldwide economic damage. Instead, the WHO willingly took China’s assurances to face value and they took it just at face value and defended the actions of the Chinese government, even praising China for its so-called transparency.
I don’t think so. The WHO pushed China’s misinformation about the virus, saying it was not communicable and there was no need for travel bands. They told us when we put on our travel ban, a very strong travel ban, there was no need to do it. Don’t do it. They actually fought us.
The WHO’s reliance on China’s disclosures likely caused a 20 fold increase in cases worldwide, and it may be much more than that. The WHO has not addressed a single one of these concerns nor provided a serious explanation that acknowledges its own mistakes, of which there were many.
America and the world have chosen to rely on the WHO for accurate, timely, and independent information to make important public health recommendations and decisions. If we cannot trust that this is what we will receive from the WHO, our country will be forced to find other ways to work with other nations to achieve public health goals. We’ll have no choice but to do that.
Our countries are now experiencing, you look all over the world, tremendous death and economic devastation, because those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent failed to do so. It would have been so easy to be truthful. And so much death has been caused by their mistakes.
We will continue to engage with the WHO to see if it can make meaningful reforms. For the time being, we will redirect global health and directly work with others. All of the aid that we send will be discussed at very, very powerful letters and with very powerful and influential groups and smart groups, medically, politically and every other way. And we’ll be discussing it with other countries and global health partners. What we do with all of that money that goes to WHO, and maybe WHO will reform, and maybe they won’t, but we’ll be able to see.
In other Wuhan Virus-related news, here is a real, actual tweet issued by the New York Times on Tuesday:
Breaking News: New York City’s coronavirus death toll soared past 10,000 after officials added more than 3,700 people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it. https://t.co/NXpgwwltWi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 14, 2020
That’s right: 37% of the New York City deaths attributed to the Wuhan Virus are of unfortunate people who WEREN’T EVEN TESTED for the virus. This intentional inflation of the COVID-19-related death toll is taking place in hospitals all across the United States for one perverse reason: Classifying a death as being Wuhan Virus-related means that the costs of hospitalization are 100% guaranteed by the insurance companies and the federal government.
While that is wonderful for the families of the deceased, it is terrible for the truth, and it provides the corrupt news media looking for any way to harm the President by keeping the economy shut down with inflated numbers to use to make the case.
Really and truly: My heart goes out to any family that has lost a loved one to this plague that the dishonest ChiCom government inflicted on the rest of the world. So I really do not have a problem with the costs of these hospitalizations being paid by the government. But it is vitally important that the true death toll related to this virus be accurately portrayed to the public, in large part because the truth is that it is likely to ultimately kill no more Americans than we lose during an average seasonal flu season, and there is not a single business in America that shuts down to protect people from the flu.
As I type this, the President just said that “our country has to get open” in an answer to a question from Fox’s John Roberts. The best way to get our country open is for the government to start reporting the truth about the real nature of this virus, and the fact that we can reopen the economy while protecting the most vulnerable elements of our society and effectively treating those who contract it.
Finally, the President had this hilarious dustup with Brian Karem, whose gig is reporting for…wait for it…Playboy Magazine, which I honestly did not even realize still existed. Why is a reporter for Playboy Magazine allowed to pretend to be a part of the White House press corps?
Trump SLAMS @BrianKarem:
"I told them when they put this guy here it is nothing but trouble. He’s a showboat. If you keep talking, I will leave and you can have it out with the rest of these people… Just a loudmouth." pic.twitter.com/KEiy2pkwmd
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 14, 2020
That is all.
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