Canada said Thursday it told the Trump administration that a proposal to put troops at the U.S.-Canada border amid the coronavirus pandemic was entirely unnecessary and would damage relations between the two longtime allies.
The Wall Street Journal, citing an unidentified U.S. official, later reported that the Trump administration had dropped its consideration of the plan.
via Canada Urges US Not to Put Troops at Border During Pandemic – The New York Times
Thornhill Medical is a company that manufactures ventilators — specifically a type that is compact, self-contained and portable, called the MOVES SLC.
The company, which has signed a letter of intent with the federal government, says the device can provide all the crucial functions of a modern intensive care unit, on battery power.
via Coronavirus: Canadian company working with Ottawa to boost ventilator production | Globalnews.ca
After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I have seen and heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to put partisanship aside — I think — and put the security of the American people first. I do believe they’re going to do that. They have said they are for complete border security, and they have finally and fully acknowledged that having barriers, fencing, or walls — or whatever you want to call it — will be an important part of the solution.
A bipartisan Conference Committee of House and Senate lawmakers and leaders will immediately begin reviewing the requests of our Homeland Security experts — and experts they are — and also law enforcement professionals, who have worked with us so closely. We want to thank Border Patrol, ICE, and all law enforcement. Been incredible.
via Remarks by President Trump on the Government Shutdown | The White House
What was the difference between shutting down the Government to “Get what you want” or shutting down the economy due to a VIRUS THAT IS KILLING PEOPLE!
President Trump’s company — significantly reliant on tourism, conventions, and restaurant income — has been sharply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with at least two properties closing and three hotels laying off staff, according to the Washington Post.
Bolsonaro’s Aide Is COVID-19 Positive After Meeting Trump
In the wake of the crisis caused by the new coronavirus pandemic in the world, many countries have adopted some strict policies to prevent mass contagion. In the United States, some states ordered the closure of bars and restaurants and imposed special restrictions in some places, which has affected Trump’s businesses and companies in Florida, Las Vegas, New York, Washington, among others.
Places like the famous Mar-a-Lago Club and hotels announced its closure due to the policies that the states imposed to combat the COVID-19. However, the strong impact of all this lies in the dismissal of hundreds of employees, more than 200, according to the Washington Post.
Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas was shuttered in response to a statewide order from Nevada’s governor. It will not reopen until April 17; the hotel told customers. However, some employees at the hotel have already been laid off, the news outlet reported.
Why it’s important to SEE a Presidents TAX RETURNS, look at the mess he is in!
via COVID-19: Trump Companies Fall, Hundreds Lose Jobs | News | teleSUR English
The Trump administration has offered a German medical company “large sums of money” for exclusive access to a Covid-19 vaccine, German media have reported.
The German government is trying to fight off what it sees as an aggressive takeover bid by the US, the broadsheet Die Welt reports, citing German government circles.
The US president had offered the Tübingen-based biopharmaceutical company CureVac “large sums of money” to gain exclusive access to their work, wrote Die Welt.
via Trump ‘offers large sums’ for exclusive US access to coronavirus vaccine | US news | The Guardian
The epidemic control efforts unfolding today in China—including placing some 100 million citizens on lockdown, shutting down a national holiday, building enormous quarantine hospitals in days’ time, and ramping up 24-hour manufacturing of medical equipment—are indeed gargantuan. It’s impossible to watch them without wondering, “What would we do? How would my government respond if this virus spread across my country?”
For the United States, the answers are especially worrying because the government has intentionally rendered itself incapable. In 2018, the Trump administration fired the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure. In numerous phone calls and emails with key agencies across the U.S. government, the only consistent response I encountered was distressed confusion. If the United States still has a clear chain of command for pandemic response, the White House urgently needs to clarify what it isIf the United States still has a clear chain of command for pandemic response, the White House urgently needs to clarify what it is—not just for the public but for the government itself, which largely finds itself in the dark.
footnote: This was back in January, where has Trump been?
via Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
“That President Trump is trying to steal funds dedicated to fight Ebola — which is still considered an epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — is indicative of his towering incompetence and further proof that he and his administration aren’t taking the coronavirus crisis as seriously as they need to be,” Mr. Schumer said.
footnote: This was 3 weeks ago!
via White House Asks Congress for Billions to Fight Coronavirus – The New York Times
Trump also said he talked on the phone with California Gov. Gavin Newsom about the 3,500 people stuck on a cruise ship anchored off the coast of California. He said he’d prefer for the passengers to remain on the ship — in part so they would not count against the total number of victims in the United States.
“I don’t need to have the numbers double because of the people on that ship,” he said. Trump did say he would defer to the medical experts and Pence later said the ship would be brought to a U.S. port.
via Trump’s CDC Visit Turns Into Scattershot Defense on Virus – The New York Times
FEBRUARY 29, 2020 3:00PM (UTC)
President Donald Trump claimed that his economic policies led to a “blue-collar boom” and rising wages at the State of the Union address earlier this month, yet new data shows that inflation-adjusted wage growth has fallen substantially during his first two years in office compared to the end of President Barack Obama’s presidency.
Middle-class incomes grew about 5.8% per year during Obama’s last two years in office before slowing to 2.7% from during Trump’s first two years in office, according to a new analysis by the progressive think-tank Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and investigative news outlet Capital & Main. The income data were adjusted for inflation. All but two states saw real wages fall during that time period.
via Real wage growth has slowed tremendously under Trump compared to Obama: study | Salon.com
For example: The President has claimed that he has the “absolute right” to do what he wants with the Justice Department, including shutting down or obstructing any federal investigation of himself and initiating investigation of his perceived political enemies. The President and his lawyers have argued that he is absolutely immune from criminal process and he need not cooperate with a legitimate criminal investigation. Indeed, President Trump’s lawyers have told a court that the president could not be prosecuted or even investigated if he shot someone in broad daylight. The President and his attorneys have claimed that the president can ignore congressional subpoenas, and that he and his aides are absolutely immune from congressional requests for documents and testimony, even in an impeachment investigation. The president and his attorneys have argued that Congress cannot use impeachment to hold him accountable for obstructing investigations into himself. The president’s attorneys have asserted that the president is immune from being sued in state court, even if the lawsuit concerns unofficial, pre-office conduct. The administration has repeatedly argued that courts have no power to order the president to stop taking unlawful actions. The president has insisted that he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself.
Source: Protect Democracy | The Argument Against Presidential Immunity – Protect Democracy