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Trump sees America at the height of the pandemic

AAmerica’s President Donald Trump sees the United States at the height of the coronavirus crisis. “I’m pretty sure we’re on top of the hill. And now we’re going down. In some cases, we’ve already started this process, ”Trump said Thursday night at a press conference in the White House.

Vice President Mike Pence then specified that the areas most affected by the epidemic – such as New York, Louisiana and Detroit – were “close” to the climax. “There are signs of progress. And hope becomes visible, ”said Pence.

“We have horrific numbers”

Trump was optimistic that fewer people could die in the crisis than was at least expected. He spoke of a level that could be lower than 100,000. “We have horrific numbers,” Trump said at the same time. Pence spoke of a “difficult” and “heartbreaking week” the United States was currently in. For two days in a row, almost 2,000 people had recently died after being infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. “These are not numbers, they are lives,” said Pence.

With regard to the death toll, the director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, virologist Anthony Fauci, spoke of a “bad week”. “In fact, there seems to be a record every day compared to the previous day,” said Fauci. As the death toll increased, the number of people coming to the hospital dropped “dramatically”. “It’s going in the right direction,” he said.

In the United States, a country of around 330 million people, there were approximately 450,000 confirmed coronavirus infections by Thursday, data from Johns Hopkins University showed. Around 16,000 people died as a result.

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Trump trusts this doctor

Washington It didn’t take long for a US regional newspaper to find an old quote from Deborah Birx in the archive. Vice President Mike Pence had just appointed Birx as coordinator of the White House Corona Task Force in late February. “I like rocks, they are more stable than humans,” Birx is quoted in 1972. Birx was still a teenager and had just received an award for her science project on fossils.

When the 64-year-old stands behind the lectern at the daily briefing of her task force, she actually embodies something like the rock of consistency between the other protagonists. On the one hand there is the volatile US President Donald Trump himself.

He uses the briefing, which is broadcast in the USA by all major news broadcasters, primarily as a forum for his monologues. His leitmotif: repeatedly emphasize how he, Trump, recognized the risk of corona early and resolutely combated it and how the US economy would soon flourish under him.

Then there is Pence, official head of the task force, but above all Trump’s faithful. The vice can be mocked by his boss for always holding the board with the corona rules of conduct in the camera.

Obama still used Birx

Birx is safe from such attacks by the president. This is partly due to her competence as a medical doctor – and partly due to the seriousness of the situation. For the Easter weekend, Birx expects the pandemic to culminate in the metropolises of New York, Detroit and New Orleans, the current corona epicenter in the United States.

Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Americans will die of coronavirus over the Easter weekend. Trump knows that if he attacked Birx in this situation, he would not be able to collect points.

Birx is one of the few political survivors from the Barack Obama era in the White House. Trump’s predecessor had appointed the internist with a doctorate in 2014 as the coordinator of the US government for the global fight against AIDS.

Birx had previously spent many years as a scientist and colonel in the service of the US Army looking for a vaccine and also campaigning for AIDS. She has now also taken on the job as corona coordinator.

Birx has a close relationship with another member of the Corona Task Force: the 79-year-old immunologist Anthony Fauci, for whom Birx worked in the 80s and whom she still calls her mentor.

“He understood the data”

The two achieved their masterpiece, according to reports from the US media, when they convinced Trump in his office last weekend in March to uphold the anti-corona recommendations until the end of April. Trump originally wanted to return to normality from Easter, which economic advisers had also urged him to do.

But the two doctors presented Trump with a model calculation that would then result in over two million corona deaths in the United States.

Afterwards, Fauci described the crucial moment in an interview with CNN: “Dr. Birx and I went to the Oval Office together and leaned over the desk and said, here is the data, take a look and he looked at it and understood it. “

Trump does not usually have a reputation for being too willing to listen to scientific facts or being particularly open to dissenting opinions. However, the duo Birx and Fauci have so far been surprisingly successful in convincing Trump. Conversely, Birx in particular takes great care not to contradict Trump in front of the camera.

When Birx returns to her family after a turbulent day at the White House, she can’t really hope for a quiet end of the day. The doctor lives in a household with her husband, her adult daughter, her son-in-law, her grandchildren and her elderly parents. Accordingly, Birx says he pays attention to the smallest signs of a possible corona infection.

More: Donald Trump is often criticized for his policies via social media. Now it really seems to make sense. A comment.

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Trump and his press conferences on the corona crisis

Da, they stood, shoulder to shoulder, on the podium: Donald Trump, Vice Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, Corona Virus Coordinator Deborah Birx and the Chief of the Service Task Force, Admiral John Polowczyk.

There is no question of distance. Only as Dr. Birx, coordinator of the coronavirus containment, explained why she hadn’t been there before (“I had a slight fever, probably a digestive history, but I’m fussy, I’m a doctor”), Trump jokingly moved away from her: “Oh dear. “

Such jokes are of little use to teach Americans to take the risk seriously and to follow the recommendation to stay away. Such conflicting signals and the half-truths that the president is spreading have prompted journalists to stop broadcasting the briefings live. “It’s now life and death,” wrote journalism professor Jay Rosen of New York University. “We have to switch to an emergency setting when reporting on the President to prevent him from misleading you through us.” In the Washington Post, media critic Margaret Sullivan said the networks should use the President’s comments on the Corona crisis no longer broadcast live, but with a delay that allows a review of his claims.

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Trump recently claimed that the malaria drug chloroquine was “extremely promising” for the treatment of Covid-19. A Phoenix man died while taking a variant of the preparation. On Wednesday, Trump profiled himself as the savior of a degraded nation he inherited from his predecessor when he presented a $ 2 trillion bailout package that has not yet been approved. When asked a reporter whether Trump’s “opening” of the country at Easter was not premature from an expert’s perspective, Trump called her a “fake news reporter” and accused the press of challenging an economic crisis to his Endanger reelection. The virus is limited to trouble spots in the country, elsewhere the economy can continue to run normally.

Trump’s briefings achieve high ratings. The networks have twice as many viewers as usual, but this is exactly what critics see as an obstacle to containing the pandemic. The science magazine “Scientific American” found that the press events in the White House only caused confusion.

On Monday, many broadcasters only partially broadcast the almost two-hour briefing. CNN and MSNBC left after an hour. “The information no longer seemed to be of value to the important public health debate,” said MSNBC. A station on the public broadcaster NPR in Seattle, a region badly hit by the pandemic, announced via Twitter: “We will not broadcast the briefings live because there is a pattern of false or misleading information that cannot be checked quickly.” The white one Haus immediately countered on Twitter: “It is disgraceful that CNN and MSNBC were relieved from their press conference with President Trump and Mike Pence during a global pandemic. Thank you, Fox News, for keeping Americans informed. ”

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Kathy Griffin, 59, rushed to ER with ‘unbearably painful’ chest pains

Kathy Griffin, 59, is rushed to the ER with chest pains but says she is not allowed to get tested for COVID-19 before blaming Donald Trump

Comedienne Kathy Griffin said she had to go to the hospital after suffering ‘UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms’ that seemed to be linked to COVID-19.

But once inside the ER, the My Life On The D-List star said she could not get tested for the virus due to CDC restrictions even though she was at a ‘major’ hospital.

And the 59-year-old star blamed President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence for not making the tests available.

In pain: Kathy Griffin of TV's My Life On The D-List said she had to go to the hospital after suffering 'UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms' that seemed to be linked to COVID-19

In pain: Kathy Griffin of TV’s My Life On The D-List said she had to go to the hospital after suffering ‘UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms’ that seemed to be linked to COVID-19

Crushing: But once inside the ER, the My Life On The D-List star said she could not get tested for the virus due to CDC restrictions even though she was at a 'major' hospital. Seen in late February

Crushing: But once inside the ER, the My Life On The D-List star said she could not get tested for the virus due to CDC restrictions even though she was at a ‘major’ hospital. Seen in late February

She took to social media to get her point across. The stand-up also shared a photo of herself in the hospital. She wore a mask and was under quarantine.

Griffin explained that even though her symptoms were serious, she was considered not eligible for the test.

Kathy also shared a grab of Trump’s tweet from Wednesday.

‘Just reported that the United States has done far more “testing” than any other nation, by far!’ said Trump.

She says there are not enough tests: She took to social media to get her point across. The stand-up also shared a photo of herself in the hospital. She wore a mask and was under quarantine. Griffin explained that even though her symptoms were serious, she was considered not eligible for the test. Kathy also shared a grab of Trump's tweet from Wednesday

She says there are not enough tests: She took to social media to get her point across. The stand-up also shared a photo of herself in the hospital. She wore a mask and was under quarantine. Griffin explained that even though her symptoms were serious, she was considered not eligible for the test. Kathy also shared a grab of Trump’s tweet from Wednesday

‘In fact, over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span. Great job!’

Kathy said that the President was ‘lying.’

Griffin explained: ‘I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms.

‘The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.’

Not a fan of his: Kathy said that the President was 'lying.' Griffin explained: 'I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. 'The hospital couldn't test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.' Trump on March 20

Not a fan of his: Kathy said that the President was ‘lying.’ Griffin explained: ‘I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. ‘The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.’ Trump on March 20

She has lashed out at Trump before. In 2017 she posted a video of herself to Instagram where she was holding a mask made to look like the severed, bloody head of Trump.

‘I caption this “there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever,”‘ she said.

The shoot was from photographer Tyler Shields.

Griffin later took down the image, and apologized publicly. CNN fired her from its New Year’s Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper because of it.

The latest: Other celebrities who have come down with COVID-19 are Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Andy Cohen, and Laura Bell Bundy (pictured)

The latest: Other celebrities who have come down with COVID-19 are Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Andy Cohen, and Laura Bell Bundy (pictured)

Sad farewell: Top Chef Masters star Floyd Cardoz died on Wednesday from the virus. He had been in Mumbai earlier this month with comedian Aziz Ansari shooting a reality TV series

Sad farewell: Top Chef Masters star Floyd Cardoz died on Wednesday from the virus. He had been in Mumbai earlier this month with comedian Aziz Ansari shooting a reality TV series

Other celebrities who have come down with COVID-19 are Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Andy Cohen, and Laura Bell Bundy.

Top Chef Masters star Floyd Cardoz died on Wednesday from the virus. He had been in Mumbai earlier this month with comedian Aziz Ansari shooting a reality TV series.

It has been a bad month for Kathy. Her mother Maggie died on St Patrick’s Day.

Her tribute read: ‘My Mom, the one and only, Maggie Griffin, passed away today. I am gutted. My best friend. I’m shaking. I won’t ever be prepared. I’m so grateful you guys got to be part of her life. You knew her. You loved her. She knew it. Oh, and OF COURSE she went on St Patrick’s Day.’

Sad loss: Last week Kathy's mother Maggie died. Her tribute read: 'My Mom, the one and only, Maggie Griffin, passed away today. I am gutted. My best friend. I'm shaking.' Seen with her mother in 2010

Sad loss: Last week Kathy’s mother Maggie died. Her tribute read: ‘My Mom, the one and only, Maggie Griffin, passed away today. I am gutted. My best friend. I’m shaking.’ Seen with her mother in 2010

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Trump should leave the corona crisis to the experts

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The US President has changed from a corona trivializer to a corona fighter.

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Donald Trump the corona trivializer has become Donald Trump the corona fighter. He understood: This crisis will define his first term as US President – and will determine whether the Americans will elect him to the White House again in the fall.

Trump’s opponent in this election is most likely Joe Biden. He is the only one from the Democratic camp that Trump really fears. Biden stands for traits that Americans (and not just those) want from their leader in difficult times: integrity, overview, empathy.

And Trump? Under the pressure of events, he now presents himself as the top medicine man in his nation. The only question is whether he is doing the nation a favor. He is a regular guest at the daily briefings of the Corona Task Force, which is actually headed by his Vice President Mike Pence. In these briefings, which all Americans can watch live on television, Trump is making a remarkable series of inconsistencies and false promises.

He announced that a US Navy hospital ship was “in top condition and ready to sail” towards New York City to treat corona sufferers. His defense minister later admitted that the ship is currently being overhauled and can only set sail in early April.

On another occasion, Trump praised the combination of a malaria drug and an antibiotic as an effective corona cure. What a medical doctor promptly collected from his task force: So far, there is no evidence of effectiveness.

Trump’s narcissism is in his way

Meanwhile, many doctors in the United States complain about too few protective masks. Trump and Pence repeatedly promised that “huge amounts” of it were on the way. But when asked when they would arrive in the hospitals, Trump snapped: The government was not a shipping clerk, not a shipping clerk. It is always Trump’s narcissism that stands in the way of him and his team in the corona crisis.

The fight against the economic consequences of the crisis shows that it works better if the President does not get involved too much: Congress has already passed two Corona aid packages. The third, worth over a trillion euros, is due to arrive this week.

The faction leaders in the Senate and the House of Representatives are in charge, the main point of contact in the government is Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin. This is probably the best service Trump can do to his country in the corona crisis: just stay out of it.

More: The federal and state governments have agreed on a comprehensive restriction of social contacts. Failure to do so may result in punishment. The most important things at a glance.

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Vice President Mike Pence’s office official tested positive for coronavirus



Washington – An official from the vice president’s office Michael Pence tested positive for coronavirus, the White House reported.

Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for the vice president, said neither President Donald Trump nor Pence has been in contact with the official.

“Further follow-up of additional contact is done according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” said Miller.

The official has not been identified.

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Trump’s argument for re-election is collapsing

President Donald Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again rally at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

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WASHINGTON – Looking back now, the night of February 4th was probably the height of Donald Trump’s presidency.

A few minutes after 9:00 pm ET, Trump entered the elaborate Chamber Chamber and then happily moved down the aisle, all to the sound of thunderous applause from the Republicans, who sang “another four years.”

This was Trump’s third state of the Union address. Trump’s 90-minute speech was filled with the confidence, self-flattery and entertainment that became the hallmarks of his term.

The speech also reflects his optimism about the economy, a sentiment that millions of Americans shared with him at the time, according to polls. Financial markets were skyrocketing and the unemployment rate was at an all-time low. That afternoon, the Nasdaq Composite Index had reached a record high, at 9,467. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, an indicator that Trump often raises, closed at 28,807 that day, already on track for an all-time high of 29,551 that would hit the end of the month.

The economy wasn’t the only thing Trump was celebrating that Tuesday night. The day before, in the nation’s first Iowa caucuses, the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders had won the popular vote. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist who would not do as much against Trump in general elections as former vice president Joe Biden would do, according to the poll.

Trump also knew that the next day he would be acquitted in the Senate impeachment process. For Trump, the verdict would represent a long-awaited triumph over his perceived enemies, including Democrats in Congress, whistleblowers in his own White House, and “deep state” government bureaucrats that Trump feared was planning to bring him down.

With his impeachment process behind him and his highest approval score ever, Trump seemed perfectly positioned to easily win the re-election in November.

And now almost everything is gone.

In just over a month, three pillars on which his reelection thesis is based have all collapsed: the strong economy that Trump plans to pursue; the Sanders campaign Trump had planned to run on; and the “us against them” approach to Washington and the federal government, on which Trump built his political mark.

President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union address at a joint session of the United States Congress in the chamber of the United States Capitol Chamber in Washington, the United States, on February 4, 2020.

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On Wednesday, the Dow dropped below its closed level on January 19, 2017, the day before Trump took office promising to “make America rich again”. Market losses reflect wider anxieties across the nation, where coronavirus has forced the shutdown of much of the U.S. economy and has made recession almost inevitable.

Meanwhile, Sanders and the progressive far-left movement he promised to build failed to win over Democratic primary voters. Instead, they are ready to appoint a moderate expert, Biden, to race against Trump in the fall.

Back in Washington, Trump is attempting to orchestrate a sprawling federal response to the coronavirus epidemic backed by a White House messaging machine that produces daily praise releases that embrace Trump’s “whole government” approach.

But by promoting massive federal spending through large government programs, Trump undermines one of the central principles of Trumpism: his belief that the federal government is a corrupt, bloated and broken institution, as the “unelected bureaucrats” who fill the its ranks should not be trusted.

“The coronavirus crisis has revealed that Trump is not well prepared and not a hard worker,” said Matthew Barreto, a professor of political science and Chican studies at UCLA.

“When everything goes well, these deep character flaws are hidden. But when a major crisis strikes, voters will remember that Trump was completely asleep and even passed on misleading and false information.”

As of Thursday morning, there have been more than 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 150 Americans had died from it. The stock market had unabated volatility and claims for unemployment benefits for the past week have jumped ahead of a likely increase in layoffs.

Yeah, polls are showing that voters have more confidence in the federal government as a whole than the president does. A recent NBC / Wall Street Journal survey found that 62% of respondents trust the federal government to manage the coronavirus crisis, compared with 48% who said they trust Trump.

The end of prosperity?

“Since my election, US stock markets have increased by 70%, adding over $ 12 trillion to our nation’s wealth, transcending everything anyone believed was possible,” Trump said during his state of the Union address. in February.

The American economy, he said, “is advancing at an unimaginable pace not long ago, and we will never ever go back.” On February 12, eight days after Trump had promised Americans a future full of endless growth, the Dow hit its record high.

But now, less than eight weeks later, panic over the coronavirus pandemic has made the president’s promises empty. Markets dropped by over 30% in a few days. Much of the wealth that Trump claimed credit for has been wiped out.

Many analysts now predict that the U.S. economy could decline by 5% in the second quarter of this year, as schools, bars, restaurants, theaters, gyms and workplaces across the country are closed for weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. . On Wednesday, a JPMorgan analyst warned that the second quarter contraction could go up to 14%.

Major airlines are in danger of bankruptcy as travelers cancel their trips and stay close to home, some by choice, and others on the orders of state and local governments. This is expected to continue until summer, Trump said on Monday, although it may be “longer than that”.

Economists and investors now seem resigned to the fact that the US economy will enter a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. The only questions that remain now are how long the recession will last and how deep it will cut.

On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reportedly told Senate Republicans that, unless massive government intervention in the economy, the unemployment rate in the United States could rise to 20% in a matter of months. When asked about the comments during a briefing on Wednesday, Mnuchin said that the figure was “an absolute worst case scenario”, but not something that Mnuchin never believed could actually happen.

Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury Secretary, right, speaks next to U.S. President Donald Trump during a Coronavirus Task Force press conference in the White House meeting room in Washington, DC, the United States, Tuesday March 17, 2020 .

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But if the final figure turns out to be simply bad or catastrophic, history indicates that they will be terrible for Trump’s re-election prospects.

“It would be very difficult for the president to survive November” if the economy sinks into recession, said William Galston, a senior member of the government at the Brookings Institution. “I can’t think of a precedent for this.”

Despite dire economic warning signs, however, Trump’s re-election campaign still claims ownership of what it calls “Trump’s economy”.

“The basic fundamentals of Trump’s economy are strong and President Trump is ensuring that the solid prosperity that Americans are experiencing is likely to remain,” Kayleigh McEnany, an election campaign spokesman, told CNBC.

Trump’s democratic opponents, he said, “would cancel Trump’s economy.”

This type of boundless economic optimism has long been a part of Trump’s political DNA. So Trump has the will to ignore the economic reality in order to paint a more solar picture of the facts on the ground support, be it the financial markets, the United States economy, his personal wealth or his business.

On Friday, after a month of historical decline, the markets reversed and rose sharply. But Trump’s tweet is still deeply misleading. Friday’s market wave was an anomalous data point and Trump used it to mask a wider reality. Stocks have resumed their drastic falls this week.

With the election and a potential recession looming, Trump’s habit of pretending that the economy is doing better than it really is is becoming increasingly risky, Galston said.

“Trump has to be careful now, not to say things that contradict the evidence of ordinary people’s experiences, what’s in front of them every day,” he said.

“As president, you can say almost anything you want about Afghanistan, Iran or the court cases. But when tens of millions of families have difficulties and experience personal pain, you cannot tell them that the sky is blue when it is green, “He said.

Biden’s bump

Trump is certainly not the first candidate to see the bottom of their biggest campaign promise drop. But there is a saying in politics: if you can’t convince voters that you are the best guy, then convince them that your opponent is the worst. Trump is a master of this type of negative campaign.

“Americans of all political beliefs are tired of radical and rage-ridden left-wing socialists,” Trump said in a campaign demonstration in New Jersey in late January. “Really, the Democratic Party is the socialist party and perhaps worse.” Later in the demonstration. Trump said Democrats “have never been more extreme than they are at the moment,” adding: “These people are crazy. They are inspired by socialists like Bernie. [Sanders]”.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the Bernie Sanders Rally “Bernie’s Back” in Queensbridge Park.

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When Trump said this, the polls actually showed Sanders a comfortable lead in a crowded democratic camp, so there were probably some Democrats taking cues from him.

And it is also true that Sanders embraced the “democratic socialist” label and did not hide his admiration for the economies of the “Nordic model”, which use heavy taxes to redistribute wealth and finance a vast social welfare system.

For Trump, Sanders’ first successes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada were excellent news. Long before the Democratic primary began, Trump had rallied his supporters for more than a year with wild claims about how Democrats are all socialists intent on destroying free markets.

As long as Sanders was in the lead, Trump had the best possible platform to make dark prophecies about what a President Sanders’ socialist hold on America might look like. Trump’s re-election was the last better hope of the voters, the de facto choice for anyone who did not appreciate the idea that the United States became the next Venezuela, the reasoning went.

When Trump swore in his State of the Union speech in February that “he would never allow socialism to destroy American health care,” he was making a direct decision on Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan.

The night Trump pledged to save America from Sanders, Biden’s campaign was at a crossroads. He had just finished fourth in the Iowa caucus, a milestone that even the candidate admitted was “punched in the stomach”.

The following week, Biden finished fifth in New Hampshire’s first grade, only to finish second in the Nevada caucus. At that point, the Biden campaign was practically on life support. Millions of Democrats across the country were waking up to the real possibility that Sanders – who isn’t even a registered Democrat, he’s an independent – would be on top of the party ticket in November.

But everything changed on February 29, when Biden demolished the rest of the Democratic camp in South Carolina’s long-awaited primary. It was the first primary in the South and Biden won by an astounding margin of nearly 30 points.

Former Presidential Democratic Vice President Joe Biden talks to supporters at an election event at Wofford University on February 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Since then, Biden has won the lion’s share of primary and democratic delegates. On Tuesday evening, the former vice president won competitions in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, consolidating his almost insurmountable lead over Sanders.

All this good news for Biden, however, is bad news for Trump.

“Trump was hoping to run against Bernie Sanders and play the so-called socialism card, and now that plan has also fallen apart,” Barla of UCLA said. “Vice President Biden will be a formidable opponent who has more experience than Trump in the White House.”

To make matters worse for Trump, Biden has direct experience in response to a national economic crisis, which offers him a unique perspective from which to challenge Trump’s decisions.

“You will hear Biden talk more and more about his role in the 2009 economic recovery package that he helped promote during the Obama administration,” said Baretto.

“The 2008 recession has been very serious. Looking back, most economists give the Obama administration a lot of credit for stabilizing the economy, and Biden has played a role in this.”

As Sanders ‘main campaign fades, expect to see Trump’s campaign work hard to saddle Biden with Sanders’ most polarizing political background.

“Democrats are choosing between two far-left extremists trying to open our borders, destroy millions of jobs by eliminating fossil fuels and oppose travel restrictions” which helped limit the spread of the coronavirus, McEnany said CNBC.

Moments later, McEnany connected them together again, saying: “Both Bernie and Biden would have canceled Trump’s economy and would not have had the leadership needed to guide our country through the pandemic that President Trump is navigating with an all-around approach. American”.

The “invisible enemy”

As Trump and his administration begin putting together a massive trillion-dollar stimulus package managed by the government to mitigate the economic effects of coronavirus, another piece of Trump’s reelection camp is falling apart: Trump’s insistence on be at war against the “big government”, a “rigged system” which he claims is controlled by his enemies, democrats, the media, the “deep state” and the “swamp”.

In 2016, Trump won the presidency in part because his supporters believed he would dismantle a corrupt ruling class of lobbyists and technocrats, “drained the swamp” and “downsized the swollen federal bureaucracy.”

Four years later, federal agencies were really gutted, largely through a combination of attrition, budget cuts, “rationalization” and low morale.

Suddenly, in the face of the coronavirus, Trump’s commitment to combat the administrative state and “drain the swamp” was sidelined in favor of phrases such as “an entirely governmental approach”.

As the Americans, frightened and desperate, have increasingly sought help from the federal government, Trump has begun to confront each other in the past few days, after weeks of belittling and rejecting the threat from the coronavirus. Starting this week, Trump has worn the mantle of the great government himself, taking credit for the federal response and attacking the media for any perceived criticism.

However, turning abruptly from a crusader fighting the evils of the big government into a benevolent bureaucrat ready to distribute big government bailouts, set up task forces and send checks to people in the mail is not easy.

Trump’s profound cuts to the federal workforce over the past three years have already come back to haunt him.

President Donald Trump announces his decision for the United States to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Last week, Trump was targeted by the 2018 closure of the National Health Council’s global health office in the White House, responsible for coordinating responses to the pandemic. When a reporter asked the president to close the office, Trump became defensive and agitated, calling the question “bad” and saying he knew nothing of the move.

“It’s the administration, maybe they do,” said Trump, apparently referring to his administration.

In order for Trump to argue convincingly for re-election, he will have to find a way to reconcile the two contradictory versions of himself that he is currently projecting. There is the precoronavirus Trump, which built an entire presidency on principles such as not giving government benefits away for free and not trusting career bureaucrats. And there is post-coronavirus Trump, who tweeted this previously unthinkable message on Wednesday morning.

“For people who are now out of work due to important and necessary containment policies, such as closing hotels, bars and restaurants, money will come for you soon,” said the president.

Brookings’ Galston succinctly described Trump’s current situation.

“It’s easy to hate the government until you need it.”

Correction: This story has been updated to clarify how polls characterize Sanders’ chances against Trump in general elections.

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Trump directs the FDA to examine whether malaria medication can be used

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he had directed the Food and Drug Administration to study whether an existing drug administered to malaria could also be used to treat the new coronavirus.

There is no proven treatment for the COVID-19 virus, which has quickly become a pandemic. U.S. health officials say a ready-to-use vaccine could take 12 to 18 months.

But some scientists claimed early in the epidemic that the anti-malaria drug, chloroquine, could be a potential treatment for the new virus.

It is important “not to give false hopes,” FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn told the White House daily briefing on coronavirus. But Trump has “asked us to be aggressive” and “to break through exciting and life-saving treatments, and we’re doing it to the FDA,” Hahn said.

The World Health Organization, however, said last month that “there is no evidence” that the drug is effective in treating coronavirus.

Trump said the United States would be able to make the anti-malaria drug available “almost immediately” and that it “has been approved.” But several outlets reported minutes after the FDA had not approved chloroquine for use in the treatment of coronavirus.

The FDA did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Thursday’s briefing announcement came a few hours after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House’s massive economic stimulus proposal will include $ 500 billion in direct payments to Americans.

United States President Donald Trump listens to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn (R) talk about the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House on March 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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That money would be divided into two large tranches, each of which would provide $ 1,000 per person and $ 500 per child – meaning a family of four would get $ 3,000, Mnuchin said in an interview with Fox Business Network.

“As soon as Congress approves it, we’ll get it out in three weeks. And then, six weeks later, if the president still has a national emergency, we’ll hand over another $ 3,000,” said Mnuchin.

The Trump administration also asked Congress for an additional $ 45.8 billion to cover the “unexpected” costs incurred by agencies responding to the crisis.

Hahn, the leader of one of those agencies, told the White House that the FDA is “committed to continuing to provide flexibility and regulatory orientation.”

“We are looking at everything that is going through our banks as possible treatment options” for coronavirus, said Hahn.

Some health authorities in the U.S. and China have used Gilead Sciences’ Remdesivir antiviral drug, which has been tested as a possible treatment for the Ebola outbreak, in the hope that the drug will shorten the life span of the virus in patients. The Kaletra antiviral drug, developed by the pharmacist AbbVie, has also been used by some authorities through so-called compassionate use programs.

The coronavirus novel, believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, quickly spread worldwide, infecting over 219,000 people and killing at least 8,900, data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, over 9,100 cases have so far been confirmed and at least 150 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins.

These are the latest news. Check back for updates.

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Mike Pence promises “tens of thousands of coronavirus tests” in the coming days

ALABAMA

Jefferson County the restaurant is eliminated, the childcare centers are closed and visits to nursing homes have been limited.

Public meetings of over 25 people banned across the state.

All public schools are closed until April 6th.

Mark Wilson, Jefferson County Health Officer, said: “I know this has a big impact on our community. It’s quite restrictive. ‘

The Alabama Public Health Department on Monday urged people across the state to avoid meetings of over 50 people, unless they can maintain a 6-foot distance between others, to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

ALASKA

Anchor – prohibition of the restaurant service from Monday to March 31 at 17:00.

Theaters, gyms and bingo halls closed until March 31st.

The mayor of Anchorage signed the order on Monday by closing gyms and entertainment venues and banning restaurants, bars and other facilities from offering a public catering service throughout the rest of March.

PENNSYLVANIA

All liquor stores and licensed service centers will close indefinitely on Tuesday at 9:00 pm.

Gov Tom Wolf extended the shutdown to the entire state of Pennsylvania on Monday, excluding essential services.

LOUISIANA

All bars, night clubs, casinos, cinemas, gyms and spas will be closed until April 13th. Restaurants can only be open for takeaway options.

Governor John Bel Edwards said the new restrictions will take effect on Tuesday and last until April 13th.

Public meetings of 50 or more people will be banned. Nobody will be allowed to eat on site in a restaurant.

In strongly Catholic New Orleans It’s inside Baton RougeChurch leaders have announced the cancellation of the masses until further notice.

CONNECTICUT

The gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited.

Bars and restaurants close indefinitely for customers who dine.

Clubs, bars, cinemas, gyms close indefinitely.

Hospitals across the state are limiting the visit and some, including UConn Health in Farmington, have announced the indefinite postponement of elective surgery.

Massachuetts

The gatherings of over 25 people are prohibited.

Bars and restaurants to be offered until April 7 only.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is closing construction sites across the city. Walsh also announced the closure of all branches of the Boston Public Library.

NEW JERSEY

Curfew from 20:00 to 05:00; meetings of more than 50 people are prohibited; bars and restaurants close indefinitely for customers who dine, but can offer takeaway.

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms close indefinitely.

The new regional closure of gyms, casinos and theaters has been ordered by the governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

NEW YORK

The gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited

Bars and restaurants close indefinitely for customers who dine, but can offer takeaway

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms close indefinitely

Essential companies like supermarkets and gas stations will be able to remain open after 20:00. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to “strongly encourage” non-essential activities to close in New York after 8:00 PM.

New York City – Restaurants can only accept pick-up and delivery orders. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered the closure of night clubs, cinemas and other entertainment venues

New York City has announced that its nation’s largest public school district will be closed on Monday, joining most of the rest of the country.

New Rochelle – set up a containment area of ​​one mile

ILLINOIS

Bars and restaurants close their customers until March 30th

KENTUCKY

Bars and restaurants close their customers until March 30th.

Democratic governors of Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington on Monday ordered the closure of all or part of certain categories of businesses.

OHIO

Bars and restaurants close customers for dinner, but they can offer takeaway.

Ohio marked St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday without parades and primary elections for coronavirus fears. Health director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order on Monday to close the polls on Tuesday.

Youngstown State University and Capital University of Columbus were among those who announced the cancellation of the ceremonies in early May, saying they could not comply with the restrictions that severely limited the size of the meetings.

Ohio Catholic bishops suspended all masses publicly celebrated at Easter on April 12, extending a previous suspension of services on Palm Sunday a week earlier.

OKLAHOMA

Public schools closed at least until April 6th.

The Oklahoma governor declared a state emergency on Sunday evening.

MICHIGAN

Bars and restaurants close indefinitely to customers, but they can offer takeaway.

The Detroit The Department of Transportation canceled the bus service shortly after 8 am due to a shortage of drivers.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has banned more of 50 people in one meeting at a time.

Whitmer issued a large order on Monday banning customers from dining in restaurants and closing all bars, cinemas, gyms and other sports facilities to curb the spread of coronavirus. The measure was to last until March.

In addition to these restrictions, all Michigan schools are closed.

WASHINGTON

Restaurants and bars have ordered to close temporarily.

Meetings of over 50 people banned for at least two weeks.

MINNESOTA

The restaurants and bars where to dine were closed until March 27th starting on Tuesday evening.

Governor Tim Walz has ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily approach customers who dine.

Home delivery and collection services can continue to function. Temporary closure also applies to other public entertainment venues, including theaters, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs.

Interested companies must close by 17:00. Tuesday. As the governor’s order runs until March 27, he said it will likely end up extending it. Supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers are not affected.

OREGON

The gatherings of over 25 people are prohibited.

Restaurants and bars can only offer takeaway.

Governor Kate Brown on Monday banned on-site consumption in state bars and restaurants for at least four weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and said meetings would be limited to 25 people or less.

Restaurants can still offer takeout or delivery, he said at a press conference.

CALIFORNIA

All the bars that are recommended to close, restaurants reduce half of the occupation and over 65 are self-sufficient.

San Francisco Residents are ordered to “take shelter on the spot” in five counties. City residents are legally prohibited from leaving their home for three weeks for non-essential reasons.

Disneyland has closed to the public.

WASHINGTON DC.

Restaurants, bars and clubs will close by 10pm on Monday, with takeaways and delivery still available until April 1st.

Wellness centers, spas, massage rooms and theaters to be closed.

MARYLAND

Bars and restaurants close indefinitely for customers who dine, but can offer take-ou.t

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms close indefinitely.

FLORIDA

In Florida, Walt Disney World and Universal-Orlando closed on Sunday evening for the remainder of the month, joining their already closed California brothers.

Further south, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale have closed their beaches, where thousands of college spring breakers have spilled over.

All bars and discos are closed.

NEVADA

Wynn Las Vegas and MGM Resorts to plan closings

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says that all public, private and charter K-12 schools in the state will remain closed on Monday until at least April 6, in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus

COLORADO

Restaurants are closed to customers for the next 30 days

INDIANA

Bars, night clubs and restaurants are closed for dinner and takeaway allowed until the end of March

RHODE ISLAND

All restaurants, bars and cafés close for dinner until March 30th

The guide and delivery services remain open

VERMONT

Bars and restaurants can only serve takeaway from Tuesday evening

ARIZONA

All schools closed until March 27th.

Restaurants will only offer takeaway service and bars, theaters, fitness centers, and indoor recreation facilities will be closed flagpole under a proclamation issued by the mayor of the city for concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

The closings will take effect on Tuesday at 20:00 in the mountainous city.

ARKANSAS

All schools are closed from Tuesday.

Arkansas casinos are temporarily closing due to worries about the coronavirus.

Arkansas’ largest city is imposing further restrictions, including a curfew, in an attempt to curb the spread of the new coronavirus as the number of infections in the state continues to increase.

Mayor Frank Scott said Monday that a curfew will go into effect from midnight to 5 am Small rock starting on Wednesday.

DELAWARE

All restaurants closed for dinner, takeaway and delivery continues

Prohibition of public gatherings of 50 or more people

GEORGIA

All public schools and universities closed

HAWAII

Prohibition of gatherings of over 50 people on the property of the city until April

Internal places of the city for events and recreational activities nearby

Hanauma Bay is closed

IDAHO

Boise: state of emergency declared Monday, closed urban buildings with the exception of Boise airport

IOWA

Cedar Rapids: City buildings closed

Dozens of Iowa school districts are following the governor’s leadership and pausing lessons for four weeks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

And after legislative leaders made a similar decision to suspend the legislative session, lawmakers began the process on Monday, at least temporarily stopping their work on the Capitol.

KANSAS

Kansas State University to teach distance learning

In Kansas, Democratic governor Laura Kelly on Monday banned public meetings of 50 or more people for the next two months.

MAINE

The largest city in Maine, Portland, declared an emergency and adopted a curfew to prevent the spread of the virus on St. Patrick’s day.

The curfew applies to establishments where groups meet all day on Tuesday and from 20:00 to 2 in the morning from Wednesday to Saturday.

L.L. Bean is closing all its retail stores across the country, including its flagship store in Italy Free port, Maine, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The North Haven Select Board voted on Sunday to immediately ban visitors and seasonal residents from preventing the spread of coronavirus on the island of Penobscot Bay, where no cases have yet occurred.

MISSISSIPPI

Casinos, public universities and school districts closed until further notice

MISSOURI

Restaurants, bars and movie theaters ordered closures for 15 days on the Kansas City subway on Tuesday

MONTANA

Public schools closed for two weeks

Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte and Helena limit restaurant openings

NEBRASKA

Omaha bars and restaurants limited to 10 and with patronage

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Restaurants will be limited to takeaways, schools will be closed, and large public gatherings will be banned in an attempt to contain coronavirus in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire directive, which runs until April 7, will also ban public meetings of at least 50 people.

NEW MEXICO

Restaurants and bars to operate with a 50% capacity; the tables must not accommodate more than six people and must be separated by at least six feet.

NORTH CAROLINA

The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, is ordering the closure of all restaurants and bars to customers.

Cooper’s office has announced that it will issue a new executive order directing the closings in effect at 5pm. Tuesday. The factories can continue to offer takeaway and delivery.

NORTH DAKOTA

No mandatory closure of restaurants and bars.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum issued an executive order closing schools across the state for a week starting Monday.

PUERTO RICO

Two-week shutdown for most businesses; 9pm curfew overnight until March 30th.

Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State, Elmer Román, said in a press conference Monday that nobody is allowed to go to the beach.

On Sunday, Governor Wanda Vázquez ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential government offices and businesses with the exception of service stations and those in the food, health and finance sectors. Puerto Rico has also canceled important events, including an Ironman race scheduled for the past weekend.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston meetings of over 50 people outside shops and private offices are prohibited.

Columbia it has limited companies to no more than half of their legal occupation and will not allow more than six people to sit at a restaurant table.

Schools are closed on Mondays

SOUTH DAKOTA

No current plan to close restaurants or bars.

Last week, the governor signed a state of emergency, calling on public schools to close and ordering non-essential state employees to work from home.

Public universities in South Dakota announced Monday that all classes will move online next week after a long spring break.

TENNESSEE

All bars are closed Nashville; restaurants have ordered to operate with a capacity not exceeding 50%.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Monday asked schools to close, urging people to avoid crowded bars

TEXAS

Austin is considering closing restaurants and bars

SXSW canceled

AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS

State of emergency declared

All public schools have closed for at least three weeks starting Wednesday

UTAH

Salt Lake City closes restaurants to dine in customers and bars; carry out continues

VIRGINIA

Governor Ralph Northam prohibits public gatherings of over 100 people

WESTERN VIRGINIA

So far, West Virginia has only one case of coronavirus.

WISCONSIN

Prohibits 50 people or more meetings; bars and restaurants that limit customers

WYOMING

Dine in banned customers in restaurants and bars

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