Donald Trump is extending social distancing guidelines through April 30, as he announced at a White House briefing, Sunday.
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“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won. That would be the greatest loss all,” he said. “The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end. Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread.”
He continued to explain that the death rate is expected to peak in two weeks. This played a key role in his decision: “The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks. I will say it again. The peak, the highest point death rates, remember this, is likely to hit in 2 weeks.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci provided his rough estimate for the eventual death toll, Sunday, saying, “I mean, looking at what we’re seeing now, you know, I would say between 100 and 200,000 deaths]. But I don’t want to be held to that.”
New York is critically low on supplies. Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN the city has enough medical supplies to last one week: “We have enough supplies to get to a week from today with the exception ventilators. We’re going to need at least several hundred more ventilators very quickly. But we have otherwise the supplies to get to next Sunday.”
While announcing that social distancing guidelines would be extended through April 30, Donald Trump suggested that healthcare workers are either being irresponsible with medical masks or stealing them.
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“How do you go from 10 to 20 to 30,000, to 300,000 — even though this is different. Something is going on,” he remarked. “And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door.”
“I want the people New York to check – Governor Andrew] Cuomo, Mayor Bill] de Blasio – that when a hospital that’s getting 10,000 masks goes to 300,000 masks in a rapid period, I would like to check that. I hear stories like that all the time,” he said. “We’re delivering millions and millions products and all we hear is: ‘Can we get some more?’ I heard that from one the great companies the world at doing this … I think people should check that because there’s something going on. I don’t think it’s hoarding, I think it’s maybe worse than hoarding. Check it out, check it out. I don’t know, I think that’s something for others to figure out.”
Mayor de Blasio told CNN that New York is down to one week’s supply medical supplies: “We have enough supplies to get to a week from today with the exception ventilators. We’re going to need at least several hundred more ventilators very quickly. But we have otherwise the supplies to get to next Sunday.”
Donald Trump contacted former-Yankee Alex Rodriquez, earlier this week, regarding the Coronavirus response, according to ABC’s John Santucci and John Santucci.
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“During marathon day meetings earlier this week, President Trump continued outreach across the country regarding coronavirus & phoned former Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez,” ABC senior editorial producer John Santucci tweeted Friday. “Multiple sources tell ABC, the president spoke to ARod from the Oval Office.
“A source close to Rodriguez told @ABC the call with Trump was ‘pleasant’ adding that Trump was seeking thoughts from ARod about the coronavirus response. Sources say there was no discussion AROD or his fiancé Jennifer Lopez taking on any ficial effort,” he continued.
Trump responded, “More Fake News!”
Trump has been critical ARod in the past. He once tweeted, “The @Yankees should immediately stop paying A-Rod—he signed his contract without telling them he was a druggie.”
While Trump originally downplayed the seriousness the Coronavirus, he’s now begun taking action to combat it. Saturday, Trump announced that he is considering a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and parts Connecticut. New York has the highest rates coronavirus cases across the country.
The United States has ficially charged Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro with Narco-Terrorism, Corruption, and Drug Trafficking fenses, as confirmed by US Attorney General William Barr. Alongside Maduro, the charges extend to the head Venezuela’s constituent assembly, the former director military intelligence, a “former high ranking general,” and more to be announced shortly. Any information leading to Maduro’s arrest will be compensated with a reward $15 million.
A statement from the Department Justice reads Barr’s statement as follows: “For more than 20 years, Maduro and a number high-ranking colleagues allegedly conspired with the FARC, causing tons cocaine to enter and devastate American communities. Today’s announcement is focused on rooting out the extensive corruption within the Venezuelan government – a system constructed and controlled to enrich those at the highest levels the government.”
Accusing Maduro being a member the Cártel de Los Soles since 1999, the charges allege that he has been using his position to facilitate the spread cocaine in the United States. “The Cártel de Los Soles sought to not only enrich its members and enhance their power, but also to “flood” the United States with cocaine and inflict the drug’s harmful and addictive effects on users in the United States,” reads the ficial DOJ statement. It claims that Maduro’s alliance with the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), a “revolutionary” group involved with drug-trafficking, forms the basis the drug-charges.
It should be noted that tensions between President Donald Trump and Maduro have been volatile late, with the former calling the latter “an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people,” and vowing that “his grip tyranny will be smashed and broken.”
Donald Trump is still fed up with the mainstream media, especially during these trying times for Americans and people across the world. NBC report Peter Alexander was at the receiving end a tongue-lashing by the president after asking about the Coronavirus-induced fear across the country. Listing f statistics surrounding COVID-19, Alexander asked, “What do you say to Americans who are scared?”
Trump immediately shut down the question while putting Alexander’s journalistic integrity on the line. “You are a terrible reporter. That’s what I say,” Trump responded before launching into a rant about the “nasty question” he was asked. “The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope. You’re doing sensationalism,” Trump charged. “And the same with NBC and Comcast. I don’t call it Comcast. I call it ‘Con-Cast.'”
He continued, “Let me tell you something. That’s really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead sensationalism. Let’s see if it works. It might. It might not. But I’m feeling really good about it.”
Alexander has since issued a statement surrounding the question stating that he was giving the president “an opportunity to reassure the millions Americans, members my own family and my neighbors and my community and plenty people sitting at home, this was his opportunity to do that, to provide a positive or uplifting message. Instead, you saw the president’s answer to that question right now.”
Trump’s beef with the media still lingers and it doesn’t look like it’ll end anytime in the near future.
Citizens the world are being advised to stay home and practice social distancing because the global pandemic we are currently experiencing. The coronavirus outbreak has affected us all — some more than others — but it remains a fact that our world has been changed forever. Countries have been shutting down altogether and United States and Canadian residents are being urged to return home before it becomes too unsafe to do so. In the latest development pertaining to non-essential travel, it has been reported that the borders between Canada and the United States have been temporarily closed.
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“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” tweeted President Donald Trump this morning. “Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”
The Washington Post notes that the Department Homeland Security is still working on the specific details the closure, including the timeline the border closure, but it will not include the transport commercial goods or the return Canadian or American citizens for the time being.
With news breaking out regarding the novel coronavirus by the minute, we will stay on top any pertinent updates for you. Stay safe and, if you are currently traveling outside the country, please go home and stay inside.
President Donald Trump spoke about the coronavirus, yesterday in South Carolina, and downplayed its seriousness, calling it Democrats’ “new hoax.”
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“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. They’re politicizing it,” he said, according to NBC News. “They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes. One my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax.”
Trump then called coronavirus fears their “new hoax.”
He went on to relate the virus to the border: “You see it. You see it with the coronavirus. You see that. When you have this virus or any other virus or any other problem coming in, it’s not the only thing that comes in through the border and we are setting records now at the border.”
“So far we have lost nobody to coronavirus,” Trump said. “Democrats will always say horrible things. Democrats want us to fail so badly.”
His comments come in response to Dems’ claims that his administration has not done enough to prepare for the epidemic.
According to Worldometers.info, there have been 85,729 cases the coronavirus worldwide and 2,933 total deaths. In the US, there are 59 active cases and no deaths so far.
President Donald Trump has already begun ramping up his campaign efforts as the general election is going to take place on November 4th this year. In order to effectively campaign, Trump has decided to fly around the country and hold rallies in various different states. Recently, Trump was in Colorado and he had a very special guest with him. Of course, we are talking about UFC President Dana White.
TMZ recently caught up with White where they asked him about his recent trip and what it meant to him. As White explained, he was never actually supposed to speak but the President wanted him to. White also spoke about UFC fans who may jump ship knowing White is an avid Trump supporter.
“I wasn’t really campaigning, he called me and asked me if I wanted to go to Colorado “he said, ‘Wanna go to Colorado?’ So, I said, ‘Yeah.’ So, we flew over to Colorado for the day and then back to Vegas,” White explained before talking about the fans. “I could give a s**t. I don’t give a s**t. If you don’t like me because I’m friends with this guy, that’s your problem, not mine.”
Clearly, White is very comfortable with his political believes and truly doesn’t care that people have an issue. With the election drawing near, it will be interesting to see if White does anymore campaign stops.
Donald Trump is at it once again. Fresh f being acquitted from his impeachment trial, he’s back in the Oval Office pulling some pretty egregious moves. According to Forbes, the president shared his annual budget calls including $5.6B cut in funds for the U.S. Education Department. The student forgiveness loan program, for one, is next to get snipped if Trump’s bill passes in Congress. The program was first introduced under the Bush Jr. administration in 2007 allowing federal loan forgiveness for full-time employed borrowers federal, state or local public service job or 501(c)(3) nonprit job. Those who were eligible would have had to make 120 payments on-time over 10 years.
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Trump’s proposal, along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos argued that they wanted to find a fiscal balance between the borrowers and taxpayers. They said that this is a way for them to save money from actually forgiving loans. Instead, they claim that their new plan will help students get f their loans at a quicker rate. Trump and DeVos believe that the new federal repayment plan can let borrowers lower their payment plans, despite the fact they won’t lower interest rates.
Repayment plans will be based on income and would allow forgiveness for federal student loans after 15 years for undergraduates in comparison for the current 20 years under the current plans that exist.
Though many expected that the Republican Party would hold steadfast in their decision to acquit Donald Trump all impeachment charges, Senator Mitt Romney has ficially deted from the pack. With Trump facing charges abuse power and obstruction Congress, Romney decided to vote in favor conviction, making him the first –and possibly final– Republican to do so.
Making the announcement, Romney expressed a desire to stand on the right side history. “I sought to hear from John Bolton not only because I believed he could add context to the charges,” he states. “But because I hoped he would add reasonable doubt and thus remove the awful obligation for me to vote for impeachment.” As the decision to hear from witnesses was ultimately vetoed, Mitt never had that chance. “We’ve come to different conclusions fellow senators, but I trust we have all followed the dictates our conscience.”
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“Voters will make the final decision, just as the President’s lawyers have implored,” he continues. “My vote will likely be in the minority in the senate, but irrespective this vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best my ability. Believing that my country expected it me. I will only be one name among many, no more, no less, to future generations who look at the record this trial. They will note merely that I was among the senators who determined that what President did was wrong. Grievously wrong.”
Though he predicted that President Trump and many his supporters will turn their wrath upon him, many on both sides have already begun praising Romney as courageous. Check out Mitt Romney’s full speech below. As this moment, the Senate stands on the verge acquitting Trump from all impeachment accusations.
Donald Trump has been on the Internet going wild today. First, he took shots at the beloved Barack Obama on Twitter in the midst his impeachment trial. But today, he unveiled the logo for the US Space Force, the newly launched branch as part the US military. Whether or not the US Space Force was launched to combat the possibilities an alien invasion remains to be unseen but with all this Area 51 talk, this might be the first time Trump’s taken preventative (we’re looking at you, Donald Trump Jr.).
Anyhow, Trump hit Twitter today where he unveiled the US Space Force’s new logo and within moments, people were quick to point out just how familiar it looks like, especially among Star Trek fans. In fact, many pointed out that the logo is damn-near identical to the Starfleet logo. It’s not surprising that Trump, out all people, would pick this one as the logo. ‘
“The US Space Force seal honors the Department the Air Force’s proud history and long-standing record providing the best space capabilities in the world,” a Space Force rep said. “The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces; and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. Since then, the delta symbol has been a prominent feature in military space community emblems.”
As Star Trek alumnus and Trump critic, George Takei, who played the role Hikaru Sulu, tweeted, “Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this…”
With the year’s early events already spawning talk WWIII, pandemics, and more political intrigue than ever before, one has to wonder if 2020 will spell a year unparalleled antics on a global scale. As this week, President Donald Trump has been at the center a historic impeachment trial, which finds the Democrats building a case as to why Trump should be removed from fice. All this before the next election in 2020, leaving the President’s fate as Commander In Chief uncertain.
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And still he tweets. By now, it’s no secret that Trump is not one to let a grudge fall by the wayside. Especially not one that rallies up his loyal base like no other. In the midst all the tumult, the President took some time to fire shots at his old pal Barack Obama, making it clear that he still wants the smoke after all these years.
Naturally, the diversionary tweet served its purpose in sparking a heated discussion between his haters and his supporters, a feud that will likely continue to heat up as the election approaches. It’s unclear as to why Donald Trump continues to focus on Barack Obama, but if the playbook has a successful play, why retire it?
In its continuing to stop Amazon from selling cloud services to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and those who work with them, No Music for ICE has announced that it will picket Amazon events at SXSW 2020.
The organization is calling on artists, fans and human rights supporters to boycott all events that the online retail giant sponsors at the festival.
The issue that they have with the company is its cloud services division, which is called Amazon Web Services (AWS). While these services are not as commonly known to the average consumer as Amazon’s online store, it is one of the most lucrative divisions in the company and one of its chief drivers of profit. AWS provides cloud services not only to companies but also to many government entities, including ICE.
No Music for ICE believes that, by doing business with Amazon, people are indirectly supporting the immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. So, it has not only been boycotting Amazon-sponsored events but has also encouraged music artists to pull their music from the company’s platform.
The organization released a statement in conjunction with the SXSW boycott.
They said, “Musicians should not provide credibility or cool points to a company that plays a direct role in the US government’s brutal separation of families and cruel attacks on immigrant communities. Musicians should instead say NO to ICE by rejecting participation in Amazon events and standing in solidarity with immigrant rights groups, tech workers, and grassroots activists.”
The organization is also taking issue with the festival itself, for allowing Amazon a presence at the event. They think that it runs counter to the festival’s professed support of human rights. They seem particularly upset that the event will be taking place in Texas, where they believe that the abuse of immigrants has been the worse.
Drew Brees has been one the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the past two decades and even won himself a Super Bowl back in the day. Brees has enjoyed prolonged success as a member the New Orleans Saints and this Spring, he will have a huge decision to make in free agency. Despite all the good he has done for the city, Brees found himself in a bit a controversy last night as he was seen hanging out with President Donald Trump at the CFB National Championship game.
At one point during the game, Brees was in the same suite as Trump and had his photo taken with the President. Melania Trump was there as well while Brees’ family also took part in the photo-op. In the grand scheme things, it was a harmless photo that doesn’t necessarily reflect Brees’ political leanings.
Despite the banality it all, fans took to Twitter where they condemned Brees for his talks with the president. Many people seemed to be disappointed in Brees and felt as though he was co-signing all Trump’s behavior. Of course, there were a plethora memes thrown Brees’ way although we imagine he ended up avoiding them all.
George Lopez’s deep-rooted distaste for Donald Trump is well-documented. Pairing this with the actor and comedian’s penchant for unfiltered takes, it’s really no surprise that he’d have no problem publicly supporting the Iranian government’s alleged $80 million bounty on Trump’s head following the assassination military leader Qasem Soleimani.
It was when an Instagram user posted the report the alleged $80 million price tag that’s been floating around that Lopez slid in underneath to add, “We’ll do it for half.”
At first glance, such a response can be grouped in with the number other questionable declarations that have hit the internet since Trump’s executive decision sparked widespread panic across the United States with fears an escalation tensions between the US and Iran. However, some users are taking to kindly to the apparent joke with many conservative pundits rushing to call on the Secret Service to investigate Lopez for what’s being interpreted as an apparent threat to the president’s life.
The counterpoint to these claims, course, have been the return to the very frequent and routine calls for the assassination former President Barack Obama with opposing voters ten creating effigies Obama burning and hanging from a noose.
We’d venture to say that this will likely be another moment that comes and goes just the same, but in this climate, who knows?