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Kathryn KrawczykFri, October 23, 2020, 3:33 PM CDT

Developers will start rolling out their COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months, leaving U.S. health officials to test their long-term safety. But that won’t be easy, especially given that the Trump administration quietly shut down the office responsible for ensuring the safety of vaccines last year, The New York Times reports.

Before the late 1980s, vaccine safety relied on parents, doctors, vaccine makers, and hospitals to step forward and report symptoms they feared were connected to a vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention then worked out a new system that sought out clusters of symptoms among people who receive a vaccine, and expanded that oversight during the H1N1 epidemic of 2009. This system helped the U.S. figure out which symptoms actually popped up long after a vaccine was injected, and which were just coincidental.

But in 2019, the National Vaccine Program Office was shut down in an effort to cut costs and “eliminate program redundancies,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wrote at the time. The shortsightedness of that shutdown has come into clear view amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Dr. Nicole Lurie, who who was assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS during the 2009 pandemic. FDA and CDC staffers have reportedly been meeting up on their own time to cobble some safety projects together. “There’s no sort of active coordination to bring all the information together,” Lurie told the Times.

Other vaccine experts and political scientists have their own concerns: foreign disinformation campaigns, a lack of transparency, proper communications to clear up health issues unrelated to vaccines, to name a few. A coordinated vaccine office would be tasked with handling all of that.

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TOTUS stated that he may be immune now since he has had COVID. Since his treatment was shortened -probably Against Medical advice, it is conceivable and (closer to) probable that he is still contagious and looking to do rallies to spread the virus more. This highlights his disdain for anyone but the person he sees in his mirror daily. It is unfortunate that so many voters fail to look beyond the entertainment and follow the pied piper of ignorance and ineptitude as if he really has some intelligence. An informed voter should spend some time listening or viewing multiple sources of news to get a better idea of the issues that affect them. Politricks is the ultimate manipulative tool and since elections occur several years apart, there is the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome that allows the previous lies to be forgotten while the same lies are recycled allowing for another round of outrage that obscures the truth. TOTUS has mastered this “art” form as he has used it all of his life and in his failed business ventures. From faker to taker, from pauper to thief, TOTUS has failed upward.

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By REX HUPPKE
CHICAGO TRIBUNE |
OCT 05, 2020 AT 11:55 AM

As President Donald Trump continues to battle COVID-19, a number of questions have come up about the accuracy of health updates coming from his medical team and the decision to allow him to take a Sunday SUV ride to wave at supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center.

As a self-appointed member of President Trump’s nationwide team of citizen-physicians, I want to assure Americans the president is doing unbelievably fantastic and everything you’re hearing about him is accurate.

First, let me share my credentials. I am an almost-graduate of the Central Florida Institute of Therapeutic Clown Medicine and Exotic Dancing and a member in good standing of the Coalition of Ombudsmen Validating Information about Donald, or COVID.

On Sunday, Trump briefly left the hospital with a Secret Service detail in an SUV with windows closed. The president’s motorcade drove past supporters lining the road outside the hospital. He waved and then returned to the hospital.

I want to assure everyone that the excursion was both sensible and medically necessary.

Some so-called medical professionals disagree, including Dr. James Phillips, a doctor affiliated with Walter Reed. He tweeted: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

Fact check: FALSE! The last thing patriotic Americans and their president need is Dr. Donnie Downer claiming a COVID Car Ride is a bad idea.

I promise you, one of the leading treatments for COVID-19 is a quick outing or, if feasible, a short boat parade. It allows the infected person to “share the viral load” with healthier, more expendable people, and it also gives the ego a chance to reinflate.

Furthermore, by leaving the hospital for a joyride while suffering from a wildly contagious disease that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and decimated the economy, President Trump modeled sensible behavior that encourages others to put their emotional needs first while ignoring the health of others. Isn’t that what America is all about?

Another area of complaint involves the information White House officials and Trump’s medical team are sharing with the public.

For example, there was confusion Saturday about when exactly the president tested positive for the virus and whether he was given supplemental oxygen.

Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, explained Sunday that he had intentionally delivered vague answers about the health of the leader of the free world because: “I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction.”

Based on my expansive knowledge of medicine (and exotic dancing), I can tell you Conley made the right move. Positive thinking and dishonesty are two of the best ways to defeat a virus, along with gargling bleach, telling other people to take hydroxychloroquine and sticking a week-old russet potato in your ear.

To save Conley and other physicians on Trump’s team from having to waste time updating the stupid media, I offer this summary of President Trump’s medical condition, which will stand until he is fully recovered and back in the White House making American great again:

Glorious God-King Trump continues to exhibit heroic manliness and tonight did many thousands of pushups before donating testosterone to lesser men.

He continues to be the best COVID-19 patient in the world, with many saying he is handling the virus far better than anyone they have ever seen, including former President Barack Obama. (The fact that Obama has never tested positive for the coronavirus is just another sign of his weakness.)

President Trump has had no trouble breathing, and in fact is breathing so well he has been teaching other patients at Walter Reed to breathe better. Many have applauded the president for his generosity and kindness and excellence in teaching breathing. He also has a beautiful singing voice, tremendous strength and weighs 180 pounds.

Since being admitted to the hospital, the president has thrice leapt from his bed shouting, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds!” This is a common part of the COVID-19 recovery.

While the president’s remarkably strong immune system could defeat the virus on its own — and the virus would consider it an honor to be felled by white blood cells of such vitality — doctors are giving President Trump an antibody cocktail made by the pharmaceutical company Regeneron along with remdesivir and dexamethasone. They have also offered a blót, or blood sacrifice, to Magni, the Norse god of strength, but that’s purely a precaution.

He recited the following and asked it be relayed to the American people: “The past and present wilt — I have fill’d them, emptied them. And proceed to fill my next fold of the future. I AM LARGE, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES!”

Also, on Monday morning, the president’s head briefly separated from his body, an expected side effect seen only in the strongest and most handsome of patients.

Is it possible the man in charge of America’s nuclear codes is on oxygen, taking drugs that can affect his mood and judgment and cause hallucinations, or recklessly endangering the lives of Secret Service agents so he can wave at strangers? Well, medically speaking, anything’s possible. But is that really information you want to know? Of course not.

That’s why it’s crucial you rely only on White House officials and the president’s therapeutically fibbing doctor, whose words sound reassuring as long as you don’t think about them too hard.

As a medical (and exotic dancing) expert, I can tell you thinking is VERY unhealthy.

Especially when it involves this administration.

rhuppke@chicagotribune.com

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Could this be a political tactic to suppress the vote? It seems that we must suppose that we are dealing with criminals in suits whose sole objective is to “Bernie Madoff” us, so they can stay in power. WE already know TOTUS is not wealthy but billions in debt to someone. The miscreant Congressional leader(just another hooker) is in bed with who knows who. The vote is our power to correct this debauchery. MA

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David Rohlfing, a Queens resident and high school English teacher, attended outdoor picnics, an outdoor bar and a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this summer. Though he did not feel sick, he wanted to get tested for COVID-19 before visiting his sister in Connecticut.

On July 6, he was tested at a New York City-run site and was told results could take a week. He checked a patient testing portal every day. On July 23 – 17 days after he took the test – he learned he did not have the disease. 

Now Rohlfing wonders whether there will be enough testing when he returns to the classroom in September. He wants a guarantee he can take a test with quick results if he interacts with an infected student or staffer. If there is no such assurance, and testing has not improved, he might not go back to class.

“I’m not going to do it,” he said. “I will join any effort to not open the schools if that part of the piece is not in place.”

The slow turnaround time for patients like Rohlfing could harm efforts to curtail outbreaks. Professional athletes and private businesses that purchase lab testing can get access to quick tests. Teachers, students and others who rely on traditional retail clinics or doctors’ offices, however, might wait days for results.

Federal officials and private labs acknowledge they must prioritize the nation’s limited supply of coronavirus tests for hospitalized patients, health care workers and other high-risk individuals. But many Americans worried about contracting the sometimes deadly virus often must wait in long lines and several days for results. 

Without a national plan on how to best allocate hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests each day, there simply is not enough capacity now to screen Americans who might unwittingly pass the virus to others.

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And some warn the problem will be further strained when universities and K-12 schools resume classes, more companies bring employees back to the workplace and influenza testing spikes this winter.

Dr. Howard Koh, a professor at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and former Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary during the Obama administration, said the testing shortage has created a pattern of unequal access.

“Some privileged parts of our country are getting daily access and others have no access at all,” Koh said. “We’re never going to solve this pandemic until we give everybody access, particularly high-risk groups. That’s the public health principle we always try to follow.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said testing delays are “totally unacceptable” and need to be fixed.

Speaking at a forum hosted Wednesday by the Harvard public health school , Fauci said in some communities “the gap between the time you get the test and the time you get the result, in some respects, obviates the reason why you did the test … We’ve got to correct that.”


A STATEMENT BY FORMER REPUBLICAN NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS

The statement below was issued by over 70 former senior Republican national security officials on August 20, 2020, and 60 additional senior officials have now signed on, including many who served in the Trump Administration.  Since its release, Donald Trump has continued to demonstrate that he is unfit to serve as president, reportedly calling Americans who served in our armed forces “losers” and “suckers,” admitting that he deliberately downplayed the threat from the coronavirus, and, alarmingly, now refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

We are former national security officials who served during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump, or as Republican Members of Congress. We are profoundly concerned about the course of our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump. Through his actions and his rhetoric, Trump has demonstrated that he lacks the character and competence to lead this nation and has engaged in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as President.

For the following reasons, we have concluded that Donald Trump has failed our country and that Vice President Joe Biden should be elected the next President of the United States.

  1. Donald Trump has gravely damaged America’s role as a world leader. Trump has disgraced America’s global reputation and undermined our nation’s moral and diplomatic influence. He has called NATO “obsolete,” branded Europe a “foe,” mocked the leaders of America’s closest friends, and threatened to terminate longstanding US alliances. Other global leaders, friends and foes alike, view him as unreliable, unstable, and unworthy of respect.
  2. Donald Trump has shown that he is unfit to lead during a national crisis. Instead of rallying the American people and the world to confront the coronavirus, Trump has spent the past half year spreading misinformation, undermining public health experts, attacking state and local officials, and wallowing in self-pity. He has demonstrated far greater concern about the fate of his reelection than the health of the American people.
  3. Donald Trump has solicited foreign influence and undermined confidence in our presidential elections. Trump publicly asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to assist his 2016 campaign, called on Chinese president Xi Jinping to “start an investigation” into his current political opponent, and pressured the president of Ukraine to act against his opponent. Citing exaggerated claims of voter fraud, he has challenged the integrity of this year’s election, even suggesting that it be postponed.
  4. Donald Trump has aligned himself with dictators and failed to stand up for American values. Trump has regularly praised the actions of dictators and human rights abusers. He proclaimed his “love” and “great respect” for North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, endorsed “brilliant leader” Xi Jinping’s move to serve as China’s president for life, repeatedly sided with Vladimir Putin against our own intelligence community, and pronounced himself a “big fan” of Turkish president Recep Erdogan despite his crackdown on democracy.
  5. Donald Trump has disparaged our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats. Trump has attacked Gold Star families, scoffed at American prisoners of war, interfered in the military justice system, and embroiled our military in domestic politics. He has ridiculed US intelligence agencies and falsely branded our nation’s diplomats as the “deep state.”
  6. Donald Trump has undermined the rule of law. Trump has compromised the independence of the Department of Justice, repeatedly attacked federal judges, and punished government officials who have sought to uphold the law. To protect himself from accountability, he has fired officials who launched investigations or testified against him, threatened whistleblowers, dangled pardons as incentives to stay silent, and blocked prison time for a political crony convicted of lying on his behalf. He has impugned journalists investigating his misconduct and has repeatedly denounced the press as the “enemy of the people.”
  7. Donald Trump has dishonored the office of the presidency. Trump engages in childish name-calling, mocks the disabled, belittles women, persistently lies, peddles baseless conspiracy theories, and continually embarrasses Americans in the eyes of the world.
  8. Donald Trump has divided our nation and preached a dark and pessimistic view of America. Trump consistently seeks to incite political, racial, and ethnic divisions, weakening our nation and delighting our adversaries. In contrast to Reagan’s vision of America as a “shining city on a hill,” Trump speaks of “American carnage,” pits Americans against each other, and stokes fears that “angry mobs” and “anarchists” are destroying our country.
  9. Donald Trump has attacked and vilified immigrants to our country. Trump routinely denigrates immigrants and inflames prejudices as he seeks support for his reelection. Despite America’s legacy as a nation of immigrants, he has demonized Americans who come from other countries, even telling members of Congress whose families immigrated to the United States to “go back” to the “crime-infested places” from which they came.
  10. Donald Trump has imperiled America’s security by mismanaging his national security team. Trump has dismissed or replaced — often by tweet — the secretaries of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Directors of National Intelligence and the FBI, three National Security Advisors, and other senior officials in critical national security positions, many because they refused to cover for his misdeeds or demonstrate sufficient personal loyalty.

While we – like all Americans – had hoped that Donald Trump would govern wisely, he has disappointed millions of voters who put their faith in him and has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.

In contrast, we believe Joe Biden has the character, experience, and temperament to lead this nation. We believe he will restore the dignity of the presidency, bring Americans together, reassert America’s role as a global leader, and inspire our nation to live up to its ideals.

While some of us hold policy positions that differ from those of Joe Biden and his party, the time to debate those policy differences will come later. For now, it is imperative that we stop Trump’s assault on our nation’s values and institutions and reinstate the moral foundations of our democracy.

To that end, we are firmly convinced that it is in the best interest of our nation that Vice President Joe Biden be elected as the next President of the United States, and we will vote for him.


  • Adm. Steve AbbotFmr Dep Homeland Security Advisor
  • Kenneth AdelmanFmr Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • Amb. Peter AllgeierFmr Deputy US Trade Representative
  • Mary Catherine AndrewsFmr Special Asst to the President
  • Richard ArmitageFmr Deputy Secretary of State
  • Christopher BartonFmr Director, NSC Staff
  • Nancy BeargFmr Senior Director, NSC Staff
  • John BellingerFmr Legal Adviser, Dept of State
  • Adm. Kenneth BernardFmr Special Asst to the President
  • Mark BittermanFmr Special Asst to the Secretary of Defense
  • Amb. Robert BlackwillFmr Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Christian BonatFmr Dep General Counsel, Defense Dept
  • Amb. Richard BoucherFmr Asst Secretary of State
  • Amb. Charles BowersFmr US Ambassador
  • Bertram BraunFmr Director, NSC Staff
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  • Douglas BrookFmr Asst Secretary of the Army
  • Linton BrooksFmr Under Secretary of Energy
  • Greg BrowerFmr Asst Director of the FBI
  • Kara BueFmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  • Amb. Richard BurtFmr US Ambassador to Germany
  • Sally CanfieldFmr Dep Chief of Staff, Dept of Homeland Security
  • Victor ChaFmr Director, NSC Staff
  • Amb. Jack ChowFmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  • Thomas ChristensenFmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  • Eliot CohenFmr Counselor of the Dept of State
  • Joseph CollinsFmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense
  • Heather ConleyFmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  • Bret CoulsonFmr Director, NSC Staff
  • Chester CrockerFmr Asst Secretary of State
  • Patrick CroninFmr Asst Administrator, USAID
  • Amb. Sada CumberFmr US Special Envoy to the OIC​
  • Mike DonleyFmr Secretary of the Air Force
  • Raymond DuBoisFmr Acting Under Secretary of the Army
  • Lewis DunnFmr Asst Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • Amb. Eric EdelmanFmr Under Secretary of Defense
  • Gary EdsonFmr Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Richard FalkenrathFmr Dep Asst to the President
  • Amb. Julie FinleyFmr US Ambassador
  • Carl FordFmr Asst Secretary of State
  • Aaron FriedbergFmr Dep Asst to the Vice President
  • William GachesFmr Director of Counterterrorism, NSA
  • Janice GardnerFmr Asst Secretary of the Treasury
  • John GardnerFmr Special Asst to the President
  • Amb. James GlassmanFmr Under Secretary of State
  • Amb. Jon GlassmanFmr Dep National Security Advisor to the Vice President
  • David GordonFmr Director, State Dept, Policy Planning
  • Colleen GraffyFmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  • Michael GreenFmr Senior Director, NSC Staff
  • Sen. Chuck HagelFmr Secretary of Defense and US Senator
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  • Mark HarveyFmr Special Asst to the President
  • Gen. Michael HaydenFmr Director of the CIA and the NSA
  • Amb. Carla HillsFmr US Trade Representative
  • Seth HurwitzFmr Counsel, President’s Intelligence Oversight Board
  • Ash JainFmr Member, State Dept Policy Planning
  • Les JankaFmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense
  • Neil JoeckFmr Director, NSC Staff
  • Amb. Richard KauzlarichFmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  • James KellyFmr Asst Secretary of State
  • Donald KerrFmr Princ Dep Director of National Intelligence
  • Rep. Jim KolbeFmr Member of Congress
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  • Stephen KrasnerFmr Director, State Dept Policy Planning
  • Ken KriegFmr Under Secretary of Defense
  • James KunderFmr Deputy Administrator, USAID
  • Amb. Frank LavinFmr Under Secretary of Commerce
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  • Bruce LemkinFmr Dep Under Secretary of the Air Force
  • Michael LeiterFmr Director, National Counterterrorism Ctr
  • Peter LichtenbaumFmr Asst Secretary of Commerce
  • Amb. Winston LordFmr US Ambassador
  • James LoyFmr Dep Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Peter MadiganFmr Dep Asst Secretary State
  • Amb. Steven MannFmr Prin Dep Asst Secretary of State
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  • Christopher MellonFmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense
  • David MerkelFmr Dep Asst Secretary of State
  • John MitnickFmr General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security
  • Allen MooreFmr Under Secretary of Commerce
  • Alberto MoraFmr Gen Counsel, Dept of the Navy
  • Holly MorrowFmr Director, NSC Staff
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  • Virginia MulbergerFmr Special Asst to the President
  • Alden MunsonFmr Dep Director of National Intelligence
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  • Sean O’KeefeFmr Secretary of the Navy and NASA Administrator
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  • Olivia TroyeFmr Special Advisor to the Vice President
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  • Thomas WardFmr Director of Threats, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
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  • William WebsterFmr Director of the CIA and FBI
  • Wendell Willkie IIFmr General Counsel, Dept of Commerce
  • John WoodworthFmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense
  • John WolfFmr Asst Secretary of State
  • Dov ZakheimFmr Under Secretary of Defense
  • Philip ZelikowFmr Counselor of the Dept of State

If you are a national security official who worked for a Republican administration and are supporting Vice President Biden in November, we urge you to join us. Please get in touch at natsec@defendingdemocracytogether.org

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By NEIL RIDGELY

CARROLL COUNTY TIMES |

AUG 03, 2020 AT 5:15 AM

Assessing the events of each passing day lately, I’ve pondered the question, “Have we finally hit the bottom of the barrel with the current president’s outrageous behavior, lying, speech, and tweets?”

I cringe when I read thoughtful conservative writers like George Will describe these times as “a national mortification” and “a national nightmare” and David Brooks as our president having prompted “a national humiliation” of a country now led by a person who’s devoid of empathy; concerned only with feeding his narcissism at any cost.00:1811:05

I thought we’d surely hit the bottom of Trump’s behavior when he used his position and the Oval Office to endorse cans of beans and seasonings produced by one of his large campaign contributors. No president before him has so defiled his office and the dignity of the place that is symbolic as the seat of the power of the presidency and the nation; a place where many pieces of historic legislation have been signed, a place used frequently to greet leaders of the world’s nations and negotiate with them. Only in third-world backwater countries would such a stunt be performed. It is one worthy of Philippine dictator Rodrigo Duerte.

Within a week of the above outrage I was proven wrong when we hit the bottoming out of the bottom of all bottoms when Trump sic’d his Department of Homeland Security federalistas upon the streets of Portland. Using the shield of the Department of Justice he’s sent federal agents from at least four divisions to violently police the city streets of a major U.S. city; then he threatened to do so again on the basis of a governor’s or mayor’s political party; both a violation of his oath of office and the Constitution.

President Bone Spurs has decided to pour gasoline on the embers of tensions felt throughout cities across the country by using the ill-trained DHS troops that he has at his disposal to go beyond their appointed duties.

These “agents” in camouflage are not accustomed or trained to deal with urban unrest. Only the Federal Protective Service is charged with protecting federal buildings and monuments. The FPS’s presence in Portland is understandable if confined to their limited mission and so long as they do not use any of its 13,000 contract mercenaries to enforce local laws

Personnel from ICE and Customs and Border Protection patrolling the streets of any city is using them for jobs that they did not sign on for. Both agencies are welcome help when requested by local authorities to help combat organized crime, human trafficking and the illegal gun and narcotics trade that are eroding our cities. DHS specialized agents are normally assigned to engage in low-grade warfare against heavily armed narco-terrorists; not provide civil patrol upon the streets of our country. As stands now they are accepting illegal orders by detaining civilians without a pronounced charge; and having both clear rules of engagement and the invitation of the local government.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge recently reminded us that the DHS was established to “protect the country from the ever present threat of global terrorism; it was not created to be the President’s personal militia. The federal government has no mandate to enforce local, criminal laws.

This self-serving president has intentionally managed to turn protests in the cause of Black Lives Matter into protests of the federal troops dressed in combat regalia and armed to the teeth with weapons intended for war against foreign enemies.

Those so-called protesters damaging and defacing property, looting, and hurling anything other than words at any law enforcement officer need to be constrained by the legitimate protesters who they disservice.

On the other hand, Trump is using DHS agents as his storm troopers because he can dictate to a political Secretary of DHS to lap up his ill-conceived orders whereas those managing our professional armed forces know the legal boundaries of their missions and would balk at performing his illegal directives.

It is up to the U.S. citizens to recognize this as a time for “Good Trouble” as the late John Lewis characterized the non-violent civil rights protests of the previous century. It is time for people of all color and political stripe to draw the line in the sand at Portland’s border. We cannot turn away from Trump’s bottoming out of our country to embellish his rapidly deteriorating political agenda at the cost of our civil liberties.

Neil Ridgely writes from Finksburg.

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So the Pinocchio team continues to grow. MA

Brett Samuels  3 hrs ago

Pence denies Trump’s downplaying hampered COVID-19 response

Vice President Pence on Thursday denied that the country’s response to the coronavirus was in any way hampered by President Trump repeatedly downplaying the threat from the deadly disease.Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Pence denies Trump's downplaying hampered COVID-19 response© Getty Images Pence denies Trump’s downplaying hampered COVID-19 response

“Absolutely not,” Pence said on Fox News when asked if Trump’s public dismissiveness of the virus limited the ability of the U.S. to contain the pandemic.

“His tone was one of projecting calm and confidence,” Pence said. “But I heard him at that podium, I heard him at every setting. We gave the American people the facts.”

The remarks come as the White House grapples with the fallout of audio recordings of the president privately acknowledging the threat of COVID-19 as he publicly downplayed it. The recordings were part of numerous interviews Trump gave to veteran journalist Bob Woodward for an upcoming book.

Pence on Thursday framed Trump as a decisive leader during the pandemic and echoed the president’s own rationale that he did not want to incite panic by portraying the virus as a serious and imminent threat to American lives.

The vice president repeatedly praised Trump for his “historic” decision to bar some incoming travel from China in late January, though he at one point mischaracterized it as suspending all travel.

“I literally believe that the president’s decision to suspend China, the largest mobilization since World War II, and asking the American people to shut down our economy for 45 days to slow the spread to save lives is exactly the kind of presidential leadership that the American people hope for and pray for in times like this,” Pence said.

Pence was tapped in late February to lead the White House coronavirus task force, and he acknowledged to Fox that he was in the Oval Office a month earlier when national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Trump that the emerging coronavirus outbreak would be the most difficult national security challenge of his presidency.

The first excerpts of Woodward’s book, “Rage,” were released Tuesday, along with audio recordings of Trump’s interviews with the author.

In one such recording, Trump said in early February that the virus was “deadly” and could spread through the air. But Trump spent weeks comparing it to the common flu and insisting that it would go away.

The president’s remarks to the Watergate journalist underscored how Trump privately talked about the severity of COVID-19, even as he brushed it off in public remarks in January and February.

“I wanted to, I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump told Woodward in a recording from mid-March.

The president on Wednesday acknowledged that “perhaps” he misled the American public about the severity of the virus in order to reduce panic.

The U.S. has had the highest reported number of infections and deaths from COVID-19 of any country in the world, and the economy is still climbing out of a recession caused by the outbreak. Majorities of Americans have said in public polling that they disapprove of Trump’s handling of the pandemic and do not trust information he provides about the virus.

Pence on Thursday did not directly respond when asked whether it was a good idea for Trump to participate in extensive interviews with Woodward for the book.

“I ran into Bob Woodward, I think, once in the White House,” Pence said. “I wasn’t aware of the number of times the president spoke to him.”

“I don’t know if there’s ever been a more accessible president of the United States than President Donald Trump,” he added.

Brett Samuels  3 hrs ago


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Trump knew virus danger, but lied anyway









 

 
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By Holly Thomas
 



Thursday, September 10


CONFESSION ON TAPE: TRUMP DOWNPLAYED DEADLY THREAT President Donald Trump knew in early February that the coronavirus was “deadly stuff” and “more deadly than even your strenuous flus,” according to journalist Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage.” But Trump decided to mislead the public anyway, deliberately downplaying the threat and claiming it would go away. Trump defended his behavior in a news conference and in a Fox News interview Wednesday, saying he didn’t want to cause panic. Joe Biden, meanwhile, chastised the president for having “willingly lied” to the American people. [HuffPost]


WOODWARD DEFENDS SITTING ON TAPES FOR MONTHS Bob Woodward, facing widespread criticism for only now revealing Trump’s early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus, said he needed time to be sure that Trump’s private comments from February were accurate. “He tells me this, and I’m thinking … Trump says things that don’t check out, right?” Woodward told the AP. Using a famous phrase from the Watergate era, when Woodward’s reporting for the Post helped lead to President Richard Nixon’s resignation, Woodward said his mission was to determine, “What did he know and when did he know it?” [AP]


REPUBLICANS STILL DEFEND TRUMP AFTER CORONAVIRUS CONFESSION Republican lawmakers defended Trump after the revelation that he knowingly downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, which has resulted in millions of job losses and the deaths of 190,000 Americans. “It doesn’t bother me,” Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota told reporters. “He’s a hopeful, upbeat, positive person.” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina argued that voters should take more heed of Trump’s actions than his rhetoric. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that “The president has never lied to the American public on COVID,” despite the new evidence that he literally did. [HuffPost]
 
 
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