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Trump Wears a Mask! But Not For the Cameras

I think President Trump’s instinct not to wear a mask in public is correct, despite the obsession in the press with the issue.

He’s not being vain. He knows it’s a bad look for the leader of the free world. The president should project strength. Hiding behind a mask suggests weakness. It’s a risk, but with the proper precautions, he’s not likely to get sick or make anyone else sick.

According to Fox News:

President Trump on Thursday brought a mask with him to tour of a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan but said he didn’t “want to give the press the pleasure of seeing” him wear it while he was on camera.

“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he said. “In the back area I did have a mask on. I had goggles and a mask right back there.”

While speaking without a face covering — next to others wearing masks — the president added that masks were not necessary in the front of the plant, where he was standing. “They’re not necessary here. Everybody’s been tested, in fact I was tested this morning so it’s not necessary,” the president said. “I was given a choice and I had one on in an area where they preferred it.”

He continued, “I honestly – I think I look better in the mask, but I am making a speech, so I won’t have it now.”

Someone did sneak a photo of him in the mask. It’s making it’s way around Twitter.

Trump Taking Hydroxychloroquine to Prevent COVID-19

“Im taking it, hydroxychloroquine. Right now,” Trump said. “A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it.”

Trump said many frontline workers were taking it and that it couldn’t hurt.

White House physician Sean Conley later confirmed in a memo that Trump was taking the drug.

As has been previously reported, two weeks ago one of the President’s support staff tested positive for COVID-19. The President is in very good health and has remained symptom-free. He receives regular COVID-19 testing, all negative to date,” Conley stated.

“After numerous discussions, he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”

Video || Rand Paul to Fauci: You Don’t Get to Make the Decision

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is a doctor, went at it with White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci Tuesday, suggesting his approach lacked humility and that he was exercising too much power.

Paul said:

I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy. And as much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all. I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision.” 

We’re opening up a lot of economies around the U.S., and I hope that people who are predicting doom and gloom and saying, ‘Oh, we can’t do this’ … will admit that they were wrong if there isn’t a surge because I think that’s what’s going to happen.

Fauci responded that he was only trying to make the best recommendations he could based on public health.

Trump: Coronavirus Worse Than Pearl Harbor and 9/11

President Trump said Wednesday that the coronavirus outranked the two of the worst calamities of the past 100 years.

“We went through the worst attack we’ve ever had in our country. This is really the worst attack we’ve ever had. This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center. There’s never been an attack like this,” President Trump said. “It could have been stopped in China.”

I don’t think he should be comparing these things. It’s not necessary. These are all tragedies.

Seems like Trump wants to reserve for himself stewardship of the country during the HUGEST tragedy of all. And he wants to explain why the economy has tanked.

Trump Orders Meat Plants to Stay Open During Coronavirus

Sorry, Greta. We’ve got to keep those farting cows fat and happy.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump plans to order meat processing plants to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Trump said he would sign an executive order under the Defense Production Act declaring the plants part of critical infrastructure in the United States. 

“We’re going to sign an executive order today, I believe, and that’ll solve any liability problems,” Trump said Tuesday during an Oval Office meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican. 

Processing plants in more than a dozen states have shut down in recent weeks because of coronavirus outbreaks in rural meatpacking communities, putting the country’s food supply chain at risk.

Trump Considering New Round of Stimulus Checks

According to the Washington Post:

White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said Tuesday that the Trump administration is “studying very carefully” the possibility of another round of stimulus checks beyond the one-time $1,200 payments sent to many Americans.

“I think that that’s something we’re studying very carefully that I know that people in the House are as well,” he said. “I expect that it’s very likely there will be a Phase 4 deal, and we’re going to be speaking with the president throughout the week about what he thinks should be in there.”

Hassett said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are also looking at the possibility of additional direct payments to Americans.

Trump Says Talk of Injecting Disinfectant Was Sarcastic

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump said his comments about the medical community exploring whether injecting disinfectants could treat the coronavirus were meant to be sarcastic.

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters just like you, just to see what would happen,” Trump said on Friday during a bill signing. “I was asking a sarcastic and a very sarcastic question to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside. But it does kill it, and it would kill it on the hands, and it would make things much better.”

At Thursday’s coronavirus task force briefing, William Bryan, the head of science at the Department of Homeland Security, told reporters that his team has been working to see whether sunlight and disinfectants are capable of combating the virus, after which the president offered some feedback that prompted pushback and health warnings.

“I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes. Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds, and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing. Just bring it on and leaving it go. You rub it, and it goes away even faster,” Bryan said.

The president then commented: “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

Well, it wasn’t sarcastic, as you can see from the video below.

But the White House is choosing the wrong response to this. There was nothing wrong with what Trump said. The idea of putting a substance into the lungs — or elsewhere in the body — to treat a disease is not far-fetched, since medicines are routinely introduced into the lungs. Nor is the idea of using some type of UV light to treat a disease, whether through the skin or even internally.

Trump wasn’t suggesting injecting clorox or something like that into people, as the press has suggested and gone to town with. He was, with a lack of precision not unknown to him, suggesting that maybe there is some way to put things that kill the virus in contact with the virus that is inside a person.

Fauci on Protests: Don’t “Jump the Gun” Reopening, it Could “Backfire”

From an appearance Monday on Good Morning America: Clearly, this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus. But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not gonna happen. If you jump the gun and… Continue Reading

Ivanka Trump Disregarded Federal Guidelines and Traveled for Passover Seder

According to the New York Times: Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s eldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, has positioned herself as one of the leaders of the administration’s economic relief efforts and one of its most vocal advocates of social distancing. “Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please,… Continue Reading