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Democratic Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom Praises Trump Responsiveness to State’s Needs

With all the talk about President Trump politicizing the crisis and trying to help Republican states, the praise from Newsom is significant.

Out of the 40 million people who live in California, Trump is likely to get about seven votes.

It’s obvious that the president is constantly on the phone during this crisis, talking to governors and world leaders, and meeting with his staff. Whatever his inadequacies at the beginning of it — some of which were no doubt abetted or exacerbated by the impeachment — Trump is working this crisis like no other president I can imagine.

Grudgingly, I’d say the only one in recent memory who would have worked as hard and communicated as frequently with others would have been Bill Clinton, who had similar levels of stamina and intensity.

At least when he wasn’t, you know, distracted.

According to the Washington Examiner:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he’d by “lying” if he did not credit President Trump for adequately handling the coronavirus pandemic. 

During an interview with CNN on Wednesday, network anchor Jake Tapper asked if Newsom felt pressured to compliment the Trump administration to receive federal assistance to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

“Do you find yourself, by necessity, tempering what you say in terms of any issues you might have with the federal response?” Tapper asked, to which Newsom said he wants to avoid partisanship during a crisis. 

“Let me just be candid with you. I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has. And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly,” Newsom said. 

“The fact is, every time I’ve called the president, he’s quickly gotten on the line,” he said, noting several actions the administration has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in his state.

Obama Slams Trump for “Pandemic Denial” and Says He Must Not Do Same on Climate

Look who just got involved. The guy who depleted our emergency stockpile for pandemics and never replenished it.

For Obama, climate change 50 years down the road always got him more pumped up for action than securing the country from threats like, say, Russia, Iran, and ISIS. And pandemics, we now learn.

Video || Fauci Describes How Trump Decided to Extend the Lockdown

So in the end, President Trump ignored all the pleadings of the business sector and the economists and listened to the health experts.

But he was right to weigh the options, and he will continue to. There is a point, as he said, where the cure is worse than the disease, and once the curve is “bent” and there is sufficient testing in place, some compromise between health measures and the economy will have to be made.

Fauci said of Trump:

You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture. Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over the desk and said “Here is the data, take a look.” He looked at them, he understood them and he just shook his head and said ‘I guess we got to do it.’

Trump Begins Invoking Defense Production Act With Order that GM Make Ventilators

According to the Washington Post:

President Trump on Friday compelled General Motors to manufacture ventilators to help handle the surge of coronaviruspatients, using his power under the Defense Production Act.

Trump announced that he’d signed a presidential memorandum requiring the company to “accept, perform and prioritize” federal government contracts for production of the much-needed medical equipment shortly before signing into law a $2 trillion stimulus package to help prop up the economy during this public health crisis.

“Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course,” Trump said in a statement. “GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives.”AD

At the White House’s daily news briefing on its coronavirus response, Trump named economist Peter Navarro, currently serving as a trade adviser to the president, to oversee enforcement of the Defense Production Act.

Navarro described the policy as “the most significant industrial mobilization since World War II.”

“We have a wartime president fighting an invisible enemy and we have the full force of government coupled with the full power of private enterprise bearing down on this problem,” he said.

Furious Trump Demands Automakers Immediately Begin Making Ventilators

Despite endless claims by Democrats throughout his presidency that President Trump dreams of becoming a dictator, he has mostly hesitated to invoke the Defense Production Act, which would give him wartime powers to force companies like the automakers to retool their plants to make vital supplies.

He later explained that the “P” used below is meant to stand for the DPA.

Trump Letter to Governors Says Expanded Testing Can Help Reopen the Economy

President Trump sent a letter to the nation’s governors detailing how he intends to begin getting the country back to work.

From the letter:

This is what we envision: Our expanded testing capabilities will quickly enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists, to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” Trump said. “This will incorporate robust surveillance testing, which allows us to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the country.”

Under these data-driven criteria, we will suggest guidelines categorizing counties as high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk.

With each passing day, our increasingly extensive testing capabilities are giving us a better understanding of the virus and its path,” Trump wrote. “As testing gives us more information about who has been infected, we are tracking the virus and isolating it to prevent further spread. This new information will drive the next phase in our war against this invisible enemy.

HHS to Investigate Administration Response to the Coronavirus

I gather impeachment proceedings will begin in January 2021, after President Trump is reelected. According to the Washington Examiner: The Health and Human Services Department’s watchdog will investigate the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.  A spokesperson for the HHS inspector general told the Washington Examiner that investigators will carry out at least five reviews “related… Continue Reading

Likely 2024 Presidential Candidate Tom Cotton itemizes Democrat Stimulus Wish List Items

Here’s a pretty good summary of the junk Democrats tried to throw into this stimulus package while they were in never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste mode. It’s also a good look for you at Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who is viewed as a potential successor to Trump. Note the “I’m disgusted” paper throwing gimmick. Continue Reading

Senate Rescue Package Bars Aid for Trump Hotels

Will anyone give President Trump credit for agreeing to this? And maybe stop saying he always puts himself above everything else? I’m sure Chuck Schumer thinks he scored a major coup with this one. According to the Washington Examiner: The bipartisan pandemic relief package will ban loans and aid from going to hotels and other… Continue Reading

Trump Hopes to Begin Reopening America for Business By Easter

According to the Washington Examiner: President Trump said he hopes the country will begin returning to normal in less than three weeks following a widespread shutdown to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus.  At a Tuesday Fox News town hall event taking place in the White House Rose Garden, Trump surprised hosts Harris Faulkner… Continue Reading