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Romney Demands Trump Tell Congress How He Will Spend Relief Bill Funds

Mitt Romney demanding compliance is one way to ensure Trump will not comply.

According to The Hill:

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Friday released a letter with Sen. Jon Tester(D-Mont.) calling on President Trump to comply with the oversight requirements Congress attached to the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package signed into law last week.

“With trillions of taxpayer dollars being spent, it is critically important for the Administration to ensure full transparency and willingness for independent oversight,” Romney and Tester wrote in the April 3 letter to Trump.

The senators noted that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established three level of oversight for the hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid: a special inspector general, a congressional oversight committee and a panel of inspectors general known as the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC).

Romney and Tester called on the president to report his administration’s plans for spending the funds to Congress.

“As you work to implement COVID-19 legislation, we ask that you provide Congress a detailed plan on how the government plans to execute these funds and what accountability measures are being put in place to ensure our taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively,” they wrote.

Durham Investigation of Origin of Trump Campaign Probe Focuses on John Brennan

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Investigators examining the beginnings of the 2016 probe of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian election interference are pushing to complete their inquiry despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durhams team began interviews earlier this year at the Central Intelligence Agency, according to people familiar with the process. It has focused on people who are or were working at the National Intelligence Council, a unit of the Director of National Intelligence’s office that coordinated the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of Russia’s 2016 election interference, as well as on individuals at other agencies whose work fed into that assessment, one official said.

Increasingly, investigators are focused on former CIA Director John Brennan, examining whether he pushed for a blunter assessment about Russia’s motivations than others in the intelligence community felt was warranted, people familiar with the matter said.

Intelligence agencies agreed in 2016 that Russia’s interference in the presidential election was aimed at hurting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boosting President Trump’s election chances. The CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation expressed high confidence in that assessment, while the National Security Agency had moderate confidence. Those disagreements have long been publicly known, and the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee said in 2018 that the conflict “appropriately represents analytic differences” between the agencies. The committee’s report also concluded the Russian efforts were meant to help Mr. Trump.

Part of the disagreement was over whether a source the CIA relied on in the intelligence assessment, who was close to the Kremlin, had specific knowledge that Mr. Putin wanted to help Mr. Trump, one person said. Mr. Durham’s team appears to be pressing people involved in that report on whether Mr. Brennan sought to steer the intelligence community agencies to sign on to a “high confidence” assessment, people familiar with the matter said.

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.

“I’d Take His Call”: Trump Would Talk to Biden About the Coronavirus

What are they going to talk about?

This sounds like one of those things where the press and Democrats want to test President Trump, so that if he says “No,” then it’s yet further confirmation that he’s a terrible person.

But what are they going to say to each other? Biden has no power to do anything. He can barely set up the feed in his basement.

Because, you know, the coronavirus should be beyond politics. Unless the Democrats want to use it to bash Trump over the head.

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.

CNN’s Don Lemon Wants Live Coverage of Trump’s Coronavirus Briefings to End

Here you have a president who is fulfilling the media’s greatest dream, DAILY PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCES. And the liberal media wants to turn the cameras off.

No president, perhaps in history, has ever been more available to the press. It’s just that the press doesn’t like what he says, and doesn’t want to hear it.

Impeachment, they couldn’t get enough of, despite all the grandstanding and nonsense that went on there.

Whether or not you like him, whether or not you think he is irresponsible, whether or not you like his hair, he is the president of the United States. Everything he says is news. For journalists to say his briefings should not be covered live and made available to the public makes them not journalists.

But we knew that. Thankfully, CNN’s Chris Cuomo – who by the way is broadcasting from home with COVID-19 – disagrees.

Here is Lemon and his fellow “journalist” Jim Acosta a few years ago having a fit that the cameras were turned off during former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing.

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.’

Video || Pelosi Blames Trump for Coronavirus Deaths

This from the woman who held up the Senate relief bill with extraneous demands that she wanted included, and who distracted the White House with a partisan impeachment that led to a trial as the crisis ramped up.

President Trump’s initial reaction to the virus was slow and disjointed. An acolyte Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and the “power of positive thinking,” his natural sense of optimism got the best of him.

But now he is showing leadership and even getting praise from Democratic governors, and Pelosi should be casting aside partisanship at a moment when genuine unity is needed.

Pelosi has already called for an investigation into Trump’s early handling of the crisis. Teeing up another impeachment? We will have to wait until early next year to find out.

Trump reacted angrily to Pelosi’s comment, calling her a “sick puppy.” He said: “Well you know, it’s a sad thing. Look, she’s a sick puppy in my opinion. She really is. She’s got a lot of problems and that’s a horrible thing to say.”

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading