Vanity Fair special correspondent Gabriel Sherman, the author of The Loudest Voice in the Room, about Fox News CEO Roger Ailes’s rises and fall at the network, says Fox News’s decision to oust prime time host Trish Regan was done to limit legal liability. The decision came after Fox News downplayed the threat of the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) announced his state will take charge of coronavirus testing, citing President Donald Trump’s administration’s “profound failing” to roll tests out successfully.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) says her state is not getting urgently needed medical supplies to battle the coronavirus pandemic because contractors are first sending supplies to the federal government.
Former Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said President Donald Trump “did promise America first,” a response to the news that the United States now leads the world in confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
The United States now has the highest rate of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world at 86,000. As the White House grapples with heavy criticism regarding its delayed response, Donald Trump Jr. took to Instagram to share a racist meme about the crisis.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) says President Donald Trump “is not looking at the facts” of the coronavirus pandemic after the president said he doesn’t believe New York needs 30,000 ventilators to treat infected patients.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would suspend enforcement of environmental regulations because of the coronavirus pandemic. The EPA made the decision following “an influx of requests from businesses for a relaxation of regulations as they face layoffs, personnel restrictions and other problems related to the coronavirus outbreak,” according to The New York Times, which broke the story.
A new CBS/YouGov poll found that 66 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump was not prepared to handle the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, 54 percent believe “are optimistic that his administration will be able to handle the outbreak.” The poll also found that 56 percent of Americans do not trust the president to give them accurate information on the crisis.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, says President Donald Trump’s plans to reopen the economy by Easter are ill-advised.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum fact-checked presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway during a live broadcast after Conway accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) of “lying to America” when he said he’s “been on top of” the coronavirus response from the start.
An exclusive report from Reuters reveals that the Trump administration cut staff members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who were inside China before its coronavirus outbreak.
President Donald Trump accused media outlets of throwing a wrench in his proposal to have the economy up and running by Easter, saying they’re doing so to hurt his chances at reelection.
“The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success,” the president tweeted.
Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has come out against President Donald Trump’s proposal to have the economy up and running by Easter.
“Now he’s suggesting he wants to get the country back opened by Easter,” Biden said during a video conference with reporters.
President Donald Trump’s controversial assurance that the national economy would be up and running again by Easter has received significant criticism from both sides of the political aisle as well as from health experts who argue that loosening social distancing would result in even more deaths and greater economic turmoil.
President Donald Trump suggested that the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed nearly 600 lives in the United States, justifies his immigration policies, and “IS WHY WE NEED BORDERS.”
THIS IS WHY WE NEED BORDERS!
President Donald Trump has courted significant controversy since announcing he will look into loosening federal guidelines for social distancing and urge businesses to reopen even as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Science, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases whose presence on the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force has made him a household name as the United States responds to the coronavirus pandemic, admitted it’s difficult to ensure that President Donald Trump’s comments on the virus are accurate.
The novel coronavirus has claimed at least 458 lives in the United States according to the most recent statistics, and health experts are unyielding in their recommendation that the nation must adhere to an initial 15-day period of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.
Writing in USA Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took a stand for American workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, saying that any bailout must put their needs first.
“That means making sure that any federal bailout of giant corporations directly helps their employees, fuels a grassroots recovery and ensures that those big companies make serious, long-term reforms that reduce the odds they’re back before taxpayers again looking for another bailout,” she wrote.
News sources have not identified the staffer for Vice President Mike Pence who has tested positive for coronavirus. Pence has not been tested for the virus; his office says there are no plans to test him at this time.