CNN’s Jim Acosta: Trump Would Need “Out of Body Experience” to Give Unifying Speech on Race

CNN’s Jim Acosta thinks it would effectively be a miracle if Donald Trump were able to deliver a unifying speech. There has been speculation that the President will try to address the nation.

Acosta spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the possibility of a Trump speech on racial justice. Both men doubted the President could deliver it effectively. read more

Biden Says “Enough” to Trump “Calling for Violence Against American Citizens”

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Joe Biden has called out President Donald Trump following his tweet about shooting protesters. The presumptive Democratic nominee weighed in as conditions in Minneapolis grow more fraught.

“Enough,” Biden tweeted on Friday morning before writing a thread about Trump’s response to the violence in Minnesota. He also addressed the arrest of a CNN team during a live broadcast. read more

New Poll: Just 36% of Americans Trust Trump as Source of Coronavirus Information

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A large majority of the country do believe Donald Trump when it comes to Covid-19. A new poll shows the President is not viewed as a reliable source of information.

A CNN poll conducted by SSRS shows that just 36% of Americans view Trump as a trusted source on the pandemic. This may be due to the fact he’s spread disinformation almost since the outbreak began.

Interestingly, the poll shows Trump’s approval rating stands at 45%. This means some of the voters who approve of him don’t believe him on the Coronavirus.

JUST NOW: A major holy cow from new @cnn poll.

Just 36% of Americans say they trust what @realDonaldTrump is telling them about Coronavirus.
His approval is 45%. That means even some people who approve of him…don't believe him.@NewDay read more

Former CDC Director on Trump Reopening the Country: “If You Have Money and You’re White, You Can Do Well”

A former CDC director has offered a blunt assessment of President Donald Trump reopening the U.S economy. Richard Besser said minority communities were at greater risk.

Besser was acting head of the Centers for Disease Control for part of Barack Obama’s first term. He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the country lacked the capacity to safely reopen.

“Back in 2009 during the swine flu pandemic, when I went to brief the president and the cabinet, what President Obama said to me at the time was ‘We want everything that you do to be based on the best public health science,'” Besser said.

“And I took that message back to the CDC,” he said. “The Emergency Operations Center broke out in cheers. It was just what people wanted hear.”

“It’s what the public needs to hear now, that everything that we’re being told to do is based on the best science. Without that, there’s no way of knowing what things are being told for political reasons and what things are being done for good science reasons.”

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“We’re saying ’if you have money and you’re white, you can do well here,’” says former acting CDC Dir. Richard Besser on the state of coronavirus testing in the US. “If you’re not, good luck to you.” read more

Susan Rice Blasts Jared Kushner for Declaring “Mission Accomplished” on Coronavirus

Susan Rice called Jared Kushner’s comments “ridiculous” after the President’s son-in-law claimed the Trump administration’s Coronavirus response was a “great success.”

The former national security adviser, who served in the Obama administration, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Kushner’s view of President Donald Trump’s approach was risible.

“It’s ridiculous,” Rice said. “And it would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly serious.”

“I don’t know how anybody with a straight face can call this a great success and declare this a mission accomplished moment when more than 60,000 Americans are dead,” she said.

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“It’s ridiculous. And it would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly serious,” Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice reacts to Jared Kushner calling the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic a “great success story.” read more

CNN’s Jim Acosta Clashes with Trump Over “Happy Talk” Question at Coronavirus Briefing

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta clashed with President Donald Trump earlier today after asking the president whether briefings with the White House coronavirus task force amounted to “happy talk” to present a more favorable depiction of what’s happening as the coronavirus pandemic tears through the country.

“We hear from a lot of people who see these briefings as sort of ‘happy talk’ briefings,” Acosta said. “And you and some of the officials paint a rosy picture of what is happening around the country. If you look at some of these questions, do we have enough masks? ‘No.’ Do we have enough tests? ‘No.’ Do we have enough PPE? ‘No’.”

“These people have done an incredible job,” Trump replied, referring to the other people onstage with him. “This is not happy talk. Maybe it’s happy talk for you. It’s not happy talk for me. We are talking about death.”

“Thousands of people have died,” he added. “These are the saddest news conferences that I’ve ever had. I don’t like doing them. You know why? Because I’m talking about death.”

Trump said Acosta had not asked a “fair question.”

“When you ask a question like that it’s very insulting to a lot of great people.”

You can watch the exchange below:

"There's no happy talk, Jim. This is the real deal… I've got to make the biggest decision of my life."

The President reacts to Jim @Acosta suggesting recent briefings have been "happy talk" painting "a rosy picture" of the pandemic.

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Mike Pence’s Office Won’t Let Top Health Officials Speak to CNN Unless Network Airs Trump’s Live Briefings

The Vice President’s office won’t allow top U.S. health officials to speak to CNN because the network stopped airing the daily press briefings live on air.

Mike Pence is head of the Coronavirus task force that includes experts.

His office is refusing to book officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx for CNN interviews in an attempt to pressure the news network into carrying President Donald Trump’s comments.

CNN and other major networks have declined to show the live briefings due to Trump’s often misleading statements. Instead, they’ve shown the question and answer sessions. This section usually features the health experts.

The Vice President’s office appears to have specifically targeted CNN since the other networks are still able to book the nation’s top health officials.

Fauci, Birx, the FDA Commissioner and the Surgeon General have appeared on Fox News, NBC, CBS and ABC over the past week. Only CNN has been affected by the apparent ban.

“When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air,” a Pence spokesperson told CNN.

As the CNN Business report pointed out, the network often cuts away from Trump’s live briefings for commentary and fact checking. Pence’s office has blocked health officials from speaking to CNN since last Thursday.

Trump’s often rambling daily comments on the virus have won scorn across the media spectrum. The conservative Wall Street Journal wrote a scathing editorial on Wednesday.

“If Mr. Trump thinks these daily sessions will help him defeat Joe Biden, he’s wrong,” the Journal‘s editorial board said.

“This election is now about one issue: how well the public thinks the President has done in defeating the virus and restarting the economy.”

The briefings look set to continue despite criticism.

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New Coronavirus Poll: 80% of Americans Believe ‘The Worst Is Yet to Come’

Americans overwhelmingly believe that Coronavirus will soon get worse. A new poll finds 80% of people think the pandemic will worsen before it gets better.

The CNN poll found that huge majorities think ‘the worst is yet to come’ on the global pandemic. This belief cuts across party lines and all educational backgrounds, age groups and races.

Just 17% of respondents thought ‘the worst is behind us’, while 3% had no opinion.

Even Republicans and Americans who approve of President Donald Trump agreed the worst part of the pandemic lay in the future. The President’s supporters agreed by a margin of 70% to 26%.

Seventy percent of Republicans and 80% of Democrats also agreed with the proposition. The belief is almost uniform across different age demographics and changes little based on the level of education attained.

A majority of 55% thought the federal government had done a “poor job preventing the spread of novel coronavirus, sometimes referred to as COVID-19, in the U.S.”

Just 41% approved of the government’s handling of the crisis.

When asked if the “Federal government should be doing more to address that shortage” of vital medical equipment, 69% said yes, while 28% thought the federal government “is doing enough as it is.”

President Trump’s personal approval is up, according to the CNN poll. He enjoys 44% support, while last month just 43% of respondents approved of him.

However, the poll is bad news for the Trump administration more broadly. The response to the pandemic has been widely criticized. Trump has repeatedly clashed with the press and Democratic leaders on the issue.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Wants to Mobilize the Army to Help Fight Coronavirus

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks the army could be used to help fight Coronavirus. The Democrat said he doesn’t think servicemen simply want to stay in their bases during the crisis.

De Blasio spoke to CNN’s John Berman on Friday and pleaded for more medical personnel and supplies before suggesting military mobilization.

“I can get to Sunday when it comes to ventilators,” de Blasio said. “Monday, Tuesday, I’m not sure about yet.”

“That’s the blunt truth,” he said.

The Mayor said he’d asked the federal government for help and contacted every company ‘literally on Earth’ but New York was still running out of supplies.

“The toughest part of the equation is the people part.  The personnel” de Blasio said.

He said 5,000 people would soon need ventilators and medical attention from doctors and nurses but New York just didn’t have the people available.

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JUST NOW: "We can only get to Monday or Tuesday at this point. We don't know after that. How on earth is this happening in the greatest nation in the world? "@NYCMayor pleading for more personnel and supplies.@NewDay read more

Dr. Fauci Says He “Doesn’t Understand” Why Some States Haven’t Issued Stay-at-Home Orders

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who is the chief health expert on the White House coronavirus task force, says he “doesn’t understand” why every state hasn’t ordered its residents to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” he said, adding that the states should “really consider” issuing stay-at-home orders as the number of cases continues to mount.

“You know, the tension between federally mandated versus states’ rights to do what they want is something I don’t want to get into,” he said. “But if you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that.”

Fauci also advised against relaxing guidelines on social distancing, considered essential to curbing the virus’s spread.

“If you back off, and you don’t mitigate, there is a possibility that number [of deaths] will go up,” he said. “And that is the worst possible thing in the world you want to see. And that’s the reason why I am so adamant about when we say we have got to follow those guidelines, you really got to take it seriously.”

You can watch footage of Dr. Fauci’s remarks below:

Dr. Anthony Fauci on some states still not issuing stay-at-home orders: "I don't understand why that's not happening. … If you look at what's going on in this country, I just don't understand why we're not doing that. We really should be." #CNNTownHall read more