Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News
- A group of 16 state attorneys general is pleading with President Trump to immediately assert special powers listed under the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of critically needed supplies such as masks and ventilators to treat coronavirus as supplies run low and hospitals begin to hit capacity.
“We are on the brink of catastrophic consequences resulting from the continued shortage of critical supplies,” the letter states. “The federal government must act decisively now and use its sweeping authority to get as many needed supplies produced as soon as possible for distribution as quickly as possible.”
- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly pressed Group of Seven (G7) leaders to refer to the novel coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus,” in an official document, which is why G7 leaders have thus far not been able to agree on a joint statement on COVID-19 as other leaders refuse Pompeo’s insistence on using the term.
- President Trump is accusing the media of pushing to keep restrictions in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus — measures supported by most public health experts — in order to ruin the economy and 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,” Trump tweeted. “The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!” Trump tweeted.
- Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a stop to all movement of US troops overseas for 60 days in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including American forces, civilian personnel and families.
- In a blog post titled “Is God Judging America Today?” a pastor, Rev. Ralph Drollinger, who leads a weekly bible study group for members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet blamed the coronavirus pandemic on several groups, including those who have “a proclivity toward lesbianism and homosexuality.”
America “is experiencing the consequential wrath of God,” he wrote on his Capitol Ministries blog on March 21.
In addition to gays and lesbians, Drollinger — who The New York Times recently referred to as the Trump Cabinet’s “shadow diplomat” — also laid blame on people with “depraved minds,” environmentalists and those who deny the existence of God.
- Hydroxychloroquine, a medicine for malaria that President Trump has touted as a treatment for coronavirus, was no more effective than conventional care, a study found. The report published by the Journal of Zhejiang University in China showed that patients who got the medicine didn’t fight off the new coronavirus more often than those who did not get the medicine.
- The Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook, a 69-page document, finished in 2016, which provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration. Each section of this playbook includes specific questions that should be asked and decisions that should be made at multiple levels.
Other Administration News
- A federal judge has just struck down crucial permits for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and demanded a full environmental review of the project, handing a major win to North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
- The White House removed Heather Swift, a Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary of public affairs, in a move that shocked many in the department as it takes a lead role in handling the coronavirus pandemic. Swift was abruptly pushed out of her position after the Presidential Personnel Office raised questions about her loyalty to President Trump.