The Past 24 Hours Or So

Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

  • Trump’s government may be pulling back from a $1 billion coronavirus ventilator deal, expressing concern about the possibility of ordering too many ventilators, leaving them with an expensive surplus. President Trump questioned whether New York will actually need the tens of thousands of ventilators state leaders have called for to handle the expected number of coronavirus infections.

“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” Trump said on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go into major hospitals, sometimes they’ll have two ventilators.”

  • Trump complained about Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, whose name he can’t remember. “Now she wants a declaration of emergency, and we’ll have to make a decision on that.. We’ve really had some trouble …. with the young woman governor from Michigan”
  • President Trump on Friday blasted Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) as a “grandstander” and called for him to be jettisoned from the Republican Party amid growing anticipation the lawmaker would object to the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package poised to be voted on by the House.

“Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets Friday morning.

“He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous … & costly.”

  • The United States now has the most known coronavirus cases of any country in the world, passing Italy and China. The U.S. had more than 82,404 cases as of Thursday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, vaulting to the top spot amid ramped up testing.
  • President Trump early Friday said that he had a “very good conversation” with Chinese President Xi Jinping about efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and pledged cooperation with Beijing.

“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet,” Trump tweeted early Friday morning. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!” the president continued.

  • President Trump said there is “no way” he’ll cancel the GOP convention in August, despite the uncertainty surrounding planned events due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re going to have our convention. You know, we have our convention in North Carolina, in Charlotte,” he said to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday evening.
  • The White House on Thursday identified the Chicago and Detroit areas as two potential hot spots for coronavirus cases as the disease spreads in pockets of the U.S.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, told reporters at a briefing that officials are concerned about rapid increases in cases in Cook County, Ill., and Wayne County, Mich. The two counties encapsulate the cities and surrounding communities of Chicago and Detroit, respectively.

  • President Trump on Thursday outlined plans for his administration to classify each county across the United States based on its risk for an outbreak of coronavirus and use that information to create targeted guidelines.

In a letter to the nation’s governors, Trump spoke optimistically about expanded testing capabilities that would allow officials to identify which areas of the country are grappling with outbreaks and where the virus is spreading.

Other Administration News

  • The U.S. Space Force conducted its first launch Thursday, sending a military communications satellite into orbit.
  • The U.S. rolled out sanctions against 20 individuals and entities tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force over the group’s support for armed groups in Iraq.
  • The future of the Trump administration’s plan to purchase millions of barrels of oil is in doubt after the Senate declined to provide funding for the purchase in its latest coronavirus stimulus package. The Energy Department withdrew its solicitation to buy oil for storage in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Wednesday.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog will review the agency’s methods for regulating states’ air pollution following threats by Administrator Andrew Wheeler to withhold highway funding from California if they did not update their plans.

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