Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News
- President Trump’s top health advisers said Tuesday that models show between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die from the novel coronavirus even if the country keeps stringent social distancing guidelines in place. Without any measures to mitigate the disease’s spread, those projections jump to between 1.5 and 2.2 million deaths from COVID-19.
- President Trump said Tuesday that he would not have acted differently or more quickly in addressing the coronavirus if he weren’t impeached by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. “I don’t think I would have done any better if I had not been impeached,” Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room Tuesday evening. “I don’t think I would have acted any differently, or I don’t think I would have acted any faster.”
- Mitigation strategies should not be loosened if Americans hope to lessen the impact of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a White House press briefing. “It’s not time to take your foot off the accelerator … but to just press it down.”
- President Trump sought to gird the nation for a grim reality that will set in as the coronavirus pandemic stretches to every corner of the United States.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump said at a White House news briefing. “We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks, and then hopefully, as the experts are predicting … we’re going to start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel.”
- Hospitals can split a single ventilator between two patients infected with the coronavirus, the Trump administration said Tuesday, but it cautioned that the practice should be done only if there are no other options.
A shortage of ventilators, machines that allow seriously ill patients to breathe and stay alive, is one of the top concerns amid the coronavirus crisis. Hospitals across the country could soon be facing situations where they need to prioritize treatment with limited resources.
- President Trump on Tuesday encouraged Congress to pass a $2 trillion infrastructure bill as the next piece of legislation to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill,” Trump tweeted. “It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country!”
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may urge Americans to cover their faces in public to protect themselves and others amid the coronavirus pandemic. The recommendation, if approved, would call for Americans to use cloth coverings instead of surgical and N95 masks, which have been in short supply at hospitals and medical facilities across the country
- President Trump spoke with the CEOs of Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and other network service providers about their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Trump thanked network service providers for joining other industries like manufacturing, banking, technology, and healthcare to answer his call for an all-of-America response to this pandemic.
- Capt. Brett Crozier, commander of a nuclear aircraft carrier with more than 100 sailors infected with the coronavirus, pleaded with U.S. Navy officials for resources to allow isolation of his entire crew and avoid possible deaths in a situation he described as quickly deteriorating. In a four-page letter, he asked for “compliant quarantine rooms” on shore in Guam for his entire crew “as soon as possible.”
- The White House promised the number of available coronavirus test kits would be as high as 27 million by the end of March. But tracking analysts say fewer than 1 million total tests have been administered nationwide.
During a March 10 coronavirus press briefing, Vice President Mike Pence declared there would be “more than 4 million more tests” available across the country by the end of that week.
President Donald Trump increased this number just days later during remarks on March 13, when he promised 1.4 million additional tests would be distributed by March 16, which added up to more than 5 million available tests by the end of March. Another White House official would go on to proclaim on March 21 that 27 million test kits would be available to patients before the end of the month.
The COVID Tracking Project has recorded that 964,865 total tests were conducted through Tuesday.
- President Trump’s advisors were able to persuade him against trying to reopen the US economy by Easter. Trump’s change of mind was prompted not just by projections of the number of infections that could be caused by lifting restrictions too early but also by polls showing widespread public support for continuing lockdown measures and opposition to reopening the economy too early.
- The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Democrats to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis.
- President Donald Trump announced in the Rose Garden in mid-March that the federal government would partner with private companies to set up drive-thru coronavirus testing sites. He invited chief executives from Target, Walgreens, Walmart and CVS to the microphone and showered them with praise over the new effort. The President told attendees consumers would drive up, get swabbed and have their samples sent off to the lab to be tested — “without having to leave your car.”
As of today, the major retailers have opened only 5 drive-thru testing locations, none available to the general public
Other Administration News
- The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era law that pushes automakers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, severely limiting a rule designed to decrease pollution from transportation in the face of climate change.