A so-called “straight news” anchor at Fox News asserted on Wednesday that any criticism of the White House’s Iran strategy is simply “Trump derangement syndrome.”
Anchor Bret Baier made the remarks after President Donald Trump spoke to the nation about Iran’s missile strikes on an airbases where Americans are stationed in Iraq.
“He did draw that red line, he did say, ‘If you kill an American, we are going to strike back and strike back hard,'” Baier said. “They did. There’s all this talk on Capitol Hill and briefing is now ongoing for House and Senate members.”
“There is this sense that this president perhaps doesn’t get credit when something goes right,” the anchor complained. “As all of this was happening, [critics said] it was going to be World War III. He started World War III and there’s no strategy here.”
Baier concluded: “Now, we saw what Iran did in response [to the killing of a top general], we see what the U.S. is saying in response to that. And you wonder whether Trump derangement syndrome factors in to some of the responses you hear publicly here in Washington.”
Fox News personality Tomi Lahren also accused critics of “TDS.”
President Trump is showing great restraint while still making it clear he will not tolerate Iran’s continued acts of terror. It would be nice if the Left could root for the USA for a change. Get some meds for your TDS and allow a little patriotism in your heart- won’t kill you.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 8, 2020
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Trump administration quietly guts COVID-19 paid leave provision that already excluded 75 percent of workers
The Trump administration has quietly issued new guidance that will exempt many small businesses from having to provide some workers with paid leave during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Labor issued a temporary rule Wednesday that effectively exempted businesses with fewer than 50 workers from being required to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers whose children are suddenly at home from school or child care under the coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Trump is deploying national guardsman to provide pandemic support without any health benefits: report
The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.
But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.
"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."
Vaccine researchers grew ‘alarmed’ as Trump’s CDC wasted weeks of their time with a flawed coronavirus test: report
According to a report from the Washington Post, in the early days as health officials became concerned about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic blossoming out of China, researchers sat and wasted days they could have used to start developing a vaccine because they were assured by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a testing kit was on its way.
As it turned out, that test was flawed.
Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."