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‘Defunded the CDC’ to ‘build his wall’: Trump scorched for incompetent handling of coronavirus – including spelling it ‘caronavirus’

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President Donald Trump and his White House have made clear he is unconcerned about the deadly coronavirus threat, except as it affects the markets, which he sees as his key to re-election. He reportedly was “furious” at the CDC for telling lawmakers and the American public the virus will spread into communities across the U.S.

“We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad,” the CDC said Tuesday, which angered Trump.

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Those remarks helped tank the markets even further on Tuesday, with the DOW dropping 1900 points in just two days.

Trump tried to blame the news media for informing the public about the risks, via Twitter Wednesday morning. It did not go well.

After announcing a news conference for 6 PM Wednesday, Trump went ballistic, attacking the press, and Democrats, as if they were the ones who made the determination the coronavirus will greatly affect Americans’ day-to-day lives.

And he spelled coronavirus wrong.

Trump’s remarks and general “incompetence” are infuriating many across the country, as smoe noted he cut funding to the CDC’s programs to combat disease outbreaks worldwide.

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Ethics group calls for investigation of New York Republican after more stock sales revealed

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An ethics watchdog called for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., to be investigated by "any federal law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction over insider trading" after a new report revealed the lawmaker unloaded millions of dollars in stocks from industries hit hard by the economic fallout over the coronavirus pandemic as she publicly downplayed the extent of the outbreak.

The largest transactions from Loeffler's most recent financial disclosures were three sales between Feb. 26 and March 11 of $18.7 million worth of stock in Intercontinental Exchange (which owns the New York Stock Exchange), according to figures provided to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the senator. Loeffler was once an executive of the company, and her husband, Jeff Sprecher, is its current CEO.

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Trump backs Gilead’s exclusive patent on treatment as US reels from COVID-19 deaths

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As the United States leads the world in coronavirus cases, the nation’s healthcare system is already stretched to capacity and protective gear in short supply. President Trump and his health advisors say more than 100,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, millions of people have lost their jobs, and a record 6.6 million unemployment claims were filed this week, on top of last week’s 3.3 million claims. For more on the economic impacts of the coronavirus, and how Trump has responded to the pandemic by rewarding pharmaceutical corporations like Gilead Sciences and indefinitely suspending environmental regulations, we speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

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Global health doctor explains why coronavirus scares him more than Ebola: ‘We knew and we didn’t prepare’

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Dr. Craig Spencer, the director of Global Health Emergency Medicine at Columbia Medical Center explained in an interview with "The View" that the coronavirus is far worse than what he saw in Africa during the Ebola crisis. While helping sick patients in West Africa, he contracted Ebola.

Speaking to co-host Sara Haines, Dr. Spencer explained that they would leave for lunch and when they came back some patients they were working with would be dead.

"It was devastating. There wasn't a great response nationally. We were slow to respond, and because of that, unfortunately, people that I worked with or patients that I saw died," he continued. "My concern right now with COVID is we didn't take it seriously early enough. We were warned by China and we didn't react. We were warned by Italy and we didn't really prepare. In fact, we've known since West Africa that we need to be prepared. We need to build these pandemic response systems. We just haven't been funding it here in the United States the way that we should have. We're seeing the complications and the consequences of that right now."

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