President Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak — but CNN’s Alisyn Camerota said that the president may have given the VP an impossible task.
Reacting to the news that Pence would be the point man for the government’s efforts to contain the virus, Camerota said that it might be too late to really get a handle on a situation that is already highly likely to do real damage to both public health and the economy.
“It seemed Vice President Pence may be set up for failure,” she said. “Not intentionally, but how is he going to get his arms around this?”
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman then explained how Pence’s appointment will likely not restore confidence, especially if his office makes the response entirely about containing political damage instead of giving the public accurate information.
“[Coronavirus infections] could grow to a number that is much more significant than what the public has seen in this country so far,” she said. “And that’s just going to be an unpleasant load to bear. We don’t know how much more we’re going to hear from experts in the administration — they’re trying hard to centralize this within the VP’s staff that everything is going to go through them.”
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Trump hints he may have to bail out ‘our great oil companies’ at coronavirus presser
On Wednesday, at the daily press conference on coronavirus, President Donald Trump suggested that he might be left with no choice but to offer assistance to oil companies.
"Now, gasoline's going to be 99 cents a gallon or less, you know that. That's already popping up. 99 cents," said Trump. "So that's look giving a massive tax cut to people of our country."
"I'm going to meet with the oil companies on Friday," continued Trump. "I'm going to meet with independent oil producers also on Friday or Saturday, maybe Sunday. But we're having a lot of meetings on it. I think I know what to do to solve it. But if they're unable to solve it, then I think I know what to do to solve it. But it's tough. I think I know what to do to solve it. We don't want to lose our great oil companies. We're the number one producer of oil in the world. I do believe there's a way that can be solved or pretty well solved, and I'd rather not do that."
CNN’s Gloria Borger demolishes Trump administration’s ‘absurd’ attempts to dodge responsibility for pandemic response
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," analyst Gloria Borger slammed President Donald Trump and his top officials for trying to skate responsibility for the president's own efforts to downplay the coronavirus pandemic for weeks.
"Gloria, when I asked the vice president earlier in the day why it took so long to grasp the severity of this pandemic, the vice president seemed to point the finger at the CDC, at China. He even said it took Dr. Deborah Birx until Friday to give them the latest modeling on the death toll, 100,000 to 240,000," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What do you make of that kind of spin?"
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta breaks down how Ron DeSantis’ failure to lock down Florida put millions in jeopardy
On Wednesday, finally bowing to public pressure and pleas from experts, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced a shelter-in-place order for his state.
But the delay likely made the pandemic worse and needlessly put people in Florida and around the country at risk, said Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN.
"The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, today, Sanjay, announced a stay-at-home order for the state," said anchor Jake Tapper. "This is after much criticism and weeks and weeks of cruise ships landing and spring breakers packing the beaches. Shouldn't the governor of Florida have done this weeks ago? Just empirically, didn't his delaying this mean more cases and possibly more deaths?"