Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates on Tuesday issued a scathing indictment of President Donald Trump’s call to send Americans back to work at the end of next week even as the spread of COVID-19 grows by leaps and bounds.
In an interview with Re/code’s Teddy Schleifer, Gates said it was “very irresponsible” for Trump to suggest things could soon go back to normal, and he said experience has shown that’s not the right way to fight a pandemic.
“There is no middle course on this thing,” he said. “And it’s very tough to say to people, ‘Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner, we want you to keep spending.'”
Gates then speculated that this is because “there’s maybe a politician who thinks GDP growth is all that counts.”
Trump’s call to restart the American economy has received some pushback from even some of his congressional allies including Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Liz Cheney, who earned the wrath of Trump supporters on Tuesday when she said the economy couldn’t recover until the virus is under control.
Bill Gates on these proposals:
"And it's very tough to say to people, 'Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over int he corner, we want you to keep spending.'
Because there's maybe a politician who thinks GDP growth is all that counts."
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) March 24, 2020
This Europe country is housing quarantined coronavirus patients in a five-star hotel
An ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine.
"Good morning! How are you? My name is Enrique Aranda and I am probably the first non health care worker you see in several days," says the director of the five-star Melia Sarria hotel, peering into the ambulance.
It took just three days to convert the hotel, which features contemporary decor and bathrooms with marble finishing, into a clinic.
"Some patients arrive thinking that they were taken out of hospital to be left to die, many people are frightened. I try to make them forget all that," said Aranda, wearing mask and gloves.
UK Labour to unveil new leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn
Britain's main opposition Labour party on Saturday unveils a new leader who will take the helm of a defeated and divided party in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Keir Starmer, a former director of state prosecutions and Labour's Brexit spokesman, is the runaway favourite to win the ballot of around 500,000 party members and succeed Jeremy Corbyn.
The announcement will be a low-key affair, with a planned special conference cancelled due to restrictions on social gatherings imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Instead, the result will be put out in a press release mid-morning -- and candidates have been asked to pre-record their victory speeches.
‘Trump fires people for telling the truth’: President blasted for ‘dead of night decision’ to fire intel watchdog
President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Friday for firing intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.
House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senate Intel Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-VA) were among the lawmakers who took to Twitter to criticize Trump on his favorite social media platform.
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's decision:
Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.