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‘Tell me you have a plan’: NYT columnist reveals how Trump’s erratic messaging has destabilized the business community

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Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman explained that President Donald Trump’s greatest failure is in reassuring the nation.

During what has become a daily press conference, an NBC News reporter asked Trump what he says to Americans who are scared. It was the perfect opportunity for Trump to reassure the nation and calm sensitive markets. Instead of knocking the softball out of the park, Trump called it a “nasty question” and attacked the reporter.

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Friedman reported on some of the ideas economics experts have devised to restart the economy. One of the key components is calming the nation.

“The beauty of his plan, as I see it, Jake, is that what is missing in the country is any sense that we have — the president went from ‘it is a hoax’, to ‘a war,’ to ‘I don’t want to fight this war,’ I want to get the economy back and people,” he explained. “What business leaders are looking for, not to mention average citizens, is tell me — just tell me you have a plan. If I need to shelter in place for a week, two weeks, whatever it takes, tell me you have a plan and that is what has been missing here.”

He also noted that when it comes to economic advice, no one should be listening to Trump’s top adviser Larry Kudlow, who lied on television saying that the virus was contained while it continued to spread.

“Nobody should be listening to him,” he said of Kudlow. “He was out a few weeks ago telling us that this was contained. So nobody should be listening to him.”

Watch Friedman below:

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WATCH: Video shows pack of police forcibly remove man from a city bus — for not wearing a mask

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Shocking video from Philadelphia shows multiple police officers forcibly removing a man from a city bus -- reportedly for not wearing a mask.

"A video that went viral Friday shows what appeared to be four police officers, backed by about six more, forcibly pulling a man not wearing a face covering off of a SEPTA bus. After the uniformed and masked Philadelphia Police Department officers lift the adult man off the bus and engage in a brief confrontation, he walks away. No arrest. No ticket," WHYY-TV reports.

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REVEALED: White House pushed FEMA to give its biggest coronavirus contract to a company that never had to bid

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Last month, as a deadly new virus swept over the globe, one Canadian defense contractor predicted on an earnings call that it would lead to a big business opportunity in the U.S. Thanks to the White House, that bet paid off just a few weeks later in a $96 million no-bid deal.

In an unusual move, even in times of disaster, the White House stepped into the federal purchasing process, ordering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to award a contract to AirBoss of America. The Trump administration has rushed through hundreds of deals to address the pandemic without the usual oversight, more than $760 million reported as of this week, but the AirBoss transaction is the single largest no-bid purchase, a ProPublica analysis of federal purchasing data found.

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Trump mocked as a ‘gibbering lunatic’ for continuing to lie about how tariffs work at latest coronavirus briefing

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At Friday's coronavirus task force press briefing, President Donald Trump repeated, for the umpteenth time, his false claim that the government of China is paying the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods in the United States, as opposed to American businesses and consumers — something that he has repeatedly been corrected on. This time, he even went out of his way to note that people have debunked this claim, but saying that he still believes it anyway.

Commenters on social media exploded in frustration at the president's refusal to understand basic concepts of world trade.

Trump is repeating his false claim that China is paying most of the tariffs, specifically noting that people say it's not true and then rejecting this true point.

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