The Associated Press issued a bombshell report on Saturday evening that the White House had overruled public health officials on whether to issue a coronavirus warning to America’s seniors.
“The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the plan this week as a way of trying to control the virus, but White House officials ordered the air travel recommendation be removed, said the official who had direct knowledge of the plan,” the AP reported.
“On Friday, the CDC quietly updated its website to tell older adults and people with severe medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease to ‘stay home as much as possible’ and avoid crowds. It urges those people to ‘take actions to reduce your risk of exposure,’ but it doesn’t specifically address flying,” the AP noted. “Some experts this week said clearer and louder guidance should be made to vulnerable people, so they take every possible step to avoid settings where they might more easily become infected.”
President Donald Trump was harshly criticized following the report’s publication, here’s some of what people were saying:
They care about one thing; the president’s re-election. And they think that depends on the economy. And so they want to pretend there’s nothing going on so it doesn’t hurt GDP. It’s sociopathic and dangerous. https://t.co/fStxOxJSvu
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 8, 2020
— Dr. Jack Brown (@DrGJackBrown) March 8, 2020
Lots of people are literally going to die because of Trump https://t.co/C9adOrJsEU
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 8, 2020
My understanding is congressional Democrats are investigation-wary. Impeachment took a lot of effort & didn't move the needle. But congressional oversight is a duty — not something you do only when it is politically opportune.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) March 8, 2020
Your public health decisions are being made by some of the dumbest people in the world, and not doctors.
That goes for your national security decisions, environmental decisions & others.
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 8, 2020
trump is killing americans https://t.co/E6Yt9rFiFt
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 8, 2020
Here we go. Protecting Trump from negative publicity is the prime directive. If people have to die they’re fine with that. https://t.co/hOV8zUaa9S
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) March 8, 2020
This is scandalous. Let the professionals do their jobs in a dangerous situation. https://t.co/blrsrqMcA1
— Sasha Samberg-Champion (@ssamcham) March 8, 2020
On what else has Trump overruled health officials, in order to play down the growing crisis? https://t.co/fb8jGosA2f
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 8, 2020
Trump's obsession with cultivating a false perception that #cornoravirus isn’t a threat has actually cultivated an environment in which it's become an even bigger threat.
He's a simple-minded self-centered egomaniac incapable of longterm critical thought.
This is dangerous. https://t.co/Nu9i0OFvha
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) March 8, 2020
The upshot here is, DON'T put yourself OR your loved ones in danger simply because this vile human being in the White House cares more about winning re-election via a "great economy" (including economically healthy airline companies) than whether *you or your family live or die*.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 8, 2020
TRUMP’S CALLOUS BORDER DETENTION PLANS:
“I haven’t killed THAT MANY people!”
TRUMP’S CALLOUS CORONAVIRUS CONTAINMENT PLANS:
“Hold my beer.” https://t.co/f2ifKNpLXf
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) March 8, 2020
Every congressional Republican who voted to make the Senate trial an evidence-less sham & voted against removing Trump from office is responsible for this https://t.co/9IC5zWJhdV pic.twitter.com/umMMLmdQ3u
— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) March 8, 2020
Trump people shouldn’t worry about losing an election. If this turns out significantly worse than it could have had the White House taken it seriously they should worry about prison. Or mob justice. https://t.co/BdDi5S9wqu
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 8, 2020
Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them
Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.
"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN
Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president
Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."