President Donald Trump’s infamous statement about the coronavirus pandemic may haunt him forever: “I don’t take responsibility at all,” he said, when asked on March 13 about his failure to ensure there were enough testing kits – a problem that still exists.
— Kyle Morse (@Kyle_A_Morse) March 13, 2020
In fact, this president takes the blame for almost nothing, ever.
But as the Associated Press reports, Trump is a master at throwing blame at everyone else, and there are at least six entities he’s cycled through already that he wants Americans to think are responsible.
“First, it was the media that was at fault,” the AP reports. “Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs. And now it’s the World Health Organization that’s to blame.”
As for the buck stopping “here,” the famous sign that sat on President Harry S. Truman’s desk, well, that is not an option for this administration.
Trump has blamed “Democratic governors for alleged mismanagement at the front lines of the crisis. The media, first for hyping the threat of the virus and then for not giving the administration credit for its response. Federal inspectors general, believed to be conspiring to make the White House look bad. The Obama administration, for not adequately preparing. China, initially absolved of responsibility, then accused of covering up worrisome health data. And now the WHO, from which Trump has threatened to withhold funding.”
As for his own performance on the coronavirus pandemic, Trump says “I’d rate it a 10,” Trump said March 16.
“I think we’ve done a great job,” he declared. “I couldn’t have done it any better.”
“I’d rate it at 10. I think we’ve done a great job,” President Trump says when asked how he would rate his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on a scale on 1-10, pointing to travel bans and plans to ramp up testing. https://t.co/1TBAL8cn2G pic.twitter.com/juSEj3wdgE
— ABC News (@ABC) March 16, 2020
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
Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’
Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.
The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.
United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.
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."