The Trump administration has blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from releasing a 17-page manual designed to help a wide variety of public spaces, from restaurants to schools to day-care centers to churches, re-open safely.
The Associated Press reports “agency scientists were told the guidance ‘would never see the light of day,’ according to a CDC official.”
The guidelines, which also included guidance for employers with vulnerable workers, were set to be released Friday.
One person “close to the White House’s coronavirus task force,” according to the AP, “said the CDC documents were never cleared by CDC leadership for public release,” and “said that White House officials don’t want to offer detailed guidance for how specific sectors can reopen, calling it a ‘slippery slope.”
CNN adds that coronavirus task force co-ordinator Dr. Deborah Birx had ordered the guidelines to be created.
“We are used to dealing with a White House that asks for things and then chaos ensues. A team of people at the CDC spent innumerable hours in response to an ask from Debbie Birx,” a source told CNN.
But President Trump has made clear there will not be a “new normal,” and is demanding a return to the America that existed before the coronavirus.
“I see the new normal being what it was three months ago. I think we want to go back to where it was,” Trump said. “I want to go back to where it was, that’s where we’re going to be.”
President Donald Trump has made clear he will take no responsibility for anything that goes wrong, while demanding credit for anything that goes right.
“No, I don’t take responsibility at all,” Trump infamously said in mid-March when asked about coronavirus testing failures.
Right-wing militia spokeswoman defends lynching of Kentucky governor in effigy: Protesting ‘is not the answer any longer’
A group of right-wing protesters held a demonstration in front of the house of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's mansion this Sunday, at one point hanging an effigy of the governor on a tree in what looked to be a mock lynching. According to CNN, the protest was advertised on Facebook as a Patriot Day Rally to exercise Second Amendment rights.
The backlash against the group's actions was swift, with even Mitch McConnell slamming the move as "unacceptable."
"There is no place for hate in Kentucky," he tweeted.
Soledad O’Brien scolds Tomi Lahren on Twitter after she calls people ‘sheep’ for Memorial Day
Journalist Soledad O'Brien fired back at Fox News personality Tomi Lahren after she called Americans "sheep" for following pandemic safety rules on Memorial Day.
"I gotta hand it to COVID-19, you sure did expose the sheep among us," Lahren wrote in a tweet over the Memorial Day weekend.
I gotta hand it to COVID-19, you sure did expose the sheep among us.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 24, 2020
Trump’s policies could come back to haunt him as he struggles to save his presidency from COVID-19: columnist
In a column for Washington Monthly, Annie Kim suggested that Donald Trump will likely be handcuffed by his own economic policies as he attempts to deal with the collapse of the U.S. economy in large part due to the coronavirus pandemic that raged out of control on his watch.
With close to 40 million Americans now unemployed and the president's administration pumping trillions into the economy to keep the country afloat as businesses shutter, Kim suggested that Trump is in a major bind of his own making that could cost him re-election.