On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper led his show with a searing indictment of President Donald Trump for his ongoing lies about his management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cooper particularly took umbrage at Trump’s claim, at the day’s Rose Garden press conference, that “we have just about the lowest mortality rate” and only seem to have more cases because “we do tremendous testing. We have the best testing in the world.”
“This is just ludicrous,” said Cooper. “This is the president of the United States. More than 130,000 people dead in this country and he’s continuing this ridiculous lie, it’s nonsensical. It defies any belief. We shouldn’t be surprised because this is what he does. This is one of president’s favorite lies. The United States is not the best or close to it in deaths — it’s the seventh-worst in the world. The testing doesn’t discover them. According to Redfield and others, the cases we know about are probably far underestimating the actual spread of this virus.”
“The president also spoke to CBS News tonight,” said Cooper, just before inviting on chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. “He said the testing is working, quote, ‘too well’ and probably the only person who thinks that. He equated the Confederate battle flag with people protesting the killing of African-Americans by police … there seems like there is no one around the president — Mark Meadows, the chief of staff, is new. He came in, I guess, some people thought there would be some change right now which seems to be rearranging, is there anyone around the president who shakes their head when they hear rambling in the Rose Garden like this?”
‘This is going to be a nightmare’: WaPo business columnist says Trump’s executive orders will be disasters
Washington Post economics columnist Catherine Rampell on Monday said that President Donald Trump's executive orders intended to provide economic relief to Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to make things much worse.
WATCH: Damning supercut of Trump’s failed COVID predictions as US passes 5 million infections
The United States now has more than 5 million novel coronavirus infections -- and President Donald Trump is still insisting, as he has for months, that the situation is totally under control.
CNN on Monday played a damning supercut of Trump's failed predictions about the coronavirus pandemic, starting as far back as January when he told CNBC that "it's one person coming in from China and we have it under control, it's going to be just fine."
"5 million is not just fine," interjected host John Berman. "And it's 5 million more than the close to zero the president promised in March."
‘The hydroxychloroquine of economic policy’: Krugman warns ‘greater recession’ could come from Trump’s stimulus
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman explained that the things President Donald Trump did on Saturday would provide little help to Americans desperate to survive amid a worse recession since the Great Depression.
Amid the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. entered another recession, and jobs were lost so quickly by the shutdown that the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. In the 2007-2008 recession, the rate tapped out at 10 percent. The highest U.S. unemployment rate was 24.9 percent in 1933 during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
"This new thing, what it is, is both limited and it calls for a new program," said Krugman about Trump's proposal. "It calls for complicated actions from the states. More money. And one thing we learned it's that our unemployment insurance system in this country is not designed to do complicated things. The virtue of the last round was that it was very, very simple. Just $600 a month and even so, a lot of people took a long, long time before they got those benefits."