Look Closely: What Exactly Did Trump Promise On COVID-19 Testing Capacity? | Talking Points Memo

President Trump’s Rose Garden press conference was a self-congratulatory, glad-handing celebration of what Vice President Mike Pence called a “historic public-private partnership” to roll out nationwide testing for COVID-19 starting … wait, when exactly?


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Who’s on first?

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Trump lies. Details at 11.

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Hopefully soon so that our clown in chief can be tested. I hope the tests will be very broad-scope tests covering many conditions, obviously.

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WHO is still in the dugout.

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MYTHOMANIAC Trump strikes again…16k+ LIES and counting!

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There are supposedly about 137,000 global cases (symptomatic) according to stats published by CDC. Ohio’s health department just stated that there are 100,000 cases in OH alone (undiagnosed). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMuQn5hogN0

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But they did let the dogs out…on a serious note, it’s long past time that this man be held accountable for his malfeasance, misfeasance and failure to adhere to his oath. Resign now, Mr. president*.

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Indeed. There has been much ramblings of a syphilitic mind with the Orange One.

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Trump said,“bla bla bla”.

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The term for disorganized group sex would apply here.

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Trump, trying yet again to spray perfume onto his dishonest BS in the hope that nobody notices the smell.

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More chaos, confusion & uncertainty.

Just sickening.

This conference was for Wall Street. The markets will calm down based on all the corporate heads collaborating & stepping up to manage what no one in WH has expertise to.

We the people have no more information or access to testing than we had 2weeks ago.

Ugh.

Coming soon…CV tests & state funds…in the meantime social isolation.

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What is clear is that Trump did not promise, as the CDC recommends, appropriate conservation measures, specifically protection of species that are a risk to viral spillover.

Live animal markets and trafficking in wild animals is at the heart of this global health threat. The Wildlife Conservation Society issued a position statement calling for the closure of all live markets in China. There is a temporary ban on live markets in China, but without a permanent closure, the risk remains for future spillover events.

As David Quammen entitled in his New York Times piece on January 28th: “We made the Coronavirus Epidemic”. Specifically, we made it by engaging in unsustainable ecological destruction and the dangerous and devastating trafficking and illegal trade of wildlife for human consumption.

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He also said that 4 million tests was far more that we would ever need. Given the (reasonable) prediction of 70 - 150 million cases in the US, that number seems a tad low.

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The background bobble heads were especially embarrassing with Pence being the absolute worst.

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Didn’t the WHO offer to provide testing kits.?

Was the problem big business wasn’t making any money on those tests?

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I am growing convinced that none of this is accidental. The administration wants to continue to sell the message that anyone who wants to be tested can, yet they don’t want positive tests. So they are selling the lie to make people believe that people are getting tested but there just aren’t that many infected people in the US.

Of course I would think this is all destined to horribly blow up at some point but by then the Trump administration might be able to find someone else to point fingers at.

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Like a dead Trump.

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That works.

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