The decision to shelve detailed advice from the nation’s top disease control experts for reopening communities during the coronavirus pandemic came from the highest levels of the White House, according to internal government emails obtained by The Associated Press.
The files also show that after the AP reported Thursday that the guidance document had been buried, the Trump administration ordered key parts of it to be fast-tracked for approval.
The trove of emails show the nation’s top public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spending weeks working on guidance to help the country deal with a public health emergency, only to see their work quashed by political appointees with little explanation.
he’s yourPresident America (ODT)
Trump is an inveterate liar, having told thousands and thousands of lies during his 2.5 years in office.
One of the things he has repeatedly lied about is El Paso.
In his State of the Union address, Robert Moore wrote for Texasmonthly.com, Trump alleged that El Paso had been one of the worst cities in the US for crime but that since the partial border wall built in 2008-2010 it had abruptly become safe:
“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime—one of the highest in the country, and (was) considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.”
Rep. Veronica Escobar tweeted out newspaper headlines from 20 years ago touting El Paso as the third safest city in the US:
The year 2000 was eight years before the wall started being built.
Moore points out that border towns across the US have low crime rates, exactly the opposite of what Trump would expect.
By depicting El Paso as crime infested when Mexicans were supposedly unconstrained by a wall, Trump implied that Mexicans are criminals, bringing their crime over the border.
In other words, their commerce itself is undesirable.
That’s rhetorical economic terrorism. But then some young man heard the words and took them to heart and implemented them. That is White al-Qaeda.
Writing in The Atlantic, David Graham reminds us that Obama is still presidential, Trump is all a President shouldn’t be:
” … whilst Trump’s efforts at consoling and uniting are intermittent and clumsy, it feels as though the role of president is vacant, and Obama is sliding right back into it by habit—his and the nation’s.”
The President alluded to the mental illness of the shooters. Obama had legislated to prevent anyone with a history of mental illness from purchasing guns. Trump reinstated it. Why did he do so?
Read carefully Obama’s language as it condemns Trump’s racial and ethnic hatred and violence without naming him.
“We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”
Indeed it is masterly prose from a former president walking a fine line between condemnation and occupying a place above it.
America is a huge and complicated country. Its success has been born of the annihilation of one race and the enslavement of another.
It goes without saying that they would be a greater nation with more men like Obama … and less like Trump.
He came i shook the tree calle the fruit that fell his never the persons who planted the tree. He stole it. He’s still intent on shaking that tree not nurturing it so if no fruit comes he’ll just walk away. That’s Donald Trump not a President. (ODT)
And that is? Trump’s America is a nation with “no permanent friends and no permanent enemies”, says Wright. “It takes a transactional approach with all nations, places little value in historical ties, and seeks immediate benefits ranging from trade and procurement to diplomatic support.”
Wright has emphasised in his writings from the outset of the Trump candidacy that the President has held a core of visceral, unchanging views for decades now: deeply suspicious of US allies, attracted to authoritarians, hostile to the open world trading system, uninterested in human rights. “His most controversial positions – questioning NATO, seeking to pull out of Syria, starting trade wars – are all consistent with the worldview he has publicly espoused since the 1980s,” he argues in the journal Foreign Affairs.
A narcissistic social media star who is famous merely for being famous has met with Kim Kardashian at the White House.
This was a model Trump would use for the rest of his career, telling a lie so cosmic that people believed that some kernel of it had to be real. The tactic landed him a place on the Forbes list he hadn’t earned – and led to future accolades, press coverage and deals. It eventually paved a path toward the presidency.
“The largest portion of Mr Trump’s fortune, according to three people who had had direct knowledge of his holdings, apparently comes from his lucrative inheritance. These people estimated that Mr Trump’s wealth, presuming that it is not encumbered by heavy debt, may amount to about $US200 million to $US300 million. That is an enviably large sum of money by most people’s standards but far short of the billionaires club.”
The opacity persists. In 2016, Trump’s presidential campaign put out a statement saying the candidate had a net worth “in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS”. But he has never released his tax returns, and he has said that the core Trump Organisation asset is the ownership of his brand – an ineffable marketing claim that is impossible to substantiate or refute.