DNC on Trump Letting Small Business Loans Go to Chinese Corporations

2 Aug

In response to Trump allowing taxpayer money for small businesses to go to Chinese corporations, DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams released the following statement: 

“Instead of holding China accountable, Trump allowed Chinese corporations and their subsidiaries to receive millions of dollars of taxpayer money while thousands of U.S. small businesses still struggle and more than 100,000 have been forced to close for good. Trump has repeatedly left American small businesses high and dry, making this crisis far worse than it needed to be for small businesses and their workers.”

New York Times: U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies

By Alan Rappeport

President Trump has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, but as the White House looks to stabilize small businesses in the United States, the rescue effort has had an unintended beneficiary: Chinese companies.

Millions of dollars of American taxpayer money have flowed to China from the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program that was created in March to be a lifeline for struggling small businesses in the United States. But because the economic relief legislation allowed American subsidiaries of foreign firms to receive the loans, a substantial chunk of the money went to America’s biggest economic rival, a new analysis shows.

According to a review of publicly available loan data by the strategy consulting firm Horizon Advisory, $192 million to $419 million has gone to more than 125 companies that Chinese entities own or invest in. Many of the loans were quite sizable; at least 32 Chinese companies received loans worth more than $1 million, with those totaling as much as $180 million.

“The extent and nature of P.R.C.-owned, -invested and -connected entities among the P.P.P. loan recipients indicate that without appropriate policy guardrails, U.S. tax dollars intended for relief, recovery and growth of the U.S. economy — and small businesses in particular — risk supporting foreign competitors, namely China,” wrote Emily de La Bruyère and Nathan Picarsic, the co-founders of Horizon Advisory, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

[…]

Among the companies highlighted in the report were Continental Aerospace Technologies, which received a loan of up to $10 million, and Aviage Systems, which received a loan of up to $350,000. The companies are owned by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, a state-owned conglomerate that the Department of Defense classified this year as a Chinese military company.

[…]

Larger loans went to businesses that spanned critical sectors such as pharmaceuticals, defense, advanced manufacturing, electric cars and information technology. In each case, the United States was indirectly funding the kinds of corporations whose owners the Trump administration regularly accuses of intellectual property theft.

For example, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals, a California-based biotech company, received a loan worth $5 million to $10 million. It is owned by Nanjing Xinbai, a Chinese state-invested company whose controlling shareholder has close ties to the Communist Party.

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TWO WEEKS AGO: Trump Promised a ‘Full and Complete Health Care Plan’ — It Never Materialized

2 Aug

Two weeks ago during a Fox News Sunday interview, Trump boasted about health care initiatives he would sign into law in two weeks. But two weeks later, it turned out to be just another one of Trump’s lies — and his health care plan continues to be sabotaging the Affordable Care Act and taking health care away from millions of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump lied when he said on Fox News Sunday that he would sign a new health care plan in two weeks.  

NPR: “‘We’re signing a health care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health care plan,’ Trump claimed, despite not being able to pass a health care bill since taking office and despite there being no push for one in Congress at this point.”

And he lied again on Friday when he doubled down on his claim. 

Bloomberg: “President Donald Trump said he plans to sign a ‘very inclusive’ health-care plan ‘very soon’ — perhaps as soon as Sunday — that will result in Americans paying significantly less for pharmaceutical drugs.”

Instead of following through on his supposed “health care plan,” Trump spent his weekend golfing.

CNN’s Manu Raju on Saturday: “As his chief of staff and Treasury Secretary meet in the Capitol with Dem leaders over stalled stimulus talks, Trump arrives at his Virginia golf club for the 283th day of his presidency at one of his golf clubs. He’s been at one of his properties 376 days since taking office.”

New York Times’s Eric Lipton on Sunday: “President Trump is back at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA as of 9:05 a.m., per pool report.”

The reality is that Trump’s health care plan is to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, even as millions of Americans are relying on it during the coronavirus pandemic. 

New York Times: “The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn the Affordable Care Act — a move that, if successful, would bring a permanent end to the health insurance program popularly known as Obamacare and wipe out coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.”

As Trump tries to eliminate the ACA, his administration is also making it more difficult for Americans to get health care coverage during the pandemic. 

Forbes: “The Trump administration has decided against opening up a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, instead doubling down on his support of a lawsuit by Republican states aimed at killing the entire Affordable Care Act.”

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WATCH: Dr. Birx Says Virus ‘Is Extraordinarily Widespread’ And Warns Of ‘New Phase’

2 Aug

As Trump acts like the coronavirus is under control and downplays new outbreaks, Dr. Birx warned on CNN’s State of the Union that we “are in a new phase” and the virus “is extraordinarily widespread,” more than it was in March and April.

WATCH HERE:

BIRX: “We are in a new phase and that’s why I really wanted to make it clear to the American people.”

BIRX: “I want to be very clear, what we’re seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It is into the rural as equal urban areas.”

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DNC on the Devastating Impact of the Coronavirus on Native American Tribes

1 Aug

As the coronavirus spreads across Native American communities nationwide, DNC Native Outreach Director Theresa Sheldon released the following statement: 

“Trump’s failure to control the spread of the coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on Native Americans across the country. Due to an underfunded Indian Health Service, tribal citizens have limited access to hospitals, testing, and medical supplies, and exposure to the virus is catastrophic. Yet nothing is being done by the president to protect sick and vulnerable Native citizens. The continued inaction of this administration proves just how little they care about our health and safety. As America’s first inhabitants, Tribal Nations have endured tragedy and loss far too many times. The coronavirus, and Trump’s disastrous response to it, has unleashed a new threat facing these communities.

“As we‘ve faced 19 weeks straight of over one million additional Americans filing for unemployment, with more than 100,000 small businesses permanently closed, and the largest GDP drop on record, we must also remember the impact of the recession on our Native American communities who have lost tens of thousands of jobs at record rates. Native Americans can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump. We need to elect Joe Biden, who has a plan to control the coronavirus, build back the economy, and restore dignity, services and opportunities to Tribes.”

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DNC Launches ‘Blistering’ New Ad in AZ, FL, MI, WI

1 Aug

This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “This Is Not a Test,” which calls out Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety by demanding schools reopen unsafely. See highlights below:

CNN: DNC launches TV ad hitting Trump on coronavirus and reopening of schools ahead of new school year

The Democratic National Committee is launching a new offensive on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on the thorny issue of reopening schools, rolling out a television ad on Monday as parents and educators across the country express widespread concern ahead of the new school year.

In the 60-second TV spot titled “This Is Not a Test” first shared with CNN, the narrator begins by describing Trump as “unprepared and making it up” when it comes to the virus. The ad features some of Trump’s own past statements about Covid-19, including his prediction that it might disappear in April in the heat and his desire to slow down testing.

CNN: New Day Interview with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

ALISYN CAMEROTA: The Democratic Party out with a blistering new ad taking aim at President Trump’s handling of coronavirus.

[…]

JOHN BERMAN: Moments ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee released a new campaign ad focusing on President Trump’s coronavirus response and his push to reopen schools.

[…]

SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL): This discussion has been something that’s been tearing me up and tearing up all the moms in my mom group. You know, we talk to each other, we want our kids to go back to school. Believe me, I need my daughter back in school because she needs trained educators, not a — not a politician trying to teach her to read. I’m not trained to do this.

But on the other hand, I don’t want her getting sick and potentially dying, or even if it doesn’t really affect her, her bringing home a virus that will affect my 79-year-old mom. You know, I have a whole household, or her two and a half year old baby sister. This is a hot topic. I want my daughter to go back to school, of course, but not if there’s not enough PPE, not if there’s not enough testing, not if we don’t know, you know, what the protocols are for schools. None of that has been provided by the Trump administration.

CNN en Español: Anuncio en español del Partido Demócrata critica respuesta de Trump a la pandemia

Un mensaje en español del Partido Demócrata critica la respuesta del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, frente a la pandemia de coronavirus. El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Tom Pérez, dijo en entrevista con Juan Carlos López que los fracasos del presidente Trump durante la pandemia y la caída en la economía serán centrales en la decisión de los latinos a la hora de votar en noviembre.

The Hill: Democrats hit Trump on reopening schools in new ad: ‘He ignored science’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched an ad Monday attacking President Trump over his push to reopen schools in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases across much of the U.S.

[…] The ad ends with audio of Trump boasting about having “aced” a cognitive test. He’s recently bragged in multiple interviews about his performance on a cognitive test that is typically used to detect dementia. 

The Hill: Atlanta mayor: ‘As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) criticized President Trump’s push for schools to reopen in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases — as both a lawmaker and a mother. 

“As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives,” Bottoms said Monday on a call with reporters.

[…] Bottoms was one of two Democrats who spoke to reporters on the Monday call with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) also criticized Trump’s push, as both a lawmaker and a mother of school-aged children. She said her three children, ages 8, 12 and 14, are enrolled year-round in public school in Irvine. 

“I want to be clear about what’s at stake here: Children and teachers will get the virus. They will bring it home to their families, they will spread it to other community … some will get sick and some are going to die,” Porter said. “It’s an absolute failure of leadership to send kids and teachers back into a classroom without so much as a sticky note checklist on how to keep them safe, much less detailed plan.” 

Washington Times: DNC: Trump’s school push risks lives

The Democratic National Committee on Monday intensified its criticism of President Trump’s push to reopen schools, saying the administration is gambling with lives in a naked attempt to score political points ahead of the fall election.

In a new television attack ad, the DNC highlighted how Mr. Trump initially downplayed the virus and questioned whether the president can be trusted to protect students and teachers from COVID-19.

[…] On Monday, DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a conference call with reporters the Trump administration has offered school districts little guidance or assistance to help schools open safely and said The White House’s race to reopen schools will “imperil children, school staff and their families.”

Daily Kos: ‘This is not a test. Trump is failing’: New DNC ad on school reopening pulls no punches

The Democratic National Committee is launching a hard-hitting cable ad buy focused on the spread of coronavirus and Donald Trump’s dangerous push to reopen schools. A DNC aide told CNN there was a six-figure cable buy focusing on battleground states.

Trump has pushed hard to reopen schools, clearly seeing it as a political winner in the early days of summer before coronavirus spiked in many states. And once Trump has decided something is a winner, he notoriously doesn’t back down. COVID-19 rates have changed dramatically, though, and with them, public opinion. Polls show growing fear of school reopenings, and parents’ groups, education advocates, and teachers unions are demanding that any reopening plans listen to the science and emphasize safety, with a national day of resistance planned for August 3.

Education Week: GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

That rhetorical pushback from Democrats continued into Monday, when Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on a call with reporters that, “We need to make sure that we have more resources for public education, not to funnel away resources from public education.”

Perez also said the “original sin” of the Trump administration was not taking sufficient action to halt the spread of the virus at the end of last year and the start of 2020. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trump resurrects voucher plan as public schools stay closed

Democrats are fighting back at what they see as a move to undermine support for public schools.

During a Monday conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “has been on a mission along with this president to undermine public education.”

“He’s saying to schools, I’m going to take away your funding if you don’t open,” Perez added.

Detroit Metro Times: New DNC ad airing in Michigan accuses Trump of forcing schools to reopen too soon in attempt to save his reelection

A new ad that aired in the Detroit area Tuesday flunks President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-second spot, paid for by the DNC War Room, accuses Trump of making the coronavirus crisis worse by ignoring experts and publicly insisting for months that the pandemic would go away on its own. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Trump is insisting that schools reopen in the fall, and has even threatened to without federal funding from districts that don’t.

WisPolitics.com: DNC’s latest ad knocking Trump running in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the markets that will see the DNC‘s latest TV ad, which knocks President Trump on his response to COVID-19.

The party, which released the spot yesterday, said this morning it will run on cable networks in Milwaukee with a target audience of parents with school-aged children and teachers. The DNC said it is a six-figure buy, but didn’t include details on how much of that would be spent in the Milwaukee market.

La Voz Arizona: Comité Nacional Demócrata lanza anuncio en español ‘Esto no es una prueba’, en contra de Trump

El Comité Nacional Demócrata lanzó hoy un nuevo anuncio televisivo en español en Arizona titulado “Esto no es una prueba”, mediante el cual critica al presidente Donald Trump por presuntamente jugar con la salud y la seguridad de los niños.

Según comentan en un comunicado de prensa, Trump está tratando de obligar a las escuelas a reabrir por completo antes de que puedan hacerlo de manera segura, pese a la elevada cantidad de casos de coronavirus en todo el país. Trump cree, mencionan, que una reapertura de escuelas le ayudará a el con su reelección.

El anuncio fue lanzado a los medios en Arizona a partir de hoy jueves, dirigido a llegar a los padres latinos con niños en edad escolar y los maestros.

Florida Politics: Democrats’ new Spanish ad in Miami warns against school reopening

The Democratic National Committee’s effort to hoist Joe Biden to victory is launching a new Spanish-language television ad in Miami Thursday questioning the wisdom of reopening schools under President Donald Trump‘s direction.

“This is not a test” the 60-second commercial, “Esto no es una prueba,” warns.

The commercial then runs through a series of Trump statements and news reports about the coronavirus crisis resurgent and out of control, accusing Trump of being “unprepared, and making it up.” It then moves on to Trump’s various demands that schools reopen this fall, “because he thinks it will save his reelection … threatening their funding, ignoring the science, risking teachers’ and parents’ lives.”

The Grio: Sen. Nikema Williams: We can’t trust Trump with our kids’ health

Because Trump let the virus get so out of control, many schools can’t reopen safely. Instead of listening to experts, parents, and teachers, Trump is threatening to force schools to reopen without the necessary equipment and testing, and he wants to cut their funding if they don’t.

As the mother of a rising kindergartener, I would never put his safety and well-being in the hands of Donald Trump. Trump continues to ignore the data that shows children can contract the coronavirus and infect their teachers and family members without showing any symptoms. A new study says kids starting at age 10 are at least as likely to spread the virus as adults. And after he claimed the coronavirus would ‘disappear’ and has still failed to set up the testing and contact tracing we needed to confront the pandemic, we can’t trust him to make decisions about our kids’ health.

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DNC, Nebraska Dems Text 110,000 Nebraskans Encouraging Vote-By-Mail

1 Aug

This week, the Democratic National Committee and Nebraska Democratic Party held a virtual text bank encouraging Nebraskans to fill out and return an application to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. Some 75 volunteers texted approximately 110,000 voters in Douglas County, continuing Democrats’ months-long effort to ensure voters can safely cast their ballots.

“Nebraskans have a right to make themselves heard without putting themselves in harm’s way,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Our democracy is strongest when every voter can participate, and Democrats are using every tool we have to ensure that this pandemic isn’t used as an excuse to suppress our right to vote. By contacting and mobilizing Nebraska voters now, we’re laying the groundwork to maximize turnout in November.”

“We’re working to ensure that every Nebraskan has the information they need to safely vote,” said Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. “Our circumstances and tactics have changed, but our mission remains the same: reaching and mobilizing Nebraskans to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November.”

This week’s texting campaign comes as Democrats have shifted to virtual organizing tactics in the midst of COVID-19. The DNC’s acquisition of tens of millions of cell phone numbers earlier this year has allowed Democrats in Nebraska and across the country to seamlessly transition to digital-only organizing by improving voter contact and strengthening data infrastructure. Democrats have also recently launched vote-by-mail text banks in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, and Georgia.

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Fauci Repeatedly Contradicts Trump’s Coronavirus Claims

31 Jul

At today’s House Select Coronavirus Committee hearing, Dr. Fauci repeatedly contradicted Trump’s false claims on coronavirus.

Fauci contradicted Trump’s claim that children are immune to coronavirus.

QUESTION: “Are children ‘almost immune’ to the disease?”

[…] FAUCI: “Do children get infected, yes they do.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s claim that coronavirus will disappear.

QUESTION: “Is Covid-19 going to magically disappear, Dr. Fauci?”

FAUCI: “I do not believe it will disappear.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s claim that coronavirus was a hoax.

QUESTION: “Is Covid-19 a hoax?”

FAUCI: “No.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s recommendation to inject bleach as a cure.

QUESTION: “Can people cure themselves of Covid-19 by injecting themselves with disinfectant or bleach?”

FAUCI: “No.”

Fauci contradicted Trump’s repeated pushing of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.

FAUCI: “Any and all of the randomized placebo-control trials, which is the gold standard of determining if something is effective, none of them had shown any efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.”

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DNC on Unemployment Benefits Expiring Tonight

31 Jul

As unemployment benefits are set to expire tonight for millions of Americans, DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams released the following statement: 

“Trump and Republicans have pulled the rug out from under millions of working families — costing unemployed Americans $600 in income every week and demanding unemployment benefits be cut by as much as half. We have known about this deadline for months, and more than a million additional Americans are filing initial claims for unemployment each week, but Trump and Republicans are forcing families to make impossible decisions about whether to pay for food, rent, or medical treatment. It’s always the same with Trump — when it’s big corporations and the top 1%, he’s eager to help. But when it’s working families, he’s nowhere to be found.”

Enhanced unemployment benefits officially expire tonight, but most unemployed Americans already received their final check last weekend because of Republicans’ delays.

NBC News: “The Republican-led Senate adjourned Thursday for a long weekend with no action on COVID-19 relief, all but ensuring that a $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit would expire Friday.”

Associated Press: “The $600 weekly bonus is technically set to expire July 31, but the cutoff is effectively [July 25] owing to how states process payments.”

Tens of millions of out-of-work Americans will lose an average of half their income.

CBS News: “Over 30 million Americans set to lose enhanced unemployment benefits”

New York Times: “More than 20 million Americans could soon see their weekly income fall by half or more at a time when the unemployment rate remains higher than in any period since World War II.”

CNBC: “Millions of Americans will fall off an ‘income cliff’ when extra $600 in unemployment benefits ends”

This is Trump and the GOP’s fault. They delayed acting for months after House Democrats passed the Heroes Act.

Nexstar: “House Democrats are pushing the Senate to take up the Heroes Act after it was passed two months ago.”

Washington Post: “After delaying discussions for weeks, the White House is now trying to rush talks in part because more than 20 million Americans are slated to receive their final expanded unemployment check at the end of this week before the program expires.”

Now, Trump and Republicans are pushing a bill that slashes workers’ income by more than 40%.

CNBC: “GOP relief plan slashes unemployment benefits by 43% for average worker”

Business Insider: “Trump suggested Republicans could reduce extra unemployment benefits to an estimated $175 a week. That would cause millions of jobless Americans to lose up to half their income.”

Republicans are pushing to cut workers’ income while the country faces a historic recession, GDP collapsed by an unprecedented 32.9%, and unemployment claims rise.

NPR: “3 Months Of Hell: U.S. Economy Drops 32.9% In Worst GDP Report Ever”

New York Times: “It was the 19th straight week that the tally exceeded one million, an unheard-of figure before the coronavirus pandemic. And it was the second weekly increase in a row after nearly four months of declines, a sign of how the rebound in cases has undercut the economy’s nascent recovery.”

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A Week Of Trump’s Failed China Strategy

31 Jul

News from this week makes clear that Trump has no clear strategy on China. He not only got played by China on trade, but jobs are not coming back as he promised and his inconsistency puts our national security at risk and could cause irreversible damage.

Trump said he’d stand up to China, but during his presidency China has felt they could get away with whatever they wanted.

Los Angeles Times: “During Trump’s presidency, China has furthered its incursion into the disputed South China Sea, given little in trade deals despite U.S. tariffs that have boomeranged on American farmers, cracked down on democracy activists in Hong Kong and put religious minorities in concentration camps in Xinjiang, all with little resistance.”

Trump got played — China isn’t living up to its meager phase one purchase commitments or its promises on intellectual property theft. 

Bloomberg: “By the end of the first half of this year, China had bought about 23% of the total purchase target of more than $170 billion for goods in 2020, according to Bloomberg calculations based on Chinese Customs Administration data.”

ABC News: “More than 50% of the nation’s counterfeit COVID-19 goods found since ‘Operation Stolen Promise’ was launched 100 days ago came from China, according to Homeland Security Investigations, an arm U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Trump’s reckless tariffs did not have the intended effect and cost American jobs, and fewer Americans now see the U.S. ahead of China economically.

Associated Press: “Chinese purchases of American farm goods, semiconductors and other goods declined 11.4% last year but still exceeded $100 billion. Exports to China support just under 1 million American jobs, according to the U.S.-China Business Council, though that was down 10% from 2017’s peak.”

Pew Research: “While more Americans say the U.S. is the world’s leading economy (52%) than say the same of China (32%), views of U.S. economic superiority declined 7 percentage points over the past four months.”

Trump’s inconsistent China strategy puts our national security at risk, and he’s only acting tough on China now ahead of the election.

Foreign Policy: “Trump’s Flip-Flops On China Are A Danger To National Security”

New York Times: “With President Trump trailing badly in the polls as the election nears, his national security officials have intensified their attack on China in recent weeks, targeting its officials, diplomats and executives. While the strategy has reinforced a key campaign message, some American officials, worried Mr. Trump will lose, are also trying to engineer irreversible changes, according to people familiar with the thinking.”

It is no wonder Beijing wants Trump to win reelection.

CNBC: “Beijing Would Prefer Trump Be Reelected As It Gives China An Advantage Internationally, Analyst Says”

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Americans See Through Trump’s ‘New Tone,’ Overwhelmingly Disapprove of His Coronavirus Response

31 Jul

As his poll numbers reached record lows due to his handling of the coronavirus, Trump and his allies touted a “new tone,” but new polling makes it clear that Trump’s failures speak louder than his empty words. Americans know that Trump’s failed leadership caused the coronavirus to get out of hand, and he’s only making things worse.

Trump returned to holding coronavirus briefings as a way to improve his poll numbers, but a new poll shows the American people disapprove of how he’s handled the coronavirus crisis in the country. 

ABC News: “Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of three major challenges facing the country — the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide unrest over racial inequality and relations with Russia — in a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, a sign of the obstacles that his reelection bid faces just three months before Election Day.”

Trump’s failure to successfully put together a strategy let the coronavirus get out of control. Now, as work on a vaccine progresses, officials fear a lack of strategy from the administration may hinder its rollout.

Reuters: “As scientists and pharmaceutical companies work at breakneck speed to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, public health officials and senior U.S. lawmakers are sounding alarms about the Trump administration’s lack of planning for its nationwide distribution.”

Reuters: “‘We have not heard anything from the federal government since April 23,’ Danielle Koenig, health promotion supervisor for the Washington State Department of Health, said in an email. … ‘We urgently await federal, state and local collaborative discussions to identify challenges and plan solutions. A vaccination campaign of this magnitude is unprecedented and it’s going to take more than an army,’ Hannan said on Tuesday, referring to Trump’s repeated statements that the U.S. military stands ready to deliver vaccines.”

The White House sought to implement a new hospital data system, but after the administration bungled the rollout, hospitals are now scrambling to treat the influx of new patients while also dealing with delayed and inconsistent data. 

NPR: “Earlier this month, when the Trump administration told hospitals to send crucial data about coronavirus cases and intensive care capacity to a new online system, it promised the change would be worth it. The data would be more complete, transparent, and an improvement over the old platform run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, administration officials said. Instead, the public data hub created under the new system is updated erratically and is rife with inconsistencies and errors, data analysts say.”

NPR: “‘If the information is not accurate, it could cost time — and lives,’ says Lisa M. Lee, formerly the chief science officer for public health surveillance at CDC, now at Virginia Tech. For instance, knowing which hospitals have the capacity to take on new patients is critical, she explains. ‘If all the ICU beds are taken up, emergency medical personnel need to take [new patients] to the next town over or to the next county.’”

Trump often touts his administration’s ability to acquire a large supply of ventilators in order to deal with the rise of coronavirus, but new evidence suggests he overspent by as much as $500 million for tens of thousands of them. 

NBC News: “But internal emails and documents obtained by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee suggest that the Trump administration failed to enforce an existing contract with a major medical manufacturer, delayed negotiations for more than a month and subsequently overpaid as much as $500 million for tens of thousands of the devices — a costly error at a time when officials from some of the biggest states were warning of shortages.”

NBC News: “White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who recently criticized the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as having ‘been wrong about everything,’ negotiated the new contract at almost five times the price the Obama administration paid. The devices Navarro purchased were ‘functionally identical’ to the previous ones, according to Food and Drug Administration approvals in the report.”

As Americans struggle to get tested for the coronavirus, a new report found that the Trump administration decided not to implement a national testing strategy for political reasons.  

Vanity Fair: “Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. ‘The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,’ said the expert.”

Contact tracing is a key way to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but because the Trump administration failed to make testing easily available with quick results, tracers have been unable to reach many of those infected.

New York Times: “Contact tracing, a cornerstone of the public health arsenal to tamp down the coronavirus across the world, has largely failed in the United States; the virus’s pervasiveness and major lags in testing have rendered the system almost pointless.”

New York Times: “‘I think it’s easy to say contact tracing is broken,’ said Carolyn Cannuscio, an expert on the method and an associate professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Pennsylvania. ‘It is broken because so many parts of our prevention system are broken.’”

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