Trump Says ‘Children Are At The Lowest Risk,’ But A New Study Suggests They Can Carry More Virus Than Adults

30 Jul

At his briefing just now, Trump said that “children are at the lowest risk” and young people are “almost immune” to the coronavirus. But a new study warns that young children may carry significant amounts of the coronavirus — with children under 5 potentially carrying up to 100 TIMES more virus than adults.

New York Times: Children May Carry Coronavirus at High Levels, Study Finds

By Apoorva Mandavilli

It has been a comforting refrain in the national conversation about reopening schools: Young children are mostly spared by the coronavirus and don’t seem to spread it to others, at least not very often.

But on Thursday, a study introduced an unwelcome wrinkle into this smooth narrative.

Infected children have at least as much of the coronavirus in their noses and throats as infected adults, according to the research. Indeed, children younger than age 5 may host up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults, the authors found.

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As His Failed Response Decimates the Economy, Trump Continues to Put Lives at Risk as New Cases Soar

30 Jul

New economic numbers released today show that Trump’s failed coronavirus response has decimated the U.S. economy. Yet, even as tens of millions are unemployed and over 150,000 lives have been lost, Trump continues to make this crisis worse by pushing for businesses and schools to unsafely reopen despite a surge of cases across the country.

Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus has decimated the economy, leading to the worst economic downturn on record and more than a million Americans filing for unemployment for the 19th straight week. 

Washington Post: “U.S. economy contracted at fastest quarterly rate on record from April to June as coronavirus walloped workers, businesses”

Bloomberg News’ Sarah Ponczek: “19th straight week in which more than 1 million people filed for unemployment insurance”

Coronavirus cases and deaths continue to spike across the country as Trump urges states to fully reopen before it’s safe to do so. 

CNN: “The sharp increase in coronavirus infections that slammed the US Northeast in March and April followed by the South and West in June and July is now making its way inland.”

Wall Street Journal: “Daily U.S. Coronavirus Cases Climb Back Above 70,000”

Washington Post: “More than 1,400 coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide on Wednesday — roughly one fatality for every minute of the day. It was the worst day for covid-19 deaths in more than two months, as Florida, California, North Carolina and Idaho recorded single-day highs.”

Trump is putting lives in danger by continuing to promote unproven treatments to coronavirus, forcing medical experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci to repeatedly correct him to get credible information to the public. 

NBC News: “Describing the video Trump promoted as ‘a bunch of people spouting something that isn’t true,’ Fauci said, ‘The only recourse you have is to be very, very clear in presenting the scientific data that essentially contradicts that.’”

As Trump pushes for schools to fully reopen without proper safety measures, he often cites examples from European countries, but the reality is most countries have only done more limited reopenings.  

Politico: “Only a few countries have opened schools nationwide in the manner the Trump administration is pushing. They include Norway, France and New Zealand, as well as Nicaragua, Taiwan and Vietnam. On the other hand, 143 countries have instituted country-wide closures.”

Politico: “Countries with open schools tend to fall into two categories. Some took swift action against the pandemic in January to minimize disruption. Others were less proactive in the fight against Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, but they prioritized education in their recovery plan, coordinated by the top levels of government. The United States did neither.”

In another admission that Trump didn’t take COVID-19 seriously, former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney this week acknowledged that the administration was slow to see the threat of the virus. 

Washington Examiner: “‘We didn’t know it was a crisis at the outset,’ he said, revealing the inside fight to contain it. In fact, he added, he didn’t even recall the first time he discussed the virus with the president. ‘I honestly don’t remember the first time that I talked with the president specifically about COVID. It would have been sometime in January, and it would have been a list of five or six things that we covered on a particular day,’ he said in a Zoom conference hosted by Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy.”

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Trump Finds Funding For Himself, But Refuses To Give Food Assistance To 30 Million Hungry Americans

30 Jul

Trump and Republicans are refusing to give more funding for food assistance in the stimulus relief bill even as 30 million Americans went hungry last week. But he is making sure to get money to remodel his office. Once again, Trump puts himself first, and the American people last.

30 million Americans went hungry last week.

Bloomberg: “Food insecurity for U.S. households last week reached its highest reported level since the Census Bureau started tracking the data in May, with almost 30 million Americans reporting that they’d not had enough to eat at some point in the seven days through July 21.”

Yet Trump is refusing to give more funding for food assistance.

Washington Post: “But Republicans’ Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act (the Heals Act) does not expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, nor does it extend the Pandemic EBT program, a debit-card benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals. The Pandemic EBT program expired at the end of June.”

But he is making sure to get money to remodel his office.

Associated Press: “The Trump administration wants $377 million in the next coronavirus relief bill for a long-delayed modernization of the West Wing, but the timetable for construction is yet to be determined.”

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Perez, Lu: Trump Responsible for Sharpest Economic Downturn in U.S. History

30 Jul

Today, DNC Chair Tom Perez and Miller Center Senior Fellow Chris Lu discussed the unprecedented 32.9% annualized drop in GDP last quarter and additional 2.2 million Americans who applied for some form of unemployment last week. Trump’s failed response to the coronavirus has brought on the staggering health and economic crisis facing our nation.

“It’s been another week of economic hardship for millions of American families. … The only thing more jaw-dropping than these numbers is the incompetence that caused them. Donald Trump inherited the longest uninterrupted string of private sector job growth in our nation’s history, and what did he do with it? He torpedoed it. He plunged us into the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. As the crisis intensified, he did not take bold action. Instead, he ignored the experts and told everyone it wasn’t a big deal,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

“Today is the culmination of three and a half years of failed Trump administration policies. … So how are Donald Trump and his congressional allies trying to help average Americans? Well, for starters, they want to cut unemployment benefits that are allowing millions to pay their rent and groceries. They want to give blanket immunity to companies when their employees get infected. They want to allow companies to fully deduct their three-martini lunches at a time when millions are going to food pantries. And Republicans refuse to help cash-strapped state and local governments that are on the verge of laying off teachers, police, and firefighters. Oh, here’s one more thing: they want to spend $1.75 billion on a new FBI building, which conveniently sits across the street from the Trump hotel,” said Miller Center Senior Fellow Chris Lu.

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DNC on 55th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

30 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif released the following statement on the 55th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Medicare and Medicaid into law:

“When President Lyndon Johnson was fighting for the passage of Medicaid and Medicare, he reminded Congress, ‘Whatever we do or hope to do depends upon the health of our people.’ Those words are as true today as they have ever been. Over the past five and a half decades, Medicaid and Medicare have not only improved the health of our people, but served as critical pillars of economic security for millions of Americans.

“These programs have made our nation stronger. That’s why the Obama-Biden administration and Democrats in Congress fought to protect and expand them through the Affordable Care Act. And yet, Republican leaders have taken every opportunity to try to gut Medicaid and Medicare – even in the middle of a global pandemic that has taken over 150,000 American lives. Donald Trump has broken his campaign promises by proposing massive cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security while attempting to strip health care from millions of working families.

“The American people are fed up with such cruel and craven leadership. They want a party and a president who have their back. Democrats believe health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a wealthy few. And Vice President Biden has put forth a bold blueprint to strengthen these programs for a new era, defeat Republican attacks on the health of our people, and build a better health care system for all Americans. The best way we can celebrate 55 years of Medicaid and Medicare is by electing Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

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VIDEO: ‘Trump’s Made History.’

30 Jul

First, Trump and his advisers said coronavirus wouldn’t hurt the economy. Then they said the economy would recover by the summer. Now, Trump has made history — with a 32.9% annualized drop in GDP, an economy in recession, 19 straight weeks of more than 1 million Americans filing for unemployment, states forced to shut down again as new cases skyrocket, over 150,000 American lives lost, and over 100,000 businesses closed for good.

Will Trump and his administration continue to claim the economy is in great shape? Or will they acknowledge that Trump’s made history — presiding over the sharpest economic decline since the Great Depression.

WATCH: ‘Trump’s Made History.’

The Trump administration initially said coronavirus would have a negligible impact on the U.S. economy.

Larry Kudlow: “This is principally a public-health problem and the pandemic of course is in China, not the U.S…. Insofar as the economy, we see no material impact.”

The Trump administration even suggested coronavirus could spur U.S. business investment and production increases.

Wilbur Ross: “So I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America. Some to U.S., probably some to Mexico as well.”

Trump and his advisors said there would be a rapid economic snapback, and predicted the economic downturn would be over by mid-summer.

Trump: “I think you’re going to have a V. I think it’s going to be terrific.”

Jared Kushner: “I think you’ll see by June a lot of the country should be back to normal. And the hope is that by July the country’s really rocking again.”

Mike Pence: “By early June, we could be at a place where this coronavirus epidemic is largely in the past… Americans are going to be able to enjoy a good summer.”

Larry Kudlow: “I agree with the President. We will see a growing, recovering economy by summertime and the back end of the year and it is going to extend into 2021.”

Despite a historic drop in GDP and worsening unemployment, the White House continues to insist the economy is doing great.

Trump: “I think the recovery has been very strong. We’ve set record job numbers. We’ve set record numbers.”

Trump: “The economy is starting to really do great.”

Larry Kudlow: “The jobs picture remains strong.”

Larry Kudlow: “The economy is improving by leaps and bounds.”

Larry Kudlow: “Virtually every number is showing a ‘V’ shaped recovery now.”

Larry Kudlow: “The economic numbers, with some small exceptions from the southwest, economic numbers are still pretty good.”

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DNC RELEASES NEW SPANISH LANGUAGE TV AD IN AZ: ‘This Is Not a Test’ (‘Esto no es una prueba’)

30 Jul

The DNC War Room released a new Spanish language television ad in Arizona today, “This is Not a Test” (“Esto no es una prueba”), to call out Donald Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety. Trump is trying to force schools to fully reopen before they’re able to do so safely, despite coronavirus cases surging across the country, because he thinks it will help with his reelection.

The ad will run in the Phoenix media market starting today targeted to reach Latino parents with school age children and teachers as part of a six figure buy.

WATCH HERE:

Experts, scientists, teachers, and parents know that Trump can’t be trusted to decide when schools should reopen. It’s Trump’s fault that the outbreak got this bad in the first place. Trump should focus on getting the virus under control, and stop trying to force schools to reopen before they’re able to do so safely.

“Donald Trump has put Arizona families in an impossible position. Parents shouldn’t have to stay up at night worried that the president of the United States is compromising their kids’ safety. Children shouldn’t be exposed to a deadly virus, or risk passing the virus to their parents, grandparents, and loved ones. Trump will do anything to help his reelection chances. He can’t be trusted to make this life-or-death decision for our children. It’s time for a leader who will protect Arizona’s kids, and give families and teachers the support they deserve. It’s time for Joe Biden,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

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DNC RELEASES NEW SPANISH LANGUAGE TV AD IN FL: ‘This Is Not a Test’ (‘Esto no es una prueba’)

30 Jul

The DNC War Room released a new Spanish language television ad in Florida today, “This Is Not a Test” (“Esto no es una prueba”) to call out Donald Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety. Trump is trying to force schools to fully reopen before they’re able to do so safely, despite coronavirus cases surging across the country, because he thinks it will help with his reelection.

The ad will run in the Miami media market starting today, targeted to reach Latino parents with school age children and teachers as part of a six figure buy.

WATCH HERE:

Experts, scientists, teachers, and parents know that Trump can’t be trusted to decide when schools should reopen. It’s Trump’s fault that the outbreak got this bad in the first place. Trump should focus on getting the virus under control, and stop trying to force schools to reopen before they’re able to do so safely.

“Donald Trump has put Florida families in an impossible position. Parents shouldn’t have to stay up at night worried that the president of the United States is compromising their kids’ safety. Children shouldn’t be exposed to a deadly virus, or risk passing the virus to their parents, grandparents, and loved ones. Trump will do anything to help his reelection chances. He can’t be trusted to make this life-or-death decision for our children. It’s time for a leader who will protect Florida kids, and give families and teachers the support they deserve. It’s time for Joe Biden,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

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DNC on Trump Threat to Delay the Election

30 Jul

In response to Trump tweeting a threat to delay the election, DNC War Room senior spokesperson and advisor Lily Adams released the following statement:

“Trump’s threat is nothing more than a desperate attempt to distract from today’s devastating economic numbers that make it clear his failed response to the coronavirus has tanked the U.S. economy and caused tens of millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Trump can tweet all he wants, but the reality is that he can’t delay the election, and come November, voters will hold him accountable for his failures that have led to catastrophic consequences for the American people.”

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DNC on Today’s Economic Numbers

30 Jul

In response to today’s release of second quarter GDP numbers and weekly unemployment claims, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement: 

“It didn’t have to be this bad. We are in the sharpest economic downturn on record, and are heading in the wrong direction because of Trump’s failed leadership. A historic drop in GDP, an economy in recession, 19 straight weeks of more than 1 million Americans filing for unemployment, states forced to shut down again as new cases skyrocket, over 150,000 American lives lost, and over 100,000 businesses closed for good

“The only thing more jaw-dropping than these numbers is the incompetence that caused them. Donald Trump inherited a strong economy on the rise. And what did he do with it? He torpedoed it. While Trump continues to claim that the economy is doing tremendous and predicts a rapid recovery, millions of Americans are struggling because he put his ego ahead of our public health, downplayed the virus, and continues to rush to reopen without ensuring it is done safely. Our country is in an economic crisis that Trump keeps making worse. America simply can’t afford four more years.”

GDP fell by an unprecedented 32.9% annualized rate last quarter — more than three times the previous record.

Wall Street Journal: “The U.S. economy contracted at a record 32.9% annual rate last quarter and weekly jobless claims rose to 1.43 million, amid signs of a slowing recovery.”

Yahoo’s Alexis Keenan: “At 32.9%, Q2 annualized contraction marked by far worst plunge ever recorded, based on BEA data spanning back to 1947. Before the pandemic, the worst GDP print on record was in the first quarter of 1958, when GDP fell 10.0% on an annualized basis.”

Unemployment claims rose for the second week in a row, with an additional 1.4 million Americans filing initial claims for unemployment. The total number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits rose by the most in over two months as states pause or rollback reopening plans due to the surge in COVID-19.

Bloomberg: “Initial claims through regular state programs rose to 1.43 million in the week ended July 25, up 12,000 from the prior week, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. There were 17 million Americans filing for ongoing benefits through those programs in the period ended July 18, up 867,000 from the prior week — the largest increase since early May.”

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. Claims for the previous week totaled 1.42 million.”

CNN: “In total, 30.2 million Americans claimed jobless benefits in an array of programs for the week ending July 11.”

Many business closures have now become permanent and millions of jobs are not coming back at all.

Washington Post: “The economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic has entered a new phase, with permanent business closures now outnumbering temporary ones, new data shows.”

New York Times’s Peter Baker: “More than 15,000 restaurants in America have closed permanently during the pandemic and as many as 10% of independent operators could shut by year’s end.”

Associated Press: “Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, a sign of increasing pessimism that would translate into roughly 10 million workers needing to find a new employer, if not a new occupation.”

Manufacturing was in a recession last year and fell even more sharply with the pandemic. As of June, nearly 300,000 factory jobs were lost since Trump took office.

New York Times: “After increasing in the first two years of Mr. Trump’s presidency, the number of manufacturing jobs flatlined last year and fell sharply with the pandemic. As of June, there were nearly 300,000 fewer factory jobs in the United States than there were when Mr. Trump was inaugurated.”

Despite Trump’s promises, millions of jobs were lost under his watch and job growth actually slowed even before the pandemic hit.

FactCheck.org: “7.8 million jobs have been lost — including 7,100 coal mining jobs and 274,000 manufacturing jobs.”

FactCheck.org: “Even in February, when employment was at its highest, Trump was far behind the pace needed to fulfill his campaign boast that he would be ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ Up until then, the average monthly gain under Trump had been 185,000, while the average monthly gain during the four years before he took office was 216,000.”

AP Fact Check: “Trump never managed to achieve the rates of economic growth he promised in the 2016 campaign. The U.S. economy was not the world’s best in history when this started.”

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