DNC RELEASES NEW AD ON TRUMP’S TRADE RECORD IN WI: “PLAYED”

25 Jun

Today the Democratic National Committee is releasing a Wisconsin-specific version of its new advertisement highlighting Donald Trump’s failed record on trade. The ad, entitled “Played,” highlights the devastating impact of Trump’s reckless trade policies on Wisconsin workers and farmers.

“Trump said he’d get tough on China, but he didn’t. Trump clamored for a trade war with China and said that it would be easy to win, but he lost. And Trump’s go-it-alone tariffs inflicted pain on Wisconsin workers, not China. Instead of forcing China to the table to negotiate a trade deal that protected us, China smelled Trump’s desperation and played him like a cheap guitar,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Working families in Wisconsin — and across the country — can’t afford four more years of Trump losing to China.”

The spot is part of the DNC’s new push highlighting Trump’s record on trade and China nationally and in key battleground states — including virtual events this week with Wisconsin farmers, and events in Michigan with Mayor Pete Buttigeg and in Pennsylvania with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Earlier this month, the DNC also released polling from six battleground states, including Wisconsin, detailing how voters in these states disagree with Trump’s handling of China during his administration.

The ad will reach voters in Wisconsin and generate hundreds of thousands of impressions as part of the DNC’s six-figure campaign over the course of five weeks to hold Trump accountable.

WATCH IT HERE

TRANSCRIPT:

Announcer: Trump said he’d get tough on China. He didn’t get tough — he got played.

Announcer: Trump lost a trade war that he started.

Announcer: Farmers, bankrupted. Steel workers, betrayed. And manufacturing, in a recession.

Announcer: Donald Trump lost.

Announcer: And Wisconsin can’t afford for more years of losing.

Joe Biden: I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message.

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In Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Warren, DNC Chair Tom Perez Slam Trump for Broken Promises on China Trade Policy

25 Jun

Tom Perez: “China smelled Trump’s desperation and played him like a fiddle”

As the nation continues to grapple with historic unemployment numbers and the ramifications of Trump’s failure to stand up to China on trade and the coronavirus, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined DNC Chair Tom Perez and Pennsylvania Democrats to slam Trump for his broken promises to Pennsylvania workers, farmers, and families.

The event was part of the DNC’s push to spotlight Donald Trump’s broken promises on trade, and how his failure to stand up to China has cost jobs and hurt working families. It also coincided with the release of the DNC’s new Pennsylvania-specific TV advertisement in the Pittsburgh media market focused on Trump’s failed trade policies with China. See more below:

CBS 21 Harrisburg: Elizabeth Warren: “As we face these crises, one thing is certain: Donald Trump is unprepared and incapable of leading this country through crises.”

Tom Perez on Harrisburg’s CBS 21: “You now have an administration that left small businesses behind…That’s the difference between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Joe Biden is looking out for everyday Americans.”

International Trade Today: “The Democratic National Committee chairman, and progressive star Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., described President Donald Trump’s trade war with China as a failed attempt at getting tough on China that hurt Pennsylvania exporters and manufacturers.”

Pittsburgh City Paper: “The ad calls out Trump for claiming that he would ‘get tough on China’ but notes that instead ‘he got played,’ while using images of Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. It cites a 2018 PennLive report that interviews several Pennsylvania farmers that have decried Trump’s tariffs and how they have hurt their industry, including soybean farmers.”

CBS News: “The DNC Wednesday will also be releasing a Pennsylvania-specific version of the ad which will highlight the impact of the president’s trade policies on workers and farmers in the battleground state. It’s part of a new push to highlight the President’s record on trade and China nationally and in key states. The DNC says the ad will run in Pittsburgh as part of their six-figure campaign over five weeks to hold Mr. Trump accountable.”

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Economy Shrinks 5% After White House Said Coronavirus Would Have No Impact

25 Jun

“Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus and got caught flat footed as the economy bottomed out,” said DNC War Room Director Adrienne Watson. “The White House told us we’d see ‘no material impact’ on the U.S. economy, and yet economic growth last quarter declined by five percent, with the worst still yet to come. Americans can’t afford this.”

In February and March, the White House said coronavirus would have a negligible impact on the U.S. economy.

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.”

KUDLOW: “Well look, the Coronavirus is essentially a China problem, and we’re doing everything we can to help them by the way — offering advice, sending smart people over there, and so forth. It’s not a U.S. problem. The impact on the American economy will be very, very, very small if any.”

KUDLOW: “The fundamentals of the economy are strong. In fact, you know, we’ve had so many business groups in, they’ll tell you, you know, through February, January, February, the economy was rising and the Atlanta Fed GDP now is showing three percent of 3.1 percent.” [White House Media Availability, Washington DC, 3/16/20]

CEA CHAIR PHILIPSON: “I don’t think the coronavirus is as big a threat as people make it out to be.”

Larry Kudlow predicted that coronavirus would only cost the economy 0.2% GDP growth in Q1 of this year.

KUDLOW: “But, preliminary look, NEC, CEA we took a look at it. Maybe two-tenths of one percent in the first quarter.” [Mornings With Maria, Fox Business, 2/4/20]

KUDLOW: “We’re thinking maybe in the first quarter, we lose two or three tenths of GDP—two or three tenths of one percent of GDP.”

KUDLOW: “We really haven’t seen any economic impact. There may be some out there. Our own internal numbers say maybe two-tenths of a percent in the first quarter, but that’s not going to end this growth cycle.”

The Trump administration actually said that coronavirus could spur U.S. business investment and job growth.

KUDLOW: “Kudlow played down the potential wider impact of the virus outbreak on the U.S. economy and on company supply chains that are being curtailed, saying: ‘It’s not a catastrophe. It’s not a disaster.’… Kudlow said he thought the virus outbreak could spur business investment and lead to increases in production in the United States.”

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

After failing to prepare for and mitigate the damage coronavirus did to our economy, the White House is again being overly optimistic about our economic recovery and dragging their feet on much needed relief.

Politico: “President Donald Trump has been quick to declare victory against the coronavirus recession, comparing U.S. economic growth to a ‘rocket ship’ and predicting ‘GREATNESS, and soon!’ Economists are telling a different story…That view stands in stark contrast to projections by the Federal Reserve, the Congressional Budget Office and many economists who say that though the economy is on its way back, a full recovery may take years.”

Washington Post: “White House officials have said they will pass another stimulus package, but appear in no rush to do so. Administration officials say the next bill is not likely to pass until late July. Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, has celebrated the stock market and predicted a ‘strong’ V-shaped recovery because of the relaxation of public health restrictions, dismissing calls to extend emergency unemployment benefits that will expire next month.”

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Trump’s Coronavirus Approval Hits Record Low As New Cases Hit Record High

25 Jun

Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response has hit a record low as new coronavirus cases hit a single-day record high. After saying he wants to do less testing and recklessly holding a rally in the middle of a pandemic, it’s clear why.

New coronavirus cases hit a single-day record high yesterday.

Washington Post: “Across the United States, 38,115 new infections were reported by state health departments on Wednesday — surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25. Texas, Florida and California led the way, with all three states reporting more than 5,000 new cases apiece.”

Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response fell to the lowest level on record.

Reuters: “American approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped to the lowest level on record, the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows, as new COVID-19 cases surged and Trump was widely criticized for suggesting he wanted to slow down testing.”

ABC News: “Approval of Trump’s coronavirus response underwater, as he returns to campaign trail: POLL”

After saying he ordered a slowdown in testing, Trump is ending federal funding for numerous testing sites by the end of this month.

CNBC: “The Trump administration will end federal funding for 13 community-based coronavirus testing sites by the end of June as part of a previously announced plan to extend financial support for Covid-19 testing across the nation by other means.”

After Trump ignored health experts to hold an indoor campaign rally, at least eight members of his advance team contracted Covid-19 and dozens of Secret Service agents have been forced to quarantine.

CNBC: “Two members of a campaign advance team who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Oklahoma on Saturday have tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign said Monday. The new test results bring the tally of advance team members for the Tulsa event who have tested positive for Covid-19 up to eight.”

Washington Post: “Dozens of Secret Service officers and agents who were on site for President Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week were ordered to self-quarantine after two of their colleagues tested positive for the novel coronavirus, part of the fallout from Trump’s insistence on holding the mass gathering over the objections of public health officials.”

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DNC RELEASES NEW AD ON TRUMP’S TRADE RECORD IN MI: “PLAYED”

25 Jun

Today the Democratic National Committee is releasing a Michigan-specific version of its new advertisement highlighting Donald Trump’s failed record on trade. The ad, entitled “Played,” highlights the devastating impact of Trump’s reckless trade policies on Michigan workers and farmers.

“Trump said he’d get tough on China, but he didn’t. Trump clamored for a trade war with China and said that it would be easy to win, but he lost. And Trump’s go-it-alone tariffs inflicted pain on Michigan workers, not China. Instead of forcing China to the table to negotiate a trade deal that protected us, China smelled Trump’s desperation and played him like a cheap guitar,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Working families in Michigan — and across the country — can’t afford four more years of Trump losing to China.”

The spot is part of the DNC’s new push highlighting Trump’s record on trade and China nationally and in key battleground states — including a virtual event this week in Michigan with Mayor Pete Buttigeg, DNC Chair Tom Perez and MDP Chair Lavora Barnes. The DNC also held events this week in Pennsylvania with Senator Elizabeth Warren and with Wisconsin farmers.

Earlier this month, the DNC also released polling from six battleground states, including Michigan, detailing how voters in these states disagree with Trump’s handling of China during his administration .

The ad will reach voters in Michigan and generate hundreds of thousands of impressions as part of the DNC’s six-figure campaign over the course of five weeks to hold Trump accountable.

WATCH IT HERE

TRANSCRIPT:

Announcer: Trump said he’d get tough on China. He didn’t get tough — he got played.

Announcer: Trump lost a trade war that he started.

Announcer: Farmers, bankrupted. Steel workers, betrayed. And manufacturing, in a recession.

Announcer: Donald Trump lost.

Announcer: And Michigan can’t afford for more years of losing.

Joe Biden: I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message.

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MEMO: Trump Moves Forward With Health Care Repeal Case That Would Take Health Care Away From Millions During A Pandemic

25 Jun

MEMORANDUM

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: DNC War Room

DATE: Thursday, June 25, 2o20

RE: Trump Moves Forward With Health Care Repeal Case That Would Take Health Care Away From Millions During A Pandemic

Today, Trump’s Department of Justice and Republican attorneys general will submit briefs in California v. Texas to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. During the worst health crisis of our time, Trump and Republicans are fighting to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.

Americans are relying on our health care system now more than ever before, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans from the consequences of the coronavirus. Now, as more than 20 million Americans are unemployed, Trump and Republicans are moving full steam ahead with their lawsuit.

The ACA is more popular than ever for one simple reason: it works. The ACA has significantly reduced the ranks of the uninsured; it’s helped Americans get the health care they need and helped keep them from being bankrupted just because they get sick. But even as Trump quietly relies on key provisions in the ACA to fight the spread of the virus, he and Republicans will stop at nothing to take the entire law away.  

In the midst of a global pandemic, the ACA is one of our most critical tools.

  • Comprehensive Coverage: The ACA established what are known as “essential health benefits,” mandating coverage of services like prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans. 
  • Access To Critical Vaccinations Without Cost Sharing: Once a coronavirus vaccine is developed, the Affordable Care Act will almost certainly cover the coronavirus vaccine without cost-sharing, because it requires plans to cover all vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 
  • Protections For As Many As 133 Million Americans With Preexisting Conditions: Under the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to discriminate against those with preexisting conditions by denying them coverage or charging higher rates.
  • Coverage for 20+ Million People: Because of the ACA, more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need. 
  • Increased CDC Funding: The Affordable Care Act established the CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps states prepare for disease outbreaks. 
  • Medicaid Expansion: Because of the ACA, states can get additional federal money to expand Medicaid to vulnerable populations. More than 17 million Americans now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. Importantly, Medicaid’s funding structure allows funds to increase in response to a public health emergency like coronavirus.
  • Key Support For Rural Hospitals: The ACA significantly reduced uncompensated care costs. Between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals face an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

Even as he tries to destroy the law, Trump has been forced to rely on key provisions of the ACA to fight the spread of coronavirus.

  • Essential Health Benefits: The Trump administration urged health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit,” despite simultaneously arguing in court to overturn this protection of the ACA.
  • Medicaid Expansion: Trump championed cuts that would kick millions of people from its rolls, the Trump administration is now playing catch-up and has approved state waivers making it easier for poor Americans to get care through Medicaid. But the administration’s coronavirus response is weakening Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.
  • Nursing Home Inspections: The Trump administration announced new initiatives to protect nursing homes but has continued pushing forward with rolling back regulations aimed at preventing infections from spreading in nursing homes.

Trump will keep lying to Americans about protecting their health care — but he has already broken his biggest health care promises.

  • Fewer Americans Covered: Trump promised that whoever “wanted health care” would have it under his administration, but the Trump-backed lawsuit could cause more than 20 million Americans to lose their insurance.
  • Rising Health Care Costs: Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.
  • No Preexisting Condition Protections: Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections.
  • Gutting Medicaid Access: Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans enrolled through the ACA’s expansion program.

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10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared over; vigilance against flare-ups and support for survivors must continue

25 Jun

Today marks the end of the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This long, complex and difficult outbreak has been overcome due to the leadership and commitment of the Government of the DRC, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), a multitude of partners, donors, and above all, the efforts of the communities affected by the virus. 

WHO congratulates all those involved in the arduous and often dangerous work required to end the outbreak, but stresses the need for vigilance. Continuing to support survivors and maintaining strong surveillance and response systems in order to contain potential flare-ups is critical in the months to come.

"The outbreak took so much from all of us, especially from the people of DRC, but we came out of it with valuable lessons, and valuable tools. The world is now better-equipped to respond to Ebola. A vaccine has been licensed, and effective treatments identified,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“We should celebrate this moment, but we must resist complacency. Viruses do not take breaks. Ultimately, the best defence against any outbreak is investing in a stronger health system as the foundation for universal health coverage.”

The outbreak, declared in North Kivu on 1 August 2018, was the second largest in the world, and was particularly challenging as it took place an active conflict zone. There were 3470 cases, 2287 deaths and 1171 survivors. 

Led by the DRC Government and the Ministry of Health and supported by WHO and partners, the more than 22-month-long response involved training thousands of health workers, registering 250 000 contacts, testing 220 000 samples, providing patients with equitable access to advanced therapeutics, vaccinating over 303 000 people with the highly effective rVSV-ZEBOV-GP vaccine, and offering care for all survivors after their recovery.

The response was bolstered by the engagement and leadership of the affected communities. Thanks to their efforts, this outbreak did not spread globally. More than 16 000 local frontline responders worked alongside the more than 1500 people deployed by WHO. Support from donors was essential, as was the work of UN partner agencies, national and international NGOs, research networks, and partners deployed through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. Hard work to build up preparedness capacities in neighbouring countries also limited the risk of the outbreak expanding.

Work will continue to build on the gains made in this response to address other health challenges, including measles and COVID-19.

“During the almost two years we fought the Ebola virus, WHO and partners helped strengthen the capacity of local health authorities to manage outbreaks,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

“The DRC is now better, smarter and faster at responding to Ebola and this is an enduring legacy which is supporting the response to COVID-19 and other outbreaks.” 

As countries around the world face the COVID-19 pandemic, the DRC Ebola response provides valuable lessons. Many of the public health measures that have been successful in stopping Ebola are the same measures that are now essential for stopping COVID-19: finding, isolating, testing, and caring for every case and relentless contact tracing. 

In DRC, community workers were provided with training and a smartphone data collection app that enabled them to track contacts and report in real time rather than fill in laborious paper reports. Even when violence locked down cities, the community workers, many of them local women, continued to track and trace contacts using the application, something that was crucial for ending this outbreak.

While this 10th outbreak in DRC has ended, the fight against Ebola continues. On 1 June 2020, seven cases of Ebola were reported in Mbandaka city and neighbouring Bikoro Health Zone in Equateur Province and an 11th outbreak was declared. WHO is supporting the government-led response with more than 50 staff already deployed and more than 5000 vaccinations already administered.

WHO salutes the thousands of heroic responders who fought one of the world’s most dangerous viruses in one of the world’s most unstable regions. Some health workers, including WHO experts, paid the ultimate price and sacrificed their lives to the Ebola response. 

WHO thanks the many partners who supported the Government-led response

Note to Editors

WHO thanks the donors who provided funding to WHO for the Ebola response under the Strategic Response Plans: 

African Development Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, China, Denmark, ECHO, European Commission/DEVCO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Paul Allen Foundation, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Susan T Buffett Foundation, UK DFID, UN CERF, USAID/OFDA, US CDC, Wellcome Trust, World Bank, World Bank Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility. 

Several donors also provided funding to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies in recognition of the critical role the fund has played in responding to the Ebola outbreak.

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