Trump Says Coronavirus Is ‘Going Away’ As Deaths Spike

13 Aug

As deaths hit record levels, Trump continues to lie about the coronavirus, saying it will disappear and falsely suggesting that children are almost immune. The U.S. has averaged over 1,000 deaths for 17 straight days, but Trump still refuses to listen to the experts and does not have a plan to control the virus.

Trump continues to say the virus is “going away” even as the U.S. hit the highest number of deaths in a single day since mid-May yesterday and averaged over 1,000 deaths for 17 straight days.

TRUMP: “We’re still in the pandemic, which will be going away. As I say, it will be going away.”

Washington Post: “As the United States reported its highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day since mid-May, President Trump on Wednesday continued to press for the nation’s schools to bring children into classrooms, for businesses to open and for athletes to fill stadiums.”

CNN: “The seven-day average of daily coronavirus deaths was just over 1,000 on Tuesday, the 16th consecutive day the US averaged over 1,000 deaths per day. [Wednesday] became the 17th day as more than 1,300 deaths were reported.”

Trump continues to lie that kids “don’t get sick” even as they’re forced to quarantine after their classmates tested positive, and he replaced public health experts with a Fox News pundit who echoes his lies in order to push schools to unsafely reopen.

QUESTION: “The transmission rate as some students are now rising in the numbers of COVID cases… are you at all concerned about that?”

TRUMP: “No because they don’t get sick.”

Bloomberg: “Hundreds Quarantined in Schools That Followed Trump’s Advice”

CNN: “The man Trump was pointing to was Dr. Scott Atlas, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution who frequently appears on Fox News and has advised Republicans in the past. And crucially, unlike the government’s medical experts who have advised Trump until now, has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump’s — including decrying the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall as ‘hysteria’ and pushing for the resumption of college sports.”

The country is doing less testing, and there is less hospital data available after his administration ordered states to report it directly to them, hurting the pandemic response.

Axios: “The U.S. is cutting back on coronavirus testing. Nationally, the number of tests performed each day is about 17% lower than it was at the end of July, and testing is also declining in hard-hit states.”

Wall Street Journal: “Public release of hospital data about the coronavirus pandemic has slowed to a crawl, one month after the federal government ordered states to report it directly to the Department of Health and Human Services and bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Trump Keeps Lying That He’s Stopping Evictions

13 Aug

Trump keeps claiming that he is stopping evictions. He’s not. Even Larry Kudlow admitted that Trump’s executive order wasn’t actually an eviction moratorium.

Trump said yesterday that his executive order is protecting people from evictions and that Democrats didn’t want to do that.

TRUMP: “I want to make it unmistakably clear that I’m protecting people from evictions. They didn’t want to do that.  The Democrats didn’t want to do a protection from evictions.”

TRUMP: “I took the executive action signing executive orders to freeze the evictions. We’re freezing evictions.”

Trump’s executive order isn’t an eviction moratorium, which even Larry Kudlow admits, and isn’t likely to actually prevent any evictions.

KUDLOW: “It’s not quite an eviction moratorium.”

Bloomberg: “Trump’s Executive Order on Evictions Likely Won’t Prevent Any Evictions”

Yahoo Money: “President Trump’s promises to prevent evictions offers ‘false hope,’ experts say”

Democrats passed a bill three months ago to provide renter assistance and to extend the federal eviction moratorium for a year.

CNBC: “In May, House Democrats passed a bill providing $100 billion in renter assistance, $75 billion for homeowners and to extend the eviction ban for a year following its enactment date.”

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Designation of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a Foreign Mission of the PRC

13 Aug

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

The Trump Administration has made it a priority to seek fair and reciprocal treatment from the People’s Republic of China. For more than four decades, Beijing has enjoyed free and open access to U.S. society, while denying that same access to Americans and other foreigners in China.  Furthermore, the PRC has taken advantage of America’s openness to undertake large scale and well-funded propaganda efforts and influence operations in this country.

Today, the Department of State designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a foreign mission of the PRC, recognizing CIUS for what it is:  an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms.  Confucius Institutes are funded by the PRC and part of the Chinese Communist Party’s global influence and propaganda apparatus.

The goal of these actions is simple: to ensure that American educators and school administrators can make informed choices about whether these CCP-backed programs should be allowed to continue, and if so, in what fashion. Universities around the country and around the world are examining the Confucius Institutes’ curriculum and the scope of Beijing’s influence in their education systems.  The United States wants to ensure that students on U.S. campuses have access to Chinese language and cultural offerings free from the manipulation of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies.

 

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DNC on Pence Visiting Iowa as State Crosses 50,000 COVID Cases

13 Aug

DNC Spokeswoman Maddie McComb released the following statement on Pence visiting Iowa as the state hits 50,000 cases: 

“It didn’t have to be this bad, but Mike Pence and Donald Trump’s failure to prepare or contain the coronavirus has now led to more than 50,000 positive cases in Iowa alone. As Pence heads to the Hawkeye state for a political photo op, Iowans are still dealing with the aftermath of devastating flooding, a chaotic trade war that Trump lost, and massive unemployment across the state. Pence should stop the political games, head back to Washington, and work on the coronavirus task force he was charged with leading. Iowans deserve more than the failed leadership they’re currently seeing from the Trump White House.”

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DNC on Trump Admitting to Sabotaging the Post Office to Boost his Reelection

13 Aug

In response to Trump admitting that he is withholding money from the U.S. Post Office to try to stop mail-in voting, DNC senior spokesperson and adviser Lily Adams released the following statement:

“Donald Trump admitted that he is deliberately sabotaging the Post Office because he thinks it will help boost his reelection. Trump is taking money the Post Office needs and holding up coronavirus relief for millions of struggling Americans and small businesses because he wants to try to stop more voters from voting safely in a pandemic.

“It’s simple – he is terrified of being held accountable. Trump knows Americans are sick of his chaos and incompetence that has contributed to more than 166,000 deaths, over 5 million coronavirus cases, and the sharpest economic decline on record.”

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Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East

13 Aug

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

Today is an historic day and a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East. After vigorous diplomatic outreach, President Trump, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, signed an agreement to fully normalize relations.

This is a remarkable achievement for two of the world’s most forward leaning, technologically advanced states, and reflects their shared regional vision of an economically integrated region. It also illustrates their commitment to confronting common threats, as small — but strong — nations.

The United States hopes that this brave step will be the first in a series of agreements that ends 72 years of hostilities in the region. Although the peace treaties between Israel and Egypt and Jordan have not yet fulfilled their full potential, since the 1978 Camp David Accords and the 1994 Wadi Arava Agreement, we have witnessed significant economic development in Egypt and Jordan, an unmistakable dividend of peace.

Today’s normalization agreement between Israel and the Emirates holds similar potential and the promise for a better day for the entire region.  The United States congratulates Israel and the Emirates for their important achievement.  Blessed are the peacemakers. Mabruk and Mazal Tov.

 

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Republic of Korea National Day

13 Aug

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I extend best wishes to the Republic of Korea and Koreans everywhere on the occasion of their National Day.

The enduring strength of our alliance is a force for the advancement of democracy, prosperity, and freedom in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.  We celebrate the shared values, people-to-people ties, and long-standing friendship that make up the strong bond between our two countries and form the foundation of our work together when tackling global challenges.

I wish you a peaceful National Day and look forward to our continued partnership.

 

 

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Under Secretary Hale’s Travel to Lebanon August 13-15 and Cyprus August 16

13 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to Lebanon August 13-15.  Under Secretary Hale will express condolences to the Lebanese people for their losses as a result of the devastating explosion in Beirut on August 4.  He will reiterate the American government’s commitment to assist the Lebanese people in recovering from the tragedy and rebuilding their lives.  In meetings with political leaders, civil society, and youth, Under Secretary Hale will stress the urgent need to embrace fundamental economic, financial, and governance reform, ending endemic corruption, bringing accountability and transparency, and introducing widespread state control through functioning institutions.   He will also underscore America’s willingness to support any government that reflects the will of the people and is genuinely committed to and acting upon such a reform agenda.

Under Secretary Hale will then travel to Cyprus on August 16 to meet with Republic of Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.  He will discuss America’s deepening security relationship with the Republic of Cyprus and continued American support for the UN-facilitated, Cypriot-led process to achieve a peaceful resolution to the division of Cyprus, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions and based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

 

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Joint Statement on United States – Slovenia Joint Declaration on 5G Security

13 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Slovenia on August 13, 2020.

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Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Slovenia declare their desire to strengthen our cooperation on 5G.  5G will enable a vast array of new applications, including the provision of services critical to the public, which will benefit our citizens and our economies.  Increased amounts of data on 5G networks will further interconnect the economies of the world, including the United States and Slovenia, and facilitate cross-border services and commerce.  Protecting communications networks from disruption or manipulation, and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States and Slovenia are vital to ensuring that our people are able to take advantage of the tremendous economic opportunities 5G will enable.

Therefore, the United States and Slovenia welcome efforts such as the Council of the European Union “Conclusions on the Significance of 5G to the European Economy and the Need to Mitigate Security Risks Linked to 5G”, Communication from the European Commission on “Secure 5G Deployment in the EU – Implementing the EU Toolbox,” and the Chair’s statement from the Prague 5G Security Conference — the “Prague Proposals” — as important steps toward developing a common approach to 5G network security.  The Prague Proposals emphasize the need to develop, deploy, and commercialize 5G networks based on the foundation of free and fair competition, transparency, and the rule of law.  The United States and Slovenia also recall the London Declaration, in which the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Allies, within their respective authority, committed to ensuring the security of their communications, including 5G.

The United States and Slovenia emphasize the importance of encouraging the participation of reliable and trustworthy network hardware and software suppliers in 5G markets, taking into account risk profile assessments, and promoting frameworks that effectively protect 5G networks from unauthorized access and interference.  The United States and Slovenia further recognize that 5G suppliers should provide products and services that enable innovation and promote efficiency.  The United States and Slovenia note that all countries share a responsibility to undertake a careful and balanced approach to network security and the evaluation of 5G components and software providers.

To promote a vibrant and robust 5G ecosystem, the United States and Slovenia believe that a rigorous evaluation of suppliers and supply chains should take into account the rule of law; the security environment; ethical supplier practices; and a supplier’s compliance with security standards and best practices.  Specifically, evaluations should include especially the following elements:

  • Whether the network hardware and software suppliers are subject, without independent judicial review, to control by a foreign government;
  • Whether the network hardware and software suppliers have transparent ownership, partnerships, and corporate governance structures and are subject to a legal regime that enforces transparent corporate practices;
  • Whether the network hardware and software suppliers are committed to innovation and respect for intellectual property rights; and
  • Whether the network hardware and software suppliers have a record of ethical corporate behavior.

The United States and Slovenia also believe that the same kind of rigorous evaluation should be applied to foreign direct investments in critical communication infrastructure, be it physical or virtual, through a dedicated screening mechanism.  Further, the United States and Slovenia recognize the need to raise awareness of the importance of 5G security and intend to promote it within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union.

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Secretary Pompeo Travels to Slovenia for a Consultation with Valued Ally and Partner

13 Aug

Office of the Spokesperson

“Slovenia and the United States share a fundamental commitment to democracy, a market economy, and to human rights. I am pleased to see our bilateral relationship growing stronger and stronger through increasing defense, security, trade, investment, and people-to-people ties. These ties will define our common future.”

– U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, June 24, 2020

Secretary Pompeo will travel to Slovenia on August 13, 2020, where he will meet President Borut Pahor, Prime Minister Janez Janša, and Foreign Minister Anže Logar at Lake Bled.  Following bilateral meetings on mutual priorities, they will sign the U.S.-Slovenia Joint Declaration on 5G Security.

LEADER IN PROMOTING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND VALUES

  • The United States established diplomatic relations with Slovenia in 1992 following its independence from Yugoslavia. America supported Slovenia’s entrance into NATO and other Euro-Atlantic institutions, and the country continues to play an important role in promoting security and stability in the Western Balkans.
  • Like Americans, the Slovenian people are deeply committed to democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and environmental protection.
  • Slovenian-Americans have made substantial contributions to U.S. history as prominent scientists, astronauts, politicians, military leaders, and athletes. The majority of Slovenians speak more than one language and proficiency in English is high, creating extensive opportunities for bilateral cooperation in education and cultural exchange.

ENDURING HISTORY OF CLOSE SECURITY COOPERATION 

  • A NATO member since 2004, Slovenia has been a capable, reliable defense partner ever since, deploying forces to every Allied operation, as well as to EU and UN missions. The United States welcomes the current government’s commitment to increasing defense spending to meet its Wales Pledge and NATO capability goals, address recruitment challenges, and demonstrate continued readiness as a trusted Ally.
  • Slovenia’s Adriatic port and transportation infrastructure are key for Allied military mobility, and U.S. Forces welcome opportunities to train with their professional counterparts in the Slovenian Armed Forces at the country’s well-equipped training areas.
  • Our strong defense and security relationship is bolstered by extensive cooperation between the Slovenian Armed Forces and their State Partners in the Colorado National Guard, with collaboration extending beyond conventional military training to civil defense, emergency management, and disaster preparedness.
  • Slovenia has partnered with the United States over the past two decades through the International Trust Fund (ITF) Enhancing Human Security to conduct humanitarian demining operations and mine awareness training in the Western Balkans and around the world.

GROWING ECONOMIC PARTNER AT THE CROSSROADS OF EUROPE

  • With its strategic location, excellent infrastructure, and a well-educated labor force, Slovenia is an excellent trade and investment partner for U.S. companies. The United States is the third-largest source of foreign investment in Slovenia in terms of combined direct and indirect investment made through U.S. subsidiaries in other European countries.
  • Slovenia has a long history of excellence in engineering, aerospace, science, and technology, spawning more recent opportunities for collaboration in areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and biotech –including development of new treatments for COVID-19.
  • Slovenia is a member of the Three Seas Initiative, which facilitates the development of energy and infrastructure ties among 12 nations in Eastern, Central, and Southern Europe, and it hosted the 2019 Three Seas Summit. The country is a leader in hydropower and emerging technologies for alternative energy and is exploring prospects for continued energy diversification through adoption of next generation nuclear technology.
  • The signing of the U.S.-Slovenia Joint Declaration on 5G Clean Network Security reflects our shared dedication to protecting the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States and Slovenia, while enabling them to benefit from the tremendous economic opportunities secure 5G will afford.

 

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