Coronavirus: It's inside the White House

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Of course, because if Psychobozo does :cantlook: and :notlistening: the virus will disappear, like magic!
Eggszactly. He runs the his administration the way he runs his company. He rolls the dice and if it comes up snake eyes, he files for bankruptcy.

Notice that I didn't use the word "manage."
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Yes, "runs" is the right verb. As in "runs it into the ground." :twisted:
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Business Insider: The White House has halted mandatory COVID-19 temperature checks and symptom screening for most visitors and staff
Adding:
Mediaite: Secret Service Agents Who Were at Trump Tulsa Rally Reportedly Instructed to Self-Quarantine
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Foggy wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:54 am
Of course, because if Psychobozo does :cantlook: and :notlistening: the virus will disappear, like magic!
He treats coronavirus just like he treats any other "enemy." He lies about it, proclaims it the truth, and voila! It becomes the truth. Except the virus doesn't have to do anything except exist to prove that wrong. Dead wrong.
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Foggy wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:54 am
Of course, because if Psychobozo does :cantlook: and :notlistening: the virus will disappear, like magic!
Trump's actions continually remind me of Bush the Lesser's "Mission Accomplished" banner. What a dork!

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CNN: Multiple Trump campaign staffers quarantining after Tulsa rally

(CNN) Several of President Donald Trump's campaign staffers are quarantining this week after attending his rally in Tulsa last Saturday and interacting with several colleagues who later tested positive for coronavirus, CNN has learned.

The campaign did not immediately return a CNN request for comment.

After eight staffers tested positive, several of the campaign's top officials decided to quarantine for the week instead of going into the office, two sources familiar with the situation told CNN. Staff had only recently returned to the office after months of working from home because of coronavirus restrictions.

As a precaution, staff who were in Tulsa are working remotely and they will be tested before returning to the office, a campaign official said.

The fallout from Trump's push to hold a rally with thousands of attendees has continued in the days since he returned from Tulsa -- and as the nation as a whole remains engulfed by the pandemic. The three most populous states set records for new coronavirus cases daily and there are fears of "apocalyptic" surges in major Texas cities if the trend continues.
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So...Gym Jordan was there as were other congress members. From watching yesterday's hearing, he wasn't making much of an effort to distance himself, nor wear a mask from what I saw.

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Daily Beast: Top White House Economist Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A White House economist has tested positive for COVID-19, The Wall Street Journal reports. Tomas Philipson, who was the acting chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers until this week, had a “very mild case of one day of fever” earlier this month, he told the Journal. It’s unclear when he tested positive, as he appeared alongside President Donald Trump at a Rose Garden event on June 5. He’s since recovered, he said, and plans to return to his professorship at the University of Chicago. Two sources cited by the Journal said he was forced out of his position. Philipson is the latest among a growing number of people near the president and his Cabinet who have contracted the virus. Eight of Trump’s campaign staffers tested positive after his campaign rally in Tulsa last week. Trump’s own campaign manager, Brad Parscale, is working from home to avoid potentially exposing the commander-in-chief. ...
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New York Times: New Numbers Showing Coronavirus Spread Intrude on a White House in Denial

Both President Trump and Vice President Pence seem oblivious to the new chapter in the pandemic.
CNN: Measures to protect Trump from coronavirus scale up even as he seeks to move on
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This was sitting open on my browser from June 22. In case I haven't posted it already, here it be.
NBC News: White House halts mandatory temperature checks, symptom screening

Staffers and visitors who come in close contact with the president and the vice president are still having their temperatures checked and being questioned about coronavirus symptoms.
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The Hill: Trump staff ups coronavirus precautions for president as he seeks to move on: report
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Axios: Health secretary says "window is closing" to get coronavirus under control

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that the "window is closing" for the U.S. to take action and get the coronavirus under control, calling the current state of the outbreak a "very, very serious situation."

Why it matters: Azar's rhetoric stands in stark contrast to that of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who claimed at a press briefing on Friday that the U.S. has "flattened the curve" and that much of the surge in new cases is attributable to an increase in testing.

Throughout the pandemic, health officials on the White House coronavirus task force have sounded the alarm about the seriousness of the crisis while political figures like Trump have sought to paint a rosier picture.

The reality is that the U.S. today is getting closer to the worst-case scenario envisioned in the spring — a nationwide crisis, made worse by a vacuum of political leadership, threatening to overwhelm hospitals and spread out of control.
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Addie wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:28 am
Axios: Health secretary says "window is closing" to get coronavirus under control

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that the "window is closing" for the U.S. to take action and get the coronavirus under control, calling the current state of the outbreak a "very, very serious situation."

Why it matters: Azar's rhetoric stands in stark contrast to that of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who claimed at a press briefing on Friday that the U.S. has "flattened the curve" and that much of the surge in new cases is attributable to an increase in testing.

Throughout the pandemic, health officials on the White House coronavirus task force have sounded the alarm about the seriousness of the crisis while political figures like Trump have sought to paint a rosier picture.

The reality is that the U.S. today is getting closer to the worst-case scenario envisioned in the spring — a nationwide crisis, made worse by a vacuum of political leadership, threatening to overwhelm hospitals and spread out of control.
One does not get a sudden surge of hospital and ICU admissions by simply doing more tests, one has a serious amount of new cases to deal with :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall:

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PS. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to be stepped down by tweet in 3... 2... 1... :twisted:

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Politico: Trump team’s brewing debate: How to message a raging health emergency

One group of White House aides wants more attention on the surging virus. The other wants to leave it to local officials. Now they’re trying to find a middle ground.


The Trump White House has a new internal battle: how much to talk publicly about a pandemic that’s crippling huge swaths of America.

President Donald Trump’s top aides are divided over the merits of resuming national press briefings to keep the public informed about the latest coronavirus statistics as infection rates spike in large states including California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Georgia.

Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and counselor to the president Hope Hicks are among the aides arguing against these regular sessions because they want to keep the White House focused on the path forward and the nascent economic recovery — without scaring too much of the country about a virus resurgence when infections are rising at different paces in different regions.

Other senior aides, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and his team, believe keeping Americans up-to-date about the nature of the outbreak is critical as the death toll rises. More than 126,000 people have perished in the U.S. due to the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the government’s own experts are warning of serious trouble ahead.

The brewing internal fight shows the extent to which the White House has lost control of its messaging on Covid-19 as the majority of voters disapprove of Trump’s handling of the virus, according to interviews with a half dozen current and former senior administration officials and Republicans close to the White House.

Trump’s standing in the polls has slipped in recent weeks among senior citizens, suburban women and white non-college educated voters, all critical constituencies for the president heading into the heat of his reelection race. Top aides cannot decide the best way for Trump to appear in control of the response — while the president himself has remained focused on culture-war concerns such as protests, the removal of monuments and the funding of law enforcement.
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One of my wishes is that the vice presidency has killed any and all hope for Pence's political aspirations.

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I'm sure Trump would much rather focus on golf.

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pipistrelle wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:23 pm
One of my wishes is that the vice presidency has killed any and all hope for Pence's political aspirations.
I tend to think his future aspirations are going the way of another former Indiana darling of the Christian Right. Being on the ticket that gets defeated in a re-elect tends to sink veeps. In any case, the 2024 GOP field is going to be chock full of better claimants to the Trump base's loyalty than Pence: Pompeo, Haley, Don Jr./Ivanka/Both, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, etc.
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WaPo: Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus


Vice President Pence’s trip to Arizona this week had to be postponed by a day after several Secret Service agents who helped organize the visit either tested positive for coronavirus or were showing symptoms of being infected.

Pence was scheduled to go to Phoenix on Tuesday but went on Wednesday instead so that healthy agents could be deployed for his visit, according to two senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private details of the trip.

Arizona has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks and Pence scaled back the trip before the delay because of the growing amount of infections in the state.

Pence’s staff was concerned last weekend about their ability to hold planned public events in Tucson and Yuma due to the outbreak, one administration official said, and decided on Saturday to visit only Phoenix for a much smaller meeting — a public health briefing with Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and local health care leaders.

On Monday night, the Secret Service urged Pence’s staff to delay the Tuesday trip until Wednesday because at least one agent on the ground had a confirmed case of covid-19 and other agents and federal officers preparing for the Arizona visit were showing signs of illness, according to two administration officials.

The Secret Service needed time to bring in healthy agents and other personnel to replace the ones who were either sick or most likely sick, one of the officials said. The official said the Secret Service estimated that a total of eight to 10 agents and other officers from sister agencies — all of whom were helping prepare for Pence’s visit to Arizona — had fallen ill.

This is the second time in recent weeks that Secret Service agents preparing for a White House or Trump campaign event outside of Washington have contracted the virus. At least three Secret Service personnel working on the advance team for President Trump’s Tulsa rally on June 20 tested positive for covid-19. Two agents tested positive hours before the indoor stadium event was held and dozens of agents who were on site for the rally were ordered to self-quarantine when they arrived home.
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CNN: Coronavirus test used by White House has questionable accuracy


(CNN) President Donald Trump said part of the reason he doesn't regularly wear a mask is "everyone's tested" before they see him. But multiple studies have raised questions about the accuracy of a coronavirus test the White House has used, and the Food and Drug Administration has received dozens of reports of potential problems with that test.

The federal government also continues to distribute thousands of the rapid coronavirus tests made by Abbott Laboratories each week throughout the country, spending what adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars on them, all while questions about the test's accuracy have mounted and some states are urging precautions for health care providers using them.

Abbott's point-of-care "ID NOW COVID-19" test, which was promoted by Trump at the White House, produces results in minutes rather than hours and is portable enough to be used in mobile testing sites and rural regions that lack easy access to labs.

Yet studies have raised doubts about the Abbott device's accuracy. Abbott has disputed those findings and pointed to other studies with more favorable results, but a spokesperson for the FDA told CNN on Wednesday that the agency has received a total of 126 reports of "adverse events" about the ID NOW test. There are three other point-of-care tests authorized by the FDA, but the agency has not received any adverse event reports for those, the FDA spokesperson said.

In May, the FDA announced "possible accuracy concerns" with the device and said it had received 15 adverse event reports. The FDA this week did not specify the contents of all the adverse event reports, but in a statement to CNN, an Abbott spokesperson said the company has shared reports about false negatives with the FDA, meaning instances when tests show patients are not infected with Covid-19 when they are actually positive for the disease. Abbott also said the adverse events it is required to report are a small fraction of the tests that have been performed.
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H/T Orlylicious - ty
Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT
NEW - Kim Guilfoyle, girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top campaign official, tested positive for coronavirus in SD ahead of attending Mt Rushmore event, according to a person familiar w what happened. She was never was with POTUS, and neither was Don Jr., who tested negative.
10:08 PM · Jul 3, 2020·Twitter Web App

Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT
Neither ever went to the event w Trump and didn’t travel on AF1. They’re expected to drive back to the east coast to avoid contact w others per the person familiar.
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What kind of relationship do you have when your girlfriend has a highly transmissible airborne disease and you don't? :-D

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pipistrelle wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:04 am
What kind of relationship do you have when your girlfriend has a highly transmissible airborne disease and you don't? :-D
You skirt the bigger question. What kinds of relationships does she have? :)
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He could be positive. It's a crappy test.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... id-19-test
But the ID NOW only detected the virus in 85.2% of the samples, meaning it had a false-negative rate of 14.8 percent, according to Dr. Gary Procop, who heads COVID-19 testing at the Cleveland Clinic and led the study.

"So that means if you had 100 patients that were positive, 15% of those patients would be falsely called negative. They'd be told that they're negative for COVID when they're really positive," Procop told NPR in an interview. "That's not too good."

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The Hill: Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report


The Trump administration is planning to establish a division dedicated to pandemic response at the State Department after facing criticism earlier this year for shuttering the National Security Council's (NSC) pandemic unit in 2018, according to CNN.

NSC officials hosted an interagency meeting Thursday to discuss plans for the new office, according to the news network.

NSC officials did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation from The Hill.

The meeting reportedly centered on hammering out details for the new office and working on a proposal that would require President Trump's signature for the office's approval.

The dissolved pandemic response unit, originally named NSC directorate for global health and security and bio-defense, was established by former President Obama during the latter end of his 8-year term. President Trump later shuttered the office in 2018. ...

"Putting it in State Department, in theory, is a good thing, but it has to be done side by side with something at the White House," added Steve Morrison, a public health expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in an interview with CNN.
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Adding:
New York Times: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

She is the third person in proximity of President Trump known to have contracted the virus.
Addie wrote:
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H/T Orlylicious - ty
Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT
NEW - Kim Guilfoyle, girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top campaign official, tested positive for coronavirus in SD ahead of attending Mt Rushmore event, according to a person familiar w what happened. She was never was with POTUS, and neither was Don Jr., who tested negative.
10:08 PM · Jul 3, 2020·Twitter Web App

Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT
Neither ever went to the event w Trump and didn’t travel on AF1. They’re expected to drive back to the east coast to avoid contact w others per the person familiar.
10:10 PM · Jul 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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