U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider the membership of the United States in the body.
— Read on www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-trump-who/trump-threatens-permanent-freeze-of-who-funding-to-weigh-u-s-membership-idUSKBN22V0B0
Can’t bully pandemic or hide deaths by Presidential inaction
Analysis – Two conspiracy theories have merged into something very nasty online and into real world violence. David Farrier looks at how this came about.
— Read on www.rnz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/416991/how-5g-and-covid-19-mixed-to-make-a-toxic-conspiracy-cocktail
China’s president pledged $2 billion to fight the virus, a move the U.S. criticized as an effort to head off scrutiny of its handling of the pandemic.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/health/coronavirus-who-china-trump.html
US continues childish antics
The pandemic marginalized the far right, as Germans rallied behind Angela Merkel. But the reopening has brought them back, and they are preparing to seize new opportunities.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/world/europe/coronavirus-germany-far-right.html
National says Treasury’s failure to appear at today’s Epidemic Response Committee shows the government is arrogant and happy to dismiss scrutiny.
— Read on www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/416966/watch-live-unacceptable-that-treasury-officials-fail-to-front-at-meeting-bridges
Grabbing at straws to appear useful – not working 😜
Out and out criminal activity!
President Donald Trump on Monday nominated a federal prosecutor in Ohio to become the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, succeeding one who has faced growing criticism over his handling of criminal cases involving the president’s allies.
Losing grasp on reality.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he was surprised that Attorney General William Barr opted not to look at former President Barack Obama in a Justice Department review of the FBI’s handling of 2016 Russia probe.
Fool on the Hill
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to fire the State Department’s inspector general, saying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked him to do so and dismissing suggestions that Pompeo faced a probe by the ousted official.
Apple on Monday responded to accusations by the U.S. Justice Department that it didn’t do enough to unlock the Pensacola shooter’s iPhones, decrying “false claims” made by the Department of Justice.