The US president always was capricious and vengeful, but now that character flaw is a matter of life and death. State governors are crying out for federal help, not for themselves but for the people they represent: the nurses and doctors who need protective equipment and testing kits, the patients who need ventilators. But instead of leaping to their aid, Trump tells the governors it’s their responsibility, even though they have a fraction of the procurement power of the US government – adding that if they want help, they’d better grovel. “It’s a two-way street,” Trump said this week. “They have to treat us well.” Even when lives are on the line, his ego with its paper-thin skin comes first. Americans are paying the price for his lack of foresight, his closure of a pandemic task force for no better reason than it was established by Barack Obama – he hates anything with his predecessor’s name on it – and his failure to heed the warnings of a pandemic preparedness exercise, codenamed Crimson Contagion, that identified glaring gaps as recently as last October.
The corruption of the Republican Party is obvious and disgusting 😠😠 In the middle of a PANDEMIC 😠😠😠 To clarify, one of Inhofe’s stock trades, …Open Thread | The Complete Corruption and Incompetence of the Republican Party
Apple has complied with Russian demands to show Crimea as part of Russian territory on Apple’s Maps and Weather apps… via Apple changes Crimea …Apple changes Crimea designation in Maps and Weather to meet Russian demands — MacDailyNews
Maggie McDow, 46, said she had swollen glands when she landed at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, one of the airports where travelers who have recently been in China or Iran are being funneled. Ms. McDow had flown from London, but before that, she had stopped in South Korea, a coronavirus hot spot. Ms. McDow said she heard plenty of instructions from airport officials for those feeling ill in airports abroad. But when she reached the United States, she said, “There was none of that.” A customs officer stamped her passport, and she was on her way.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson issues a stark warning to the nation, saying more lives will be lost, and the peak of infections may still be weeks away.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the United States will suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days starting on Friday in order to fight the coronavirus. Trump said the travel restrictions do not apply to the United Kingdom.
President Trump threatened to sue “everyone all over the place” involved in the special counsel inquiry and continued public attacks on the case against his associate Roger J. Stone Jr.
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He just cannot continue doing this! Isn’t there anyone in GOP with enough guts to tell him he has to stop!
An audio recording reviewed by ABC News captured President Donald Trump demanding the ouster of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during a 2018 dinner with a group of associates that included Lev Parnas, the indicted businessman Trump has repeatedly claimed not to know. “Get rid of her!” Trump said in the recording, ABC reported Friday. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.” The president’s outburst came after Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, recommended that Trump fire Yovanovitch. Parnas, according to ABC, told Trump in the recording that the ambassador was “basically walking around telling everybody, ‘Wait, he’s gonna get impeached, just wait.’” “The biggest problem there, I think where we need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador,” Parnas said. “She’s still leftover from the Clinton administration.” A copy of the recording is now in the possession of federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, ABC reported.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, chair of the House Abortion Access Task Force, offered Thursday to give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a face-to-face lesson on reproductive rights and U.S. history after the billionaire cabinet official likened the arguments of pro-choice advocates to those of slavery supporters during the Civil War Era—a comparison one critic denounced as “utterly deranged.” “I say again: only slavery was slavery. This is utterly deranged, and [Betsy DeVos] should resign.” —Jamil Smith, Rolling Stone
Before leaving for a state visit to Greece, Xi Jinping turned down proposals of a meeting with Donald Trump, sources briefed on the matter said.