Trump’s Covid briefings have become a solo show; absent Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx.
President Trump is more than pleased with the Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The President said the country is “doing great” as we battle to reduce the spread of a virus that has infected four million Americans and has killed over 147 thousand.
The message was clear: We will win this silent war.
The President acknowledged the spike in southern and western states but also used the case study of northeast states as a roadmap forward.
The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) successfully flattened the curve. CONEG includes Governor Ned Lamont (CT), Janet Mills (ME), Charlie Barker (MA), Christopher Sununu (NH), Andrew Cuomo (NY), Gina Raimondo (RI), Phillip Scott (VT). This bi-partisan coalition adhered to mask-wearing, social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and data-driven phased openings.
The President did not mention CONEG, rather highlighting the administrations’ involvement in the success of northeast states.
“That’s really very much indicating where the problems are,” Trump said, referencing a map of less infection the Northeast and central plains states, where fewer people live, than across the sunbelt.
“You see from that — it’s in great shape, lots of it,” Trump said.
“The Northeast has become very clean. The country is in very good shape other than if you look south and west, some problems that’ll all work out,” the President said.
CONEG regularly defied federal recommendations to open, opting to reopen when the virus was under control.
States that followed administration suggested opening guidelines have seen a spike.
For example, Florida is now the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.
Since July 10, new positive cases have averaged more than 10,000 a day.
As of Wednesday, the total number of cases was nearly 390,000 according to the state’s health department. The positivity rates are well above 18%.
The President does insist this is not about politics. “This isn’t about politics, this is about something very, very important. This is not about politics,” Trump said. However, the reversal of some initial stances comes on the eve of some polls showing him down 15% to presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden.
Another pivot is the position on facemasks. The President noted the wearing of masks is important when social distancing could not be achieved.
He later supported this comment with a tweet:
Citing social distancing and public safety for his decision to cancel the Republican Convention events in Florida.
The briefing was absent of Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Deborah Birx, both important in the USA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the former, Fauci, being the foremost infectious diseases expert.
However, Hall of Famer and former Yankee closer, Mariano Rivera did add some star power to the room. Why Mr. Rivera was in the room is not entirely known, but the President certainly acknowledged his presence.
Trump responded to a question about whether the canceled Jacksonville event showed that he was pushing openings too fast by announcing he would throw out the opening pitch at a Yankees game in August.
“I’ve never seen a pitcher throw a ball where so many bats were broken as Mariano. He’s got the all-time record,” President Trump said.
The President pivoted to school re-openings, continuing his optimistic tone, reasserting his request for $105 Billion to assist schools.
Many school districts and superintendents across the country have already announced digital learning until January 2021.
The President will continue holding these briefings daily.
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