WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s unwavering stance on coronavirus testing – if you don’t look for the virus – the cases go away – denies both science and the idea of the road. Yet he goes a step further, commenting that tests should be resisted because the epidemic does not look so bad.
His associates pass it on as a joke. Trump opposed them, saying he was not joking. Then he argued to himself, he was saying
Meanwhile, over the weekend, Trump suggested a 10-year prison sentence for vandalizing the memorial, saying he doesn’t actually have the power. The President – and cannot unilaterally change this national law.
So last week America ran on a fog of lies and distortions from the president as it reckoned with disease and racism.
Trump: “Since a very strong sentence of ten years has been imposed on them for vandalizing monuments, statues, etc., many people have been arrested across the country, so this vandalism has stopped completely.” – Sunday tweets.
Trump: “I also made it clear that any rioters who damage federal property and leave our memorial must face severe and lengthy criminal penalties.” Ten years. “- Comments Tuesday in Phoenix.
Incidents: He has no such authority. The president is not a judge.
Trump signed an executive order Friday to protect monuments, memorials and statues, urging the attorney general to bring to justice those who destroy or vandalize monuments, monuments or statues to the fullest extent of the law.
The order essentially directs the attorney general to enforce existing laws. Trump doesn’t actually impose sentences.
Trump: “I have authorized the federal government to arrest anyone who has vandalized or destroyed any monuments, statues, or other national property in the United States, with up to 10 years in prison, under the U.S. Veterans Memorial Protection Act, or other laws that may be relevant.” This step has been implemented immediately, but can be used in the past for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be nothing exceptions! ” – Tweets on Tuesday.
Facts: This step taken “immediately” and “retaliatory” is just the word. It has no effect.
The Veterans Memorial Preservation Act, passed by Congress in 2003, has already approved fines or imprisonment for up to 10 years for destroying a memorial for the elderly on public property.
The law “includes any structures, plaques, statues or other monuments relating to public property commemorating the services of any person or persons in the United States Armed Forces.”
So all the prosecutors received from Trump are a reminder of their legal authority to them.
Trump: “They even vandalized – that’s right – the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln Memorial. “- Comments at the Phoenix rally on Wednesday, encouraging from the audience.
Incidents: No one was harmed in the protest at the Lincoln statue memorial residence that emerged near it. An online photo that seemed to show a memorial wall blank by Lincoln statues and graffiti was a fake.
Reality: Someone spray-painted “Aren’t you tired yet?” At the bottom of the monument on May 30 and the National Park Service cleared it.
“The only vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial was graffiti under the steps of the street level, far from the statue,” said National Park spokesman Mike Litterst.
He said vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial was unusual but not unheard of. “Perhaps the most notable was in 2013 when someone painted the statue green,” he said in an email. “And it was vandalized twice in 2017, once with black magic markers in Fabria and again in August with red spray paint on a column.”
Trump: “You know testing is a double-edged sword. খারাপ The bad part here. When you test this amount, you are going to find more people, more cases. So I told my people, ‘Please slow down the test’ ’- Tulsa, Oklahoma, rallied June 20th.
Fact: First, the fact that he slowed down the test is not correct. Top public health officials in the government testified one by one to Congress that Trump never said such a thing to them.
White House Press Secretary Calehi McKenney said the comment was “ridiculous” and that other senior colleagues had similarly criticized it for not being serious. Trump did not play side by side. “I don’t have kids,” he said when asked in the comments on Tuesday.
He then turned himself in, telling Fox News on Thursday that “sometimes I joke or sneer, we’d look great if we didn’t take the test.” However, it is not right to leave the test behind.
Trump’s broad point – “you don’t have a lawsuit if you don’t test,” he added – explodes in the head of science. No one argues that testing it for the virus is the key to controlling it. Testing for epidemics is just a measure. It is also measured by hospitalization and death, which continues even though authorities have turned a blind eye to the spread of the disease.
COVID-19 has killed nearly 125,000 people in the United States, much more than the known infections because many people who get the disease and pass it do not get tested.
Trump: “Whenever you have a mail-ballot, there’s tremendous evidence of fraud” – comments Tuesday at a Phoenix rally.
Fact: No, no.
Vote fraud is indeed rare and Trump’s attempts to show otherwise have been criticized. Nonetheless, he has been adamant in his claim that losing in November is seen as an excuse to disregard the result.
Trump appointed a commission after the election of the 201 theory to go to the bottom of his theory that the issue of vote fraud was widespread. The panel was disbanded without a search.
Some election studies have reported a higher incidence of mail-in voting fraud than individual voting, but the overall risk is simply indescribable. The Brainen Center for Justice says the risk of vote fraud in 2017 ranged from 0.00004% to 0.0009%.
When Trump made a similar comment last month, Twitter took the drastic step of attaching fact-checking notices.
Richard L., an election expert at the Irvine School of Law at the University of California. Hassan wrote in a recent op-ed that, “Problems are very rare in five states, which are largely dependent on vote-mail, including heavy Republicans, the state of Utah.”
Trump himself voted by mail in the Florida Republican primary in March. Senior presidential advisers to the president also voted by mail, according to election records obtained by The Associated Press.
Trump: “Great testing has increased the number of China virus cases, although the number of deaths (mortality rates) is declining.” – Tweet on Thursday.
Facts: No, extended tests do not fully account for growth in the field. People are infecting each other even more before adhering to the rules of social distance and picking “community spreads”.
“One of the things is the growing spread of the community and that’s what I’m very concerned about,” Dr. Anthony Fawcett, the government’s top infectious disease specialist, testified Tuesday.
Regarding Trump’s statement on reducing mortality, Fawcett said it was not a relevant measure of what was happening at the moment of the transition. “Death is always far behind in cases,” he said. “It’s conceivable that you’re seeing death increase.”
Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Robert Redfield testified that “several communities are seeing increased incidence driven by multiple factors, including increased testing, outbreaks, and evidence of community infection.”
Trump about the epidemic: “It’s disappearing, it’s fading” “- Fox News interview June 17.
Facts: It does not fade and almost does not.
Every day in the United States, coronavirus infection reached an all-time high of 40,000 by the end of the week, reaching its highest level since April 24, 3 high, 400 in one of the deadliest edges of the conflict. According to an analysis by the Associated Press, there has been an average increase of about 60 percent in the number of new reports per day compared to the last two weeks.
Earlier in the week, Fawcett told Congress that the United States was “still in the middle of the first wave” and that “the outbreak must be brought under control for the next few months.” He said the New York City area, once a hub, had worked significantly but that “in other parts of the country we are now seeing a resurgence of infection.”
Over the next few weeks, Fokie said, “we’re becoming critical to our ability to address the surgeries we’re seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states in Florida.” “They’re not the only problem.”
Fawcett added: “Of course there will be coronavirus infections in the fall and winter because the virus is not disappearing.”
Redfield says: “When we read, at the same time we have influenza and COID.”
Trump: “We’ve got great testing programs anywhere in the world.” – Comments on Tuesday.
Trump: “We did a very good job.” – June 22 interview.
Fact: The United States is not close to the level of testing needed to protect itself from the virus, according to its own health experts.
Redfield testified that health officials were still working to significantly increase testing capacity, calling such an extension “a critical measure of our response.”
The United States currently conducts about 500,000 to 600,000 tests a day. Many public health experts say the United States should be tested almost twice a day to control the spread of the virus. Looking at the fall, some experts called for 4 million or more tests a day, while a team gathered by Harvard University estimated that 20 million would be needed a day to catch the virus.
Redfield said the United States aims to increase to 30 million tests per day by “pooling” samples from multiple individuals, a strategy that is still under review by the FDA. He stressed the need for extended surveillance because some infected people do not show symptoms.
“We still have a long way to go,” Redfield said.
In January, the CDC struggled to develop its own tests for the coronavirus, then stumbled upon an early response to the epidemic after discovering problems in its kits sent to state and county public health labs in early February.
It took the CDC more than two weeks to fix the test kits, resulting in a delay in diagnosis by February, the critical month when the virus took root in the United States.
Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Matthew Peron in Washington and Beatrice Dupuy in New York contributed to this report.
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