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Wuhan Coronavirus: Trump Shoots Down National Lockdown, Suspends Interest on Federally Held Student Loan Payments

Wuhan Coronavirus: Trump Shoots Down National Lockdown, Suspends Interest on Federally Held Student Loan Payments

On a national lockdown: “We are working with the governors and I don’t think we’ll ever find it necessary.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy1_K76Vjdc

President Donald Trump told the media that the government “temporarily waived all interest on federally held student loans” for 60 days. The Department of Education chose not to”enforce standardized testing requirements for the current school year.”

Trump also shot down rumors that his administration will force a national lockdown.

National Lockdown

A few states have chosen to basically lockdown, but Trump said it won’t happen at the national level:

President Trump does not think a national lockdown order is needed as the US continues to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump’s remarks Friday afternoon come after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 100% of non-essential workers should stay home.

“I don’t think so,” Trump said when asked about the need for a national lockdown. “Essentially you’ve done that California and New York have done that. I don’t think so. Because you go out to the midwest and other locations and they’re watching their television but they don’t have the same problems.”

Trump added: “We are working with the governors and I don’t think we’ll ever find it necessary.”

Education

Many districts have closed their schools and some do not when they will reopen. The DoE decided not to enforce standardized test requirements for this year.

Trump also chose to waive interest “on student loans and federally held student loan payments will be suspended for 60 days.”

He said if they need to extend it they will.

Travel

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Mexico and the U.S. have restricted travel except for trade and workers:

“President Trump announced on Wednesday, the United States and Canada jointly agreed to restrict non essential traffic across ourborders, it goes into effect at midnight and excluding crossing the border unless for work or other essential reasons. The United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travels across our shared border. Both our countries know the importance of working together to limit the spread of the virus,” Pompeo said.

Following Pence’s remarks, Chad Wolf, acting Homeland Security secretary, said neither agreement with Canada or Mexico applies to lawful trade or commerce.

“We’ll continue to maintain a strong supply chain across our border,” Wolf said.

Defense Production Act

From The Wall Street Journal:

President Trump said that he would start using his powers under a Korean War-era law to increase the production of ventilators and masks, as hospitals around the country warn of shortages.

“I invoked the Defense Production Act, and last night we put it into gear,” Mr. Trump said Friday in the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House. “We are invoking it to use the power of the federal government to help the states get things they need like masks and ventilators.”

He didn’t immediately provide more details, and he made conflicting statements on whether he had ordered companies to make more equipment—at one point saying he hadn’t and later saying he had. Mr. Trump declined to name any companies that had been mandated to produce medical supplies. The president said auto maker General Motors had expressed interest in producing ventilators.

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Rational and practical steps to risk management while mitigating progress of a social contagion that has the potential to be worse than the pathogens.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to n.n. | March 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    “The president said auto maker General Motors had expressed interest in producing ventilators.”

    I started my career in medical instrumentation. Ventilators are not incredibly complex, and they have a very high profit margin. I bet that the companies currently making them are crapping their drawers right now. Great move Trump.

    4fun in reply to n.n. | March 20, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    https://twitter.com/lyndseyfifield/status/1240761466216734721

    Lyndsey Fifield
    @lyndseyfifield
    ·
    Mar 19
    Took a break to read back and see how the media covered Trump’s 1/31 announcement barring entry into the U.S. from China and HOO BOY…

    Many in the scientific community beclowned themselves because their hatred for Trump blinded them—and does to this day.

    Read her thread, it’s infuriating.

… and still the presser was full the the standard Kung Foolery by the media

Anyone else listen to NPR’s 2 minutes hate post virus briefing show? The takeaway? NPR hosts have the weekend to construct a narrative as to why America needs to shelter in place yet allow unmitigated illegal immigration.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Tiki. | March 20, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    We have a bunch of illegals who will be sucking up aid one way or another, and even worse taking advantage of this break to work on producing more anchor babies.

    In the interest of national security we need start a rapid deportation program via very large semitrailer mounted human cannons.

    Those who have committed violent crimes currently in prison should have a 12″ spike positioned in a cradle on top of their head, thereby rendering them non violent on arrival.

    Why the hell are we – as taxpayers – paying for NPR and PBS? WHY????????

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to TheFineReport.com. | March 20, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      Hear Hear!

      Cut them off!

      We’re mostly not. They do get both direct and indirect subsidies from different levels of government, and when you count all of them together it adds up to more than they like to admit, but they’re not outright taxpayer-funded as some people seem to think.

4th armored div | March 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm

can you imagine Bernie or Biden as POTUS ?

Thank G-D that Trump is the POTUS !

    Hillary would set a full vodka bottle on the podium when she started and would end the presser when it was empty

    Yes, I can: hillary clinton would be drunk, and ripping off every dime of aid she could.

    Obama would be playing golf or watching television, letting nancy pelosi loot the country.

    Biden would wonder what the problem was, and hire his grifter son as a medical consultant.

    If any of these treasonous rats was president during this crisis, the amount of dead people would exceed that of any communist genocidal maniac the admire.

The most pro-open border, give free sh!+ and drivers licenses to illegal aliens, sanctuary state loving governors are going to be the ones who order lockdowns. If cvid19 doesn’t wake people up to the fact that liberalism will kill you, nothing will.

Wuhan virus propaganda countermeasures.

China’s Chernobyl. China is a huge virus reactor-engine. The Wuhan reactor went critical; In effect a runaway DNA reactor spewing viral contagion. China rushed troops and sterilization crews (liquidators shovelling graphite blocks) to the canton and declared Wuhan an exclusion zone. Then for three weeks covered up the Event. The China Syndrome.

    walls in reply to Tiki. | March 20, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    It is imperative that we really learn from this, make the necessary, severe changes, and it’s never “business as usual” with China again. This is our wakeup call, our canary in the coal mine. Tom Cotton is 100% correct …. you can never trust a ChiCom.

    alaskabob in reply to Tiki. | March 20, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    The press has conveniently forgotten the suppression of news and destruction of the investigation in the early stages of the viral release in Wuhan. Party officials did this. The press demands people accuse Trump of not being a fortune teller at the same time China and WHO said no human to human transmission. If Trump “bungled” it then why is the rest of the world following his lead not? We have to measure Trump to Vladimir Illich Obama?

So, we are supposed to, with certainty, ruin the lives of millions on the supposition that a few, thus far a lesser number than flu deaths, lives might be saved? Can’t wait until the next flu season so we can really panic!

MSM just can’t seem to stop outing their TDS. The question today that drew the ire of PDJT is case in point. It was not a ‘softball’ question designed to allow for a reassuring response. Instead, the question had a bad faith premise as well as being irrelevant and already answered. The administration is holding a press conference daily during which they issue a statement highlighting events and progress from the previous day as well as spending 90 minutes with the POTUS, VPOTUS, cabinet secretaries etc personally taking questions.

The incessant whining about testing availability is the most asinine issue. First, not everyone should be tested even if we had 320 Million kits not to mention the lab resources to accommodate that volume. If we had tested everyone on Monday at 0800, received 100% accurate results an hour later, then quarantined 100% of the positive individuals for 3 weeks, New infections would still be occurring albeit at a lower rate. These new infections coming from exposure to contaminated surfaces ect. Some folks must believe that the test is a one time event and a cure/immunization all in one.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CommoChief. | March 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    RE: “MSM just can’t seem to stop outing their TDS.”

    Yes, and just think, the DEMS have now forced the majority of U.S. to daily watch the EVIL actions and lies of the MSM.

    The MSM is FRIED now.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | March 20, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      FYI

      E2 says:

      I was talking to my pretty liberal nephew living in liberal NY and he was praising President Trump for his handling of this!

      Also, my nephew watched the presser and was VERY unhappy with the way these so called ‘journalists’ were mistreating the President.

      Trump Boomerang indeed!

Christopher B | March 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm

Good to hear Trump is plugged into the fact that New York is close to melt down but the rest of the country is coping. I don’t know what’s up with California since they don’t look bad so far.

Good. Responses to local problems should be local. If New York and California have an ususually severe problem, they should be free to deal with it in any ineffective way state government can come up with, without dragging, say, South Dakota along.

Some things are best controlled by the Feds. Like, say, international air travel.

PDJT shines again. A lesser being—a professionial politician, perhaps—would have jumped at the excuse to extend Washington’s control throughout the land. Trump doesn’t need aggrandizement of power; whatever happens, he’s already Donald J Trump, and he don’t need no stinking badges to prove it.

I’ve been lurking since 2008 and finally decided to register an account just to post this image here, in the hopes it’ll help put the infection numbers in perspective:

US CV-19 Active Cases by State
https://imgur.com/uaZDRo1

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 20, 2020 at 8:31 pm

Hmmmmmm………

“Italian doctors now say they were seeing “strange” pneumonia cases in December, even November, before anyone even heard of coronavirus.

A friend has been wondering for days: Do NBA players have a higher-than-the-mean infection rate for coronavirus precisely because they played in China in late October?”

Ace of Spades

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 20, 2020 at 9:22 pm

WE ARE AT WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ace of Spades:

It’s at this point that I reluctantly draw your attention to a link that a commenter posted yesterday evening. It’s from a site called GreatGameIndia, and although I am unfamiliar with it, and really can’t attest to their veracity and track record, given what we know about China as outlined above, the article is both extremely plausible and terrifying in its conclusions.

…The ruling Chinese Communist Party considers biological weapons to be the most important weapons for accomplishing their goal of “cleaning up America.” [Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chi Haotian] credits Deng Xiaoping with putting biological weapons ahead of all other weapon systems in the Chinese arsenal: “When Comrade Xiaoping was still with us, the Party Central Committee had the perspicacity to make the right decision not to develop aircraft carrier groups and focus instead on developing lethal weapons that can eliminate mass populations of the enemy country.”

It may seem difficult to believe, but Gen. Chi considered himself to be a “humanitarian” communist, and therefore admitted to mixed personal feelings on this matter: “I sometimes think how cruel it is for China and the United States to be enemies.” After all, he noted, the United States helped China in World War II. Chinese people remember that the United States opposed Japanese imperialism. But none of that matters now.

“In the long run,” said Gen. Chi, “the relationship of China and the United States is one of a life-and-death struggle.” This tragic situation must be accepted. According to Gen. Chi, “We must not forget that the history of our civilization repeatedly has taught us that one mountain does not allow two tigers to live together.”

According to Gen. Chi, China’s overpopulation problem and environmental degradation will eventually result in social collapse and civil war. General Chi estimated that “more than 800 million” Chinese would die in such a collapse. Therefore, the Chinese Communist Party has no policy alternative. Either the United States is “cleaned up” by biological attacks, or China suffers national catastrophe…

http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=386428

Coronavirus – China’s Secret Plan To Weaponize Viruses
By GreatGameIndia –
February 1, 2020 | Last modified on February 29th, 2020 at 9:35 pm,

https://greatgameindia.com/coronavirus-chinas-secret-plan-to-weaponize-viruses/?fbclid=IwAR2HrDjeAkRXfIuhSqykh4oXg3TFEgEEbgBBtR_zCukx_iZvOw4F5TtM3YA

    that’s all true. we don’t have to kill our enemies to conquer them, incapacitate them so they can’t fight, you don’t loose any soldiers and you still conquer the ememy

    Given the disparity of death rates in China and the USA, it would seem the plan has backfired.

    Americans will beat this damn virus. We may have to beat our own government first, but we’ll whip the virus.

    China is lying. They still have a problem.

Biden will reword Trump’s speech slightly and claim it was his idea in the first place.

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