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It’s back! Trump Resumes Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

It’s back! Trump Resumes Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

The media behaved true-to-toxic-form during the latest session.

President Trump held press conference this afternoon, to review both the successes of his administration’s response and the challenges it faces in trying to end the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic.

As we have noted in numerous posts, the American press conflates cases with deaths and tweaks the coverage to diminish as much positive news related to COVID-19 as possible. Trump took the opportunity to note a few statistics that may surprise some Americans:

  • The length of hospitalization stays for COVID-19 treatment  have been halved since the highs in April.
  • The mortality rates have substantially dropped as well (i.e., the deaths/week have dropped from almost 17,000 to in April just 2100 for the week starting July 11).
  • Treatments involving Remdesivir and steroids like Dexamethasone have proved effective.

The President also highlighted just how extensive testing has been, and noted that many individuals who tested positive were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms that required no treatment.

Trump also stressed that mask-wearing will be a significant part of the prevention guidelines going forward.

In the briefing, Mr. Trump urged Americans to wear a mask. The president largely resisted wearing a mask in public for months and downplayed their importance, but he tweeted a picture of himself wearing one on Monday.

“Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact,” Mr. Trump said. He later added that he “will use it gladly, no problem with it.

Additionally, the President indicated that two vaccines were already in late-stage trials. He noted that both vaccines were in production, and would be ready for widespread distribution once either or both have been given the final approval.

Trump also stated that he had discussed the surging caseload in Mexico with that country’s leader, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The crisis in Mexico may be impacting numbers along the southern states that are seeing outbreaks.

Chris Van Gorder says he’s seeing a telling trend in the hospitals he runs.

Coronavirus patients are showing up in emergency rooms after calling 911 from the US-Mexico border.

“They’ll literally come to the border and call an ambulance,” says Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health, a hospital system in southern California.

The rise in ambulance traffic from the border, which several officials described to CNN, is a symptom of the pandemic’s spread in the region — and a sign of the many connections between communities in both countries.

“There just is not a wall for viruses at the border,” says Josiah Heyman, director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. “The wall is an illusion, because the two sides are really woven together.”

An increase in cross-border coronavirus cases, which began getting public attention in May, overwhelmed some California hospitals and spurred the state to create a new patient transfer system to help.

“It’s an unprecedented surge across the border,” says Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association.

Trump also took questions from the press, which behaved with its trademark sobriety and probity. Perhaps my favorite question came from one reporter, who asked if Trump should be judged by voters based on his response to the coronavirus. That query allowed Trump to list off a plethora of all his other accomplishments on behalf of the American people.

Another reporter tried to rib Trump about not wearing a mask during a recent hotel event. He responded with the variety of circumstances and choices that would have made that decision valid and safe.

There was even a question about socialite and Jeffrey Epstein pal Ghislaine Maxwell, and whether Trump would comment on the powerful men she might implicate. Because isn’t that what everyone out-of-work or ill with COVID really wants to know?

Mercifully, Dr. Anthony Fauci was nowhere to be seen, therefore avoiding needless distractions or offering the press an excuse to promote more panic.

The briefing was short, sweet and to the point. Trump ably summed up his goal: “Not to manage the pandemic but end it”.


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Fauci was busy posing for his centerfold in GQ

    He really is a vain useful idiot, isn’t he?

    What a pathetic hack. He could have risen to greatness, but instead he makes a clown of himself – cheaply, too.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to | July 21, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      Wish President Trump would have this man on the briefings.

      Would serve as a visual warning to Fauci and others.

      Michigan Teacher Fired After Tweeting ‘Trump Is Our President’
      I’m done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president ❌?

      Don’t @ me

      — Coach Kucera (@CoachKWLW) July 7, 2020

      He can’t even just make that comment on his own account. Yet out and out leftist political teaching in schools is just fine.

      Via Free Beacon:

      A Michigan school district fired a popular high school teacher and coach after he pointed out that “Trump is our president” on social media.

      Varsity baseball coach and social studies teacher Justin Kucera said Walled Lake school district officials hauled him into a closed-door meeting after he indicated his support for President Trump’s speech to reopen schools. He told the Washington Free Beacon the Walled Lake Western principal and district superintendent gave him an ultimatum: be fired or resign.

      “I was required to meet with [human resources], the superintendent, and my principal [on July 10]. They initially took my statement on why I tweeted those tweets and they told me they would have a decision about my future employment in the upcoming days. When they completed the meeting, I was told I had the option to either be fired or resign.” Kucera said….

      Weazil Zippers

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to murkyv. | July 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Who wants to see that 80 YO


    in the buff?

    He would put the laxative industry out of business overnight.

I am disappointed he is embracing this BS with masks. Cloth can’t even stop a fart, let alone a virus.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to slagothar. | July 21, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Same here. I was hoping for some common sense. But, if he scoffed at masks, the press and the Usual Suspects at CDV would have a feeding frenzy. And, Democrat stare and local leaders would push ever-more draconian measures.

      I’m hoping it’s reverse psychology! Trump wears a mask; masks are now racist.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to scfanjl. | July 21, 2020 at 10:21 pm

        You know it’s true.

        If President Trump said he believes everyone should be required to wear masks and that Governors and Mayors should see to that, the Democrats would in a Split Second demand there be no masks at all for any citizen.

    Liz in reply to slagothar. | July 21, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I agree that most masks are not worth using since many people are not paying attention to how they treat the masks. I bet there are people who do not wash them on a daily basis.

    IF you think about it, if a cloth mask or a bandana is an ok mask NOW, why couldn’t the “experts” tell us that fact a few months ago. But, the experts were selfish and afraid that the masses would take all of them.

    I know that a lot of quilters started making masks to donate to health case workers. Americans do adapt to the situation.

    Trump is not going to mandate wearing masks, but let the states, cities, and the market decide, as it should be. My state & city has only recommended masks, not mandated them. If a store wants to require them, then ok. I’ll go along.

    I was at a Walmart Market today and I think everyone was wearing a mask, keeping distance, etc. Walmart has an aisle one-way routine and someone actually looked up, saw me, apologized and turned around before I could say that it was ok. Because they were restocking the store, I had to make a quick detour and a lady further up the lane just chimed out a thank you.

    Life is so much easier when everyone is friendly.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Liz. | July 21, 2020 at 9:23 pm

      I root for the stores stepping up to mandate use. There’s no infringement of anyone’s rights that way, and it has a good chance to make us all safer.

      Masks are NOT a bad thing…please LI readers don’t let the left goad you into bad decisions.

      txvet2 in reply to Liz. | July 22, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      Walmart has mandated masks for all stores. HEB has finally, after several months, caved and done the same. Doesn’t seem to be affecting the infection rates, though.

    healthguyfsu in reply to slagothar. | July 21, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Farts are made of small molecules. The virus is not large but droplets carrying the virus are much larger than those molecules.

      Sure Karen. That’s why if you look at the lab people using masks they sure aren’t made of cloth. Ever see the masks car painters use? They aren’t cloth either, and those are droplets.
      Masks are bs.

        healthguyfsu in reply to 4fun. | July 21, 2020 at 9:57 pm

        Do you even know what Karen means any more?

        Viruses are not made of gas like farts. Airborne viruses (and paint droplets) are aerosolized particulates, which means they are solids that are light enough to travel through the air.

        I have used those paint masks. They would work well if they fit and you can wear them for a long time…if you don’t have one of those a less effective mask will still be better than nothing.

        I’m not in favor of a mask mandate. That doesn’t mean you have to be an idiot and not wear one.

          Why don’t you offer up the proof that a mask, any mask, is effective at stopping the transmission of a virus?

          My opinion, based on numerous studies done pre-political posturing is the same as just about every epidemiologist out there pre- political posturing – they do next to nothing. There is no proof, none, that they inhibit the transmission of a virus.

          And that is for medical grade masks that are worn properly. Does a fine job of stopping bacteria, does nothing to stop the virus. If it would stop a virus you couldn’t breathe.

          Since most people are improperly wearing non-medical grade masks, including bandannas and banana peels, they may be worse than nothing. On top of that, and worse, fooling people into thinking the mask is useful gives them a false sense of security.

          There’s a reason the CDC and everyone else originally said not to bother with masks, and it isn’t because there was a shortage.

          The mandated wearing of masks is just the lefts attempt at creating hysteria and all done for election purposes.

          healthguyfsu in reply to healthguyfsu. | July 22, 2020 at 12:46 am

          It’s really not hard to find.

          Besides that, sneeze into a mask and you will feel how much it slows down the particulate matter of your sneeze and pushes it back on you. That reduced velocity alone is worth wearing a mask. The mask is less likely to reduce your (or anyone else’s) risk as much as the people who you (or anyone else) may pre-symptomatically of asymptomatically spread the virus to. Therefore, if everyone wears one the uninfected are partially proteced from the unknowingly infected.

    nordic_prince in reply to slagothar. | July 21, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Wearing a face mask is more virtue signaling than anything else. It is statistically insignificant at reducing transmission of viral infections.

    Healthy people do not need to wear face masks, since healthy people cannot make others sick.


    “But there is zero evidence that apparently healthy (i.e. asymptomatic though infected) people infect others with the COVID-19. The evidence is that only symptomatic people (ones with coughs and sniffles) do, and that not through casual contact.”

    So… what is the rationale for wearing masks? (Hint: it has nothing to do with either “health” or “safety.”)

    Long but important read:

The Friendly Grizzly | July 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm

The oaf-ficials insist on masks. Let’s all get rubber masks of famous people. It’s a mask…

Trump did it to take the issue away
He’s not going to wear one unless he’s at a hospital or medical function


I’m not wild about the silly masks, but the President has to choose which fish to fry and which to leave for later. Masks themselves are not what’s castrating the American economy.

“There just is not a wall for viruses at the border,” says Josiah Heyman . . . “The wall is an illusion, because the two sides are really woven together.”

Viruses don’t make the trip by themselves. Somebody has to carry them. Somebody sneaking through a border, for instance. Thanks for everything, Mexico.

Perhaps my favorite question came from one reporter, who asked if Trump should be judged by voters based on his response to the coronavirus. That query allowed Trump to list off a plethora of all his other accomplishments on behalf of the American people.

PDJT couldn’t ask for better straight men than the press. They keep handing him opportunities, and he never seems to miss a cue.

buckeyeminuteman | July 22, 2020 at 1:15 am

I didn’t care about the Kung Flu in March and I don’t care about it now either. Trump does however need to get in front of this, stop acting so cocky and start coming off as reasonable. There are without a doubt people who have supported him in the past who have waned these past few months from the constant media barrage. He needs to stay high above the fray and big-mouthing from here forward.

If Biden wins the election, COVID-19 will vanish within a day or two. All lock downs and restrictions will be dropped within a week.

Oh, good. We can be lied to live again.