Yet it is impossible to reconcile the messages being blasted to the country on competing platforms by President Donald Trump, on the one hand, and by the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, on the other.
Fauci says: Fauci told Curry the country can start to get back to normal when the number of infections begins to fall. And there’s no specific date for that.
Former President Barack Obama, by the way, commented on Fauci’s talk with Curry and told Americans to “follow the science.”
But Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview Thursday night that parts of the country could soon be back up and running. “It’s a very bad situation, we haven’t seen anything like it, but the end result is we got to get back to work, and I think we can start by opening up certain parts of the country, you know, the farm belt, certain parts of the Midwest, other places,” he said.
What he says vs. what he does — In a global town hall on CNN, Fauci said Trump is trying to give people hope with his Easter aspirations, but the doctor promised that the President would ultimately listen to his scientists.
“He’s listening to us when we say we really got to reevaluate it, in real time, and any decision we make has to be based on the data,” Fauci said.
Trump doesn’t believe them — The President disputed during his interview with Hannity that states and hospitals actually need what they say.
“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” he said. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?”http://rss.cnn.com/”
Frustrated by Michigan’s governor, a “young”http://rss.cnn.com/”woman” — He also dismissed the pleas of Michigan;s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who he referred to as “the young, a woman governor, you know who I’m talking about, from Michigan.”
“All she does is sit there and blame the federal government,” he complained.
Other governors who have emerged as leading voices on this:
House passes stimulus, Trump signs it
Lawmakers had rushed back to town overnight after a single member objected to passing the measure by unanimous consent.
His advice to lawmakers: ‘Hitch a ride’ — “If congressmen are complaining that it’s hard to travel, well, what about the truckers that I saw on the road when I drove to DC? Hitch a ride with the trucker. … If you’re a congressman making $87 an hour and find it hard to get to DC, well, hitch a ride with the trucker,” Massie said on 55KRC talk radio.
Speaking of Kentucky — You never know who is a vector.
Across the pond
Wait a minute. He’s self-isolating in the seat of the UK government!
Johnson lives in a rather modest apartment above Number 11, which is easily shut off from Number 10. (A Downing Street spokesman said earlier on Friday that the connecting door between the two buildings would be shut.) Anything that the Prime Minister needs, whether official papers or deliveries of food and drink, will be left outside a door for him to collect. However, in an effort to contain the virus, Downing Street will try to keep even this level of contact at a minimum.