MSNBC 28 Feb 2020

Troubling Reports About Trump Administration's Coronavirus Outbreak Response - Day That Was


Questions are building about the White House response to coronavirus. A whistleblower report said federal workers weren't given training or protective gear when dealing with quarantined Americans evacuated from areas where the virus was present. Government health officials and scientists have reportedly been directed to clear all statements and appearances with VP Pence's office. And when faced with a stock market plunging amid worries about the outbreak's impact, President Trump accused Democrats and the media of scaremongering, and downplayed the risk of an outbreak. Aired on 02/27/20.

Former President Obama called the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic "an absolute chaotic disaster" during a Friday night phone conference with thousands of Obama alumni.
As the U.S. nears a grim death toll, President Trump is facing growing criticism over his response to the pandemic.
Watch Dr. Deborah Birx's body language as she reacts in realtime to President Donald Trump's controversial Coronavirus "injection" comment. Birx is the Trump administration's coronavirus coordinator.

Here's a transcript of what President Trump said:

THE PRESIDENT: So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous -- whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light -- and I think you said that that hasn't been checked, but you're going to test it.  And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you're going to test that too.  It sounds interesting.
ACTING UNDER SECRETARY BRYAN:  We'll get to the right folks who could.
THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute.  One minute.  And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning.  Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.  So it would be interesting to check that.  So, that, you're going to have to use medical doctors with.  But it sounds -- it sounds interesting to me. So we'll see.  But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that's -- that's pretty powerful.

At today's coronavirus briefing, President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the World Health Organization's dealings with China, and accused it of not acting soon enough to help countries deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, he said he was cutting off funding to WHO. However, taking a look at Trump's own words from the past few months shows him both praising the WHO's response to China, and ignoring the WHO's advice. And Trump's push to reopen the economy comes as WHO issues guidelines for when countries should consider it safe to do so. The U.S. has not yet met any of those guidelines. Aired on 04/14/2020.

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