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MSNBC 22 May 2020

Trump Wants Churches Reopened As U.S. Deaths Near 100,000

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Despite several COVID-19 outbreaks across the globe being tied to religious gatherings, Trump is pushing for states to reopen houses of worship calling them 'essential' as the U.S. death toll tops 96,000 people. Aired on 05/22/2020.


As the U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 94,000 Americans, Trump says his government has done 'amazingly well' and would have done nothing differently. Aired on 05/20/2020.
President Trump says he "strongly" disagrees with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's move to allow some businesses in the state to reopen tomorrow. The state has not met White House guidelines for a two-week decline in coronavirus cases before beginning to open up.
The government says it's reached its goal of 100,000 tests each day for coronavirus. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the figure of more than 120,000 tests included 40,000 kits sent by post which may not yet have been used.

However some frontline medical staff say they are still struggling to access tests and critics have called the government's target a distraction.

Meanwhile new figures have revealed that people living in deprived parts of England and Wales are more than twice as likely to die from coronavirus infection as people in affluent areas.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reports from Health Editor Hugh Pym and Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan.
The president is now saying he thinks the coronavirus will just go away as the number of confirmed U.S. cases tops 1,300,000. Plus, the White House is predicting a swift economic restart despite experts forecasting a very slow return to normal. Aired on 4/29/2020.

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>>> GOOD EVENING, AND AS WE COME
>>> GOOD EVENING, AND AS WE COME
ON THE AIR FOR THIS FRIDAY
NIGHT’S "THE 11th HOUR," A
REMINDER.
TODAY WAS DAY 1,219 OF THE TRUMP
ADMINISTRATION, LEAVING 165 DAYS
TO GO UNTIL OUR PRESIDENTIAL
ELECTION.
AND THIS PRESIDENT’S CAMPAIGN
TOWARD THE SO-CALLED REOPENING
OF OUR COUNTRY, EVEN IN THE FACE
OF CLIMBING CASE RATES IN ALMOST
HALF OF OUR STATES, FACES ITS
SINGLE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YET
THIS WEEKEND.
THAT’S BECAUSE MILLIONS OF US
ARE DETERMINED TO DO SOMETHING
THAT FEELS VAGUELY LIKE THE
TRADITIONAL START OF THE SUMMER
SEASON.
WHAT HAPPENS THIS WEEKEND AND
REALLY STARTING NOW WILL BE SEEN
INEXTRICABLY THROUGH THE LENS OF
THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGING ABOUT
REOPENING, WHICH WE HEARD AGAIN
TODAY, THIS TIME WITH AN
EMPHASIS ON NOVEMBER.
>> WE HAVE TO WIN THE WHITE
HOUSE.
WE’RE GOING TO DO GREAT WITH OUR
ECONOMY.
WE’RE GOING TO SEE -- YOU
ALREADY SEE IT STARTING TO
HAPPEN.
WE’RE TRYING TO GET SOME
GOVERNORS.
THEY’RE NOT OPENING UP, BUT
THEY’LL BE OPENING UP PRETTY
QUICKLY.
>> THE WHITE HOUSE HAD HOPED WE
WOULD BE FURTHER ALONG IN THE
EFFORT TO COMBAT THE VIRUS AND
MOVE ON.
YOU MAY RECALL THIS MOMENT, THE
PREDICTION THE VICE PRESIDENT
MADE TO GERALDO.
>> I THINK BY MEMORIAL DAY
WEEKEND, WE WILL LARGELY HAVE
THIS CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC BEHIND
US.
>> IT IS NOT BEHIND US.
THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED WITH OVER
1.6 MILLION CONFIRMED CASES,
AGAIN, THAT WE KNOW OF IN THE
U.S. AND THE DEATH TOLL RIGHT
NOW AT 96,368.
"THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTING
TONIGHT TRUMP HAS STARTED
QUESTIONING THE DEATH TOLL
NUMBERS IN MEETINGS WITH SENIOR
HEALTH OFFICIALS.
QUOTE, SUGGESTING THE NUMBERS,
WHICH HAVE HOBBLED HIS APPROVAL
RATINGS AND HARMED HIS
RE-ELECTION PROSPECTS, ARE
INFLATED.
THEY GO ON, THERE IS A SUSPICION
THAT DATA COMPILED BY STATE
HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND THE
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND
PREVENTION INCLUDE PEOPLE WHO
HAVE DIED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
BUT OF OTHER CONDITIONS.
WE SHOULD ALSO NOTE HERE OTHERS
HAVE EXPRESSED THE OPPOSITE
VIEW, THAT WE HAVE UNDERCOUNTED
THE DEATHS CAUSED BY THE
CORONAVIRUS.
ALSO "THE WASHINGTON POST"
REPORTING THIS ALARMING NEWS,
THAT THE VIRUS MAY STILL BE
SPREADING AT EPIDEMIC RATES IN
24 STATES, ESPECIALLY IN THE
SOUTH AND MIDWEST.
AND WE QUOTE.
RESEARCHERS AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE
LONDON CREATED A MODEL THAT
INCORPORATES CELL PHONE DATA
SHOWING THAT PEOPLE SHARPLY
REDUCED THEIR MOVEMENTS AFTER
STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS WERE BROADLY
IMPOSED IN MARCH.
THE MODEL, WHICH HAS NOT BEEN
PEER-REVIEWED, SHOWS THAT IN THE
MAJORITY OF STATES, A SECOND
WAVE LOOMS IF PEOPLE ABANDON
EFFORTS TO MITIGATE THE VIRAL
SPREAD.
THE LATEST ABC NEWS/IPSOS SURVEY
INDEED SHOWS 39% OF AMERICANS
APPROVE OF TRUMP’S HANDLING OF
THE CORONAVIRUS.
THAT’S THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE FOR
THE PRESIDENT SINCE THEY STARTED
POLLING THIS BACK IN MARCH.
IN TODAY’S BRIEFING ROOM
APPEARANCE, TRUMP PRESSURED
STATES TO ALLOW PLACES OF
WORSHIP TO OPEN IMMEDIATELY EVEN
THOUGH A LOT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO WARN
AGAINST GROUP GATHERINGS.
>> I’M IDENTIFYING HOUSES OF
WORSHIP, CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUE AND
MOSQUES AS ESSENTIAL PLACES THAT
PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES.
SOME GOVERNORS HAVE DEEMED
LIQUOR STORES AND ABORTION
CLINICS AS ESSENTIAL BUT HAVE
LEFT OUT CHURCHES AND OTHER
HOUSES OF WORSHIP.
IT’S NOT RIGHT.
SO I’M CORRECTING THIS
INJUSTICE.
I CALL UPON GOVERNORS TO ALLOW
OUR CHURCHES AND PLACES OF
WORSHIP TO OPEN RIGHT NOW.
IF THERE’S ANY QUESTION, THEY’RE
GOING TO HAVE TO CALL ME, BUT
THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE
SUCCESSFUL IN THAT CALL.
THE GOVERNORS NEED TO DO THE
RIGHT THING AND ALLOW THESE VERY
IMPORTANT, ESSENTIAL PLACES OF
FAITH TO OPEN RIGHT NOW, FOR
THIS WEEKEND.
IF THEY DON’T DO IT, I WILL
OVERRIDE THE GOVERNORS.
IN AMERICA, WE NEED MORE PRAYER,
NOT LESS.
>> WIDELY AGREED HE HAS NO LEGAL
POWER TO OVERRIDE THE GOVERNORS.
SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE CDC
QUIETLY RELEASED ITS
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS
GATHERINGS.
THEN TRUMP’S PRESS SECRETARY WAS
ASKED ABOUT HIS AUTHORITY TO
DEMAND THAT HOUSES OF WORSHIP
REOPEN.
>> THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S GOING
TO OVERRIDE THE GOVERNORS.
UNDER WHAT AUTHORITY WOULD HE DO
THAT?
>> WELL, I THINK YOU’RE POSING A
HYPOTHETICAL, AND I THINK WE CAN
ALL HOPE THAT WE SEE
GOVERNORS --
>> HE SAID HE WOULD OVERRIDE THE
GOVERNORS.
>> YOU’RE POSING A HYPOTHETICAL.
YOU’RE ASSUMING THE GOVERNORS
ARE GOING TO KEEP CHURCHES SHUT
DOWN AND KEEP MOSQUES SHUT DOWN.
IT’S INTERESTING TO BE IN A ROOM
THAT DESPERATELY WANTS TO SEE
THESE STAY CLOSED.
>> I OBJECT TO THAT.
I WANT TO GO BACK TO CHURCH.
THE QUESTION IS, IS IT SAFE?
>> "THE WASHINGTON POST" BRINGS
US THE FACTS HERE, REMINDING US,
QUOTE, COMMANDING PLACES OF
WORSHIP ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO
OPEN IS NOT SOMETHING TRUMP CAN
DO.
WHETHER
WHEN TO OPEN PUBLIC VENUES OF
ALL TYPES IS UP TO THE GOVERNOR
OF EACH INDIVIDUAL STATE.
HOWEVER, JUST LAST MONTH TRUMP’S
ATTORNEY GENERAL SETNT UP A FLAR
ABOUT ALL THIS, ABOUT LIMITS
STATE OFFICIALS HAD PUT ON
WORSHIP SERVICES AND OTHER
ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO CONTAIN
THE VIRUS.
>> WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL TO
MAKE SURE THIS IS -- YOU KNOW,
THAT THE DRACONIAN MEASURES THAT
ARE BEING ADOPTED ARE FULLY
JUSTIFIED.
WE’VE SEEN SITUATIONS EVEN UP
TILL NOW WHERE SOME
JURISDICTIONS HAVE IMPOSED
SPECIAL BURDENS ON RELIGION.
WE JAWBONED AT THE LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS AT THAT POINT SAYING
THEY REALLY COULDN’T DO THAT.
WHATEVER THEY WERE DOING TO
CHURCHES, THEY HAD TO DO TO
EVERYBODY.
>> INDEED TONIGHT OUR OWN
NETWORK IS REPORTING THE JUSTICE
DEPARTMENT IS BACKING A LAWSUIT
CHALLENGING STAY-AT HOME
RESTRICTIONS IN ILLINOIS AND
WARNED L.A. OFFICIALS ABOUT THE
LEGALITY OF LONG-TERM LOCKDOWN
ORDERS.
THAT AS MICHIGAN GOVERNOR
GRETCHEN WHITMER EXTENDS
MICHIGAN’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
PAST ITS SCHEDULED 28 MARCH, NOW
EXPIRING JUNE 12th, ADDING THAT
THEATERS, GYMS, CASINOS WOULD
REMAIN CLOSED.
MEANWHILE, A NEW STUDY OF 96,000
SERIOUSLY ILL COVID-19 PATIENTS
FIND THAT THOSE WHO WERE TREATED
WITH HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND
CHLOROQUINE WERE MORE LIKELY TO
DIE OR DEVELOP DANGEROUS HEART
RHYTHMS.
AS YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS
PROMOTED THE DRUG, AND HE DID
ONE BETTER.
HE’S BEEN TAKING IT TO WARD OFF
THE CORONAVIRUS, A POWER THE
DRUG DOES NOT HAVE.
DR. BIRX WAS ASKED TODAY ABOUT
THE STUDY’S FINDINGS.
>> CAN YOU COMMENT ON THE LATEST
STUDY ON HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE?
THE PRESIDENT’S OBVIOUSLY SAID
THAT HE’S BEEN TAKING IT.
WHAT’S YOUR RECOMMENDATION?
>> I THINK IT’S ONE OF OUR
CLEAREST STUDIES.
FROM ARE STILL CONTROL TRIALS
GOING ON LOOKING AT IN A
HOSPITAL SETTING HOW THESE DRUGS
DO, AND I THINK THOSE ARE STILL
PENDING.
>> BIRX ALSO NOTED THE TASK
FORCE IS KEEPING AN EYE ON VIRUS
OUTBREAKS IN THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA,
NEBRASKA, ILLINOIS, AND
MINNESOTA.
WE SHOULD ALSO NOTE THE TASK
FORCE HAS BEEN ALL BUT SILENT
PUBLICLY.
THIS IS ALL HAPPENING AS WELL AS
REPORTED INCREASES IN OTHER
STATES, AND IT HAS HEIGHTENED
THE FOCUS ON EFFORTS TO DEVELOP
A VACCINE AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE.
EARLIER TODAY DR. FAUCI TALKED
ABOUT THE U.S. DEVELOPMENT
PROJECT AND WHETHER A VACCINE
COULD BE CREATED BEFORE THE END
OF THE YEAR.
>> YEAH, I THINK IT IS
CONCEIVABLE IF WE DON’T RUN INTO
THINGS THAT ARE, AS I SAY,
UNANTICIPATED SETBACKS, THAT WE
COULD HAVE A VACCINE THAT WE

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