This 4 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
Trump Challenged on False COVID-19 Testing Statements | NowThis
Watch Trump promise 5 million COVID-19 tests per day — and then deny it the very next day.
In US news and current events today, watch President Trump get himself caught in another lie on COVID-19 testing.
3,000 DEATHS A DAY BY JUNE A startling new projection presented by the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows a possible COVID-19 toll surge to 200,000 cases and 3,000 deaths daily by June 1. The predicted death toll increase — a 70% jump from the current daily average of 1,750 — comes as dozens of states begin to drop strict social distancing requirements and open businesses to workers and customers at Trump’s urging. [HuffPost]
3 hospital workers gave out masks. Weeks later, they were all dead.
CHRIS CHRISTIE: PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT MORE DEATHS TO REOPEN ECONOMY Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined conservatives saying it’s crucial to restart the U.S. economy, even if that means losing thousands of more lives to COVID-19. In an interview on “The Daily DC” podcast, CNN’s Dana Bash asked about new internal government projections that nearly 3,000 people will be dying daily by June 1. He answered that people “are going to have to” swallow the idea of losing thousands of more lives. [HuffPost]
THE CHOICE FOR SOME WORKERS: RETURN DURING A PANDEMIC OR LOSE YOUR JOB The online car retailer Carvana gave its employees a stark choice last week: return to work as COVID-19 deaths still mount, or walk away from your job. It’s an example of the pressure many workers will confront as states ease stay-at-home restrictions, and employers call them back to work amid the pandemic. But for employees, that could mean returning to a worksite even as the COVID-19 death count nears 70,000 in the U.S, and many schools and child care facilities remain closed. [HuffPost]
YOU CAN’T REOPEN THE ECONOMY WITHOUT CHILD CARE Catherine Carberry would love to go back to work. The staffing agency she works for in Easton, Pennsylvania, regularly offers her temporary gigs at nearby factories and warehouses. But Carberry, 40, can’t work. It’s not because she’s at high risk of contracting COVID-19 or flush with unemployment benefits. There’s no one to watch her 4-year-old son, Robbie. Robbie’s child care center is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Carberry’s family lives far away. Carberry is a single mother with less than a dollar in the bank. [HuffPost]
AMMON BUNDY BLAMES JEWS FOR HOLOCAUST AT RALLY Anti-government extremist Ammon Bundy compared government measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus to the Nazis’ genocide of Jews during World War II. Bundy, a notorious militia leader who once organized an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge, made the absurd comparison while speaking at an “Idaho Is Open For Business” rally ― one of several anti-lockdown demonstrations held across the country demanding that governors allow businesses to reopen despite the urgent warnings of public health experts. [HuffPost]
MNUCHIN URGES AMERICANS TO LIVE DANGEROUSLY, TRAVEL THE COUNTRY Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is encouraging Americans to travel around the country this summer. “It’s a great time for people to explore America,” Mnuchin said on Fox Business News. “A lot of people haven’t seen many parts of America. I wish I could get back on the road soon.” One problem: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to protect against contracting or spreading COVID-19. [HuffPost]
Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:
Governor of New York: Thousands of Unreported Nursing Home Deaths
New York State has reported more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths in nursing homes and healthcare facilities. At least 4,813 deceased residents with (a suspected) coronavirus infection have died since March 1 in 351 of the 613 nursing homes in New York, reports Governor Cuomo.
WHITE HOUSE BLOCKS CORONAVIRUS TEAM FROM TESTIFYING The White House has reportedly blocked members of its coronavirus task force from appearing before congressional lawmakers without the express approval of President Donald Trump’s top deputy. The Trump administration sent a memo to congressional committees saying task force officials were under an “extraordinary” demand as the nation reels from the ongoing pandemic and said it was “reasonable” that they not appear at any hearings. Only White House chief of staff Mark Meadows may give them special dispensation to do so. [HuffPost]
FAUCI SCOFFS AT TRUMP’S VIRUS LAB ESCAPE MYTH Dr. Anthony Fauci told National Geographic there’s no solid evidence of a conspiracy theory promoted by Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab and escaped. The infectious disease expert said leading biologists say all the evidence shows the virus evolved in animals and jumped from bats to humans in the wild — findings supported by the World Health Organization and U.S.-allied intelligence agencies. [HuffPost]
TRUMP LASHED FOR SICKER, POORER U.S. IN GOP GROUP’S AD A lacerating new ad by a conservative Republicans who oppose Trump takes him to task for having “ignored” the onset of COVID-19 that has cost nearly 70,000 U.S. lives ― and counting ― and tanked the economy. The 60-second spot was produced by The Lincoln Project, whose “never-Trump” founders include lawyer George Conway, a fierce critic of the president even as he’s also the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. The ad’s bleak scenes evoke images of the Great Depression. [HuffPost]