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  #2460968 14-Apr-2020 11:37
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  #2461093 14-Apr-2020 13:56
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The Washington Post - Trump says, incorrectly, that he has ‘ultimate authority’ to reopen the economy

 

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Pressed on the question of when to reopen the U.S. economy, Trump claimed Monday that he has the final word on the issue - even though the decision is actually up to the states.

 

“I have the ultimate authority,” Trump said, incorrectly, when asked what power he believes he has as president to restart the economy.

 

He added: “When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total." 

 

Asked who told him that the president’s authority is total, Trump did not answer the question. “Enough,” he told a reporter. ...

 

Trump also declined to say whether he believes it’s possible for restrictions to be relaxed by May 1. ...

 



 





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  #2461099 14-Apr-2020 14:08
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  #2461170 14-Apr-2020 15:49
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'Ask not what you can do for your country: ask what you can do for me'. Donald J.Trump. US President 2016 - 2020.

 

 

 

 


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  #2461218 14-Apr-2020 16:38
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Someone just pointed out that there's a Trump reference in the bible. Never knew that.

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  #2461243 14-Apr-2020 17:10
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Note the WHite House has not released the official propaganda video mentioned, but here's a Guardian video with it.

Washington Post: Trump’s propaganda-laden, off-the-rails coronavirus briefing

Before playing a campaign-style video intended to show his decisive action on the virus and to accuse his critics of being the actual culprits on downplaying the threat, Trump cued it up by talking about what he wanted to do after it played.

“Most importantly,” he said, “we’re going to get back on to the reason we’re here, which is the success we’re having.”

Trump’s self-promotion, falsehoods and use of dodgy medical advice in these coronavirus briefings have led to a dialogue about whether networks should carry them live. And on Monday, he seemed to be daring all of them to stop, turning the whole thing into a spectacle of government-produced propaganda and even more personal score-settling and grievances.

Most notable was the video that was played. In it, media figures were shown early in the outbreak comparing the virus to the seasonal flu, as Trump has been criticized for doing much later on. Other clips played up the impact of his ban on travel from China, while yet more showed Trump personally making pronouncements about the steps he was taking — even at a time he was repeatedly and much more strongly downplaying the threat of the virus.

Trump was pressed on the production of the video, and he said it was made by White House officials.

Trump proceeded to downplay many complaints about the federal response, going so far as to say that there is no problem with the number of ventilators and other equipment available. The reality is significantly different, according to the states.

Trump also at one point maintained, “Everything we did was right.” When pressed on the claim, he declined to restate it but cast blame on governors for not stockpiling more ventilators.

It was soon noted that the video Trump had cued up left out a significant chunk of time in February — after the China travel ban and before Trump acknowledged the severity of the situation in mid-March — in which he didn’t take significant steps.

“What did you do in February?” CBS News’s Paula Reid asked.

Trump responded, “What do you do when you have no cases in the whole United States?” Reid rightly noted that there were actually cases in February, but Trump ignored it, refocusing on the lack of cases in mid-January. Pressed, he assured that the administration had in February done “a lot, and in fact we’ll give you a list."

Indeed, Trump repeatedly suggested a false choice between shutting down the economy in January and doing something lesser either then or in February, when health officials were reportedly asking for more significant warnings and social distancing. He suggested it would be foolish to shut down the economy when there were no or extremely few cases in January, while failing to enunciate any steps taken in February.

Trump also used the briefing to repeatedly suggest he had absolute power to deal with the situation, despite the Constitution and centuries of Supreme Court precedent.
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rump also used the briefing to repeatedly suggest he had absolute power to deal with the situation, despite the Constitution and centuries of Supreme Court precedent.
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Given the spectacle that surrounded him, though, it was hardly ridiculous to ask whether he was being compelled to toe a line that Trump had set. Everything else in these briefings has suggested a president who insists upon it — including the marshaling of government resources to provide a misleading narrative and a president who demands constant credit while ignoring the facts on the ground.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/13/trumps-propaganda-laden-off-the-rails-coronavirus-briefing/

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  #2461247 14-Apr-2020 17:16
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neb: Someone just pointed out that there's a Trump reference in the bible. Never knew that.

 

Yep, right on. Except Trump's the ugly festering sore.





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  #2461255 14-Apr-2020 17:22
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kingdragonfly: Washington Post: Trump’s propaganda-laden, off-the-rails coronavirus briefing

 



 





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  #2461258 14-Apr-2020 17:23
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neb: Someone just pointed out that there's a Trump reference in the bible. Never knew that.


Quoting Revelations is never a good sign. The passage he's quoting is post-Rapture, which means all good people and all spiritual institutes have left the Earth . Only the wicked are left.

Funny I didn't get the memo, but that would explain Trump.

It should be noted I'm an atheist, so I think this contents of the following video in the same category as the myth of Sisyphus. Sisyphus is forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it neared the top, repeating this action for eternity. Since I work for a living, it's something I can relate to


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  #2461272 14-Apr-2020 17:56
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"Mr. Trump, what do you, as an outsider, say about governance for the benefit of the citizens of this country?"





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  #2461273 14-Apr-2020 17:59
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neb: Someone just pointed out that there's a Trump reference in the bible. Never knew that.

 

Yep, right on. Except Trump's the ugly festering sore.

 

 

The mark of the beast is "MAGA", the image being worshipped is Trump, and those who believe him and ignore precautions are more likely to get it, it's actually scarily on-topic.

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  #2461327 14-Apr-2020 19:18
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For Trump, here's a quote from the BIble. Proverbs 17:28 (the easier to understand "New International Version")

"Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue."

Or someone Trump said he respected, because he was also a Republican, Abraham Lincoln:

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt."

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  #2461332 14-Apr-2020 19:25
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The Executive Summary:

 





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  #2461616 15-Apr-2020 08:58
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The Washington Post - Tax change in coronavirus package overwhelmingly benefits millionaires, congressional body finds

 

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About 82 percent of the benefits of a tax policy change in the coronavirus relief package will go to just 43,000 taxpayers who are millionaires. 

 

More than 80 percent of the benefits of a tax change tucked into the coronavirus relief package Congress passed last month will go to those who earn more than $1 million annually, according to a report by a nonpartisan congressional body expected to be released Tuesday.

 

The provision, inserted into the legislation by Senate Republicans, temporarily suspends a limitation on how much owners of businesses formed as “pass-through” entities can deduct against their nonbusiness income, such as capital gains, to reduce their tax liability. ...

 

Suspending the limitation will cost taxpayers about $90 billion in 2020 alone, part of a set of tax changes that will add close to $170 billion to the national deficit over the next 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the nonpartisan congressional body. ...

 



 

 

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  #2461709 15-Apr-2020 10:58
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Breaking

 

BBC News - Trump halts funding to WHO

 

"I am directing my administration to halt funding while a review is conducted to access the World Health Organisation's role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus," says Trump.

 

"The WHO failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable" ... "So much death has been caused by their mistakes," he says.

 

 

 

BBC News - Trump: US to re-open 'maybe even before 1 May'

 

"The plans to reopen the country are close to being finalised," says Trump, and could be even earlier than 1 May.

 

"I will be speaking to all 50 governors very shortly and I will be authorising each individual governor of each individual state to implement a plan" to open, he says, "at a time and manner that is most appropriate".

 

"The day will be very close," he pledges, saying that over 20 states are "in completely good shape and we think we’re going to get them open quickly". ...

 

 

 





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