The Top 10 Lies About President Trump’s Response to the Coronavirus

10. Trump downplayed the mortality rate of the coronavirus

9. Trump lied when he said Google was developing a national coronavirus website

8.  Trump ‘dissolved’ the WH pandemic response office

7. Trump ignored early intel briefings on possible pandemic

6. Trump cut funding to the CDC & NIH

5. Trump ‘muzzled’ Dr. Fauci

4. Trump didn’t act quickly and isn’t doing enough

3. Trump told governors they were “on their own”

2. Trump turned down testing kits from WHO

1. Trump called the coronavirus “a hoax”

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More Lies From the New York Times

(John Hinderaker) The Democrats are desperate to blame President Trump for the Wuhan coronavirus, and to criticize any measures his administration may take. They are shameless, too; at first, his response–an early ban on travel from China, which undoubtedly saved lives–was racist and xenophobic, while now anything he does is too little.

More Lies From the New York Times

The New York Times bashes the president daily, usually by peddling fake news. The latest example comes from Editorial Board member Mara Gay, the same one who said on MSNBC that 500 is one million times 327. Here, she simply misquoted the president. Dan Bongino has the story.

First, Gay’s tweet with its alleged Trump quote:

Trump told governors this morning they are on their own: 

“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times. https://t.co/K0sont7MBc

Bongino’s response, which has been echoed by many:

Do you EVER tell the truth? 

Let us help you with the rest 

“We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

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Coronavirus and the pernicious effect of the media’s lies about Donald Trump

The media’s lies about Trump and coronavirus are destructive, even as Trump does his best to slow the disease, allowing time for cures to be developed. At the beginning of March, President Trump said that, while the experts predict a 4.5% mortality rate, he thinks it will be lower than that.

Source: Coronavirus and the pernicious effect of the media’s lies about Donald Trump

SHOCKER: No, The White House Didn’t ‘Dissolve’ Its Pandemic Response Office. I Was There….

SHOCKER: No, The White House Didn’t ‘Dissolve’ Its Pandemic Response Office. I Was There.

Source: SHOCKER: No, The White House Didn’t ‘Dissolve’ Its Pandemic Response Office. I Was There….

Power Line has commentary, and a few paragraphs not behind a paywall:

As part of the effort to make the NSC more effective, the Trump administration created the counterproliferation and biodefense directorate, a consolidation of three directorates into one (the three were arms control and nonproliferation, weapons of mass destruction terrorism, and global health and biodefense, which obviously overlap). Morrison says “it is this reorganization that critics have misconstrued or intentionally misrepresented.” (Emphasis added) But, “if anything, the combined directorate was stronger because related expertise could be commingled.”

In short, the “pandemic response office” was not “dissolved.” It still exists and, in Morrison’s judgment, its current staffing level is “fully up to the job.”

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Morrison concedes that some of the criticism of the president’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is “warranted,” though “much [is] not.” (The odds are strongly against any leader not making mistakes in responding to something as unprecedented as this pandemic.) But the claim that Trump dissolved the pandemic response office isn’t just unwarranted. It is fake news.

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RedState has its own post on the matter, including a link to FactCheck.org.

Claims About Trump Administration Having Dissolved Its Pandemic Response Office

[guest post by Dana] Four days ago, Beth Cameron, who previously served as the senior director for global health security and biodefense on the White House National Security Council, wrote in The WashingtonPost : When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense survived the transition intact.

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The Media Has “Reported” A Hundred Times that Trump “Dissolved” the NSC Epidemic Unit. This Is a Lie.

Shocking, I know. Tim Morrison is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense on the National Security Council. President Trump gets his share of criticism — some warranted, much not.

Source: The Media Has “Reported” A Hundred Times that Trump “Dissolved” the NSC Epidemic Unit. This Is a Lie.

LESLIE EASTMAN: Coronovirus Task Force shows why America doesn’t need a permanent “Pandemic Off…

LESLIE EASTMAN: Coronovirus Task Force shows why America doesn’t need a permanent “Pandemic Office.” “The ready-when-needed ‘Pandemic Office,’ headed by Vice President Pence, is clearly effective and avoids needless bureaucracy and layers of regulation. . .

Source: LESLIE EASTMAN: Coronovirus Task Force shows why America doesn’t need a permanent “Pandemic Off…

Gavin Newsom: We Should Curtail Large Gatherings — Except for Disneyland, Theaters, and Casinos [UPDATE – Sanders Gets in on the Act]

[guest post by JVW] In our daily Coronavirus round-up : Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday evening announced that California public health officials have determined that gatherings of more than 250 people should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. “Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know,” Newsom said in a statement. “That’s the choice before us.

Saving for future reference, particularly with respect to:

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I certainly don’t favor single-payer health care, but I have to say that Bernard Sanders is probably right about World War II levels of death. I heard one Johns Hopkins expert yesterday posit the possibility of 800,000 deaths over the next year as not being unrealistic, and another today say that 480,000 deaths in the next three to seven months is a conservative estimate, with 96 million cases and 48 million hospitalizations. This includes people in their 40s and 50s and not “just” older people.

I’m curious to see how well the predicted numbers pan out.

Source: Gavin Newsom: We Should Curtail Large Gatherings — Except for Disneyland, Theaters, and Casinos [UPDATE – Sanders Gets in on the Act]

Bernie’s own private Denmark

There is nothing like a Dane…

(Paul Mirengoff) Whenever Bernie Sanders’s socialism comes up in the Democratic debates, he deflects criticism by saying he favors something along the lines of Denmark’s model. Sanders’s debate rivals almost invariably let this answer pass. (I think Pete Buttigieg tried to take it on in the last debate but couldn’t get the floor.) In reality, the policies Sanders advocates bear little resemblance to those of Denmark and other Scandinavian countries today .

Source: Bernie’s own private Denmark