— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 20, 2020
FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump announced Sunday evening that the United States had passed a major coronavirus testing milestone, telling reporters that 4.18 million Americans have now been screened — more than France, the U.K., South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Austria, Australia, Sweden and Canada combined.
Speaking at the daily White House coronavirus briefing, the president unboxed a swab testing kit and touted the new testing technologies that could fight the pandemic, even as he cautioned that some states “don’t know where they are.”
Trump then read at length from a piece in The Wall Street Journal praising him for implementing new partnerships with the private sector, and “vivifying the American way in action, once reluctantly aroused.”
“It was hard to get it aroused, and it is hard to get it aroused, but we got it aroused,” Trump commented.
Faced with criticisms that he had idled while the coronavirus spread, the president pointed out that Fox News’ Bret Baier observed that Democrats’ February 19 presidential debate had not mentioned coronavirus at all. Rhetoric on coronavirus from Democrats, Republicans, and the media has changed dramatically since January.
At the same time, Trump said Republicans were having “very good negotiations” with Democrats on expanding funding under the Paycheck Protection Program [PPP], and could have an agreement as soon as Monday. The stimulus legislation established a $350 billion fund for small businesses that was depleted last Thursday.
“We’re looking to help hospitals, rural hospitals as part of the package,” Trump said. “We could have an answer tomorrow.”
Democrats have held up the passage of new funds for small businesses. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., justified the delay on Sunday by saying she wanted more funding for testing and hospitals — uncontroversial demands that even left-of-center commentators have pointed out that Republicans never opposed.
..During the briefing, Trump went on to tout what he called “bipartisan” efforts that have succeeded in blunting coronavirus deaths in the country — as well as his Jan. 31 decision to block most travel from China, which Democrats, journalists, and some experts opposed at the time.
“We would’ve had millions of deaths,” Trump said. “It looks like we’ll be about a 60,000 mark, which is 40,000 less than the lowest number thought of.”
In a testy moment, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang repeatedly interrupted the president and argued that he had implemented his Jan. 31 travel ban on China too late. Trump moved on from the question after the reporter admitted she didn’t know how many coronavirus deaths had occurred in the U.S. at the time of the ban. (The answer is zero.)
Another reporter then asked about Trump supporters toting Nazi flags, in an apparent reference to a recently debunked viral photograph. Queried separately about the news that his former adviser Roger Stone may soon head to prison, Trump slammed what he called “human scum” at the FBI who repeatedly violated surveillance rules to monitor his campaign and pursue criminal charges.
“You people are so pathetic at CNN,” Trump said, after reporter Jeremy Diamond pushed Trump on his previous praise for China’s president amid the coronavirus outbreak, shortly after the U.S. inked a major trade deal with the country. “That’s why your ratings are so bad. You’re pathetic. Your ratings are terrible. You’ve got to get back to real news!”
These past three plus years, the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, has proven that he is unlike any president that anyone can remember.
Sure, there are comparisons to the great Ronald Reagan, whom I helped elect in 1980 by casting my very first vote as an American adult.
Just like Trump, Ronaldus Magnus got his zingers in on the Democratic opposition and the Press.
However, that was 40 years ago and things have changed.
Technology has made great strides in the field of communication.
Now, almost every American is walking around with a personal computer in their pocket which we refer to as our “phone”.
The old media, the daily newspaper, is dying out, replaced by the new or “social” media, which Americans access several times during their usual day.
The Main Stream Media, especially the cable news channels, have found themselves competing with “citizen reporters” like myself and my fellow writers at www.spartareport.com and other websites, Twitter, and Instagram who utilize the new media to present their views about issues and events which are important to average Americans.
Besides the fact that everyone has an opinion and a cell phone, the other factor driving this phenomenon has been the death of objectivity in the Main Stream Media and the role which they have taken as the Vanguard, Propagandists, and Protectors of the Far Left Democratic Party and their national political figures.
Hence, the repeated attacks on President Trump since he announced his candidacy before the 2016 Presidential Election…attacks which have continued through his presidency, as exhibited every day through the crude disrespectful behavior toward the President by MSM Reporters in the Daily Coronavirus Task Force Briefings.
The problem that the reporters are not dealing with very well is the fact that THIS president fights back.
And, in a battle of wits with President Trump, they are woefully overmatched and wind up getting embarrassed.
Or, as President Trump told Jeremy Diamond of CNN, after the reporter insulted him,
“You don’t have the brains you were born with.”
Until He Comes,