Monday, March 30, 2020

ICYMI: Nancy Pelosi Just Threatened President Trump With Another Investigation

ICYMI: Nancy Pelosi Just Threatened President Trump With Another Investigation

In case you missed it over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi falsely accused President Trump of "fiddling" around and called for an investigation into his handling of the Wuhan coronavirus crisis. 

"President Trump's denial at the beginning of this was deadly," Pelosi said during an interview with CNN. "As the President fiddles, people are dying."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the President downplaying the severity of coronavirus is “deadly."

“As the President fiddles, people are dying. We just have to take every precaution.”
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Pelosi is responsible for delaying a $2 trillion relief package for workers and families by a week after blowing up bipartisan negotiations. She then attempted to insert a long list of far-left, radical agenda items into the relief package. Talk about "fiddling," Pelosi is the queen of it. She's proving once again House Democrats aren't interested in working for the American people. Instead, they're interested in political power. They've also shown the only thing they're capable of is launching investigations, rather than governing.    
Further, when President Trump took action in late January to ban travel to and from China, Pelosi joined fellow Democrats and accused him of xenophobia. She also criticized the early March travel ban on passengers from Europe, where the Wuhan coronavirus is still raging. 
During an interview with Fox and Friends Monday morning, President Trump responded to Pelosi's remarks. 
"She's a sick puppy in my opinion and she has a lot of problems," he said. "That's a horrible thing to say."

During a briefing in the White House Rose Garden Sunday evening, President Trump announced the current 15-day social distancing period will be extended an additional 30 days.

Iranian prisoners riot, smash cameras as country's coronavirus death toll rises

Some of the 50,000 prisoners still incarcerated in Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak started a riot Monday, breaking cameras and causing other damage in two buildings that house violent criminals, state media reported.
The chaos at the Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz is the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances across the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.
Iran has temporarily released around 100,000 prisoners as part of measures taken to contain the pandemic, leaving behind bars violent offenders and so-called “security cases” — often dual nationals and others with Western ties.
Families of detainees and Western nations say Iran is holding those prisoners for political reasons or to use them as bargaining chips in negotiations.
The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Gov. Enayatollah Rahimi of the southern Fars province as saying a riot broke out at Adel Abad Prison, the main lockup in the city of Shiraz. Rahimi said prisoners broke cameras and caused other damage in two sections housing violent criminals. No one was wounded and no one escaped, he claimed.
IRNA reported Friday that 70 inmates had escaped Saqqez Prison in Iran’s western Kurdistan province, beating guards in the process. Several inmates later returned on their own to the prison.
Since the beginning of the year, riots also have broken out in prisons in Aligudarz, Hamedan, and Tabriz as well, with some prisoners escaping, IRNA reported.
Iran has reported more than 40,000 infections and 2,757 deaths from the coronavirus, including 117 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry says more than 3,500 people are in critical condition, while around 14,000 have recovered.

Trump Was Right: Cuomo Admits New York Has 'Stockpile' of Ventilators

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted that his state already has thousands of unused ventilators — even as he and the establishment media hammer President Donald Trump over a supposed shortage of the potentially life-saving medical devices in the Empire State.
Speaking as his daily news briefing on Friday, the Democratic governor said his state has the unused ventilators in a “stockpile.”

“Yes they’re in a stockpile because that’s where they’re supposed to be because we don’t need them yet,” Cuomo said, according to the New York Post. “We need them for the apex. The apex isn’t here so we’re gathering them in the stockpile so when we need them they will be there.”
Cuomo has insisted that New York might need up to 40,000 ventilators, an estimate which Trump has pushed back on.
The president told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday he believed government officials in New York are overestimating how many ventilators the state will need to treat patients diagnosed with the coronavirus

“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’” he said.
The subject of ventilators turned political Friday, when multiple establishment media outlets accused Trump of downplaying the need for the devices — which are a commodity for hospitals across the country, and not just in New York.
Liberal publication Salon wrote that the president “dismissed pleas for thousands of life-saving ventilators from Democratic governors in states hit hard by the new coronavirus.”
CNN, meanwhile, included Trump’s skepticism that his home state will need 40,000 ventilators as one of its “30 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s interview with Sean Hannity.”
“No big deal! Just the President of the United States suggesting that the governor of New York is lying about the number of ventilators he needs to help keep people alive! What proof did Trump offer to back up this claim? Um, none,” CNN’s Chris Cillizza wrote.
But as Cuomo and other civic leaders join the media in calling for more of the devices, Trump pointed out that New York already has thousands of them in storage.
“Thousand of Federal Government (delivered) Ventilators found in New York storage. N.Y. must distribute NOW!” Trump tweeted Friday.
Thousand of Federal Government (delivered) Ventilators found in New York storage. N.Y. must distribute NOW!
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Cuomo responded by telling CNN that Trump is “grossly uninformed” on the issue, before revealing New York has indeed been stockpiling ventilators.
“The point is, we have ventilators in a stockpile and we didn’t send them to the hospital yet. Of course we didn’t — that’s the whole point. The hospitals don’t need them yet. The hospitals aren’t at their apex,” Cuomo said.
“The hospitals have enough ventilators today, but their numbers are going up. We’re planning for an apex, a high point, in about 21 days — that’s when we need the 30,000 ventilators, not today. Right now we’re putting them in a stockpile,” he added.
Cuomo also told “NBC Nightly News” host Lester Holt on Friday that he is basing his projections on data from “worldwide health experts.”
“I hope no one needs a ventilator,” he said. “But, I don’t operate on what I hope or what I would like to see or what my expectation is. I operate on the data and on the numbers and on the science.
“And every projection I have, from multiple sources, and these are worldwide health experts, say that we have to be prepared for an apex of 140,000 hospital beds and 40,000 ICU beds with ventilators.”
Melissa DeRosa, one of Cuomo’s top aides, admitted New York already has thousands of ventilators, but repeated Cuomo’s projection that the state will need tens of thousands more.
“The 2K arrived Wednesday & have been deployed to the strategic stockpile,” she tweeted in response to Trump. “We dont know which hospitals will have the need yet-this is evolving in real time.”
“The feds gave NYS 2K — we need 30K. We have to be smart about what we have & be able to move on a dime. Lives are at stake.”
The 2K arrived Wednesday & have been deployed to the strategic stockpile

We dont know which hospitals will have the need yet-this is evolving in real time

The feds gave NYS 2K - we need 30K.  We have to be smart about what we have & be able to move on a dime

Lives are at stake 
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Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that the federal government had sent 2,000 of the devices directly to New York on and added that New Yorkers would receive an additional 2,000 by Wednesday, Fox News reported.
“Earlier today, FEMA, from the national stockpile, shipped 2,000 ventilators to the state of New York,” Pence said.
“Tomorrow, there will be another 2,000 ventilators shipped from the national stockpile.”
Pence’s comments came after Trump had already announced that the federal government had sent 400 ventilators to New York.
At the time, Cuomo was requesting only 15,000 of the devices.
But the number of ventilators being requested continues to climb as the Trump administration responds.
It is unclear exactly how many ventilators New York currently has stockpiled.
A 2015 “Ventilator Allocation Guidelines” summary letter from top New York health experts urged the state to prepare for a health emergency — specifically citing a respiratory pandemic — and evaluated a need for the state to allocate more ventilators in the event of a worst-case scenario public health emergency.
“In a severe public health emergency on the scale of the 1918 influenza pandemic, however, [current] ventilators would not be sufficient to meet the demand,” the experts wrote.
“Even if the vast number of ventilators needed were purchased, a sufficient number of trained staff would not be available to operate them. If the most severe forecast becomes a reality, New York State and the rest of the country will need to allocate ventilators.”
“Efforts should be made to increase the number of available ventilators,” they added.
The summary noted that the state had 1,750 ventilators stockpiled, and a total number of 8,991 ventilators were available in the state at the time.

ICYMI: Nancy Pelosi Just Threatened President Trump With Another Investigation

In case you missed it over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi falsely accused President Trump of "fiddling" around and cal...