President Impeached along with the Coronavirus Task Force is scheduled to give a press briefing aka a mini-rally at 5 p.m. D.C. time, on Monday.
White House news conference at 5:00 P.M. Eastern. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2020
On Sunday President Impeached who hoped to have the “country back open,” by Easter, announced that the social distancing, self-isolating, virus footing would continue until at least April 30th, 2020.
TRUMP: “The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in 2 weeks. I will say it again. The peak, the highest point of death rates, remember this, is likely to hit in 2 weeks … Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread.” pic.twitter.com/fPhtgmTchl— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2020
On Monday CBS News reported that according to an audio recording of a call between President Impeached and Governors, obtained by the media outlet, that several rural-state Governors told President Impeached they were still struggling with obtaining medical supplies and testing equipment.
According to the recording, President Impeached said when asked about testing, “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” he added, “We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’ll come out with another one tomorrow that’s, you know, almost instantaneous testing. But I haven’t heard anything about testing being a problem.”
CBS News explains that obtained the recording shortly after the call by a participant. They also say others familiar with call confirmed some of the details.
“We understand the challenges in New York. I have family in New York,” Wyoming Republican Governor Mark Gordon told the president. But, he told Mr. Trump, “I think a little bit of supply going our way could get us better prepared going forward.”CBS News. 03/30/2020.
“Good point,” Mr. Trump replied. “Thank you very much, Mark. If you have a problem, call me. I’ll get you what you need.”
CBS News obtained a recording of the call from a participant shortly after it concluded. Others familiar with the call confirmed some of the details.
Montana’s Democratic Governor Steve Bullock is quoted as saying, “I could give four or five examples over the last week where we have supply orders, and they’ve subsequently been cancelled, and they’re canceled in part because what our suppliers are saying is that federal resources are requesting it and trumping that.”
Bullock went on to warn that, “we’re going to have some real problems. So we’re trying to shift the supplies to really isolate that and do contact tracing, but we don’t even have enough supplies to do the testing.”
For What It’s Worth, Vox’s Aaron Rupar reports that on Sunday Dr. Anthony Fauci said:
DR FAUCI, yesterday, on what measures are needed to relax social distancing in states: “You absolutely must have in place the capability of going there [and] testing in an efficient way. Not taking a test and finding out 5 days later if you’re infected … knowing in real time.” https://t.co/QXPOcAZzpb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 30, 2020
As of 1:50 p.m. CA time, John Hopkins reported that there are now 156,931 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 2,880 deaths across the country, while 5,579 are in total recovery.