It’s time once again for another campaign rally disguised as an official White House press briefing.
Here’s Trump’s public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don’t include all of a president’s activities.) pic.twitter.com/M7Q7OZ5Vk8— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 21, 2020
It’s highly likely that this presser will not start until 5:30 or even 6 p.m. D.C. time.
I will be having a White House Press Conference today at 5:30 P.M. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
Just another day ending in Y.
In today’s campaign rally President Impeached will likely face questions regarding his late Monday night Twitter announced suspension of immigration by executive order.
In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
In regards to legal questions, it’s likely that comments made by Attorney General William Barr to radio host Hugh Hewitt will be mentioned.
According to NPR, Barr called the current stay at home orders “burdens on civil liberties,” and that the idea that you have to stay in your home during a pandemic is like being under house arrest.
Barr went on to say that if lawsuits were brought, the Department of Justice would side against the state.
We’re looking carefully at a number of these rules that are being put into place. And if we think one goes too far, we initially try to jawbone the governors into rolling them back or adjusting them. And if they’re not and people bring lawsuits, we file statement of interest and side with the plaintiffs.NPR. 04/21/2020
In recent campaign rallies, the Impeached President has shied away from mentioning the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, by name, instead focusing on calling treatments “antivirals,” however based on a new study posted online by researchers in Tuesday’s campaign rally, the Impeached President will likely be asked direct questions about the drugs use by Veterans Health Administration medical centers.
The study evaluated 368 male veterans hospitalized with the coronavirus who either passed away or were discharged by April 11th, were given the malaria drug either alone or with azithromycin as treatments for the virus.
The study results:
A total of 368 patients were evaluated (HC, n=97; HC+AZ, n=113; no HC, n=158). Rates of death in the HC, HC+AZ, and no HC groups were 27.8%, 22.1%, 11.4%, respectively. Rates of ventilation in the HC, HC+AZ, and no HC groups were 13.3%, 6.9%, 14.1%, respectively.
Compared to the no HC group, the risk of death from any cause was higher in the HC group (adjusted hazard ratio, 2.61; 95% CI, 1.10 to 6.17; P=0.03) but not in the HC+AZ group (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.14; 95% CI, 0.56 to 2.32; P=0.72). The risk of ventilation was similar in the HC group (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.43; 95% CI, 0.53 to 3.79; P=0.48) and in the HC+AZ group (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.43; 95% CI, 0.16 to 1.12; P=0.09), compared to the no HC group.MedRxiv preprint. 04/21/2020
The study concluded that they found no evidence that the use of hydroxychloroquine, “either with or without azithromycin, reduced the risk of mechanical ventilation in patients hospitalized with Covid-19,” and there was, “an association of increased overall mortality was identified in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone. These findings highlight the importance of awaiting the results of ongoing prospective, randomized, controlled studies before widespread adoption of these drugs.”
According to Politico the study has been submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine, but has not been reviewed by other scientists.
He will likely be asked about a new funding bill to increase funds for the small business loan program and his tweet calling for bailing out the oil industry.
And of course how his meeting went with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
I am heading to the White House to meet with President Trump to address testing.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 21, 2020
We need partnership between the states and the federal government.
We will work together to ensure a safer, stronger future for everyone.
NY Gov. Cuomo says he will “tell the truth” when meeting with Pres. Trump later today.— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2020
"Life is a fine line. Being in government is a fine line. Everything is a fine line … I'll tell you how you negotiate the fine line: You tell the truth"https://t.co/UXPuQyaR0P pic.twitter.com/qwgqA5kVlf
One last might be asked about, or at least attempted to be asked is the fourth volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report that was released to the public on Tuesday.
JUST IN: The Senate Intelligence Committee affirms the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia acted to aid Trump in 2016 — and explicitly breaks with the House GOP.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) April 21, 2020
"The ICA reflects strong tradecraft," said Burr.https://t.co/2b9mU99n4d
Burr's comment rebuffs this line from the House's 2018 report:— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) April 21, 2020
"(U) Finding #16: The Intelligence Community Assessment judgments on Putin's strategic intentions did not employ proper analytic tradecraft."
Unlike House GOP report, Senate finds "specific intelligence reporting to support the assessment that Putin and the Russian Government demonstrated a preference for candidate Trnmp." pic.twitter.com/wbgQB2Q77B— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) April 21, 2020
The report also finds that the STEELE dossier findings were only included in a highly classified appendix and did not inform any of the judgments of the intelligence community. pic.twitter.com/X2J1l0KpvZ— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) April 21, 2020
Needlessly to say as this presser ends we will say “that was worse than yesterday’s,” our daily reminder that there really is no bottom.
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