Here's Trump's public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don't include all of a president's activities.) pic.twitter.com/6cftOPtPLQ— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 22, 2020
It’s 1:21 p.m. CA time, and 4:21 p.m. D.C. time, chances are the presser aka campaign rally will start sometime after 5:30 p.m. D.C. time.
I will be having a White House Press Conference today at 5:45 P.M. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2020
The tweet pushing back the press conference was sent at 4:53 p.m. D.C. time. 🙄
Aside from the typical questions, focused on the reopening of the economy and testing, we can expect statements and questions relating to President Impeached tweeting his permission for the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy,” Iranian gunboats.
President Impeached is also at some point on Wednesday expected to sign an EO that suspends immigration for 60 days. The EO will not effect temporary entry immigrates.
As the News Blender explained in Trump Tweets for Wednesday the Impeached President said the CDC Director was misquoted by CNN, who reported on an interview given to the Washington Post, that the fall coronavirus second wave might be worse than now. Robert Redfield the CDC Director explained to the Post, that this was because we would also be experiencing the seasonal flu. President Impeached had stated in his tweet that Redfield would be issuing a statement, the statement at this time does not exist.
During Tuesday’s briefing President Impeached said that Harvard University should return money granted to them by the PPP, he was going to demand the money be given back.
Trump announces seemingly spontaneously that he will demand Harvard give back coronavirus funds it received pic.twitter.com/hMSlurXhyf— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 21, 2020
He carried out his demand via Twitter Tuesday evening.
Harvard should give back the money now. Their whole “endowment” system should be looked at! https://t.co/LcjOcsnCWT— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2020
Harvard issued a 5 tweet statement responding to the demand.
(1/5) Harvard did not apply for, nor has it received any funds through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses. Reports saying otherwise are inaccurate.— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 21, 2020
(2/5) President Trump is right that it would not have been appropriate for our institution to receive funds that were designated for struggling small businesses.— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 21, 2020
(3/5) Like most colleges and universities, Harvard has been allocated funds as part of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 21, 2020
(4/5) Harvard has committed that 100% of these emergency higher education funds will be used to provide direct assistance to students facing urgent financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 21, 2020
(5/5) This financial assistance will be on top of the support the University has already provided to students – including assistance with travel, providing direct aid for living expenses to those with need, and supporting students’ transition to online education.— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 21, 2020
Roughly an hour ago Harvard announced they would not be taking the CARES money, in another 5 tweet thread.
1/5 Harvard will not accept funds from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Like most colleges & universities, Harvard has been allocated funds as part of the CARES Act. Harvard did not apply for this support, nor has it requested, received or accessed the funds— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 22, 2020
2/5 We are concerned that intense focus by politicians & others on Harvard in connection with the program may undermine participation in a relief effort Congress created & the president signed into law for the purpose of helping those whose financial challenges may be most severe— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 22, 2020
3/5 As a result of this, and the evolving guidance being issued around use of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Harvard has decided not to seek or accept the funds allocated to it by statute.— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 22, 2020
4/5 We will inform the DOE of our decision and encourage the department to act swiftly to reallocate those resources. We hope that special consideration will be given to MA institutions that are struggling to serve their communities and meet the needs of their students.— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 22, 2020
5/5 We remain fully committed to providing the financial support that we have promised our students. Read our full statement: https://t.co/2DDXJgb3ln— Harvard University (@Harvard) April 22, 2020
I included the Harvard dust up as I imagine President Ego will figure out how to work in a pat on his back, for Harvard refusing to take money they did not apply for in the first place.
Johns Hopkins reports that there are now 839,836 people confirmed to have the coronavirus in the U.S.. 46,079 people have dead from the disease, while 77,018 people are said to be in total recovery. 4.1 million people have been tested for the disease.
The White House.
For What It’s worth, I missed this while writing the post, but we can assume the news will be asked about: The News York Times is reporting that Dr. Rick Bright was “abruptly dismissed this week as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, and as the deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response.”
Bright has been given a narrower job at National Institutes of Health, in a statement Bright said, “I believe this transfer was in response to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the Covid-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit.”
Here is Dr. Rick Bright's full statement, just emailed out by the law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks which will be representing him as he files a whistleblower complaint.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) April 22, 2020
(First reported by @maggieNYT) pic.twitter.com/oQ3j9Z17SK