Erica Werner and Jeff Stein, reporting for The Washington Post:
The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars
for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming
coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said
The administration is also trying to block billions of dollars
that GOP senators want to allocate for the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, and billions more for the Pentagon and
State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad, the
The administration’s posture has angered some GOP senators, the
officials said, and some lawmakers are trying to push back and
ensure that the money stays in the bill. The officials, who spoke
on condition of anonymity to reveal confidential deliberations,
cautioned that the talks were fluid and the numbers were in flux.
Even Republicans are getting it through their thick skulls that Trump and his regime really do only care about the optics — they care only about the reported number of positive test results, not the actual number of infections.
I wrote this on April 10:
Any feasible plan starts with massive testing, completely
subsidized by the government. And yet just yesterday the
president claimed we don’t need mass testing. The one thing
that everyone who knows what they’re talking about agrees on is
that we need mass testing — and the president is arguing we don’t
We needed massive federalized testing months ago. And here we are in July, with daily records for cases nationwide and several states raging out of control, and the Trump regime is pushing to block spending for what’s needed. The house is ablaze and the fire department is calling for the water to be shut off. They’re not just a little off course, they’re insane.
We’ve elected a mad king and he’s surrounded himself with enablers.
★ Saturday, 18 July 2020