A first in U.S. history

The White House – 04/ 20/ 2020

America is winning its war on the Coronavirus. President Trump announced another milestone over the weekend: More than 4 million Americans have now been tested.
 
“That’s a record anywhere in the world,” he said. The United States has now conducted more tests than France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Austria, Australia, Sweden, and Canada—combined.
 
🎬 Kellyanne Conway: It’s time to work together toward reopening America.
 
President Trump’s response is unprecedented for another reason, too—one that most Americans won’t see covered in the news. “Throughout history, national emergencies have led to a more powerful and centralized federal government,” Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow Christopher DeMuth writes in The Wall Street Journal.
 
Until now. “For the first time in U.S. history, an administration is responding to a crisis with deregulation and decentralization,” he says.
 
Here’s why. Career politicians, both in Washington and around the world, have one instinct during an emergency: to grab power. It’s rarely temporary, and it often has little to do with the situation at hand. Instead, politicians create more agencies and more red tape, claiming that Bigger Government will prevent the next great threat. 
 
The opposite happens. A slow, bureaucratic response globally made the Coronavirus worse. The World Health Organization, with its $2.4 billion annual budget, didn’t prepare the world for Coronavirus—it downplayed the risk while parroting claims from the Chinese Communist Party that the virus wasn’t spreading between humans.
 
Elsewhere in the world, countries with government-run socialized medicine have been forced to ration care, often at the expense of older patients.
 
In the United States, President Trump moved to slash red tape quickly, eliminating outdated rules and bureaucracy around testing, treatments, telemedicine, and more to speed up our nationwide response to his standards.
 
President Trump knows that Washington works best when it leads, not controls. His priority is making sure that every state, locality, and frontline worker has the resources needed to fight this virus. Whether it’s securing more ventilators or rapidly expanding testing, he’s brought in the full power of America’s best-on-Earth private sector to help. 
 
The results show that America is unstoppable when it works together. Closely watched areas such as New York, Detroit, and New Orleans are stabilizing and seeing progress. Nationwide, the latest data suggests that America is past its peak for new cases—and on track to see far fewer deaths than even the most optimistic models once projected. 
 
The President knows who to thank for winning this war: you. Our nation’s doctors, nurses, innovators, essential workers, and patriotic citizens are the best in the world.
 
“The American people have done a hell of a job,” he says.  
 
Vice President Pence: Our large metro areas appear to be past their peak.
 
MORESee President Trump’s phased approach for Opening Up America Again!

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Trump Outlines 3-Phase Approach to ‘Opening Up America Again’ Amid COVID-19

The White House – April 19, 2020
“President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a cautious, three-phase approach—one that still gives wide latitude to governors—for reopening the shuttered economy in states that have had low rates of transmission of COVID-19,” Fred Lucas reports in The Daily Signal.
 
“Based on the latest data, our team of experts now agrees that we can begin the next front in our war, which we’re calling, ‘Opening up America again,'” the President said.
 
“We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time.”
 
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“To listen to the critics, the challenge is to choose between lockdowns and sickness. But the real challenge is to consider the whole of America’s health. And that means charting a course that minimizes the suffering caused by the pandemic while avoiding the suffering caused by economic devastation,” Dr. Tim Daughtry writes in Townhall.

“For seven long days, Democrats have been blocking a $250 billion refill for the Paycheck Protection Program, and on Thursday morning the loan fund finally ran out of money . . . The longer Democrats refuse to provide financing for small businesses after government cut off their revenue, the more Americans will have every right to conclude that Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer are responsible for the worsening economic destruction,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

“Globalists are cringing, but Trump is right. The World Health Organization failed–big time–in alerting the world to the seriousness of what began as an isolated outbreak of the new respiratory disease COVID-19 in China,” Rebecca Grant writes in Fox News.

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FIVE STORIES PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS

The White House – April 18, 2020
Donald Trump: We Are Reopening America ‘One Careful Step at a Time’
-Breitbart
“President Donald Trump on Thursday announced new guidelines for reopening America after the peak of the coronavirus crisis,” Charlie Spiering reports. “We’re starting our life again. We’re starting rejuvenation of our economy again in a safe and structured and a very responsible fashion,” the President said of his three-phase plan.
 
See the Guidelines: Opening Up America Again

Democrats Need to Stop Holding Small-Business Help Hostage
New York Post
“It’s beyond tragic: The loan program to aid small businesses hit by lockdowns is [now] out of cash, yet Democrats still refuse to OK new funds unless their unrelated demands are met,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “If small-business closures spike, costing countless workers their jobs, Americans shouldn’t forget the Dems’ cynicism.”

‘Experience of a Lifetime:’ Truck Driver Reacts to Being Saluted by Trump at White House
-Fox News
President Trump celebrated American truckers on Thursday for their work keeping our country supplied during the Coronavirus, Joshua Nelson reports. “Getting the honor and respect that I think the 3.5 million truck drivers deserve was just heartwarming because it was not personally me, it’s all of us doing our jobs,” Stephen Richardson said.
 
🚚 WATCH: President Trump welcomes truckers to the South Lawn!

Trump Puts U.S. Public Diplomacy on Notice
The National Interest
U.S. public broadcasting “has come in for extensive criticism for, among other things, skewed priorities in its outreach to Iran, internal corruption and mismanagement, and a failure to provide much-needed political balance in its reporting on hostile regimes,” Ilan Berman writes. Now, “the White House seems prepared to do something about it.”

We Have Liftoff: Space Force Gets its First Cadets From the Air Force Academy as it Charts the Future of Space Ops
Washington Examiner
“The United States Space Force will welcome more than 85 newly commissioned second lieutenants, who graduate from the Air Force Academy tomorrow,” Jamie McIntyre reports. The historic event will mark “the graduation of the first cadets to earn their degrees in space operations.”

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Coronavirus Shows the World Health Organization in Dire Need of Reform

The White House – April 14, 2020
“Purposely or not, by praising China’s response to a virus the WHO first denied and then lied about, this longtime paragon of public health is fueling a ‘China versus the world’ showdown,” Adam Goodman writes in Fox News.
 
By enabling the Chinese government’s misconduct, “the WHO has become the new poster child for international organizations so bloated with bureaucracy and punctuated by politics they’ve turned into something well beyond what they were intended to be.”
 
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“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave high praise to President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in his state, saying the president remains ‘amazingly accessible’ and has ‘delivered’ where it counts.” Gov. Cuomo said that “if you do the right thing by New York, I’ll say it,” Jessica Chasmar reports for The Washington Times.

“A World Health Organization official said Monday that she suspected human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus ‘right from the start,’ beginning on Dec. 31, 2019. But WHO officials echoed Chinese authorities and denied any suggestion of human-to-human transmission for weeks,” Peter Hasson writes for The Daily Caller.

“President Donald Trump recently announced that Colorado would be receiving an additional 100 ventilators from FEMA’s national stockpile to combat COVID-19. This should be a moment of celebration for Coloradans suffering from COVID-19 and their families,” Jeff Hunt writes in The Denver Post.

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