Trump says he downplayed coronavirus threat

Trump says he downplayed coronavirus threat


WaPo: “President Trump’s head popped up during his top-secret intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 when the discussion turned to the coronavirus outbreak in China. ‘This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,’ national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien told Trump, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward. … Ten days later, Trump called Woodward and revealed that he thought the situation was far direr than what he had been saying publicly. … At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air. Trump admitted to Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. ‘I wanted to always play it down,’ the president said.”

Trump intel chief remained worried about Putin leverage on the president – Axios:

“Former director of national intelligence Dan Coats could not shake his ‘deep suspicions’ that Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘had something’ on President Trump, seeing ‘no other explanation’ for the president’s behavior, according to Bob Woodward’s new book… Coats was the president’s top intelligence official from March 2017 until August 2019. Woodward reports that Coats and his staff examined the intelligence regarding Trump’s ties to Russia ‘as carefully as possible’ and that he ‘still questions the relationship’ between Trump and Putin despite the apparent absence of intelligence proof.”

Army chief rebuts Trump claim of corruption in service – Politico:

“The Army’s top general defended military leaders on Tuesday after President Donald Trump accused them of going to war to keep defense contractors ‘happy,’ saying he and others decide to send troops into combat ‘very, very seriously.’ Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville declined to comment specifically on Trump’s remarks to reporters on Monday but defended the Pentagon brass against the accusation that they are beholden to arms manufacturers. ‘I’ve talked with generals, I’ve talked with admirals, I’ve talked with [sergeants major] … many of these leaders have sons and daughters who have gone to combat or maybe in combat right now. So I can assure the American people that senior leaders would only recommend sending troops to combat when it’s required in national security, or as a last resort,’ McConville said during an event held Tuesday by Defense One.”

Crushing Trump in Pennsylvania ad war – The Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Joe Biden’s campaign spent $10 million on television advertising in Pennsylvania last month, as the Democratic nominee maintained his lead in the polls and President Donald Trump halted his TV spending in the state. The Biden campaign spent an additional $5 million through Labor Day, while Trump remained off the Pennsylvania airwaves during the first week of September, according to the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics. In all, Biden outspent Trump by $15 million to zero over the course of about five weeks. The spending advantage is notable given that Trump won Pennsylvania by less than one percentage point in 2016 and faces a relatively narrow path to reelection. It’s also a sign that the Trump campaign has burned through much of the huge cash advantage it built during the Democratic primary contest.”

Biden focused on rebuilding Blue Wall – AP:

“In 2016, Donald Trump tore down Democrats’ ‘blue wall,’ winning the White House with surprise victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. This year, Joe Biden is trying to rebuild. The Democratic presidential nominee’s first pandemic-era campaign trips beyond his home in Delaware are taking him to all three states, an indication of how closely Biden’s electoral prospects are tied to his ability to flip those political battlegrounds. Last week, Biden traveled to Wisconsin and was followed quickly by running mate Kamala Harris, who held her own events there on Labor Day. On Wednesday, Biden heads to Michigan to tout a plan for boosting U.S. manufacturing. He also has two stops scheduled this week in Pennsylvania. Though the Biden campaign often emphasizes that it sees multiple ways to secure the 270 Electoral College votes it needs to win in November, the quickest path runs through Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.”

Populist plan on outsourcing – Fox News:

“Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unveiled a plan to help American workers on Wednesday, promising a series of executive actions and blaming President Trump for a manufacturing recession. Key features of ‘The Biden-Harris Plan to Fight for Workers by Delivering on Buy America and Make It in America’ include a penalty against American companies that offshore manufacturing and service jobs to other countries and then sell back to the U.S. market. It also calls for a ‘Made in America’ tax credit. ‘President Trump talks and talks – but he has failed to deliver results for American workers,’ said an outline of the plan from the Biden-Harris campaign. ‘That ends under the Biden-Harris administration.’ The offshoring penalty would include a 10% surtax on top of a 28% corporate tax rate. The plan specifically notes that it would apply to call centers or other services that American companies place in other countries to serve the American market when those jobs could be in the U.S.”

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