President Donald Trump’s top government experts reveal the pandemic is entering into a new phase as it spreads to the rural heartland – and they don’t know how long it will last. Despite the rising concern, there is no sign of a plan from Trump.
With millions of students nowhere near returning to school and the economy reeling from a 32.9% annualized contraction in the second quarter, the months ahead look like an endless crisis as the president tweets “Make America Great Again” and spends his time on the golf course.
Information from top administration officials in recent days contradict Trump’s upbeat messaging on Friday about the virus: “We’ll get rid of it, we’ll beat it, and it will be soon.”
Democrats deadlocked on unemployment payments
Amid these hard times, the administration and Capitol Hill Democrats are deadlocked on a plan to extend federal unemployment payments to Americans who lost their jobs in the pandemic.
Dr. Deborah Brix revealed stunning warnings five months into the pandemic that the President confidently said posed no threat to Americans but has now taken the lives of over 150,000 of them.
“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, told CNN’s Dana Bash.
Birx even suggested people in multi-generational households wear masks in their home and assume they already have the disease. “To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus,” Birx said. Her comments came after her colleague, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told a House committee on Friday it was “unclear” how long the crisis will last.