Donald Trump covid news – President SHUT DOWN for comparing coronavirus to flu as Twitter calls it 'potentially harmful'

Donald Trump covid news – President SHUT DOWN for comparing coronavirus to flu as Twitter calls it 'potentially harmful'

October 7, 2020

DONALD Trump has had a tweet flagged for spreading what Twitter called "misleading and potentially harmful information".

The President falsely claimed that covid, which has 200,000 American, is less deadly than the flu in most population – a claim experts roundly deny.

The tweet – which can still be viewed but has been hidden on Mr Trump's page – said: "We have learned to live with it (the flu) just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!"

Facebook also removed a similir post, with a spokesman saying: "We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19."

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  • Jon Lockett

    CHINA BLASTS ‘ARROGANT’ TRUMP

    Chinese state media has blasted “arrogant” Donald Trump for telling ordinary Americans not to be “afraid” of coronavirus.

    Professor Li Haidong, from the Institute of International Relations of China Foreign Affairs University, said: “Trump has received first-class treatment, so he believes he will be kept fine.

    “But it shows his arrogance concerning the virus. He is eager to return to the presidential election without having to undergo a strict quarantine process.

    “He has set a very bad example for the country and the world by saying the virus is not something to be afraid of.”

  • Jon Lockett

    SIX STATES ROCKED BY RECORD HOSPITALIZATIONS

    Six states – Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming –set records for coronavirus-related hospitalizations on Tuesday.

    A seventh, Oklahoma, reported its highest count of hospitalizations since late July, , according to data tracked by The Washington Post.

    Other states, including Delaware, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, Indiana, New York and Iowa, also saw a rise in their rolling seven-week average for hospitalized patients.

  • Jon Lockett

    NEW POLL REVEALS VIRUS FEARS

    According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll the vast majority of Americans say they are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.

    The Oct. 2-6 poll found 79 per cent of U.S. adults, including 94 per cent of registered Democrats and 70 per cent of registered Republicans, said they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the spread of the virus.

    Just 38 per cent said they approved of President Trump’s handling of the crisis, and 56 per cent said they disapproved.

  • Jon Lockett

    FUNDING THREAT FOR HOSPITALS

    The Trump administration will cease federal funding to hospitals that do not report COVID-19 data, say reports.

    Hospitals have now been given 14 weeks to provide daily reporting on COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as other information such as influenza cases and use of personal protective equipment, officials have said.

    Six states reported record numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including Wisconsin, where officials on Tuesday issued a new order limiting the size of indoor public gatherings.

    The surge of COVID hospitalizations and new cases in some states coincides with President Trump and several members of his White House staff testing positive.

  • Jon Lockett

    WHITE HOUSE OUTBREAK 'COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED'

    The White House coronavirus outbreak could have been prevented, according to Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert.

    During a virtual discussion with the American University’s Kennedy Political Union,he was asked for his advice to students whose relatives have been reluctant to listen to experts.

    “That’s a tough one,” he acknowledged before adding “take a look at what happened this week at the White House” if they need concrete evidence that the virus is not a hoax.

    It’s an unfortunate situation when you see something like that, because that could have been prevented,” he said.

  • Jon Lockett

    TRUMP WARNING OVER 'FAULTY BALLOTS'

  • Jon Lockett

    BIDEN VIRUS DEBATE FEARS

    Joe Biden believes the second presidential debate should not be held if President Trump is still positive for coronavirus.

    The Democratic presidential candidate was speaking to reporters in Maryland about the second debate, which is scheduled to be held on Oct. 15 in Miami, Florida.

    “Well, I think if he still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate,” Biden said.

    “I think we were gonna have to follow very strict guidelines. Too many people have been infected. It’s a very serious problem, so I will be guided by the guidelines.”

  • Jon Lockett

    TRUMP TWEETS ABOUT NEW RELIEF MEASURES

    President Trump has said he’s willing to pass several independent coronavirus relief measures — including a new round of stimulus checks — hours after pushing for a pause in negotiations on a new aid package.

    “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” he tweeted

    “The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!” he wrote in another tweet.

    Trump’s show of support for the individual coronavirus relief comes after he rejected a proposal from House Democrats earlier Tuesday and called on congressional Republicans to hit the brakes on the negotiations until after the election.

  • Jon Lockett

    PLEXIGLASS GREEN LIGHT

    Mike Pence's team have agreed to allow the Commission on Presidential Debates to erect a plexiglass barrier near the vice president for the debate in Salt Lake City, say reports.

    CNN reports the move brings an end for now the negotiations over coronavirus safety precautions around the contest.

    Pence's team made clear throughout the week that they thought putting any plexiglass barriers near the vice president was unnecessary and that they opposed such a move.

  • Ben Hill

    ELECTION WARNING

    The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency have issued a series of advisories in recent weeks aimed at warning voters about problems that could surface in the election as well as steps Americans can take to counter the foreign interference threat.

    The issues identified in the public service announcements run the gamut from the spread of online disinformation about the electoral process to cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure.

    Taken together, the advisories make clear that American agencies are tracking a broad range of potential threats that they believe voters should know about not just for transparency's sake but also so that voters can be prepared.

    The warnings come even though U.S. officials as recently as Tuesday expressed confidence in the integrity of the vote despite repeated efforts by President Donald Trump to denigrate it.

  • Ben Hill

    VP DEBATES

    Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger, California Sen. Kamala Harris, are poised to meet for a debate that will offer starkly different visions for a country confronting escalating crises.

    The faceoff Wednesday night in Salt Lake City is the most highly anticipated vice presidential debate in recent memory. It will unfold while President Donald Trump recovers at the White House after testing positive last week for the coronavirus and spending several days in the hospital, a serious setback for his campaign that adds pressure on Pence to defend the administration's handling of the pandemic.

    For Harris, the debate is her highest-profile opportunity to vocalize how the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, would stabilize the U.S., especially when it comes to resolving the pandemic and addressing racial injustice.

    She will be able to explain her views on law enforcement, an area in which she's viewed warily by some progressives, given her past as a prosecutor.

  • Ben Hill

    'NO REDACTIONS!'

    Donald Trump announced he has “declassified all documents” in Hillary Clinton's email “scandal” and the Russia “hoax” investigation.

    Trump wrote on Twitter: “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax.

    “Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!”

    The president was responding to a Monday tweet from conservative journalist Paul Sperry.

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP ADVISOR BECOMES 15TH SENIOR OFFICIAL TO TEST POSITIVE

    Trump advisor Stephen Miller has become the 15th senior White House official to test positive for coronavirus.

    Miller confirmed the diagnosis in a statement on Tuesday, adding that he had already been working remotely and self-isolating for the past five days.

    He added that he had tested “negative every day through yesterday.”

    Recent days have seen a string of presidential aides and advisers testing positive for the virus.

    The outbreak has been linked to a ceremony held at the White House last Saturday at which Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee.

  • Christy Cooney

    TOP US GENERAL AND OTHER MILITARY CHIEFS QUARANTINING

    The most senior military officer in the US Army is among a number of top military officials to have entered quarantine.

    Mark Milley serves as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the body of leaders who directly advise the president on military matters.

    The move comes after numerous presidential aides and advisors working within the White House tested positive for coronavirus, though is not thought to be linked.

    A number of other senior military officials are also reported to be quarantining after last week attending a meeting with Admiral Charles Ray, the second in command in the US Coast Guard, who later tested positive.

  • Christy Cooney

    BIDEN LEADS IN KEY SWING STATES

    Joe Biden currently leads President Trump in six states expected to be key to deciding the result of November's election, a CNBC/Change Research poll has found.

    The survey found that Biden led by six points in Arizona, seven in Wisconsin, and eight in Michigan.

    He also led by four points in four in Florida and Pennsylvania.

    His narrowest lead was in North Carolina, where he was two points ahead.

    President Trump carried all six states at the 2016 election.

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP REACTS TO BIDEN POLL LEAD

    President Trump has reacted to a poll giving rival Joe Biden a strong lead in the key swing state of Pennsylvania.

    A survey by Monmouth University released on Tuesday found that 54 percent of registered voters in the state planned to back Biden, while 42 percent say they will vote for Trump.

    Taking to twitter, Trump wrote: “How does Biden lead in Pennsylvania Polls when he is against Fracking (JOBS!), 2nd Amendment and Religion?

    “Fake Polls. I will win Pennsylvania!”

  • Christy Cooney

    'WE ARE IN A BATTLE FOR SOUL OF THE NATION', SAYS BIDEN

    Joe Biden is delivering a speech from Gettysburg as election campaigning gets underway again.

    Tweeting ahead of the event, Biden wrote: “We are engaged once again in a battle for the soul of the nation.

    “It’s a battle we’ve been in before and we can win again.”

    Some campaigning was briefly paused over the weekend after President Trump was taken to hospital having contracted coronavirus.

    Yesterday also saw Biden appear at a town hall event in Florida.

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP CALLS OFF NEGOTIATIONS ON SECOND STIMULUS

    President Trump has said he has told Republican officials to end talks with Democrats on a planned second coronavirus stimulus bill.

    House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, had proposed a $2.2trillion package to support the US economy through the pandemic, but Republicans wanted to see a smaller $1.6trillion package rolled out.

    Taking to twitter tonight, Trump said: “I am rejecting [the Democrats'] request, and looking to the future of our Country.

    “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”

    The Senate is due to begin recess at the end of this week, and it was already considered very unlikely that any stimulus package would be agreed upon ahead of the election on November 3.

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP HAS 'NO COVID SYMPTOMS', SAYS DOCTOR

    Donald Trump is currently not experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, his doctor has claimed.

    The president yesterday returned to the White House after spending a number of days at the Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington DC.

    White House physician Dr Sean Conley said Trump had had a “restful first night at home” and that his “vital signs and physical exam remain stable”.

    “Overall he continues to do extremely well,” he added.

    Conley was among a number of officials who previously gave conflicting reports on the president's condition.

  • Christy Cooney

    FLORIDA EXTENDS REGISTRATION DEADLINE AFTER SITE CRASHES

    Florida has extended the deadline for voters to register to vote after its registration website crashed.

    The outage reportedly came amid a heavy traffic as people tried to register ahead of the original deadline at midnight on Monday.

    In a statement, Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee said the portal received an “unprecedented” 1.1 million requests per hour last night.

    The deadline has been extended to 7pm today (October 6).

  • Christy Cooney

    WHITE HOUSE VALET TESTS POSITIVE

    A White House valet who travelled with Donald Trump last week has tested positive for coronavirus.

    The news comes after numerous people who have worked closely the president were also diagnosed.

    The outbreak has been linked to an event held last Saturday at the White House at which the president announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

    Photos from the event showed a number of presidential aides and advisors not wearing masks and standing in groups at close quarters.

  • Christy Cooney

    VOTER REGISTRATION SURGES AFTER GINSBURG DEATH

    The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg led to a surge in voter registration and mail ballot requests, a voter access campaign group has said.

    Speaking to NBC, Andrea Hailey, CEO of the non-partisan Vote.org, said the weekend following Ginsburg's death saw 139,046 voter registration verifications.

    The figure represented an increase of 118 percent on the previous weekend.

    The group also recorded a 68 percent spike in new voter registrations and a 42 percent spike in mail ballot requests.

  • Christy Cooney

    FED CHAIR WARNS OF 'TRAGIC EFFECTS' OF SECOND WAVE

    The chairman of the Federal Reserve has warned of the “tragic effects” that will result from a second wave of coronavirus in the US.

    Speaking at the annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics, Jerome Powell said another spike in cases would “more significantly limit economic activity, not to mention the tragic effects on lives and well-being.

    “Managing this risk as the expansion continues will require following medical experts' guidance, including using masks and social-distancing measures.”

    He added that the “recovery will be stronger and move faster if monetary policy and fiscal policy continue to work side-by-side to provide support to the economy until it is clearly out of the woods.”

  • Christy Cooney

    TWITTER HIDES TRUMP POST ON FLU

    Twitter has hidden and placed a warning on a post from President Trump claiming that the coronavirus is less lethal than the flu.

    The original post read: “Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu.

    “We have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

    The warning from twitter said the post had been identified as misleading and potentially harmful, but had been left accessible on public interest grounds.

    The coronavirus has been well-established by scientists to be more infectious and more harmful than the regular seasonal flu.

  • Patrick Knox

    CHINESE STATE MEDIA BLASTS ‘ARROGANT’ TRUMP

    According to the Chinese state-run tabloid, Global Times, experts have noted that the President’s eagerness to return sets a bad example for his supporters and the country.

    Professor Li Haidong, from the Institute of International Relations of China Foreign Affairs University, said: “Trump has received first-class treatment, so he believes he will be kept fine.

    “But it shows his arrogance concerning the virus.”

    “He is eager to return to the presidential election without having to undergo a strict quarantine process.

    “He has set a very bad example for the country and the world by saying the virus is not something to be afraid of.”

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