Out of “an abundance of caution”

This piece was originally published in the October 5, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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“I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in a different direction.”

— Dr. Sean Conley, essentially saying he withheld information on Trump’s condition so as to not jinx the coronavirus

Millions of families are out of work. Millions of families can’t afford groceries, rent, and prescriptions.

Yet nearly eight months into this pandemic, Trump still doesn’t have a national coronavirus response plan.

Chaos has a price. Share this on Twitter and Facebook to get the facts out:

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IN THE NEWS

  • Nearly eight months into the pandemic, after playing down the risks of COVID-19, holding packed rallies, and urging reopenings that put millions at risk, Trump himself has contracted coronavirus. Following the news that Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to announce that he and the First Lady had also tested positive. Hours later, he was airlifted to Walter Reed Hospital “out of an abundance of caution.”

The bottom line? No one is exempt from this disease, not even the president. The events of the past few days underscore just how important it is that we have a coordinated national strategy to tackle the pandemic — something we haven’t yet seen from this administration.

  • On the individual level, it’s more important than ever to take precautions like mask wearing, social distancing, and following other public health recommendations. But it ultimately rests on our leaders to take this seriously and work to control it to avoid any more needless suffering. And Trump having caught this disease doesn’t make his cruelty or his failed response to the ongoing pandemic any less bad — nor does it exempt him from criticism on either front.

Donald Trump, Melania Trump, 10 Trump staffers and associates Trump aide Hope Hicks, Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, Kellyanne Conway, Chris Christie, Trump’s personal assistant Nick Luna, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, two of McEnany’s deputies, one unnamed junior press staffer, and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel 3 U.S. senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) 11 workers at last Tuesday’s debate, and 3 reporters.

  • One of the new cases is Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who tested positive this morning after testing negative for several days. McEnany’s case — and those of her two deputies who have also tested positive — is a great reminder that you should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Among the COVID patients with ties to the White House are three U.S. senators, two of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee. Without these senators, and assuming every Democrat boycotts, the Senate would not have the quorum needed to hold a vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. But never underestimate how far a Republican senator will go to confirm a judicial nominee. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said today that he’d show up sick to vote if that’s what it takes.

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This piece was originally published in the October 5, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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