President Trump and Coronavirus Task Force provide update, Saturday, April 18 | USA TODAY 1

President Trump and Coronavirus Task Force provide update, Saturday, April 18 | USA TODAY

 

The country is moving forward in fits and starts over the coronavirus pandemic, with Texas announcing an easing of restrictions on retail stores and reopening parks while protesters in some states take on governors who hold fast to stay-at-home orders. The stock market was up, and a drug shows promise for treatment of the virus.

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President Donald Trump said Friday the nation was close to the "light at the end of the tunnel". New cases are "low and steady" on the West Coast as cases and hospitalizations decline in hotspots like New York City and New Orleans, Vice President Mike Pence said.

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    1. Mustapha AFRYAD all the networks crop out the slides, but you can see them if you watch this through The White House’s YouTube channel.

    1. No slides is by design. They would have fired a cameraman who failed to include the slides… he or she was told NOT to close up any charts. This is a dog-and-pony show unrelated to reality. Not showing the charts confirms two things…. 1) the cameraman is not a member of the news media, but a White House employee/contractor who takes instructions from his/her boss. And 2) his instructions were to keep the focus on the podium, and NOT show the charts. That’s because the administration wants the conveyed information to come from the speakers; charts would raise too many questions with people who might follow the real numbers.

    1. You just don’t get it do you? Presidente Cheetoh has made up his alleged mind and will NOT be swayed by science or facts. As they have since they dared to offer “bad news” to Hair Fuhrer they are forbidden to show their evidence-based charts and graphs in public lest we learn the truth about badly President Hamberder and his posse of sycophants and toadies have let 10s of thousands of people in the USA die needlessly solely because the Social Engineer-in-Chief spent February madly tweeting about conspiracies, firing his staff and…oh yeah…golf!

    2. I humbly suggest that the People of the United States of America halt funding to the Trump Government. Let the Second American Revolution begin! ~Alsep Bahar Moridamus

    3. @J Charles F Laframboise haha you make me laugh watch what you say that could get flagged as domestic terrorism buddy

  1. Testing is being done, and that’s great, however, testing must be accompanied by contact tracing and continual mitigation.

    1. Joyce Tommasino You’re an idiot. Not every virus can be easily vaccinated against. This one is one of the viruses that allows for vaccination due to its structure. HIV is a retrovirus, which is a completely different type of virus

  2. Opening speech is same rambling on every day! Donald please move on, the past is the past. Focus on today.

    1. Lee Taylore wrong! This lies come from democrats and poor people like you believe in this. Stop listening to the news and use common sense

    2. @Tatyana Motso WOW, first I not a dem and I don’t think I’m poor.
      I’m against the current thing in the white house. Not Republicans as a whole.
      Your drinking too much of the orange things kool-ade. You need to do some thinking for yourself, and quit repeating fox news.

    3. Click on that little gear thingy on the bottom right of your screen. Then click on “speed.” Then choose between 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, or 2 times faster.

      I only do normal speed for the reporters’ questions, because I want to savor the times when Trump calls out their lies and makes fools out of them.

  3. DEAD RECKONING

    We’ve been looking at other countries for years. Who’s people needed to wear masks. In order to live their lives. And work their careers.

    We knew the why of it even then. It’s because their environments had gotten toxic. To the point of being severe.

    Yet we did nothing to keep it from happening here. We assumed that because the air was clear.

    That there was nothing ever to fear. A mistake that should be long seared. Within the psyches of those who live through the Contagion.

    But we’re not a race that learns from its mistakes. Ours is a bemused species. That assumes it’s lies.

    When we don’t like what we hear. Even if it could save our lives. Our priorities are shallow and clear.

    We don’t have enough discipline. To socially adhere. To stay put and listen to those who have the wisdom.

    Who fear not the scientific frontier. We’d rather listen to misinformation. From a sun burned brigadier.

    And that’s why other countries should question what appears. Because though we may look like the strongest and smartest. When it really comes down to it.

    We’re bringing up the rear. We’re first in nothing that matters. And it’s the reason we swore into office a jester.

    Who takes his responsibilities much to cavalier. And maybe the time for a comeuppance is finally here.

    1. @Private Private I still strongly believe your insulting buffoons, too many people don’t know that we can overthrow the government and put in people that are better leader’s.. the direction the U.S.A . Is going because of these pathetic excuses of leader’s is from the #1 superpower to the #1 hated nation.. We were one nation UNDER GOD. We had unity… Now their own tactic has hit home.. the U.S. was always good at dividing and conquering.. But know it’s the U.S. being devided .. the government doesn’t help the people and police today don’t remember their place either.. What happened to “SERVE AND PROTECT”… I can go on and on like anyone else.. but in the end WE as a whole will have to stand together and make changes if needed.. if there is no change and the time comes to stand up for our rights nd make a better world for our families we will see who all the coward’s are.. the military can also overthrow the government for THEY ARE the sons and daughters of the citizens of the U.S. and I won’t leave out the brave immigrants that make a part also to seek a better life.. “WE HAVE THE POWER”..

    2. At the same time waiting for FED & government to fill the hole, we need to stay safe & stay strong.
      For people to be back at work, Americans should wear face masks, this is the prerequisites to reopen America.
      We should all wear masks, no doubt. Wake up, America! This virus is spread so easily and quickly. My wife got some quality masks from HotGearUSA.com, hard to find quality masks on market now, we are happy with the purchase.

    3. At the same time waiting for FED & government to fill the hole, we need to stay safe & stay strong.
      For people to be back at work, Americans should wear face masks, this is the prerequisites to reopen America.
      We should all wear masks, no doubt. Wake up, America! This virus is spread so easily and quickly. My wife got some quality masks from HotGearUSA.com, hard to find quality masks on market now, we are happy with the purchase.

  4. That’s a heck of an intro there… No warm up, no Vaseline, just givin it to us raw All while patting yourself on the back and putting others down simultaneously. I give him this, he’s the most entertaining president I’ve had in my lifetime. Winning… I guess

  5. Dr Birx has the most amazing scarf collection – She must have an entire wardrobe devoted to scarfs.

  6. this Scum virus affects everything since we got this Scum virus I have 3 digital cameras stopped working

  7. When you do the live time streaming of the briefing and there is data on the board, can you please shift your camera to the board instead of just focusing on the speaker?

  8. the apartment is great news so that they sort out how to use the men’s room appropriately please

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