Morning Greatness: Trump Admin. Reverses Obama-Era Regulation Blocking Coronavirus Testing

Good Thursday morning.

Here’s what is on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president meets with the Secretary of State
  • President Trump participates in a live FOX News Channel Town Hall  in Scranton, PA

Weaponized Coronavirus dominates airwaves

First, yes it’s hard to find sanitizer right now. Some jerks are charging $400 or more on Amazon.  You can make your own.

Meanwhile, Purell is ramping up production.

The House passed an $8.3B measure for emergency funding to combat coronavirus and now it will go to the Senate. Meanwhile, we have some more cruise ship trouble.

Two shiploads of passengers may have been exposed. State and federal officials are scurrying to contact 2,500-plus passengers who disembarked Feb. 21 from the San Francisco-Mexico cruise at the same time as the man who died, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.

California is also keeping Grand Princess passengers on the current San Francisco-Hawaii trip in the Pacific Ocean indefinitely until state and federal officials can assess how many passengers and crew have coronavirus or have been exposed.

Twenty-one people on the Grand Princess are showing signs of possible infection.

The Trump Administration has rolled back an Obama FDA rule that required “state-run laboratories to only run medical tests pre-approved by the F.D.A.”

“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing, and we undid that decision a few days ago so that the testing can take place at a much more accurate and rapid fashion,” Trump stated. “That was a decision we disagreed with. I don’t think we would have made it, but for some reason it was made. But we’ve undone that decision.”

Keep calm, wash your hands and don’t panic. People are freaking out that they can’t get tested for the virus, but does it matter if you aren’t showing life threatening symptoms in this time of crisis? If you go to the ER, and you aren’t sick you will be when you leave because that is where the sick people are. If you do have the virus but aren’t dangerously sick, they are going to send you home to self-quarantine, you won’t be admitted because hospitals are saving space for really sick people like the elderly and immuno-compromised.

The Trump deranged are acting like the people working at the CDC are inbred, Jesus morons Trump put in the agency when he was elected. NO. The CDC are career employees, they are the same people who worked there under Obama, W and probably Clinton. THE SAME PEOPLE. Why did Obama get the white glove treatment on Ebola but now Trump is personally responsible for the jacked up agency response? Because Trump. There’s only so much a centralized government can do during a nationwide epidemic. Give the resources to the states, remove the roadblocks of federal regulations and let the states and localities handle it the best they can. Local is always better than the fedgov.

I just returned from a medical emergency, cross country trip where I spent 5 hours on an airplane each way. [Random story: On my return to the swamp, I sat in the row behind Donna Brazile who had hand sanitizer and wiped down her seat and was very polite.] I’ll have to make the same trip in a few weeks, I have hand sanitizer and travel sized Lysol. It’s just life, don’t freak out, stay away from sick people and wash your hands. Stop hoarding water, go buy a filtration system like a Brita or a Berkey (I have one) because the water supply will probably not be compromised. The panic is always worse than the actual crisis.

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Primary Roundup:
Sanders condemns his supporters’ ‘ugly, personal attacks’ against Warren
Trump says Biden Ukraine dealings will be a ‘major’ campaign issue
Scaramucci: ‘Of course I’ll campaign’ for Biden
Hunter Biden Touted Connections In 2019 While Pitching UCLA Law On Letting Him Teach Drug Policy Course
‘Biden can finish Bernie off in Michigan’
Inside Bloomberg’s half-billion-dollar belly flop

Other morsels:
Vatican Praises UK Jesuits’ Divestment of Fossil Fuel Stocks
U.S. senator moots ban on TikTok for federal workers, citing Chinese government ties
Trump’s EPA Makes Big Changes To Rule Banning ‘Secret Science,’ Obama-Era Officials Rage
Josh Hawley To Introduce Senate Motion To Censure Chuck Shumer For SCOTUS ‘Intimidation’
Whoopi Goldberg Wants Dr. Jill Biden To Be Surgeon General — Until She Learns Her PhD Is In Education
Chief Justice John Roberts rebukes Chuck Schumer for comments about Kavanaugh and Gorsuch
Trump says Schumer should ‘pay severe price’ for Supreme Court threat
ABA ‘deeply troubled’ by Schumer’s Supreme Court comments
Kim Kardashian visits White House, thanks Trump for commuting sentences of ‘three really deserving women’
Antonio Sabato Jr. says supporting Trump ended his career in Hollywood
First CRISPR gene editing done inside human body, scientists say
Court to halt Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy in Arizona, California
How about these folks get their ass fired? FISA court blocks FBI agents linked to Carter Page probe from seeking wiretaps, other surveillance
A white student in Missouri sent a meme to black classmates that included a racial slur, school district says
Suspect in ambush shootings of New York City police officers indicted on 52 counts
Pentagon linguist faces espionage charges after allegedly sharing secrets with Hezbollah
U. of Illinois Offers ‘Buyback’ on ‘Racist’ Merchandise of Indian Chief Mascot

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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