Good Tuesday morning.
Here’s what is on the president’s agenda today:
- The president meets with the Governor of New York State
- 5:00PM Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing
Trump cuts off immigration into the U.S.
President Trump announced last night that he was cutting off immigration into the U.S. because of the invisible China virus. Now, the open borders immigration zealots are going to melt down over this and coincidentally, these are the same despots who want to lock you in your house and keep you out of parks and beaches. But how can you argue that the Chinese virus is so dangerous we must all stay locked away while also saying we should be bringing in more people of unknown heath condition? Alas, never mind because consistency is never required of these people.
In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security is drafting the executive order for the president to sign. A DHS official explained the reason behind the executive order , a DHS official said “22 million unemployed Americans and counting due to Covid-19.”
Makes sense. There’s no reason to bring anymore people into the U.S. when we are battling a pandemic.
Congress still fighting over next relief bill
Elected officials are still negotiating over the next relief bill. What’s the hold up?
The two stumbling blocks are Democratic demands for a $30 billion national coronavirus testing program and $150 billion to fund state and local governments that have seen costs soar and revenues drop because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But Cocaine Mitch told Senate Minority blowhard Chuck Schumer that there will be no money for state and local governments. “At this hour, our Democratic colleagues are still prolonging their discussions with the administration, so the Senate regretfully will not be able to pass more funding for Americans’ paychecks today,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Both sides have agreed upon $300 billion in new money for the Paycheck Protection Program and $50 billion for the agency’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Let’s move on that and deal with the other things later, if, as the Democrats say, it’s so important to help the suffering American worker. Unless it’s not.
Kim Jong Un is close to death…or is he?
CNN broke the “story” that Kim Jung Un is in “grave danger” but it’s CNN, so could be another fable.
The US is monitoring intelligence that suggests North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after undergoing a previous surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge.
A second source familiar with the intelligence told CNN that the US has been closely monitoring reports on Kim’s health.
Apparently Kim “received the cardiovascular system procedure because of ‘excessive smoking, obesity, and overwork.'” However, over in Seoul, South Korea they have a different story. ABC News writes, “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to be handling state affairs as usual, South Korea’s government said Tuesday.”
“We have no information to confirm regarding rumors about Chairman Kim Jong Un’s health issue that have been reported by some media outlets. Also, no unusual developments have been detected inside North Korea,” Blue House spokesman Kang Min-seok said in the statement.
A U.S. official said the government had received information a surgical procedure may have left Kim “incapacitated or worse.”
Coronavirus protests test Facebook’s free speech pledges
Stacey Abrams calls Georgia’s plan to reopen some businesses amid coronavirus ‘dangerously incompetent’
Fauci takes heat from protestors of stay-at-home orders, says ignoring guidelines will ‘backfire’
Anti-quarantine rally in Pennsylvania draws about 2,000 people in latest protest against coronavirus restrictions
Trump invites Cuomo to White House for meeting on coronavirus response
Bipartisan House group rejects Trump assertion that coronavirus testing is state responsibility
Trump touts testing, relations with governors despite pleas for more federal help
Schiff, Nadler call for DOJ inspector general review of Barr comments related to Trump firing of ICIG
Surgeon general gets pushed to sidelines, sparking questions
WHO director says CDC staff were never kept in dark over coronavirus
WHO passed on crappy China propaganda. HHS Criticizes WHO For Reliance On China, Says HHS Employees Working At WHO Were Not ‘Decision Makers’
Treasury Department releases $2.9 billion in payroll support for airlines
Los Angeles coronavirus infections 40 times greater than known cases, antibody tests suggest
California researchers test everybody in one town for coronavirus
Connecticut reports spike in coronavirus cases, cites CDC classification changes
Mitch McConnell accuses Democrats of delaying small business aid
Poison control inundated with calls about cleaning products since coronavirus pandemic
Florida man sells face masks made of Burmese python and alligators
Georgia, Tennessee, SC announce plans to reopen some businesses, wind down coronavirus stay-at-home orders
CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s reemergence claim from coronavirus quarantine gets panned on social media
Congress’ $300B package for small businesses may only last days: report
It’s your job to get the tests. Maryland’s first lady capitalizes on her South Korean heritage to secure test kits
America’s black and Hispanic communities are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis
Trump Wants To Add 75 Million Barrels Of Oil To US Reserves As Crude Oil Plummets — ‘Buy It Or We’ll Store It’
Former CIA Moscow Chief Not Surprised By Evidence Of Russian Disinformation In Steele Dossier
No. Washington Posts media critic asks if CNN, MSNBC will review coverage of discredited Steele dossier
Cynthia Nixon says Biden is ‘courting hard-core racists’ in latest coronavirus ad
CNN avoids on-air coverage of Biden accuser Tara Reade nearly one month after making assault claim
Trump video mocking Obama’s Biden endorsement outpaces viewership of Obama address within hours
McDaniel: RNC moving ‘full steam ahead’ with convention plans but could reassess this summer
London Fashion Week to go gender neutral
Hanukkah stabbing suspect deemed mentally unfit for trial, ordered to undergo treatment, judge rules
And that’s all I’ve got, now go wash your hands!