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President Donald Trump insisted in a Tuesday interview that a coronavirus vaccine could be approved “in a matter of weeks.”

“The vaccine is going to be here very soon. And we’ve already got therapeutics with remdesivir and other things,” Trump told “Fox & Friends.”

The Trump administration’s push to quickly develop a vaccine by the end of the year, known as “Operation Warp Speed,” was launched in May.

“I’m not doing it for political reasons, I want the vaccine fast,” Trump said Tuesday.

“If this were the, I call it the OBiden, if this were the OBiden administration, you wouldn’t have a vaccine for years because they would have taken two or three years.”

Trump added, “We’re going to have a vaccine in a matter of weeks, it could be four weeks, it could be eight weeks, but we are going to have it.”

Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer are among the many pharmaceutical and biotech companies racing to find a vaccine.

“We have a lot of great companies, it’s not just one,” Trump said.

The president added that the vaccine could be available before the election on Nov. 3.

“[I]f we have something and we will start delivering it immediately upon getting it,” Trump said.

“But we’re very close to getting the vaccine and that’s something I look forward to. And I think it would be so good for the world, not just for us, but for the world.”

Trump’s comments come on the heels of several Democrats indicating they would not take the vaccine if it is approved too early because of political pressure.

In a Sunday interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, said she would have to double-check the facts of a potential vaccine if one is approved and distributed before the election.

“Because [Trump is] looking at an election coming up in less than 60 days and he’s grasping for whatever he can get to pretend he has been a leader on this issue when he is not,” she said.

“I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about.”

Joy Behar asserted last week on “The View” that any vaccine approved by the Trump administration might not be safe and she would only take it after Ivanka takes it.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and one of his senior advisers, responded on Twitter that she would “come on your show” and take the vaccine publicly.

“I trust the FDA and so should all Americans. Vanquishing this virus should be our collective top priority,” Ivanka Trump tweeted.

Author: Erin Coates

Source: Western Journal: Trump Drops Major Vaccine News: ‘A Matter of Weeks’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a gathering of students and experts at Georgetown University Medical Center in January 2017 that the incoming Trump administration would face a “surprise outbreak” of a new disease and the United States needed to prepare for it.

“If there’s one message that I want to leave with you today based on my experience, is that there is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases,” Fauci said.

“The history of the last 32 years that I’ve been the director of NIAID will tell the next administration that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that they will be faced with the challenges that their predecessors were faced with.”

He added, “We will definitely get surprised in the next few years.”

Fauci made his comments during the keynote address at “Pandemic Preparedness in the Next U.S. Presidential Administration,” where he and other global health leaders encouraged the Trump administration to plan for an outbreak.

“If you think about all the things that could very quickly devastate a population, devastate a country, pandemics is really near if not at the top of that list,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, according to Georgetown University Medical Center.

According to the health experts, an administration should prepare for pandemic response by improving global health-surveillance systems, investing in research and creating emergency funds.

Fauci pointed to his experience with the Zika virus during the Obama administration as an example of why emergency funds are needed.

“We need [a public health emergency fund] because of what we had to go through for Zika,” he said.

“I mean, it was very, very painful when the president asked for the $1.9 billion in February and we didn’t get it until September. That was a very painful process.”

Fauci also used his experience with the emergence of HIV and AIDS in 1981 as an example of a subtle outbreak that people don’t notice at first.

“There is outbreaks that are very profound, acute and dramatic — like Ebola, like what we’ve seen with Zika,” he said.

“And then there are outbreaks that may be really subtle. They’re happening and you’re not necessarily noticing them.”

Even though many people have argued that the Trump administration did not heed experts’ warnings and prepare appropriately for the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump has denied the allegations.

“We were very prepared. The only thing we weren’t prepared for was the media. The media has not treated it fairly,” Trump said in a March 19 news conference.

“I’ll tell you how prepared I was: I called for a ban from people coming in from China long before anybody thought it was — in fact, it was [NBC News] — I believe they called me a racist because I did that. It was — many of the people in the room, they called me racist and other words because I did that, because I went so early.”

Author: Erin Coates

Source: Western Journal: Fauci’s 2017 Disease Prediction Reemerges, Generates Buzz

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush endorsed President Donald Trump’s re-election on Tuesday.

The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush informed The Dallas Morning News of his intention to vote for Trump in November.

“President Trump is the only thing standing between American and socialism,” Bush said.

He added that “it’s clear” the policies implemented by the Trump administration are working for the country.

“Even in a global pandemic where we have had to take unprecedented measures to protect public health, the economy is already returning,” Bush said.

“It’s clear, America and Texas will continue to be stronger than ever.”

Trump thanked Bush for his endorsement on Twitter, saying that it was a “great honor.”

The younger Bush’s endorsement comes on the heels of a New York Times report saying many top Republican leaders will not be voting for Trump.

The Times cited people familiar with the family’s thinking who said George W. Bush won’t support the president’s re-election and Jeb Bush is still unsure how he will vote in November.

Former President Bush’s spokesman, Freddy Ford, told The Texas Tribune that The Times’ report was wrong.

“This is completely made up,” Ford said. “He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”

Trump tweeted an article reporting Ford’s statement but did not make any other comment on it.

The president took shots at George P. Bush’s father during the 2016 election, calling him “Low Energy Jeb.”

However, the younger Bush and Trump have supported each other in their political endeavors, and the president has called him the “Bush that got it right.”

“I like him,” Trump said, adding that he is a “friend of my son and he’s a great guy.”

Author: Erin Coates

Source: Western Journal: A Member of the Bush Family Just Threw His Support Behind Trump

An intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security says that Chinese leaders covered up how contagious the novel coronavirus is in order to stock up on medical supplies.

The four-page report obtained by The Associated Press said that China “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic, adding to Trump administration officials’ criticisms of the country’s response to the global outbreak.

The analysis, dated May 1 and marked “for official use only,” showed that China had increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies in January.

The country had covered up its movements by “denying there were export restrictions and obfuscating and delaying provision of its trade data,” according to the report.

The report also concluded that China had chosen not to inform the World Health Organization that the coronavirus “was a contagion” so it could order medical supplies and import face masks and surgical gowns from abroad.

Politico also viewed the report that said imports to China of surgical face masks were increased by 278 percent and surgical gowns by 72 percent in January.

The country also decreased its global exports of gloves, gowns and face masks.

Exports of medical ventilators were decreased by 45 percent.

The report’s conclusions are based on the 95 percent probability that the changes in imports and exports were not normal for this time of year.

Trump administration officials have been critical of how the Chinese government and the WHO handled the early stages of the global pandemic.

“We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party did all that it could to make sure that the world didn’t learn in a timely fashion about what was taking place,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a May interview on ABC’S “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

“That created enormous risk, and now you can see hundreds of thousands of people around the world, tens of thousands in the United States, have been harmed.”

According to the timeline from the WHO, China informed the organization of the outbreak on Dec. 31, 2019.

However, Chinese officials allegedly silenced doctors who warned about the outbreak early on so they could downplay the threat of the virus.

China has also been accused of releasing false statistics and failing to provide accurate information about the outbreak.

Liu Dengfeng of the Chinese National Health Commission’s science and education department said samples of the virus were destroyed at unauthorized labs to “prevent the risk to laboratory biological safety and prevent secondary disasters caused by unidentified pathogens.”

“Based on comprehensive research and expert opinion, we decided to temporarily manage the pathogen causing the pneumonia as Class II — highly pathogenic — and imposed biosafety requirements on sample collection, transport and experimental activities, as well as destroying the samples,” he said.

Author: Erin Coates

Source: Western Journal: It Looks Like China Hid Severity of Outbreak for Recklessly Selfish Reason

Fox News’ town hall Thursday evening with President Donald Trump averaged 4.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched election town hall in cable news history, according to early Nielsen Media Research data.

The event hosted in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and moderated by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier and “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum also brought in 744,000 viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic, Fox News reported.

The Fox News town hall was shown from 6:30-7:30 p.m. EST and dominated the other cable news programs during that time, with MSNBC and CNN bringing in 1.4 million and 1 million viewers respectively.

Another 2 million viewers tuned in to the encore presentation of the Town Hall at 11 p.m.

Trump’s first town hall of 2020 was more conversational than his rallies and gave him a chance to connect directly with voters who had the opportunity to ask the president questions personally, Fox News reported.

He started by defending his administration’s response to the coronavirus, arguing that limiting travel from China early had averted a broader crisis in the United States.

Trump said he had been ready to face Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidency, but then Biden won quite a few states on Tuesday.

“I’m all set for Bernie, communist, I had everything down, I was all set,” Trump said.

“And then we have this crazy thing that happened on Tuesday, which [Biden] thought was Thursday. But he also said 150 million people were killed with guns, and he was running for the United States Senate — there’s something going on there.”

By highlighting Biden’s most recent gaffes, Trump called into question the former vice president’s mental acuity and fitness for office.

Trump criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren for not dropping out of the race sooner, saying that Sanders “would have won five, six, seven states.”

The president also responded to a question about the rhetoric of insult politics in today’s culture and how it is dividing the country.

“I think the way we unite is really through success, but when they hit us, we have to hit back,” Trump said. “There’s two ways of doing it. Turning your cheek — but I wouldn’t be sitting up here if I turned my cheek.”

Fox News has hosted eight town halls with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, most recently with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — who have all since dropped out of the race.

Fox News’ town hall with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held the previous record in this election cycle, with 2.6 million viewers tuning in in April 2019, The Hill reported.

On Friday, Fox News Media President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace announced that the network will host the second town hall event with Sanders in Detroit on Monday.

Author: Erin Coates

Source: Western Journal: Trump Makes Cable History Record with Fox News Town Hall

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “unfit for office” for attending a fancy dinner party around the time the California Democrat said she was “closely monitoring the situation” in Iraq, where Iran launched a series of missile attacks on military bases housing U.S. troops Tuesday night.

Iran fired roughly 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq, with at least 11 hitting Ain al-Asad Air Base and Erbil military base Tuesday night, Fox News reported.

A U.S. military spokesman for Central Command said four of the missiles missed their targets.

Following reports of the attack, Pelosi tweeted, “Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our servicemembers, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence.”

However, just minutes before she sent the tweet, the House speaker was spotted at the opening night of Danny Meyer’s Maialino Mare restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Anna Spiegel, the food editor of Washingtonian magazine, tweeted the photo evidence of Pelosi at the restaurant, time-stamped 17 minutes before Pelosi’s tweet was published.

According to Politico’s Heather Caygle, Pelosi brushed off a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence before she appeared at the restaurant.

Cheney, chair of the House Republican Conference, was not afraid to call Pelosi out for her behavior.

“Speaker Pelosi is an embarrassment and unfit for office,” she tweeted.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Tuesday’s missile attacks were in retaliation for the airstrike that killed Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani last week.

Soleimani and his Quds Force were “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” according to the Department of Defense.

Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, were killed, along with eight others, in the drone strike at Baghdad International Airport.

The U.S. military said the strikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that the U.S. blamed on an Iran-backed militia.

Initial assessments of the aftermath at the Iraq military bases showed “no U.S. casualties,” a U.S. military official in Baghdad told Fox.

Author: Erin Coates

Source: Western Journal: Rep. Cheney: ‘Speaker Pelosi Is an Embarrassment & Unfit for Office’

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