Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney refused to take responsibility for the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 disease and crafted a new conspiracy theory that the news coverage on the novel coronavirus is merely a media-driven plot to take down Donald Trump.
“They think this will bring down the president,” Mulvaney said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, regarding news reporting of the COVID-19 disease. “That’s what it’s all about.”
The new coronavirus and its potential spread have caused panic among investors, who fear the disease could have lasting impacts on the economy.
On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 1,200 points, the worst one-day drop in history. As of the time this article was published Friday, the Dow fell another 1,190 points, dropping another 4.4%.
In all, stocks are set to have their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis, according to the Wall Street Journal.
When asked how the administration could calm the markets, Mulvaney again blamed the media — the go-to strategy Trump and his aides employ when faced with criticism over their policies.
“What I might do to calm the markets is turn the television off for 24 hours,” Mulvaney said. “This is not Ebola. It’s not SARS.”
While Trump and his appointed officials are trying to calm fears, experts within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warningof community spread of COVID-19 disease, saying cities should plan to implement “social distancing measures,” including closing schools and asking businesses to have employees work from home.
Because Trump fears the impact the COVID-19 disease may have on his reelection hopes, he’s trying to control the amount of information that gets to the public on the disease, putting Mike Pence solely in charge of the communications response.
Pence, for his part, has a checkered record on public health crises, overseeing the worst outbreak of HIV in Indiana when he served as state governor.
And in even worse news for the administration, a whistleblower came forward to say that public health workers in the federal government are not well trained or properly equipped to deal with the disease, saying workers were “improperly deployed” to military bases where people infected with the disease are being quarantined.
TAP – Crashing the stock markets before the November Presidential election has to be a political strategy as well as a financial one to make money through short selling of stocks and shares by insiders. Coronavirus is a fake epidemic. Trump is right, but with the media pumping it day and night, he can’t get easily that message across. In China it’s all back to work, situation solved, which in itself is highly suspicious. Lots of people were killed – no doubt the pro-democracy activists for the most part and other politically inconvenient people. The Chinese government did its work in crashing the Dow Jones Industrial Index and all the world’s stock markets. Now that’s done, they’re unlocking the lockdown. At least the Chinese people were fed during the lockdown. In the Korean lockdown going on now (5G is starting there as in Wuhan) food supplies are cut off. Italians were carefully selected for the being the best panickers in Europe for a coronavirus ‘outbreak’. (Much as I love my Italian friends!). Coronavirus is pneumonia which kills quite a few people every year. The Coronavirus numbers are not convincing. It really is a media psyop. Trump’s right.