Here is New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Rachel Maddow earlier on Tuesday evening in the US:
“I don’t think that we should be making any large political decisions when the president is in such a perilous medical state. He is still receiving interventions and treatments and we’re in the middle of talking about and making dramatic decisions about…COVID stimulus.” – @AOC pic.twitter.com/I5Il9uZUWb
October 7, 2020
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The latest Ipsos poll has Biden leading by eight points in Michigan, the former Democratic stronghold in which Trump managed to clinch victory in 2016 with a fragile lead of 0.3 points:
Biden 51% (+8)
October 7, 2020
Trump and Biden are even in North Carolina, another key state. North Carolina has voted Republican in all but one of the last four presidential elections.
North Carolina Poll:
October 7, 2020
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Here are the highlights from Biden’s Gettysburg speech:
Speaking the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the US civil war, Biden said he decided to run for president after the far-right rally and resulting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. “It was hate on the march in the open. In America,” he said. “Hate never goes away. It only hides. And when it’s given oxygen, when it’s given an opportunity to spread, when it’s treated as normal and acceptable behaviour, we’ve opened a door in this country that we must move quickly to close”
Biden denounces hate and calls for US unity in ‘house divided’ speech at Gettysburg – video
Doubts cast on White House email that says all contact tracing complete – report
CNN reports that staff working at the White House complex have been told in an email that all contact tracing for positive cases at the White House has been completed.
However, the New York Times correspondent mentioned in my previous post, Michael D Shear, has told CNN that “there’s been no outreach by the White House to do contact tracing or to follow up on his condition.”
CNN adds that, “At least one other White House official told CNN that they’ve also alerted officials that they have had direct contact with positive White House personnel, and received no guidance on how to proceed.”
In addition to the below lists, at least three journalists have tested postive, according to the New York Times.
One is Times correspondent Michael D. Shear, the second is photojournalist Al Drago and the White House Correspondents’ Association did not name the third in a story by the Washington Post.
White House administration – who has tested positive so far
Here are the White House administration staff who have tested positive so far:
Donald J. Trump, POTUS
Melania Trump, FLOTUS
Hope Hicks, adviser to the president
Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser
Nicholas Luna, assistant to the president
Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary
Karoline Leavitt, assistant press secretary
Chad Gilmartin, assistant press secretary
Harrison W. Fields assistant press secretary
Jalen Drummond, assistant press secretary
In addition, the following senior Republicans and people in Trump’s periphery have tested positive:
Mike Lee, senator of Utah
Thom Tillis, senator of North Carolina
Charles W. Ray, US coast guard admiral
Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman
Bill Stepien, campaign manager
Kellyanne Conway, former top White House adviser
Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor who helped Trump prepare for the last presidential debate
John I Jenkins, Notre Dame president
Greg Laurie, pastor
Trump was not tested every day – report
The New York Times reports that, according to two unnamed people “familiar with the practices” Trump has not been getting tested for coronavirus daily.
Two officials maintained that Mr. Trump had been tested before the presidential debate, but the White House has yet to affirm that.
White House officials conceded on Tuesday that there had been an impression created that Mr. Trump was getting tested every day, and a reliance on testing as if it were a curative measure as opposed to a diagnostic.
Yet the president himself was not tested every day, according to two people familiar with the practices. A senior administration official would only say on Tuesday that Mr. Trump was tested “regularly.” Mr. Trump himself told reporters in the White House briefing room in July that “I do take probably on average a test every two days, three days.”
A snippet from the New York Times’ latest look inside the White House:
Some White House staff members wondered whether Mr. Trump’s behavior was spurred by a cocktail of drugs he has been taking to treat the coronavirus, including dexamethasone, a steroid that can cause mood swings and can give a false level of energy and a sense of euphoria.
Joe Biden delivered a forceful appeal for national unity from the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, as the nation lurched from crisis to crisis and the president continued to downplay the severity of the coronavirus after being hospitalized for Covid-19.
From the storied civil war battlefield of Gettysburg, a symbol of the divisions that nearly tore the nation in two, Biden cast the election as a “battle for the soul of the nation” and emphasised the stakes this November.
“Today, once again we are a house divided,” Biden said, framed by a row of American flags with the rolling hills of Gettysburg behind him. “But that, my friend, can no longer be. We are facing too many crises. We have too much work to do. We have too bright a future to leave it shipwrecked on the shoals of anger and hate and division.”
In a sweeping speech – one that drew on Abraham Lincoln’s address at the same spot, the site of one of the war’s bloodiest battles, and Lyndon Johnson’s remarks from there one hundred years later – Biden warned of the “cost of division” and his fears that partisanship threatened to undermine the central pillars of American democracy.
Biden vowed to govern as an “American president”, one who would seek bipartisan solutions to the nation’s most consequential problems, including the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and economic turmoil.
Though he did not mention Trump by name, Biden’s remarks amounted to an extraordinary rebuke of the president’s leadership in the wake of a global pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 Americans and infected millions more, including the president and a widening circle of White House aides and allies. Lamenting the politicisation of science and facts, he called for a national strategy:
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Trump criticises FDA vaccine rules
Donald Trump has tweeted his frustration at new rules proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration designed to ensure that the coronavirus vaccine is rolled out only when safe – which would almost certainly mean the vaccine is launched after election day, calling the rules “just another political hit job”:
Donald J. Trump
New FDA Rules make it more difficult for them to speed up vaccines for approval before Election Day. Just another political hit job! @SteveFDA
October 7, 2020
The FDA told coronavirus vaccine developers on Tuesday it wants at least two months of safety data before authorising any emergency use:
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New York governor blasts Trump Covid comments
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has denounced Donald Trump over remarks he made telling Americans ‘to get out there’ and not fear Covid-19. Cuomo attacked Trump’s comments as ‘just more denial’ after the president returned from the White House following a three-night stay at the Walter Reed national military medical center. ‘Don’t be afraid of Covid? No. Be afraid of Covid. It can kill you. Don’t be cavalier.’
‘Be afraid of Covid’: New York governor Cuomo blasts Trump over coronavirus ‘denial’ – video
From earlier today – CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on the skeleton crew running the West Wing’s press areas – less than a month from the election:
Confirming @maggieNYT, a fourth press aide has also tested positive. So now it’s four press aides and the press secretary.
October 6, 2020