‘Please Study This Closely’: Trump Shares Video Upending Liberal Lies On COVID-19

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President Trump is once again drawing attention to a video he previously shared of Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw debunking liberal lies on the coronavirus.

As Democratic members of Congress and mainstream media members continue to claim President Trump has been a poor leader during the coronavirus global pandemic, the facts simply do not back that up.

The Trump Administration has been active since before the U.S. even had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus and is continuing to help Americans and businesses desperate for financial assistance.

“Please study this closely. We saved many lives with our fast action on CoronaVirus!” Trump said in a tweet with the video.

Check it out:

The Trump Administration has been incredibly busy in the fight for Americans, the president’s re-election website reports, while Democrats are playing “politics.”

From the website:

  • President Trump is taking concrete actions to rapidly expand testing and guarantee any American can get tested for coronavirus for free.
  • President Trump is taking decisive action to make sure U.S. hospitals have the resources they need to mobilize against the coronavirus.
  • President Trump instituted unprecedented travel bans to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep Americans safe.
  • President Trump is taking critical steps to shore up the U.S. economy and help Americans economically impacted by the coronavirus.

The president’s rigorous defense of Americans against the spread of the coronavirus did not start overnight but has been in the works for months. 

While mainstream media consistently reports on the mistakes, the errors, and the missed opportunities—all the things the administration could have improved on—they are often dead silent on the actions Trump has taken.

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Like, the Trump administration was investigating China and the spread of the coronavirus weeks before the first case in the United States was ever confirmed.

According to Trump’s re-election website, the Center for Disease Control issued a travel guideline as early as January 6 (Remember: the one liberals criticized at the time).

“The CDC updated a Level 1 travel health notice for Wuhan, China” on January 11, the website reports. Less than a week later: “The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.”

And, on January 20, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the Coronavirus Task Force announced the National Institutes of Health was already working on developing a vaccine.

That was the very day the U.S. has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus.

And the Trump administration has been very active since that time.

From the president’s website:

January 21: The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.

January 23: The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.

January 27: President Trump tweeted that he made an offer to President Xi Jinping to send experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.

January 27: The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.

January 27: The White House Coronavirus Task Force started meeting to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.

January 29: The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.

January 31: The Trump Administration:

  • Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
  • Announced Chinese travel restrictions.
  • Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

January 31: The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.

February 3: The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus, but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.

February 2: The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.

February 4: President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.

February 5: The Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response efforts.

February 6: The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.

February 7: President Trump told reporters that the CDC is working with China on the coronavirus.

February 9: The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.

February 11: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.

February 12: The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.

February 12: The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.

February 14: The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.

February 18: HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and to develop treatment for coronavirus infections.

February 22: A WHO team of international experts arrives in Wuhan, China.

February 24: The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Febraury 25: HHS Secretary Azar testified before the Senate HELP committee on the Administration’s coronavirus response efforts.

February 26: President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration’s containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.

February 29: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.

February 29: The Trump Administration:

  • Announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea.
  • Barred all travel to Iran.
  • Barred the entry of foreign citizens who visited Iran in the last 14 days.

March 3: The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.”

March 3: The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.

March 4: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

March 4: Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.

March 6: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.

March 9: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.

March 10: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.

March 11: President Trump:

  • Announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days.
  • Directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion.
  • Directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses, & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.”
  • Met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus.

March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.

March 13: President Trump announced:

  • Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites.
  • A pause on interest payments on federal student loans.
  • An order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.

March 13: The Food & Drug Administration:

  • Granted Roche AG an emergency approval for automated coronavirus testing kits.

  • Issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.

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