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Trump is going to be criticized by the media no matter what he does. The press was hoping Trump would get a test right away then attack him for being tested before tests were widely available to the public. When he held back in fear of media criticism, the media went on the offensive. In response Trump got the test. Look for the media to pivot and attack him for getting tested.

It is worth noting that 60 million Americans got the swine flu and 12,400 died during the Obama administration - the media uttered nary a negative word about his administration. That is the media universe that exists in the US.

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@wolfpack Trump is going to be criticized by the media no matter what he does.

I assume you're saying that's normal, that that's what's to be expected from a free, for-profit press. A free, for-profit press that is constitutionally permitted to support, criticize or report opinions in between is what separates most 'western' democracies from authoritarian states like China, Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran and others like them where the rulers determine what's reported and how things are reported.

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When he held back in fear

This sums up so much of Donny Trump's actions. He denied the COVID problem for so long because he's afraid. He's acted out of fear and insecurity for a very long time. He peddles fear, hiding it behind insecure macho bravado.

And the moment he said "I don't take responsibility for that," he showed, yet again, how much of a coward he is, and how much fear rules his daily life.

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Trump is going to be criticized by the media no matter what he does. 

When everything you do is wrong, you get criticized for it.

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No matter how incompetent Trump proves himself to be his cult followers will always amazingly gaslight themselves into believing the idiot is being treated unfairly.

Like it or not, Trump’s bungled this. His incompetence, unbelievable.

“Leadership: Whatever happens, you're responsible. If it doesn't happen, you're responsible.” Donald J. Trump 2013

That didn’t age well at all.

On the lag in testing ““No, I don’t take responsibility at all because...” Donald J. Trump 2020

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even if he did everything perfectly, liberals would still be infuriated and still criticize him.

With him botching it at every turn, we’ll never know, will we?

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This sums up so much of Donny Trump's actions. He denied the COVID problem for so long because he's afraid. He's acted out of fear and insecurity for a very long time. He peddles fear, hiding it behind insecure macho bravado. 

I dunno about all that, I seriously doubt it, but I do believe Trump is definitely making sure to keep one eye open in dealing with these Democrats and making sure he stays on step ahead of them at all cost. But fear, naw! Cautious and suspicious, definitely.

With him botching it at every turn, we’ll never know, will we?

Yup, as I said before, that’s the liberals continuous Achilles heel! Lol

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Yup, as I said before, that’s the liberals continuous Achilles heel! Lol

And conservatives’ continuous Achilles heel is the guy in charge of them.

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They forget that their “media” pilloried Obama for everything he did. 

Inaccurate.

It is worth noting that 60 million Americans got the swine flu and 12,400 died during the Obama administration - the media uttered nary a negative word about his administration. That is the media universe that exists in the US.

Accurate.

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hold all political criticism until this thing will blow over,

If only we had a president strong enough to take criticism we wouldn’t need to be discussing the need to protect him from it at a time like this.

Having one who spent less time golfing and took the job seriously would help to.

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that although the buck stops with the President,

Really? Because I swear the President said he doesn't take responsibility for things.

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@PTownsend: A free, for-profit press that is constitutionally permitted to support, criticize or report opinions 

Agreed. So why no criticism of Obama after 12,400 died from swine flu? No one even mentioned it during 2012 election.

rainyday: When everything you do is wrong, you get criticized for it.

Was stopping travel with China wrong? Europe didn’t and now it’s the center of the pandemic.

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Was stopping travel with China wrong?

Is he taking heat for that? No.

Just the stuff he screwed up. Are we supposed to praise him for that?

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Trump tested negative.

Trump tests negative for coronavirus

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/14/politics/trump-press-conference-coronavirus/index.html

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Just the stuff he screwed up. Are we supposed to praise him for that?

What did Trump screw-up? Are you mad he tested negative?

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good that he’s negative and good that he tested, particularly because he stated that he wouldn’t self-quarantine after having contact with people who tested positive.

Ivanka, on the other hand, very responsibly went into isolation and hopefully won’t need to be tested.

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I thought it took 24-48 hours to get a result back.

Oh, I forget. He has the best team, the best physicians. He's got this under control. He's also 6 foot 3 and 185 pounds with 4% bodyfat.

And how ironic he gets tested so quickly and readily (as well as celebrities and NBA players), while many Americans cannot.

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It's good that Trump was negative but now the millions who might need a test but aren't getting one. Or the 11 million illegals and 27 million without healthcare. Even many with healthcare have restrictions requiring health check payments which for some means taking food off the table.

The test should be free for those who need it.

Still lacking enough test kits.

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And how ironic he gets tested so quickly and readily (as well as celebrities and NBA players), while many Americans cannot.

There it is. Bludgeoned by the press to get tested, bludgeoned because he was tested. Trump gets criticized either way.

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I will not be surprised if Trump and his entourage does not have access to some kind of immunizations that we don’t know...

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What did Trump screw-up? Are you mad he tested negative?

No, I’m mad that he buried his head in the sand for months and did nothing to prepare for the crisis about to engulf the US and kill people.

You think it’s appropriate to give him a pass on that, really? Him golfing last week and saying this virus is just going to magically go away on its own to explain why he hasn’t done his job?

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Good.

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Lols at the trumpet massive pretending to care for the people.

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The entire Brazilian entourage he met in mar a la go is positive and they expect to believe trumpo isn't? Well, next few days should be telling.

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What did Trump screw-up?

Downplaying the virus. Muzzling the CDC. Dropping the Pandemic Response Team, lying about heavy testing (8 on Tuesday), blaming the media, blaming the Democrats, blaming Obama...

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The test should be free for those who need it.

US Rep. Katie Porter got the head of CDC to agree to free testing for all. I haven't heard what Trump's response is. My concern, the logistics required to do that could further stress medical services. The US must re-think how health services are provided. How's Trump's better-than-Obamacare coming along?

Katie Porter gets CDC Director to allow FREE testing for all ON THE SPOT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3djhMs8DjU

Source: Bryan Tyler Cohen

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What did Trump screw-up?

Downplaying the virus

Being calm and urging calm is not downplaying the virus, it's being presidential.

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Readers, no more bickering, Please put aside your political differences and comment on the story, otherwise some of you will be leaving us for the rest of the day.

I am happy that he has tested negative. But there are millions of people who haven't got the immediate access that the elite have, and something must change. I feel that the administration has handled the crisis very badly and I don't believe a word that comes out of the White House. Why? Because they have form for not telling the truth.

I believe that history will judge this appalling Presidency (and those who defended it) harshly.

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The only thing I think that is important now is for both sides to come together, the Dems cease their hatred and attacks on the President until this thing is under control, that’s not a big thing to ask for and then when all is done, the media as well as his opponents can have at it for all I care and if the WH can get thousands of test kits out to anyone that needs or requests it is definitely a great thing. I also heard the President is going to suspend and waive student loans until further notice, if that’s the case, it’s a great thing. I’m relieved that this President is trying to do the best he can given the circumstances surrounding this virus. Every little gesture helps.

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 the Dems cease their hatred and attacks on the President 

And conversely Trump stop his attacks on those who question him, regardless political party, regardless position. A leader, which US presidents historically have been, is supposed to find ways to get people to work together, not further divide them. If Trump can't stand the heat in the kitchen (Truman quote), he should hideaway at one of his resorts and let the experts take over. Too bad Trump axed a group of highly trained experts that could have helped him and the country.

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The main difference is, Trump is the President and he doesn’t have to listen to anyone telling him to quiet down. Should he pull back and not say things off the cuff so easily, he does, but Democrats bouncing on him for his personal opinions is just dumb. At this point and time instead of criticizing him to score political points and just putting off their differences, but they can’t do that and Trump won’t let them get away with it as he shouldn’t, but if they can put their anger aside and work this until it really blows over the public will appreciate both sides more. He’s been doing a good job, especially now and under these circumstances. A lot more is being done and less focus on the man and focus on the medical experts and once this thing blows over, it’s fight back on then the Dems can resume their hatred of Trump campaign.

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 He’s been doing a good job, 

Trump and his admin are behind where they should be and have to play catch-up because of the mistakes he and his admin have made from day 1 in office. But when an administration is made up of the 'elite' so far out of touch with America's working and middle classes, that's to be expected. Trump and his admin have made public and environmental health low priorities, and the country's paying a huge price for that now.

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The main thing is, lose the anger, focus on Dr. Fauci (immunologist) and his medical staff and you will have no stress, that’s the most easiest and sane thing to do and tune out everything else.

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The main thing is, lose the anger, focus on Dr. Fauci (immunologist) and his medical staff and you will have no stress, that’s the most easiest and sane thing to do and tune out everything else.

he said the test should be free for all who need it. But what of the 11 million illegals and the 27 million who can't affrod healthcare or millions who only have limited healthcare that does not cover this virus. The millions who now are unable to work and stand a cahnce of losing their jobs.

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he said the test should be free for all who need it. But what of the 11 million illegals and the 27 million who can't affrod healthcare or millions who only have limited healthcare that does not cover this virus.

Well, I’ll be honest, I’m more worried about Americans than the illegals, but having said that, if there’s something available for them then after all Americans are care for and that’s the first and foremost group of people that need to get the highest priority.

The millions who now are unable to work and stand a cahnce of losing their jobs

Yes, that may happen. I’m losing money and have to cut back as well, I can’t really fly and I truly understand. It’s hard on everyone.

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But there are millions of people who haven't got the immediate access that the elite have*

There are more than 1250 federally funded public health clinics across the US with over 8000 service sites. Cost for services is usually is based on a sliding scale and those who can not pay don't.

A 1985 federal law requires all emergency medical facilities in the US to treat anyone that comes through their doors. Regardless of their ability to pay. The Feds also give tax breaks and other incentives to hospitals that provide free or low cost services to low income families and individuals. There are around 6000 hospitals in the US.

Every US state has some form of Medicaid that provides services for the economically disadvantaged and disabled.

Then there are the thousands of free, community health centers operating on private donations and government grants. Many of these are set up to serve undocumented individuals and other at risk groups.

Bottom line is if you live in America, whether your a citizen or not, documented or not, rich or poor you have access. And in this situation it will most likely be as immediate as possible.

But what of the 11 million illegals and the 27 million who can't affrod healthcare or millions who only have limited healthcare that does not cover this virus.

All US health insurance companies cover this virus and have waived patient copay for Covid-19 related treatment and testing. As it stands right now, each and every one of those 27 million uninsured as well as the 11 million undocumented can walk right into any one of the tens of thousands of available health care facilities and get tested and treated if necessary. And if they can't pay? They won't have to.

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Well, I’ll be honest, I’m more worried about Americans than the illegals, but having said that, if there’s something available for them then after all Americans are care for and that’s the first and foremost group of people that need to get the highest priority

But in reality, it's the illegals who could become more dangerous. This isn't a time for politics but deciding how best to prevent the virus spreading. All people who have the virus need treatment regardless whether they are Americans or illegals. You don't mention those Americans without healthcare or the one with healthcare but are not covered for the virus. Illegals could spread the virus quickly.

Yes, that may happen. I’m losing money and have to cut back as well, I can’t really fly and I truly understand. It’s hard on everyone.

But you live and work in Japan so how does the America virus affect your business. The gig economy which so many rely on has collapsed. Why can't you fly? You claim to use a private one?

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The only thing I think that is important now is for both sides to come together, the Dems cease their hatred and attacks on the President until this thing is under contro

Do you think Trump should stop the trash attacks on Democrats Twitter, stop posting doctored videos about his opponents and calling them childish names. Also, should Trump supporters stop posting general attacks on ‘liberals’ in the name of coming together?

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But in reality, it's the illegals who could become more dangerous. This isn't a time for politics but deciding how best to prevent the virus spreading.

They should be quarantined and they movements kept to a minimum, but how do you get them out of the shadows? Maybe they should go back and seek help in their own country. But I think we definitely have to ensure the safety of Americans first, everything else is secondary.

You don't mention those Americans without healthcare or the one with healthcare but are not covered for the virus. Illegals could spread the virus quickly.

I don’t believe that for a multi or reasons, we just differ on that, but as for uninsured a

Americans I do think we need to (at least temporarily) to give these people some assistance. I think it’s the proper thing to do.

But you live and work in Japan

Half of the year and yes, it does severely affect my business and we’re in rough waters white knuckle riding it now a flying has nothing to do with it, but the main thing is, even I’m not immune to this virus.

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Trump tests negative for coronavirus

Glad that he tested negative...for the time being. Now, let's fix the coronovirus problem instead of the blame and move forward and get the economy back on track.

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Kuya 808

Thank you for the comprehensive reply.

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Half of the year and yes, it does severely affect my business and we’re in rough waters white knuckle riding it now a flying has nothing to do with it, but the main thing is, even I’m not immune to this virus.

Well at least while you are in Japan you and your Japanese family can receive healthcare at very low costs and being an extensive user this past year I can testify that I was impressed with my treatments and care. But guess you also need to find the best hospitals in your area or even travel to another place like I did by going to Kobe for my op.

Protect your family best you can.

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I’m relieved that this President is trying to do the best he can given the circumstances surrounding this virus.

The best he can do is proving to be the worst. He'd better pull his socks up, sharpish.

In a key setback, the administration rejected World Health Organization testing kits in favor of developing its own, which turned out to be faulty... (the response to the crisis) was exacerbated by Donald Trump who, reportedly fearful of the impact upon the stock market and his own re-election prospects, initially dismissed fears over the coronavirus as a “hoax” before stating that infections were “going very substantially down, not up”. The administration promised millions of testing kits would be easily available to Americans.

All of these pronouncements have proved untrue

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/14/coronavirus-us-testing-donald-trump

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The White House press corps was very concerned. It must be so relieved at this news.

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“Leadership: Whatever happens, you're responsible. If it doesn't happen, you're responsible.” Donald J. Trump 2013

That didn’t age well at all.

On the lag in testing ““No, I don’t take responsibility at all because...” Donald J. Trump 2020

Talk about taking something someone said out of context. That is really disingenuous of you, gcbel.

Listen to the whole question and the whole answer from the president's press conference, and learn something, please:

Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus pandemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MIB3E7CzCY

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