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Trump: Department of Education won’t enforce standardized testing

Trump: Department of Education won't enforce standardized testing

Trump: GM transferring towards making ventilators, however questions stay

President Donald Trump stated Friday that Basic Motors was transferring towards refitting vegetation to make respiration ventilators, although it remained unclear if it was possible for the automaker to take action.

Earlier within the week, GM confirmed it had talked to Trump administration officers about probably utilizing its manufacturing capability to supply medical gear in brief provide.

However on Friday, Trump appeared to take the prospect of that taking place even additional, telling a reporter who requested if automakers had been refitting vegetation to make ventilators, “I can not say they’re however they are going to be.”

Jim Cain, a spokesman for GM, didn’t verify or deny Trump’s assertion.

“Discussions and research are happening on how GM might help manufacturing of medical gear like ventilators. We are going to present extra data because it turns into out there,” he stated.

– Todd Spangler and Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

Bloomberg marketing campaign laid off staffers who could have been susceptible to COVID-19 publicity 

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg notified staff Thursday evening from his New York headquarters that they might have been uncovered to the coronavirus, and requested them to make money working from home, in line with POLITICO. 

Then, the marketing campaign laid-off a whole bunch of staff, together with a few of these from New York, which means that they are going to lose medical health insurance on the finish of March, in the course of the pandemic. 

Bloomberg, who ended his marketing campaign originally of March, had initially instructed staffers they might be paid till November, even when he wasn’t the candidate. Nonetheless, after he ended the marketing campaign, he signaled to staffers they might solely be paid till March 31, however might work on an excellent PAC he got down to construct to spice up the Democratic nominee in crucial swing states in November.

On Friday, Bloomberg introduced he was abandoning these plans, and would somewhat pair with the DNC. 

Savannah Behrmann

McConnell units clock on coronavirus invoice that would provide money to Individuals

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell filed cloture on a 3rd coronavirus package deal, establishing the opportunity of a vote Monday on the invoice that goals to supply money to Individuals and assist to each small companies and airways.

The transfer comes as senators proceed to barter the small print of the measure, with lawmakers huddling in teams to hammer out key particulars that might want to move within the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled Home.

The invoice has not been finalized and remains to be being altered and drafted by employees as senators proceed negotiations. McConnell has set a objective of reaching a deal by the tip of Friday and passing the invoice by Monday.

The procedural transfer means the Senate might vote on Sunday to start out debate on the invoice earlier than voting on the laws on Monday.

If authorized, the laws can be despatched to the Home then to President Trump for his signature.

Christal Hayes

Trump: Division of Schooling will not implement standardized testing

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Courtroom will points opinions Monday – however with out taking the bench.

The justices met for his or her common personal convention Friday – however a number of of them joined by telephone.

And in essentially the most poignant signal of the occasions: They didn’t shake arms, a venerable custom.

These had been among the many updates issued Friday by courtroom spokeswoman Kathy Arberg following the justices’ recurrently scheduled convention, held throughout extremely irregular occasions.

“The entire justices are wholesome,” Arberg stated in a press release issued by the courtroom. “Like all of us, the justices are following public well being steering. The justices are quickly foregoing their conventional handshake.”

Whereas their work continues in personal, the justices received’t sit in session Monday to situation opinions, and laborious copies received’t be distributed. That may mark a primary because the courtroom successfully determined the 2000 presidential election with its ruling in Bush v. Gore.

– Richard Wolf

Trump on complaints about exams: ‘I am not listening to it’

President Donald Trump stated he is not listening to issues about Individuals not having the ability to get coronavirus exams. 

“I am not listening to it,” Trump instructed reporters when pressed on complaints from Individuals who cannot get a take a look at.

However considered one of Trump’s high well being aides – Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses – stated he has heard tales of testing issues. However he argued that issues are getting higher.

“I get the identical calls that lots of you get,” Fauci instructed reporters. “That somebody goes into a spot who has a system and needs a take a look at and for one purpose or different … they will’t get it.”

He added: “That could be a actuality that’s occurring now. Is it the identical as a number of weeks in the past? Completely not.”

Trump additionally stated “we don’t need everyone to exit and get a take a look at, as a result of there’s no purpose for it” if you happen to aren’t sick. 

Fauci principally agreed with him, saying “common testing” shouldn’t be the problem.

Checks solely decide who has coronavirus, and other people should not take them until they’re exhibiting signs. Fauci stated the emphasis must be on stopping the unfold of coronavrius and treating those that contract it.

“Let’s not conflate testing with the motion we’ve to take,” Fauci stated.

– David Jackson and John Fritze

Trump on experimental medication: ‘What the hell do you need to lose?’

Blowing off criticism he’s hyping the potential advantages of experimental medication on coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Friday repeated a query he used to ask voters throughout his 2016 presidential marketing campaign.

“What the hell do you need to lose?” Trump stated throughout an argument with a reporter over the president’s behavior of overstating actions to battle the virus.

On Monday, Trump touted two medication he stated present “actually good promise” to battle coronavirus and are quickly out there for “supply” – the Meals and Drug Administration later needed to make clear that the medication haven’t been authorized, although testing of them is being expedited. 

Trump stated “good issues” are occurring on the drug entrance.

“Let’s examine what occurs; we’ve nothing to lose,” Trump stated. “You recognize the expression – what the hell do you need to lose?’

– David Jackson

Trump requested to handle fearful Individuals

President Donald Trump lashed out at an NBC reporter who requested him what he would say to people who find themselves afraid with the outbreak of coronavirus

“I say that you simply’re a horrible reporter,” stated Trump, who accused the reporter Peter Alexander of sensationalism. “You have to be ashamed of your self.”

Trump used the chance to make a dig on the media usually, saying he sees false information tales. Nonetheless, he did not point out a selected report.

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on Friday.
President Donald Trump speaks throughout a coronavirus process pressure briefing on the White Home on Friday.

Pressed by one other reporter on his message to people who find themselves frightened, Trump harassed there are “very low incidences of loss of life” from the virus.

“My message to the American folks is … you’ve executed an unbelievable job. There’s great hope. I believe we’re going to come back out stronger, larger and higher.”

– Michael Collins

Trump: nationwide lockdown not ‘essential’

President Donald Trump stated he doesn’t see the necessity for a nationwide lockdown to cease the unfold of coronavirus. 

“I don’t assume we’ll ever discover that essential,” he stated.

State and native governments are setting up extra strict measures – like shelter-in-place orders – to limit the the virus’ unfold.

– David Jackson

Pence: Congress could act early subsequent week on stimulus

Vice President Mike Pence stated Congress could act early subsequent week on a package deal to reinvigorate the financial system amid the inventory market downfall ensuing from the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell proposed a plan Thursday that features money help for particular person Individuals and companies. McConnell stated Friday he hopes Democratic and Republican senators can come to a deal by midnight so he can arrange a vote on Monday.

– Michael Collins 

CDC suspending entry of individuals coming into US illegally from Mexico and Canada

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is suspending the entry of sure folks into the US, Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar introduced.

The suspension applies to folks coming from Mexico and Canada who’re looking for to enter the U.S. illegally and would usually be held in a border station.

“We’re speaking about vital numbers of unlawful immigrants,” Azar stated.

– Michael Collins

US-Mexico border closed to non-essential journey

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced that “the U.S. and Mexico have agreed to limit non-essential journey throughout our state border” to cease the unfold of coronavirus.

“As we did with Canada, we’re additionally working with Mexico to implement new guidelines at our ports of entry to droop nonessential journey,” President Donald Trump stated. “These new guidelines and procedures is not going to impede lawful commerce and commerce.” Trump additionally stated that Mexico is additionally suspending air journey from Europe.

The anticipated announcement follows the closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada to nonessential journey, which was introduced Wednesday. Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed reporters the closure would occur at midnight Friday.

Pompeo additionally warned Individuals who journey overseas that their journey plans could also be interrupted.

Pompeo stated the federal government is ready to “use the entire instruments we are able to” to assist U.S. residents stranded in different international locations get again to the U.S. These efforts contain industrial and personal flights, he stated, and when area is on the market on navy planes, “we’ll convey them again on these flights.”

“It’s a full authorities effort,” he stated.

– John Fritze, Michael Collins and David Oliver

Trump says he put Protection Manufacturing Act ‘into gear,’ however sends combined alerts

President Donald Trump stated Friday that he put the Protection Manufacturing Act “into gear” however didn’t specify how and repeatedly despatched combined alerts about what steps his administration has taken. 

Trump signed an govt order this week invoking the Korean Conflict-era Protection Manufacturing Act, permitting the federal authorities broad authority to instruct personal companies to assist meet the wants of nationwide protection. However the president has to this point chosen to not use the powers to demand extra gear. 

That reticence has come as governors and native officers say they want a big inflow of medical provides to battle the coronavirus, particularly ventilators and protecting masks for first responders. 

However Trump was unclear Friday about whether or not he had directed firms to make extra masks and protecting gear. At first he indicated that he had, after which stated he hasn’t needed to as a result of they’ve come ahead on their very own to voluntarily produce the gear. 

 “Thus far we’ve not needed to,” he stated. “It’s an incredible factor that has occurred. We’re being besieged in a lovely manner by firms that need to do the work. They need to assist our nation with that.”

Requested once more a couple of minutes later whether or not he had ordered firms to supply provides below the act, Trump stated, “I’ve.” Requested what number of and which provides, particularly, Trump stated: “Loads.”

He stated he did not need to identify the businesses however then stated he requested Basic Motors to supply gear for the federal government. The automaker was reportedly exploring changing its manufacturing vegetation to supply ventilators. 

– John Fritze and Michael Collins

Trump: Customary testing will not be enforced for college students

President Donald Trump stated that the Division of Schooling would now not implement standardized testing necessities for college students in elementary via highschool for the present faculty 12 months.

“We’re not going to be implementing that,” Trump stated. “I believe numerous the scholars are in all probability going to be very comfortable,” however acknowledged that a few of them wouldn’t. 

Trump additionally stated he spoke with Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., saying “Democrats are very a lot wanting one thing to occur” on an financial stimulus. He stated he additionally spoke at size with Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

This is what else was stated on the information briefing:

  • Trump addressed the choice to maneuver again Tax Day to July: “We’re transferring it out to July 15 so that folks could have time. Hopefully by that point folks will probably be getting again to their lives.”

  • Trump praised the governors of California and New York for imposing extra strict lockdowns of their states prior to now day. “I applaud them,” he stated. “They’re taking very sturdy, daring steps.”

  • Trump stated the U.S. has realized rather a lot about counting on different international locations through the coronavirus pandemic: “Some good issues got here out of it,” he stated. Some weren’t so good, he added.

– John Fritze and Michael Collins

Trump tells Schumer he’ll use Protection Manufacturing Act to spice up ventilator provide 

President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer talked this morning about coronavirus and the struggling provide of ventilators, the life-saving units essential to treating the respiratory results of COVID-19. 

When the New York Democrat urged the president to invoke the Protection Manufacturing Act to assist get ventilators, the president yelled to somebody in his workplace to “do it now,” in line with a readout of the decision from Schumer’s workplace. 

Earlier this week, Trump did invoke the Protection Manufacturing Act however solely vowed to make use of it if essential. The measure permits the federal authorities broad authority to instruct personal companies to assist meet the wants of nationwide protection. Within the case of coronavirus, which means the manufacturing of ventilators and protecting masks for first responders.

– Christal Hayes

Indiana strikes again main election 

Indiana’s main election will transfer from Could 5 to June 2, in line with state and occasion officers.

All dates corresponding with the first election will probably be moved by 28 days to replicate the brand new date of the first. For instance, navy and abroad ballots are required to mailed 45 days previous to the first election, so that they’ll transfer 45 days previous to June 2.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb made the announcement Friday together with state Secretary of State Connie Lawson, state Republican Social gathering Chair Kyle Hupfer and state Democratic Social gathering Chair John Zody.

– The Indianapolis Star

Ivanka Trump exams unfavorable for coronavirus

Ivanka Trump has examined unfavorable for coronavirus and is again at work on the White Home, officers stated Friday.

The president’s daughter and advisor started staying dwelling after a senior Australian authorities official introduced he was contaminated with the virus, only a week after posing for photos along with her and different authorities officers throughout a go to to Washington, D.C.

Prior to now week, Ivanka Trump “has adopted social distancing finest practices at her dwelling,” a White Home assertion stated. “On the advisement of her docs, as a result of lack of signs and constantly wholesome doctor checks, Advisor Trump will probably be working from the White Home in the present day.”

– David Jackson 

McConnell aiming for stimulus deal by midnight

Greater than two dozen senators from each events gathered Friday morning to nailing down a deal on an enormous emergency stimulus package deal to assist staff and companies impacted by the coronavirus. 

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., instructed reporters he aimed for leaders in each events to come back to a deal in precept by midnight, permitting him to start out the procedural mechanisms that would tee up a vote on the roughly $1 trillion package deal on Monday. 

He stated the assembly allowed the big pool of senators to interrupt up into 4 teams to debate varied facets of the laws McConnell launched Thursday. The invoice consists of direct funds of $1,200 to people and help to companies to take care of the well being and financial hurt from the pandemic.

“I process these bipartisan groups to succeed in settlement by the tip of the day in the present day,” McConnell instructed reporters outdoors the assembly. “The Secretary of the Treasury has indicated it is necessary for us to be on the Senate flooring and to move the measure on Monday.”

– Christal Hayes

Democrats have objections to McConnell’s plan

The assembly doesn’t embody members of the Democratic-led Home, who may even must approve the measure earlier than it may go to President Donald Trump for approval.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer stated Thursday McConnell’s proposal does not do sufficient for staff.

 Schumer, D-N.Y., instructed reporters outdoors the assembly that he and different senators “must work collectively to get one thing huge and daring that helps the American folks.” However, he added, there are points with the proposal provided by McConnell. 

Schumer famous the necessity for added paid sick and household depart and bolstered unemployment insurance coverage for staff being laid off. He additionally highlighted extra assist for hospitals and Democrats’ points with providing cash to airways and different huge industries impacted. 

“We aren’t going to go for any bailouts until they’re worker-friendly. The cash goes to staff, workers, and no inventory buybacks—none of that’s in [Sen. McConnell’s] invoice,” Schumer stated. “We will battle laborious to get them within the invoice, and get it executed.”

– Christal Hayes

Pentagon: coronavirus circumstances within the navy surge to 124

Circumstances of coronavirus within the navy surged to 124 on Friday, the Pentagon reported. The full from Thursday was 81. 

At 5 a.m., there have been 67 troops with COVID-19, the illness attributable to the virus, a rise of 16 from Thursday. There have been additionally 26 members of the family and 31 civilian workers and dependents with the virus.

Three service members and one contractor have recovered.

In the meantime, the employees for the navy’s two, 1,000-bed hospital ships started reporting for obligation in the present day. The ships, nevertheless, is not going to be able to sail for a while. Protection Secretary Mark Esper instructed Fox & Mates that the united statesComfort wouldn’t be able to deploy to New York till April. The usMercy, on the West Coast, will probably be prepared sooner.

– Tom Vanden Brook

McConnell’s $1,200 money help plan leaves out staff, Dems say

Negotiations in Congress proceed over an enormous stimulus package deal to blunt the financial results of the coronavirus as Democrats expressed opposition to a plan rolled out by Republicans Thursday that would offer direct money funds to Individuals. 

McConnell’s plan consists of direct funds of $1,200 to people. Married {couples} can be eligible for as much as $2,400 in help with a further $500 for each baby. The Kentucky Republican’s pitch would additionally lend to distressed industries like airways.

In a press release launched Thursday evening, Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated they had been reviewing the proposal however “on first studying, it’s not in any respect pro-worker and as a substitute places companies manner forward of staff.”

Democrats have expressed opposition to the lending to airways and different industries, saying such an motion advantages enterprise’ backside strains somewhat than serving to workers. 

“One of many causes industries are so quick on money proper now’s that they’ve spent billions shopping for again their very own shares as a substitute of investing of their staff and saving for a wet day,” Schumer wrote on Twitter Thursday night. “That must be addressed NOW.”

In addition they object to being shut out of the unique drafting course of. McConnell divided up Republican senators into three process forces that devised completely different components of the proposed laws. 

In an interview with CNN Thursday evening, McConnell stated it was a call made in favor of pace. 

“That is the quickest technique to get it executed. Belief me, that is the quickest technique to get it executed, precisely the way in which we’re doing it,” he stated. 

Requires resignations for senators who offered inventory after coronavirus briefings

Figures on either side of the aisle referred to as for senators who offered inventory earlier than coronavirus despatched the market right into a plunge to resign. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an outspoken progressive voice, referred to as the gross sales “stomach-churning” and referred to as for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. to resign. 

And Fox Information host Tucker Carlson slammed Burr on his program, calling on him to elucidate his actions “instantly” or else he ought to resign and look ahead to prosecution for insider buying and selling. 

“There is no such thing as a better ethical crime than betraying your nation in a time of disaster, and that seems to be what occurred,” Carlson stated. 

Each Loeffler and Burr have denied the accusations. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., additionally offered shares forward of the market volatility.

This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus: Congress to barter Mitch McConnell’s stimulus plan

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