Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City announced that school reopening in the Big Apple had been delayed for grades K-12. Phased reopening plans for schools were outlined by de Blasio and New York City Public Schools on Thursday, with the announcement confirming that in person teaching will be delayed until October 1 for students in grades 8-12.
President Trump’s faced undecided Pennsylvania voters at an ABC News town hall on Tuesday. Trump faces questions around healthcare, immigration and the coronavirus. Trump defended his administrations management of the pandemic, stressing ’I think we did a great job’. On healthcare, he said, ’We’re going to be doing a healthcare plan very strongly, and protect people with pre-existing conditions’.
President Trump on Wednesday contradicted the CDC Director’s estimate around a COVID-19 vaccine timeline, instead predicting availability of the vaccine as early as Oct. Earlier, Dr. Redfield told a panel of Senate lawmakers not to expect a vaccine to become widely available until the summer of 2021. ’I think he made a mistake when he said that’, Trump said, adding, ’I believe he was confused’.
NYC mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that everyone in his office, including himself, will be furloughed for one week without pay beginning 1 Oct. to close a budget shortfall created by the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has forced a $7B cut to the city’s annual budget. The furloughs, de Blasio said, will save only about $1M but will serve as a symbol in negotiations with labor unions.
Robert Redfield, the head of the CDC, has now walked back his comments stating that face masks may offer better protection from COVID-19 than a vaccine. ’I 100% believe in the importance of vaccines and the importance in particular of a #COVID19 vaccine. A COVID-19 vaccine is the thing that will get Americans back to normal everyday life’ Redfield wrote.
Top health officials in the country raised caution about the enthusiasm surrounding a COVID-19 vaccine, and said that while a vaccine may be in limited supply towards the end of 2020, widespread distribution which would help bring normal life back could not be guaranteed till at least 2021. President Trump has often said vaccine approval will mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of President Trump said that the President was not in favor of revealing his tax returns in order to avoid ’fraud penalties’ and a ’massive tax bill’. Mr. Cohen was being interviewed by CNN, and was promoting his new memoir ’Disloyal’. ’His wealth is not as significant and I believe that they were probably lenient in how they took deductions’ he said.
President Donald Trump shared a video meme of Joe Biden, his Democratic rival for the presidency, bobbing his head to the NWA song ’F**k the Police.’ Trump quoted a tweet that had the clip and wrote ’What is this all about?’ The meme took a viral video of Biden bobbing his head to the song ’Despacito’ for Latino voters during his Tuesday Florida visit and replaced the music with ’F**k the Police.’
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced that he is partially reversing course on his decision to scale back critical election security briefings for lawmakers. Mr. Ratcliffe now intends to continue briefing congressional leaders and Senate and House intelligence committees on efforts being taken to secure the 2020 election from foreign interference.
Joe Rogan has been accused of being misogynistic, racist and homophobic by Sunny Hostin, the co-host of ABC News’s ’The View’, with Ms. Hostin further saying that it would be ’inappropriate’ for Mr. Rogan to moderate a presidential debate. President Donald Trump had expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of a fourth presidential debate being moderated by Joe Rogan.
Joe Biden said that he believes he would have the legal authority to impose a nationwide mask mandate to slow the spread of COVID-19 if elected president. Earlier in the month, Biden said he did not know if such an order would be enforceable. ’Our legal team thinks I can do that’, Biden said, stressing it would depend on ’how bad things are for the country’.
The vaccine for the novel coronavirus is quickly becoming a major election issue, as former Vice President Joe Biden questioned if the public could trust the Trump administration to safely develop and distribute a vaccine. The Trump campaign, for its part, has accused the Democratic presidential nominee and his running mate, Kamala Harris, of spreading ’anti vaccine conspiracy theories’.
President Donald Trump confirmed that a White House official had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but maintained that he did not have contact with the individual. The positive test came as the White House had hosted hundreds of people at the South Lawn for the signing of peace accords to mark the normalization of relations between two Arab countries and Israel.
A Michigan court on Wednesday upheld the right of the state’s top election official to send unsolicited absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. The court affirmed a lower court decision that Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson had the authority to send the ballot applications. A dispute arose in May when several voters sued to stop the mailing of applications.
The OMB said that President Trump’s administration canceled another race theory training that was set to take place through the CDC despite the president’s executive order banning such events. OMB Director Vought announced the same just a day after Discovery Institute researcher Chris Rufo reported on the training, emphasizing the administration’s recent responsiveness to news on this issue.
President Trump on Tuesday denied that he downplayed the threat of COVID-19, claiming instead that he ’up-played’ the danger of the disease through his actions. Trump’s assertion came less than a week after the release of audio from an interview with Bob Woodward in which he said, ’I wanted to always play it down...I still like playing it down’.