Every May, the five big television networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW — host what can only be described as spectacles.
There are celebrities and red carpets and glamorous parties and presentations hosted by the networks’ affable late-night hosts held at iconic New York theaters such as Carnegie Hall and Rockefeller Center. But no part of these dog-and-pony shows are intended for television audiences. They are the “Upfronts”—annual presentations networks make to ad buyers and the media introducing them to their fall television schedules in a bid for dollars and attention.
These kids weren’t working for the task force. They were the task force. “In the entire time I was a volunteer,” says Kennedy, “our team did not purchase a single mask.”
“Totally Under Control” comes to us from the tireless documentarian Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” the Oscar-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side”), here collaborating with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger. Originally scheduled for release in early November, the movie was bumped up to Oct. 13 following the news of President Trump’s COVID-19 infection. You can watch it on demand or via a virtual screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, which will be hosting a filmmaker Q&A on Oct. 14.
The movie is enraging, necessary, and above all, useful. The year of our dark lord 2020 has brought so many daily outrages that it has become easy to lose sight of the big picture; exhausted by each new revelation of incompetence and denial, we fall off the back of the truck and let the news roll on without us. By simply reconnecting the dots and reminding us of exactly where failure lies, a movie like this is valuable.
Where failure lies, says “Totally Under Control,” iswithDonald Trump’s White House. Structured as a straightforward chronology — what the news business calls a tick-tock —the film starts in January of this year, as rumors of a “Wuhan pneumonia” started moving through epidemiological and public health circles. It’s a little shocking how long ago that seems yet how quickly the situation deteriorated: The first US case, in Seattle, appeared on Jan. 20; a day or two later, the president told a reporter at Davos “We have it under control.”
That was nonsense, of course. Created during previous administrations, a playbook called “Crimson Contagion” specifically detailed how to combat just this sort of pandemic; it was ignored. Using an enclosed camera set-up wryly dubbed a “COVID-cam,” the filmmakers interview a series of on-the-ground experts about what went wrong, when, and because of whom. Dr. Rick Bright, the former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which handles procurement, talks of a Trump political appointee cutting a program to manufacture N95 masks with the comment “I just don’t see a sense of urgency.”
What becomes palpably clear watching “Totally Under Control” is that a bureaucracy already stacked against rapid response was made infinitely worse by the politicization of the crisis and the gutting of the civil service by the Trump White House. We hear how an Emergency Use Authorization employed to rush out flawed test kits from the CDC then made it impossible to alter those tests so they could be used; lesson learned, Bright later used an EUA to slow down the process when the president demanded the unproven “Trump drug” hydroxychloroquine be made available to the general public.
The filmmakers paint a portrait of an administration of clueless businessmen ignoring the unignorable while the medical and
US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was “feeling great” as he made his first public appearance since returning to the White House after being treated for the coronavirus. (Oct. 10)
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump claimed Sunday he no longer has COVID-19 even though the White House refuses to say whether he has tested negative for the disease.
Just hours after his physician issued a memo saying he is no longer “a transmission risk” to others, Trump said in an interview on Fox News that he no longer has the disease and suggested he is now immune to the coronavirus.
Trump did not say in the interview whether he has tested negative for COVID-19. The memo issued late Saturday by his physician, Dr. Sean Conley, didn’t address that issue either.
Trump, who was hospitalized for three days last week at Walter Reed Military Medical Center for treatment for COVID, said during a telephone interview with Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures that he feels great and that he is not taking any medications for the disease.
“The president is in very good shape,” he said.
‘I’m feeling great’: Trump delivers White House remarks in first public event since testing positive for COVID-19
President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19. (Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images)
Trump suggested he is now immune from the coronavirus and that he has “a protective glow” from the virus that has killed nearly 215,000 Americans.
Medical experts say people who get COVID can develop antibodies that might protect them from a second infection, although there’s no guarantee how long that protection might last or whether it’s completely effective.
“It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time and maybe a short time,” Trump said.
Trump announced Oct. 2 that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, an array of White House officials and top Republicans have also tested positive, several who were in attendance at a Sept. 26 Rose Garden announcement of Trump’s Supreme Court pick. That gathering has since been deemed a “superspreader” event.
Conley wrote in his memo on Saturday that Trump is no longer considered “a transmission risk” to others because 10 days have passed since the start of his bout with COVID. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say someone who tested positive should remain isolated until 10 days have passed since the onset of their symptoms.
“Moving forward, I will continue to monitor him clinically as he returns to an active schedule,” Conley wrote.
The White House has refused to reveal the last time Trump tested negative for coronavirus.Trump spokesman Brian Morgenstern dodged the question six times during an appearance Friday on MSNBC.
A maskless Donald Trump has delivered a speech in front of cheering supporters at the White House in his first public appearance since being hospitalised.
The event was officially a “peaceful protest” for law and order, but looked much like a Trump campaign rally.
The president, who says he is no longer taking medicines against Covid-19, told the crowd he was “feeling great”.
The White House has not provided an update on the president’s health since Thursday.
It is unclear whether the president remains contagious following his three-day hospital stay with Covid-19.
Joe Biden’s campaign said the Democratic candidate had tested negative for the coronavirus on Saturday, ahead of a planned campaign trip to Pennsylvania.
What did Mr Trump say at the White House event?
Saturday’s White House gathering was partly organised by a foundation called “Blexit”, which aims to get black and Latino voters to support the Republican party.
The president railed against Mr Biden, describing the Democrat’s programme as “beyond socialism – Communist, that’s about right”. Mr Biden is generally considered to be a moderate Democrat.
Mr Trump repeated his previous assertion that he had done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln –
a claim the BBC has previously fact-checked
He also said a vaccine against coronavirus would be ready “very, very soon”, which is contrary to what the director of the US Centers for Disease Control told senators last month.
Polling suggests Mr Biden has a single-digit lead over Mr Trump and an ABC News/Ipsos poll found that just 35% of Americans approved of how Mr Trump has handled the coronavirus crisis.
However, US presidential elections are in practice determined in key states where both candidates stand a chance of winning, rather than by the total number of votes won, as Hillary Clinton found to her cost in 2016.
The president says he is planning to attend a “big rally” in Florida – a battleground state in next month’s presidential election – on Monday.
What is the latest on the president’s health?
Mr Trump told Fox News that he was feeling “really, really strong” and was no longer on medication, having had his “final doses of just about everything”.
the president’s doctor Sean Conley said that it would be safe for him to return to public engagements on Saturday
[10 October] as that would mark “day 10” since his diagnosis on Thursday 1 October.
Following his diagnosis, Mr Trump spent three nights in hospital and was treated with the steroid dexamethasone, the antiviral drug remdesivir and a cocktail of manufactured antibodies made by the company Regeneron.
CDC recommends self-isolation for at least 10 days after coronavirus symptoms first appear
, with more severe illness, such as that requiring hospital treatment, potentially needing up to 20 days.
White House officials, showing some confidence because those same polls showed Trump behind Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016, got a bit of a boost from Vice President Mike Pence’s debate win over challenger Sen. Kamala Harris and the president’s quick recovery from COVID-19.
Just like the country, our graders remain far apart. Conservative analyst Jed Babbin graded the week a “B,” citing the president’s recovery, while Democratic pollster John Zogby gave another “F,” noting the president’s call for the nation to move past the virus.
It was a pretty good week for President Trump with an outstanding performance by Vice President Pence in the veep debate, Trump’s speedy recovery from the COVID-19 virus and his strong positions on further negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and in refusing to participate in a “virtual” debate with Joe Biden.
Mike Pence took on Kamala Harris and ate her lunch. Harris — like Biden — refused to answer the question of whether they’d try to pack the Supreme Court and Pence made a big moment from that. Harris didn’t help herself by smirking and making up a tall tale about Honest Abe Lincoln not nominating a successor to Roger Taney in the middle of an election. (The Senate was in recess when Taney died in October 1864.) Unfortunately for Trump, vice presidential debates almost never affect the outcome of an election.
Trump’s speedy recovery from the COVID-19 was after treatments that aren’t yet available widely but should be. In any event, he was back to full speed almost immediately.
Trump first cancelled the ongoing stimulus/relief negotiations with Pelosi when a deal couldn’t be made. Having failed to remove Trump with her January impeachment of him, Pelosi now wants a presidential commission established to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment. Ain’t gonna happen. Pelosi, who is often praised by her fellow Democrats as a political genius, hasn’t evidenced such a genius so far.
There is nothing humorous about this president. I cannot speculate what goes on his mind; I can only respond to the public face.
With 24 days until Americans finish casting their votes, President Trump still refuses to condemn white supremacy and white supremacists; lacks the common decency to call the governor of Michigan after an alleged plot to kidnap her; tells a nation where over 212,000 have died and 7 million have been infected that they should not let COVID-19 dominate their lives; sets a terrible example in how he has dealt with the medical community and everything personal in his own life; and calls the vice presidential nominee of
This repeated refusal by Trump, his doctors, and top aides raisesquestions about when the president first became contagious, and his judgment in traveling around the country after at least one top staffer began showing symptoms.A bevy of Trump’s top aides have since fallen ill, and several of the nation’s top military leaders are in quarantine after interacting with a Coast Guard admiral who tested positive after attending the Gold Star event.
Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, his physician Sean Conley, and other aides and campaign officials have all refused to answer the question. Their explanations range from wanting to protect Trump’s privacy to not being in the loop on the president’s testing timeline. Sometimes, they urge reporters to focus on the future, not the past.
But the question is relevant to the immediate future, public health experts say, because it could guide the contact tracing effort that has belatedly begun at the White House. An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embedded in the White House Medical Unit is contact tracing to ensure those who had direct contact with the many White House COVID-19 cases isolate and are tested, so they don’t continue to spread the disease.
“The more precision that we can have in terms of the last day he was negative…the more precise contact tracing efforts can be,” said Dr. Howard Koh, a former top official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. “Having precision on that whole process is very important, and we don’t have that now.”
The question also has political importance given the White House’s COVID-19 outbreak has drawn blistering criticism ofTrump’s approach to handling the disease both in his own homeand as president. Even some Republicans are criticizing the president for holding events — some indoors — without social distancing or masks. This week, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell suggested he’s avoided going to the White House since August because officials there appeared to have a lax approach to COVID-19.
“My impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine,” McConnell told reporters.
If it turns out Trump had not been tested for coronavirus in the days before he received a positive result, it would reinforce the concern he carelessly exposed his own donors in New Jersey and others, even as those around him, including top staffer Hope Hicks, were falling ill.
“It is a very important question for our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, told reportersThursday. “Let us see a date, a time, when you last tested negative before you admitted to this virus.”
On Friday, White House aide Brian Morgenstern would not even confirm in an interview with MSNBC whether Trump had received a negative test result within 72 hours of the Sept. 29 debate against Joe Biden, as the Cleveland Clinic required of both candidates.
“You are very focused on looking backwards,” Morgenstern replied. He said the last negative test result
GREENWICH — With a crowded slate of six candidates — who all practiced social distancing — the three races for the state House of Representatives in Greenwich were all combined into one debate Thursday night.
The League of Women Voters of Greenwich hosted the debate at Town Hall and streamed it via Zoom.
The match-ups saw Republican Kimberly Fiorello and Democrat Kathleen Stowe face off in the 149th District, which includes part of Stamford; incumbent Democrat Stephen Meskers and Republican challenger Joe Kelly in the 150th District; and incumbent Republican Harry Arora and Democratic challenger Hector Arzeno in the 151st District.
Under the format, the six candidates were part of the same debate. Issues like the economy, transportation and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic dominated as they were asked the same questions.
All had time for reply but the format did not allow for much back and forth dialogue between the opponents. But on the topic of small business in the state, the candidates were in big agreement.
Stowe, vice chair of the Greenwich Board of Education, said she could speak personally about the opportunity for Connecticut as New Yorkers relocate here during the pandemic. She said the goal should be to persuade the new residents to stay — and to get businesses to move to Connecticut, too. Stowe, who has a background in investment banking and private equity, runs a financial technology company with her father. She said they were planning on leaving New York and possibly relocating their business to Connecticut.
“Once people see how wonderful Connecticut is they’ll want to stay here,” she said. “Businesses always come and they stay where they’re welcomed. … As a state, we should be recruiting companies just like mine. We have the key ingredients, but we need to enhance it with an economic development effort and streamlining bureaucracy and red tape. And we need to expand our state venture capital effort.”
Fiorello, a member of Greenwich’s Representative Town Meeting, said not enough is done to grow businesses in the state and said that Connecticut is one of the most business-unfriendly states in the country due to laws and taxes.
“This needs to change and the change really comes from not doing more of the same,” Fiorello said. “I pledge to be a voice for the small businesses.”
Doing that, Fiorello said, would convince renters in Connecticut to become home buyers.
Kelly, who is also a member of the Board of Education, said that in the more than 20 years he has owned small businesses in Connecticut, the state has never reached out to him about how it could help.
“I pay my taxes, I pay my fees,” he said. “I think last month I employed about 35 or 40 people. Basically, I got no help from the state at all. I love Connecticut. I love Greenwich. I want to stay here. I could take my businesses anywhere, but I love it here. We have to change that it’s not comfortable for
Top US virus expert Dr Anthony Fauci, a member of the Covid task force, said it was clear there was a “superspreader event” at the White House.
When asked on CBS News radio about the White House outbreak, Dr Fauci said “the data speak for themselves”.
The comments come as President Donald Trump says he has recovered and is keen to get back on the campaign trail with less than a month to the election.
Critics say the White House has avoided questions on Mr Trump’s health.
CBS News Radio White House Correspondent Steven Portnoy on Friday asked what Dr Fauci, a veteran health official, thought of the White House’s reluctance to insist on mask-wearing and social distancing as virus precautions, and instead rely on regular testing.
“The data speak for themselves – we had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks.”
Dr Fauci also noted experts have been recommending mask-wearing for the last six months.
An event at the White House, celebrating the president’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court judge on Saturday 26 October, is thought to be the root of the localised outbreak, as many attendees have since tested positive.
Large gatherings are still banned in the nation’s capital due to Covid-19, but federal property like the White House is exempt.
Did this White House event cause a virus outbreak?
Earlier on Friday, a White House spokeswoman said the president wanted to return to the campaign trail this weekend.
But an administration official later said Mr Trump was unlikely to travel so soon because the logistics of organising events at short notice was problematic. An appearance is more likely on Monday, they said.
The president is also set to have a televised “medical evaluation” on Fox News on Friday evening.
Mr Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday, according to his doctors, but it remains unclear when his last negative test was.
As many as 34 White House aides and other contacts have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days, according to an internal memo viewed by ABC News.
Although the names of many people who have interacted with the president and tested positive are now known, it remains unclear just how many were exposed at the White House.
New Covid safety measures – including more stringent mask wearing – are now in place there.