White House Spokesperson Alyssa Farah Admits Dr. Sean Conley Lied to Make Trump Feel Better on Fox News

White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah faced some unexpectedly tough questions about President Donald Trump’s medical condition during an interview on Fox News Sunday afternoon. And in the process, she admitted that the president’s physician Dr. Sean Conley deliberately misled the American people to make his patient feel better.

Fox anchor Trace Gallagher highlighted the “confusion” and “mixed messaging coming from the White House and coming from the doctors,” asking Farah, “Why hasn’t the White House come out and just cleared the deck, cleared up all this stuff and said, you know, this is the way it is, here’s what happened and kind of given everybody a tick-tock of what happened from the beginning when he was confirmed with coronavirus until today?”

Farah said the administration was “striving to be as transparent” as they can and claimed Dr. Conley’s comments have been “accurate” throughout. But as Gallagher pointed out, the confusion has more to do with the information Conley has “omitted” from his briefings.

“And even today, he kind of came out and he acknowledged, well, he was doing that because he was trying to put on a brave face,” the anchor said.

In his latest comments to the press, the doctor said, “I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president over the course of his illness, has had,” adding, “I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction, and in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true.”

“It’s a very common medical practice that you want to convey confidence,” Farah claimed. “And you want to raise the spirits of the person you are treating. I know this president. I don’t know that he needs his spirits raised but I think it’s actually a very common medical practice to do that.”

“But is it also a common medical practice to put the proper information out there, put all the information out there, and to let people make up their own minds?” Gallagher shot back.

After brushing that question aside, Farah pivoted to boast about how hard the president is supposedly working through his illness from Walter Reed hospital.

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‘Trump Lied, 200,000 Died’ Neon Sign Displayed at White House as U.S. Nears Milestone

A neon sign was placed in front of the White House with a message blaming President Donald Trump for the coronavirus death rate in the U.S..



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press prior to his departure from the White House on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Democrats have held up a neon sign outside the White House reading "Trump lied, 200,000 died."


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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press prior to his departure from the White House on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Democrats have held up a neon sign outside the White House reading “Trump lied, 200,000 died.”

The display reading “Trump lied, 200,000 died” was held up by several democrats and paid for by the DNC, WSET reported.

The sign was lit up on Sunday night as the U.S. is on the verge of hitting the 200,000 milestone for COVID-19 deaths.

As of late Monday morning, Johns Hopkins University places the death toll in the U.S. at 199,525—the highest in the world.

Democrats have accused Trump of misleading the public in claiming that the U.S. is starting to control the spread of the virus, when 31 states are reporting an increase in the number of confirmed cases.

Trump has also been widely criticized after he was recorded in March telling journalist Bob Woodward how he “wanted to always play it down” when asked what he knew about the potential dangers of the virus.

“I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump told Woodward.

Elsewhere, marches are set to take place across the country in protest at Trump’s handling of the outbreak as the 200,000 death toll approaches.

The Refuse Facism group has organized several rallies in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston this week. The events titled “March Against Death, Lies, and Fascism and For Humanity” are scheduled on Monday.

The group has accused Trump of “continuing to lie, assail science, traffic in conspiracy theories, hold super-spreading rallies, and sabotage attempts to contain the pandemic.” Organisers have also said they fear that Trump will not accept election defeat in November.

Most recent polling has suggested that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will win the upcoming election.

“We face a rolling coup barreling to a showdown on November 3. The Trump/Pence regime have said and shown that they will not abide by an election they lose,” Coco Das, of the RefuseFascism.org Editorial Board, said in a statement.

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“A new path of sustained, non-violent protest is being blazed. A force is gathering that must grow that will not stop until this fascist regime is driven from power. We must make this OUR time, not Trump’s.”

“On Monday, September 21, we’ll take the next step,” Das added. “Marking the grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths by holding nationwide marches with the resounding demand for an end to the death, lies, and fascist escalation.”

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James Garfield, shot by an assassin, died after White House doctors lied about his recovery

Six weeks later, Garfield was dead. He was 49.

During the summer of 1881, almost 140 years before President Trump acknowledged misleading Americans about the threat posed by the novel coronavirus, the White House fed anxious Americans a daily diet of misleading medical bulletins about Garfield’s condition. The stream of unduly sunny reports came from doctors whose failure to understand basic principles of treating infected wounds would have tragic consequences. With some exceptions, their rose-colored pronouncements were credulously accepted by the press.

The multiple daily reports on Garfield’s condition “became part of everyday life,” even if much of the information was unreliable, according to Richard Menke, a professor at the University of Georgia who has written in the journal Critical Inquiry about the press coverage of Garfield’s struggle to survive. “In fact,” he wrote, “the bulletins were fraudulently optimistic, intended perhaps to reassure Garfield, who often had the newspapers read to him and thus joined the mass audience for his own story.”

With the bulletins distributed nationwide by telegraph, published in the nation’s newspapers and followed closely by the public, the story of Garfield’s fight to survive could be considered “America’s first live media event,” Menke wrote.

Garfield’s ordeal began July 2. Accompanied by Secretary of State James G. Blaine, Garfield departed the Executive Mansion that morning for the Baltimore and Potomac train station (located where the National Gallery of Art now stands) to embark on a summer sojourn to his alma mater, Williams College in Massachusetts, and his home in Mentor, Ohio. Several Cabinet secretaries, including Robert Todd Lincoln, the secretary of war and son of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, planned to travel with Garfield as far as New York and were already at the station, according to the New York Times.

President Garfield never boarded the train.

Charles Guiteau, a delusional gunman who fancied himself an orator and Republican insider, waited for Garfield at the train station. Guiteau fired twice at the president with a .44 caliber pistol, grazing Garfield’s right arm and hitting him on the right side near the 11th rib, according to an account of the shooting and Garfield’s medical treatment by Stewart A. Fish in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

At the train station, D.W. Bliss, Garfield’s personal physician, searched for the bullet lodged in Garfield, first with an unsterilized probe and then by sticking his finger deep into the wound, historian Candice Millard has written. Conscious but vomiting, Garfield was taken back to the White House.

The earliest reports on Garfield’s condition varied dramatically. On July 3, under the headline “THE PRESIDENT ALIVE AND BETTER,” the Washington Evening Star published a White House bulletin reporting that Garfield “rested quietly and awakened refreshed” and that the president’s “improved condition gives additional hope of his gradual recovery.”

Only hours later the prognosis turned grim. A bulletin issued at 10:30 p.m. characterizing Garfield’s condition as “less favorable” led the Tribune to report the following day that “the gravest apprehensions were excited.” Guiteau, the newspaper

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White House Press Secretary Claims Trump “Never Lied” to Public on Coronavirus

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White House Press Secretary Claims Trump “Never Lied” to Public on Coronavirus

The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, defended President Trump when asked whether he knowingly downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, as reported in a new book.

“The president has never lied to the American public on Covid. The president’s been very — the president was expressing calm, and his actions reflect that.” “Did President Trump intentionally mislead the American people about the threat of Covid?” “Absolutely not. This president, at a time when you’re facing insurmountable challenges, it’s important to express confidence. It’s important to express calm —” “— is playing it down, is that expressing calm? It seems dishonest.” “So this president does what leaders do — good leaders — it’s stay calm and resolute at a time when you face an insurmountable challenge. That’s what this president has done.” “I think the bottom line here is that the president by his own admission — in private, on the record — acknowledged the depth of this crisis, and yet told the American people something very different. How is that at its core not an abject betrayal of the public trust?” “The president has always been clear-eyed with the American people. He was always clear-eyed about the lives we could lose — again from this podium, he acknowledged that this was serious back in March, that 100,000, 200,000 lives could be lost.”

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