President Donald Trump slammed 3M Co in a tweet late Thursday after earlier announcing he was invoking the Defense Production Act to get the company to produce face masks after the company reportedly refused administration request to divert millions of masks to the U.S. from its Asian hub.
"We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. 'P Act' all the way.' Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing - will have a big price to pay!" Trump said on Twitter.
3M refused to send 10 million N95 respirator masks from it Singapore hub to the U.S., Financial Times reported Friday, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the matter. The masks were intended for the Asian market, the source said, and the company objected on legal and humanitarian grounds because the move would leave medical workers there without crucial protection.
U.S. coronavirus deaths top 1,000 in single day, White House expected to recommend everyone wear masks
The death toll and economic devastation from the novel coronavirus reached staggering new levels in the United States on Thursday as officials reported more than 1,000 deaths from the pandemic in a single day and revealed that more than 6.6 million Americans had sought unemployment benefits in a single week.
The White House is expected to urge at least some people across the country to begin wearing cloth masks or face coverings in public to dampen the spread of the virus. The potential reversal of earlier mask recommendations - which White House officials indicated Thursday were still being debated - signaled the seriousness of the outbreak and rising concerns in Washington about the effect it could have on millions of Americans.
Local officials in one Texas border town already have threatened to fine those who don't cover their nose and mouth if they go out in public. Vice President Mike Pence said guidance on the topic would be issued in coming days; a White House official later said that the guidance would be targeted to those in areas where community transmission is high.
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Navy relieves captain who raised alarm about coronavirus outbreak on aircraft carrier
The Navy announced it has relieved the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Capt. Brett Crozier, who commands the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier with a crew of nearly 5,000, was relieved of his command Thursday, but he will keep his rank and remain in the Navy.
Crozier raised the alarm this week, sending a strongly worded letter to Navy leadership that detailed his concerns about the spread of the virus on the ship. The letter leaked to the media and generated a series of headlines.
Speaking at a news conference Thursday evening, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier was removed from his post because he sent the letter over "non-secure unclassified email" to a "broad array of people" rather than up the chain of command.
Trump tears into Schumer in two-page letter: 'I never knew how bad a senator you are'
President Trump’s two-page letter to Senate Minority Leader and presidential irritant Charles E. Schumer on Thursday was one for the ages.
Responding to Mr. Schumer’s criticism of his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Mr. Trump called the New York Democrat a spotlight-seeking show horse who would lose a possible primary against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“I’ve known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a senator you are for the state of New York until I became president,” the president wrote.
Mr. Schumer appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday morning and demanded more action from the White House on delivering medical supplies to states. He also wrote a letter to the president complaining about a “federal leadership void.”
Hydroxychloroquine rated 'most effective therapy' by doctors for coronavirus: Global survey
Drug known for treating malaria used by U.S. doctors mostly for high-risk COVID-19 patients
An international poll of more than 6,000 doctors released Thursday found that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine was the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus.
The survey conducted by Sermo, a global health care polling company, of 6,227 physicians in 30 countries found that 37% of those treating COVID-19 patients rated hydroxychloroquine as the “most effective therapy” from a list of 15 options.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave chloroquine and its next-generation derivative, hydroxychloroquine, emergency-use authorization Monday for treating the novel coronavirus, although the drug was already being used off-label by some doctors and hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
Trump warns Democrats against coronavirus response 'witch hunt'
President Trump warned House Democrats on Thursday to back off plans for what he called another “witch hunt” investigation, this time over his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“This is not the time for politics, endless partisan investigations — here we go again,” Mr. Trump said at his daily coronavirus briefing at the White House. “It’s not any time for witch hunts. It’s time to get this enemy defeated.”
Mr. Trump hammered Capitol Hill Democrats for organizing an inquest of the administration in the middle of a health crisis as he hinted that federal officials will advise that Americans wear masks to limit the spread of coronavirus, only to then suggest a scarf might be better.
Zoom Apologizes for Hacks Amid Online Surge During Pandemic
Videoconferencing app Zoom says it is boosting its focus on safety and privacy issues amid a surge in “Zoom-bombing,” or video hacking.
The FBI on Monday warned of a nationwide rise in “Zoom-bombing,” as more people have turned to videoconferencing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bureau said it had received multiple reports of hackers taking over universities, schools, churches and political conferences, according to media reports. In Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday, a YMCA said its live family storytime was hacked.
Ex-NSA hacker Patrick Wardle also identified a series of issues, including a flaw where Mac users were vulnerable to having microphones and webcams hijacked.
European leaders warn coronavirus could lead to the breakup of their union
The coronavirus pandemic, with its simultaneous health and economic crises, is deepening fault lines within Europe in a way some leaders fear could prove to be a final reckoning.
The cohesion of the European Union had been battered by Brexit, bruised by the political fallout from the 2015 migration surge and the 2008 financial crisis, and challenged by rising autocracy in the east that runs contrary to the professed ideals of the European project.
Now, if Europe’s leaders cannot chart a more united course, the project lies in what one of its architects described this week as “mortal danger.”
Latest genius Democrat plan: Make the election about Wuhan virus
As in life, in politics you should be careful what you ask for.
Some Democrat politicians appear hellbent on turning the 2020 election into a referendum on the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
They lash themselves to the splintered mast and accuse political enemies of being racist for uttering the place whence the pandemic emerged. They use the global crisis as a diversion to loot the federal treasury for expensive and unpopular proposals that could never survive an open political debate.
And they mock, distort or plain silence President Trump and the team of medical, scientific and economic experts he has assembled to combat this once-a-century calamity.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden — the party’s presumptive nominee to replace Mr. Trump — takes to the airwaves from his basement home-studio to berate President Trump.
Hypocritical leftist media bias against Liberty University and Jerry Falwell Jr. is dangerous
Setting the record straight about Liberty University during the COVID-19 pandemic
Let’s set the record straight: The leftist media bias against Liberty University and President Jerry Falwell Jr. is hypocritical, but it’s also dangerous.
Just like the libelous assault against Nick Sandman and the Covington Catholic High School students last spring, many activist-journalists believe the pandemic gave them a permission slip for unleashing vile campaigns against religious groups.
Anyone following the news cycle over the past two weeks cannot help but notice the continual headlines punching at Liberty University. Their outrage stemmed from Mr. Falwell’s decision to accommodate students returning from spring break, even as the university transitioned its residential program to online courses. This afforded international students and students with nowhere else to go the essential housing and food services they needed and had paid for. It also made it possible for these students to “stay put” and stay safe.