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Facts v. Fiction, or "Trump's View of His Performance"

TRUMP:
"It's just wrong. Did I hear the word 'inspector general,' really? It's wrong. Well where did he come from, the inspector general? What's his name?" Trump later added, "So give me the name of the inspector general. Could politics be entered into that?"

FACTS:
A report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General which details challenges facing hospitals in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, including shortages of supplies and equipment, as well as prolonged wait times to get testing results. The report was independently launched by the HHS OIG and based on interviews conducted between March 23 and 27 with administrators at more than 300 hospitals across 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. It was also released by his own administration.


TRUMP:
On Monday, Trump claimed, as he did last week, that his administration had initially been burdened by an "obsolete" test for the coronavirus. "Initially speaking, the tests were old, obsolete, and not really prepared," he said Monday.

FACTS:
The faulty initial test for the coronavirus was created during Trump's administration, in early 2020, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since this is a new virus that was first identified this year, the tests couldn't possibly be "old" or "obsolete."

"He is lying. He is lying 100%. He is lying because he is trying to shift blame to others, even if the attempt is totally nonsensical," Gregg Gonsalves, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health, said of a previous version of Trump's claim.
The claim "doesn't make sense because it is false," Tara Smith, an epidemiology professor at Kent State University, said of a previous version of the claim. "This a new virus."


TRUMP:
During Monday's White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump claimed that the Paycheck Protection Program -- a small businesses lending program -- has "really been performing well."

FACTS:
Days after the launch of the Small Business Administration's rollout of the PPP, there are still delays in the system lenders use to upload loan application information and the money is still largely not going out to the businesses that need it yet.
According to an industry source, major system-wide failures continue to crop up in the PPP system, including shutdowns preventing the submission of applications from lenders on their system known as E-Tran. These issues have slowed down the ability for banks to participate in the loan program. Additionally, several bank executives have said want the Treasury Department or the Small Business Administration to offer more guidance on how they are supposed to disburse funds. There are also concerns among lenders who say they won't cut checks until there is clear guidance on how they should distribute the money.


TRUMP:
"There's also testing done when people get onto those planes and also when people get off the planes."

FACTS:
There is no evidence that plane passengers in the US are being tested for the coronavirus at all, let alone both when they get on and get off the plane. While it is theoretically possible this is happening under the radar at a particular airport, it is certainly not happening widely.
Have we given up entirely on the idea of alternative facts?

We've really reached the point where its a given that Trump's claims don't jive with reality, but the Senate is ok with that, and there's not a damned thing that can be done about it but find ways to work around him and hope that the end of his reign will come as soon as possible with fewer casualties.
Carla · 61-69, F
When he opens his mouth to speak, he lies. Bottom line.
QuixoticSoul · 36-40, M
[quote] "Initially speaking, the tests were old, obsolete, and not really prepared," he said Monday.[/quote]
🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

[quote]"There's also testing done when people get onto those planes and also when people get off the planes."[/quote]
Yea. In Haiti.

ronisme1 · 61-69, M
Thank you for this. People need to be educated
SW-User
Trump tell a lie.....not Trump !!
PTCdresser57 · 61-69, M
If he ever told the truth I think he may stroke out.

 
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