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On Tuesday, 28 April, President Trump met in person with Governor DeSantis of Florida and conducted a livestreamed event on Supporting Our Nation’s Small Businesses Through the Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP event is now on the White House YouTube channel, but not the C-SPAN channel. This event replaced the usual daily press briefing, highlighting one aspect of the response to government inflicted harm to Americans, including Americans’ very lives (suicide and overdose deaths). With the White House Coronavirus Taskforce off camera for the day, Vice President Pence flew to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to meet patients and participate in a coronavirus roundtable.
President Trump made introductory remarks in the PPP event and then called up his eldest daughter, Ivanka, to tee up the rest of the speakers. President Trump then did his usual routine of thanking, praising, and introducing one great American after another. The first small business owner dropped heavy hammers on “non-essential” as she called her workers’ employment “a human right.” Every one of her employees has a developmental disability, and many had never had a job before. One of her employees said, “Me and all my coworkers are not broken and America is not broken either.” Hanky alert! Some of these wonderful people may move you.
The DeSantis sit-down was a bit earlier in the day. It ran 36 minutes, the two leaders sitting side-by-side. It is a good sign that a large state leader feels comfortable enough to leave his state and go to the White House. You would not expect that in mid-disaster response. The mere optics of the meeting signal we are not going to stay hunkered down.
Interestingly, VP Pence met with Mayo Clinic patients, who were apparently recovering from COVID-19, without wearing a mask. While everyone else wore masks in the Mayo Clinic coronavirus roundtable, he did not. This is not available on either the White House or C-SPAN YouTube channels. PBS did capture the pool video.
The MSM buzz, of course, was entirely about the mask. See the results YouTube rigs as “top news,” and then the results supposedly not skewed.
Results below “top news” section, notice that PBS is the first to not parrot the attack line:
A bit of speculation on my part: Vice President Pence knew the response he would get. He is certainly that savvy. Pence is forcing the action on hydroxychloroquine, testing its prophylactic efficacy against coronavirus even as the FDA seems to sticks its thumb in President Trump’s eye and seeks to limit possible good news stories outside its own direct control. Yes, I suspect VP Pence is taking hydroxychloroquine now. Remember that he is tested daily before he interacts with the President.Published in