Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the US


#2308

Fox News. More triggered talking heads, clutching their pearls. Enough already.


#2309

I have to disagree when I see this kind of crap going on.


#2310

On the contrary ‘this kind of crap’ is absolutely vital in the context of China lying about America starting the virus and lying at the outset of virus.

You just don’t understand international relations. You think international relations means backing down a lot and always using “diplomatic language”. You’re not alone.


#2311

I have to disagree. While the US is of course obliged to fight back this ridiculous chinese conspiracy theory, it has no business dragging other countries into it, who really want nothing to do with this China-US faceoff while this crisis is ongoing.

So the Trump wasted time with a name calling exercise that energised his base, had no deterrent effect on china and once again exasperated what were once US allies.

Even Boris has more balls.

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-boris-johnsons-government-reportedly-furious-with-china-2020-3?amp

One said: “It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement.”

The second unnamed official said “there has to be a reckoning when this is over,” while the third said “the anger goes right to the top.”

The newspaper adds that Johnson’s government is so angry with China’s handling of the crisis that the prime minister could abandon his previous decision to let Chinese telecomms company Huawei develop the UK’s 5g network.

These are clear diplomatic signals to make.


#2312

#2313

Trump bragging about his ratings as if he were still a Reality TV star is surely the most obvious sign yet that he’s a rather dumb sociopath?


#2314

It’s a reaction to an ongoing debate by the networks if they should cover the trump news conferences in full or at all, since what trump says is contrdicticory or wrong, and for once the stakes are too high for that.

The Right are frothing at the mouth:

(That weird thing where ABC, NBC, NYT etc are the media, but Fox News, Breitbart and the Federalist, etc, are not…)

But the truth is that these conferences are more about Trump then it’s ever been before.


#2315

And this is a great example.

Totally incredible stuff.

I’ve just seen the guidelines from my own place of work. Masks, gowns, gloves, face shields or goggles in almost all circumstances, even for non-clinical support personnel. Even patient visitors (who are limited in number) have to have gowns, masks, gloves, when visiting confirmed or suspect COVID-19 patients.

Of course consumables are going to go through the roof.

If he’s really that concerned, just get the cops on it.


#2317

Here’s a thought. Trump will announce in August he’s cancelling all US debt owned by China as Reparations. And ride to sweeping victory in the election in November


#2318

The Trump admin took action early on and while some claim the flight ban from China early January was not really a full ban, I do not exactly know, but I do remember the CDC were giving pressers that have since replaced by the daily Pence/Trump briefings and that might have even been during or begun around impeachment proceedings.

The US sent help to China in February.


State Dept. Send Aid to China in the way of medical supplies.

Feb 7th

This week the State Department has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials. These donations are a testament to the generosity of the American people.

Today, the United States government is announcing it is prepared to spend up to $100 million in existing funds to assist China and other impacted countries, both directly and through multilateral organizations, to contain and combat the novel coronavirus. This commitment – along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector – demonstrates strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak.

It is alleged a call was put out across the world to ex-pat Chinese and Chinese operations, to buy up medical supplies and send back to China:

Feb 11th

The same in Australia.

To the point I have read angry commentary in recent days that supplies were low or gone because of this early bulk buying by Chinese people and operatives to the cost of Australian natives.

As the coronavirus took hold in Wuhan in February, staff of a Chinese government-backed global property giant were ordered to buy up vast quantities of western medicines and medical equipment to send to China.

Sources within the company told the Sydney Morning Herald that it was an international endeavour by the Greenland Group to scour the world for bulk supplies of surgical masks, thermometers, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitisers, gloves and paracetamol for China’s health system.

So why are getting equipment from China again and are we paying for it?


#2319

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

My visit to Japan and friendship with PM Abe will yield many benefits, for our great Country. Massive military & energy orders happening+++!

9:15 PM · Nov 6, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/927645648685551616


#2320

Memorandum on the Effect of Titanium Sponge Imports on the National Security

NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE
Issued on: February 27, 2020

Section 1. The Secretary of Commerce’s Investigation into the Effect of Titanium Sponge Imports on the National Security.

(a) On November 29, 2019, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effect of imports of titanium sponge on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Act.

(b) The Secretary advised me of his finding that titanium sponge is being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States as defined under section 232 of the Act. The Secretary noted that imports of titanium sponge, which accounted for 68 percent of all titanium sponge consumed in the United States in 2018, threaten to impair the national security by placing the remaining U.S. titanium sponge producer’s operation under severe financial stress. The Secretary found that low-priced titanium sponge imports, as well as low-priced titanium scrap imports, depress the price of U.S. titanium sponge and discourage recapitalization and modernization of the remaining active producer’s aging production facility. The Secretary concluded that if the remaining facility ceases operation, the United States will have no active domestic capacity to produce titanium sponge for national defense and critical infrastructure needs. The Secretary advised that, absent domestic titanium sponge production capacity, the United States will be completely dependent on imports of titanium sponge and scrap, and will lack the surge capacity required to support defense and critical infrastructure needs in an extended national emergency.

(c ) I have also considered the Secretary’s finding that 94.4 percent of titanium sponge imports in 2018 were from Japan. The United States has an important security relationship with Japan, including our shared commitment to eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat; our decades-old military alliance; and our strong economic and strategic partnership.

(d) I concur in the Secretary’s finding that titanium sponge imports threaten to impair the national security of the United States as defined under section 232 of the Act.

Read full Memo below:

As reported by Reuters.


#2321

It certainly peaked around this period in 2019.

Tech moves on. What is real does not have to be.


#2322

You need to ask Trump. He did lose 6 weeks of precious time however.

But he doesn’t seem to understand how the protocols have changed, and that impacts on masks, etc. As a non clinical support person, if I need to enter a unit at my hospital, I need to be issued a mask and gloves at the door to the unit. When I leave that unit, I have to dispose of them. Then repeat again for the next unit. We have in excess of 20 units or controlled areas, and several are dedicated to icu rooms of different types, each with an additional protocol. Then we have ED, and the isolation rooms inside ED…

It’s a lot of consumables.


#2323

It is not hard to imagine but might be shocking to some, that employee theft is usually at the top or close to the top in terms of reasons for material loss in any business or complex operation, you get the phrase so and so was “taken to the cleaners”, well if you don’t pay your cleaners good enough, expect to pay elsewhere.

To purely illustrate the point:

According to CBS News, a typical organization can lose 5% of its annual revenue to employee fraud. When added to the Gross Domestic Product, the potential global fraud loss can be more than $2.9 trillion. Nearly one third of all employees commit some degree of employee theft. It is also estimated that a third of United States corporate bankruptcies are a direct result of employee theft. Then you have mafia. Gangs. Chinese etc. etc. It is a big list of what is yours is mine operators, now gimme dat!

Employee Percentages

1. Amount stolen annually from US businesses by employees – $50 billion.
2. Percent of annual revenue lost to theft or fraud – 7%
3. Percent of employees who have stolen at least once from their employer – 75%
4. Percent of employee who have stolen at least twice from their employer – 37.5%
5. Percentage of all business bankruptcies caused by employee theft – 33%

Total Stolen By Amount

The average amount of money stolen is $175,000. The following statistics break down the percentages of the following normally stolen by amount.

1 million and up – 25.3%
$500,000 – $999,999 – 9.6%
$100,000 – $499,999 – 28.2%
$10,000 – $49,999 – 16.8%
$1,000 – $9,999 – 7%
$1,000 or less – 1.9%

https://brandongaille.com/26-jaw-dropping-employee-theft-statistics/

Supply and demand probably sees certain items trading for a pretty penny on the black-market. Such is life and my impression is Trump has played it so the Governors of each state manage the response for their respective states, which is maybe the only way it can be done. Trump is not a micro manager. America is big and complex (Europe?).

Thus “30,000 ventilators” Cuomo, who was screaming about needing all those ventilators, had a very different response about 5 days alter, when asked about the warehousing of supplies, he says they had ventilators in stockpile that had not been sent to the hospital, the politics of Puerto Rico in New York:

I wonder how big that stockpile is in reality. Maybe Cuomo should turn around and get busy with a stock take.


#2324

If trump was really concerned about stock going out the back door, then get the feds on it.

As it stands, his comments clearly show he doesn’t understand how PPE protocols have changed demand.

We know this. And we dont know the extent of stock loss for other reasons. That has to be proved. He’s the bloody president, so direct law enforcement to look into it.
But instead he’s letting this accusation hang out there like a bad smell. Thats a dishonest and cowardly approach.


#2325

Once it hits the elderly retirees in Florida he’ll really shit himself.


#2326

You must be joking. So Cuomo is centralising and controlling the flow of ventilators? Isn’t that common sense? This is supply chain 101. Is he supposed to send them all out now, then have hospitals have to later figure out how to move the machines between them as new hotspots break out, or demand changes? That’s a logistical nightmare and a breakdown of common sense. Jeez, think this through.
And of course Cuomo is going to ask for even more as he can see where demand is going. We have seen the script in Spain and Italy, and Cuomo can see his projected numbers.

I’m not bashing Trump for the hell of it here, even though it seems like it. He’s just very very stupid and harmful, like all the time now. It’s like he doesn’t understand basic planning and logistics. I dont know anything about Cuomo, he could be a right ass, but this is another really stupid argument for Trump to make.


#2327

Exactly, it’s like he doesn’t understand basic planning and logistics.


#2328

Typical bait and switch from trump. Had to believe that people still fall for it. Its a bit like the Squirrel! in up.