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  1. Jason Lewis

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Booooooo

  2. Stephanie Avent

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    I love you mr. President

  3. Vincent Bédard

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Everyones doing a very good jobs! Pathetic!

  4. GeorgeWay mathTV

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    I only wanna listen to my hero dr faucci

  5. Roger Swab

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    It's appalling how Trump insults our allies producing products substandard but ours are much better and greater. He cannot go two minutes without slapping himself on his back and disparaging past presidents and saying no one has done a better job then him. The non stop lying and constant ridacule of our press is disgusting and a direct assult on our constitution for a free press.

  6. Sharla Thilges

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Orange man has no clue

  7. stevnated

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    FFS, he's so paranoid. At this point he's a shoo-in for re-election regardless of the economy. (I think)

  8. Rogturtle23

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Ohhhhhh Burn he called out the fake news yyaaaa, bet their pissy now. at 25:25 .

  9. zenobiaookpik

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Trump closed the White House Pandemic Preparedness Office and started the Space Force – stable genius?

  10. Tzarina Victoria

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Western governments have been tardy and lax, countries should’ve been on lockdown and grocery rationing a month ago

  11. Kubby Kush

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Hope you people put something in that bill for truck drivers who have been supplying and placing their own lives on the line to get the American people what they need to survive and stay safe. I didn't hear anything about trucker's.
    I talk to truckers and they talk like they have been forgotten.

  12. Logan Angela

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Jajajajja nadie pelo ni le dio la bienvenida a la panzona naca de la flechada de rob la torona digo tori Bola de Manteca

  13. Marc Aurel

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Siempre que el público expresa que no quiere a alguien siempre le ponen que dizque el público las quiere entiendan Producción

  14. Hope dontmope

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Tell me again about the rabbits.

  15. bruno jose

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Muchas veces Carmen caii horda no se calla

  16. Jenny Liu

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Only Listen Dr. fauci's part. Do not waste time.

  17. stevnated

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    They must be SO nervous passing this bill, gosh that's a ton of cash. I don't like Trump and won't vote for him, but he's mostly doing the right things, I think. The media maybe needs to give him a tiny break, because I think he's actually getting slightly better about trying not to exaggerate so much. I feel like he catches himself doing it and then tries to correct it. Is it just me?

  18. weapongrade art

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    lap dog of china,
    Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has publicly blamed
    “dirty” Caucasian tourists for spreading the virus. His xenophobic
    comments have been shared with a level of local online approval.
    https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/thailand-increasingly-blaming-caucasians-for-coronavirus-crisis

  19. weapongrade art

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    lap dog of china,
    Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has publicly blamed
    “dirty” Caucasian tourists for spreading the virus. His xenophobic
    comments have been shared with a level of local online approval.
    https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/thailand-increasingly-blaming-caucasians-for-coronavirus-crisis

  20. Roy Stevenson

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    fool this isn't the time to get back to work..this is the time to stay home

  21. dwayno Insano

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    "…Alot of this money goes to jobs, jobs, jobs…and families…families, families."

  22. David Williams

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    SUPER BUFFOON

  23. TRC DLM

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    USA have not seen the worst yet . Cause you folks simply cannot ist at home. The Virus love everyone to be out there.

  24. Jenny Liu

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    I don't want go back to work during this period. Trump's 15 day plan is useless. I follow my state governor's order. Not Trump.

  25. Kirk

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Rambling. Not a clear assessment or action plan.

  26. Luis Martinez

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Somebody shut him up. He's so stupid that its so frustrating….

  27. Chris C

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Sanders was the one that pushed the clause making sure gig economy and tip workers would be included in this bill.

  28. miyoko ishibashi

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    God is allowing this to wake up every Nation

  29. miyoko ishibashi

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Gates and Obama caused this – genocide

  30. Francisco Manuel Vega Chavez

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    The lord is my ship!!

  31. barrych mak

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Trump is taking the Herd Immunity approach for US by slowing down any rescue .
    China transparency is not a matter anymore .
    This will make America great again after the removal of the old and poor people from the nation ???
    Will this affect the senior politicians as well ????

  32. fddsite11

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    talk of easter back to normal won't happen get a grip trump.

  33. Roy Blue

    March 26, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Does everyone get a check? What if your hours got cut in half. What do we get?

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer slammed by home state paper for allegedly playing politics in middle of coronavirus crisis

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An editorial in The Detroit News slammed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, accusing her of playing politics during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must send an unequivocal message to her constituents that Michigan is her priority in this hour of crisis,” the editorial, which was published on Saturday, said. “Her running feud with President Donald Trump calls into question whether she’s acting in the best interests of this state, or on behalf of the Democratic Party.”

“Unfortunately she’s sending conflicting signals about her priorities and motivations,” the article continued.

Whitmer, like her counterparts in other states, has seen her profile rise in recent weeks as the nation’s leaders coordinate response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan, and in particular the Detroit metropolitan area, has quickly become a hotspot for the virus. As of Sunday, Michigan was reporting the third most coronavirus cases with 14,225, following New Jersey and New York with 34,124 and 114,174 respectively, according to data compiled by Fox News. Michigan reported the third most deaths in the country with 540, according to the data.

Whitmer, who ran for governor as a pragmatic liberal, emphasizing her bipartisanship while pledging to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads, rarely talked about Trump before the election or after. But as a frequent guest on national media in recent weeks, Whitmer has criticized the federal response while pleading for ventilators, personal protection equipment and test kits.

“We have no criticism of how Whitmer is handling this crisis; she is taking the same steps as most other governors in states hard hit by the virus,” the editorial said. “But she’s also assumed the role of designated Democratic attack dog in this crisis, appearing almost daily on cable news shows to criticize the administration’s handling of the virus response. That creates confusion about whether Whitmer is advocating for her Michigan constituents, or carrying out her duties as co-chair of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, or worse, serving her own ambition to be vice president.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed last week that he is considering Whitmer, a rising star in the Democratic Party, as a potential running mate in his White House bid.

Republicans were especially upset after she implied during a Friday radio interview that the Trump administration was intentionally withholding medical supplies from Michigan.

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Last weekend, Trump called her “Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer,” charging that she was in “way over her head” and “doesn’t have a clue” about how to handle the health crisis. Two days earlier, Trump said he had instructed Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the White House pandemic response, not to call “the woman in Michigan.” The editorial brought up the fact that Trump had reportedly called Whitmer “the woman from Michigan.”

“She responded by showing up on a late night talk show wearing a t-shirt bearing those words while disingenuously  declaring that this is no time to play politics,” the editorial said. “It certainly isn’t. It’s also no time to engage in a silly tit-for-tat with the president.”

Trump has since deleted the tweet. In a Tuesday press briefing, he said he had a productive conversation with Whitmer earlier in the day. Whitmer has also backed away from feuding with the president as the state grapples with the escalating crisis.

The editorial noted that “Michigan needs a lot from the federal government, including help managing the overwhelming number of unemployment claims that are suddenly being filed.”

In Michigan more than 311,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending on March 28, more than double from the week before.

“Citizens are better served if their leaders at all level of government set politics aside and work together,” the opinion piece continued. “Partisanship is unacceptable when lives are at stake.”

It went on to say that the Michigan governor should follow the examples of other Democratic governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom of California who have “found a way to work collaboratively with the Trump administration.”

“Both have had differences with the president in the past, but they’ve set them aside for the good of their states,” the editorial said.

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Cuomo had acknowledged that the Trump administration was helping New York and Newsom commended President Trump for his attentiveness to the Golden State’s needs amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying he’d be “lying” if he said otherwise.

During an interview last Wednesday, Newsom was pressed by CNN anchor Jake Tapper about whether the governor’s public praise for Trump was all in order to prevent him from “punishing” his state.

“I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has,” the governor said. “And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly.”

Whitmer did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment regarding the editorial in The Detroit News.

However, speaking on “Fox News Sunday” she told host Chris Wallace that none of the comments she has made have been personal and that she doesn’t “wage those kinds of political attacks.”

She said on Sunday that a better national strategy is needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic and that Trump’s assertion that the federal government should not be the first line of defense against the contagion is “creating a more porous situation.”

Whitmer did say she was grateful for the 400 ventilators her state had received from the federal government and that she wasn’t waging any political attacks against Trump during the outbreak, but she added that the current “patchwork” approach to combatting the virus could lead to more people getting sick and dying.

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When Wallace asked Whitmer if politics is “being played here both you towards the president and the president towards you,” she said “not on my part.”

“I didn’t ask to be thrust in the national spotlight,” she said. “I don’t like attacks frankly, but at the end of the day, my job, I’ve been on this job for 15 months, my job is to do everything I can to protect the ten million people in Michigan.”

“That means locking arms with everyone who is going to be an ally and welcoming all people that want to be helpful and that’s why we’re asking for help,” she continued. “Nationally Michigan is a hot spot. We need assistance and I’m grateful for any partnership at the federal level or any partnerships with businesses that want to help out because we desperately need PPE. Lives are on the line here.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Joseph Wulfsohn, Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Lawmakers urge Mnuchin against onerous airline aid conditions

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American Airlines passenger planes crowd a runway where they are parked due to flight reductions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 23, 2020.

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Leading congressional Democrats on Sunday urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to quickly reach agreements and not place onerous conditions on $25 billion in payroll grants for airlines reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

Mnuchin last month said taxpayers must be “compensated” for aid given to airlines. Treasury guidelines state the department said it may demand warrants, options, preferred stock or other securities in exchange for the grants. But industry members, unions and others have argued that if the Treasury Department is too aggressive in its demands, such as by insisting on large equity stakes, it could deter airlines from taking the grants altogether.

In addition to payroll grants, Congress also approved $29 billion in loans to passenger and cargo airlines as part of the historic $2 trillion coronavirus aid package last month.

“The intent of this program was very clear: keep America’s hardworking aviation professionals in their jobs through direct payroll payments from the Treasury Department,” wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other top Democrats. 

“We are concerned the Treasury Department’s recent guidance on the ‘Airline Industry Payroll Support’ Program does not fully reflect the intent of Congress,” they wrote. 

The Treasury Department had advised airlines requesting payroll grants to submit their proposals by this past Friday. Airlines, including Delta, JetBlue, American, United and Spirit, have said they applied for portions of the aid. They did not disclose the amounts they requested, nor the structure they proposed. 

Airlines and the Treasury will now begin negotiations, during which the lawmakers said Treasury must be judicious in its requests. 

“Assistance must not come with unreasonable conditions that would force an employer to choose bankruptcy instead of providing payroll grants to its workers,” wrote Pelosi, Schumer, as well as Rep. Peter DeFazio,  D-Ore, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

“While we appreciate the Department’s desire to seek ‘warrants’ in exchange for payroll assistance, we do not support any effort that would undermine the ability of any aviation worker to receive direct payroll assistance,” the lawmakers added. 

The letter comes after Sen. Schumer and other top Democrats similarly called on Mnuchin to protect the oversight function of the $500 billion bailout fund established as part of the $2 trillion deal. Mnuchin was a key figure during those negotiations, and he will help run the $500 billion fund. Democrats have said they will closely watch all money dispensed from the bailout fund, including airline aid. 

The Treasury Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

Airlines’ grim forecast

Even with grants that could keep their roughly 750,000 workers retained and paid through Sept. 30, airlines are digging in for a prolonged slump in travel demand because of the virus. The virus, which has infected more than 300,000 in the U.S., and harsh measures to avoid it from spreading further are likely to keep a lid on demand in the coming months, executives have said.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian on Friday said the airline applied for its share of the worker grants, but warned more funds are needed.

“But those funds alone are not nearly enough,” Bastian wrote to employees, adding that the carrier expects second-quarter revenue to fall 90% on the year. “Without the self-help actions we are taking to save costs and raise new financing, that money would be gone by June.”

Those actions that Delta and its competitors are taking include shrinking their networks, parking hundreds of jets and asking thousands of employees to take unpaid or partially paid leave. 

President Donald Trump last week signaled his administration is considering restricting domestic flights from coronavirus hot spots, but his administration hasn’t made such an order and airlines are making significant cuts of their own.

United Airlines said Saturday that it is slashing service at its Newark hub from 139 daily flights to just 15, and from New York’s LaGuardia Airport from 18 to two daily flights for the next three weeks.

“While New York and New Jersey are the primary COVID-19 hotspots today, we will also watch the situation on the ground in stations all across our network and evaluate additional mitigation measures we can take in those locations as well,” Greg Hart, United’s chief operations officer, wrote to employees on Saturday. United’s local employees will continue to be paid with benefits despite the reduction, Hart said.

JetBlue’s CEO told employees on Friday that the company is burning through $10 million a day as the carrier spends more than it is making. The airline said its April capacity will be down 70% from a year ago, with deep cuts in New York, where it’s based, and the surrounding area.

United, Delta and JetBlue have offered medical volunteers free flights.



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The US oil industry is more likely to be saved by a government bailout than by OPEC

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Donald Trump has called himself a “war-time” president, referring to his campaign as commander-in-chief against coronavirus. In past days, he has taken on a new role as negotiator-in-chief trying to end the oil-price war that is endangering U.S. shale producers and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

This week’s result is an emergency, virtual meeting of OPEC leaders with Russia, Canada and Mexico. It was delayed from Monday until Thursday due to an ongoing Saudi-Moscow dispute about how to address the biggest collapse in global demand and prices since the discovery of the world’s first viable oil well in the mid-19th century.

What’s decided at that meeting will say much about the limits to the leverage President Trump wields as the world’s leading oil and gas producer and with two authoritarian leaders in whom he’s invested so much – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It was the bitter Riyadh-Moscow battle for market share since early March that had prompted a record two-thirds decline in oil prices to $19.27 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate, the lowest point since 2002. Yet Trump’s intervention with both men last week, as described to CNBC’s Joe Kiernan, had seemed to pay off.

Trump said that he expected OPEC and the Russians to announce cuts of as much as 15 million barrels off the global total of 100 million. Markets rallied on Thursday and Friday to their biggest one-week gains ever of nearly 37% – only for investors to wake up this weekend to continued Saudi-Russian sniping and the possibility of a renewed price plunge this week.

What markets are missing in these radical swings is that a greater power than these three alpha males – Trump, Putin and MBS – is at work. They face the inescapable force of COVID-19, which for weeks and perhaps months to come will depress the global economy. April demand is thought to have dropped by more than 20 million barrels and perhaps by as much as 30 million – a far greater sum than any cuts producers may announce this week.

Never has the world experienced such a double whammy of demand shock and supply surge. In the end, it could be limits to global storage more than Trumpian intervention that shuts off the spigots.

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert Daniel Yergin calculates that “virtually every available gallon of storage space in the world will be full by late April or early May.  When that happens, two things will result: prices will plummet and producers will shut down wells because they cannot dispose of the oil.”

However this remarkable chapter in energy history ends, it’s revealing to study what was behind President Trump’s dramatic course reversal on how to approach the record decline of oil prices, which he on March 31stcalled “the greatest tax cut ever given” the American consumer.

Some factors behind this U-turn were the persistent influence of 2020 electoral politics, the little-known role of former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a threat to a Saudi-owned Texas refinery, and the lobbying power of the American energy industry (and some 2.5 million jobs it’s estimated to create).

President Trump began to reverse course when confronted by aggressive lobbying by American oil companies and shale producers that he should apply more pressure on his Russian and Saudi friends to cut their production. His concerns grew further when confronted by the potential impact of energy company bankruptcies on U.S. employment and his own November electoral chances, particularly in Texas.

Most intriguing, as the Financial Times reported Friday, a key individual behind the president’s apparent turn was former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was Trump’s energy secretary until the end of last year.

Though Perry had established good relations with his Saudi partners, he advocated that the U.S. block Saudi crude from reaching North America’s biggest refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, which is fully owned by the Saudis.

Speaking to Fox News on March 31st , Perry said he would advise Trump to tell U.S.-based refineries to use only American-produced crude for the next two to three months. That would send a “clear message that we’re just not going to let foreign oil flow in here,” Perry said.

Shale producers had been lobbying the White House at the same time to suspend U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia and impose further sanctions on Russian energy until the new countries cut their production. They also argued that the president should consider lifting some existing Russian sanctions should Putin play ball and back off his campaign to put them out of business. 

However, it appears to have been the threat to the Saudi refinery and to its overall relations with the United States which got Riyadh’s attention. When confronted by the possibility that Putin and the Saudi crown prince might not deliver on their production cuts this weekend, Trump upped the ante on Saturday and said he would impose tariffs on oil imports to “protect” U.S. energy workers from an oil price crash.

This would be a win for the smaller and mid-sized producers versus United States’ oil majors, who have opposed punitive tariffs.  

At the same time, President Trump may need to determine how he can deliver on Saudi demands for U.S. production cuts, lacking any direct ability to influence American producers. The two likeliest options would be a voluntary decision of the Railroad Commission of Texas, which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, or a shutdown of Gulf of Mexico platforms and their 1.8 million barrels daily, using the threat of coronavirus to their workers as the reasoning.

The uncomfortable fact for President Trump is that despite his long-standing criticism of OPEC and his support for free energy markets, he needs the cartel’s market intervention to keep shale producers afloat.

President Trump doesn’t have good options. He lacks easy leverage over the players, domestic and international, and he’s got even less control over the COVID economic hit.

In the end, it is more likely that a US government bailout will save the industry, rather than a global market intervention.

Frederick Kempe is a best-selling author, prize-winning journalist and president & CEO of the Atlantic Council, one of the United States’ most influential think tanks on global affairs. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for more than 25 years as a foreign correspondent, assistant managing editor and as the longest-serving editor of the paper’s European edition. His latest book – “Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth” – was a New York Times best-seller and has been published in more than a dozen languages. Follow him on Twitter @FredKempe and subscribe here to Inflection Points, his look each Saturday at the past week’s top stories and trends.

For more insight from CNBC contributors, follow @CNBCopinion on Twitter.





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