As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review
U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the new watchdog overseeing $2.3 trillion in coronavirus-related fiscal spending is not independent enough to do the job, congressional Democrats said on Saturday. The White House said late on Friday Trump would nominate Brian Miller, a special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, to the role of special inspector general for pandemic recovery. "The Inspector General providing oversight of the federal response of this historic relief package for workers and families must be independent from politics," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed in her own statement.
"Some states have more ventilators than they need," Trump said Saturday. But governors in states like New York and Louisiana say dire shortages loom.
Primetime host Tucker Carlson attacked "the public health establishment," which he argued "failed us badly" by recommending stay-home orders that are hurting the economy.
Manufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Donald Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers. 3M also said the administration asked it to stop exporting medical-grade masks to Canada and Latin America, which the company said