President Donald Trump has authorized Defense Secretary Mark Esper to order units and individual members in the National Guard and Reserves, as well as certain Individual Ready Reserve members, to active duty to augment forces in the coronavirus response, according to the chief Pentagon spokesperson. “Today the President signed an Executive Order authorizing Secretary Esper to order units and individual members in the National Guard and Reserves and certain Individual Ready Reserve members, to active duty to augment forces for the effective response to the coronavirus outbreak,” said Jonathan Hoffman in a statement released late Friday evening. The authorization allows Esper to activate National Guard forces under Title 32, but they are still under the control of state governors, a National Guard spokesman told Breitbart News. It is not an authorization to federalize National Guard forces, which would be under Title 10, the spokesman said. The statement said that decisions about which individuals may be activated are still being reviewed. “Generally, these members will be persons in Headquarters units and persons with high demand medical capabilities whose call-up would not adversely affect their civilian communities,” the statement said. The statement said the Defense Secretary and Department of Health and Human Services would consult with state officials before “any potential utilization” of National Guard Reserve Component units under the executive order. The statement said there is currently no projected number of expected activations, but the Pentagon can do so “as needed.” “As this is a dynamic situation, we do not currently have a projected number of expected activations, but the Department is now fully authorized to make activations as needed. We will provide updates as they become available,” Hoffman said. “The Department has been committed to using all our capabilities to confront the coronavirus outbreak, and the President’s action today ensures that we can bring select members of the Reserves and National Guard to the fight where needed most,” he said. Thousands of National Guard troops have been activated so far by state governors across the nation. They have been helping with coronavirus testing, delivering meals to homebound residents, helping build hospital spaces, and transporting equipment, and providing other logistical support. They have so far not played law enforcement roles. If activated under Title 10, or “federalized,” they would be barred from doing so. In recent days, the Army has reached out to retirees, particularly those with medical expertise and not already helping in their communities, to help coronavirus response efforts. The Navy has also reached out to reservists with medical expertise who are not currently serving their communities.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the Taiwan Allies and International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act, whose acronym in a remarkable coincidence spells out TAIPEI, the name of Taiwan’s capital. The TAIPEI Act enhances U.S. support for Taiwan by encouraging other nations to engage with the island and punishing those who follow the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) orders to isolate it. “This bipartisan legislation demands a whole-of-government approach to ramp up our support for Taiwan, and will send a strong message to nations that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan,” said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who introduced the bill along with Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware in May. The bill enjoyed strong bipartisan support after some revisions and passed the House on a 415-0 vote. The Senate passed the final version of the TAIPEI Act with unanimous consent on March 11. A joint statement from Gardner and Coons highlighted the importance of the Act during the current crisis, stressing America’s determination to “support Taiwan’s participation in appropriate international organizations like the World Health Organization, which would help Taiwan respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and be able to share globally its expertise and knowledge in handling this crisis.” Taiwan was forced into observer status at the World Health Organization (WHO) by Communist China in 2009 and was blocked altogether after the election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016. During the coronavirus crisis, WHO uncritically relayed false information provided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and inexcusably delayed declaring a global health emergency, while Taiwan devised the world’s most effective coronavirus response – in some ways benefiting from its separation from a World Health Organization compromised by CCP politics. Taiwan still correctly objects to its exclusion as outrageous, and at this point the rest of the world is probably suffering more than Taiwan from keeping Beijing in and Taipei out. In February, Taiwan was able to get some of its experts into an online WHO meeting about the coronavirus by working directly with WHO leaders and freezing Beijing out of the discussion. The Chinese Communist government later claimed it had approved Taiwan’s request. As the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry pointed out in February, even after unleashing a historic global pandemic, the CCP still has enough sway over WHO to make it change its reports so they describe Taiwan as part of Communist China. Supporters of the TAIPEI Act also said it would be an important step toward reversing China’s economic and political campaign to isolate Taiwan by bribing and intimidating its allies into abandoning the island and switching their formal diplomatic recognition to Beijing. Eight of Taiwan’s allies have done so since President Tsai’s election, leaving it with 15. “The TAIPEI Act sends a clear message that the United States stands with Taiwan’s free-market democracy. I look forward to finding additional ways to support the positive role Taiwan plays in international affairs,” Sen. Coons said on Thursday. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Taiwan’s de facto embassy in the United States, on Thursday offered “big thanks to President Donald Trump and Congress’ staunch support for Taiwan.” President Tsai said it was “gratifying” to see the TAIPEI Act signed into law, hailing it as a “testament to Taiwan-U.S. friendship and mutual support as we work together to address global threats to human health and our shared economic values.” “The bill reflects the strength of Taiwan-U.S. ties. It also paves the way for expanded bilateral exchanges while preserving the country’s international space in the face of authoritarian China’s campaign of coercion,” said the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chinese Communist Party is, unsurprisingly, less pleased with the TAIPEI Act. The Chinese Foreign Ministry actually threatened a “resolute strike back” if the law was implemented. “We urge the United States to correct its mistakes, not implement the law, or obstruct the development of relations between other countries and China, otherwise it will inevitably encounter a resolute strike back by China,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman warned. China stepped up its campaign of military intimidation against Taiwan after the coronavirus pandemic began, conducting provocative naval and air drills. Taiwanese citizens are increasingly angry about these provocations, which have included brief violations of Taiwan’s airspace by Chinese military jets.
This is extremely important, and sends a message to China that we stand with Taiwan. Kudos to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and the others who pushed this bill and got it to President Trump’s desk for signature. 🙂
President Trump signed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday to provide direct payments to most Americans and aid to workers and businesses idled by the coronavirus outbreak. “I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first,” the president said at the White House. Among the five congressional Republicans with the president in the Oval Office were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. There were no Democratic lawmakers in attendance at the signing ceremony “It’s a proud moment for all of us,” Mr. McConnell said. Vice President Mike Pence said the new law means that “today, every American family, every American business can know that help is on the way.” The president’s signature capped a frantic week of deal-making between the White House and congressional Democrats as major portions of the economy ground to a halt to stop the spread of the virus. The measure provides $500 billion in loans for distressed companies, beefed-up unemployment insurance for 39 weeks in most states, $350 billion in loans and grants for small businesses and direct payments of $1,200 to most Americans.
President Trump is calling for Republicans and Democrats to unite behind his American independence agenda to defeat the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. During a Tuesday press conference, Trump detailed the “critical” need for American independence in manufacturing, the energy sector, and territorially at the nation’s borders to stop the coronavirus crisis: We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. I think we’ve learned a lot. This crisis has underscored just how critical it is to have strong borders and a robust manufacturing sector. For three years, we’ve embarked on a great national project to secure our immigration system and bring back our manufacturing jobs. We’ve brought back many jobs, record numbers of jobs, and this really shows, this experience shows how important borders are. Without borders, you don’t have a nation. [Emphasis added] Trump said his agenda to fighting the coronavirus and lifting the United States out of a state of globalist dependency includes manufacturing pharmaceuticals and essential supplies and equipment in America, made by American workers. “Our goal for the future must be to have American medicine for American patients, American supplies for American hospitals, and American equipment for our great American heroes,” Trump said. “Now both parties must unite to ensure America is truly an independent nation in every sense of the word.” “Energy independence, we’ve established it, something incredible we’ve established … manufacturing independence, economic independence, and territorial independence enforced by strong, sovereign borders,” Trump continued: America will never be a supplicate nation. We will be a proud, prosperous, and self-reliant nation. We will embrace commerce with all but will be dependent on none. Above all, we know the best thing for our economy and the world right now is a very, very powerful victory over the virus. [Emphasis added] On immigration, Trump has invoked a federal statute to close the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to foreign migrants to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Trump has also implemented travel bans on China, Iran, and Europe to prevent travel-related infections in the U.S. Meanwhile, Trump’s administration has worked closely with private industry to ramp up domestic production of necessary supplies and equipment — including one deal with 3M to produce 35 million respirator masks a month at its South Dakota manufacturing plant. The results of U.S. free trade with China have meant that the U.S. currently depends on China to produce an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients that are needed to manufacture drugs in the U.S. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted and China entered the World Trade Organization (WTO), nearly five million American manufacturing jobs have been eliminated from the American economy — 3.4 million of which are due to U.S. free trade with China. The mass elimination of working- and middle-class jobs and depressed U.S. wages due to NAFTA and China’s entering the WTO have coincided with a 600 percent increase in trade deficits.
Thankfully, NAFTA is history, and many of those dreadful trade deals with China are being redone. That said, we definitely welcome this new position by the Trump Administration. We rely heavily on China and other countries for key products, goods and services. And, recently, China not-so-subtly threatened to hold back critical drugs during this Wuhan virus epidemic. We cannot allow ourselves to be held hostage to another nation for energy, or key goods and services like pharmaceuticals. As we oftentimes say here at The Daily Buzz… If given the option to buy a product made in China or maybe one that’s a few bucks more, but it says Made in the USA…PLEASE PLEASE consider buying the American product, made in America by American workers. Let’s all vote with our wallets.
Dr. Anthony Fauci slammed the media’s ongoing attempt to “pit” him against President Trump, expressing his desire for that to stop. Appearing on the radio show “Mornings on the Mall” on Tuesday, Dr. Fauci was asked about the growing number of stories that depict an apparent tension between him and President Trump. “I wanted to ask you about something that I’ve seen transpiring over the past couple of days, especially as it relates to you. It seems like increasingly a bunch of the questions from the media are designed to create a rift between you and the president of the United States. Or at least to sort of emphasize differences of opinion in a way that creates distance between you and the president. Are you sensing that as the media continuously asks you questions about the differences you have with him?” co-host Vince Coglianese asked. “That is really unfortunate,” Dr. Fauci responded. “I would wish that would stop because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences. They’re really fundamentally at the core when you look at things, they are not differences.” He continued, “The president has listened to what I’ve said and to the other people who are on the task force have said. When I’ve made recommendations, he has taken them. He has never countered, overwritten me. The idea of just pitting one against the other is not helpful. I wish that would stop and that we’d look ahead at the challenge we have to get over this thing.” Many members of the media have highlighted the differences between Fauci and Trump over the anti-malaria drug the president continues to express excitement for as a potential treatment for coronavirus while the prominent task force member expressed caution as it has not gone through a clinical trial. Others in the media have also sounded the alarm of Fauci’s absences from recent White House briefings, suggesting it’s a signal of a falling out between the doctor and the president.
This is HUGE. MSNBC, CNN, and the rest of the dominantly liberal mainstream have been artificially creating a “rift” between Dr. Fauci and President Trump. It doesn’t exist. FAKE NEWS! And, as for Joe Biden’s truly pathetic little video he posted yesterday where he said that the President (Trump) needs to listen to his team, and his doctors (on the task-force)…basically feeding off the fake news rift… Well, according to Dr. Fauci, the President IS listening, and IS taking their recommendations. Try again, “sleepy” Joe. That said, Trump isn’t some puppet. He’ll make his own decisions. But, clearly he DOES listen to the advice of his very capable team. We should be comforted by that fact. Another fake news story by the liberal media proven FALSE. And, we’re very happy to share that with you this evening. 🙂
A Harris poll released on Monday found a majority of the American people believe the Chinese government is to blame for unleashing the Wuhan coronavirus upon the world and support President Donald Trump referring to the disease as the “China Virus.” The poll said 55 percent believe China is to blame for the virus versus 45 percent who did not agree. 52 percent agreed with Trump’s use of the term “China Virus,” while 42 percent did not. Some other points of interest from the poll included 62 percent who said they were satisfied with the White House response to the coronavirus, but the same percentage said they were dissatisfied with the federal government’s response to the economic crisis caused by the epidemic. Poll responses covered the weekend when Democrats suddenly decided to block the coronavirus relief package. The slow progress of that relief bill through Congress was already the cause of some frustration among the public. According to the Harris poll, Americans have been much more satisfied with local and state responses to the epidemic, as both of those levels of government enjoyed 76 percent approval. President Trump personally enjoyed 55 percent approval for his handling of the coronavirus, versus 45 percent disapproval. As for what responses the public would like to see, the two most popular measures were extending paid sick leave and extending unemployment insurance, both of which logged 91 percent support. Support for suspending student loan payments, pushing back the deadline to file taxes, suspending payroll taxes for three months, and lowering interest rates to zero percent was also strong with poll respondents. The Harris poll found that private employers are steadily taking more action to help employees on their own initiative, but also 20 percent said they have been laid off or put on extended leave due to the virus lockdowns. 86 percent of respondents expected the coronavirus to trigger a global recession. According to Harris, Americans are much more eager to get back to work than to resume most other activities interrupted by the epidemic. 20 to 30 percent of respondents said they would wait at least a month after restrictions are officially lifted to resume such activities as dining out, using a fitness center, or attending large social gatherings. Judging by this poll, it will take at least four to six months before normal business is restored for two of the industries viewed with the greatest trepidation, airlines and cruise ships.
This, also, is HUGE! The majority of Americans aren’t buying the bs being put out by the communist Chinese government that the U.S. Army started this whole Wuhan Virus pandemic, despite efforts by China’s propaganda machine, with some assistance from the dominantly liberal mainstream media. It has been substantiated that this whole thing started in Wuhan, China, and the Chinese government tried to bury it’s knowledge of it for months, before finally admitting it’s existence. Once we became aware of it’s existence and where it was coming from, President Trump wisely cancelled all to/from China. Just think how many more lives would have been saved if we had had a couple more months advance notice? THOSE are the questions the whole world should be demanding of China. And, as always, we remind you to resist the temptation to buy cheap Chinese products, and instead BUY AMERICAN!!
President Trump said Tuesday he wants to reopen American businesses by April 12, signaling he’s eager to reinvigorate the economy after a two-week push to keep Americans at home to slow down and defeat the coronavirus. “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he told a Fox News town hall on the coronavirus from the White House. Mr. Trump said the country is simply not built to shut down. “We can destroy our country this way by closing it down,” he said. “You’re gonna lose more people by putting the country into a massive recession or depression. You’re going to have suicides by the thousands.” Mr. Trump on March 16 announced a 15-day period during which people were encouraged to work and learn at home if possible, avoid groups of 10 or more and use takeout instead of entering bars and restaurants. He says he will reevaluate the guidance this weekend, meaning changes could come before Easter. One idea is to get healthier people back to work first or tell parts of the country with fewer cases that it’s OK to return to business as normal. Scientists say the business closures, a form of “social distancing,” are vital to breaking up the virus’s chains of transmission. It will buy time for hospitals, so they aren’t overrun with patients.