Weekend News Bytes — April 6, 2020

Weekend News Bytes — April 6, 2020

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Over the weekend, some media organizations and Democrats began acknowledging, after ruthlessly mocking President Trump, that the Malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine may be useful in combating COVID-19. On Saturday, Trump signaled he’s considering a second task force to jump-start the economy and get it back up to speed as quickly as possible. Then, on Sunday, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said the new coronavirus committee he’s chairman of will be looking forward, not back.

Media Organizations and Democrats Begin Backtracking

On March 19, President Trump said anti-Malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine showed promise in treating symptoms caused by COVID-19. Soon afterward, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug on an emergency basis as new evidence showed some patients who took it recovered from the virus quicker.

Nonetheless, that didn’t stop the media and Democrats from ruthlessly mocking the president for weeks.

It now appears that Trump may have been right. An international poll of doctors said Hydroxychloroquine was the “most effective therapy” for coronavirus patients. Last week, the New York Times reported a small group of moderately-ill people was prescribed the drug and experienced relief from their symptoms. Also, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer decided to stop threatening doctors who prescribed the medication and asked the federal government to provide her state with the drug. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has also jumped on the bandwagon and asked for it as well.

Trump Considering Second Task Force

For weeks, President Trump has been firm in his belief that America has to get back to work as soon as possible to begin rebuilding the economy. He seems to be looking to expedite that process so our lives may return to normal sooner, rather than later. On Saturday, Trump revealed he was thinking about gathering a group of experts to create a second task force. Their focus would be to evaluate how to open the country.

Trump said, “the cure can’t be worse than the problem” and that the US economy wasn’t designed to be shut down. Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted his agreement with Dana Perino, former Press Secretary to President George W. Bush:

This might be the decision that puts everything required for a speedy recovery into motion.

Clyburn Says New Committee Looking Forward

Late last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed House Democratic Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) to chair a new committee that’ll oversee the government’s $2 trillion economic stimulus package. This was met by deep disagreement from Republicans who said it wasn’t necessary due to built-in accountability in the legislation. Some said it was just another political investigation by Democrats to try and smear Trump.

On Friday, Trump said the new committee was nothing more than an ongoing witch hunt.

Clyburn tried to ease some concerns that Republicans have on Sunday. He said the committee will not be looking back at what the Trump administration did, or did not, do before to the passage of the stimulus bill. Clyburn went on to say that the new committee’s purpose is to oversee how the $2 trillion is spent to ensure it ends up in the hands of the right people.

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