President Trump was hostile and self-promoting in Monday's 2.5-hour White House task force briefing. He played a campaign-like video that intended to show his decisive action on mitigating the virus. Instead, it illustrated how little the president did in February when the virus was spreading across America and health officials were begging him to take action.
In response to governors around the nation aligning to decide when and how to safely ease social distancing restrictions, Trump incorrectly said he had “total authority." Governors, he said, “can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.” Watch video clips from the tense briefing and read our Fact Checker team on what the Constitution says about that false claim.
Several conservative advocacy groups plan to announce a joint coalition to demand the reopening of the U.S. economy despite the ongoing pandemic, pushing for government authorities to loosen restrictions against the warnings of health experts. Meanwhile, officials presented Trump with a list of 100 business executives who could serve on an advisory panel to help decide how to jump-start the economy. Read about the conservative coalition and what Trump is saying about when he wants to lift restrictions.
When society does reopen, it's likely to do so in waves with fewer workers and a lot of anxiety. Businesses can’t return to 100 percent overnight. For months, efficiency will be sacrificed for necessary health measures. Read what economists are saying about the process for how things could return to normal.
About 82 percent of the benefits of a tax policy change in the coronavirus relief package will go to just 43,000 taxpayers who are millionaires. Inserted into the legislation by Senate Republicans, the change benefits hedge-fund investors and owners of real estate businesses “far and away," according to one tax expert. Read about the provision and how much it's expected to cost U.S. taxpayers.
South Dakota's governor has refused to implement a stay-at-home order. Kristi L. Noem (R) has disparaged the edicts, saying they reflected a “herd mentality.” But now the state has one of the largest single coronavirus clusters anywhere in the nation and it's threatening the U.S. food supply.
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