13 thoughts on “Trump’s back in business

  1. Bum-rush says:

    Provider of Trump Covid drug is president’s golf friend : Link to drug company boss raises questions about ‘cure’ claims and exclusive access https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/08/provider-of-trump-covid-drug-is-presidents-golf-friend

    p/s: “Dexamethasone “makes you feel like a million bucks, it makes you feel like you’re on top of the world”. Dr. Rob Davidson (click video, then sound icon lower right) https://twitter.com/DrRobDavidson/status/1313989372132421637

  2. Boy Howdy says:

    “Antibody treatment Trump touts relied on testing with cells derived from fetal tissue” https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/trump-antibody-treatment-fetal-tissue/2020/10/08/92f9b2d6-0971-11eb-9be6-cf25fb429f1a_story.html
    “President Trump received an experimental antibody cocktail as part of a treatment regimen for covid-19 he has extolled as “miracles coming down from God,” even though its development relied on human fetal tissue his administration opposes.
    The effectiveness of the antibody therapy was tested by employing a fetal tissue cell line from the 1980s widely used in biomedical research, according to the biotech company manufacturing it, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. The cell line is old enough that it would fall outside restrictions on federal funding of fetal tissue research the Trump administration imposed last year, according to National Institutes of Health guidelines.
    But the president’s repeated praise for the antibody cocktail he got when he was first hospitalized nearly a week ago has generated controversy given his clampdown on fetal tissue research at the behest of social conservatives crucial to his political base.”
    A 2016 article published in the journal Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, exploring the history of use of human cell lines in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, noted that the same cell line, HEK293T, had led at that point to five therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including to treat hemophilia and Type-2 diabetes.

    Trump has ties to drugmaker Regeneron — and now its stock is surging https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/05/investing/trump-regeneron/index.html

  3. Oscar Mike says:

    “Democrats rip Trump for suggesting Gold Star families could have given him Covid-19 : “They come within an inch of my face, sometimes,” the president said of the families of America’s war dead.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/08/trump-gold-star-families-coronavirus-427875

    “Doctors and medical staff working at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center when President Trump made a medical visit there last November were required to sign nondisclosure agreements, an unusual request that rankled some personnel, according to multiple people familiar with the episode.
    Although the White House has described Trump’s stop at the hospital as part of a “routine” checkup, there were multiple signs that the visit was hastily arranged and did not follow the typical protocol for a planned presidential stop, according to the people, who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the visit.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-walter-reed-nondisclosure-agreements/2020/10/08/50dbb71a-073b-11eb-a166-dc429b380d10_story.html

  4. Humpty Dumpty says:

    “U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday said he hasn’t visited the White House in two months because of what he saw as lax coronavirus practices.
    “My impression was their approach to how to handle this (pandemic) was different from mine and what I insisted we do in the Senate, which was to wear a mask and practice social distancing,” McConnell said during an appearance in Northern Kentucky.” https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2020/10/08/mcconnell-says-its-up-president-trump-decide-best-debate-strategy/5922502002/
    “One of the world’s most prestigious medical journals has lambasted the Trump administration’s “dangerously incompetent” handling of the pandemic and called for them to be voted out of office, as US coronavirus cases continue to soar. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/08/new-england-journal-of-medicine-coronavirus-pandemic-trump-administration
    In an unprecedented move in its more than two centuries-long history, the New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial in which it said the current leadership had “recklessly squandered lives” and “largely claimed immunity for their actions” [see NEJM “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum” https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2029812 ] The journal is chiming in alongside Scientific American, which in September backed Democrat Joe Biden for the White House – marking the first time in the magazine’s 175-year history that it had endorsed a presidential candidate.”
    Citing 25th Amendment, Pelosi, Raskin move to create panel that could rule on president’s fitness for office https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-presidency-succession-trump/2020/10/08/3c71dfae-09a5-11eb-859b-f9c27abe638d_story.html

    • Countdown: 25 days says:

      The former director of the office involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for urging Americans not to live in fear of the virus, calling the President’s words “probably the most reckless and deadly piece of information” he’s ever heard.
      “This is a deadly pandemic. This is a deadly virus. The messaging that President Trump gave to America and the world when he left the hospital about there is no need to be afraid of this virus is probably the most reckless and deadly piece of information I have ever heard,” Dr. Rick Bright told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”
      Bright, who filed an extensive whistleblower complaint last spring alleging that his early warnings about the coronavirus had been ignored and that his caution about using hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 had led to his removal, noted that the deadly virus is easily transmittable because it’s airborne. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/08/politics/rick-bright-cnntv/index.html
      Trump falsely claims there’s ‘a cure’ for COVID-19 in rambling Facebook, Twitter posts https://mashable.com/article/donald-trump-covid-19-misinformation-twitter-facebook-cure/
      Late Wednesday afternoon the president posted a rambling video to both social media platforms in which he claims, falsely, that there is “a cure” for COVID-19. To be clear, according to the World Health Organization, “there are no medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure the disease.”

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