Monday 23 March 2020


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On February, 20th 2020, Trump declared that “the 15 cases of COVID19  in the United States within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero,” This was  one of many times he minimized the growing threat of he COVID19 pandemic.  As of that same day, there were more than 7,700 cases that were confirmed  in the United States.  

At first Trump ignored it, then he tried to cover it up, and now he's trying to behave like he's doing something, but all he really seems to be doing is pushing the Feds to lower interest rates to help rich investors even more. The incompetence of the Trump administration is breath taking, and has put every American at risk.

Granted, it is not easy for a non-health president  totake rapid-fire questions from reporters, nor can it be easy for the president to balance multiple competing voices within any complex administration. However, Donald Trump’s words appeared to downplay concerns about COVID-19 at a moment when Americans needed informed communication, and well-defined commitment to public health above all else. Moments like this call for officials to respond accurately and sharing the urgency of the situation without causing undue alarm. The president’s ambivalence about expert opinion, seeming to downplaying  COVID-19, does the health of Americans no service to them at all.

In the best of times, President Trump’s mendacity, salesman braggadocio and foolish rhetoric is a danger to the people in the United States. Since this global pandemic, has increased, that twit’s ignorance with respect to the COVID19 pandemic makes his stupid statement downright pointless.

Trump administration has known for three to four months that the coronavirus was on its way to the United States and he chose to ignore it. The National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security each had, when Trump came into office, specific divisions to deal with epidemic diseases like this. Donald Trump closed them both down two years ago and fired all of their employees.

The result is poorer health for all, both in the short and long terms. The short-term effects of the administration’s confusion on COVID-19 is that the response may not be as robust and coordinated as it should be. In the long-term, it means Americans will not be able to lay the foundations for preparedness for the next large-scale public health threat.

The American federal government’s willingness to turn a deaf ear to medical recommendations has led to disinvestment in the policies and institutions that are meant to keep Americans  safe. This attitude has in many ways reached its zenith with the Trump administration, which has cut many of the programs created to safeguard general welfare and public health, including programs designed specifically to protect the country from pandemics. While the Trump administration has paid lip service to vigilance in the moment, creating a healthy society takes sustained effort over many years, supported by collective investment and the best science.

If this ignoramus had any brain cells functioning, there wouldn’t have been a shortage of masks, gowns, breathing equipment’s and hospital beds in such short supply. 

That is because  Trump had done absolutely nothing about this pending virus invasion that was coming to the United States,  that the nation  now  has the COVID19  virus  all over the United States and  almost certainly inclusing  thousands to tens of thousands of cases, without the ability to easily test for it and with the nation’s  hospitals and healthcare systems that are now  unprepared.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, the CDC has developed a new laboratory test kit for use in testing patient specimens for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC also claims that this test kit is intended for use with the Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast DX Real-Time PCR Instrument with SDS 1.4 software. This test is intended for use with upper and lower respiratory specimens collected from persons who meet CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing.

Since Trump is NOW aware of the need as to what is required to fight the virus, he has decided to personally make money out of this need. 

Donald Trump presents  an USD 8 billion emergency funding bill to combat COVID-19, coronavirus, after signing it as US Health Secretary Alex Azar looks on in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 6, 2020. This funding will include federal spending for testing kits.

Applied Biosystems is one of the various brands under the Life Technologies brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific corporation. The brand is focused on integrated systems for genetic analysis, which include computerized machines and the consumables used within them, such as reagents.

It is safe to say that the need of the federal government to use these devices provided by the Thermo Fisher Scientific Corp. will substantially increase profitability and likely increase the value of stock in the company.

According to the Associated Press, Donald Trump, who is supposed to be managing the Coronavirus epidemic and how the testing is conducted, has listed investments in V.F. Corp (VFC) and Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation (TMO), both of which moved jobs out of the U.S. in high profile outsourcing deals. There is reason to believe that Donald Trump stands to profit from medical testing of coronavirus that will now take place in the United States.

In 2016, Trump disclosed an 104-page public financial disclosure report, which confirmed that he held investments in companies like Ford Motor Co., Apple Inc. and the parent company of the maker of Oreo cookies. One of Trump’s main talking points during his initial campaign was that as president he would stop the outflow of American jobs. The companies he invested in at the time were subject to scrutiny because Trump was supporting companies that were responsible for major outsourcing.

Both Fortune Magazine and The New York Post confirmed in May of 2016 that Trump listed investments in V.F. Corp. and Thermo Fisher Scientific. If Trump still maintains these investments, it is a direct conflict of interest to use a company that he stands to profit from to conduct coronavirus testing.

Additionally, Trump’s transition team announced in December, 2016, that Trump had sold all of his stock interests ahead of taking the oath of office, but there was never any proof provided to confirm this statement. When asked on a conference call with reporters whether Trump had investments in Boeing at the time, then spokesman Jason Miller said the president-elect had sold all of his stocks in June of 2016.

According to the Associated Press, his advisers at the time provided no proof of the transactions and would not explain the apparent sell-off. Many of Trump’s financial records are still unknown, including his income tax returns which are still at issue in ongoing litigation.

In November 2017, a state banquet was held in Trump’s honor during a visit to China, where more than two dozen business titans were in attendance. One of the attendees was Gianluca Pettiti, President for Thermo Fisher Scientific China. The point of the dinner, according to sources, was for the White House to “home in” on companies that could announce “done deals” that would have the effect of chipping away at the U.S. trade deficit with China. But, considering the presence of Thermo Fisher Scientific and Trump’s previous (and possibly ongoing) personal financial relationship with the company, the guest list looks highly suspect.

Virologists in Berlin produced the first diagnostic test for the Coronavirus a month and a half before the first COVID-19 case not linked to travel was diagnosed in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) began shipping coronavirus testing supplies to nearly 60 countries by February, but Trump didn’t want those kits.

The United States declined to use the WHO test, even temporarily as a bridge until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could produce its own test and the Trump administration has given no explanation as to why. Trump’s possible interest in the company that the U.S. will be using to provide the tests and the fact that if he might still own stock in Thermo Fisher Scientific and world stand to profit from the government contract, could be a major reason why no other tests were accepted.

At this point, Trump needs to show proof of the sale of his stock in the company just to assure the American public that he did indeed properly divest all of his interests that could be considered a conflict.

Upon accessing Trump’s financial disclosures for 2018/2019, there is no current investment in Thermo Fisher Scientific listed. There are however still some concerning issues; this report only covers disclosures up to May 19, 2019, so any new acquisitions would not be listed. Moreover, there are still trust accounts listed, such as DJT Holdings, that do not detail the nature of the holdings and other holdings and assets are reported elsewhere” in the listing.

Considering that it was confirmed that Trump did previously own stock in this company and that the Thermo Fisher Scientific president of the China division was a special CEO guest at a state dinner for Trump in China, it is difficult to say what his business relationship continues to be with the company that is receiving this huge government contract or what direct benefit Trump might be deriving from any continued relationship. We also do not have the disclosures of his children and any other relatives and what stock they are specifically invested in and if they stand to benefit personally.

Trump has found away on how to benefit financially while millions of Americans and other residents  are  at risk of being infected of rhe COVID19 virus. It would appear that this virus is a  godsend to this particular president at the expense of the millions of citizens and other residents living in the United Sates. 

Is this the candidate that the Americans want as the president of the United States?  Their votes are academic since the decision isn’t up to the voters.  The decision is made by the twits in the Electoral College, just like they did in the last election.

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