April 2020

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  • 4/1/20 Trump declares that Obamacare markets will no reopen, making it harder for tens of millions of people who recently lost their jobs from the coronavirus lock-down to get health insurance. (NYT)
  • 4/2/20 The Secret Service signs an emergency order to rent $45,000-worth of golf carts in Sterling, VA, where Trump owns a golf course. (TheWeek)
  • 4/2/20 The U.S.N.S. Comfort, a Navy medical vessel that Trump has touted for weeks, sits in New York Harbor with 20 of its 1,000 beds occupied, 1,200-member crew idle, and is not accepting coronavirus patients. (NYT)
  • 4/2/20 The Trump administration scales back paid leave requirements for employers that were created by a new coronavirus relief law,  exempting many small businesses. (NYT
  • 4/3/20 Son-in-law Jared Kushner, senior advisor to Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, says that the federal stockpile of medical supplies is not meant for the states. "It's supposed to be our stockpile." (HuffPo)
    • 4/3/20 The official government website for the Strategic National Stockpile alters its language to match Kushner's controversial assertion. (Politico)
  • 4/6/20 Is reported that Trump has a financial stake in hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug he has repeatedly pushed as an effective and proven treatment for the coronavirus even when no such conclusion has been drawn by any health experts or organizations. (NYT)
  • 4/7/20 Fires Glenn Fine, the leader of a new watchdog panel tasked to oversee how the administration spends the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulkus package. (NYT)
  • 4/7/20 Criticizes the World Health Organization and threatens to pull U.S. funding, claiming the U.S. provides the majority of its budget when only provides about 14%. (NPR)
  • 4/8/20 Urges Republicans to "fight very hard" against voting by mail, falsely suggesting it would lead to widespread voter fraud. (TheGuardian)
  • 4/9/20 Attorney General Bill Barr accuses the media of "jihad" to discredit Trump's unproven claims of hydroxychloroquine as a miracle coronavirus treatment. (Newsweek)
  • 4/10/20 Government watchdog reports that the Trump family has taken 12 times more protected trips than the Obamas. The Obamas took 133.3 trips per year while the Trumps have taken 1,625 annually. (CREW)
  • 4/10/20 Is revealed that U.S. officials knew of the coronavirus crisis which started in Wuhan, China as early as November 2019. (Independent)
  • 4/11/20 Is reported that Trump personally directed his staff not to help the United States Postal Service, which was given no money in the recent $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, and is poised to shut down operations by September 2020 with a loss of 630,000 jobs. (CommonDreams)
    • Is reported that Trump threatened to veto the entire stimulus bill if it contained bailout money for USPS. (TheHill)
  • 4/11/20 A bombshell report reveals that Trump was personally warned by multiple U.S. health officials and cabinet members about the coronavirus affecting American citizens in early January 2020. (NYT)
    • One adviser warned that half a million Americans could die, and Trump was displeased that he had put that in writing. (BusinessInsider)
  • 4/11/20 Is reported that Trump privately asked why the government couldn't just let the coronavirus "wash over" the country. (TalkingPointsMemo)
  • 4/13/20 Uses a coronavirus briefing to play a strange video containing a number of false claims about how much and how early Trump has reacted to the pandemic. Multiple news outlets cut away from airing the video due to its false and sensationalistic nature. (DailyBeast)
    • When CBS reporter Paula Reid presses Trump on why there was a gap in the video for February, Trump resorts to calling her names. (video via CNN)
    • The briefing lasts 2.5 hours, and includes shouting matches with other reporters. He also claims "total authority" on how states handle their lockdowns. (Vice)
  • 4/14/20 A federal district judge strikes down Trump's attempted rollback of school nutrition rules. (NYT)
  • 4/14/20 Delays the printing and distribution of stimulus checks to Americans because he insists that his name be printed on every check. (Newsweek
  • 4/15/20 Announces that the U.S. will halt all of its funding to the World Health Organization, citing mismanagement of the pandemic and covering up the spread after it emerged from China. (BBC)
  • 4/16/20 Threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress in order to make "recess appointments" to fill vacant positions in his administration, something no president has ever done. (Independent)
  • 4/17/20 After releasing federal guidelines encouraging states' stay-at-home orders, tweets vitriolic support for stay-at-home protesters with three tweets: "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!" "LIBERATE MICHIGAN" and "LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!" (Politico)
    • 4/19/20 Is reported that the stweets flout federal laws that prohibit inciting overthrow of the government. (Newsweek)
  • 4/17/20 Calls for the reopening of gyms several days after a call with gym mogul Stephen Ross, who is on Trump's econoic revitalization team and who has raised millions for Trump's reelection campaign. (DailyBeast)
  • 4/18/20 Is reported that the governor of Illinois secretly organized flights to haul millions of masks and gloves from China to bypass any Trump administration efforts to seize the products and auction them to the highest bidder. (BusinessInsider)
  • 4/21/20 Is reported that a medical supplier had 400,000 N95 masks seized by FEMA and put into a loading dock at JFK. (DailyNews)
  • 4/22/20 Announces that he will pause the green card immigration program for 60 days, citing the coronavirus. (CNN)
  • 4/22/20 Orders the Navy to "shoot down and destroy" any Iranian boats "harassing" U.S. warships. (Independent)
  • 4/22/20 Has the head of a key federal vaccine program dismissed after resisting Trump's attempts to push untested coronavirus treatments. (CNN)
  • 4/22/20 Is threatened with suit by the mayor of El Paso for not paying the city $500,000 in rally expenses. (Hill)
  • 4/22/20 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos excludes Dreamers from coronavirus college relief. (NYT)
  • 4/22/20 Is revealed that any U.S. citizen married to an immigrant, regardless of their status, is not eligible to receive stimulus money. (Yahoo)
  • 4/23/20 Is revealed that the new Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo tweeted racist and derogatory comments about Chinese people, as well as countless unfounded conspiracy theories, for years and regularly deletes his tweets. (CNN)
  • 4/23/20 Is reported that 100% of the crew of the U.S.S. Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus. The ship's captain was recently fired for raising concerns about containing the virus on the ship. (Hill)
  • 4/24/20 In a coronavirus briefing, suggests that people may be able to shine UV light onto infected internal cells or possibly inject disinfectant to cure the virus. (NYT)
    • The maker of Lysol urges people not to inject or drink its cleaning products. (DailyMail)
    • 4/27/20 Claims no responsibility after a spike in people ingesting cleaning agents. (CNN)
  • 4/24/20 Is revealed that Trump has recently owed tens of millions of dollars to a state-owned bank in China. (Politico)
  • 4/24/20 Is reported that Trump watches up to seven hours of cable news every morning before showing up for work at the Oval Office around noon each day. (BusinessInsider)
  • 4/24/20 Changes his mind at the last minute and decides that he will deliver a commencement speech to West Point graduates after all, forcing 1,000 graduates to travel back to the academy from all over the country. (NYT)
  • 4/25/20 FEMA seizes 5 million face masks ordered for veterans and sends them to the federal stockpile. (WaPo)
  • 4/26/20 Is revealed that the USDA allows tens of millions of pounds of produce to rot in fields as food banks across the country struggle to meet demand during the pandemic. (Politico)
  • 4/27/20 Unleashes a tirade on Twitter that attacks multiple targets and is riddled with misspellings such as "Noble prizes" and "hambergers." (NYT)
    • Claims that his tweets were sarcastic, and then re-tweets a deepfake video of Joe Biden in a barrage of conspiracy-laden new tweets. (Independent)
  • 4/27/20 An analysis of Trump's White House coronavirus briefings reveals that he spent 2700% longer attacking enemies than expressing sympathy for victims, which by this point includes 55,000 dead Americans. (Independent
  • 4/29/20 Son-in-law Jared Kushner calls the U.S. coronavirus response "a great success story" as U.S. cases reach 1 million and over 60,000 deaths. (CNN)
  • 4/29/20 A Silicon Valley engineer, Yaron Oren-Pines is awarded a $69 million contract to deliver 1,450 ventilators (triple the normal cost) after promising to deliver them in a tweet to Trump, and never delivers any. (Buzzfeed)
  • 4/30/20 A survey of 22,000 voters reveals that governors in all 50 states get better marks than Trump in their handling of the coronavirus. (Hill)
  • 4/30/20 Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan announces that his state received thousands of coronavirus tests from South Korea at a secret location by the Maryland National Guard in order to evade possible seizure by the federal government. (Hill)