March 2020

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  • 3/1/20 VP Mike Pence, who leads the national coronavirus response, defends a statement by Donald Trump Jr. that Democrats hope the coronavirus "kills millions of people" in order to bring down his father. Pence says Jr was "pushing back" at the politicization of the outbreak. (Guardian)
  • 3/2/20 Is reported that an official at the Interior Department, Indur Goklany, has been inserting misleading language about climate change, including false information, into the agency's scientific reports. (NYT)
  • 3/3/20 Trump suggests using a flu vaccine on coronavirus patients and is instantly corrected by health experts. The virus, Covid-19, has killed over 3,000 globally and infected nearly 90,000. (Independent)
  • 3/4/20 Announces that he has donated $100,000 of his presidential salary to fight coronavirus. (Vox)
    • In February 2020 proposed a 10% cut to the Health and Human Services budget, amounting to billions of dollars. (whitehouse.gov)
    • Continues to run his businesses while sitting in office, earning $41 million in 2018 from one D.C. hotel alone. (CREW)
    • Overcharges the Secret Service for hotel stays at his own properties, earning at least $500,000. (WaPo)
  • 3/5/20 Tells Fox News host Sean Hannity that he thinks the World Health Organization's estimate for the coronavirus mortality rate of 3.4% is "a false number," and continues: "Now, and this is just my hunch, and — but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this. Because a lot people will have this and it's very mild. They'll get better very rapidly. They don't even see a doctor. They don't even call a doctor." (Politico)
  • 3/5/20 Facebook announces that it will remove some ads run by Trump's campaign that attempt to deceive target viewers into thinking it is an official census effort. (CNN
  • 3/5/20 Falsely blames the Obama administration for the slow rollout of coronavirus test kits. (ABC)
    • In May 2017 introduced his first proposed cut of $1.2 billion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 25% reduction. (Vox)
    • In 2019, fired the U.S. government's entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure. (ForeignPolicy)
    • On February 11, 2020 proposed a 10% cut to the CDC as well as the National Institutes of Health. (whitehouse.gov)
  • 3/6/20 Ousts his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and names Representative Mark Meadows as his replacement. Mulvaney is named special envoy to Northern Ireland. (NYT)
  • 3/6/20 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos introduces a rule that makes it harder for child abuse victims to come forward at school. (Independent)
  • 3/6/20 Calls Washington state governor Jay Inslee a "snake" for criticizing his administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak. (Politico)
  • 3/6/20 Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta:
    • Says that he did not know that the flu kills people. Trump's paternal grandfather Friedrich Trump died of the flu. (WaPo)
    • Says that scientists have been commenting about how much he knows about epidemiology. "Maybe I have a natural ability." (Yahoo)
    • Says that passengers on the quarantined cruise ship Grand Princess should stay on the boat so that his infected "numbers don't go up." (Newsweek)
  • 3/7/20 Is revealed that security contractor and weapons dealer Erik Prince has in recent years helped recruit former spies to infiltrate liberal groups and Democratic congressional campaigns considered hostile to to Trump. (NYT)
  • 3/7/20 Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow falsely claims that the coronavirus "is contained." (CNN)
  • 3/7/20 Overrides a CDC recommendation that elderly and at-risk populations not fly due to a widespread coronavirus pandemic that is particularly deadly to the elderly and immunocompromised. (Hill)
  • 3/8/20 Is reported that Trump's fumbled rollout of coronavirus testing kits allowed the virus to sweep the nation. (Politico)
  • 3/9/20 Twitter labels a retweeted video by Trump as "Manipulated Media" which depicted presidential candidate Joe Biden heavily edited to say "We can only re-elect Donald Trump." (WSJ)
  • 3/12/20 In an address to the nation about the coronavirus, erroneously claims that he convinced health insurance providers to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments. (CNN)
    • 3/12/20 Announces a travel ban for all non-U.S. citizens traveling from 26 European countries to the U.S., but makes exceptions for the countries in which he owns resorts. (Politico) The announcement is made without first notifying the E.U., TSA or any of the airlines. (CNN)
  • 3/12/20 Lies repeatedly about the availabilty and use of coronavirus tests nation-wide. (Vanity Fair)
  • 3/13/20 Son-in-law Jared Kushner tasks a family member to crowdsource Facebook for solutions to the coronavirus outbreak. (Politico)
  • 3/13/20 Is reported that Trump has rejected aggressive coronavirus testing in the hopes that it would help his re-election to keep the numbers down. (TheWeek)
  • 3/13/20 Begins holding daily press briefings in which he makes countless lies and mistatements about his own policy and recent history regarding the coronavirus. (NYT)
  • 3/14/20 A federal judge blocks Trump's attempt to cut food stamps for almost 700,000 in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. (CNN)
  • 3/15/20 Trump's sudden travel ban causes tens of thousands of Americans in Europe to come in close contact with each other for many hours at airports before arriving in the U.S. (Politico)
  • 3/15/20 Is reported that Trump attempted to poach German scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine and offered cash so that the vaccine would be exclusive to the U.S. (BusinessInsider)
  • 3/15/20 Trump's spiritual advisor Paula White cancels a speaking engagement at a conference which promises "supernatural protection" from the coronavirus outbreak. (Jezebel)
  • 3/16/20 In light of Trump denying that he knew anything about firing the White House pandemic response team in 2018, a video emerges that shows him discussing the firing at the time. (Independent)
  • 3/20/20 In a daily press briefing, strongly embraces the use of two malaria drugs to treat coronavirus, both of which are still in clinical trials. "I'm a smart guy. I feel good about it. And we're going to see. You're going to see soon enough." The statements are immediately reversed by Trump's resident infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. (NYT)
  • 3/21/20 Suggests sanitizing and reusing medical masks despite federal guidelines. "I have to tell you, the throwing away of the masks, being in private business, the throwing away of the mask right away, they're throwing it away (sic)." (CNN)
  • 3/25/20 A public radio station in Washington state stops broadcasting Trump's daily briefings "due to a pattern of false or misleading infomation provided that cannot be fact checked in real time." (Hill)
  • 3/25/20 Democrats narrowly block a $2 trillion relief bill that would have granted Trump's companies a portion of the $500 billion apportioned for large businesses. (Vice)
  • 3/26/20 The Trump campaign sends out cease-and-desist letters to TV stations to remove a video in which Trump calls the coronavirus a "hoax," claiming the video to be "patently false, misleading and deceptive" advertising. (BusinessInsider
  • 3/27/20 After delaying the purchase of ventilators from a variety of manufacturers over the price, Trump bends to intense criticism from all sides and goes through with the order. The U.S. leads the world in the number of new confirmed coronavirus cases per day. (NYT)
  • 3/27/20 A consortium of 40 national medical organizations comprised of over 800,000 physicians formally pleads with Trump to not lift lock-down measures by Easter (April 12) like he promised. (DailyNews)
  • 3/27/20 During a coronavirus briefing, says of children: "...They are attacked, successfully attacked to a much lesser extent by this pandemic, by this disease. This whatever they want to call it. You call it a germ, you can call it a flu, you can call it a virus. You know, you can call it many different names. I'm not sure anybody even knows what it is, but the children do very well." (RealClearPolitics)
  • 3/28/20 Announces that he will not comply with key transparency measures in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill. (Vox)
  • 3/28/20 Boasts that he told VP Mike Pence not to call governors battling coronavirus who aren't appreciative enough: "If they don't treat you right, I don't call." (Independent)
  • 3/28/20 Ethics watchdog CREW says Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's secret coronavirus task force appears to violate both the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act by using private email accounts, among other things. (CREW)
  • 3/29/20 Brags on Twitter thathis coronavirus briefings are getting viewership akin to the finale of "The Bachelor." (Reuters)
  • 3/30/20 Accusses New York nurses and hospital staff of stealing masks, pointing only to the increase in mask usage. (Vox)
  • 3/30/20 Says that NY governor Andrew Cuomo's high poll numbers are largely due to the federal goverment having "sent them a lot of stuff." (USAToday
  • 3/30/20 Announces that he will issue the final rule to roll back Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards. (NYT)
  • 3/30/20 Admits that Republicans would never be elected again if it were easier to vote. (TheGuardian)
  • 3/31/20 Hands a coronavirus briefing over to the CEO of mypillow.com, who praises Trump amd urges Americans to read the Bible. (HuffPo)