On March 6 Cuomo insisted, "The overall risk level of the novel coronavirus in New York remains low" and said, "We have more people in this country dying from the flu than we have dying from coronavirus." As late as March 8, Cuomo, instead of advising people to stay away from the subway, advised New Yorkers to seek out less-crowded subway cars, the mass-transit equivalent of saying, "Let them eat cake." read more
Silver responded, "Not providing context on the increase in testing is such a basic error, and has been so widespread, that it's revealing about the media's goals. It's more interested in telling plausibly-true stories ("narratives") that sound smart to its audience than in accuracy/truth per se." Thus, while the raw number of Americans being infected has been increasing more precipitously as a result of greater testing, the percentage of those testing positive has also declined. Silver pointed out on Twitter that the media isn't helping when it fails to explain the nuances of the debate. "Trump has figured this out! By focusing on case counts, the media creates disincentives to do more testing because it makes the numbers look superficially worse. One reason (not the only one) why we're not pushing for testing as much as we should."
I've worked very hard with the President of the United States. We've had our political differences in the past, no doubt. There's also no doubt that I've worked hand-in-glove with the president here, and he has been responsive to New York and responsive to New York's needs, and he's done it quickly, and he's done it efficiently. I've literally had conversations with him in the morning where he turned around a decision by that afternoon. I've been in the federal government. I know what it's like to make a decision, and he has really responded to New York's needs. read more
"Yeah, look, I mean ... we're involved in 68 lawsuits with the Trump administration. I've been on your show, I haven't been timid. He certainly hasn't been timid," Newsom responded. "But I got to say this, it's just the fact. I'd be lying to you. I'd be lying to the American people. Every single direct request that he was capable of meeting he has met. We have the U.S.N.S Mercy in California because of his direct intervention and support; 2,000 of these federal medical stations because of his direct support." "And so I can only speak for myself, but I have to be complimentary, otherwise I would be simply lying to you, misleading you," Newsom continued. "And that is a wonderful thing to be able to say, and I hope that continues. But this has been a remarkable moment, or at least we've been able to rise above that partisanship." read more
on February 4, President Trump delivered his State of the Union address, in which he said this: Protecting Americans' health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat. And the reaction to that speech from the Pelosi Democrats? Famously, when the president reached the end of his speech, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ostentatiously stood and ripped the speech in half. That doesn't count the Democrat members who made a point of walking out on the speech or labeling it, as Pelosi did, a "pack of lies." read more