A new report from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform found that the Trump Administration repeatedly delayed an Obama-era order from the health-technology company Philips for 10,000 ventilators, wasting half-a-billion dollars for machines that won’t even arrive until September 2022.
According to the report, in 2014, the Obama Administration signed a contract with Philips to add 10,000 ventilators to the nation’s stockpile by June 2019. Though Philips delayed the fulfillment until November 2019, had they been held to that deadline, the nation would have had plenty of ventilators for when the coronavirus epidemic started in March 2020.
However, the Trump Administration granted Philips three extensions.
“On January 21, 2020, when the first coronavirus case was reported in the United States,” the report states, “Philips approached the Trump Administration about accelerating the delivery of ventilators under its existing contract. The Trump Administration ignored this opportunity, and for six weeks, it did not respond to Philips’ offer.”
When Peter Navarro — Assistant to the President, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy — and other senior officials in the White House negotiated a new contract with Philips, they ended up scrapping the Obama-era terms and agreed to pay almost five-times the price set under those terms.
While Philips had sold ventilators to other purchasers for prices as low as $9,327 per unit, the Trump Administration ended up paying $50,000 per unit.
The ventilators may arrive after a vaccine for the illness does. In the meanwhile, the U.S. has surpassed over 156,000 coronavirus deaths.
This revelation comes just a day after Vanity Fair revealed that the Trump White House scrapped a national testing plan for the epidemic, thinking that coronavirus would mostly kill of blue states voters and the administration could then blame Democratic governors for it.
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Pentagon Refuses Trump’s Request for Military-Style Farewell Parade for His White House Departure
President Donald Trump, who still hasn’t conceded that he lost the election, will soon be leaving the White House. On his way out, he’s not participating in any of the traditional hand-off rituals that incumbents typically do to welcome newly elected Presidents (like leaving a farewell letter of advice to the new president or having a one-on-one conversation with them).
Trump also apparently wants his departure to involve “a military-style sendoff and a crowd of supporters” at either the White House, the Joint Base Andrews or his final destination, the Palm Beach International Airport, according to CNN.
However, the Pentagon has said it isn’t going to happen.
Keep in mind that President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration celebration is being closed to the public because of the insurrection that Trump encouraged his followers to commit on January 6. At this time, over 20,000 National Guard troops will be on patrol in Washington D.C. and the FBI is tracking threats of violence for Trump supporters and other right-wingers who believe the president’s repeatedly disproven claims that Biden stole the election through an unprecedented nationwide conspiracy of voter fraud.
Regardless, CNN reports Trump has been weighing whether or not to issue pre-emptive pardons for himself and his family members who are all likely to face civil and criminal charges for shady financial self-dealings soon after they leave the White House. He’s also sullen at Republicans who he feels didn’t support him, and his approval rating has dropped to 29 percent, the lowest point of his presidency.
90% of All Congressional Republicans Refuse to Say Biden Won the Election
As President Donald Trump continues to insist he won the election, despite the fact that nearly 40 of his campaign’s lawsuits alleging widespread voter fraud have all failed in court, Congressional Republicans are largely following his lead, so much that only 25 out of 222 acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in a new Washington Post poll.
When asked who won the election, 25 Congressional Republicans said Biden and 2 said Trump. When asked if they support Trump’s efforts to claim victory, 9 said they opposed it and 8 supported it, and when asked if they would recognize Biden as the winner if the Electoral College does the same, 30 said yes and 2 said no.
“A team of 25 Post reporters contacted aides for every Republican by email and phone… and also researched public statements made by the GOP lawmakers in recent weeks to determine their stance on Biden’s win,” the publication reports. “More than 70 percent of Republican lawmakers did not acknowledge The Post’s questions as of Friday evening.”
It’s presumed that many Republicans ducked the question or denied Biden’s win in order to avoid incurring the wrath of the Trump and his supporters who have pledged to vote out anyone who supports Biden’s alleged “theft” of the election.
Of the Republicans, the publication adds, “11 of the 52 Senate Republicans acknowledge Biden’s victory; of the 14 House Republicans who recognize the true winner, six are retiring from politics at the end of this month and two more represent districts that Biden won convincingly.”
As of December 5, Biden won 7,059,780 more popular votes than Trump and 74 more electoral votes. Enough states have certified their election results to make Biden the winner, but Trump continues to try and persuade Republican-led state legislatures to pledge to send “non-faithful electors” in the college to vote Trump in despite losing.
On Friday, Trump’s former counselor Kellyanne Conway said that it looks as if Biden “will prevail” in being seated as the next president in January 2021.
Trump Is Already Planning a 2024 Run Just So Biden Won’t Get All the Press Attention
President Donald Trump is reportedly discussing launching his 2024 re-election campaign kickoff event on January 20 just to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Yes, really.
The Daily Beast has cited three officials who Trump has reportedly discussed the idea with. He is assessing which big-dollar donors would support his bid and which political underlings would remain loyal to him just to benefit from whatever happens.
“Trump’s scheming about a future White House run is both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention,” The Daily Beast writes.
According to Bloomberg News, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, reportedly told Trump, “If you do that—and I think I speak for everybody in the room—we’re with you 100 percent.”
Trump still has yet to officially concede. On Thursday he told reporters, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” Trump has been unable to prove his repeated claims of “massive fraud” in over 30 lawsuits which have either failed, been dismissed or withdrawn by his own re-election campaign.
Unfortunately for Trump, two comedians have already snatched up DonaldJTrump2024.com and are using the site to repeatedly call Trump a loser. They offered to give Trump the URL if he’ll concede and call himself a sad loser via Twitter.
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