Former Obama White House Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain blasted Donald Trump’s announced travel ban on Europe in response to the Chinese coronavirus as a political move during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday night.
“Part of this is the classic Trump distraction tactic and he wants to see progressives debate the travel ban, so on and so forth, and not come after where he has failed.”
The President announced a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to the United States as a result of the widespread reach of the virus on the continent. The United Kingdom is exempt from the temporary travel ban.
Klain slammed Trump for the lack of testing for the virus in the United States when compared to countries such as South Korea, where 2,000 out of every one million people have been tested for the virus.
He may have missed that a major element of Trump’s national address on the situation addressed new means to produce more testing kits for the virus. South Korea’s experience with the virus(it’s arguably the second hardest hit country) has come as a result of its proximity to China.
Klain’s remarks come as a stark contrast to Trump’s national address, in which he emphasized the need for Americans to unite across political lines and take every step possible to fight the virus without partisan considerations.
If there are some who seek to immediately cast the moves taken to halt the coronavirus’ spread as a political gambit, then they are the ones treating a serious national health threat to older Americans as a partisan game.
Kanye West Announces Presidential Campaign; 2020 Spoiler?
A shock entry to the Presidential race.
Rap artist and businessman Kanye West announced that he would be running for President in a surprise Saturday tweet; surprising some political commentators on what would be a late entry to the 2020 election. However, the Montana resident and businessman declined to specifically confirm that he would be running in the 2020 election, which is merely four months away.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
West generally trends conservative and adopted pious Christian views several years ago; changing the subject matter of his music to better reflect biblical themes. He’s maintained a warm relationship with President Trump, speaking of his opposition to stifling political correctness in the entertainment industry; the rapper even stated that he planned to cast his first ever vote for President Trump in the 2020 election.
Should he run in this election, it seems more likely that West would be at least inclined to vote for himself.
However, West’s appeal to the black community could mean that he serves as a de facto spoiler taking away enough votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to prevent the party elder figure from securing a November victory.
West was edited into the Wikipedia article for the pending 2020 presidential election hours within his tweet, being featured as a major party candidate in the election summary of the page.
Kanye West is yet to file a declaration of candidacy with the Federal Elections Committee, and it’s too late for him to get on the ballot on many major American states, raising questions about the timing or seriousness of his supposed 2020 campaign. However, the colorful musician could be referring to a 2024 campaign.
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