President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands to include aid for cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package
In a new Axios on HBO interview that aired Monday night, President Donald Trump sat down with host and journalist Jonathan Swan at the White House to talk about some of the most pressing issues in America today. The interview had been filmed the week prior. While lots of ground was covered, the president spent most of it trying to dismiss criticisms of his administration’s handling of the pandemic — repeating false claims about America as a whole being in control of the virus, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. He even got into a data battle with the reporter, bringing his own charts to try to prove the U.S. is handling coronavirus better than, well, anywhere. But what were some of the most baffling moments of the nearly 40-minute long interview? Testing “too much” to blame for coronavirusAmong claims that the United States is doing a good job fighting COVID-19, Trump pulled out one of his own papers with data on it, pointing to a chart and saying, “Here’s one right here. You take the United States — we’re last. Meaning we’re first.” It’s unclear what Trump was referring to. He also subtly implied that South Korea may be faking their numbers, and pushed his theory that numbers are only so high in America because of how many tests are being done. When questioned about how we could “test too much,” Trump responded, “Just read the manuals, read the books.” He wouldn’t give an answer as to what books he meant. Claims that coronavirus deaths in U.S. “lower than the world”Confronted with the daily death toll during the pandemic, the president got very defensive. Trump claimed that “it’s under control” and “it is what it is.” But things didn’t end there. “United States is lowest in numerous categories. We’re lower than the world, we’re lower than Europe,” he said, pointing to his charts from who knows where. Despite the fact that more than 155,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, Trump continuously pointed to the proportion of deaths to confirmed coronavirus cases, instead of the proportion of deaths to the U.S. population, which is a more accurate measure. Currently, America has about 25% of global deaths from COVID-19, despite being about 5% of the world population. > .@jonathanvswan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc.”@realdonaldtrump: “You can’t do that.” > > Swan: “Why can’t I do that?” pic.twitter.com/MStySfkV39> > — Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020 Ghislaine MaxwellDuring the interview, Trump was asked to clarify his comments regarding Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged child sex trafficker. When asked why he would “wish such a person well,” Trump tried to point out that he would “wish a lot of people well” if they were in jail. He then turned to the conspiracies around Jeffrey Epstein’s death, saying people are still trying to figure out how he died and if it was by suicide.“I do wish her well, I’m not looking for anything bad for her, I’m not looking for anything bad for anybody,” Trump said of Maxwell. Again, Swan pointed out, “I mean, she’s a child sex trafficker.” “I don’t know John Lewis” When Swan asked Trump about the late Rep. John Lewis, the president not only claimed not to know Lewis but then went into a diatribe about the politician’s lack of attendance at his inauguration in early 2017. “I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration. I never met John Lewis, actually, I don’t believe,” Trump said. > .@jonathanvswan: “How do you think history will remember John Lewis?” > > President Trump to AxiosOnHBO: “I don’t know…I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration.” pic.twitter.com/LDv76rrIFc> > — Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020This comes after Trump tweeted in honor of Lewis after his death, saying, “’Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family.” After his death, the White House did issue a proclamation from Trump ordering that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Lewis. However, Trump did fail to show up to his memorial services in July. Also in response to a question about if he found John Lewis’s life to be impressive, Trump again pointed out that he didn’t come to his inauguration, and pivoted to himself to say, “Again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Trump's Sister Calls Him Racist In New BookThe Sad Reason Trump Scrapped A Federal COVID PlanHell Is Donald & Melania
President Donald Trump has made it clear in recent weeks that he wants to ban TikTok in the U.S. The White House even recently said that the timeline for its axing will come in “weeks, not months.” Even so, there may be hope to save the app: Microsoft has been in talks with ByteDance, TikTok’s China-based owner, to acquire the app and keep it available to U.S.-based users. But Trump is reportedly only giving Microsoft 45 days to finalize acquisition talks with ByteDance for TikTok, according to Reuters. But even then, there’s no guarantee that he won’t turn around and ban the app anyway. And reportedly, now Trump wants a piece of the sale price, which isn’t really how things work.Trump’s sudden laser-focus on banning TikTok isn’t out of character for him: The man thrives on petty drama and controversy. But why is he going after “Savage Challenge” dancers all of a sudden?Let’s dive into this mystery, ahead. Tensions between the U.S. and ChinaU.S.-China tensions could very well be a driving force behind Trump’s sudden decision to put TikTok on the App store chopping block. He has continuously used China as a scapegoat, making racist comments and blaming coronavirus on China, calling it the “kung-flu.” He even told commentator Greta Van Susteren during a recent interview that “It’s something we’re looking at, yes. It’s a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they’ve done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful.” Some have also labeled TikTok a national security threat because of its data-collection abilities. TikTok teens and K-pop stans tanking his Tulsa rallyCould Trump still be mad over TikTok’s role in his now-famously sparsely attended June rally in Tulsa, OK? The commander-in-chief and his administration bragged about how many seats they would fill during the first rally of his 2020 campaign — originally planned for Juneteenth — on June 20, only to be met with a near-empty stadium on the day of the event. The mastermind culprits behind those empty seats? Teens using TikTok and K-pop stans, who spread the word for their peers to register for free tickets en masse, and then not show up. Given how much he likes to brag about his “huge” rallies, it’s not out of the question that this made him furious and contributed to his decision. TikTok’s political powerTrump’s own plan may just backfire on him. Since he announced his intention to ban TikTok, many young people have said that they are even more mobilized to vote against him, calling the proposed ban a “game-changer.” This is a great example of TikTok’s political power, and probably what Trump feared in the first place, which is why he moved to ban the app. TikTok is, after all, known for amateur political pundits and humorous provocateurs, from comedian Sarah Cooper’s brilliant lip-syncing videos to Claudia Conway, Kellyanne Conway’s Trump-hating 15-year-old daughter.TikTok has been controversial for a while: Last month, former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign banned the app from staffers’ work phones over data privacy concerns. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called for the U.S. government to investigate TikTok over censorship concerns back in October 2019. The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department are looking into allegations that the app failed to protect children’s privacy. Whatever ends up happening to TikTok, it’s sure to stir up the news cycle for a while — so stay tuned for updates.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?TikTok Ban May Come Sooner Than We ThoughtInside The Racist TikTok Controversy In ChappaquaHow Teens On TikTok Derailed Trump's Tulsa Rally
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Marya Ghazipura, epidemiologist and biostatician based in New York City talks to Yahoo Life about all things vaccines: What is a vaccine? How is it made? How long does it take? The purpose of a vaccine is to train our bodies to create an immune response to pathogens so that we can successfully neutralize a virus when we come in contact with it in the future. “A pathogen is a protein that’s foreign to your body, like a virus or bacteria,” Ghazipura explains. “The idea is that we want our bodies to create antibodies against it.” In order to create these antibodies to act as a defense mechanism, we first need to be exposed to the virus via an antigen in a vaccine. “Antigens are proteins that are on the surface of the virus, they look like the pathogen but they’re inactive or they’re weakened,” she says. Once we are exposed to these antigens via a vaccine, our bodies learn to recognize them as a hostile invader, creating antibodies to fight them off. “That way in the future when you’re challenged with the virus, your body already recognizes it as a foreign object, and it has adequate storage of antibodies to neutralize the virus,” Ghazipura tells Yahoo Life. “Vaccines don’t just work at an individual level, sure they protect us, but they also work at this population level,” she explains. “This results in something called herd immunity.” Ghazipura explains that if enough people are immune through vaccinations, the virus stops finding enough hosts and eventually starts dying out. That’s why it’s important that as many people as possible become vaccinated. Ghazipura says that the process to develop a virus is made up of 5 key phases that can take up to 5 years, but science is being expedited at unprecedented rates to stop the spread of COVID-19. Once all phases are complete including three levels of clinical trials involving thousands of volunteers, a vaccine is approved and moves on to mass production. Ghazipura says that although push back against science is at an all-time high, in order for a vaccine to work properly, we need everyone on board. “We want as few people as possible to be contagious, and in order to make that happen we need higher vaccine uptake,” Ghazipura says.
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