The White House is apparently regretting letting medical experts handle a medical emergency.
As President Trump's top coronavirus doctor Anthony Fauci let on in weekend interviews, he's pleased Trump has actually listened to and taken his advice in fighting the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. But starting with a Sunday night tweet, Trump indicated he's taking back the helm from Fauci as soon as the CDC's recommended 15-day isolation period is over.
"We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem," Trump tweeted, alluding to the economic fallout that coronavirus containment measures have caused. Vice President Mike Pence echoed that sentiment in saying the CDC would update its guidance Monday to allow people exposed to the virus to return to work sooner if they wear a mask. It comes amid a "growing sentiment" in the White House that "medical experts were allowed to set policy that has hurt the economy," and after some Republican lawmakers "pleaded with the White House to find ways to restart the economy," The New York Times reports.
WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
There's a big problem with that strategy, experts warn. If Americans were magically been frozen in place for 15 days and the U.S. could test everyone, sure, the rampant coronavirus would die and it would be clear who needed further isolation or medical care, The New York Times' health and science reporter explained. But that clearly isn't happening, and, paired with America's late start on coronavirus containment, it shows why the U.S. probably shouldn't reopen for business just yet. Kathryn Krawczyk
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is once again preparing to resist increased calls from Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Pelosi will meet with House Democrats in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday and is expected to urge against impeachment, Politico reports, continuing to argue that the process should not be pursued until it has support from Republicans.
The House speaker, who denies there is a "divide" in the party over this issue, previously argued against these calls during a meeting with Democratic leaders on Monday, reportedly contending that lawmakers have not exhausted all steps and that their investigations are now "getting some results." She is urging Democrats to proceed with these ongoing investigations, expressing fear that this talk of impeachment is drowning out their message.
But some Democrats, including House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), argued during Monday's meeting that opening an impeachment inquiry would put them in a stronger position to investigate Trump and overcome his attempts to block them, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Democrats had begun to step up impeachment talk after former White House Counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena at the direction of the White House, with even some who haven't outright called for it suggesting they may be headed in that direction. For instance, House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Tuesday told CNN in reference to impeachment that "I'm getting there." Brendan Morrow