1 Trump Sees "Light At End Of Tunnel" In Coronavirus Crisis
President Trump says he sees a "light at the end of the tunnel" when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak. Opening a White House teleconference with some business leaders, Trump also predicted that the national economy will "take off like a rocket" once the crisis has passed. To that end, Trump pledged ongoing help to struggling small businesses – and later during a White House briefing, said more money is coming. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin explained that immediate efforts to pump more money into a small business stimulus fund, possibly up to 250-billion-dollars. Speaking of stimulation, our nation’s kids will likely be getting their brains working in actual classes this fall. That's what Dr. Anthony Fauci said at a White House coronavirus task force briefing. While he warns it’s not an "absolute prediction," Fauci thinks "we're going to be in good shape." Still, Fauci warns things will be different because the respiratory illness isn't just going to disappear. “Bottom line is,” he offered. “No absolute prediction, but I think we're going to be in good shape.”
2 Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly Resigns
An apology wasn’t enough – Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is now resigning after leaked audio showed he called the former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid." According to defense officials, Modly offered to resign in a conversation with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Esper accepted the resignation and has selected the Under Secretary of the Army James McPherson to be the new Acting Navy Secretary. To review, Modly removed Captain Brett Crozier from his post after he sent a four-page letter asking for urgent help as the coronavirus was spreading on his nuclear aircraft carrier. That letter was leaked to the press by someone. As we told you before, Modly apologized for saying Crozier was "too naive or too stupid" when he spoke to the crew. At last check, more than 170 sailors on the Roosevelt has tested positive for the virus.
3 Trump Removes Stimulus Spending Watchdog
First it was the Ukraine whistleblower Matthew Atkinson, now it’s the person responsible for watching that coronavirus stimulus funds will be spent the way they’re supposed to be. Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general of the Defense Department, who had been named by a panel of inspectors general to lead the oversight committee, is out of a job. Fine will be replaced by Sean O'Donnell, inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency – at least temporarily. Still the question is why...and that’s an answer no one seems to be able to answer. What we do know that the provision in the Stimulus act that would audit the stimulus money spending by big corporations is something that Trump redlined before signing the deal into law. Trump has also lashed out at Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm after her office issued a report describing widespread testing delays and supply issues in response to the coronavirus outbreak. After dismissing the report to reporters during a briefing he later attacked Grimm on Twitter.