House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced she has authorized the creation of a special House committee to “oversee” the Trump Administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the president slams the panel as the latest “witch-hunt” by Democrats; plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Trump campaign donates meals to hospitals amid coronavirus crisis
Across the country, the Trump campaign has been donating meals to hospitals to feed doctors, nurses, and first responders engaged in the coronavirus battle.
The reelection campaign of President Trump has been calling up local restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Washington State and Michigan, anonymously placing orders and delivering food to dozens of hospitals.
The campaign has been doing it under the guise of “a donor who cares.”
Democrat witch hunt: House panel to oversee Trump on coronavirus
Despite failed efforts to smear President Donald Trump with Russia collusion and impeachment, the Democrats keep on coming.
The latest move is being led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has authorized the formation of a special House committee charged with overseeing the multitrillion-dollar federal response to the coronavirus pandemic in order to “monitor” and “oversee” how the Trump administration is handling this unprecedented global-wide disaster.
Trump: “Witch-hunt after witch-hunt”
“We have seen Americans unite with incredible selflessness and compassion,” Trump said during the White House coronavirus briefing on Thursday. “I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics, endless partisan investigations.”
“Here we go again,” Trump said referring to Democrats. “It’s witch hunt after witch hunt after witch hunt, and in the end, it’s people doing the witch hunt who are losing – and they’ve been losing by a lot. And it’s not any time for witch hunts.”
Pelosi justifies the formation of an oversight panel
Pelosi says the task of the panel is “to examine all aspects of the federal response to the coronavirus and ensure the taxpayer’s dollars are being wisely and efficiently spent.”
The bipartisan panel will be led by Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who is the Democratic whip.
“The panel will root out waste, fraud, and abuse,” Pelosi told reporters, “it will protect against price-gauging, profiteering, and political favoritism.
“Congress has taken an important step in leading this crisis by passing three bills with over $2 trillion in emergency relief,” Pelosi continued. “We need to ensure those dollars are spent carefully and effectively.”
“The fact is, we do need transparency and accountability,” Pelosi added. “We have to make sure there are not exploiters out there. Where there is money there is frequently mischief.”
Trump goes after 3M for selling N95 masks to foreigners before Americans
President Donald Trump has taken action against 3M after the head of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, accused the U.S. mask manufacturer of shipping the critical protective equipment to foreign countries who outbid US buyers, including hospitals, and state officials.
Moskowitz said 3M and its distributors refused to sell him masks.
After learning of the report Trump went after 3M with the power of the federal government using the Defense Protection Act (DPA).
Trump tweeted on Thursday: “We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. “P Act” all the way. Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing – will have a big price to pay!”
The CEO of 3M responded by saying the move by the federal government raises “humanitarian” concerns for them. The company told Canada on Friday that it could no longer supply the N95 masks to the country.
“There are, however, significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier of respirators,” a statement issued by 3M said.