Trump Blocked CDC From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation

Mish

The Center for Disease Control issued a sweeping mask regulation but Trump blocked it.

Trump is once again at odds with his top medical appointees. 

This time, Trump Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials.

Most public health officials believe that wearing masks is one of the most effective ways to protect against the spread of the virus, particularly in crowded, poorly ventilated public places that attract people from all over, like transportation venues. Many feel that the Trump administration has turned the wearing — or not wearing — of masks into a political expression, as seen most dramatically on Monday evening when President Trump whipped off his surgical mask at the White House door after returning from the hospital where he was treated for Covid-19.

“I think masks are the most powerful weapon we have to confront Covid and we all need to embrace masks and set the example for each other,” Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the C.D.C. director, who oversaw the drafting of the order, said in a recent interview.

Dr. Redfield has been publicly at odds with President Trump for promoting mask wearing along with social distancing, and for warning that a vaccine for the virus won’t be widely available until next year.

Masks Save Lives But Trump Doesn't Care

I don't like wearing masks. No one does. But I wear then in grocery stores and shopping in general.

I don't wear them hiking or in restaurants. But I don't go to restaurants that do not practice distancing. And I expect the servers who meet hundreds of people to wear them.

Crowded trains, busses, subways etc., rate to be breeding grounds. The CDC mandate makes sense.

Covid Superman

Trump caught Covid and an infected a dozen more himself because he refused to wear masks.

Covid Superman (AKA Donald Trump) wants no part of mask mandates no matter how many lives they save.

Ripping off his mask may win cheers from his core fans, but it will cost him votes overall.

Mish

 

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AshH
AshH

Ah, but requiring people to wear masks today will quickly slide into putting people in concentration camps tomorrow! /sar

I don't get it. This is the hill people want to stand on? Really? What about seat belts, or helmets, or drug use? But got forbid you wear a piece of cloth over your face holes!

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I hope you're right. I ate out tonight, and my waiter wasn't wearing his mask properly, had his nose exposed. It is true that this rural county has a very low incidence of COVID...but I hated to see it anyway....there is a weariness setting in...and with Texas doing fairly well lately, people aren't taking COVID as seriously as they did a month or two ago.

I also attended a training class with several colleagues yesterday, and I was disappointed in the way I saw some medical professionals being pretty cavalier too....in a setting where no one was watching. I would say that I could have easily picked the doctors who were Trump supporters, based on whether they themselves were wearing a mask in this social setting. We were supposed to be socially distancing too.....but it wasn't easy in a small hotel meeting room with a dozen or so guys, one coffee pot, buffet lunch, etc.

Deedee43
Deedee43

I think this was a decision planned out well in advance; the public health blogs were aware of the outbreak in December, and multiple people called the pandemic at the end of January. How much lead time did the leaders have? Lives could have been saved. Qui Bono? Not NY that's for sure. When a public health strategy is effective, people are bored and think it was overblown...

Anda
Anda

"Though health officials have warned Americans to prepare for the spread of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., people shouldn’t wear face masks to prevent the spread of the infectious illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"

Greggg
Greggg

"Ripping off his mask may win cheers from his core fans, but it will cost him votes overall"... if the virus actually gets worse into November, and yes it does look like it is starting to make a comeback. When it started here in March the spread was very rapid and the weather kept people indoors. This time around we are having really nice weather and a lot of sunshine. Masks work for covid a little bit, but the mask wearing routine will almost inevitably promote flu (influenza is spread from surfaces to hand to face).

Rbm
Rbm

All trump had to do was to make wearing a mask a patriotic symbol to save the county and his base would have ate it up. Maybe wore a flag mask etc.

Jackula
Jackula

WTF is wrong with Trump? Recent study out of Japan has data showing masks probably protect enough to only get a mild case of Corona virus at the worst. I've had to wear masks at work doing electrical in old warehouses in downtown LA because of all the rat shit dust and possible hantaviruses for years and its no big deal.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

This is my favorite mask-related video:

If you watch the whole movie there is a scene where he doles out gold coins to voluptuous Eastern European women ‘dates’ at his dinner party.

Greggg
Greggg

Sechel
Sechel

Trump thinks he can will covid-19 away but the virus refuses to read the memo

Trump is losing in the polls because of he avoided dealing with covi-19 responsibly. He's incapable of pivoting. Even now he tells Seniors not to fear covid.

Doug78
Doug78

Mish,

The report comes from "two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity". Do they really exist or is this just click-bait? If there are no names there is no credibility. The time when one could believe reporters from the NYT on political matters on their word has long passed. This article is useless because it doesn't give me any information that I can verify. I support wearing masks and I wear them when I go out so it told me something I already knew.

Tengen
Tengen

Taibbi said something the other day that reminded me how much Trump has changed. Several years before Trump ever decided to get into politics, he used to tell a story about a guy who insisted on shaking hands with him during a business meeting even though this guy had the flu. This incident pissed Trump off enough to bring it up repeatedly in interviews.

I also remember Trump saying (probably 10-15 years ago) that the Japanese way of bowing, rather than the western handshake, was superior because it was cleaner, that he wished bowing would become the norm here.

How did a germophobe like Trump morph into this guy who's willing to risk personal harm just to make a stupid point? He was a completely different guy for most of his adult life.

Thalamus
Thalamus

Initially Fauci said masks were useless and he was correct. We didn’t wear masks during the N1H1 outbreaks. This is 100% pure psyop in prep for bigger deceptions down the road (now that they’ve destroyed small business).

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Watching the socialist CNN on a daily basis I notice the anti Trump narrative becoming more blatantly even DESPERATELY not to say outrageously anti Trump by the hour! It is almost ridiculous and definitely PATHETIC ! Nice C19 SCAPEGOAT Trump has become! Let me inform you however that Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK 'enjoy' 200k deaths on a 324 million population, almost like the US with 331 million people! SO PLEASE, enlighten me, what exactly is the BIG ANTI TRUMP DEAL about, as far as C19 is concerned ??

Webej
Webej

"Trump caught Covid because he refused to wear masks."

This is a difficult proposition to prove.
Absolutely no evidence supports this statement.
–It simply is not true that mask wearers don't get infected but those without do: the strongest claim is that it may have some effect on transmission speeds.
–The effect of being outdoors, where the smallest breeze means the half-time dispersion dilution can be measured in milliseconds because of the volume of air, is orders of magnitude larger than even the strongest claims for masks. If the Barrett event was a transmission node, it is more likely to have been the drinks/snacks.
–Where I live the public health authority still says that there is no evidence that masks are effective (as they did in March, to my initial astonishment: I thought ‘Why do they exist then?’). The assessment includes reviews of the available evidence the most recent studies. The country has the highest number of molecular biologists per capita in the world. Metastudies that the CDC lists come to much the same conclusion.

ROGO1
ROGO1

Donald J. Trump -
I like little girls, stupid hair styles, those pants with the stretch waist bands, fake tans, I wear risers, I hate to exercise & I am an expert on all things, I am pretty much like God but I could care less about wearing masks or about you!..Also in advance my beautiful first lady say's F&*$ Xmas because we will be sunning in Palm Beach and maybe I will pardon Grizzy Ghislaine & Epstien Oh yeah I forgot he got the rope hey it is what it is, anyway she can have some girlyboys visit and we can all laugh our ass off about the election and how I almost pulled it off again if I only mandated masks!..Good luck to Joe Biden I left that WH a freaking mess, It will take years to undue not to mention all those filthy poor boy's or whatever there called running around the streets with there cocks I mean guns cocked, That stupid bastard will be tearing his hair out over all the disruption I caused this God forsaking Country, I think I will buy Iceland and have a nice retirement there! Vote Joe Biden to end the Madness of Trump!

Trump = “Tyrannical Rude Untruthful Morose Pathetic”
Biden = “Believable Integrity Democracy Empathetic Noble”
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LarryK
LarryK

Does anything the president, CDC, or government does or doesn't do prevent you from wearing a mask if you so choose? If you are concerned, wear a mask.

Im fairly well educated, and I dont care for the government mandating ANYTHING. The govt never gives back rights it takes. Never.

Jarhedz1
Jarhedz1

What if there is no virus? The CDC says they don't have a template to use to identify whatever they're calling COVID-19. Ironic to see a "Libertarian" panic at the thought of freedom of choice. If masks work, wear yours, you'll be protected.

"[N]o quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available…"
See p.39 and calm down.

There are plenty of other issues to take with Trump. Actually preventing unelected petty tyrants from ruling our lives, shouldn't be one of them.

EGW
EGW

Masks don't really work.


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