Live updates: President Trump says he will not negotiate COVID-19 relief, so the markets dropped
President Donald Trump compared COVID-19 to the flu in a series of new tweets
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will not negotiate with House Democrats on coronavirus relief until after the 2020 election.
He said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi “is not negotiating in good faith.”
- “I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”
Trump said he asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Our Economy is doing very well. The Stock Market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the World in Economic Recovery, and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!”
The Dow dropped immediately after the tweets:
The Dow after the President's tweet saying no COVID relief talks until after the election pic.twitter.com/Ypnzyc52Vs— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 6, 2020
Trump has ‘no symptoms’ of COVID-19
Trump’s doctor released a new update on the president’s condition, saying the president has “no symptoms.”
- “Overall he continues to do extremely well,” Dr. Sean Conley said in the memo.
- Conley said Trump remains at the White House where he had a “restful first night.”
Dr. Sean Conley says Trump is reporting "no symptoms" today & has healthy oxygen saturation levels.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) October 6, 2020
"Overall he continues to do extremely well," Conley says in his latest memo.
One thing we still don't know: what kind of damage Covid has done to Trump's lungs. pic.twitter.com/cz4qzaPnXm
People with COVID-19 may experience symptoms from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. The CDC says people should quarantine for 14 days after testing positive.
- “Available data indicates that persons with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. Persons with more severe to critical illness or severe immunocompromise likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset,” according to the CDC.
Trump headed to Miami?
Trump said Tuesday that he is looking forward to an upcoming presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, even as the president continues to battle COVID-19.
“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!”
I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Trump also took shots at Mike Bloomberg, who ran for president in the Democratic primary. Trump also suggested he would be a better candidate for seniors than Biden.
Mini Mike Bloomberg, who made a fool of himself on the Dems debate stage when Elizabeth Warren & the others simply took him apart, is going “crazy” trying to buy his way back into the Liberal Democrat’s hearts. His Florida ads are lies. I am much better for SENIORS than Sleepy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Trump downplays the coronavirus
Earlier, Trump compared the novel coronavirus to the flu Tuesday morning.
The president has returned to the White House after being hospitalized due to COVID-19.
- “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”
Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Trump also released a pair of tweets that attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Reporters pointed out that Trump’s latest tweet is similar to one he wrote back on March 9, 2020, in which he compared COVID-19 to the flu:
The tale of two tweets ... Seven months and 210,000 deaths separate these two tweets, but the president’s message is the same. (h/t @chrisdonovan) pic.twitter.com/l3KZOtqpdw— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 6, 2020
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests somewhere around 36,000 people on average died annually in the United States from the flu in the last decade. Meanwhile, 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 since March.