Day: March 24, 2020
President Donald Trump said Monday he was delaying the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for Americans to get a Real ID to travel, as part of an effort to limit people’s exposure to the coronavirus.
Late last week, as Hong Kong reported a spike of new coronavirus cases, Sean Brown was alarmed to see a group of foreign families board a local bus without wearing the surgical masks worn by nearly everyone else in the city.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Monday that he is basing his decisions for coronavirus policy on information from “healthcare professionals like Dr. Fauci and others, not political punditry.” Why it matters: In an apparent public rebuke, Graham added a link to a Washington Post article about the Trump administration’s signals that it might move to loosen restrictions on businesses at the end of the White House’s 15-day social distancing period as an economic salve, as reported by Axios’ Jonathan Swan .
A procedural vote on Senate Republicans’ $1.8 trillion Phase 3 stimulus package failed on Monday for the second time in less than 24 hours. The big picture: Patience is wearing thin on Capitol Hill as talks over providing desperately needed aid to Americans and businesses continue to stall.
Just a week after getting everyone on board with a coronavirus lockdown, President Trump is already teasing its end. Between the lines: It’s hard not to sympathize with folks who are asked to shoulder an unfair share of the burden when they aren’t the ones calling the shots.
President Trump said Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has “really stepped up,” offering rare praise during a press conference on Monday. Why it matters : It mark a big shift in Trump’s tone on Powell — who he’s bashed for months — after a series of measures announced by the Fed in recent days to ease the economic fallout from the coronavirus .