US Governor tests positive for Covid

Another political leader has tested positive for Covid-19, this time the Governor of Oklahoma in the United States.

CNN: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announces he has tested positive for coronavirus

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has aggressively pushed to reopen his state and flouted experts’ health recommendations, announced Wednesday that he is the first governor to test positive for coronavirus.

Stitt, a Republican, said at a press conference that he was tested on Tuesday and that he feels “fine,” other than being a “little bit achy.” He said he’ll be quarantining and working from home, and that he was “pretty shocked” to be the first governor to get the virus. He added that he would isolating away from his family, whom he said tested negative.
“I want to use my story to remind Oklahomans that if you aren’t feeling well, we want you to get tested,” said Stitt, who added that he is not considering a statewide mask mandate as of now.
Stitt’s diagnosis is particularly notable, as he has not only pushed to aggressively reopen his state despite a surge in cases but has at times disregarded advice from medical experts. In March, he faced backlash for posting a photo of himself and his children at a crowded restaurant, which he later deleted.
The city of Tulsa has experienced a recent surge in coronavirus cases following President Donald Trump’s rally there on June 20, at which Stitt was present without a facial covering. On Wednesday, the governor downplayed the possibility that he contracted the virus at the event.
“I don’t think there was any way it was at the President’s rally. It’s too long ago,” Stitt said.
Based on contact tracing, the Oklahoma State Department of Health said Stitt did not contract Covid-19 at the rally.

Oklahoma health officials report another record-breaking day for COVID-19 cases

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Tuesday that almost 1,000 more people have tested positive for COVID-19, setting a new record for the most cases reported in a single day in Oklahoma.

Public health officials said every indicator that we look at right now is signaling more spread of the coronavirus, especially as hospitalizations rise.

he numbers come as hospitalizations spike – the latest numbers indicate that hospitalizations increased to 561 – and the majority of hospital systems are readying their surge plans, with one saying it’s on high alert.

One question KOCO 5 hears is are the more cases because of more testing? The answer is no.

Also from the US:

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against embracing a “false complacency” as news reports showed a declining death rate for COVID-19.

“[I]t’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death. There are so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don’t get yourself into false complacency,” said Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Anthony Fauci called attempts by the White House to discredit him “bizarre,” claiming the move would ultimately hurt President Trump.

“Ultimately, it hurts the president to do that,” Fauci told The Atlantic. “When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific and press community push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president.”

Fauci’s comments come after Navarro tore into Fauci in a stunning op-ed published by USA Today.

“Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on,” Navarro wrote.

President Trump said Wednesday that he has a “very good relationship” with Dr. Anthony Fauci, just hours after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro published a blistering op-ed criticizing the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his projections on the coronavirus pandemic.

“I get along very well with Dr. Fauci,” Trump told reporters Wednesday in the Oval Office. “I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.”

Number of Covid cases continues to rise in the US – https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

Post G7 bickering

Reuters: U.S.-Canada spat escalates, Europeans criticize Trump’s G7 move

The United States and Canada swung sharply toward a diplomatic and trade crisis on Sunday as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him “very dishonest and weak.”

The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticized Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

“Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks … and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally,” Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with “polarizing” statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbor.

“(Trudeau) really kind of stabbed us in the back,” Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Trump to the summit of wealthy nations on Saturday, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Trump seems to have stabbed Trudeau in his front.

Navarro told “Fox News Sunday”: “There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that’s what weak dishonest Justin Trudeau did.”

Some will see a lot of irony in “bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump”.

Trump seems to be increasing division between the US and the rest of the countries in G7, but prefers to deal with Russia.

Reuters: Russia’s Putin would be ready to host G7 in Moscow

Russia did not choose to leave the G7 and would be happy to host its members in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Russia should have been at its latest meeting.

Interesting times.

“Provide the underlying analytics that confirm his intuition”

Is this how you keep your job in the White House?

Trump’s intuition will always appear to be right if his yes-men find ‘analytics’ to confirm what he says.