But Mr Pence’s advisors left no room between the Vice-President and President about the threat from the virus, saying the plan the Presidential Debate Commission announced on Monday that he and Ms. Harris were more than a dozen apart Should discuss feet and behind Plexiglas dividers it was unnecessary to prevent virus transmission.
“We don’t think it’s necessary,” said Marc Short, Mr. Pence’s chief of staff. “There is no science to support that. The tables are 12 feet apart and each participant is tested. It is important for the American people to keep the debate moving, and if they are more familiar with Plexiglas, that̵
In his tweet about the flu, Mr Trump said, “Every year many people, sometimes over 100,000, die from the flu despite the vaccine,” adding that it did not result in the country being closed. “No, we learned to live with it, just like we learn to live with Covid, far less fatal in most populations !!!” Mr Trump wrote.
Mr. Trump’s flu death toll was highly misleading. According to CDC figures, fewer than 50,000 Americans died from influenza in a typical year of the past decade. The death toll hit an estimated 61,000 in the 2017/18 season – or less than a third of the number of coronavirus victims in an America where precautionary measures have been in place for months. Without them, many experts say, the coronavirus death toll could have reached millions.
Mr Trump also revitalized Congressional stimulus talks with a series of tweets accusing Spokesperson Nancy Pelosi of “failing to negotiate in good faith” and urging Senate Republicans to rely solely on his candidate’s confirmation in the Supreme Court , Judge Amy Coney Barrett, focus.
Mr Trump said he directed his aides to halt negotiations on the incentive and cut the S&P 500 1.4 percent for the day.
“Our economy is doing very well,” Trump tweeted as the market fell. “The stock market is at a record level, JOBS and unemployment are also returning in record numbers. We’re the world leader in economic recovery, and the best is yet to come! “
Maggie Haberman reported from New York and Lara Jakes and Emily Cochrane from Washington.