142,000 Americans dead with no end in sight and Donald Trump still sees this as a PR problem he can just bullshit his way through:
The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Saturday.
The administration is also trying to block billions of dollars that GOP senators want to allocate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and billions more for the Pentagon and State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad, the people said.
The administration’s posture has angered some GOP senators, the officials said, and some lawmakers are trying to push back and ensure that the money stays in the bill. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal confidential deliberations, cautioned that the talks were fluid and the numbers were in flux.
The thing is, people tend to notice when their loved ones and friends get sick and/or die. But Trump is incapable of choosing anything but the laziest possible solution, here we are.
In related news:
MORE: Joe Biden has advanced in the Midwest against Pres. Trump, from a dead heat to a 17-point lead. It’s close in the South, 50-44%, Biden-Trump, compared with a 13-point Trump lead in late March. https://t.co/Ovj9SrN0iY— ABC News (@ABC) July 19, 2020
I’m sure the GOP’s “pass a deliberately inadequate relief bill and let the bodies pile up” approach will change the game, though.