Weekend Wrap-Up — March 16, 2020

Weekend Wrap-Up — March 16, 2020

(TargetLiberty.org) – More big news surrounding COVID-19 came to light. President Trump gave an update on his health status, while Pence reassured Americans about the availability of coronavirus testing kits. A fiery DNC debate also showcased differing views between Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).

Trump’s Big News

Many Americans worried that Trump contracted coronavirus, especially given his constant exposure to a wide variety of people. These fears rose after Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro sought testing for the virus after visiting the president at Mar-a-Lago. Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump were also exposed after spending time with Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who tested positive for the virus. This raised additional concerns about Trump’s risk for infection.

President Trump relieved these fears on Saturday, when he confirmed his coronavirus testing results were negative. He will continue to work closely with health professionals to stay well.

Virus Tests Roll Out En Masse

Vice President Mike Pence announced that coronavirus testing kits will soon become more accessible to the public. The White House expects around 1.9 million tests will reach up to 2,000 laboratories this week, giving thousands of citizens quick and easy access to testing when they need it most.

The Trump administration will also spearhead a new website identifying nearby testing locations for Americans who are experiencing symptoms. States are also planning to open new testing sites; some will even offer drive-thru services. Authorities expect these newer locations to process up to 4,000 people per day, which will help officials collect new information and combat the disease.

Bernie and Biden’s Crowdless Debate

What might have been the last Dem debate occurred Sunday night at the CNN studio in Washington, DC. The Q&A was originally intended to be hosted in front of a live interactive audience in Phoenix, Arizona. Given the coronavirus outbreak, DNC officials decided to cancel the live audience and host a crowdless debate instead.

The debate between Sanders and Biden was one of the most energetic and tense yet. The two leaders exchanged blows, many of which focused on each candidate’s voting record. The Vermont senator viciously attacked the former vice president for his voting record and current policy positions. Biden vehemently denied all of his claims.

It’s difficult to say who came out as the winner. Biden appeared stronger than his opponent, mostly because Sanders did just about everything short of taking the gloves off. Yet, his constant attacks didn’t seem to fluster Biden much at all. The real results from the debate will become clear after Tuesday’s voting.

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