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Fauci: Media should stop 'pitting' me against Trump | TheHill – The Hill



National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he wishes the media would stop “pitting” his advice about the coronavirus against that of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin, Schumer brief Trump, expect coronavirus stimulus deal Tuesday US airlines drafting plans for potential shutdown: report White House hits CNN, MSNBC for cutting away from coronavirus briefing MORE, encouraging people to “look ahead at the challenge we have together.”

During an interview with Fauci — a leader on the White House Coronavirus Task Force — the host of the Morning on The Mall Podcast, Vince Coglianese, asked if the doctor thinks the media is attempting to emphasize differences of opinions between himself and Trump. 

“That is really unfortunate — I would wish that would stop because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences,” Fauci said. “There really fundamentally at the core … are not differences.”


Fauci said that Trump does listen to his expertise and opinions of other officials on the task force. 

“The president has listened to what I have said and what the other people on the task force have said. When I have made recommendations he has taken them,” Fauci added. “The idea of just pitting one against the other is just not helpful.”

Previously, Science Magazine had published an interview in which Fauci admitted some of Trump’s remarks on the coronavirus pandemic were not true, leading some to suggest that disagreement among White House officials could be holding back the progress of the federal coronavirus response. 

But Trump praised the director during Monday’s White House briefing.

“He’s a good man. I like Dr. Fauci a lot,” Trump told reporters when asked why Fauci was not at Monday’s briefing. “He’ll be back up soon.”

Trump has promoted advice from experts on the task force such as Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus task force coordinator who was in attendance during Monday’s briefing.


However, the president suggested that he and Fauci do not agree on every point.

“If it was up to the doctors, they might say shut down the entire world,” Trump said.

Trump suggested there may be some disagreement when asked if Fauci was on board with his belief that the economy needs to be reopened sooner rather than later.

“He doesn’t not agree,” Trump said. “He understands there’s a tremendous cost to our country both in terms of lives and in terms of economics. … He fully understands that.”

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Support local media – Dan in Ottawa –



Most elected officials learn to develop a thick skin as criticisms and personal insults/attacks are an unfortunate by-product of public office.

This situation occurs more if you are as active on social media as I am.

The reason I share this is related to recent criticism I received for my support for the compassion shown by West Kelowna to 19 foreign national farm workers who have tested positive for COVID-19.

My reason for sharing this is not over the criticism, but rather my concern.

To be clear, this situation is in not the fault of these workers.

When they arrived in Canada on March 12, there was no screening or travel restrictions at Canadian airports.

These workers didn’t receive any special instructions and, by extension, were uninformed.

This is due to a lack of leadership at our airports that fall under federal regulations.

This situation has demonstrated the critical need for screening and travel restriction at our borders and airports that for too long our Prime Minister refused to implement.

It is unfortunate that many provinces are now forced to supplement these efforts due to federal shortcomings.

For these farm workers, let us all remember that nobody wants to be sick with a potentially terminal virus in a country far from home.

I would like to commend the many citizens of West Kelowna who the Kelowna Capital News reports “reached out to offer help, food, or general support for our seasonal guest workers.”

It was further reported that this support has “helped with their morale and feeling of belonging in our community.”

On a personal note, I am very proud of the people of West Kelowna for their kindness and compassion.

Thank you.

We must also not overlook that in many countries we have Canadians who, because of COVID-19, are trapped and are desperately trying to come home.

Canadian trapped in this situation, in another country far from home, would, I am certain, want to be located in a compassionate, kind and welcoming community such as West Kelowna.

On a different but related note I know that, with so many currently laid off, many question why temporary farm workers from outside Canada are still needed on local farms.

While I do not speak for farmers, I do hear from them.

This season, there will be a significant labour shortage in many local farms and orchards and there will be many farm-related jobs available.

Already InfoNews has reported that a well-known Lake Country farm operation has received “hundreds of resumes” from laid-off workers after posting help-wanted ads.

Expect this trend to continue throughout the Okanagan.

I have purposely included references that these stories were reported by local news organizations.

Local journalism is critical to our communities. Local media report on your local council, regional district and school board meetings, as well as local volunteer initiatives and efforts.

Right now, supporting local news is vital.

If you have a subscription-based, local news source, please consider subscribing.

If you are in a position to advertise, now is a critical time to do so.

Two questions this week:

  • Will you support local journalism?
  • If so, how?

I can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.

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Turkey will require social media giants to appoint local representatives: draft law – Reuters Canada



ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey will require foreign social media companies with high internet traffic to appoint a representative in the country to address concerns raised by authorities over content on their platforms, a draft law seen by Reuters showed on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Companies that do not comply with the new measure could face having their bandwith halved after 30 days by court order, and then slashed by 95% if they hold out another 30 days, it said.

The law will apply to social media networks accessed by more than 1 million people daily from Turkey, the draft law said.

Ankara strictly polices social media content, especially during periods such as military operations and the current coronavirus pandemic.

In the three weeks to April 6, more than 3,500 social media accounts were reviewed, 616 suspects were identified and 229 were detained for “provocative” social media posts, according to the Interior Ministry.

The new measures, which were included in a draft law mainly focused on economic measures to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, sparked new worries among some social media users and analysts over the government tightening its grip on online content. The law is due to be sent to parliament next week.

Yaman Akdeniz, a cyber rights expert and professor at Istanbul Bilgi University, said if companies such as YouTube and Twitter do not designate a representative, they would gradually become unusable in Turkey as a result of the new measures.

“On the other hand, if these platforms do designate a representative in Turkey, access blocking, account closure and content removal will seriously increase,” he said, predicting that the law would likely result in more investigations and self-censorship.

Companies will need to respond to communications from the authorities about content within 72 hours and compile and notify officials of all removed or blocked content in three-month periods, the draft law said. The companies will also need to store data belonging to Turkish users within the country.

If companies fail to respond to requests within 72 hours, they will be fined up to 1 million lira ($148,000), while those who do not compile the removed or blocked content or do not store data in Turkey will be fined up to 5 million lira.

“Data being held in Turkey will allow Turkish authorities to access user information that they were not able to access, therefore will lead to an increase in investigations and prosecutions,” Akdeniz said.

Turkey had the second highest number of court orders of any country regarding Twitter in the first six months of 2019, according to data from the company, as well as the highest number of other legal demands during the same period.

Additional reporting by Nevzat Devranoglu, Editing by William Maclean

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LIVE: PM holds holding daily media briefing on COVID-19 at 11:15 a.m. –



As has become routine over the last few weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a media briefing at 11:15 a.m. on the COVID-19 situation.

He’s speaking from his home at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.

The press conference will be streamed live on Trudeau’s Facebook page. will carry the livestream feed, so stay tuned.

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