Biden slams Trump for cutting health programs before coronavirus outbreak

first_imgDemocratic presidential contender Joe Biden on Friday criticized President Donald Trump for reducing US oversight of global health issues before the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has spread rapidly to several countries including the United States.”We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” said Biden, who is in Iowa campaigning before the Midwestern farm state holds Democrats’ first nominating contest on Monday. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”Biden said Trump had rolled back progress on global health oversight that occurred when he was vice president from 2009 to 2017. In particular, he cited “draconian cuts” the White House proposed to the budgets of “the very agencies that we need to fight this outbreak,” including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Matt Wolking, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, responded that Biden had made “foolish comments” as vice president in 2009 about avoiding airplanes during a swine flu crisis and “caused a public panic.””In contrast, President Trump is listening to medical and scientific experts and taking every responsible precaution to protect the American people,” he said.The Trump administration declared a public health emergency on Friday and blocked foreign nationals who have traveled to China from entering the country. They also planned to impose a two-week quarantine on US citizens who have traveled within the past two weeks to China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic.Still, officials insisted the risk to Americans from the flu-like illness is low. The outbreak has claimed more than 250 lives. None of the US cases have been fatal, and all but one of the patients contracted coronavirus while they were traveling in China.Topics :last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Feb. 26, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, February 25, 2016•7:40 a.m. Sara H. Wilson, WF, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for expired drivers’ license.•8:18 a.m. Jeffrey S. Elmore, 34, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.•11:15 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•Donna S. Frambers, 53, Wellington was served a summons to appear for assault. •Adriene L. Guthrie, 19, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•Abby M. Martinez, 19, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•3 p.m. Injury accident in the 1000 block U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jeffrey M. Miller, 31, Wellington and Ricky R. Copeland, 60, Wichita.•3:30 p.m. Jeffrey M. Miller, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•4:37 p.m. Grady L. Woodard, 18, Maize, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.•Michael A. Row, 27, Wellington was served a summons to appear for domestic battery and criminal trespass. (REF#16-118)•9:28 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•11:05 p.m. Lauri L. Frazee, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight and no proof of insurance.•11:25 p.m. Victoria G. Jackson, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for  defective headlight.last_img read more