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

Syracuse wins 3-straight sets, beats Connecticut 3-2

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Down 2-0 after two close sets, Syracuse (2-0) came all the way back, winning the next three to defeat UConn (5-2) in the final game of the UConn Invitational in Storrs, Connecticut. Freshman Polina Shemanova led the way for the Orange with a team-high 18 kills after racking up 17 yesterday against New Hampshire.In the first set, Syracuse found themselves down 10-18 before fighting their way into a 22-20 lead. However, UConn would tie it up at 24 and eventually took the set, 26-24. Syracuse came out strong for the second set and were only down 16-14 before UConn once again pulled away to win the second set, 25-19.But the Orange did not want to go down without a fight. In the third set, down 16-17, Syracuse went on a nine to two run and won the set, 25-19. The fourth set was back and forth, but once SU took a 20-19 lead, it never gave it back up. A powerful kill by Shemanova ended the fourth set with Syracuse ahead, 25-23.The fifth and final set was almost all Orange. Syracuse took a 5-4 lead and didn’t stop, going on to win the game with a 15-7 fifth set victory.Three other SU players finished with double-digit kills. Sophomore Ella Saada had 12, redshirt senior Amber Witherspoon finished with 11 and senior Santita Ebangwese came away with 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will next head to Milwaukee for the Marquette Tournament on Friday where it will face off against BYU at 6 p.m. Commentscenter_img Published on September 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more