President Trump addresses key vacancies in administration
“The battle continues, but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases,” President Trump stated in Wednesday night’s Coronavirus Task Force press briefing.
Most notably, the president announced he would adjourn both chambers of Congress if the Senate fails to confirm nominees for certain vacancies within the administration, including 129 appointments.
According to Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, President Trump has the power to convene and adjourn either or both houses “on emergency circumstances” in cases of diagreement and with respect to time of the adjournment.
Positions include Director of National Intelligence, two members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Financial Markets, and Undersecretary of Agriculture responsible for administering food security programs.
“If the House will not agree to that adjournment I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress,” Trump stated. “The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis. It is a scam what they do.”
Trump updated the nation with more information on supplies being distributed across the nation. The federal government has delivered 39.4 mill N95 masks, 431 million gloves, 57 million surgical masks, and 10.2 million gowns. More than 3.3 million tests have been completed and 48 coronavirus tests have been authorized.
Abatt labs announced its new antibody test on Wednesday, which can determine if individuals have been previously infected with the coronavirus and potentially developed immunity. The test will most likely become available to 20 million people in a matter of weeks.
Since the launch of Project Airbridge, the federal government has completed 44 flights delivering emergency supplies to states, with 56 more flights scheduled.
General Motors has announced its first ventilator, which moved “from start to finish” in just 11 days. The company will ship over 600 ventilators this month alone, with thousands more to come. President Trump called it “a remarkable testament to the ingenuity of the American worker.”
The president will address long-awaited guidelines to reopen states on Thursday afternoon.
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