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Misinformation has consequences, McEnany warns Democratic colleagues

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called out Sen. Elizabeth Warren for inaccurately reporting on coronavirus statistics.

“Senator Warren erroneously said there were 25,000 new cases today. In fact there were less than 20,000. Senator Warren said there were 2,000 deaths. In fact, there have been less than 1,000.”

McEnany stated she spoke with Dr. Deborah Birx prior to her opening statements at Tuesday’s White House press briefing, who corrected the numbers reported by Warren.

“I think it’s unfair to the American people to give inflated case numbers and fatality numbers because it leads to those same Americans making the decision to not get a mammogram, to not get the cancer screenings they need.”

In her press briefing, McEnany stressed the significance of reopening the country, saying the effects of staying closed could be much worse than the alternative. 

“We do want to reopen this country, because there are consequences that run the other way when we stay closed down as a country,”  she said.

In specific examples, McEnany cited a hotline run by substance abuse and mental health services which saw a 1,000 percent increase in responses during the month of April. 

In addition, the IQVIA Institute warned more than 80,000 diagnoses of five common cancers are projected to be missed or delayed between the months of March and June. Appointments made for cervix, colon and breast cancer screenings were reportedly low for the month of March. 

The way to safely reopen the country, McEnany, reiterated, is to take preventative measures such as washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing. 

Testing itself, according to McEnany, is not preventative, and should be used in a strategic manner for instances such as contact tracing efforts. 

Additional updates made by the press secretary are as follows: 

The president has ensured there will be enough testing to cover Phase One of reopening. Ten million tests will be completed by the U.S. by end-of-week, with approximately 300,000 tests conducted each week.

Through the Paycheck Protection Program, 100,000 loans were approved for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) and Minority Deposit Institutions (MDI), totaling $6.2 billion in loans.

Approximately 570,723 loans were approved for smaller lenders and small banks, totaling $29.9 billion in loans.

The administration helped facilitate the manufacturing of 100,00 ventilators in 100 days, with no patient suffering from lack of a ventilator.

Despite reports previously made by the media, the U.S. now leads the world in coronavirus testing, including more per capita testing than South Korea. Currently, all 50 states and territories are issuing more tests per capita than any other country.

The Trump administration is investing nearly $2 billion in community health centers for 28 million patients in medically underserved areas. This includes 583 million individuals across 1,385 health centers issuing 100,00 tests per week. Fifty-nine percent of those tested were from minority communities last week.

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

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  1. Ruecker David L. May 12, 2020

    The published CDC numbers as of May 6, show the vast majority of TOTAL US deaths are in the normal categories of heart, cancer, and cardio vascular pre-existing conditions.
    The total toll is likely to include huge increases in cancer, suicide, physical abuse most of which are being reported by enormous increases in hot line calls.
    At 78 years old, I totally believe that this draconian cure is far worse than illness.
    Please stop prostituting the statistics, cause 2.3 million US deaths occur yearly from ALL causes.

  2. DanC May 12, 2020

    Heard immunity, that’s the way the 1918 flu pandemic was handled. 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this flu virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States. 10% (world wide) of those infected died. 0.1 % in the USA died. Yes people will die, get over it, let the virus run its course.

  3. Jerry Davis May 13, 2020

    Thank you Kayleigh for setting the naysayers straight and would have liked to have seen you set that rhino Romney straight also. The lies that came out of his mouth were dissectible. The President has needed someone to correct the lying Dems and media for years. Keep up the good work??❤️❤️?????????????.

  4. Robert S. Pelno May 13, 2020

    I really love her professionally , She is another great press secretary like Sarah Sanders was

  5. Anonymous May 13, 2020

    We just need to FIRE Congress and elect new representatives of the people. Set term limits and get this country back on track!

  6. JC May 13, 2020

    Elizabeth Warren still thinks she should be entitled to have her own wigwam or tepee on the Indian Reservations. Only problem is the Indians don’t agree with her. She is a liar and a fool. She can’t even get her facts straight. But we already knew that, right?

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