Trump lauds Bettman, other pro sports commissioners during COVID-19 pandemic

Ross Houston
April 5, 2020

'There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.

Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, virus task force coordinator Dr Deborah Birx, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the USA government's foremost infection disease expert. Each stood far apart from one another on the small stage.

Trump said the goal was to stay several days ahead of critical medical needs in each state.

Trump blamed a faceless group of governors for asking for more ventilators than they needed, then claiming that they didn't receive enough.

OR said it is sending the 140 ventilators it received last week from the national stockpile to help the struggling healthcare system in NY, effectively taking on the role that some governors have called on the federal government to play. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., whose state is at the epicenter of the national pandemic with over 113,700 confirmed cases as of Saturday morning, has pleaded for ventilators for days. NY is poised to get more than 1,100 ventilators from China and Oregon.

"These are all the great leaders of sport, and they want to get back, they gotta get back, they can't do this", said Trump.

Projections made public last weekend about the number of people who may die from the virus helped persuade Trump to back away from his desire to ease social distancing guidelines by Easter Sunday, April 12.

Louisiana has become a US hot spot for the virus, on Saturday reporting a jump in deaths to 409.

More than 300,000 people in the US have contracted the virus and more than 8,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The first game of the regular season would be played on September 10, the first Thursday night after Labor Day, during a normal year.

Trump later expanded on the statement in a news conference, saying the sports leagues "want to get back". He said he told them that he recognizes "the good work being done by many teams and players" to care for their communities and fan bases dealing with the outbreak.

The NCAA basketball tournament was also cancelled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field.

Others on the call included PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske, UFC President Dana White, World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Englebert, LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and Breeders' Cup President Drew Fleming. The president, the report added, "encouraged them to continue to support their fellow Americans during this challenging time". Trump said at the White House daily briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak. He now serves as a special assistant to the president and as senior associate counsel in the White House.

The previously booming economy had been among Trump's biggest talking point as he heads into the 2020 presidential election, but the past few weeks have seen precipitous drops as the US deals with the fallout from the virus that has shuttered businesses, gutted airlines and forced scores of people into their homes. This is gonna be a very bad two - or maybe even three - weeks.

With coronavirus cases and deaths still on the rise, the National Football League will set an example for extreme social distancing during the most popular weekend of the offseason as the living room becomes the war room.

"This will probably be the toughest week between this week and next week". We're going to have to get back. "Thousands of soldiers, thousands of medical workers, professional, nurses, doctors". He says they will be told soon where they will be deployed. "They're going into war, they're going into a battle that they've never trained for".

"As soon as we can obviously".

"We're not going to have to have separation for the rest of our times on the planet", Trump said.

Members of the White House task force on coronavirus have projected deaths between 100,000 to 200,000 people in the United States in the next two months.

Patients in New Orleans are dying at twice the rate per capita as in NY.

However, during the same session, Trump said that keeping the economy paused indefinitely could do more damage to the nation than coronavirus will. The drug is being prioritized for trials.

Americans overseas: "The State Department has successfully coordinated the safe return of over 40,000 Americans stuck overseas on over 400 flights from 75 countries".

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