Trump Storms Out Of Press Conference After Facing Mild Pressure Over Claims

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Late Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump held a press conference at which he announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued an emergency authorization for the usage of plasma treatments in Coronavirus cases. The treatment, which tens of thousands of patients have already received even in the absence of the authorization, includes a process of taking antibody-filled plasma from Coronavirus patients who have recovered and administering it to patients who are still suffering. Prior to the press conference, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany hyped up the news that Trump would deliver as a supposed “major therapeutic breakthrough” — but in reality, NBC reports, “evidence remains inconclusive about its effectiveness and appropriate dosage,” and Trump marched away from the press conference after taking just three questions.

The FDA’s emergency authorization expands access to the plasma treatment. The press conference came the day after Trump baselessly accused the FDA of functioning as part of the “deep state,” claiming that officials at the agency were conspiring to keep effective Coronavirus treatments from getting out until after the upcoming presidential election specifically in order to make Trump look bad and, Trump implied, to drag down his re-election chances. There is absolutely zero evidence for this ridiculous claim — the scientists at the FDA are not in cahoots to make Trump look bad at the expense of the American people.

Still, he tweeted:

‘The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!’

Again — this claim is utter and complete nonsense. It’s a delusional rant, which there’s no evidence for.

On ABC this Sunday morning, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield pointed out that with Trump in charge, Americans can’t even count on the process of developing a vaccine to be free from political meddling. She said:

‘The American people need to be confident that the process of getting to a vaccine is not being politically manipulated. And, right now, we’re not getting a whole lot of reason to believe that.’

It’s one of a slew of government functions that have been muddled by the president’s self-obsessed paranoia.