2020-11-19 13:31

While Trump sulks, Americans get sick and die fny世界播



As the US speeds past the tragic mark of a quarter of a million Covid-19 deaths, its President is sulking in the White House over an election he lost fair and square and obstructing the effort by his soon-to-be successor, Joe Biden, to stand up a fight against the fast-worsening pandemic. fny世界播

随着美国迅速越过25万新冠肺炎死亡的悲剧性大关,美国总统在白宫对他光明正大地输掉的选举感到恼火,并阻碍了他即将成为继任者的乔·拜登(Joe Biden)抗击疫情迅速恶化的努力。fny世界播

President Donald Trump is fixated on his failing, threadbare challenges to the election and is tweet-spreading lies about vote fraud, instead of using his platform and power to confront a once-in-a-century health emergency he falsely assured the nation was all but over. fny世界播

唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)总统专注于自己在选举中失败、陈腐的挑战,他在推特上散布关于选举舞弊的谎言,而不是利用自己的政纲和权力来应对百年一遇的卫生紧急情况,他错误地向美国保证,这个国家几乎结束了。fny世界播

He hasn't appeared at a public event for days and has forbidden any members of his administration to talk to Biden's team. Also, as part of the President's evidence-free quest to challenge the election, his administration is holding up millions of dollars in funding and access mandated by transition laws. fny世界播


Trump's outrageous presidency has conditioned the world to his incessant flouting of the duties of the office and indifference to the national interest. But it is an extraordinary and unprecedented scenario that in the world's oldest democracy, a President is refusing to admit the clear result of an election in which Americans voted to eject him from office. fny世界播


Many of Trump's legal challenges -- in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- rest on the idea that isolated problems or unproven claims of fraud should require throwing out hundreds of thousands of legally cast American votes. The results of an audit of the balloting in one key state that Biden won, Georgia, are expected to reaffirm Biden's victory on Thursday, further closing off one of the President's implausible routes to staying in power. fny世界播


While legal challenges appear destined to fail, the strategy seems to be to create sufficient fog around the vote that Republican state legislatures may intervene to pick pro-Trump delegations to the Electoral College. If that fails, as is overwhelmingly likely, discrediting the election will at least salve Trump's humiliation and might be political fuel for a future run. fny世界播


That all of this constitutional chicanery is coinciding with a pandemic that Trump ignored, denied and downplayed and is killing many thousands of Americans a week is only adding to the surreal sense of political purgatory in Washington caused by an outgoing President who is putting a bruised ego ahead of the health of hundreds of millions of Americans. fny世界播


Trump cancels Thanksgiving fny世界播



Trump remains bunkered in the White House as the world spins on fny世界播


Trump, in no mood for mingling with his Mar-a-Lago crowd, has canceled his Thanksgiving trip to Florida. His press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, who draws a taxpayer salary but is dissing questions from reporters despite holding forth on Fox News and at the Trump campaign, said a President who hit the links twice last weekend is working hard for the American people and is too busy for vacations. fny世界播

特朗普没有心情与他的马阿拉歌(Mar-a-Lago)人群打成一片,取消了他的佛罗里达感恩节之旅。他的新闻秘书凯利·麦克纳尼(Kayleigh McEnany)拿着纳税人的工资,但尽管在福克斯新闻(Fox News)和特朗普竞选团队中发表了大量言论,但他对记者的提问不屑一顾。他说,上周末两次联系的总统正在努力为美国人民工作,太忙了,没有时间度假。fny世界播

Yet Trump's empty schedule has no space to warn the country of the threat from the new wave of Covid-19 -- which has been exacerbated by his own refusal to back mask-wearing and social distancing. By many metrics, the US is in a far worse situation than it was in earlier phases of the pandemic. fny世界播


The latest Washington drama unfolded after an official told CNN's Kylie Atwood that the President's recent foreign policy moves -- pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq and slapping new sanctions on Iran -- were designed to start so many foreign fires that they would be impossible for Biden's new presidency to put out. fny世界播


The administration is also refusing to answer questions on these issues that could have cascading consequences and put US lives at risk. fny世界播


Biden on Wednesday made his sharpest call yet for Trump to officially launch a transition, warning that a failure to do so would slow the delivery of vaccines. fny世界播


"Soon we're going to be behind by weeks and months being able to put together the whole initiative relating to the biggest promise we have with two drug companies coming along and finding 95% effectiveness, efficiency in the vaccines, which is enormous promise," Biden said on Wednesday. fny世界播


Emotional scenes fny世界播



Biden acknowledges 'real brick walls' he'll face in Senate during video call with supporters fny世界播


The President-elect spoke via an online link-up to a nurse from Minnesota, who described terrible scenes in ICU wards where staff had to reuse N-95 masks until they fell off their faces. fny世界播


"I myself have held the hand of dying patients who are crying out for their family they can't see," Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, told Biden as her voice broke. "I've taken care of co-workers as they fight for their lives on a ventilator -- and knowing that they got sick because of the hospital or their government hasn't protected them." fny世界播

明尼苏达州护士协会主席玛丽·特纳(Mary Turner)声音嘶哑地对拜登说:“我自己也曾牵着垂死的病人的手,他们正在为他们看不见的家人哭泣。”“当同事们在呼吸机上为自己的生命而战时,我一直在照顾他们--我知道他们生病是因为医院或他们的政府没有保护他们。”fny世界播

Turner apologized for becoming emotional. Biden, wiping away a tear and showing empathy that the current commander in chief has been incapable of demonstrating, replied: "No, you got me emotional." fny世界播


Health experts are warning that the continued delay in reading Biden's team into the program will complicate the massively difficult logistical task of administering the vaccine. fny世界播


"This is the most disruptive health event we have had in a century. ... It didn't have to be this bad," former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday evening. fny世界播


"It is so important that that handoff be done smoothly because this is going to be the most complicated vaccination program in American history and it is going to span two administrations," Frieden said. "The sooner the current administration begins speaking openly and in detail with the incoming administration the better, and the smoother that handoff will be and the more we will be able to protect people." fny世界播


But Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made clear on Wednesday that there would be no such contacts until Trump decides to order the General Services Administration to initiate a transition. fny世界播

但卫生与公共服务部部长亚历克斯·阿扎尔(Alex Azar)周三明确表示,在特朗普决定命令总务署(General Services Administration)启动过渡之前,不会有这样的接触。fny世界播

"We've made it very clear that when GSA makes a determination, we will ensure complete, cooperative professional transitions and planning," Azar said during a briefing. "We follow the guidance." fny世界播


Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser to the Trump administration's "Operation Warp Speed" vaccine program, said Wednesday that the group is running weekly Covid-19 vaccine distribution rehearsals to plan out each movement "to the minute." fny世界播

特朗普政府“曲速行动”疫苗项目的首席顾问蒙塞夫·斯拉维(Moncef Slaoui)周三表示,该组织正在进行每周一次的新冠肺炎疫苗分发预演,以“精确”地计划每一次行动。fny世界播

"It's really being planned like an Army operation," Slaoui told CNN's Richard Quest. "We have selected warehouses that are bigger than two or three football fields, again with refrigeration, with automation, able to dispatch and distribute millions of doses on a weekly basis." fny世界播

Slaoui告诉CNN的Richard Quest说:“这真的是像军队的行动一样被计划好了。”“我们选择了比两三个足球场还大的仓库,同样配备了冷藏设备,具有自动化功能,能够每周发送和分发数百万剂疫苗。”fny世界播

States in the firing line fny世界播



States expand mask mandates and social restrictions as Covid-19 hospitalizations reach new high fny世界播


While the President is absent, the burden of leadership is again falling on states and cities that are increasingly implementing more stringent measures to try to control the rapid spread of the virus this fall. The chancellor of New York City schools announced Wednesday that schools will be closed until further notice. fny世界播


"Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our City's infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning," Chancellor Richard Carranza told families in a letter. fny世界播

英国财政大臣理查德·卡兰扎(Richard Carranza)在一封信中告诉家庭:“考虑到最近传播的增加,我们城市的感染率已经达到了一个临界点,需要所有学生过渡到远程学习。”fny世界播

Michigan's governor has initiated a new set of restrictions that will span the next three weeks, prohibiting indoor dining at bars and restaurants, closing movie theaters, casinos and group fitness classes, and asking all but essential workers to work from home. fny世界播


"We have to follow the epidemiology, the public health experts, and make decisions that combat the spread before our hospitals get overwhelmed and before we have 1,000 deaths a week in Michigan," Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on CNN's "New Day," "because that's what the modeling is telling us where we're headed right now." fny世界播

民主党州长格雷琴·惠特默(Gretchen Whitmer)在美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)的“新一天”(New Day)节目中说:“我们必须遵循流行病学和公共卫生专家的意见,在我们的医院不堪重负,密歇根州每周有1000人死亡之前,做出抗击疫情蔓延的决定,因为这就是建模告诉我们现在的方向。”fny世界播

In Minnesota, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz announced a four-week "dial back" barring in-person gatherings with individuals beyond each household, restricting bars and restaurants to takeout and delivery, and closing gyms and entertainment venues. fny世界播

在明尼苏达州,民主党州长蒂姆·沃尔兹(Tim Walz)宣布了一项为期四周的“回拨”计划,禁止与每个家庭以外的个人面对面聚会,限制酒吧和餐馆只允许外卖和送货,并关闭健身房和娱乐场所。fny世界播

"We are at a breaking point. As hospitals near the crisis of turning away new patients, continuing as things are is simply not sustainable," Walz said as he announced the new restrictions. "The actions announced today will help prevent more families from losing a loved one and ensure our hospitals can treat those who fall ill." fny世界播


The nation's top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Wednesday that the denial he is seeing across the United States pains him and he hasn't been able to speak to Biden's team: "I would wish that we would be able to do that." fny世界播

美国顶级传染病专家安东尼·福奇(Anthony Fuci)周三表示,他在全美各地看到的否认事实让他很痛苦,他一直无法与拜登的团队交谈:“我希望我们能做到这一点。”fny世界播

"Even in some of the states where they're getting really hit badly, we're hearing people even denying there's a problem as their hospitals are getting filled," Fauci told the USA Today editorial board. fny世界播


He said he was frustrated by those who still claim that Covid-19 is like the flu. fny世界播


"You have a quarter of a million deaths, 11 million infections," Fauci said. "Flu doesn't even come close." fny世界播


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