Trump: US states, not federal government, must improve testing

first_imgPublic health experts and some state governors have said businesses could only safely restart with a comprehensive testing program.Trump dismissed the response to his plan as political posturing.”Following the announcement of our reopening guidelines, there have been some very partisan voices in the media and in politics that have spread false and misleading information about our testing capacity,” Trump said.US Vice President Mike Pence said later at the briefing that states could double daily testing by “activating all of the labs” and that states had enough tests to launch phase one of the economic re-opening plan if they chose to do so.Topics : Trump has repeatedly said that states – not the federal government – need to step up testing against the novel coronavirus, as the nation battles an outbreak that has sickened nearly 700,000 people and killed more than 35,000 people in the United States alone.The virus has also paralyzed the US economy, shuttering businesses and leaving 22 million Americans seeking unemployment benefits.As a result, the president, who had touted the strength of the US economy as central to his Nov. 3 re-election bid, has been eager to reopen the country as soon as possible.On Thursday, Trump unveiled federal guidelines for a three-stage process under which states could lift restrictions on commerce and public life as the pandemic retreated. US President Donald Trump, whose administration has faced criticism over a shortfall in coronavirus testing capacity, said on Friday that individual states were responsible for developing testing capabilities.”It’s going to be up to the states to use that capability,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing.”The states have local points where they can go and the governor can call the mayors and the mayors can call representatives and everything is perfect and that’s the way it should work and always should work,” Trump said.last_img read more

Realmuto’s 3-run blast lifts Phillies over Nationals, 8-3

first_imgLast Updated: 26th August, 2020 08:15 IST Realmuto’s 3-run Blast Lifts Phillies Over Nationals, 8-3 J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta pitched five strong innings before a rain delay of more than an hour ended his night, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Tuesday night SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta pitched five strong innings before a rain delay of more than an hour ended his night, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Tuesday night.Realmuto ripped his ninth homer — his first since Aug. 14 — in the third inning off right-hander Erick Fedde. His shot bounced up off the top of the right field wall, then fell in the Nationals’ bullpen while Washington outfielder Adam Eaton looked on helplessly.Shortstop Trea Turner hit his sixth homer to lead off the first, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, but that was all the Nationals could muster off Arrieta (2-3). The former Cy Young Award winner needed just 54 pitches to breeze through five innings. He struck out only one, but induced three inning-ending double plays.The last of those came in the fifth, immediately after which a downpour finished Arrieta’s night.Eaton hit a solo homer in the sixth to pull the Nationals within 4-2, but Philadelphia scored the next inning when Roman Quinn beat Turner’s throw home on Andrew McCutchen’s fielder’s choice grounder. Alec Bohm added an RBI single on the eighth.Fedde (1-2) gave up four runs while allowing seven hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out one and has six strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings this season.Bryce Harper, who won the 2015 NL MVP during a seven-year stint with the Nationals before joining Philadelphia last season, was 1 for 3 with two intentional walks in his first game against Washington this year.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: LHP Jose Alvarez, who was placed on the injury list with a testicular contusion after getting hit by a liner Thursday, isn’t supposed to throw for two weeks from the date he was injured. It’s uncertain how quickly he could return to the bullpen after he resumes throwing. … LHP Ranger Suarez has at least two more rehab outings. Suarez hasn’t pitched this season after testing positive for COVID-19 before camp. He’ll pitch out of the bullpen once he returns.Nationals: INF Howie Kendrick was out of the lineup for a routine off day. He had played three days in a row after missing five games with a hamstring injury. “I want to make sure that we continue to have him for the rest of the year,” manager Dave Martinez said.ROBLES’ BULLETWashington CF Victor Robles made a stellar two-part play in the sixth. He first leaped to track down Bohm’s fly to deep center, then zipped a throw on the fly to first to double off Jean Segura, who was already around second when Robles made the catch.BEEP, BEEPPhiladelphia recorded a season-high four stolen bases, with McCutchen and Quinn both stealing second twice.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Aaron Nola (2-2, 3.10), who gave up four runs in a career-low 2 2/3 innings at Atlanta on Friday, starts for Philadelphia as the series continues.Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (2-2, 3.99) is 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies.Image credits: AP First Published: 26th August, 2020 08:15 IST Written Bycenter_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TVlast_img read more