Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): We shouldn't panic because every American already got the flu this year (VIDEO)
The ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee says that people shouldn't freak out about the coronavirus because "350 million" Americans already got the flu this year.
“I don’t think it’s time to panic. The risk is still low. To put it in perspective, we had 350 million cases of the flu this year alone in the United States and somewhere between 20,000 to 50,000 deaths.”
“Not to say that this virus is not serious,” he added. “We take it very serious. It’s very contagious.”
It's time for a basic, common sense fact-check: There are only 329 million Americans according to the latest Census Bureau estimate. That means Congressman McCaul not only thinks every American got the flu this year, but an additional 21 million people from who knows where.
We're pretty sure that not everyone got the flu. We still have to fact-check that one, though.
Where are these guys getting their information?
Trump also wants to downplay fears, and still thinks that the media is in a giant conspiracy theory to create hysteria around the coronavirus to cause him harm politically.
What Trump's mainly worried about is the stock market. He's trying to pass through a massive economic stimulus bill, including temporary payroll tax cuts, and special provisions for airline and hotel companies. He's getting very impatient because the election is in just a few months.
Trump is attacking the Federal Reserve, too.
"Our pathetic, slow moving Federal Reserve, headed by Jay Powell, who raised rates too fast and lowered too late, should get our Fed Rate down to the levels of our competitor nations. They now have as much as a two point advantage, with even bigger currency help. Also, stimulate!"
He met with top administration officials on Monday night and not everyone appears to be on board. “The president seems to like the idea, but there are a number of people around him who were not as enamored of it,” one official said.
Trump is also not getting the support of top Republicans in Congress. He plans on making a trip to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to get more backing.
Republican senator John Cornyn told Politico: “Well, I usually love tax cuts, but I think it’s a little premature.”