Trump administration to meet with Apple, others to discuss ways to control coronavirus outbreak

Trump administration officials will meet representatives from Apple and other large technology companies on Wednesday to coordinate efforts over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Trump Apple coronavirus outbreak. Image: President Trump tours Apple Mac Pro facility with CEO Tim Cook in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, November 21, 2019
President Trump tours Apple Mac Pro facility with CEO Tim Cook in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, November 21, 2019

Blake Burman and Suzanne O’Halloran for FOXBusiness:

Representatives from Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Twitter are expected to visit the White House on Wednesday, FOX Business has learned. These executives will be joined by officials from government agencies including Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Labor Department, to name a few. White House Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios will lead the meeting.

These Silicon Valley companies are set to discuss coordination efforts and information sharing between their industry and the U.S. government involving CO-VID19…

Along with big tech, the big banks are also set to visit the White House the same day to discuss not only combating coronavirus but likely also the extreme market swings that have dominated the past few weeks. President Trump and members of his administration continue to reiterate that the fundamentals of the economy are strong despite the sharp drop in equity prices amid high volatility, but they will look to discuss the financial market fallout from the coronavirus and potential solutions.

MacDailyNews Note: More info on the Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) via the U.S. CDC is here. Track the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) here.

See also: British PM Boris Johnson to meet with major tech companies to discuss ways to control coronavirus outbreak.

36 Comments

  1. One would think it would probably be far more useful if the administration discussed how to control the corona virus with appropriate government health organizations. You know…. the ones they’re in charge of.

    Or maybe not.

    1. Which part of “These executives will be joined by officials from government agencies including Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Labor Department, to name a few” didn’t you understand?

        1. One might assume, if they have a functioning brain, that tech companies might have insights into ways to effectively communicate with citizens in ways that are better than relying on the ratings/hits-reliant media which is so beyond broken in the U.S.A. that it’s laughable.

          1. No, it isn’t plausible that the idea is that FAANG is a better ‘communicator’ to the Public.

            More likely this is Trump trying to surround himself with people who he thinks are smart in order to help calm the Stock Markets – – and in reality, what will happen is a recommendation for what tax break they would benefit from, for which the Stock Market will go up and Trump will proclaim all problems solved.

            Simply watch for the Photo Op for just who’s in what chairs around the table … and who’s relegated a seat in the back. If the “appropriate government health organizations” aren’t up front at the table and Tech in the back row, you know its not really about Public Health & Safety.

          2. BS. Tweety in Chief primarily uses one form of communication. He has stated many times he doesn’t see the need for any more sophisticated information dissemination.

            In fact, he just clamped down on official communications and transparency:
            https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-secrecy-exclusive/exclusive-white-house-told-federal-health-agency-to-classify-coronavirus-deliberations-sources-idUSKBN20Y2LM

            Instead of helpful information, Tweety shares on his feed an endless string of conspiracy theories, pics of himself fiddling, and threats against the other corrupt political party. And lots of attacks on the media he relies on.

            https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-spreads-conspiracy-theories-as-coronavirus-death-toll-rises-a9387731.html

            https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-us-live-news-symptoms-update-cases-trump-cdc-new-york-florida-a9394476.html

            Who is Trump meeting with next to resolve the pandemic? Chief executives from Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Truist Financial Corp, and U.S. Bancorp will attend the meeting with Trump at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) in the White House. More corporate welfare on the way!

            1. FYI, just so that the general public has an understanding of why this ‘classified’ news is getting so much grief, simply turn to the Code of Federal Regulations:

              28 CFR § 17.22:
              “(d) Information shall not be classified in order to conceal inefficiency, violations of law, or administrative error; to prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency; …”

          3. “effectively communicate with citizens in ways that are better than relying on the ratings/hits-reliant media which is so beyond broken in the U.S.A. that it’s laughable.”

            Agreed. The media is more laughable today than in its entire history. They are no longer communicating fair and balanced news. They are a lockstep cabal of smug elitist know-it-alls that are only capable of two narratives: Promoting Democrats and search and destroy Republicans.

            Let’s review pimping Mueller, Ukraine fake scandal and 99% partisan impeachment were all failures. Now on to destroy the economy by hysterical over the top reaction to a cold virus that over 80% of citizens affected is a mild reaction.

            The American people can see through continued attempts to take down the president and this is just the latest gambit that will ultimately fail.

            The majority of good people are immune from FALSE relentless nit picking and this too, shall pass…

        2. WTF? Quite a lot I’d say and consultations of this sort are necessary…except…
          Too little, too late.
          It should have happened two months ago.
          It’s a spectacular own goal for the White House, aides and policy makers consumed with the Market, poll ratings…and not doing their job. Not an expert in sight – for two months.
          Congressional hearings are going to be interesting in the aftermath.

          Oh…and the WHO has just officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic.
          Some Hoax.

      1. It goes without saying that while Don the Con was busy golfing, it didn’t occur to him to set up a meeting to personally coordinate continental healthcare efforts with bordering nations. Do you think any border agents have test kits and training? Of course not. To Don the Con, throwing money in the direction of a problem is all he has ever thought to do.

        Where’s Wonderboy Kushner when you need a superhero?

          1. Which has ‘what’ to do with the discussion exactly. Oh…don’t tell me… it’s all a hoax, which of course is extreme denial.
            You really have some catching up to do

          1. They’re in the room to discuss their cut off the top of the stimulus payments.

            Watch as Donald digs a debt hole twice as deep as Obama did, and his idiot followers will spin excuses why it is good for taxpayers this time, but not last time.

            1. “Watch as Donald digs a debt hole twice as deep as Obama did”

              He has a long way to go.

              When Obama was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt was $10.626 trillion. When he left office on Jan. 20, 2017, it was $19.947 trillion.

              Nuff said…

            2. @goeb: when Trump has his heart attack and Pence completes his term, I will bet you one fully loaded Mac Pro that the debt dug post-2016 will dwarf the debt accrued from 2009-2015.

              Assuming that is we have any units to ship since our Chinese supply chains are all tangled up.

            3. goebie – not as far as you think

              now that the bubble burst and the pandemic hit, youll see how well orange chosen one performs in time of crisis. you gave zero credit to obama for presiding over the last major recession recovery. why should anyone bow to the floundering con man now

  2. The Administration prefers to deal with the economic impact of Covid-19 rather than the disease itself. Tucker Carlson on Fox News, March 9, 2020:

    Referring to the outbreak as “an epidemic,” Carlson kicked off his show with a grave warning. “People you know will get sick,” he said. “Some may die. This is real.” He said, “It will affect your life, and by the way, it’s definitely not just the flu.”

    “If a recession does hit, it will not be so simple to fight it. … The usual stimulus efforts, tax cuts and lower rates won’t reopen factories that have shut down to contain the virus. It won’t get people to eat at closed restaurants or shop and closed malls or attend to canceled sporting events.”

    Though Carlson said the country “is likely to experience a painful period we are powerless to stop,” he advised people and elected leaders to remain calm, but not complacent.

    “It does not mean assuring people that everything will be fine,” he said. “We don’t know that. Instead, it’s better to tell the truth. That is always the surest sign of strength. As they level with us, our leaders ought to prepare the public for what may come next.”

    1. A bad flu season is 80,000 dead, we’ve got about 18,000 dead from influenza this year, we have a hundred from corona. Which should you be worried about influenza or Corona? A hundred versus 18,000? It’s not a trick question. And look, everything that’s going on with the New York cleaning the subways and everyone using Clorox wipes and get your flu shot, which should be the other message, that’s good. That’s a good thing, so I have no problem with the behaviors.

      What I have a problem with is the panic and the fact that businesses are getting destroyed that people’s lives are being upended, not by the virus, but by the panic. The panic must stop. And the press, they really somehow need to be held accountable because they are hurting people.

      I think there was it was a concerted effort by the press to capture your eyes and in doing so they did it by inducing panic.

      There’s certain things having been a physician for almost forty years, there are certain things I just know … and there’s certain things I just know by virtue of all the experience I’ve had and so when I saw this one coming, the corona, I thought I know how this is gonna go, I see kind of what it is and then I saw the excessive reaction the press, so I have to respond and then people, the weird part on social media towards me as people are angry with me, angry with me for trying to get them to see reality and calm down.

      Dr. Drew Pinsky, CBS News, March 10, 2020

      1. Gosh, I don’t recall seeing Dr Drew at the medical conferences a few years ago while we were being presented the ethics of the Human Research protocols for Ebola. /S

        The reality is that yes, we’re a bit over-hyped right now, but the downside risk justifies it: unless the dissemination rate is blunted to be a fraction of what China & Italy, the US will have a half million dead by the end of 2020 … and possibly as early as the 4th of July.

        Naturally, we hope & pray that these projections of exponential growth are off by a large factor in our favor, but until there’s evidence that this is so, one does need to at least acknowledge the risk, which currently is an order of magnitude increase in cases (and deaths) every ~30 days.

        1. I doubt that Dr Pinsky would be at any of those conferences. To the extent that he is more than a media personality (the Eagle on The Masked Singer), his specialty is addiction treatment. He is also a very vocal liberatarian who opposes government intervention in private decisions, which rules out most effective public health measures.

      2. Someday you’ll understand exponential math. Projections for the spread of this virus blow away common seasonal flus. Which is why the sense of urgency to contain the spread has ramped up dramatically in the last month. It’s not a media problem or a conspiracy against the fat orange blowhard y’all love around here.

      3. While I agree with the don’t panic outlook, a reality is that (at this moment) the fatality rate in Washington state is at nearly 9%… about triple previously posted rates. What would Dr Drew have to say about that… and just how much experience has the doctor had with pandemics? Did he go to China to check on things firsthand?

        1. The crude mortality rate (reported deaths divided by reported cases) is never very accurate in an ongoing outbreak, because both the number of deaths and the number of cases are initially underreported to varying degrees. The current best estimates from WHO and the CDC are all lower than 4% but substantially higher than the 0.1% from ordinary seasonal flu.

          The big worry is that nobody has immunity to Covid-19, and there is no vaccine, so it can spread wide and fast. The 2009 “swine flu” affected one in five Americans but fortunately had a very low mortality rate. If Covid-19 affected as many people with even a 1% rate, that would kill 600,000 people.

          That is possibly avoidable with vigorous quarantines and social distancing, but only if the public takes the threat seriously. They won’t as long as otherwise responsible people keep minimizing the threat.

      4. Yeah, saw that it was AWESOME.

        Unfortunately, the irresponsible lame stream media no longer tells the truth that is excoriated. Then turn around and support/promote lies of the left. Then they wonder why circulation is dropping at unprecedented levels never seen before in history considering the USA population is larger than ever before…

    2. This administration has little ammunition left to stimulate the economy. There is no rainy day fund, they squandered that opportunity with trickledown tax cuts and increased military spending, while pressuring the Federal Reserve to keep lowering rates. The only thing left is accelerated deficit spending. Do the libertarian tea party fans of this administration expect the federal government to fill in the trillions in lost business?

      The administration has already announced bailouts and emergency spending. Let’s all pretend that is not socialism. If deficits continue to grow, this is a recipe for high taxes in the future, and/or recession.

      Why would anyone have hope of rapid recovery when the NY Bankruptcy King is in charge?

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