President Donald Trump‘s decision to consult dozens of CEOs about when to reopen the country has brought suggestions from some that there first be a huge boost in national testing to make sure it is safe to roll back social distancing.
Trump announced a massive advisory effort Tuesday, with the White House releasing more than 200 names. Trump indicated Wednesday he will hold a press conference Wednesday about reopening guidelines, saying the nation has ‘passed the peak’ – after holding just a single day of calls with his advisors.
Banking, food, and hospitality executives on one call with about three dozen of them told the president Americans would go back to work only after the nation had instituted sufficient testing to protect their safety, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Many of the execs took time to praise Trump on the hour-long call, which fits with a pattern of public events Trump orchestrates with executives.
‘A ton of people praising Trump,’ a source told the paper.
President Trump named more than 100 companies during his Tuesday briefing that he says will provide advice on when to reopen the country. Executives on a Wednesday call with him called for more testing before reopening the country
The call included such executive chiefs as Tim Cook of Apple, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, and Mary Barra of General Motors – whose company’s work to crash-build ventilators earned a bizarre airing of an ad-like video at Wednesday’s White House briefing.
Complaints about testing have been a mainstay of public reporting, although Trump has bristled at questions about the topic at his daily news conferences.
One exec who dialed in for the session told CNN the phone didn’t work. Others said they hadn’t been informed they were on the advisory committee before the president read out names on Tuesday.
President Trump invited CEOs onto a call where they gave advice about reopening the country
Apple CEO Tim Cook was among those Trump named
Testing kits for the novel coronavirus are stacked at the Velocity Urgent Care April 15, 2020 in Woodbridge, Virginia
Lawmakers including Democrats got emails informing them they were on it – perhaps an indication the White House is trying to establish buy-in for what it ultimately announces.
‘I am emailing to inform you that the President has selected you to serve on a task force comprised of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives,’ read a note obtained by the network. ‘The purpose of the task force is to provide counsel to the President on the re-opening of America in the wake of Covid-19. The formal name of this task force has not yet been announced.’
Trump read more than 100 names Tuesday, and Tuesday evening the White House announced 200 advisors.
The comments have ranged from criticism of the president’s ego, his ability to plan for the future, his personality, to jokes about his multiple bankruptcies as a private businessman.
One of the members Trump announced Tuesday, former George W. Bush economic advisor Larry Lindsey was referred to the president as a ’10 out of 10 narcissist.’ According to Politico, Lindsey gave a talk to House leaders and committee chairmen, where he shared what he learned from two psychologists he lined up to analyze Trump’s behavior.
Lindsey said China viewed Trump as a ’10-out-of-10 narcissist.’ Lindsey said Trump had the long-term decision-making capacity of an ’empty chair.’
Another advisor, billionaire Mark Cuban, endorsed Hillary Clinton into 2016 and called Trump a ‘jagoff.’
‘Leadership is not yelling and screaming and intimidating. You know what we call a person like that in Pittsburgh? A jagoff,’ Cuban continued. ‘Is there any bigger jagoff in the world than Donald Trump?’ he said.
Days ago, Cuban told ‘Fox News Sunday’ he didn’t share Trump’s view that the country would soon bounce back.
Mark Cuban called Trump a ‘jagoff’ in 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton
‘Out of bounds’: Another member, George W. Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, criticized Trump for asking the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens – and his economic advisor Larry Lindsey called Trump a ’10 out of 10 narcissist’ suggesting he had not got enough maternal attention
‘I wish he was right, but he’s not,’ Cuban said. ‘I think it’s going to be slower. I think there’s going to be so many different ways we’ll have to adapt to this new abnormal,’ he added.
Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has repeatedly taken aim at Trump.
In 2018 Dimon, a lifelong Democrat, said: ‘I think I could beat Trump.
‘Because I’m as tough as he is, I’m smarter than he is. I would be fine. He could punch me all he wants, it wouldn’t work with me. I’d fight right back.’
For full measure he added: ‘And by the way this wealthy New Yorker actually earned his money. It wasn’t a gift from Daddy.’
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also made it onto Trump’s list, although Trump has attacked Bezos repeatedly and recently railed against the Postal Service, which is seeking a multi-billion bailout due to the coronavirus and which is a critical part of the Amazon delivery service.
Trump didn’t include Bezos when he read through 120 names at the Rose Garden at the White House Tuesday. But his name appeared on a list sent out by the White House.
Bezos owns the Washington Post, which changed its motto to ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’ after Trump took office. Trump has repeatedly attacked him and has mocked him as ‘Jeff Bozo.’
Amazon has accused Trump of putting on ‘improper pressure’ that hurt Amazon and contributed to its loss of a $10 billion Pentagon contract.
Another member, George W. Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said it was ‘out of bounds’ for Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
In October 2016, when his notorious ‘grab them by the p***y’ tape came to light, she tweeted: ‘Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.
‘As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.’
Another advisor, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, entered into a plea deal with prosecutors after being arrested in a sting last year for solicitation.
Also advising Trump is SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Musk walked away from a Trump business advisory council after the president pulled out of the Paris accord on climate change.
‘Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,’ Musk wrote.
WHO’S ON TRUMP’S ‘BRAIN’ TRUST
The White House release the names of even more people than Trump himself read out in the Rose Garden, grouped by themes.
American Farm Bureau Federation – Zippy Duvall
Sysco Corporation – Kevin Hourican
Tyson Foods, Inc. – Dean Banks
Perdue Farms, Inc. – Randy Day
Cargill, Inc. – David MacLennan
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company – Juan Luciano
Corteva Agriscience – Jim Collins
Tractor Supply Company – Hal Lawton
Seaboard Corporation – Steven Bresky
Grimmway Farms – Barbara Grimm
Mountaire Farms – Ronnie Cameron
Bank of America – Brian Moynihan
JPMorgan Chase – Jamie Dimon
Goldman Sachs – David Solomon
Citigroup – Michael Corbat
Wells Fargo – Charles Scharf
U.S. Bancorp – Andrew Cecere
Morgan Stanley – James Gorman
Grand Rapids State Bank – Noah Wilcox
Southern Bancorp – Darrin Williams
CONSTRUCTION, LABOR AND THE WORKFORCE
International Union of Operating Engineers – Jim Callahan
North America’s Building Trades Union – Sean McGarvey
Laborers’ International Union of North America – Terry O’Sullivan
International Brotherhood of Teamsters – Jim Hoffa (James Hoffa Jr.)
National Electrical Contractors Association – David Long
Bechtel – Brendan Bechtel
Fluor – Carlos Hernandez
National Association of Home Builders – Jerry Howard
Associated Builders and Contractors – Michael Bellaman
Associated General Contractors – Stephen Sandherr
AFL-CIO – Richard Trumka
GH Palmer – Geoff Palmer
Lockheed Martin – Marilyn Hewson
Honeywell – Darius Adamczyk
Northrop Grumman – Kathy Warden
Raytheon – Gregory J. Hayes
General Dynamics – Phoebe Novakovic
ExxonMobil – Darren Woods
Continental Resources – Harold Hamm
Chevron – Mike Wirth
Southern Company – Tom Fanning
Alabama Power – Mark Crosswhite
ConocoPhillips – Ryan Lance
Occidental Petroleum – Vicki Hollub
Kinder Morgan – Steven Kean
Hess Corporation – John Hess
Perot Group and Hillwood – Ross Perot Jr.
Blackstone – Stephen Schwarzman
Paulson & Co. – John Paulson
Citadel LLC – Kenneth Griffin
Elliott Management – Paul Singer
Vista Equity Partners – Robert Smith
Fidelity Investments – Abigail Johnson
Mastercard – Ajay Banga
Visa – Al Kelly
Chubb – Evan Greenberg
Sequoia Capital – Doug Leone
Stephens, Inc. – Warren Stephens
Charles Schwab – Chuck Schwab
FOOD & BEVERAGE
National Restaurant Association – Marvin Irby
McDonald’s – Chris Kempczinski
Darden Restaurants – Gene Lee Jr.
Coca-Cola – James Quincey
PepsiCo – Ramon Laguarta
Chick-fil-A – Dan Cathy
Subway – John Chidsey
Bloomin’ Brands – David Deno
YUM! Brands – David Gibbs
Papa Johns – Rob Lynch
Wendy’s – Todd Penegor
Waffle House – Walt Ehmer
Starbucks – Kevin Johnson
M Crowd Restaurant – Ray Washburne
Jimmy John’s Founder – Jimmy John Liautaud
NewYork-Presbyterian – Jerry Speyer
HCA Healthcare – Sam Hazen
Ascension Health – Joseph R. Impicciche
CommonSpirit Health – Lloyd H. Dean
Community Health Systems – Wayne Smith
Trinity Health – Benjamin Carter
Cardinal Health – Mike Kaufmann
McKesson – Brian Tyler
3M – Mike Roman
Procter & Gamble – David S. Taylor
Abbott Laboratories – Robert Ford
Johnson & Johnson – Alex Gorsky
Merck – Kenneth Frazier
Pfizer – Dr. Albert Bourla
Eli Lilly and Company – Dave Ricks
Thermo Fisher Scientific – Marc Casper
Gilead Sciences – Daniel O’Day
AbbVie – Richard Gonzalez
Regeneron – Leo Schleifer
Biogen – Michel Vounatsos
Roche Diagnostics – Matthew Sause
Anthem – Gail Boudreaux
UnitedHealth Group – David Wichmann
Aetna – Karen Lynch
Cigna – David Cordani
Humana – Bruce Broussard
Las Vegas Sands Corp. – Sheldon Adelson
Marriott – Arne Sorenson
Carnival – Micky Arison
Hilton – Christopher Nassetta
Hyatt – Mark Hoplamazian
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – Geoff Ballotti
Intercontinental Hotels Group – Elie Maalouf
Royal Caribbean – Richard Fain
Norwegian Cruise Lines – Frank Del Rio
Treasure Island Hotels – Phil Ruffin
Caterpillar – Jim Umpleby III
Deere & Company – John May
Cummins – Tom Linebarger
Dow Inc. – James Fitterling
Emerson Electric Company – David Farr
General Electric – Larry Culp
Tesla – Elon Musk
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – Mike Manley
Ford Motor Company – Bill Ford
General Motors Company – Mary Barra
National Association of Manufactures – Jay Timmons
Pernod Ricard – Ann Mukherjee
Simon Property Group – David Simon
Caruso – Rick Caruso
Vornado Realty Trust – Steven Roth
Related Companies – Stephen Ross
Blackstone – Jon Gray
Irvine Company – Don Bren
Starwood Capital Group – Barry Sternlicht
Witkoff Group – Steve Witkoff
Walmart – Doug McMillon
Home Depot – Craig Menear
Home Depot – Ken Langone
Home Depot – Bernie Marcus
The Kroger Co. – Rodney McMullen
Lowe’s – Marvin Ellison
Target – Brian Cornell
CVS Health – Larry Merlo
Rite Aid – Heyward Donigan
Walgreens – Stefano Pessina
Amazon – Jeff Bezos
Menards – John Menard
Best Buy – Hubert Joly
Life Time – Bahram Akradi
Apple – Tim Cook
Google (Alphabet Inc) – Sundar Pichai
Oracle – Larry Ellison
Oracle – Safra Catz
Salesforce – Marc Benioff
SAP – Jen Morgan
Microsoft – Satya Nadella
Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg
IBM – Arvind Krishna
Intel – Bob Swan
Qualcomm – Steven Mollenkopf
Cisco – Chuck Robbins
Advanced Micro Devices – Lisa Su
Broadcom – Hock Tan
Micron – Sanjay Mehrotra
Liberty Media – John Malone
Verizon – Hans Vestberg
T-Mobile – Mike Sievert
Charter Communications – Thomas Rutledge
Comcast – Brian Roberts
Altec – Lee Styslinger
FedEx – Fred Smith
United Airlines – Oscar Munoz
UPS – David Abney
J.B. Hunt – John Roberts III
YRC Worldwide – Darren Hawkins
Crowley Maritime – Tom Crowley Jr.
NBA – Adam Silver
MLB – Rob Manfred
NFL – Roger Goodell
UFC – Dana White
PGA – Jay Monahan
LPGA – Mike Whan
USTA – Patrick Galbraith
MLS – Don Garber
WWE – Vince McMahon
NASCAR – Lesa Kennedy
NHL – Gary Bettman
New England Patriots – Bob Kraft
Dallas Cowboys – Jerry Jones
Dallas Mavericks – Mark Cuban
WNBA – Cathy Engelbert
NWSL – Lisa Baird
John Allison – retired CEO of BB&T Bank
Kay Coles James – president of the Heritage Foundation
Condoleezza Rice – George W. Bush Secretary of State
Art Laffer – Reagan economic adviser
Steve Moore – failed Donald Trump Federal Reserve nominee
Steve Forbes – former CEO of Forbes magazine
Larry Lindsey – George W. Bush’s economic adviser
Catherine Reynolds – philanthropist
Jim DeMint – former senator and Heritage Foundation president
Bill Hagerty – former ambassador to Japan
Scott Gottlieb – former FDA commissioner
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