Trump calls Washington Gov. Inslee a ‘nasty person’ and says he makes Pence call him

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At a news conference on Sunday, President Donald Trump said he doesn’t “like” Washington state’s Gov. Jay Inslee, who is a “failed presidential candidate” and a “nasty person.”
The US’s coronavirus outbreak has badly impacted Washington, infecting more than 4,400 people and killing 195, but Trump said he doesn’t reach out to Inslee. Instead, he said, “I get Mike Pence to call. I get the head of FEMA to call.”
During the briefing, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond read back to the president his past comments about wanting governors to be “appreciative,” but Trump took issue with the reporter’s phrasing, saying, “That’s why CNN is not trusted anymore.”

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President Donald Trump at a news conference on Sunday attacked Washington state’s Gov. Jay Inslee, labeling him a “nasty person” and saying he doesn’t “like” him as the US’s confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocket to over 140,000.

The comment came during a heated exchange between Trump and CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, who asked the president about a comment he made at a White House press briefing on Friday about deferential treatment from state officials.

“I want them to be appreciative,” Trump had said about governors. At the same time, he also implied that Vice President Mike Pence shouldn’t talk to state officials who “don’t treat you right.”

This topic resurfaced on Sunday, with Diamond reading back the president’s own words to him and Trump accusing CNN of cutting off the soundbite although he went on to say that Pence, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the Army Corps of Engineers deserve praise for their efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump told Diamond that he doesn’t directly contact Inslee, who is a Democrat, adding, “No, I don’t have to call because I’m probably probably better off not … He’s a failed presidential candidate. He’s a nasty person. I don’t like the governor of Washington so you know who calls? I get Mike Pence to call. I get the head of FEMA to call. I get the admiral to call.”

Trump appeared to be referencing one of the leaders in the commissioned corps of the US Public Health Service.

Trump also touted the fact that he hasn’t prevented Pence or others leading the federal response to COVID-19 pandemic from reaching out to Inslee, who is at the helm of a state where more than 4,400 people have been infected and 195 have died as …read more

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USU athlete still hospitalized three weeks after mysterious collapse

Utah State track athlete Roman Ruiz

Utah State track and field athlete Roman Ruiz competes on the high jump in 2019 in Logan. | Wade Denniston

Roman Ruiz probably wouldn’t be alive if not for the quick actions of a passerby

Since the day he mysteriously collapsed during a workout three weeks ago, Roman Ruiz, a sophomore track and field athlete at Utah State, has been confined to a hospital bed struggling to climb back to consciousness and return to life.

If not for a flat tire and a quick-thinking passerby, he probably would not be here at all.

Doctors told Ruiz’s parents that their son had an anoxic (depletion of oxygen) brain injury caused by cardiac arrest, although they don’t know what triggered the event. He was technically dead for 30 to 35 minutes. It took that long to resuscitate him — after a lengthy CPR procedure, three defibrillation attempts and a shot of epinephrine. The danger of oxygen deprivation of course is brain damage.

Ruiz was taken to Logan Regional Hospital then life-flighted to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. He was put in a medically induced coma for several days. He spent nine days in ICU.

“It’s been tough to watch,” says Ruiz’s father, Javier.

Roman is in obvious pain. He has been so restless and uncomfortable that he has developed scrapes and scabs on his knees, hips, shoulders, nose and face from constantly rolling around in his bed. A nursing tech has been assigned to watch him around the clock.

“He looks like he’s been in an MMA fight,” says his father.

Roman doesn’t talk, but he can respond with a word or two occasionally. The family was excited when he exchanged a high-five with his nurse. When a nurse observed him thrashing restlessly with his arms, she teasingly asked him if he wanted to arm wrestle. He smiled and obliged. He also has said “dad” and “thanks.” Progress is measured in small steps.

“He is in a minimally conscious state,” says Javier. “It’s part of the brain injury process.”

Ruiz has competed in athletics since he was a young boy and never gave any indication there were underlying health issues. In high school competition in his native Pasco, Washington, he excelled in a wide range of track and field events, throwing the shot put 52 feet, pole vaulting 15 feet, 9 inches and covering the high hurdles in 14.38. This made him a natural for the collegiate multi-events — the …read more

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