McConnell admits he was wrong to say Obama administration failed to leave a pandemic playbook

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded Thursday night that he was wrong to claim that the Obama administration had not left behind a plan to deal with a pandemic in the US.
“I was wrong. They did leave behind a plan, so I clearly made a mistake in that regard,” McConnell said during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier.
The concession comes days after he falsely accused the Obama

administration of failing to leave the Trump administration “any kind of game plan” for something like the coronavirus pandemic during a Trump campaign online chat with Lara Trump, the President’s daughter-in-law.

“They claim pandemics only happen once every hundred years but what if that’s no longer true? We want to be early, ready for the next one, because clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like this,” McConnell had said Monday.
In reality, former President Barrack Obama’s White House National Security Council left the Trump administration a detailed document on how to respond to a pandemic.

The document, whose existence was publicly revealed by Politico in March, is called the Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.

The playbook contains step-by-step advice on questions to ask, decisions to make and which federal agencies are responsible for what. It includes sample documents that officials could use for inter-agency meetings. And it explicitly lists novel coronaviruses as one of the kinds of pathogens that could require a major response.
Additionally, outgoing senior Obama officials also led an in-person pandemic response exercise for senior incoming Trump officials in January 2017 — as required by a new law on improving presidential transitions that Obama signed in 2016.

Last week, Obama described the Trump administration’s coronavirus response as “an absolute chaotic disaster” during a private call with people who worked for him in the White House.
Still, McConnell added Thursday that “as to whether or not the plan was followed and who’s the critic and all the rest, I don’t have any observation about that because I don’t know enough about the details of that to comment on it in any detail.”

CNN’s Daniel Dale contributed to this report.

McConnell admits he was wrong to say Obama administration failed to leave a pandemic playbook

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded Thursday night that he was wrong to claim that the Obama administration had not left behind a plan to deal with a pandemic in the US.
“I was wrong. They did leave behind a plan, so I clearly made a mistake in that regard,” McConnell said during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier.
The concession comes days after he falsely accused the Obama

administration of failing to leave the Trump administration “any kind of game plan” for something like the coronavirus pandemic during a Trump campaign online chat with Lara Trump, the President’s daughter-in-law.

“They claim pandemics only happen once every hundred years but what if that’s no longer true? We want to be early, ready for the next one, because clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like this,” McConnell had said Monday.
In reality, former President Barrack Obama’s White House National Security Council left the Trump administration a detailed document on how to respond to a pandemic.

The document, whose existence was publicly revealed by Politico in March, is called the Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.

The playbook contains step-by-step advice on questions to ask, decisions to make and which federal agencies are responsible for what. It includes sample documents that officials could use for inter-agency meetings. And it explicitly lists novel coronaviruses as one of the kinds of pathogens that could require a major response.
Additionally, outgoing senior Obama officials also led an in-person pandemic response exercise for senior incoming Trump officials in January 2017 — as required by a new law on improving presidential transitions that Obama signed in 2016.

Last week, Obama described the Trump administration’s coronavirus response as “an absolute chaotic disaster” during a private call with people who worked for him in the White House.
Still, McConnell added Thursday that “as to whether or not the plan was followed and who’s the critic and all the rest, I don’t have any observation about that because I don’t know enough about the details of that to comment on it in any detail.”

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Chinese club begins constructing world’s biggest soccer stadium for $1.7 billion

Work began last Thursday, with the goal to become “a world-class new landmark comparable to the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and an important symbol of Chinese football going to the world,” according to president of real estate conglomerate Evergrande, Xia Haijun.READ: Golf ‘lends itself more to social distancing,’ says PGA Tour Commissioner Jay MonahanGuangzhou Evergrande played at the 60,000-seater Tianhe Stadium since 2011. The 100,000 capacity would surpass the 99,354 capacity of Barcelona’s Camp Nou, currently the largest soccer-only

stadium in the world. The design of the stadium is the work from the Shanghai-based American designer Hasan Syed, following an initial concept from the Evergrande Group chairman Xu Jiayin.The lotus flower design originates from Guangzhou’s status as the Flower City. An aerial photo of trucks gathered at the ground-breaking ceremony of Guangzhou Evergrande’s new stadium.The stadium include 16 VVIP private rooms, 152 VIP private rooms, a FIFA area, an athletes area, a media area, and a press room. According to ESPN, Xia told reporters that Evergrande plans to construct between three and five more stadiums with capacities of 80,000 to 100,000 around China to address the lack of facilities that could host a World Cup someday.Guangzhou Evergrande is one of the most successful teams in China and Asia. The club has won the Chinese Super League eight times, as well as two Asian Champions Leagues — the only Chinese club to win it twice.Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features, and videosThe 2020 CSL season had been scheduled to start on February 22 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As lockdown restrictions in China to slow the coronavirus pandemic are slowly lifted, one Chinese soccer club aims to get back into the swing of things with aplomb.

Guangzhou Evergrande announced that work has began on an eye-catching, 100,000-seater stadium, which would be the largest football stadium in the world. Designed in a lotus flower shape, the stadium is scheduled to cost $1.7 billion (12 billion yuan) and to be completed by the end of 2022.