Coronavirus Response From The White House

The Coronavirus Response From The White House, has been slow and somewhat disturbing, Trump bungled key facts about the administration’s response-three assertions had to be immediately walked back by the White House staff-he congratulated himself on his supposedly excellent work so far, and blamed other countries for letting the disease spread.Coronavirus

“We Have It Totally Under Control”

The U.S. confirmed its first case of COVID19/Coronavirus on January 21. Trump, who was in Switzerland, said there was “nothing to worry about.” We have it totally under control,” he told CNBC the next day. “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control.”

The Trump administration, with John Bolton newly at the helm of the White House National Security Council, began dismantling the team in charge of pandemic response, firing its leadership and disbanding the tea, in spring 2018.

The cuts, coupled with the administration’s repeated calls to cut the budget for The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies, made it clear that the Trump administration wasn’t prioritizing the federal government’s ability to respond to disease outbreaks.

Lack of attention to preparedness, experts say, helps explain why the Trump administration has consistently botched its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Barack Obama Creates Pandemic Team

When the Ebola strike out in West Africa in 2014, President Barack Obama recognized that responding to the outbreak overseas, while also protecting Americans at home, involved multiple U.S. government departments and agencies, none of which were speaking to one another.

Basically, the U.S. pandemic infrastructure was an enormous orchestra full of talented players, they were fighting for solos and fame, and refusing to rehearse and demanding higher pay.

Obama had to rein in the agency egos, and create a coherent multi agency response overseas and on the home front, Obama anointed a former vice president staffer, Ronald Klain, as a start of “epidemic czar” inside the White House, clearly stipulated the roles and budgets of various agencies, and placed incident commanders in charge in each Ebola-hit country and inside the United States. The orchestra may have still had its off-key instruments, but it played the same tune.

Building on the Ebola experience, the Obama administration set up a permanent epidemic monitoring and command group inside the White House National Security Council (NSC) and another in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-both of which followed the scientific and public health leads of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and the diplomatic advice of the State Department.

That’s all gone now, and there is a lot more that was put in place for a pandemic, but TRUMP DISBANNED IT ALL.

Trump Downplaying The Coronavirus

In early March, the World Health Organization said that 3.4% of the coronavirus patients had died from the disease. “Globally about 3.4% of reported COVID19 cases have died”. “WHO (World Health Organization) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing “By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.”

On March fourth, Trump challenged WHO’s number. “Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number,” Trump asserting that the actual mortality rate is “way under” 1%.

Trump’s advisers are aware of the political and economic risks the coronavirus poses, but they are also downplaying them in public. “It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” said Rush Limbaugh (Radio Talk Show Host-Definately a Trump supporter).

“The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.” (not true, it’s deadly) said Informal Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore told Politico that “the view in the White House is that this is one of those classic black swan events.” That drew an exasperated response from EVERYONE.

Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House) states “His delaying of getting equipment-it continues-his delaying of getting equipment to where it is needed is deadly, and now I think the best thing is to prevent more loss of life rather than opening things up because we just don’t know. We have to have testing, testing, testing-that’s what we said from the start before we can evaluate the nature of it in some of these other regions as well”.

Why Is Trump Ignoring Dr. Fauci’s Recommendations

Donald Trump was asked about Dr. Fauci’s desire for a national stay at home order, “I leave it up to the governors. The governors know what they’re doing. I guess we’re close to 90% anyway. And states that we’re talking about are not in jeopardy. No. I would leave it to the governors. I like that from the standpoint of governing, and I like that from the standpoint of even our constitution.”

The only conclusion is that our federal government is not prepared in any way to help, because the Trump administration disbanded the Obama pandemic response team, saying, we don’t need one. They also never put in place a new team of any kind to respond to something (like a pandemic) what we are going through right now. Incompetent leadership is the only answer that comes to mind.

In Conclusion

I just went into a few statements about the coronavirus from The White House (Trump) and or his administration as well as his followers with propaganda, such as Fox News which has been lying and spinning since the start of the outbreak, just to walk it back a couple of weeks ago.

Jared Kushner, son-in-law to Donald Trump, made some weird bungled statement about PPE, Ventilators, that the federal government has theirs, and the 50 states have theirs. So, is the federal government not apart of the United States, or is the United States not apart of the federal government, if you are confused, you are not alone. We are One Nation Under God, not the federal government and the 50 states Under God.

The fact that Trump won’t take control of the distribution of ventilators and PPE so that governors of our wonderful 50 states are not bidding for them, and sometimes bidding against our own federal government, Hmmm.

The coronavirus doesn’t respect state boundaries. Other nations that have already demonstrated the national stay at home orders is one of the best ways to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Please Stay At Home, and be safe for you and your neighbors.

If you have any questions or want to leave a comment, please do below and I will get back with you as soon as I can.

All The Best,

Bobbi

EMAIL: bobbi@greatpoliticalbooks.com

4 thoughts on “Coronavirus Response From The White House”

  1. I have a question, do you really think that this virus is so dangereous? I mean, the statistics that the media gives us (which by any circumstances is not proven, it’s just a simple statistic that is meant to bring panic) even if it was true, it still has a very small percentage of people that passes away (I want to state again, those statictics are not proven at all), it’s not deadlier than the ebola or n1h1 for example, for which there was no such media boom and there was no emergency state.

    1. Thank you Victor for your comment, and I agree with you that the statistics are not accurate, in fact there are probably many more deaths that have been linked to the coronavirus, now the number of deaths in a matter of 2 months is staggering and the averages of infection compared to the flu are .1% Flu to 3.4% coronavirus, so when you say that it is not as bad as it seems, and it just brings panic. I would rather be informed of what is happening, than not, so the journalists, the CDC, and the Trump administration need to get on the same page and tell the truth, across the board, don’t give false hope, state facts and lets kick this viruses ass. That is my thoughts.

      Ebola and H1N1 were both deadly diseases, however we were together in our response, not with false information coming out of the White House every day. Remember Trump called this a cold, he said it would go away like a miracle in April, and to this day he still won’t take CDC guidelines seriously with social distancing and now wearing masks or covers over your face when one goes out. I wish he would listen to the specialists, scientists, doctors, etc. and quit treating his briefings like he is the only one who knows anything. Dr. Fauci says stay at home, Dr. Birx says stay at home, wear face covers and Trump talks about (non-proven) medications to use for coronavirus, just saying, very disturbing.

      Thanks again for your opinion and comment Victor.

  2. Thank you for sharing this informative and sensitive article about Coronavirus Response From The White House. I enjoyed reading your article and it is very surprising that the US President has not done anything to prevent the spread of the virus even knowing what other countries have gone through and what they have done this far to prevent the virus from spreading. l am not sure if he is ignorant or he just want to see people dying  in the States before he puts a plan into action, if he has a plan which l doubt, he would have done so by now. I wish he changes he mind and see the truth that is in front of him before it is too late. I am from South Africa and l am in lock down for 21 days which might be extended to more days we are waiting for the President to make a call next week. What l can say is American people look after yourselves and stay inside stay safe and apply the rules you see on TV or read  to protect you and your loved ones as your President does not value your lives. Hoping and praying that something will be done soon because it is already late by now. Great Post.

    Wishing you all the best, stay safe and be blessed!

    1. Thank you Fiona, well said and I want to add is that you all stay safe in South Africa as well. Greatly appreciated an outside opinion on what your country has done and what America has or has not done, especially from our federal government (Trump administration), thanks again.

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