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.
“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.
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.
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All The Best,