Now T's winding up to do the main thing he's here for, his focus for 3 days: to re-define 100K deaths as an amazing accomplishment he shd be praised for. And in the process, to paper over him calling it a hoax, the flu etcÃ¢ÂÂ& brand himself as the one who fixed the thing he caused.— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) April 2, 2020
“I'm — frankly — I'm fatigued, I'm tried of thinking about Donald Trump. I'm going to tell you the truth. because the reality is, this guy doesn't understand his job.” — Kamala Harris
When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense survived the transition intact. Its mission was the same as when I was asked to lead the office, established after the Ebola epidemic of 2014: to do everything possible within the vast powers and resources of the U.S. government to prepare for the next disease outbreak and prevent it from becoming an epidemic or pandemic.
One year later, I was mystified when the White Housedissolved the office, leaving the country less prepared for pandemics like covid-19.
The U.S. government’s slow and inadequate response to the newcoronavirusunderscores the need for organized, accountable leadership to prepare for and respond to pandemic threats.
In a health security crisis, speed is essential. When this new coronavirus emerged, there was no clear White House-led structure to oversee our response, and we lost valuable time. Yes, we have capable and committed global and national disease-prevention and management organizations, as well as state and local health departments, all working overtime now. Buteven in prepared cities like Seattle, health systems are struggling to test patients and keep pace with growing caseloads. The specter of rapid community transmission and exponential growth is real and daunting. The job of a White House pandemics office would have been to get ahead: to accelerate the response, empower experts, anticipate failures, and act quickly and transparently to solve problems.
Yesterday, Vice President Pence put on a maddening six-minute display of obfuscation that will guarantee him, upon retirement, an immediate and unanimous selection into the Toady Hall of Fame. Here's my piece ridiculing him. #TrumpPressBriefinghttps://t.co/7kyiQc4SBF
ThereÃ¢ÂÂs been a striking and consistent difference in CuomoÃ¢ÂÂs briefings and TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs. Cuomo begins with very specific data. Trump offers a projection curve that experts have no confidence in. https://t.co/82j9CXfFUspic.twitter.com/xEhAfKaoYh
Once more: The president pushed back against the suggestion of suspending domestic plane and rail travel by saying passengers on planes and trains are getting tested twice, before departure and after arrival.
Ã¢ÂÂSeeking to take advantage of the epidemic to depress turnout is a new low. It suggests Trump thinks his best chance for re-election rests not with his handling of the crisis, but in voters staying away from the polls because they fear for their health.Ã¢ÂÂ https://t.co/ZdCpdu4JOw
Private equity firms and venture capitalists have launched a lobbying blitz to persuade the Trump administration to allow companies they own to apply for small business loans as part of the coronavirus stimulus planhttps://t.co/5oPEa4RIiF