Trump says he can reassemble a health security team quickly (he can't)

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Trump says he can reassemble a health security team quickly (he can't)

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 Trump says he can reassemble a health security team quickly (he can't)

After disbanding his global health security team, Trump says he can reassemble it quickly. It'd be great if that were true, but it's not.


President Donald Trump talks about preparedness to confront the coronavirus outbreak during a meeting with African-American leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Feb. 27, 2020. Leah Millis / Reuters

Feb. 28, 2020, 9:20 AM EST

By   Steve Benen

As the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak continues to take shape, among the most important recent reports on the issue is   this   Foreign Policy   piece from a month ago, which said the United States "has never been less prepared for a pandemic."

Of particular interest was the article shining a light on Donald Trump's May 2018 decision to   order the shutdown   of the White House National Security Council's entire global health security unit. NBC News had a   good report   on this, also, noting that the president's decision "to downsize the White House national security staff -- and eliminate jobs addressing global pandemics -- is likely to hamper the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus."

For his part, Trump doesn't deny the fact that he disbanded his global health security team and proposed cuts to programs intended to prevent the spread of infectious disease. Instead, the president has argued that he can simply reassemble the operation as needed.

"I'm a business person," he   explained   on Wednesday. "I don't like having thousands of people around when you don't need them. When we need them, we can get them back very quickly."

That may sound sensible. It's not. The   Washington Post   reports   today:

Former federal officials and public-health experts argue that an effective response to a epidemiological crisis demands sustained planning and investment. While the administration's response to coronavirus has been criticized in recent weeks as slow and disjointed, people in and outside the White House have warned for years that the nation is ill prepared for a dangerous pandemic.

Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security,   told   the   Post , "You build a fire department ahead of time. You don't wait for a fire. There is an underappreciation for the amount of time and resources required to build a prepared system."

Georgetown's Don Moynihan had a good tweet along these lines the other day,   adding , "I'm a public management professor: once you have gutted institutional capacity, you cannot, in fact, quickly restore it."

The president, who's never shown much of an interest in how government works or is supposed to function, seems wholly unaware of all of this. It's yet another reason to question the White House's competence and capacity as the public-health emergency continues.


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1  seeder  Tessylo    one month ago

The liar in chief just makes up shit as it goes along.  

lady in black
1.1  lady in black  replied to  Tessylo @1    one month ago

And his followers believe his bs hook, line and sinker and will defend anything this POS does

1.2  WallyW  replied to  Tessylo @1    one month ago

......people in and outside the White House have warned for years that the nation is ill prepared for a dangerous pandemic. 

Obama didn't seem to be prepared for anything, let alone a pandemic, and thankfully HRC isn't in charge. Can you imagine either Bernie or Biden dealing with this? Why are Democrats politicizing this?

Lefties complain about Trump,,but have no problem with possibly infected people sneaking across the border with Mexico. Many more people die from the  flu, why is there no hysterical reaction to that fact

1.2.1  katrix  replied to  WallyW @1.2    one month ago
Obama didn't seem to be prepared for anything, let alone a pandemic,

He had a pandemic response team - which Trump disbanded.

But don't let facts get in your way. And keep listening to the Snowflake In Chief trying to get his gullible worshippers to believe that the dems are politicizing this. You know, just follow Trump's "it will be like a miracle, it will just disappear" and don't worry about a thing.


1.2.2  r.t..b...  replied to  WallyW @1.2    one month ago

Obama, HRC, Bernie, Biden, Democrats, Lefties, Mexico, hysterical... two short paragraphs you hit almost every deflection point.

The president had nothing to do with the virus hitting our shores, but he is now in charge and such deflection may satisfy his base but this will be a quantifiable test of his leadership and how to best mobilize the multiple agencies involved and above all, to tell the truth...only time will tell if, for the first time, he is up to the task. 

1.2.3  WallyW  replied to  r.t..b... @1.2.2    one month ago

In case you haven't noticed, the teams Trump organized are getting things up and running in a remarkably short amount of time. A pandemic in the US is very unlikely, and the hysteria the left is encouraging will have simmered down. Hopefully Trump will tout his leadership during this "crisis" as a selling point for his reelection.

Trump always seems up to the task, by the way, much to the dismay and frustration of his detractors

Donald J. Trump Fan #1
1.2.4  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  r.t..b... @1.2.2    one month ago

2  bbl-1    one month ago

Actually the Trump is assembling his-----------response team.  Pence is on board, Carson gave up looking for the light switches at HHS and is waiting in the wings----and----Diamond & Silk were at the WH.  This is getting better, isn't it?

2.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  bbl-1 @2    one month ago

Where is that batshit crazy bitch spiritual adviser Paula White?

2.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  Tessylo @2.1    one month ago

Under the Oval Office desk.

Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    one month ago

Thoughts and prayers will be all he has when it comes knocking at the White House door

Paula Bartholomew
3.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    one month ago

Imagine if his own family contracts it.  He will spend as many tax dollars as he can to get them care.

Trout Giggles
3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.1    one month ago

Ever read Masque of the Red Death or something like that, written by Edgar Allen Poe?

That's what he reminds me of.

4  zuksam    one month ago

People act like we're starting from scratch when we're not. What does the CDC do, why are we paying 15,000 CDC employees, why are they there if not to be prepared for events like this? What is FEMA for, do you think they don't have a pandemic plan? If there's one thing our government is good at it's making plans, they make plans for every eventuality and those plans are constantly reviewed and updated. That's what Agencies like the CDC, FEMA, and every other agency do when they're not dealing directly with an emergency they're planning and preparing for the next emergency what ever that might be. That's not to say they'll carry out their plans flawlessly but making them bigger than they are or giving them another billion on top of the billions they already get isn't going to help. If there's one good thing that came out of the Cold War it's that we do have good plans and we do have procedures in place to mobilize Military and Civilian forces to meet just about any challenge. The thing to remember is the CDC isn't a hospital or a rescue service they are the planners and leaders their job is to have a plan and direct and coordinate the response by government and civilian health organizations according to that plan. The Idea that Trump has to come up with a "Plan" or even hire people to do it is ridiculous, the plans are already made and I'm sure they are being reviewed as we speak.

4.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  zuksam @4    one month ago

Since tRump disbanded the global pandemic team that Obama started - put in place - yes, we are starting from scratch.  

4.1.1  zuksam  replied to  Tessylo @4.1    one month ago

Since the "global pandemic team" was the be all end all maybe we should hire them back and fire the rest of the CDC since they are useless. /s

4.1.2  katrix  replied to  zuksam @4.1.1    one month ago

Maybe you should bother doing some research and see what else the CDC and FEMA are busy doing, and why a separate pandemic response team was a good idea which Trump killed.

But didn't Trump take FEMA funds for his wall?

4.1.3  KDMichigan  replied to  Tessylo @4.1    one month ago
Since tRump disbanded the global pandemic team that Obama started - put in place - yes, we are starting from scratch.  

No we are not starting from 'scratch'. President Trump has done more than the 'Son of a bitch' obama did with his lead from behind policies, 

4.1.4  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  KDMichigan @4.1.3    one month ago

Yes, we are, essentially, starting from scratch.  

5  seeder  Tessylo    one month ago

Anything to excuse your 'president's gross incompetence

6  seeder  Tessylo    one month ago

The Trump administration barred a top US disease expert from speaking freely to the public after he warned the coronavirus might be impossible to contain

Feb 28, 2020, 7:10 AM
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a White House press conference on the coronavirus on Wednesday.   Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
  • The Trump administration has barred Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), from speaking publicly about the novel coronavirus without approval,   according to The New York Times .
  • Fauci is one of the top experts in the US on infectious diseases, and his sober public messages have contrasted with President Donald Trump's optimistic claims about the impact of the illness.
  • An NIAID spokesperson told Business Insider the claim in the Times report is "not true." 
  • Experts have criticized the Trump administration for effectively muzzling Fauci with the US facing its most serious public-health crisis in years.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories .
President Donald Trump's administration has barred one of the top US experts on infectious diseases from speaking out about the coronavirus outbreak without permission from the White House, The New York Times reported  Thursday, in an apparent bid to stop contradictory messages about the public-health crisis.

At a Wednesday press conference, Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence — who   has faced criticism   for his handling of an HIV outbreak as Indiana governor — would lead US efforts to halt the spread of the illness and that Pence would report directly to Trump.

Read more:   The CDC outlined an ominous hypothetical scenario of what could happen next as the coronavirus spreads

Among the first steps Pence took was to institute measures to coordinate messaging, which would require top officials to seek clearance before making public statements on the illness.

Those officials included Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He told associates the White House "had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance," The Times said.

"This is not true," said a NIAID spokesperson of the report, in an emailed statement to Business Insider. 

Fauci has led the institute — a federal agency focused on researching infectious diseases — since 1984, and he has a key role in coordinating efforts on global health issues,   according to the agency's website .

He has also advised six presidents on domestic and global health issues such as HIV and AIDS.

Fauci with then-President Barack Obama on a tour of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2014.   Larry Downing/Reuters

Fauci's public remarks have been at odds with the president

Fauci's public remarks on the novel coronavirus in recent days have struck a markedly   different tone from those delivered by Trump , who has played down the likely impact of the illness COVID-19 and is   reportedly concerned that   negative messages from public officials will spook financial markets.

In an interview with   CNBC on Tuesday , Fauci warned that travel restrictions, such as those introduced by the Trump administration for some visitors from China, would become "irrelevant" if the coronavirus became a pandemic because "you can't keep out the entire world."

He also told CNN last week  that the world was on the brink of a coronavirus pandemic. 

Trump on Wednesday said the US was "rapidly developing a vaccine" for the coronavirus and "will essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner." But in an interview with   Fox News on Tuesday , Fauci had said the process of developing a vaccine could take up to a year and a half. 

"Even though we are going as fast as you possibly can, it's still going to take a good year, year and a half to see if we have a vaccine that works," he said.

'An effort to muzzle fact and science'

Health and national security experts have criticized the Trump administration for stopping one of its top public-health officials from speaking freely as the US faces its worst public-health crisis in years.

Ned Price, a top National Security Council aide under the Obama administration,   tweeted Thursday : "During the Ebola outbreak, we couldn't get enough of @NIH's Dr. Fauci because no one knew more or could deliver it with more authority or experience. Muzzling Dr. Fauci is an effort to muzzle fact and science when it's needed most."

"Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama trusted Tony Fauci to be their top adviser on infectious disease, and the nation's most trusted communicator to the public," Ronald Klain, who led the Obama administration's response to the 2014 Ebola crisis, also said .

"If Trump is changing that, it is a threat to public health and safety

Paula Bartholomew
7  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

"If Trump is changing that, it is a threat to public health and safety."

No shit.  Would he care, again NO.


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