Does it bother you that Trump cut the CDC in light of the coronavirus outbreak? Because that’s what happened. That’s right we checked Snopes and it's true. In 2018 as part of broader cost-cutting measures, the Trump administration decided to cut the US Pandemic Response Team.
We understand that everyone wants to save money. But aren’t some things too vital not to insure against? For many of us in the wake of the current CoronaVirus COVID-19 crisis the US Pandemic Response Team is our last line of defense against the worst-case scenario that we all fear.
Rather than have already been in place preparing for since January when President Donald Trump said “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for it. So that I can assure you.” The Trump administration has had to scramble to piece together a response team and lost valuable time that could have been spent better preparing. Time lost will unfortunately likely lead to lives lost in a very real sense.
"The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus," in February Trump said. "One of my people came up to me and said, 'Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.' That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. ... They tried anything. ... And this is their new hoax."
No matter what way you vote politically we should all be concerned about our health, safety, and general well being, shouldn’t we? The CoronaVirus COVID-19 does not discriminate and it threatens to overrun hospital capacity before long if Americans don’t simultaneously commit to best practices that include self quarantining, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. If we have any hope of “flattening the curve” as professionals say we all need to be working together and having the best professionals at the top speaking with knowledge and authority.
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